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Ambode set to swear-in New Acting Chief Judge

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode set to swear-in Justice Opeyemi Oke as the Acting Chief Judge of the State, on Monday, September 25, 2017. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Habib Aruna said Justice Oke, who is the most senior judge of the State Judiciary, is to be sworn-in as acting Chief Justice following the retirement of the outgoing Chief Judge of the State. The outgoing Chief Justice of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade will attain the statutory retirement age on September 24, 2017. Justice Atilade had on Monday paid a visit to the Governor at Lagos House to officially announce her retirement from the State’s judiciary. Speaking while receiving the outgoing Chief Judge, Governor Ambode pledged his administration’s determination to prioritise the welfare of ...

Reverse Proscription Order and Terrorist label – IPOB asks Court

The Indigenous People of Biafra asked the Federal High Court, on Friday, in Abuja to reverse its orders proscribing it and labelling it as a terrorist group. IPOB made the request in a motion filed by its lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, before the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati. This comes barely 48 hours after Justice Kafarati had granted an ex-parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for the proscription of the group and its categorisation as a terrorist group. IPOB, which has insisted that it is a non-violent movement, based its motion on 13 grounds. One of them was that the court did not have the jurisdiction to proscribe the group as it is “an entity unknown to law”. IPOB, in its motion, is a...

Hydrogen bomb test in Pacific Ocean says North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, revealed, on Thursday, that they may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Ri Yong Ho disclosed this when asked what leader Kim Jong Un might do after President Donald Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend itself or its allies. He said Pyongyang could consider a hydrogen bomb test on the Pacific Ocean of an unprecedented scale, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Ri said the potential test of “the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb” would be one possible “highest-level” action against the US, according to Yonhap. Ri, who was talking to reporters in New York, however said he did not know Kim’s exact thoughts, according to the report. On F...

North Korea’s foreign minister calls Trump’s UN address ‘sound of dog barking’

North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, called US President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations “the sound of a dog barking”, brushing aside Trump’s remarks that the United States may be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea. “There is a saying that goes: ‘Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on’,” said Ri in televised remarks to reporters in front of a hotel near the United Nations headquarters in New York. “If Trump was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming.” When asked by reporters what he thought of Trump calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man”, Ri quipped, “I feel sorry for his aides.” Ri is slated to make a UN speech on ...

EFCC blocks Alison-Madueke’s offer to return for trial in Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, blocked an attempt by Diezani Alison-Madueke, former petroleum minister to return to Nigeria from London to face trial. According to reports, the former minister appears to be eager to return to Nigeria, where she is also being investigated for massive corruption. Alison-Madueke left Nigeria and fled to London after she left office in May 2015. She became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency as she was investigated for corruption and money laundering. To carry out her plans of returning home, she reportedly filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja on September 18. In the suit, which was filed by her counsel,Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), she asked to be joined as defendant ...

How much did you spend on treatment in London? – Group asks Buhari

The Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI) wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding the details of his medical bills. The president had spent 104 days in London for medical treatment and according to The Punch, the group demanded that the president release the financial details of his medical treatment. In the letter signed by its executive director, Adeolu Oyinloye, the group also wanted Buhari to disclose how much was spent on parking the presidential aircraft at Stansted Airport for the entire 104 days that he was in the UK. The group said: “Who defrayed the parking charges of the aircraft that conveyed you to the United Kingdom? How many crew members accompanied you and the aircraft? For how long were the crew members stationed in the United ...

Court proscribes IPOB, declares it a terrorist group

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, declared the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)as “acts of terrorism”. This followed an application filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. Malami had asked the court to proscribe the group. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the legal process for the proscription of the group. According to the State House correspondents in Abuja, Mohammed explained that the procedure for proscription was that “the president must sign the proclamation after which the attorney-general will follow the procedure which he is doing”. “For those who are fixated with legality, I have good news for them: President Muhammadu Buhari has appr...

UNGA: Nigeria signs Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty

Nigeria has signed the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, joining dozens of other countries that signed the treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, signed the treaty on behalf of Nigeria on Wednesday at the UN headquarters on the sidelines of the High-level UN General Assembly. After the signing ceremony, Onyeama told Newsmen that Nigeria was in support of weapons-free world. He said “right from the early 60s, Nigeria has been a strong advocate of nuclear weapons prohibition and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. “You may recall in the early 60s when France tested an atom bomb-related device in the Sahara and Nigeria cut diplomatic relations with France at the time. “Nigeria had always b...

NNPC extends crude oil search to Sokoto

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday, said it has extended the search for crude oil to the Sokoto Inland Sedimentary Basin. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this when he received a delegation from Sokoto State, led by the Governor, Aminu Tambuwal in Abuja. Baru was responding to an appeal by the governor, calling on the NNPC to activate oil and gas exploration campaign in the Sokoto Basin with a view to establishing the volume and value of hydrocarbon deposits there. He stated that the NNPC, has since embarked on properly and professional exploration of all inland basins in the country including the Sokoto basin. Baru disclosed that the NNPC had already procured aeromagnetic data on the Sokoto basin from the Nigerian Geophysical Surv...

Customs impounds 475 rifles at Tin Can Port

Barely a week after it intercepted a 20-foot container load of 1,100 pump action rifles, the Tin Can Island Command of Nigeria Customs Service, on Monday, uncovered yet another set of 475 rifles shipped in by the same importer. According to reports, the guns were discovered after the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Bashir Yussuf, ordered a detailed profiling of the importer of the 1,100 rifles intercepted last week. The container was marked CMAU189817/8. This is the fourth seizure at Tin Can Island Port within eight months. A source, who witnessed the examination of the container, told newsmen that the rifles were concealed with small connecting pipes. The source said: “The container is owned by the same importer of the 1,100 guns. After a detailed profiling of the impo...

Trump threatens to ‘destroy’ North Korea in UN address

President Donald Trump warned “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-Un is on a “suicide mission” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it targets the United States or its allies, in an address to the UN on Tuesday. Appearing before the 193-member organisation that emerged from the ashes of World War II, Trump boasted of America’s military strength, signalled he was ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the “murderous regime” in Tehran, and berated US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,&...

South Africa’s court to hear state’s appeal against Pistorius in November

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the state’s appeal against the six-year murder sentence handed to Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius on Nov. 3 2017, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday. The state will argue that six years in jail is too lenient a sentence for the murder by Pistorius of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, in 2013. “The state, in the papers, we stipulate clearly that the sentence imposed is shockingly low,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku. “The presiding officer has the discretion to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence when compelling and substantial circumstances exist. But, with this matter, the presiding officer exercised that discretion in a very lenient manner.” Women’s ri...

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