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Monday, 23 April 2018

BREAKING: Court Orders Lai Mohammed To Stop Including Secondus's Name In Looters List

BREAKING: Court Orders Lai Mohammed To Stop Including Secondus's Name In Looters List

The High Court in Port Harcourt has stopped Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed from further publishing the name of the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Uche Secondus, in looters list. The Chief Judge of Rivers state, Justice Iyayi Laminikara, who presided over the matter of libel, asked the plaintiff to serve the defendant with the appropriate notice.

The defendants or their representatives were absent in court, the Secondus had on March 31, 2018, demanded a public apology and the sum of N1.5 billion as compensation, following the list of alleged looters revealed by the Federal Government.nHe made the demand in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, a day after the Minister named Secondus among those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury.

According to the list released, Secondus was alleged to have received the sum of N200 million from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) on February 19, 2015. The PDP National Chairman, however, gave the minister 48 hours to withdraw the statement against him and tender a public apology, or face litigation. Having failed to meet the demand, Secondus on April 6, 2018, file a suit against the minister, alleging defamation of character.

"In the suit no/PHC/1013/2018, he asked the court to award him the sum of N1.5 billion as damages for "humiliation, castigation, vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.”He also claimed that the list published by the minister was defamatory and urged the court to direct Mohammed to retract the said publication and apologise in writing. However, in today’s sitting, counsel to Secondus who led other Senior Advocates to court, Emeka Etiaba, explained that the matter was on course. The case has been adjourned untill May 28, 2018.

Men In SARS Uniform Surround Dino Melaye's Abuja Home

Men In SARS Uniform Surround Dino Melaye's Abuja Home

The Abuja home of Senator Dino Melaye has been surrounded by men of the Nigeria Police Force, drawn from its Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS unit and Criminal Investigation Department, CID. Men believed to be plain-clothed security personnel were also sighted around the area where the house is situated.

The stern-looking armed operatives of the police took strategic positions round the multi-billion naira mansion located at the highbrow area of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The development came just few hours after Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, regained freedom from men of the Nigerian Immigration Service who had earlier arrested him at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to a police source, carried out the action with assumption that Melaye returned home after his movement to Morocco was earlier disrupted by men of the Nigerian Immigration Service, at the airport. It was gathered that the senator beat the security after regaining freedom as he did not return direct to his house which is under siege by the security personnel.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, could not be reached at press time as his known mobile telephone lines were switched off. His deputy, Aremu Adediran, a Superintendent of Police, SP, could not pick calls made to his phone line. At the time of filing this report, his loyalists have started mobilizing themselves to the area in solidarity.

Source: Vanguard
Okonjo-Iweala Reveals Most Difficult Task Working With Jonathan

Okonjo-Iweala Reveals Most Difficult Task Working With Jonathan

Former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed that she had a frosty relationship with officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) while she served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Okonjo-Iweala noted this in her book captioned  “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous.” According to her, “In 2012, in addition to the serious issues of the oil subsidy fraud, tensions began to rise in FAAC meetings over the lower-than-projected disbursements of oil revenues to the Federation accounts.”

She also added that investigations by the finance ministry revealed an average shortfall of N160 billion yearly, which, according to NNPC, was triggered by oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Furthermore, she said attempts to get accountability for the development put her at variance with NNPC officials.

She described “trying to bring transparency and accountability to this sector” as “probably one of the most stressful and dangerous tasks of my job as finance minister!”
Parent Of One Of The Kidnap Chibok Schoolgirl Dies In Road Accident

Parent Of One Of The Kidnap Chibok Schoolgirl Dies In Road Accident

A  parent of one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls was killed in a road accident on Sunday as they traveled in a convoy to visit the students.

According to report, the group of parents was travelling from Chibok in Borno state to Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, where the majority of the girls who have been released by Boko Haram are studying at the American University of Nigeria.

“We left Chibok this morning in a convoy of seven buses for Yola to visit our daughters at the American University,” Yana Galang, from the Abducted Chibok girls Movement for Rescue, told AFP.

Halfway between Chibok and Yola, the driver of one of the vehicles lost control after easing the brakes and hit a road maintenance truck, Galang said.

“One person died and 17 others were critically injured. Eight of them sustained fractures on hands and legs,” she added.
Soyinka Urges Nigerians To Reject Old Politicians In 2019

Soyinka Urges Nigerians To Reject Old Politicians In 2019

Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has warned Nigerians not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by those he said took part in the destruction of the country, but were now parading themselves as messiah.

Soyinka said this at a public lecture on Sunday organised to mark the 80th posthumous birthday of the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN). He said that he had already formed his opinion about the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and knew exactly “where I’m going to cast my vote” when voting time comes.

He also advised Nigerians not to allow themselves to be plunged into “a zone of amnesia,” but to go back and check the track records of such people and the company they kept.

According to him, it was time the old political order in the country is broken to give way for a new generation that would take over the country and throw out of the window “the same jaded traitors and enemies of the people” that were being recycled in power.

Breaking :Dino Melaye Regains Freedom After Airport Detention

Breaking :Dino Melaye Regains Freedom After Airport Detention

Report reaching CKN News has it that detained Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye has been released.

Dino who was initially detained by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Services while making his way out of the country to Morocco has been laid off the hook .

His spokesman Gideon Ayodele didn't give further information on the matter.

He has been having a running battle with police which declared him wanted after some suspects linked him with some alleged crime in his home state of Kogi.

More details later
Picture Of Dino Melaye At The Airport Before Arrest ,As Group Condemns Action

Picture Of Dino Melaye At The Airport Before Arrest ,As Group Condemns Action

This is the picture of Senator Dino Melaye before he was picked up by security agents as he was about to fly to Morocco this morning for an international conference.

His arrest is already trending on social media .

Action Peoples Party issued this statement on the arrest.

"We wish to condemn the arrest and ongoing  physical molestation of Sen.Dino Melaye at the Abuja Airport on his WAY to attend official govt function in Morroco.As we call for the immediate release of Sen.Dino,We urge all Nigerians and lovers of Freedom and democracy to rise up against this desperate attempt to turn Nigeria into a full blown dictatorial Nation in a bid to silence any opposing voice to the impunity of the APC outgoing regime.The clampdown on individuals and sponsored rampage against arms of govt with opposing views must be resisted.

Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere National Chairman APP (Action Peoples Party)