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Supreme Court Okays Deregistration Of Political Parties
The Supreme Court has affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeal which okayed the deregistration of the National Unity Party and others.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had last year deregistered the parties over failure to win any election during the 2019 general election.
In the lead judgement delivered by Justice China Nweze, the apex court said the deregistration of NUP, one of the 74 parties, was done in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.
NPA Debacle: Hadiza Bala-Usman Faces Panel Over N165.3bn ‘Unremitted’ Funds
The administrative panel of inquiry set up to probe the suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, is set to commence work early next week with a focus on N165.32 billion alleged to be unremitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) by the NPA management under her leadership.
Daily Trust Saturday gathered yesterday that the panel, headed by director maritime in the Federal Ministry of Transportation, may also expand its probe in accordance with the presidential approval to audit the accounts of the NPA.
One area the committee is likely going to look at, according to insiders, is award of contracts. The Accountant General Annual Audit Report for 2017, released in 2019, had raised questions over N7.5 billion contracts that was allegedly not properly accounted for.
Aisha Alhassan, Mama Taraba, Is Dead
Aisha Alhassan, former Minister of Women Affairs, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is dead. Details of are death are sketchy but Daily Trust gathered that she died at a hospital in Egypt.
Alhassan contested the Taraba 2015 governorship election under the Platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku, who ran under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Shortly after her loss, President Muhammadu Buhari named her Minister of Women Affairs.
However, she left his administration under controversial circumstances as the APC failed to clear her for the 2019 gubernatorial election. She had resigned her appointment and defected to the United Democratic Party (UDP). Alhassan’s travails in the APC under the chairmanship of Adams Oshiomhole began when she endorsed ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 elections.
REVEALED: ‘IPOB Militants’ Snatched Vehicles Used For Imo Operation
Details have emerged on how the suspected militants of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked the Orlu divisional police headquarters in Imo State snatched vehicles before the operation. Daily Trust had reported how at least eight of them were gunned down during an exchange of crossfire with security operatives.
Our correspondent gathered that that the gunmen stormed Orie Akokwa in Ideato Local Government Area of the State snatched some vehicles, including a Range Rover SUV, a Toyota mini bus and Hilux van.
After snatching the vehicles, the hoodlums headed to Orlu to attack the police station but they met fortified security agents. All the stolen cars were recovered from the armed gang.
Though the identifies of the men are yet to be determined, police have linked similar attacks in the state to members of the Eastern Security Network, the armed wing of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Malami: Prominent Nigerians Financing Terrorism Will Be Prosecuted
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Friday said the federal government is profiling for prosecution, well placed Nigerians suspected of being financiers of terrorism in the country.
Malami, who said this while fielding questions from State House reporters at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, disclosed that ongoing investigations have given reasonable grounds to prosecute the high profile Nigerians and institutions across the country.
The minister said the arrest of the undisclosed number of suspects followed the recent convictions of some Nigerians on terrorism financing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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