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Bankrolling: Fani-Kayode Demands N6b In ‘Penitence’ For Opinion Article In Daily Trust
Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode has demanded N6 billion in “token amount for penitence” over the contents of a citizen opinion article published on its platform.
He says negotiation must begin in 14 days or he would go to court, according to a letter from his counsel being circulated to media outlets.
He has demanded the article be retracted and an apology published in two national dailies within 14 days from receipt of the letter.
Senate Denies N20m Palliatives From NDDC
The Senate has dismissed allegation that National Assembly members received varying sums of money as COVID-19 relief fund from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Director of Projects, Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had alleged in a recent interview that the interventionist agency gave N20 million to each senator and N15 million to each of the House of Representatives member.
The Senate spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, in a statement on Tuesday, denied Ojougboh’s claim and challenged him to publish the names of the Senators he allegedly gave the sum.
Gombe PDP Spokesman In Custody For Critising APC Govt
The spokesman of the People’s Democratic Party in Gombe State has been remanded in custody by a Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defaming character of some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Khalid Mu’azu Izala, the Public Relations Officer of the PDP in Gombe Local Government, was arrested and detained at the State Lowcost Police Divisional Office since Friday on the request of one Garba Mohammed Mairago, who accused him of using his Facebook page sometime in 2019 to write defamatory statements against him (Mairago) and some unnamed members of the APC in the state.
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), read to the accused when he appeared in court on Tuesday, he posted on his Facebook page that Garba Mairago and some members of the APC are planning to ‘terrorize’ him.
Senators Vow To Reject Water Resources Bill
Opposition senators Tuesday vowed to resist any attempt to reintroduce the controversial National Water Resources Bill 2020 in the Senate.
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, confirmed to Daily Trust Tuesday that the bill had passed first and second readings in the House and had been referred to the House Committee on Water Resources for further legislative action.
The executive bill seeks to bring all the waters and their surrounding banks in all parts of Nigeria under the control of the federal government.
Presidency Says CAMA Not Targeted At Churches As CAN Writes Buhari
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, says provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA) were not targeted at churches or other religious bodies.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting with the Christian Association of Nigeria, Enang said some politicians, especially those from the opposition, had given the Act an anti-religious view.
“The president didn’t originate the law and had, at previous occasions, withheld assent when he was not convinced it was good enough for Nigeria. We want to declare as a fact, that the Act does not target churches or religious bodies as wrongly assumed,” Enang said.
Army Chief Donates House To 85-Year-Old War Veteran After Eviction By Kaduna Government
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has come to the aid of an 85-year-old ex-serviceman with a donation of a 3-bedroom house after being evicted from his residence by the Kaduna State Government.
Warrant Officer Paul Ojo, who formerly lived at KASUPDA Quarters at Swimming Pool Road, Kaduna, was evicted from his house by the Kaduna State Government after spending several years as a tenant.
The war veteran, who was evicted alongside nine others, sought the intervention of the army authorities, and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nadir El-Rufai over the “forceful eviction” from his home by security operatives.
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