EUREKA NEWS @ NOON – FEBRUARY 6, 2019
US, UK, EU’s comments on Onnoghen’s suspension, ‘most irresponsible’ —El-Rufai
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has described as “most irresponsible” the comments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union on President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is facing non-declaration of assets charges. He said the foreign countries had no right to lecture Nigerians how to run their country. The US, UK and EU had expressed reservations about the legality of Onnoghen’s suspension unilaterally by Buhari without the input of the National Assembly.
Buhari arrives Makurdi for campaign rally
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday arrived Makurdi airport for his presidential campaign rally in Benue State. The presidential jet conveying the President and his entourage touched down at the Makurdi airport at about 10.45a.m. The president is accompanied on the trip by top party officials and a host of governors. Buhari is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, and meet with Gov. Samuel Ortom at the Government House before proceeding to the Aper Aku Stadium for the rally. Meanwhile security around the campaign venue is tight as All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters troop to the stadium to await the president.
Onnoghen in fresh application says CCT chairman’s ‘integrity in doubt’
The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has filed an application before the Code of Conduct Tribunal demanding the disqualification of the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar. Onnoghen’s defence team would file an application seeking the disqualification of the CCT boss who has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N10m bribery. The motion notice dated Monday, February 4, 2019 was brought pursuant to Rule 12(1) and (1A) of the Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2016 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the tribunal.
S-East PDP govs reconsider Buhari option after meeting with Atiku
Alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress, APC to break the ranks of South East governors belonging to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP may have derailed. The governors have been severally alleged to have struck a deal to enable President Muhammadu Buhari get at least 25 per cent of the votes in their states in quid pro quo for their own easy re-election. Concerns over the commitment of the South East governors to the PDP presidential candidate had in recent times emerged upon the open affinity of the governors to President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
EFCC planning to arrest Onnoghen today – CUPP
The first national spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement said the CUPP had uncovered plan by the EFCC to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on Wednesday (Today). “The secretariat of the CUPP has uncovered the latest plot by the Presidency to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen tomorrow (Wednesday) being February 6, 2019 and immediately commence their final descent to infamy by forcing him to resign at gunpoint. “The latest recruit in this plot against the CJN being the Chairman of the EFCC has been given the mandate to execute this plot and has been told there would be no margin for error as the CJN must resign from office or from life one way or the other,” Ugochinyere claimed.
I’ve no personal grudges against Buhari, says Ortom
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday said that he has no personal grudges against President Muhammadu Buhari. Ortom, who has defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was at the Nigerian Air Force base, Makurdi to receive President Buhari, whose plane landed at the base around 10.37 am. According to him, Mr. President is beyond parties as he has made adequate security arrangement for his visit to Benue state. Speaking with journalists shortly before the President’s plane landed, Ortom said “Mr President is beyond party, he is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and whatever he is doing, it is our responsibility to give him adequate protocol.
Drama as Ambode presents N852.316bn budget
There was a mild drama at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode finally presented the 2019 budget to the Assembly. The event, which was scheduled to start at 9am, did not begin until some minutes past 2pm. When the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, asked the clerk if there was any message from the governor, he said, “No.” The House was about to begin the day’s proceedings when the sergeant-at-arms signaled that the governor was around. The Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, therefore, moved a motion to activate the Assembly’s order 144 to allow the governor to participate in the proceedings.
AFCON 2019: Rohr to field weak team against Seychelles
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has indicated that he will likely give fringe players the chance to prove themselves in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles on March 22. Nigeria have already booked their place in the tournament to be hosted by Egypt in June, making the home game against Seychelles a formality. “We have already qualified for the tournament and so we will give some other players a chance. “The players who have not had the chance to express themselves and we will have the opportunity to see what they can do.” Rohr said. “The match against Seychelles will not be easy because everybody believes it will be won easily. That is dangerous and its a trap sometimes.”
NFF makes U-turn, pay Flying Eagles $1,500 bonus each
Officials have informed that the Flying Eagles were each paid $1,500 after their 2-0 win over Burundi in their opening U20 AFCON Group A clash last weekend. This may well be a massive turnaround by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), who had earlier announced they will not pay match bonuses to the age-group national teams including the Flying Eagles. The NFF had complained that lack of funds forced them to adopt this policy against the age-group teams.
Turkey condemns Macron plan for national day marking ‘Armenian genocide’
Turkey on Wednesday hit out at President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that France would make April 24 a “national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide”. “We condemn and reject attempts by Macron, who is afflicted by political problems in his own country, to try and save the day by turning historical events into a political matter,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a statement after the French leader’s announcement on Tuesday. Macron said Tuesday: “France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face,” during a speech to the Armenian community at a dinner in Paris.
Russia sentences Jehovah’s Witness to 6 years in jail for ‘extremism’
A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison for “extremism”, in the first conviction of its kind since a 2017 law that outlawed the religious group. Danish citizen Dennis Christensen was in court in the southern Russian city of Oryol for the sentencing, spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Yaroslav Sivulskiy told AFP. “We deeply regret the conviction of Dennis Christensen — an innocent man who did not commit any real crime,” Sivulskiy said in a statement. “It is sad that reading the Bible, preaching, and living a moral way of life is again a criminal offence in Russia.”
Trump to meet North Korea’s Kim in Vietnam
U.S. President Donald Trump says he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27 to Feb. 28 for their second summit, local media report said on Wednesday. Trump told Congress in his State of the Union address that as part of a bold new diplomacy, the U.S. would continue its historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. “Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months. “If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.