JUST IN: President Buhari sacks heads of 4 aviation agencies.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dismissal of heads of three agencies and one college in the nation’s aviation industry.

Those relieved of their jobs are Emma Anasi, managing director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); Anthony Anuforom, director-general of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet); Samuel Caulcrick, rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria; and Felix Abali, commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Sabiu Zakari, permanent secretary, ministry of transportation, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Fola Akinkuotu has been named the new managing director of NAMA. Akinkuotu is a seasoned transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer.

Also, Sani Mashi, a professor of Geography with specialty in environmental application of remote sensing, is the new NiMet director-general.

Mashi is the current deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Abuja.

Abdulsalam Mohammed, a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration, is the new rector of NCAT, Zaria.

Similarly, Akinola Olateru, an engineer of international repute, will take over as the head of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Olateru is a trained air accident manager and Certified Safety Officer with Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licenses in Nigeria, US and the United Kingdom.

Jammeh ‘Sacks’ US Ambassador Who Urged Him To Concede

The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has sacked the US ambassador who called for him to accept defeat to Adama Barrow in elections this month, according to a letter written by the ambassador.

In a letter being shared on social media bearing the embassy’s official stamp, Ambassador Omar Faye writes:

I would like to inform my friends, colleagues and all Gambians that I have been recalled for home service.

The ambassador says he will stand down willingly, adding he’s like the long-serving ruler to follow his example:

I hope and pray that president Jammeh will likewise hand over to President Elect Adama Barrow.

He finishes his letter by urging all authorities, especially the army, which observers say is the key to the outcome of The Gambia’s election crisis, to respect Mr Barrow’s win in the 1 December election:

I am hereby reminding all Gambian officials, civil servants and military personnel [that] they are serving the people of The Gambia and must protect its security, peace and prosperity.

As a former military officer, I was taught loyalty to country FIRST. I hope the armed and security forces will uphold the WILL of The Gambian people made on December 1, 2016.”

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Exxonmobil Sacks 150 Nigerian Workers

Exxonmobil has sacked about 150 Nigerian workers in what its management described as a regular evaluation of its operation as part of a disciplined management process.

But the Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Exxonmobil branch, Mr. Paul Eboigbe, in a telephone interview with Daily Sun, said the sacking of the workers did not follow due process, and cannot stand in the face of the law.

Eboigbe said while discussions and negotiations were still ongoing, and a final agreement yet to be reached, the management unilaterally abandoned talks and went ahead to issue sack letters to the 150 affected workers.

He said the ploy deployed by the management was to exit Nigerian workers and in return bring in expatriates to take up the jobs that Nigerians were capable of executing, lamenting that the salary of an expatriate could pay the salaries of 10 Nigerians.

The union leader said a couple of sectional heads and General Managers were sacked in an undignified manner to pave way for the employment of the expatriates, saying PENGASSAN would not allow that to happen. ‘‘We adjourned the meeting to reconvene at a later date. And while waiting to continue talks, the management started issuing sack letters to the affected workers. This ill treatment cannot stand. And we will do all we can to resist it.”

On what the next line of action would be, Eboigbe said he has directed all his members in offshore location to down tools while similar instruction is being carried out at the Exxonmobil headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Responding, Exxonmobil Manager, Media and Communications, Mr. Oge Udeagha, explained that ExxonMobil regularly evaluates its operations as part of a disciplined management process and continually strives to operate its business in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.

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Dangote Sacks 109 Workers

The Dangote Group has dismissed 109 workers at Obajana Cement Company in Kogi State, after being found guilty of various offences, Abdulahi Magaji has said.

Mr. Magaji, the coordinator of the company’s Patrol Team, announced this to journalists on Tuesday at the Obajana premises of the company.

He said that the dismissed workers were among the 244 suspects arrested between May and November.

According to him, they include erring drivers, owners of illegal haulage, and those stealing the company’s properties among others.

He said that another 115 workers were being remanded in prison custody pending the determination of their cases.

“I am happy to inform you that we have arrested and recovered five stolen trucks; but unfortunately, the products have been stolen.

“It is interesting to note that one of the kingpins, Samaila Yakubu, who specialised in stealing our trucks in collaboration with some drivers and buyers, has also been arrested.

“It is this group that has been terrorising our trucks in the South East and South South axis,” Mr. Magaji, a former commissioner of police said.

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Oyo Sacks 662 Workers For Certificate Forgery

The Oyo State Government has sacked 662 workers for certificate forgery and expunged 2,021 fictitious names from its payroll.

Mr Soji Eniade, the Head of Service (HoS), told newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday that the dismissed workers were identified after a thorough verification exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 662 affected workers include 305 from the local government service, 152 from MDAs and 149 from the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).Twenty-eight others are from parastatals, 26 from higher institutions of learning and two from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Eniade said that the State Executive Council had, at its last meeting, discussed the need to restructure the civil and public service of the state in terms of quality and quantity.

“In terms of quantity, we want to have the right size or figure of civil and public servants in the state institutions, and our intention is to have institutions without ghost workers,” he said.

To achieve the objective, he said that the state government re-engaged the services of a consultant who had earlier and excellently performed the same exercise in 2008.

He stated that the exercise was a normal organisational check aimed at improving the quality of service in the state.

“We cannot continue to allow the influx of people with fictitious certificates into the service of the state,” he said.

The HoS, however, said they exempted the Primary School Certificate in the verification exercise.

“We only reckoned with West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE), Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND), Degree certificates and other higher certificates,” he said.

Eniade said that with the utilisation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN), 2,021 fictitious names were identified on the state’s payroll.

“Out of the 2,021 identified through the BVN, 1,432 are pensioners from the state, 84 pensioners from the local government, while 505 are from other sectors of the service,” he said.

The HoS said that the 2,021 fictitious names had been expunged from the payroll of the state.

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BREAKING: PDM sacks national chairman, others.

The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has announced the removal of its national chairman, Bashir Yusuf.


Sacked alongside the chairman are all other national officers of the party.


The sack is a fallout of a meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party which held in Abuja on Thursday.


PDM is made up of loyalists of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a chieftain of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.


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Court Sacks Two PDP Federal Lawmakers

An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday sacked two members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State for alleged wrongful emergence as flagbearers of the  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 general elections.

The affected lawmakers are Stella Ngwu from Igbo-Etiti and Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, and Dennis Agbo from Igbo-Eze North and Udenu Federal Constituency.

Two other members of the party, Gabriel Okafor and Chijioke Ugwu, had approached the court after PDP conducted its primaries in December 2014, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

They argued in separate suits later merged by the court that Stella Ngwu and Denis Agbo’s emergence as flagbearers of the party was wrong, since they were not elected delegates to represent the party at the November 1 congress held in 2014.

The PDP and its National Working Committee were the 1st and 2nd defendants in the suits, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was the 3rd defendant. Ms. Ngwu and Mr. Agbo were the 4th defendants in the two separate suits.

They prayed the court to declare the election of the fourth defendants null and void.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, held that the emergence of Ms. Ngwu and Mr. Agbo was unlawful.

He ordered them to vacate their offices and return to the treasury of the National Assembly all monies they had collected by way of salaries and allowances since they resumed office in the House.

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Nigerian Customs Sacks 17 Officers For Drug Addiction

According to a statement signed by Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer for the Comptroller-General of Customs,
Seventeen (17) Junior Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed from the Service for offences ranging from drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty from January to September 2016.

The statement revealed the following;

1. The appointment of two other Officers have been terminated for absence from duty while one Officer was retired for drug addiction.

2. Investigations into offences committed by the Officers in the senior category are now being concluded. Officers found guilty are expected to face similar stiff penalties.

3. These disciplinary measures were taken after series of investigations and deliberations by the disciplinary committee and recommendations were made to the Management.

4. This process is a continuation of the reform agenda the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) promised upon his assumption of office which emphasized discipline, good conduct and transparency.

Just In: FAAN Sacks 12 Directors And Senior Managers.

Some 12 directors and general managers have been sacked and others demoted by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

News of the sanction has caused pandemonium and anxiety among members of staff.

A reliable source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos that majority of the directors were relieved of their duties while the general managers were demoted.

The source said some of the affected general managers, who were not properly placed in their appointments, were demoted from Grade Levels 17 and 16 to levels 10, 12 and 14 respectively.

The restructuring was done by the Ministry of Transport following the recommendations of the Presidential Committee chaired by the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika, had said aviation agencies, particularly FAAN and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), were over-bloated

The committee, in its report, discovered that FAAN had no fewer than 40 general managers and 11 directorates created from existing directorates thereby raising overhead cost immensely.

Similarly, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), had complained about the inappropriate placements.

They had alleged that some senior management personnel were appointed into sensitive positions through political connections without the prerequisite experience or qualifications.

They alleged that some personnel who were employed between 2012 and 2013 had just completed their National Youth Service between 2008 and 2010 but were given management positions.

Husband Sacks Wife For Refusing To Terminate 6 Months Old Pregnancy

A 40-year-old housewife, Amudalat Afolabi, has told an Ilorin Area Court that her husband, Tajudeen, sent her out because she refused to terminate a six-month-old pregnancy.
Amudalat made this known when she testified in a divorce petition filed against her by Tajudeen in Ilorin yesterday.

“My husband sent me away from our matrimonial home because I refused to terminate the six-month pregnancy I am carrying,” she said.
Amadalat, 40, did not oppose the dissolution of the 20-year-old marriage, but described Tajudeen as “an irresponsible man”. She said that she was tired of being enslaved by him.
Tajudeen, 50, a resident of Edun Area, Ilorin, had prayed the court to dissolve the marriage for his wife’s alleged infidelity and amorous behaviour.
He said the marriage was contracted in 1996 and had produce five children, Monsurat,18; Ibrahim,16; Mohammed,12; Lateefat, 10; and Fatimoh, eight; and they were all living with him because their mother had left the matrimonial home.
“I am fed up with her waywardness. She is not stable and always frame excuses for her actions. I pray the court to put an end to this union because my wife can kill me as she moves around town like a dog,”
He urged the court to dissolve the marriage and award him custody of the children.
The Area court judge, Mr AbdulQudri Ibrahim, dissolved the marriage and issued the certificate of divorce to the complainant.

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Unity Bank sacks 215 workers in re-positioning strategy

Unity Bank Plc has sacked 215 members of staff. The bank has over 2,000 workforce.

The exercise, it was leant, was to enable the lender realign its operation and pursue a long term growth strategy.

Some of the downsized staff members were said to have opted to resign while management approved severance package for them in line with the bank’s policy.

The lender last May, forged a strategic alliance with Black Trituium, equity and investment fund manager.

Investigation revealed that the affected members of staff were those that achieved less than 40 per cent of their performance target, which affected the lender’s overall profitability in recent years.

The downsizing, which cut across all cadres including junior, middle and top management positions, happened at a time majority of banks are battling with poor profitability over harsh economic conditions and heightened business risks from the plunge in crude oil prices.

The bank is also said to have attracted specialist skills to its workforce since the relocation of its head office from Abuja to Lagos, which was in line with its plan to grow market share in viable clusters of the retail market.

A source close to the bank said the new focus of the business has led to significant enhancement of human capital in its various business units.

This was with a view to injecting fresh ideas, initiatives and energies to strengthen its various departments with capabilities to pursue the attainment of strategic business focus in the Agricultural financing, retail/Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and development of rural economy.

IPOB: Another Faction Emerges, Sacks Kanu

The crisis rocking the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), took a new turn yesterday as another faction which goes by the name Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra (RE-IPOB) emerged.
Two days ago, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) emerged and threatened to burn the Biafra flag publicly on October
Spokesman for the new group, Ikemba Biafra, disclosed that it has sacked the IPOB led by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and the Chima Philip Effiong Osuji-led TRIPOB,  claiming that both groups no longer have the right to speak for Biafra.
It alleged that Kanu has lost touch with realities of Biafra while TRIPOB has nothing to offer.
While promising to disclose their leader on Monday, August 29, 2016, it advised all pro-Biafran agitators to remain peaceful. It also warned security agents to stop molesting Biafra activists.
“Both IPOB and TRIPOB have been sacked; they should no longer speak for the Biafran people. They are the same outfit and have nothing to offer Biafra,” the spokesman said. “We warn that if Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB  and the so-called TRIPOB  continue their antics, RE-IPOB will be forced to make public the sponsors of the two groups. RE-IPOB will not accede to the burning of the Biafran flag as the sacked TRIPOB planned. The Biafran flag is sacred to Biafrans.”
The statement added, however, that RE-IPOB is open to dialogue if the Nigerian government is sincere about ending the protracted agitations for an independent state of Biafra, and warned that the group would not tolerate any insincerity from the government.
“If the Federal Government is sincere in its dialogue with RE-IPOB, then the Biafran flag can be exchanged with the Nigerian flag in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Director of State Security and the Elders of Biafra. If the dialogue is fruitful; then a peace treaty and a ‘no victor no vanquished tree’ will be planted at Gakem where the first shot of the Nigerian Civil war started and at Amichi, Nnewi where the formal cessation of hostilities of the war began.”
Meanwhile, IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group is intact, strong and determined to continue with the struggle for the restoration of state of Biafra.

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Putin Sacks Chief Of Staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has unexpectedly dismissed his chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov.

Mr. Ivanov has been part of Mr. Putin’s trusted inner circle for many years, the BBC reports.

The 63-year-old has now been made a special representative for environmental and transport issues.

A statement from the Kremlin said Mr. Putin had “decreed to relieve Ivanov of his duties as head of the Russian presidential administration,” but gave no reason for the decision.

Mr. Ivanov’s deputy since 2012, Anton Vaino, has been appointed as his successor.

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Catholic Diocese Sacks Four Priests For Sex Abuse

Four priests of the Catholic diocese of Lyon in eastern France have been relieved of their duties for sexual abuse, a diocesan source said Thursday.

A panel of experts recommended the measure, the source added, declining to say whether the clerics had already been named since the diocese’s predator priest scandal came to light in March, rocking France’s Catholic Church.

French judicial authorities are aware of all four dossiers, the source said. The dismissals come three weeks after Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, was questioned by police over allegations that he covered up the sexual abuse of boy scouts.

One of France’s most powerful Catholic leaders, Barbarin has been accused of failing to remove a priest, Bernard Preynat, from his diocese when he became aware the man had sexually abused young boys 25 years ago.

Preynat was relieved of his duties last year. Pope Francis issued a decree early in June that senior Catholic officials guilty of negligence in child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office.

The nine-member expert panel — which included a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, a doctor and Church legal expert — also recommended that the diocese keep an eye on other priests who have already been investigated.

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Court Sacks Modu Sheriff As PDP Chairman

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Wednesday sacked Ali Modu Sheriff as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Justice Valentine Ashi ?held that Sheriff’s ascension to office was unlawful as it was based on amended provision of the PDP ?Constitution said to be illegally introduced in December 2014.

?Though the court did not specifically mention Sheriff’s name, it made an order restraining all persons who became national officers of the party by virtue of the amended Article 47, Rule 6 of the party’s constitution, from further parading themselves in the said capacities.

The judge nullified the amendment of the said provision which he ruled was done in violation of mandatory provisions of Article 66 (2) and (3) of the party’s constitution.

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Court Sacks Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor.

The court held that Mr. Ikpeazu was guilty of tax evasion and was therefore unqualified to have contested the 2015 governorship election in the state.

The court also ordered the governor to vacate office immediately, and hand over to Mr. Ogah, owner of Masters Energy, who came second in the PDP governorship primaries in Abia.

Mr. Ikpeazu is yet to comment on the judgment.

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Osun Sacks Striking Doctors

Osun State Government has technically sacked the doctors in its employ who have been on strike since September 28th 2015.

The Chairman, Special Committee on Health,  Dr. Simon Afolayan, announced at a press conference in Osogbo on Friday that the state considered that the striking doctors had resigned their appointments.
He explained that the doctors had not been sacked because no letter of sack was issued to any of them but they ( striking doctors) were  deemed to resign their appointments because of their refusal to work for more than six months.
According to him,  the doctors started their strike on April 2, 2015.
However, members  of the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers under the Hospitals Management Board and Association of Resident Doctors at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo embarked on an indefinite strike on  September 28, 2015 because  of payment of half salaries and poor condition of service.

Afolayan said, ” Doctors are parts of the civil service and by the civil service rule you cannot abandon your duty post for six months  without reason and not face the consequences. If you do so, it is deemed that you have resigned your appointment. This rule has taken effect.”

Afolayan stated that those who still wanted  to work with the government had been given a fresh opportunity.
He said the state could not afford to pay the doctors’ salaries in full because of the financial  crisis facing the state and the nation.
According to him,  out of about 40,000 workforce in the state civil service, doctors working with the Osun State Hospitals Management Board are less were less than 100.
He described the demands of the doctors as impossible, saying there would be anarchy in the state if the government decided to pay full salaries to doctors and continue to pay other civil servants half salaries.
He said the state doctors did not sack any of the doctors but the doctors  had decided to discontinue rendering their services by abandoning their duties for over six months.
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Bello Sacks Kogi Accountant General, Perm Secs, Others

Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello yesterday sacked the Accountant General of the state, Mr Ibrahim Idakwo and all permanent secretaries except the Permanent Secretary in charge of Government House.
A statement issued in Lokoja by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said the governor also directed all Heads of Administration to proceed on compulsory leave immediately.

The statement said the Accountant General had been relieved of his post while his deputy should proceed on the compulsory 30-day leave.
“At the local government level, the Directors of Local Government Administration, treasurers, education secretaries and cashiers are also to proceed on compulsory leave. The decision is geared towards ensuring a more efficient and productive civil service. The directive takes effect from tomorrow (today)”, the statement said.
The latest development according to our correspondent means that over 100 top government officials in the state might as well be on the verge of losing their jobs.
There are 21 local government areas in the state, implying that 21 directors of local government administration, 21 treasurers and 21 education secretaries got the hammer. The directive also affects 37 permanent secretaries.
Bello had on assumption of duty dissolved all government boards and parastatals except the Judicial Service Commission, State Independent Electoral Commission and Civil Service Commission.


PDP Crisis Deepens As BoT Defies NWC, Sacks Chairman

The crisis in Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, deepened Wednesday as the Board of Trustees, BoT, held its meeting, thereby defying the decision of the National Working Committee that all meetings of the organs of the party be shifted to next week.

The spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, had on Monday issued a statement saying the meeting of the National Caucus of the party had been shifted to Monday next week, while that of the BoT would hold on the morning of Tuesday, February 16th to be followed by a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC.

A member of the BoT had on Tuesday informed said that the BoT was “not answerable to the NWC and would therefore, hold its meeting on Tuesday as scheduled”.

The BoT carried out its threat and held its meeting at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

One of the major outcomes of the meeting was the decision to sack its acting chairman, Bello Haliru, and appoint a replacement.

Mr. Haliru is currently facing trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja over allegations he received large sums of money from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, through his son.

Briefing reporters at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the PDP, the secretary of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, said he had been asked to take over as acting chairman, pending when a substantive chairman would emerge.


FG Sacks Top Civil Servants For Employment Racketeering

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Appeal Court Sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Declares APGA’s Alex Otti Winner

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.

The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance  the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, said the APGA candidate scored 164, 444 valid votes to defeat Mr. Ikpeazu who scored 114, 444 votes.

The court declared that Mr. Otti was the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in Abia.

Justice Omoleye said the cancellation of the elections held in three LGAs of Obingwa, Osisioma Ngwa and Isiala Ngwa by the returning officers after the results were uploaded to INEC was wrong.

“In the Electoral Act, the Returning Officer has the right to only declare results of elections and not to cancel elections.

“This panel discovered that the earlier results uploaded to INEC headquarters correspond with the correct valid registered voters in the three LGAs, while that awarded to the respondent shows over voting and therefore null and void.’’

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Appeal Court Sacks House Speaker

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday nullified the election of the Speaker of Akwa-Ibom House of Assembly, Mr Aniekan Uko, for non-compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court panel of three judges presided over by Justice Moshood Oredola-Abdulrahman, ordered INEC to conduct fresh election in the state constituency – Ibesikpo-Asutan.

The court, which upheld the earlier decision of the Legislative House Election Petitions Tribunal for Akwa Ibom, said Uko of the PDP was not validly elected in the April 11 election.

It held that the election tribunal which sat in Abuja was right in nullifying the election of Uko on the basis of electoral violence and malpractices. After the judgment, Uko said he accepted the decision of the court in good faith. He said he would go back to the field to prepare for the re-run election.

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Oshiomhole Sacks Petroleum Committee Chairman

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has terminated the appointment of Chairman of the state Petroleum Monitoring Committee, Mr Soni Idahagbon for negligence and dereliction of duty.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, said that other members of the Committee have also been suspended.

They will however undergo screening before being reconsidered for re-engagement.

The Governor has warned petroleum dealers in the state that they stand the risk of their land being revoked if they do not return to the official price of petroleum products.

Mr Idahagbon is requested to hand over all government property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary, (Administration) Government House within 24 hours.

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Buhari Fires EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Lamorde

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, has been removed, a presidential source said.

Mr Lamorde was removed on Monday by President, Muhammadu Buhari.

He was seen at the Presidential Villa, where he allegedly held a last meeting with the President.

No reason has been given for his sack.

There are also indications that he may have been replaced, but his successor has not been named.

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Wike Fires Media Adviser

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, early on Friday morning, sacked his embattled Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah.

Inko-Tariah, who is also the Publisher of Port Harcourt-based Hard Truth newspaper, on a local radio at 10 a.m., claimed that he resigned, alleging that Wike starved his office of funds and refused to take his advice.

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I Won’t Rest Until Appeal Court Sacks Jang From Senate- Gov. Lalong

The Plateau State governor, Hon. Simon Lalong, on Wednesday said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) would soon regain its mandate stolen in the March 28 Plateau North Senatorial elections.

It would be recalled that the immediate, past governor of the state, Jonah Jang, was declared winner of the elections.

Lalong stated this, on Wednesday, while addressing a crowd at Government House, Little Rayfield, following his victory at the tribunal.

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Jos, the state capital, on Monday, affirmed the April 11, 2015 election of Lalong.

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Johnson Candide, dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party

Candidate (PDP) candidate in the election, Gyang Pwajok, for what he called lack of credible evidence to prove his petition.

According to Lalong “the APC in Plateau would not sleep till the Court of Appeal also recover our senatorial mandate from Jang. We are in court because we are confident that we won the elections and we would ensure that our mandate is given to us.

Lalong also offered an olive branch to members of the opposition, stressing that his administration would carry along the 53 tribes along.

“I am not surprised at my victory at the tribunal, because we won the elections…”

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Tribunal Sacks Lawmaker, Bans Him From Politics For Life

The National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal for Plateau State has nullified the election of a member of the state House of Assembly representing Langtang South, Mr Vincent Bulus.

The tribunal also banned the lawmaker from contesting for any election for life.

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 House of Assembly Election. Mr. Jackson Danladi, had filed a petition before the Tribunal challenging the victory of Bulus in the election, alleging that the lawmaker was an ex-convict.

Delivering judgment, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice O O Akeredolu, said the respondent was not qualified to contest the election having been convicted of an offence in line with Section 107(1)(d) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Justice Akeredolu said: “The respondent, having been convicted of an offence involving fraud and dishonesty by a court of law, was not qualified to contest the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South constituency.

“That the election and return of the first respondent as member of Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South is a nullify.”

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Tribunal Sacks Rep For Lack Of School Qualification

The Yobe Legislative Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja has nullified the election of a member representing Nangere/Potiskum Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Sabo Garba, for lack of educational qualification.

Mr. Garba was elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The three-member tribunal, presided by Frances Ikponmwen, gave the nullification order while delivering judgment in a petition filed by Ali Yakubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Yakubu and his party had asked the tribunal to nullify Mr. Garba’s election on the ground that he did not possess the requisite qualification to contest the election.

Delivering judgment, the tribunal ordered Mr. Garba to vacate his seat in the House of Representatives.

It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare the petitioner as the winner of the election and issue Certificate of Return to him.

The tribunal held that Mr. Garba failed to defend the allegation that he did not possess the relevant qualification to contest the election.

Out of the four issues raised by the petitioners – malpractice, noncompliance with electoral guidelines, forgery and lack of educational qualification – the tribunal based its judgment on the fourth issue of educational qualification.

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Tribunal Sacks PDP Senator

National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, yesterday sacked Senator Bashir Marafa Abba of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The senator represents Taraba Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

He was dragged to the tribunal by the All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf.

The three-man panel of Justices, in a two and a half hours ruling held that the 1st respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, 2nd respondent, PDP, and 3rd respondent, Senator Abba, failed to prove the case against them beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice I.A. Yusuf, who read the judgement, held that the tribunal was convinced by the evidence that there was swapping of votes of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, by Bali Local Government collation officer in favour of the PDP candidate.

He also held that the cancelation of the results of 16 out of 17 polling units in Kaigama ward within the same local government by the 1st respondent after the results were announced at the polling units by presiding officers was an afterthought and against provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal faulted the cancelation of the entire result of Kaigama ward and ordered the deduction of 2, 999 votes of SDP, which were swapped with the 512 votes for PDP, giving APC candidate 66,097 against the PDP candidate’s 64,356 and SDP’s 33,489.

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Oshiomhole Sacks Four Commissioners

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has terminated the appointment of four Commissioners in the State Executive Council.

Those affected in the exercise, which is in line with government’s commitment to strengthen the system towards optimal performance are: Chief Lucky James, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Mrs. Blessing Maigida, Commissioner for Women Affairs; Mr. Patrick Aguinede, Commissioner for Basic Education; Mr. Chris Ebare, Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources.

They are directed to hand over all government property in their possession to the Permanent Secretaries in their respective Ministries.

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Anambra PDP Sacks Metuh

The Anambra State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh.

His suspension followed one allegedly handed to him by his Otolo Nnewi Ward I,  ratified by his  local government – Nnewi North.

A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary Kenneth Arinze and Victor Osy Ezenwa, Basil Ejidike (secretary), Dr. Maduka Nwankwo (chairman, South), Kelue Molokwu (vice chairman, Central) and Chief Osy Chinwuba (chairman, North), alleged that Metuh embezzled party funds.

The statement reads: “Following the suspension of Chief Olisa Metuh by the Otolo Ward 1 Nnewi of the PDP (where Olisa hails from) and the ratification of same by the Nnewi North Local Government chapter, the sState executive committee, after assessing the weighty allegations against Olisa Metuh and finding them heinous, in compliance with the PDP Constitution, hereby, ratifies the suspension and forward same to the National Working Committee (NWC)”.

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Tribunal Sacks Edo APC Lawmaker

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin on Friday upturned the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yakubu Gowon, as the lawmaker representing Etsako West II Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly.

Gowon had been declared the winner of the April 11 state assembly poll and returned elected to represent the constituency, where Governor Adams Oshiomhole hails from, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

But in the judgement, Justice E. Abuua held that the APC candidate was not duly nominated by his party. The tribunal explained that the APC’s notice of intention to hold party primaries, which he sent to INEC, was less than the mandatory 21 days.

It said the notice was given on November 13, 2014, while the primaries was conducted  on December 1, 2014.  The tribunal, therefore, held that all the votes cast for the APC candidate were wasted and that the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Sylvanus Eriagha, who was the first runner up with 4,001 votes was the rightful person to be declared winner of the poll.

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David Mark Sacks Son, Younger Brother, 120 Personal Assistants

Following the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general elections, former Senate President, David Mark has off-loaded no fewer than 120 of his personal assistants and domestic workers, including his son and younger brother.

Reports gathered that Mark decided to dispose them after his ruling party was ousted from the presidency on March 28. It was indeed a double tragedy for Mark as his party also failed to return to power in his own Benue State.

Mark led the Senate for eight years, a feat no legislator has achieved in the history of Nigeria. Reports gathered that he hitherto had over 300 personal assistants and domestic workers. Among his workers were his son, Babatunde Mark and his brother, Igoche Mark.

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APGA Sacks Chairman For Supporting Ambode

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Adeshina Olayokun has been sacked. Olayokun was removed for supporting Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Olayokun’s decision to support Ambode was at variance with the party’s decision to support the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje.

Kayode Alabi has been selected as Olayokun’s successor.

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Jonathan Sacks Another Political Appointee

According to the Africa Independent Television, president Goodluck Jonathan has around 1 pm sacked Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), Saratu Umar.

The president immediately replaced the our-going Saratu with Uju Hassan-Baba who will be working as acting Executive Secretary.

Since Buhari has been declared winner of the 2015 presidential elections, President Jonathan has gone on a sacking and appointment spree.

The outgoing president sacked inspector-general of Police, Sulieman Abba and appointed in his place Solomon Arase. Jonathan also sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Abdullahi and has approved the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero.

Jonathan has also sacked Gbenga Elegbeleye, the director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC). The president meanwhile appointed close ally, Peter Obi as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Yuguda Sacks All Political Aides

Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda has sacked all his political aides.

He, however, excluded few in charge of “essential services”. The move may not be unconnected with the allegations that some appointees were carting away government properties.

Same allegations have also been made in some states. A statement signed by Hashimu Yakubu, permanent secretary, Political Affairs yesterday, stated that the sacking of all special advisers, senior special assistants and personal assistants was with immediate effect.

It said, “The executive governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has approved the disengagement of all special advisers (with the exception of the special adviser, Due Process).

“Also, all senior special assistants, special assistants and personal assistants (with the exception of those who work directly under His Excellency, the executive governor or the deputy governor).”

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