#EdoDecides: Card Reader Stops Working In Unit 20

The card reader being used for accreditation in Unit 20 Ward 4 at Emokpae primary school has stopped working.

Voters that queued at the unit are now undecided on what to do.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said they have informed their superiors about the malfunction and another card reader is on the way.


Edo: Card reader stops working in Unit 20

Union Stops Arik Passengers From Entering Abuja Airport Hall

Over 200 passengers of Arik Air were stopped from entering the departure hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday by angry aviation union members.

The passengers were directed to converge at the crowded ticketing counter of the airline despite passionate pleas by some of the travellers to the unionists.

Some of the angry union members stationed themselves at the way leading to the departure hall for outbound passengers, they checked the tickets of travellers who made their way to the departure hall and those with Arik Air tickets were turned back.

Our correspondent gathered that the union members arrived at the airport early and commenced the exercise of denying Arik Air passengers entry to the departure hall as early as 6.30am on Wednesday.

The situation dragged for several hours, a developmnt that forced the carrier to suspend its flight services on Wednesday.

Most of the affected passengers felt dejected as many of them were seen trying to catch another flight with a different airline, while others left.

“This is painful and I feel dejected already. Must we suffer this much in Nigeria? Can’t unions and businesses in their sphere of operations settle amicably without putting innocent citizens through untold hardship for once in this country? This is sad!,’ were the words of an affected traveller who simply gave his name as Greg.

The unions, it was gathered, were demanding that the airline should clear its about N12.5bn debt owed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

Similarly, the union members also stopped the carrier from carrying out its operations at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

This was confirmed by the airline’s spokesperson, Mr. Banji Ola, who stated that the FAAN workers’ union on Wednesday morning blocked the operations of Arik Air at the GAT, Lagos.

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Kano Gov. Stops 13 From Joining ISIS

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has confirmed the arrest of 13 persons, believed to be on the way to Libya to join the dreaded Islamic group, Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Making the allegation on Tuesday, during a police-organised press conference at Bompai Police headquarters, the governor said the suspects were not only a threat to their country of destination but, were also likely threats to neighbouring countries like Libya, including Nigeria.

He commended the police for a job well and tasked them to continue on the same note of effective policing of the state.

Speaking also, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Muhmmad Musa Katsina added that the arrested suspects were in possession of fake travelling passports to Libya. He expressed fear that they had the potential of joining a terrosist group once they get into Libya.

Meanwhile, a village head in Goron-Maje town in Dambatta Council of Kano State, Alhaji Usman Musa Muhammad has been suspended from office following allegations of illicit relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

The Kano Emirate Council announced his suspension and told newsmen that the suspension was to give way for proper investigation into the alleged act.

Galadima Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanunsi , who gave details of the development to reporters said already, a committee has been raised by the council to investigate the allegations and establish the truth of the matter.

Members of the committee comprised representatives from the Emirate Council and the Kano State Hisbah Board.

The village head, it was alleged, had had carnal knowledge of the girl on several occasions.

Commander General of Kano State Hibah Board, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, indicated interest in the matter, and added that the board will invite the village head for questioning.

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CBN Stops Forex Sale To BDCs

Central Bank of Nigeria has discontinued sale of foreign exchange to Bureau De Change operators as part of move to preserve the nation’s external reserves.

The CBN governor Godwin Emefiele, who announced the decision on Monday in Abuja, said the BDCs operators are however allowed to source for forex from any other source that will not be contrary to the money laundering laws.

Emefiele said the apex bank could not contend with the enormous challenges and reduction   of the external reserves.

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British Judge Questions Jonathan’s Integrity, Stops Etete From Getting N17 Billion

A British Judge on Tuesday refused to release $85 million (N17 billion) to Malabu, a fraudulent company controlled by Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, Dan Etete.

In refusing to release the money to Malabu, Justice Edis of the Southwark Crown Court declared that he was not sure the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan acted in Nigeria’s interest when it approved the transfer of the money to Malabu.

“I cannot simply assume that the FGN which was in power in 2011 and subsequently until 2015 rigorously defended the public interest of the people of Nigeria in all respects,” the judge ruled.

It was once reported how the Jonathan administration controversially approved the transfer of $1.092 billion from Nigeria’s JP Morgan account in London to Nigerian accounts controlled by Malabu.

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FG To Stops Rice Importation In 2017

Federal Government will no longer import rice from 2017 based on a new agricultural policy .

This is even as state governors have given their commitments to ensure the policy succeeds.

Zamfara State gover­nor, Abdulazeez Yari dis­closed this to State House correspondents after a meeting on the new agri­culture policy held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

The meeting had in at­tendance some state gover­nors, permanent secretar­ies of relevant ministries and heads of government agencies.

Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said the meeting discussed how governments at all levels can boost rice pro­duction.

“The meeting was on the new policy on agri­culture and food sustain­ability. “We discussed how we can boost rice produc­tion in Nigeria and start thinking about how we are going to put policy in place on how rice importa­tion will be banned in the country…”

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Court Stops Diezani From Leaving UK Till Next April

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke will not be able to leave the United Kingdom (UK) until April, next year.

That is when the investigations into allegations against her are expected to have been concluded, Judiciary sources said.

She is expected to be arraigned before the magistrate for alleged money laundering and bribery,

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested last week along with four others by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA).She was granted bail. Her international passport was, however, seized.

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Court Stops EFCC, Others From Inviting Oduah

Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the  Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stay action in connection with the BMW bullet proof cars allegedly bought by Senator Stella Oduah, while serving  as minister of aviation.

The court restrained EFCC, and other agencies from taking action relating to the probe of Oduah on the controversial vehicles, pending the hearing and determination of fundamental rights suit filed before the court. The court’s order, dated August 26, 2015, was sequel to a motion ex-parte marked FHC/L/CS/1342/2014, filed before the court by  Oduah, the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Joined in the fundamental rights suit are; the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and Inspector-General of the Federation, IGP, as first, third and fourth respondents. The court  also granted leave to Senator Oduah, who was the Minister of Aviation between 2011 and 2013, to serve the originating processes and all other processes meant for service in the suit to all the respondents outside Lagos State and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Oduah, in her  statement of claim, stated that there was a move by the respondents, doing the bidding of her political adversaries, to persecute, prosecute and humiliate her.

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El-Rufai Stops Free Ramadan Rice, Oil, Sugar Distribution

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, has ordered a stop to government’s free distribution of grains during fasting in the month of Ramadan.

The Governor said that his administration would not continue with what he described as the People’s Democratic Party’s culture of sharing state’s resources.

“I have been made to understand that this Ramadan period, we are supposed to have started sharing rice, milk and sugar, but we will not do that,” El-Rufa’i said yesterday at the Government House.

He spoke when the executive members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) visited him.

El-Rufa’i explained that he took the decision to stop the annual tradition of distribution of the products because he does not want government to be involved in religious affairs, more so, according to him, “as the government is broke.

“If his government continues in such direction, the administration will only exist to pay salaries and allowances.

“This beautiful office complex in which we are cost the government about N10 billion.

“The Deputy Governor and I would not have built this when there are many masses-oriented projects yet to be executed, but it has been built, we have to use.’’

“So, we solicit your prayers to be able to stabilise the situation and we hope that things will improve.”

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Court Restrains NDLEA, Security Agencies From Arresting Kashamu

Reprieve has come the way of the embattled Senator-elect, Prince Kashamu Buruji, as a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Wednesday morning, restrained security agencies in Nigeria from arresting and transporting him to the United States to stand trial on drug-trafficking offences.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Okon Abang, declared that it was illegal to arrest and extradite Kashamu in relation to drug-trafficking allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British courts.

The judge granted Kashamu’s prayer that since he had obtained a judgment in Nigeria in January 2014 barring his arrest and extradition and the judgment having not been set aside, he could not be arrested and extradited.

The judge also awarded a cost in the sum of N20,000 against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser to the President, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.


Supreme Court Stops Constitution Amendment

The Supreme Court has stopped the National Assembly from taking further steps towards amending the ?1999 constitution.

In a ruling this morning,? a seven-man panel of justices of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, ?Justice Mahmud Mohammed, ordered the National Assembly to maintain status quo on the matter until June 18.

The apex court further directed the issuance of hearing notice on the NASS for it to appear on that date to respond to the suit that was lodged against the proposed alterations to the constitution, by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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