Thursday, 16 May 2019

10 top stories You should read this Thursday.

1. A Kano State High Court, Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as null and void.

Justice Nasiru Saminu, who gave the ruling following a suit by the plaintiff, Hon. Sule Gwarzo, against the Governor and the state government, for splitting the emirate, ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.

2. A group of Kano elders under the auspices of 'Friends of Democracy' has warned of serious crisis over the appointment of new emirs by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

A statement on Wednesday jointly signed by Bashir Tofa, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Dr. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, Bilya Bala, Hubert Shaiyen and, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, warned that the creation of new emirates could lead to violence and politicization of traditional authority.

3. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday appeared for screening following his re-nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term last week.

In the executive communication, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki acknowledged that Emefiele has been re-nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari for another term of five years.

4. Proceedings have been stalled at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) owing to a request by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar's lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), and Atiku Abubakar himself.

When the case was mentioned a little after 10am, on Wednesday, Uzoukwu told the five-man panel tribunal, that he has an application, which he would prefer to move in chambers.

5. The Federal Government, on Wednesday lamented the brand of politics by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the brand of politics by PDP and Abubakar "poses a great threat to Nigeria's democracy.

6. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described comments by the Presidency suggesting that he and his party are sabotaging the Muhammadu Buhari-led government as lies.

In response to the claims, Atiku through a statement by his media aide, Mazi Paul Ibe, described the allegations as all lies.

7. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday accused some defeated politicians in the just concluded general elections of being responsible for the current heightened insecurity in parts of the country.

Buratai leveled the accusation in Maiduguri when he received the House Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Rep. Remande Shawulu, at the Theatre Command.

8. Security forces are now trailing yet to be identified gunmen who invaded Kanoma village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara and abducted seven persons, including a three-month-old baby, along with her mother, killing two people.

An eyewitness, Malam Ibrahim Muhammed said that the bandits in their hundreds besieged the area at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday and fired gun shots sporadically in the air to scare the residents away.

9. Some suspected ritualists at Ricoto village in Zuru Local Government Area of Kebbi State have slaughtered a five-year-old girl, residents and the police have confirmed.

Mallam Sani Rikoto, a resident of the village, said the girl was asleep outside their compound with her parents and grandmother, when she was abducted and killed.

10. Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the protection of his fundamental rights.

Okorocha, in fundamental rights suit filed at the court, alleged that his political adversaries were behind his current travails.

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