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Biggest Nigerian News Tonight, Thursday 16th Of July 2020

1. BREAKING : Court discharges interim forfeiture order on Saraki’s home

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday has set aside the order of interim forfeiture placed on the ex-Senate President’s property. The Court also dismissed EFCC’s application for final forfeiture of the said assets.

Recall that the EFCC through its counsel Rotimi Oyedepo Esq. had filed an application in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/2163/2019 for the forfeiture of Senator Saraki’s property at Plots 10 and 11 Abdulkadir Road GRA Ilorin. EFCC contended that the property was acquired illegally with funds belonging to Kwara State. Senator Saraki through his counsel Kehinde Ogunwumiju SAN raised a preliminary objection to the forfeiture action and filed a substantive opposition to it. Arguments were taken on the 27th February 2020.

In delivering the ruling of the Court today 16th July 2020, Hon. Justice Aikawa of the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court while dismissing Senator Saraki’s objection held that the Court had jurisdiction to entertain the case. His Lordship further held that the evidence before the Court was to the effect that the property was substantially financed with money paid to the ex-governor in line with the Kwara State Governor and Deputy Governor Payment of Pension Law which provides that a two term governor is entitled to a house within the state upon completion of his second tenure.

2. Buhari Gives IGP Ultimatum On Tackling Zamfara Crisis

A marching order has been issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to security chiefs to tackle the challenges of insecurity in the North West.

This was made known by the inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu when security chiefs paid a visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello at his palace in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Thursday.

He noted that the President has sent security heads to interact with stakeholders in Zamfara state, so as to reach a conclusion on how to tackle the crisis tearing the state apart.

3. This Is Cowardly And Shameful! Fani-Kayode Reacts To Police Raid Of Joy Nunieh’s Home

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to reports that the police took to beseige and raid the house of former NDDC boss, Joy Nunieh.

Fani-kayodeTaking to his Twitter page, the social and political commentator described the event as cowardly and disgraceful.

Nunieh is still in battle with Godswill Akpabio, who she recently accused if sexual harassment and assault.

4. Senate President hails FG’s NALDA back-to-farm initiative

As NALDA says programme to take-off soon

The President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, hailed Federal Government’s National Agricultural Land Development Authority NALDA, a back-to-farm initiative towards boosting food production and job creation for young Nigerians.

Lawan stated this during the courtesy visit of the Executive secretary/ CEO of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne at his office in NASS, Abuja.

According to him, members of NASS will sensitize, engage, and make their constituents understand and key into the NALD back-to-farm initiative.

5. UPDATED: 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna roads can’t be completed under Buhari ― Reps

The House of Representatives Committee on Works, on Thursday, declared that with the amount of sleaze involved in the handling of the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road projects, it will be impossible for them to be completed and commissioned by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Besides, the legislators also described Julius Berger plc, as incapable of handling the three projects; they suggested that the road projects be split and shared to other controls to guarantee speedy completion, as they accused the company of submitting doctored documents claiming work done on the projects.

The Chairman of the Committee, Rep Abubakar Kabir (APC-Kano), made the disclosure yesterday at the National Assembly Complex, after receiving the submission of the contractor, Julius Berger on the three projects.

6. NDDC Probe: Nigerians will hear more from me, Nunieh vows

*Accuses Akpabio of masterminding Mopol seige on Port Harcourt home

Dismissed acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Joy Nunieh, on Thursday, vowed that Nigerians would hear more from the can of worms she’s been opening over her face-off with Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, on National Assembly probe on NDDC.

Nunieh spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt, Rivers State, under the protection of Governor Nyesom Wike after he rescued her from police siege at her GRA residence.

The siege was perceived as a move to prevent her from flying to Abuja to make submissions to the House Committee probing NDDC Interim Management Committee spending.

7. BREAKING: NLC, ULC settle crisis

—Ajaero emerges new Deputy President of NLC

ABUJA — THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the United Labour Congress, ULC, have settled their lingering crisis that weakened the labour struggle in the country.

President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba disclosed this at a joint meeting of the two Labour centres in Abuja on Thursday.

The briefing was attended by the President of the ULC, Comrade Joe Ajaero and the executive members of the center.

Comrade Ajaero was announced as the new Deputy President of the NLC.

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EFCC Justice Aikawa Kwara State Muhammad Adamu Saraki


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