By Kunle olasanmi, Abuja The Supreme Court yesterday in two separate judgements sacked a Senator representing Taraba North senatorial district, Sani Abubakar Danladi, and a member representing Vandikiwa/Konshisha federal constituency of Benue State, Herman Hembe. The apex court also gave the two lawmakers a period of 90 days to return all salaries and allowances they have collected so far. In the case of the Taraba Senator, the court ordered INEC to issue certificate of return to Shuaibu Isa Lau as the Senator representing Taraba North, while in Benue, Mrs. Dorothy Mato is to be returned as the member representing Vandikiwa/Konshisha federal constituency in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali and some other lawyers have hailed the decision of the Supreme Court especially on the aspect of money refund, saying it will curb unnecessary delay posed by politicians who are occupying positions illegally. In the Taraba judgement, Shuaibu Isa...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja The United Nations (UN) has called on the federal government to double it’s investment on the development of women on promotion of peace in the country. Deputy secretary general of the UN, Amina Mohammed made the call yesterday when she met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja. She said, the UN team led by herself was at the villa to discuss the implementation of the agenda 2030 but also 2063 and see how Nigeria could be supported especially in regards to development of women. The UN deputy scribe who served as minister of Environment before her current position to the world organization explained that in achieving the desire of promoting women development, the Federal Government needs to begin to put women at the center of it affairs. She said “I am honoured to be leading a delegation with the focus on peace and development of women. “With...
By Tope Fayehun, Akure Few hours after the national assembly commenced debates on the amendments to the 1999 constitution, former interim Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bisi Akande said no amount of tinkering would cure defects on the document. Akande said, the ongoing efforts of  the National Assembly to review the constitution is a mere waste of time as no amount of amendment would make it work. He advocated for total scrapping of the constitution which is currently the working document guiding governance and general conduct of the Nigerian nation suggesting that a new one be drafted in its stead, rather than wasting efforts on amendment. The former governor of Osun State stated this, yesterday, at the launch of a book titled “Nigeria: The path we refused to take” written by the  Afinefer scribe, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, held at the main auditorium of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He said, the...
By Abu Nmodu, Minna Eleven persons have been confirmed dead  in a flood disaster caused by a five hours downpour in Suleja and part of Tafa local government areas of Niger State at the weekend even as many were injured and also  property were destroyed . LEADERSHIP gathered that  nine persons  were killed by the flood at checheniya area of suleja, one killed at Kuspa area of same town while one other died at Ayin -Nassarrawa in Tafa local government area of the state. It was learnt that though the five hours rain submerged and destroyed  houses and property  respectively worth several millions of naira in  Kaltuma and angwan Gwari in Suleja local government area of the state ,no life  was lost in those areas. LEADERSHIP gathered that some of the  victims of the flood disaster  who lost their lives  were members of the same family and their bodies  were yet to be...
BY AHURAKA ISAH, SOLOMON AYADO and Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Senate yesterday moved in defense of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying there is no law that bars him from staying outside the country for medical checks beyond 90 days. Specifically, the Red Chamber told sponsors and organizers of the protest by some Nigerians, who call themselves concerned citizens against the continued stay of the president in the United Kingdom on medical vacation, to leave Buhari alone because he has not violated any law of the land. In a statement signed by the chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the upper chamber condemned the action of the sponsors and participants of the protest. The self-acclaimed concerned citizens, including a group operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, are protesting and demanding for President Buhari’s resignation for staying outside Nigeria on medical vacation beyond 90 days. But the Senate warned the protesters to...
By Kayoede Tokede,  In a renewed strategy to recover a whopping total debt obligation of over N4.6 trillion owed Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by recalcitrant debtors across the country, AMCON yesterday met with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The purpose of the meeting, LEADERSHIP Friday gathered, was for both agencies to consolidate on the gains of their relationship, especially as it borders on investigating, prosecuting and compelling all obligors of AMCON in accordance with the relevant statutes. The meeting between the two government agencies led by AMCON managing director/chief executive officer, Mr. Ahmed Kuru and EFCC’s acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu resolved to take another look at some banks and their officials that were instrumental to the abuse and violation of internal processes that led to the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio. The agencies are planning to revisit, reinvestigate and duly prosecute such banks and the officials involved. The...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says European Union (EU) rejected 24 exported food products from Nigeria in 2016 for failing to meet standards. The NAFDAC spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to Jimoh, the five major products are groundnut, palm oil, sesame seed and beans that were illegally exported to the EU. He noted that from the information made available to NAFDAC, groundnut was rejected because it contained aflatoxin, which made the quality substandard. “The exported palm oil did not scale through the EU’s test because it also contained a coloring agent that was carcinogenic. “Beans was banned by EU sometime ago but it was illegally exported to European countries. “Beans was initially banned for one year, when EU was not satisfied with our exported beans in terms of quality assurance, it extended...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has hinted that it is about to launch a software which will provide easy access to the agency by people who are ready to give prompt and useful information wherever they may be. Director General of the agency, Engr Mustapha Maihaja, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja noted that the new software is designed to reduce NEMA’s response time to the barest minimum in line with international best practices. He said, “In furtherance of our effort to be accessible to all for effective coverage, we now have a software that people can begin to download within the next one month or there about and use in reaching us as quickly as possible in any emergency situation irrespective of wherever they may be. “We are also working very hard to reduce our response time to the barest minimum and...
By Francis Okoye Maiduguri Barely 24 hours after attacks on a community and some areas in Maiduguri by the Boko Haram insurgents, acting president Yemi Osinbajo yesterday defied the presumed security threat to flag off federal government’s emergency food intervention for the Northeast in Borno State. Inaugurating the distribution of the 30,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains for the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) for the zone, Osinbajo said the federal government cannot be intimidated by the attacks from remnants of Boko Haram insurgents. According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is determined to ensure that internally displaced persons return to their communities to pick up the pieces of their lives. He said, “The federal government will adopt a voucher system in catering for the IDPs which will also serve as data base for future resettlement process. The grains distributed were locally produced by Nigerian Farmers in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy...
BY MBAKAAN KWEN, The federal government plans to sell N135 billion worth of bonds in its July 12 auction, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said. The offer circular, which was obtained from its website yesterday in Abuja, said it would sell N35 billion of bonds that would mature in July 2021 at 14.50 per cent. It would also sell N50 billion at 16.28 per cent to mature in March 2027, while another N50 billion of paper would be sold at 16.24 per cent to mature in April 2037. All the bonds on offer are re-openings of previous issues, the circular said. Nigeria issues sovereign bonds monthly to support the local bond market, create a benchmark for corporate issuance and fund its budget deficit.