The Supreme Court has denied reports that six of its directors were behind the resignation of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen. The apex court, in a statement signed by the Director, Information and Press, Dr. Festus Akande, made this known on Monday. Akande also made it clear that it does not take orders from President Muhammadu Buhari, as it remained an independent arm of government.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has declined assent to the bill seeking lifetime pension for lawmakers in the state as proposed and passed by the Assembly. The State Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Monday. The bill which was proposed last week by the leader of the House of Assembly Peter Akpe, will grant life pensions to Speakers, Deputy Speakers, and other members. Iworiso-Markson said the governor conveyed the decision to decline assent to the bill in a letter to the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene in the case of Zainab Aliyu, a student detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that the President gave the directive two weeks ago when the matter was brought to his attention.
The Concerned Citizens of Sokoto has asked former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar to trace his origin to another place, not Sokoto whose people he allegedly described in 2003 as “ungrateful power zealots.” Concise News learned that the Sokoto State Coordinator of the Group, retired Squadron Leader Aminu Bala Sokoto, made the remark when he addressed journalists in the northwest state.
The arraignment of the governor-elect of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, was stalled on Monday morning due to the absence of Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court. Concise News understands that Mohammed, who was elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was scheduled to be arraigned on fresh six counts. The charges border on false declaration of assets and giving false information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) It was learned that Mohammed and his counsel and the EFCC counsel were present but the court did not sit because the judge was on election petition duty in Abeokuta, the Ogun state, capital.
The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as public holiday to mark the 2019 Workers’ Day. Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lt.- Gen. (Retd.) Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration. He praised the Nigerian workers for their commitment and sacrifice towards building a greater country. In a statement that was issued on Monday by Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary at the ministry, the minister commended Nigerian workers’ effort.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Monday said that it is yet to release results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. However, the board made it known that it would do so within the week. Concise News had reported that the board through its head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin made it known that the results will be available from Monday, April 29.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo said the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio have settled the perceived political differences between them. Concise News understands that Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Keyamo revealed In a statement sent to Channels Television on Monday that both leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ironed out their differences when they met on April 14.
Another Popular Nollywood Actor, Dr. Prince Dammy Eke has been announced dead on Sunday, April 28th. Concise News gathered that the actor died just after in he slumped at a bar in Port Harcourt, River State. As at the time of filing in this report, the reason for his slumping has not been ascertained but his elder brother who picked a call put across his phone number confirmed the death.
Nigeria’s U20 boys have arrived in Bad Goegging Munich in Germany for a three –week intensive final camping programme ahead of the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland. Concise News reports that delegation comprising team officials and 23 players travelled aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight from Abuja on Saturday night and arrived in Frankfurt just before 6 am, before a 4-hour road trip to the city. The delegation is staying at The Monarch Hotel.