May 29: Don’t allow any officeholder sneak out of Nigeria — CNG tells security agencies
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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has asked the Security Agencies and Anti-Graft agencies to ensure that no public office holder in the present administration is allowed to sneak out of the country before May 29th handover.
This is just as the CNG charged the Department of State Security (DSS) to fish out and arrest those plotting against the May 29th handover and their sponsors.
The Spokesperson of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman while addressing journalists on Thursday, demanded when President Muhammadu Buhari bows out of office, all key office holders must be asked to clear themselves of all pending corruption and other allegations against them.
He also demanded that security agencies including all the anti-graft agencies work in synergy and ensure that all critical office holders in the outgoing administration did not sneak out of the country before May 29th.
On plot against handover, Suleiman said CNG strongly repudiate, in all ramifications, any attempt by any individual or group, to bring about any situation that could lead to scuttling or in anyway postponing the scheduled handover of leadership to the new duly elected federal administration of Bola Tinubu and state governors on May 29.
Biden plans new Pacific islands summit after PNG no-show
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U.S. President Joe Biden will arrange another summit of Pacific island leaders this year after the disappointment caused by his cancellation of a visit to Papua New Guinea due to the domestic debt ceiling crisis, his national security adviser said on Wednesday.
Political analysts said Biden's cancellation of the short visit to Port Moresby planned for next Monday after a G7 summit in Japan had dealt a blow to U.S. credibility in the Pacific island region, where Washington is competing with China for influence.
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Asked en route with Biden to Japan whether the decision to cancel gave Beijing an advantage, Jake Sullivan, the president's senior security adviser, said the U.S. saw the "demand signal for the United States only growing for the Pacific islands."
El-Rufai Marks 9 Makarfi’s Companies For Demolition, Revokes C Of O
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revoked the Right of Occupancy of nine companies belonging to a former Governor, Senator Ahmed Muhammed Makarfi.
The affected properties have also been slated for demolition.
Daily Trust understands that the notice of revocation and withdrawal of the right of occupancy had been served to the officials of the affected companies.
The official notice of revocation was addressed to the Director of Cane Properties, Plot 11, Murtala Square, Doka, Alhaji Ibrahim Makarfi who responded, “Our Lawyers will respond accordingly to the revocation and withdrawal of right of Occupancy of the companies”.
However, reacting to the revocation in a text message sent to Senator Makarfi, he confirmed receipt of nine revocation letters.
He said, “There is a serious issue. We need to meet Ustaz Yunus (SAN) to go to court to stop the state government; they just sent nine revocation letters to us”.
Listed among the affected properties are five plots in Mogadishu, three plots on Kwato road, and the Doka plot.
Abure resumes as LP National Chairman, denies allegation of 500M bribe from Akpabio
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Julius Abure and the three other suspended officials of the Labour Party (LP) on Thursday, returned to the party’s Secretariat in Abuja to assume their various posts.
At a press conference for journalists held at the secretariat, Abure informed the media that the party had appealed the FCT High Court’s decision to suspend him, the party’s secretary, Farouk Ibrahim, and two other individuals from serving as the party’s national officials. As a result, the FCT High Court no longer has jurisdiction over the case.
Abure also denied allegations by the Apapa Lamidi-led faction of the party that he collected 500 million Naira to endorse Godswill Akpabio for Senate President.
He further debunked allegations that he mobilsed people to attack attack Lamidi and team at the Presidential Ellection Tribunal on Wednesday, stating that it was solely the handiwork of Nigerians who were unhappy about his (Lamidi) actions against LP.
According to the LP Chairman, “A cursory look at the originating summons which is pending before the High Court of the FCT, Apapa and his cohorts asking that court upon granting their reliefs in the final judgement to direct the NEC to appoint interim National officers for the party.
Out of desperation they are not patient enough to wait for the outcome of the final judgment but employed self-help and appoint themselves as National Officers of the Party.
“However, our objection to the court jurisdiction was overruled by Justice J. Muazu of FCT High Court on the 12th of May. On the same day, we filled a Notice of Appeal. Then on Wednesday 17th May, the Appeal was entered at the Court of Appeal No. CA/ABJ/CV/559/2023. Also we have filled our Appellant Brief of Argument which has been served on the trail courts.
I Regret Making Tambuwal Become Speaker – Gbajabiamila
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed regret for leading a forum that championed the emergence of Aminu Tambuwal as Speaker of the House in the 7th National Assembly.
Aminu Tambuwal is the outgoing governor of Sokoto state and former speaker of the House of Representatives.
Speaking in Abuja at a meeting of the Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect of the All Progressives Congress and opposition parties in the coming 10th National Assembly on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said “I regret it,” while recalling the previous attempts by speakership aspirants to oppose chosen candidates of their respective parties.
The coalition had adopted candidates of the APC for Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu, respectively, for the 10th House.
Before Gbajabiamila spoke, the candidate of the APC for President of the Senate, senator Godswill Akpabio, accompanied the Speaker into the venue, made a short remark and left.
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