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Trouble! As Onnoghen’s Counsel Tells CCT They Have No Jurisdiction To Hear Case Against CJN

justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos1Counsel to the defendant Olanipekun, SAN says the defence is stating what the law says and not feelings or thinking as the prosecutor is making the court to believe. Says they have an interlocutory application pending before the CCT that it has no jurisdiction to hear case against Onnoghen.

Prosecutor Aliyu Umar, SAN states that there is no reason why the accused Justice Walter Onnoghen should not be in court for arraignment so he could plead guilty or not guilty as the right service was done.

Olanipekun states equivocally that CJN Walter Onnoghen is not running away from the CCT but insists that the tribunal has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Prosecutor counsel
Aliyu Umar, SAN states that service was to done the CJNs Personal Assistant and there is no reason why the accused Justice Walter Onnoghen should not be in court for arraignment so he could plead guilty or not guilty.

“I don’t know why we are dissipating so much energy on this.”

– Defence Counsel, Olanipekun SAN says while insisting that service was not properly done on CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen and that the CCT has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Prosecutor wants service of case to be done at most this week to Justice Walter Onnoghen since he said it wasn’t properly done initially. But Defence Counsel Olanipekun says that’s too short. He is asking for 28th of January for proper service and resumed hearing.justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos

Case adjourned to Tuesday January 22nd 2019 for proper service and appearance of Justice Walter Onnoghen in case of FG vs ONNOGHEN.

Noisy courtroom as CCT Chairman argues with Defence Counsel Wole Olanipekun, and finally adjourns.

CCT Chairman Danladi Umar says service should be done by Wednesday and hearing to resume on Thursday this week but Defence Counsel Olanipekun kicks, says the timing is too short.justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos1

“I’m in charge of my court, not you” Umar replies Olanipekun.


Family releases burial details of late Shehu Shagari


The family of Nigeria’s former executive president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died Friday will be buried today (Saturday, December 29) in Sokoto.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Shagari, who was 93, died at 6: 40 P.M at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mahe said he was flown to Abuja on Christmas Day after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.

The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto. After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979. He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.


Don’t Embarass Us, FG Begs NLC On December 31st Deadline For New Minimum Wage


Nigerians will need to pray and hope for a quick resolution or agreement between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress if the on going back and forth is any thing to go by.

The Federal Government on Friday, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to discard the December 31 ultimatum over lingering disagreement between organised labour and state governments on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.Nigeria-Art-Music-AFRIMA

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The organised labour had on Thursday, given the ultimatum following Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up, to device ways to ensure that implementation of new minimum wage would not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

However, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organized labour’s reservation over President Buhari’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.Lai-Mohammed-1

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics,” he had stated

But Mohammed, who described the NLC as “a very patriotic union”, said he was confident the organized labour would not do anything that would embarrass the government or Nigerians.

He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.

“Continuous engagement I think is the key, we will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”

#Minimum wage: NLC issues December 31 deadline to Federal Government

The organised labour has given the Federal Government up to December 31 to send the tripartite committee report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly following a decision that was taken in Lagos on Thursday at a joint meeting of three labour centres—the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC).

Labour said the ultimatum followed President Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways of ensuring that the implementation of the new wage did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, said that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.

According to Wabba, the organised labour cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country if the wage report was not passed for implementation on or before December 31.

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.

The national minimum wage committee was both technical and all-encompassing in its compositions and plan to set up a technical committee is alien to the tripartite process.

It is also alien to the International Labour Organisations’ conventions on national minimum wage setting mechanism,’’ he said.

The labour leader said that issues on payment of minimum wage was a law that was universal, citing that other African countries like, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa had increased their minimum wage this year.

Bukola Saraki Blasts APC After Buhari Was Booed At National Assembly

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, fired at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), hours after President Muhammadu Buhari was booed as he presented the 2019 Budget.

In his statement posted on his official Facebook page, Saraki noted that Nigerians have witnessed stunted growth in their respective businesses, lost their jobs during the recent recession and lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East.

He wrote: “The last three-and-a-half years have been eventful ones at the global level and in our domestic economy. From dips in oil prices to major shifts in the economic landscape, crude oil production shut-ins and security challenges, the economy and Nigerians have been directly impacted by these events.

“Many businesses closed down and many people lost their jobs during the recent recession. In the same period, we lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East, thousands were displaced, and many lives also lost due to clashes between farmers and herders, in addition to the general hardship unleashed by unstable economic winds.

“The recovery from the recession is still fragile. The fundamentals underlying the recovery remain weak, and if unchecked, can lead to dire consequences. The economy still runs on oil and very little progress has been made in terms of diversification.

“As a result, the expansionary budget policy in effect since 2016, which was aimed at raising spending and stimulating growth in the economy, was not matched by achievable revenue targets. The corollary is higher and rising deficit as well as a considerable debt burden, all due to an unsustainable fiscal stance.

“The under-performance of independent revenues is straining government’s ability to meet its expenditure, especially investments in critical infrastructure. This further exposes government to higher deficit levels which have been largely financed by borrowing.

“To be clear, two scenarios will play out if we do not deal decisively with challenges to revenue. These would be to: i. accommodate higher debt with higher repayment costs, which is not sustainable; ii. reduce the capital budget, which would mean a slow-down in government investment in critical infrastructure.

This, again, does not aid growth or economy development.
“It is for these reasons that the National Assembly required that the 2018 Budget proposal and future ones be accompanied by a Finance Bill, which would give credence to the financial proposals of government.

“It is one way of establishing credibility in projected revenues. It is imperative, therefore, that a 2019 Finance Bill is submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.”

Police begin search of Former Chief of Defence’s killer in Nasarawa State

Police IG, Ibrahim Idris has deployed the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad to Nasarawa State to fish out the killers of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Spokesman for Nasarawa State Police Command, Kennedy Idirisu , said in Lafia on Wednesday that the team, alongside senior military personnel, were led to the scene of the incident by the Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello , in line with the IGP directive.

Idirisu said that the late Badeh was shot dead at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday by gunmen at Tudu-Uku village along Gitata-Keffi road in Karu Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the former Chief of Defence Staff was returning from his farm in the company of his friend and driver when unknown gunmen ambushed and opened fire on their moving vehicle.

“The former Chief of Defense Staff suffered gunshot injury, which resulted in his death, with the driver sustaining injuries while the friend was abducted.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police is therefore calling on the public with useful information to avail the police with the view to rescuing the abducted person and arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act,” Idirisu said.

He assured that any information from the public that would aid the investigation would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

NLC Rejects Any Renegotiation Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has reacted to a proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a technical committee to review the agreed N30,000 minimum wage, saying organised labour will not be a party to such an exercise.

Buhari had revealed the plan to constitute the proposed technical review committee while making the 2019 budget presentation at the National Assembly in Abuja.

However, Wabba who spoke shortly after the budget presentation, insisted that as far as the labour movement was concerned, the issue of new minimum wage figure was settled by the tripartite committee, which concluded negotiations on the matter and submitted its report to the president.

“We cannot accept the use of any technical committee to look into the already agreed N30,000 minimum wage.

“The president promised to pass the report to lawmakers a week after it was presented to him. “Once the tripartite committee has met and agreed on an amount, no other committee can meet on the same issue,’’ Wabba said.

The NLC president said the organised labour is scheduled to meet next week to take a final decision on the issue.
On his part, the President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, also kicked against the proposed technical committee.

He said the tripartite committee had considered the ability of the state governments to pay the N30,000 before agreeing on it.

“We (labour) have resolved to fight for the new minimum wage even after the upcoming general elections. There would be no retreat or surrender until workers receive the wage,” he said.

EU Meets With INEC Ahead Of 2019 Election

eu3-768x576The European Union has pledged its committed to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission in conducting a free and fair elections in the country.

It says it will provide all that is necessary in making the elections free and fair and ensuring its a credible one.

Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlson, who made the pledge to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said the Union had committed over 100 million euros to Nigeria’s democracy since 1999.

He was speaking after a meeting of some EU ambassadors to Nigeria with a delegation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.eu4

Karlson said the meeting with the INEC delegation afforded it the opportunity to assess the level of preparation and further look at other areas of collaboration that would enhance credibility of the 2019 general elections.

The EU delegation head expressed confidence that INEC would conduct a free and credible election come 2019, noting that the EU had supported the commission in various ways.

”We have since 1999 provided more than 100m Euros in support of democratic processes in Nigeria.

”I have a very good piece of news for everyone that our high representative and vice president has just now approved that we will have again a long time observation mission here next year,” he said.


The supports which entails institutional and technical, according to the EU are aimed at ensuring elections in the country are free, fair, credible and peaceful.

Karlson said that as part of its support to Nigeria’s democracy, the EU had just concluded tours of the six geopolitical zones, educating youths and women on the essence of participating in the 2019 general elections.

“EU has been supporting INEC for a very long time; it is not something that we started doing just ahead of the elections.

“As a matter of fact, we have been providing institutional and technical supports to INEC for a very long time,” he said.

He said the meeting with INEC delegation had afforded the union the opportunity to discuss inclusiveness, the importance of participation of people with disability, the importance of women and youth.


Sometimes there are quick fixes, things that can be done without great investment to ensure that these people have better access to voting also,” he said.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, said that the commission was fully prepared to conduct an election that would be an improvement on previous ones.

Yakubu said the yet to be signed Electoral Amendment Act would not affect the commission in any way as INEC had been conducting itself within the ambit of the law.

“For us, there is no legal lacuna as a law exists, but if it is accented to, then we will abide by the provisions of the new law, but as we speak, there is no legal lacuna.

”We have taken the actions we have taken so far legitimately under the provisions of the law as it exists and nothing has changed,” he said.


The INEC chairman also assured that steps had been taken to guarantee an all inclusive elections.

He said the commission was looking at all possibilities that would ensure people with disabilities exercise their franchise.

“For the first time in Anambra, we introduced magnifying glasses for those with visual impairment, in the Osun election, we introduced tactile balloting, meaning that those with visual impairment who can read with brail and can vote are assisted,” he said.

Aisha Buhari warns against discriminating drug addicts

Aisha Buhari

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has cautioned against discriminating against those involved in the usage of hard drugs.

Mrs Buhari said rather than isolating and discriminating drug users, the society should look beyond the problem and begin to look at the main cause of the problem.Aisha-Buhari-1-1024x576

The wife of the President spoke at the official flag-off of Youth Against Drug Abuse, YADA, campaign organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, at the Kano Government House, yesterday, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, she said the problem of drugs should be addressed for a lasting solution.aishag457346532.jpg

According to her: “As a result of drug influence, the lives of many youths have been destroyed as they engage in all sort of heinous crimes which has led to their incarceration.

“It must be understood that whatever crime someone under the influence of drugs commits is influenced by the drug.Aisha-Buhari_2

“I want to commend the efforts of all government agencies in the fight against drug abuse in the country and that such efforts has led to the arrest and confiscation of 86 containers containing prohibited drugs.”

The Federal Executive Council, approved the 2019 budget proposal.

1..-President-Buhari-Presides-over-FEC-by-Novo-IsioroThe approval was granted at Friday’s special session presided over by  President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting which started by 10:30am lasted  till around 1:00.pm at the Presidential Villa.

Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of FEC meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma said the Council will liaise with the National Assembly to determine when the president will submit the draft estimates for the consideration of the two chambers.

He however did not give details of the proposal when asked by newsmen, noting that  the Nigerian constitution only allows the president to give out the details and he will do so when the National Assembly is ready to receive the draft.

The FEC had on 24th October approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) for the 2019 -2021 to provide template for the 2019 budget.

The session which was presided over by President Buhari approved a budget estimate of N8.73tr for the 2019 budget, N400bn lower than that of this year.

It will be recalled that, Udoma, had last month announced that the Federal Government was considering a leaner 2019 budget of N8.6 trillion, which is leaner than the N9.1 trillion approved by lawmakers for 2018.

He had explained at a consultative forum on the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) 2019-2021, that the decision was due to reduced government revenue projection for the year.

Udoma also said government planned to cut down the level of borrowing from N1.6 trillion in 2018 to N1.5 trillion in 2019, while the deficit component would be reduced from N1.9 trillion in 2018 to N1.6 trillion.

In spite of  the recent oil output drop to about 1.9 million barrels a day, Udoma said government was optimistic the 2.3 million barrels a day target was achievable with production now rising to about 2.15 million barrels a day and new oil productions being put into play.

Although a $50 per barrel oil price benchmark was proposed in the ERGP, the minister had expressed confidence that with a significant rise in the price above $80 per barrel currently, government has proposed a $60 per barrel oil price for the budget.

Udoma had added that N305 was proposed as exchange rate to the dollar, with government working to keep inflation down after slight increases in the last two months on the heels of 18 months consecutive decline.

The projected target gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for the budget was put at 3.01 per cent, reduced from 4.5 per cent in the ERGP; 3.6 per cent in 2020 and 3.9 per cent in 2021.

“Growth is expected to increase from 0.8 per cent in 2017 to 2.1 per cent this year and 3.01 per cent in 2019 with the continued implementation of the ERGP in 2019 and improved outlook for oil prices,” he said.

On revenue, Udoma had said based on the oil price and oil production assumptions, government expected to generate about N3.6 trillion from oil, up by about N500 billion from last year’s figure.

About N6.9 trillion revenue is projected to be available to the budget in 2019.

With other projections showing government expects to collect less revenue from some independent sources, he said only about N624 billion is expected to be realised, against about N847 billion in the 2018 budget, among others.

Court gives EFCC, DSS, police 72 hours to produce Diezani Alison-Madueke

The chief Justice of Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, on December 4, 2018, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to apprehend and arrest a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke within 72 hours.

According to a statement released by EFCC, the order was made following a motion ex parte made before the court by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for an order of the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Madueke to enable the Commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria. Continue to read the

statement below

The EFCC investigated the former minister along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on money laundering and official corruption.

Investigations into the petition revealed that Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos. They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Recall that when the matter came up on December 3, 2018 the Commission however filed application for warrant of arrest, condition precedent for Deziani’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trail.

The prosecution told the court that Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, jetted out of the country while investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts were ongoing.

The court today, granted the ex parte motion, and ordered the security agencies to provide Madueke within 72 hours, for her to face the charge preferred against her.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge held.

“We are starting the ranches soon To End Herdsmen Killing – FG

cattle-colonyThe Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said the Federal Government will soon begin cattle ranching in the country to stop herdsmen killings.

Ogbeh made the disclosure on Monday during his official visit to a beans market located at Auta Ballefi, Nasarawa State, operated by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), NAN reports.

“We are starting the ranches soon. We will see if we can buy large number of shell and keep before we start. We want to stop the cows roaming about causing fights and killings.

“We will buy and give them to feed their cows until they get use to the ranches. We want to know if you have up to a trailer load. We will see what we can do if we can off-take the shell from you,’’ he added.

The minister, however, warned farmers against preserving beans with sniper after harvesting.

“We are proud of what we are seeing here today because this is not what we normally see in the IDPs. Most of the IDPs we visited are always waiting for people to bring food to them.

“But here, you are producing food and making money. You have told us what you need and as we go back to the office, we will find ways of helping you.

“I have never seen any beans market as big as this. And because you are farming, we are going to help you improve on what you are doing.

“I assure you that before the next planting season, we will bring three tractors here. You manage the tractors to do your farming.

“The first thing I will say now is nobody should put sniper on the beans again for storage because it is poisonous to human health.

“Instead, use pepper for preservation. That is why when we export beans, they are being rejected in Europe,” he said.

The minister restated government’s commitment to provide big market for farm produce to avoid post-harvest losses.

“We will find bigger markets to buy what you are producing. We are going to be buying from this market for schools’ programmes because is clean and direct from the farms.

“From the report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) few days ago says the country has saved N51 billion in 34 months from importation. We have cut down food importation which is good,’’ he added.

INEC promotes 2,209 members of staff ahead of the 2019 elections

inec-1226463488.jpgThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promoted 2,209 members of its staff in its 2018 promotion exercise.

Malam Mohammed Haruna, INEC National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Haruna 847 junior and 1,362 senior staff were promoted after the commission considered the report of its Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee (AFDC).

“In furtherance to the Commission’s commitment to the welfare of its staff, 2,209 were promoted. Out of a total of 927 junior staff who sat for the 2018 promotion examinations, 847 passed and were promoted accordingly.

Of the 1,847 senior staff who took the exams, 1,517 passed. However, 1,362 were promoted in accordance with the existing vacancies.

Out of this number, 315 persons were promoted to Directorate Cadre, eight of whom have become Directors,” he said.

#ASUU: House of Reps declares state of emergency- puts pressure on Buhari

ASUU_14The House of Representatives, yesterday, declared a state of emergency on the education sector, vowing to rescue it from further decay. To this end, the House resolved to increase the budgetary allocation of the sector to the United Nations standard of 26 per cent from the present paltry seven percent.

It also set up an adhoc committee to interface with the relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, of government in the sector to proffer best solutions on the issue.

The resolutions followed a motion, titled: “Need to Reform Nigeria’s Tertiary Educational System”, sponsored by Ayodele Oladimeji. Moving the motion, Oladimeji said Nigerians now preferred sending their children abroad, a development he said was responsible for the neglect of the education sector.

He said: “The House notes that strategic importance of education to any nation cannot be over emphasized being the fulcrum of national growth and development. “Also notes that tertiary education is the platform for developing human capital for social, economic and technological transformation and advancement of any nation “Again notes that right to education is a fundamental human right and a tool of attaining not only academic excellence but also social justice and progress, through which citizens achieve not only personal growth but also develop civic and political consciousness.

“Worried that Nigeria loses a minimum of N1 Trillion to Education Tourism annually because about 75,000 Nigerians are currently studying in Ghana, Benin Republic and Egypt, among others “Also worried about the dwindling quality of education in Nigeria, thus making our graduates unemployed, as no fewer than 1.8 million graduates in the country move into labour market every year with the hope of getting jobs that are not available. “Informed that numerous problems beset Nigeria’s educational system, leading to poor quality and exodus of our youth from pursuit of tertiary education; these include inadequate funding and infrastructure, epileptic power supply and examination malpractices.

“Aware that the Nigerian Government allocates 7 per cent of the national budget to education which is far from the 26% budgetary allocation recommended by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) for developing countries like Nigeria.

“Also aware that Nigeria’s educational sector needs urgent reform, failing which it will continue to spiral down and Nigerians will continue to spend their hard-earned foreign exchange in financing education tourism.” Contributing to the motion, the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, lamented the level of infrastructural decay in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila, who noted that education should be made a fundamental human right for all Nigeria children, said: “The level of infrastructural decay in our schools diminishes your capacity to learn, even to teach. What have we done with our oversight function? ”

Saraki Pleads With Buhari’s Presidency To Probe Police, As Robbery Suspect Dies In Custody

Saraki-e15-1Following the eventual disclosure by the Nigeria Police Force, that Michael Adikwu, the principal suspect in the deadly bank robbery attacks in Offa, Kwara State, on April 5, 2018, is dead, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Presidency, to institute a judicial inquiry into ‘how and when’ the suspect died.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, which was made available to newsmen, Saraki noted that the new disclosure by the Police, has vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect had been murdered in Police custody, and that the investigation was politically motivated to implicate him (Senate President), Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State, and a few others.
He stated that the inquiry would help to thoroughly examine and interrogate how the investigation into the robbery incident was conducted by the Police, and whether the investigation followed the normal process and complied with global best practices.
He added that the Police needs to confirm why it took them so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect, after they categorically denied it at the time he (Saraki) disclosed the information, and it was reported in the Media.Senate-President-Bukola-Saraki
“It should be recalled, that when we mentioned it that the principal suspect had been murdered, and that investigation into the Offa robbery attack was politically motivated and targeted at implicating me and other individuals, the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said: ‘Michael Adikwu is in Police custody. You know that he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. The fire arms that were carted away, he is helping the Police in the investigation to recover them. There is a State in the South-West where they kept him. I cannot mention the State. It is in one of the South-West States’.
“The fresh facts have now thrown more light into why there had been inconsistencies in the various statements by the Police. The Police initially told the Attorney-General of Kwara State, that the principal suspect was alive, and they only later reluctantly disclosed that he died in the course of arrest. How can a suspect confirmed to be in custody, now be said to have died in the course of arrest? This contradiction shows a deliberate attempt to cover up something.
“It is obvious that the Police have orchestrated the information they gave to the public on the Offa robbery, only to tarnish the image of the Kwara State Governor and myself. We are calling for a public inquiry, to probe the issues of extra-judicial killing, the cover-up of this killing, with the aim of framing up some individuals for political purpose, and politicising of criminal investigations. The facts need to be laid bare.
“The inquiry may help to further document and define the terms of handling of suspects in Police custody, and how to prevent extra-judicial killing of suspects, for whatever purpose. There is need for transparency in investigations into all cases, and our methods should comply with global standards. We should discourage situations where Police politicise investigations, and deliberately set out to frame some individuals.senate-president-saraki-dogaras-full-speech-at-the-world-conference525493377.jpg
“With the facts on ground, the issues that should be unearthed by the inquiry include: When exactly did the suspect die? How did he die? Why was the Police denying the facts of his death, when they knew he had died? At what point did the Police Leadership know of the death? Why are the Police covering up the facts? We believe the answer to these questions will help the country to address the issue of human rights abuse, extra-judicial killing, manipulation of criminal investigation to achieve political ends, deliberate attempt to cover up some facts, and how skewed investigation of crime can impact on successful prosecution of suspects”, he added.
Bukola Saraki stated that, now that the Police have commenced prosecution of the remaining suspects in court, there should be diligent and prompt prosecution, so that justice can be transparently done to both the victims of the Offa robbery and the accused persons.

Agree to N30,000 Minimum Wage or face the consequences- NLC to Governors


The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has stated that the N30,000 national minimum wage agreed by all stakeholders and submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari, by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee was a compromise figure.

Comrade Wabba has also insisted that the committee has fully completed its working with all the stakeholders fully represented, including the governors, before the figure was arrived at and agreed upon.

To this end, the NLC president pointed out that the committee has concluded its work; and workers would not accept anything less than the agreed N30,000 from the Executive and the National Assembly.nlc-protest280263991.jpg

He said the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year between November 2017 to November 2018.

He explained that the state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria; while a letter was sent by the committee to every state to send in their memorandum as their input to the national minimumwage negotiations.

Wabba said: “It is on record that 21 States responded by sending memoranda with figures. Subsequently, public hearings were conducted in each of the geo-political zones in the country. The State governments were all represented at the zonal hearings and made their input to discussions towards a new national minimum wage.

“The demand of organized labour was N66,500. From the memoranda submitted to the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee by State governments, there were proposals by some states to even pay higher than the negotiated national minimum wage of N30,000.


“After extended and extensive negotiations by the Tripartite Committee, a final compromise figure of N30,000 was agreed by all the partners – Government, Organized Labour and Employers in the Private Sector.

“This agreement took on board prevailing economic indices and factors especially as outlined in Convention 131 and Recommendation 95 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on Criteria and Procedure for Collective Bargaining especially towards arriving at a National Minimum Wage for any country.

“It was on the basis of this agreement that the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee concluded its work and submitted its Report to Mr. President on the 6th of November, 2018. This ended the process of negotiations for a new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.”

President Buhari Sends Message To Nigerians On Eid-el-Maulud

President-Muhammadu-Buhari-at-the-Daura-Eid-Ground-on-Friday-September-1-2017President Muhammadu Buhari has extended greetings to entire Nigerian citizens and Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud; the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

In his message to mark this year’s Eid-el-Maulud by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, Buhari wished all citizens peace, happiness, and good health.

He said that the nation was making great progress under the APC-led Federal Government in dealing with issues of security, the war against corruption, the reform and restructuring of the economy.

While noting the provision of infrastructure by the government, the president said: “But to be fully successful, the country needs the support and prayers of all citizens.’’

He also asked for prayers for the nation for peaceful electioneering as the nation embarks on the journey to democratic elections in 2019.

Buhari expressed the hope that the important Islamic ceremony of Eid-el-Maulud would help to promote mutual harmony and tolerance among all Nigerians.

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#Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governors In Closed Door Meeting

BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1APresident Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors under the aegis of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, are currently meeting in his office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

According to report, the president and the governors are meeting over the disagreement between the organised labour and state governors on the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

Recall that state governors had threatened to carry out mass retrenchment if they were forced to implement the new wage of N30,000.

The governors then set up a committee to meet with the president.

Governors of Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Kaduna, Kebbi, Plateau, Bauchi, Ebonyi and Enugu states are the members of the committee meeting with the President.

The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, are also among the attendees.

The NGF had earlier said it would re-strategise and dialogue with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issues associated with the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

To drive the process, the forum constituted a committee to meet the president to work out a formula to quickly resolve the issues.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, told newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors in Abuja that payment of N30,000 wage was impracticable.

Yari, however, said the proposed wage would be paid if labour would agree to downsizing of the workforce across the country “or federal government itself accedes to the review of the national revenue allocation formula”.

Yari alleged that the Tripartite Committee on the minimum wage did not include governors’ submission of N22,500 in its proposal to Buhari “because it said that the governors’ decision came late”.

He said: “Situation where our report was not taken or considered by the tripartite committee in the presentation to the president, then, I don’t know how the committee wants us to work.”

Oshiomhole speaks on foreign predictions that Atiku will defeat Buhari

b721b8ec-adams-oshiomholeThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has urged Nigerians to disregard foreign predictions on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.

Oshiomhole noted that only Nigerians would be responsible for the outcome of the election, adding that foreign sources predictions hold no ‘water.’

The APC Chairman while speaking with Arise Tv over the weekend noted that the APC government does not regard such issues as it was only bothered about how to solve political and security issues facing the country.

Oshiomhole said: “For me, there are people who find joy in quoting foreign sources, I like to talk about Nigeria people and they are our primary constituency. They are the ones that hired Mr. President. I am not accountable to financial intelligence and everybody is aware that some of these papers don’t have the reputation they claim to have.

“After all, these are the same institutions that wrote lavishly about Nigeria banking system but few weeks later that some of these banks were empty.

“I think we have done couple of things that will form the basis of our campaign. This is the only government that gives bail-out money to state governments to enable them meet their most basic responsibilities without bothering whether they are APC, PDP or APGA. I don’t know any government before now that was just fair and just regardless of political party affiliation. These are things we should be talking about.

“We had governments that spent billions doing ground breaking ceremony for the Second River Niger Bridge, but this government as we speak is not doing ground breaking, it is actually constructing the Second Niger bridge. These are things we want to talk about.

“Secondly, there are couple of things the Federal government is doing in Lagos, Ibadan and other parts of the country; these are things I think we should talk about. It is not the views of sometimes hired foreign commentators. These people are not superior to the Nigerian journalist. These are things we must discuss.

“If the opposition does not want to do that, we will do that. In any case, we have moved the government from one that service the elites to one that looks at the forgotten majority of Nigerians, the voiceless. I think very soon, we will begin to talk what this government has done and who has benefited and how the previous government converted private debts to public liabilities and privatised public funds to private pockets.

“And of course, we are going to get people who are knowledgeable about micro economy issues to assist Nigerians to understand that there is always a time lag between when certain policies are put in place, when certain mismanagement occur and when the impact of those mismanagement begins to occur in the lives of the people. For me, these are the issues that I want to talk about. We must consciously begin to discuss issues, policy issues, security issues and all of that.”

Trouble: Ex-President, Obasanjo Fingered In BIG Murder Case

The name of former President Olusegun Obasanjo has shockingly been linked to the murder of a former Minister of Justice Bola Ige.

This damning accusation was made by a radio presenter, Akanda Oro, popularly known as Awikonko who insists that ex-President had a hand in the murder of Bola Ige.

According to The Punch, Oro, also an online journalist, alleged on live radio that Obasanjo killed Ige.

Awikonko was quoted as saying: “Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige, if not for the shortage of time, I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime. Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much (foolish old man).

“There are repercussions for every evil deed done… In case you hear of my death, do not be sad. Perhaps this is the only mission I have been sent by God to accomplish. The fellow that killed a whole minister of justice and attorney general of the federation went scot-free.

“So, what will it cost him to kill me, a commoner? Let him go and commit suicide or take himself before Ogun shrine to swear that he does not know anything about the murder of Bola Ige and Marshall Harry or that all his children die in his lifetime.”

Expectedly, these accusations have not been treated lightly by Obasanjo who has now slammed a N1bn libel suit on the radio journalist.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Obasanjo said the allegations were malicious and false and demanded N1billion from the journalist in damages.

The suit filed before Justice O.A. Adenyi of Apo Federal Capital Territory High Court with number FCT/HC/CV/2920/18, called for Awikonko to retract the publication.

It read in part: “A declaration that the publication complained of are false, malicious, unjustified, injurious, scornful, distasteful, unsavoury and have exposed the claimant to public odium, ridicule and disdain both nationally and internationally.

“A declaration that the words complained of do not constitute a valid exercise by the defendant of his freedom of speech.

“The sum of one billion naira only against the defendant as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard-earned reputation.”

Chief Ajibola James Ige, a prominent Yoruba leader and a lawyer per excellence was assassinated on Sunday, December 23, 2001.

Since then, the question on the lips of many is: Who killed Bola Ige? The question keeps begging for an answer despite the fact that the heinous act happened over a decade ago.

Federal Government declares Tuesday, Nov. 20th as public holiday to celebrate Eid-El Maulud

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 20th November 2018 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the permanent secretary Dr. M.B Umar, he urged all Muslim faithful to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings which border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others.

While calling on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues, with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country, Gen. Dambazau assured that the Federal Government remains committed to the unity of the country and as such, will put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are credible, free and fair.

Dybala not thinking of leaving Juventus for Manchester united

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies.

The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli.
Massimilano Allegri’s men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United.
“I’m not thinking about the transfer market,” Dybala said. “Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”
Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy.
It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro’s presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem.

Vote Out Governors Opposing N30,000 Minimum Wage, NLC Tells Workers


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Thursday asked its members to vote out state governors opposing the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

It added that would not be intimidated by threat from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to sack workers if the new national minimum wage is implemented.

NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja.

The governors had said paying N30, 000 new minimum wage would lead to bankruptcy, adding that only Lagos and Rivers States could afford it.

The Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the NGF, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, also said it was impossible to implement the N30,000 minimum wage without downsizing the workforce all over the country.

Reacting to the governors’ stance, Wabba said Nigerian workers would vote out any governor, who refuses to implement as the new minimum wage.

He said threat to sack workers is not new to the union, “therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara cannot be used to intimidate labour.”

He accused some political leaders of wanting to enslave Nigerian workers with meager salary, asking them to compare “their humongous salaries” with the N30, 000 new minimum wage demanded by the union.

He said, “The consequences of workers retrenchment are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate.

“Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabeled as salaries.

“We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world to public perusal pro rata with the minimum wage they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers.

“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.

“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour.

“It would interest Nigerians to know that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year.

“At the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee, state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones.”

2019: President Buhari Received Bad News As He Returns From Paris

Buhari-returns-from-Paris1-768x512On arrival in Abuja from France where he attended the Paris Peace Forum, President Buhari was met with the bad news that his biggest challenger at the polls next year Atiku Abubakar has received a big boost with the endorsement of the Igbo Elders.

Some Igbo leaders, including politicians and chiefs, promised Wednesday to support Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They spoke in Enugu after a meeting where elder statesman Prof. Ben Nwabueze, 86, called on them to “do me the honour of achieving the success of the (Atiku/Peter Obi) ticket before I am gone”.

“We must ensure the survival of the Igbo race in Nigeria and it is only through the success of that ticket that we can get it”, he said.

Nwabueze, who chaired the meeting, explained that the ticket would “ensure our survival”.

At the meeting were: Ambassador George Obiozor, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Ohanaeze President Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof ABC Nwosu, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Ben Obi and Chief Achike Udenwa.

Also there were Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Chief Garry Igariwey, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, Prof Osita Ogbu, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, Prof Walter Ofonagoro and Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa.

There were also Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Commodore James Aneke (retd), Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Air Comdr Allison Madueke (retd), Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Prof. Anya O. Anya and Prof Chudi Uwazurike, among others

In a five-point resolution issued at the end of the summit, with the theme “Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond”, read by Agbakoba, the leaders said the position was based on the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku/Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on.

“The Igbo people of Nigeria held a one day non-partisan and inclusive summit convened by elders, traditional and religious leaders on Wednesday 14th November 2018 to consider Ndigbo’s place in the polity, especially in light of the forthcoming 2019 elections.

“The summit deliberated on the state of Ndigbo in Nigeria today, especially after years of exclusion from the centre.  This country has never been so divided as it is today.  We Igbos have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.

“The summit recognised the nomination of His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP and fully endorses this nomination. It was acknowledged that this nomination puts Ndigbo back in the centre of governance.  It is, therefore, important that Ndigbo should rally behind the Atiku/Obi ticket.

“We identify with the Atiku/Peter Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda as has been reiterated by four zones of the country, namely: Southsouth, Southwest, Northcentral and Southeast. We believe that as long as the federating units remain weak the centre will continue to be weak. We equally move to appreciate the position of the Atiku/Obi ticket in promoting national unity.

“In conclusion, the summit reiterated that the time is now for Ndigbo to mobilise and organise effectively to realise the Atiku/Obi ticket. We are not campaigning against anybody, we are simply campaigning for our very survival. Igbo votes must count wherever Ndigbo live in Nigeria.”

Regardless of the ongoing and other planned projects in the South East of Nigeria being undertaken by the President Buhari-led APC Government, indications suggest that winning in the region during the 2019 polls will be very difficult.

Court Sacks lawmaker Who Defected From PDP To APC

A federal high court in Uyo on Wednesday declared vacant the seat of a lawmaker in Akwa Ibom State who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The affected lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, represented Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

The suit was filed by Mr Ituen in September this year to pre-empt the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, from declaring his seat vacant.

Apart from the speaker, other defendants in the suit were the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the commissioner of police, Akwa Ibom state.

Mr Luke had filed a counterclaim, seeking for “a declaration that having defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress before the expiration of the tenure of four years for which he was elected to serve, Hon. Idongesit Ntuen has lost his seat in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

“An order of court directing Hon Idongesit Ituen to vacate the Itu State Constituency seat in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly with immediate effect.

“An order of court restraining the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly or any other person acting on his behalf (including the staff of the House of Assembly) from further recognising Hon. Idongesit Ituen as a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Minimum Wage: Labour leaders issue December ultimatum to Federal Government

Nigeria Labour leaders have given December as deadline for the full implementation of the N30,000 new national minimum wage and also warned that any reduction in the N30,000 agreed by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage as contained in a report to President Buhari or any further delay in its passage could have negative consequences.

According to reports, the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary General of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN), Bashir Lawal, gave the warning at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ASCSN in Abuja.

The unions said Nigerian workers patiently await President Buhari to forward an executive bill on the minimum wage to the National Assembly for passage into law Meanwhile, Kaigama, who is also the National President of ASCSN, said the expectation of labour is that the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage should not exceed December.

“It is on this premise that I strongly want to appeal to the federal government to fast track the process of enacting the new National Minimum Wage into law,” he said, adding that government should be able to complete the entire process before the end of this.

The TUC president also regretted that the core civil service, which is the engine room of government is the least paid in the Public Service, with other segments having their emoluments beefed up over the years.

The Secretary General ASCSN, Bashir Lawal, said they were holding President Buhari to his words that he would send the report submitted to him to the National Assembly.

The unions are demanding N30,000 as minimum wage insisting the amount had been agreed at a triparite meeting involving them, the government and private employers of labour.

Although President Buhari received the report of the committee, the presidency has since said Mr Buhari did not promise the N30,000 minimum wage and would have to consult on it.

Government and labour had been at loggerheads over the demand for a new minimum wage. Labour says the minimum wage of N18,000 is paltry and no longer acceptable.

Tears as Judge orders FFK, Abaribe, to pay N100m each over failure to produce Kanu in court

The Federal High Court in Abuja, has ordered that Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and Emmanuel Shallom Ben, all of whom stood sureties for the bail of the leader of the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in April last year, pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account for their inability to produce the missing Biafran leader who went missing in September last year.

Recall that in April 2017, Justice Nyako granted Kanu bail. Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and has been standing trial on charges of treasonable felony.

Kanu’s trial had been stalled since he went missing after a military invasion of his home in Abia state in September last year. Kanu however resurfaced in Israel in October this year. He has vowed to return to Nigeria to continue his trial.

The three sureties who guaranteed his bail had been made to sign a bail bond of N100m each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court. Justice Nyako this morning amended the conditions of the bails she gave in April 2017. The three sureties are now required to deposit cash of N100m in the bank account of the court.

She ruled that the three sureties had two months to pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account.
The judge reiterated that the order directing the sureties to pay the money was an order of interim forfeiture.

She fixed March 28 for the hearing of the motions filed by the sureties to challenging the duties imposed on them to produce the IPOB leader.

Nigerians React to senior Lawyer who Wore Torn Gown And Wig To Court

A senior lawyer has become a subject of mockery and criticisms online following his outfit to court on Tuesday (yesterday).

According to a concerned citizen who took to social media to reveal his displeasure with the lawyer’s torn and raggedy wig and gown, this is not the first time the man (lawyer) has appeared in court dressed like that.

Internet users including legal practitioners criticised and berated the lawyer for the attire after these pictures were shared online as many were left shocked why a senior lawyer would dress in such manner to court considering his status.

Facebook user Michael Amos wrote;

“This is what a very Senior Lawyer wore to court .Today was not the first day I saw him like this.I am bothered as to why a senior lawyer will be comfortable to wear a raggy wig and gown to court.This beats me”.

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#Royals: Prince Charles is pictured with his entire dynasty to celebrate his 70th birthday

Today, November 14th 2018 marks the 70th birthday of Prince Charles and to celebrate, he’s photographed for the first time ever with his entire dynasty including; two sons and their wives, three grandchildren, and another yet to be born.

The rare roayal photos were released moments ago to mark the future king’s milestone and according to the palace, the images were taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September.

To further celebrate, Prince Charles will attend two meetings at Clarence House and this afternoon will attend a tea party with his wife and 70 inspirational people also marking their 70th birthdays, at Spencer House in London.

Guests will include volunteers for a number of charities such as The Prince’s Trust, The Silver Line and Barnardo’s.

Later tonight, the Queen will host a private party at Buckingham Palace for more than 600 guests to celebrate her son’s milestone.

In honour of the occasion, Charles has also guest edited a special edition of Country Life magazine. In it, William reveals the lengths his father has gone to in his passion for the natural world; inviting some of the creatures living in his garden into the house.

Speaking to the magazine, Prince William said his father’s passion for the environment was something he wanted his own children to inherit.

‘My father’s focus on the environment is something I’ve looked up to all of my life. His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis.’

FG to employ 1m people for N-Power- Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Government will expand the N-Power scheme from the current 500,000 to accommodate one million beneficiaries in the next phase.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the expansion became necessary because of the successes recorded in the programme.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State receives cheers from school children and N-Power volunteers on his arrival in Zamfara State along Gummi Town/Daki Takwas Road for the road commission.N-Power

The government established the programme because of the growing need for government’s direct intervention in job creation.

The Vice President stated when he responded to a variety of questions at a town hall meeting in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the programme would become the largest post-tertiary job scheme in Africa.

“The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government’s own programme of direct employment and training. At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000.

“In all, we will be employing up to a million, and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in the entire Africa. The reason why we have done this is because of the employment problems that we have, we may not be able to engage everybody but at least government must give some direct provision of jobs.”

Osinbajo explained further that though government could not pay more than the N30,000 currently paid to beneficiaries and also fix all the unemployment issues, it is working on creating the enabling environment to ensure that beneficiaries as well as other unemployed Nigerians become useful to themselves.

“It is infrastructure that will create the opportunities to provide more jobs, especially through manufacturing and Industry.

“So, we are doing roads and rail, providing power; that is the way we can develop industry. We are energizing our markets at the moment, putting solar power in the markets.

“We have designated 300 markets, we have done Ariaria in the South East, Sabon Gari in Kano, Surat in Lagos, Isikan in Ondo, Gbagi in Oyo and we are expanding so that more people can work.”

On the need to engage more women in productive activities, Prof. Osinbajo said: “one of the ways the Buhari administration is engaging more women is through our GEEP loans.”

He said: “56% of our GEEP loans go to the women. So there is a lot of preferential advantage that we give to women and this is because women are effective managers of resources; they pay back these loans when they are given.”