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Today's Headlines: Lawyer sues Buhari over $800m safety-net loan; Protesters Storm Election Petition Tribunal In Abuja

Lawyer sues Buhari over $800m safety-net loan

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A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Abdulganeey Imran, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to bar the Federal Government from taking $800m or any other sum at all to finance the National Social Safety Network Programme.

The scheme aims to distribute the $800m loan to 10.2 million poor Nigerians, who will get N5,000 per month to cushion the economic effect of the planned subsidy removal. But the lawyer, in suit amrked FHC/L/C5/908/23, is praying the court to restrain the President from sharing, distributing, tampering with, or dealing with any such loan of $800m granted to the respondents in any manner whatsoever.

He contended that “it is not economically viable for the respondents to continue to obtain and accumulate loans that were purely meant for consumption rather than for capital projects when a whopping sum of N6.31tn was budgeted for debt services in the 2023 appropriation bill alone.

Protesters Storm Election Petition Tribunal In Abuja

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Hundreds of protesters have stormed the Court of Appeal Premises in Abuja, where the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is sitting.

The protesting Nigerians who displayed placards with various inscriptions are demanding justice and the ‘return of their mandate stolen during the February 25 presidential election’.

Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress was declared the winner of the 2023 presidential election but his victory is being challenged at the tribunal by some parties and their candidates.

Alex Otti Receives Transition Report

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The Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti on Monday said the mandate of the people which he received in the March 18 governorship election is sacrosanct.

He called on the people of the state not to be dismayed over the recent judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano State which dismissed his candidacy in the governorship election.

Otti stated this while receiving the report from the Abia Transition Council Chairman, Dr. Victor Onyemkpa in Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre where he reaffirmed that everything is going according to plan for his scheduled inauguration on May 29.

El-Rufai pushing us to the wall, Shi’ites react as 48 houses go for demolition.

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Leaders of the Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky led Shi’ites group, otherwise known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have reacted, as the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA) demolished six structures out of 48 belonging to the sect in Kaduna on Sunday.

The Shi’ite leaders who addressed a press conference in Kaduna Sunday evening after the demolition of the sect’s structures, including schools, hospital and a private residence accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai of pushing the Movement to the wall.

KASUPDA had in a leaked memo which went viral last week, sought the approval of Governor El-Rufai to carry out pending demolition of structures across the state, including 48 structures belonging to the Zakzaky led Islamic Movement.

KASUPDA had in the early hours of Sunday carried out the demolition of six of the Shi’ites structures in Kawo, Rigasa, Tudun Wada and Ungwan Rimi, using security personnel to chase out the occupants of the buildings at unholy hours.

Briefing journalists on the development one of the Movement’s leaders, Yunusa Lawal who was flanked by other leaders, said the demolition of their structures worth tens of millions of naira was not only, “illegal, but vindictive, as the only reason given by the government was that IMN has been banned”.

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