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Hon. Yakubu Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governor Mai Mala Buni, meets President Muhammadu Buhari

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Dogara’s return to APC excites Buhari, says Buni

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has again dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Announcing the development to State House correspondents on Friday, the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee, Mai Mala Buni, said the President Muhammadu Buhari was happy seeing Dogara return to the party.

Dogara, alongside a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and some governors had left the APC for the PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections.

How NDDC paid staff N655m for training, foreign trips during COVID-19 lockdown –Report

The embattled Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission paid N570m to some staff members to undergo training programmes when Nigeria was on total lockdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The disclosure is contained in the report of the Senate ad hoc committee set up to unravel the alleged financial recklessness perpetrated by the IMC between October 1999 and May 2020.

Diezani must face N17.6bn money laundering charges – Court

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to appear for arraignment on money laundering charges preferred against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application shortly after it was moved by EFCC’s lawyer, Faruk Abdullah.

The judge ordered the defendant who was alleged to have fled to the United Kingdom shortly after leaving office in 2015, to appear in court to answer to the 13 counts of money laundering involving $39.7m (N14.29bn at N360 to $1) and N3.32bn said to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Shekau told us FG insincere –Ex-Boko Haram fighters

A surrendered Boko Haram terrorist, who is in the custody of troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, has said a factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, told them while in the forests that the Federal Government was insincere and cheated them.

The surrendered terrorist, according to a release from MNJTF on Friday, added that Shekau was worse than those he condemned and he was happy to have escaped from the sect.

In the release by the MNJTF Chief of Public Information, Col Timothy Antigha, 47 Boko Haram fighters surrendered to Sector 1 of the Force with their family members.

WASSCE: Lagos private schools to resume August 3

National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Lagos State, has said the terminal senior secondary school pupils will resume on August 3.

Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, the President, NAPPS, Lagos State chapter, Mr Amusa Olawale, explained that there was plan to ensure the conduct of the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in September.

He added that the Lagos State Ministry of Education had given them permission to resume so far the necessary health requirements were met.

Army’s ‘Operation Positive Identification’ illegal, says court

The Federal High Court in Lagos has declared as illegal the ‘Operation Positive Identification’ introduced late last year by the Nigerian Army in response rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and farmer/herders’ clashes across the country.

The military operation requires that all citizens must carry a means of identification, such as the national identity card, voter card, driving licence, to be able to move in the country.

But human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), had approached the court in November last year to challenge the legality of the military operation. The court, in a judgment on Friday by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, declared that the military had no constitutional power to embark on such operation.

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