Court Orders Buhari Govt To Account For $460m Loan
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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to “account for the spending of $460 million Chinese loan to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project.”
The court also ordered the government to “publish the total amount of money paid to Chinese and local companies and contractors, specific details and the implementation of the project.
Hon. Justice Emeka Nwite made the orders while delivering judgment in a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1447/2019 brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
This was contained in a statement on Sunday by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) signed by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
According to the statement, the suit followed the disclosure in 2019 by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed that “Nigeria was servicing the loan,” adding that she had ‘no explanations on the status of the project.’ She reportedly said, “We are servicing the loan. I have no information on the status of the CCTV project.”
Tinubu, Amosun Mourn Balogun
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President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, expressed sadness over the passage of the Founder of First City Monument Bank, Otunba Subomi Balogun, describing him as a “great man of purpose.”
In similar vein, a former Ogun State governor, and senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun, added in a condolence message that Olasubomi’s life and times were “garlanded and signposted by significant accomplishments.”
In a condolence message by Tunde Rahman yesterday, the Tinubu said Balogun’s transition would create a vacuum that will be difficult to fill in the banking industry and among his Ijebu people where he was a symbol of unity and traditional values, and among Christians in Nigeria.
Tinubu Will Overcome Legal Battles, Others_ Cleric
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The legal and other perceived challenges facing the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not take long, a cleric, Arch Apostle Quest Omajuwa, has said. Omajuwa who is the senior minister of God’s Judicious International Assembly, located at Otughievwen, host community to Utorogu Gas Plant in Ughelli South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta state, disclosed this in a statement tagged “Message to the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola A. Tinubu.”
He described Tinubu’s emergence as president-elect, as the will of God. He urged the former Lagos state governor not to lose focus despite criticisms, emphasizing that God will use the oppositions to prove his (Tinubu) capacity to lead Nigeria to greater heights.
Omajuwa’s message reads thus: “It’s the will of God that you emerged the winner of the general election held on February 25 2023, although there were notable criticism from few eminent Nigerians who were afraid of you becoming the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
No Court Can Stop Inauguration Of Tinubu_SAN
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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Wahab Shittu has said that no court can stop the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President of Nigeria on May 29. Wahab Shittu (SAN) had stated this in a statement issued yesterday in Lagos against the background of on-going litigations and speculation on whether the upcoming inauguration of the president- elect will hold.
Shittu contended that the ceremony will hold as scheduled, without fail. “It will hold because it is a legal prescription arising from the natural implications of the provisions of constitution and the Electoral Act. Inaugurating the president – elect is necessarily a rule of law prescription and no court of law will make pronouncements to the contrary he said.
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