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Today's Headlines: I’m Scared Nnamdi Kanu May Die -Ozekhome tells S’Court; BVN Has No Expiry Date -CBN

I’m scared Nnamdi Kanu may die, Ozekhome tells S’Court

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Nnamdi Kanu’s Senior Counsel, Mike Ozekhome has told the Supreme Court that he is scared that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) might die in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Ozekhome, during the hearing on Thursday, told the apex court that Kanu’s health issues have deteriorated and he needs a surgical operation.

The lawyer asked the court to rule in favour of the transfer of Kanu from DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre so that he can begin treatment.

“My Lords, Nnamdi Kanu is sick, he has been approved for surgery but they have refused to release him for treatment,” BBC News Pidgin quoted Ozekhome as saying.

“We are pleading for him to be transferred from DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre so that he can begin treatment like others.

BVN Has No Expiry Date - CBN

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has clarified that the Bank Verification Number, BVN, has no expiry date. CBN’s spokesman, Dr Isa AbdulMumin, clarified a statement last night. He was reacting to media reports that the BVN expires after 10 years.

He said: “The attention of the CBN has been drawn to reports suggesting that the BVN issued by the bank in collaboration with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, NIBSS, expires after ten years. Contrary to these claims, we wish to clarify that the BVN issued in Nigeria has no expiry date”. 

Atiku, Melaye, Others In Court

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is present in court as the presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is expected to hear his application for live coverage of proceedings.

Atiku had on May 8 filed an application for an order to allow the live coverage of the daily court proceedings on the case they brought against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, which started on Monday.

Arriving at the Court of Appeal Abuja, the venue for the tribunal sitting on Thursday, the former Vice President is accompanied by a former Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke; a former governor of Adamawa State, Bonny Haruna, a former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, and former PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, among other dignitaries.

Also present at the pre-hearing is the party’s governorship candidate in Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye.

Obi, Others Agree On Processes

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The Presidential Petition Election Court (PREPEC) has adjourned the petition by the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to Wednesday, May 17, to enable parties to harmonise their processes.

The tribunal adjourned the petition, which was against INEC, Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima, and APC, after an agreement by the lawyers to harmonise their processes.

All the parties in Obi’s petition, Number CA/PEPC/03/2023, agreed to review the processes and motions and decide on them.

At the resumed pre-hearing yesterday, the lead counsel of the LP, Levi Uzoukwu (SAN), requested the adjournment of the motions on their petition to Wednesday next week to enable all non-contentious processes filed to become ripe for hearing.

He said all parties in the petition had agreed that only non-controversial motions would be entertained by the tribunal.

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