Ndume And Fear Of Double Jeopardy

AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH writes that aside the possibility of a continuation of his suspension following the stay of execution filed by the Senate against the judgement of Justice Babatunde Quadri returned him to the Senate, Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly now faces a courtroom trial after that of Senate’s Ethics and Privileges Committee that found him guilty and punished him with 90 days suspension. Events which took place on the floor of senate on Wednesday November 16, 2017 gave credence to the belief that if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was in the chamber the previous day, perhaps the Senate’s resolution that day to allow Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) to resume because he has served out his suspension of 90 legislative days and not to prejudice recent court pronouncements could have been otherwise. Many senators especially those of northern extraction who felt it’s...
by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  National chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), Professor Ango Abdullahi,  has said that President Muhammad Buhari will have to earn the endorsement of the North for re-election in 2019 through his performance in his first term. Professor Abdullahi stated this while speaking on the activities lined up by the NNU for the 5th commemorative lecture in honour of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki on November 27 this year at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. He also declared that the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter, just as he expressed the Union’s disappointment with the National Assembly over its rift with the executive. Speaking on the candidacy of President Buhari and the position of the North, Abdullahi said that his endorsement would depend on performance and not sentiment, adding, however, that the president’s electoral fortunes did not depend on the region...
By Tordue Salem, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday disclosed that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, was arrested by the Commission on Thursday for pilfering the Ecological and National Security funds to the tune of over N71billion. The facts behind the arrest of the former President of the Senate emerged yesterday, through a statement issued by the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren. Mr. Anyim was arrested by some operatives of the EFCC, at about noon Thursday November 16. The security agency said the swooped on the politician after he failed to honour a 10-am appointment at the Agency’ headquaerters. The arrest, according to sources, took Anyim by surprise as the EFCC team, armed with a Warrant, immediately executed a search on the property during which they recovered documents relevant to the investigation. Anyim who was still quizzed at the time of...
Danjuma Joseph writes that the exodus of herders and their cattle from Benue State into neigbouring Nasarawa State following the implementation of  the Anti-open Grazing Law in Benue has left Nasarawa State bursting from the seams with cattle and their herders, eliciting  save-our-soul calls from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian, MACBAN, Nasarawa branch. It is no longer news that the Benue State government recently introduced an anti-open grazing law that prohibits herdsmen from grazing openly in the state, what is news is the aftermath of the law that took effect on 1st November, 2017. It will be recalled that the anti-open grazing law sent all herdsmen in Benue State packing and their next point of call is either Nasarawa or Taraba State, which are the two closest states to Benue. Parts of the new anti grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination...
The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Women And Diabetes:Our right to a healthy future. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE takes a look at the csuses, cure and ravages of the global scourge. At a crowded tea spot in a quiet neighbourhood of Suleja in Niger State and close to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a large number of low-income earners eagerly wait for their turn to have a hot cup of tea and bread before heading to their places of work. The young and old all want the attention of the busy tea man also known as (Mai shayi) in Hausa language. As they get their hot cups of Shayi, the vendor grabs his large spoon, takes turns to scoop mounds of processed sugar from a bowl and empty same in their rubber tea cups. This Mai-shayi spectacle, is just one of the ways Nigerians consume processed sugar daily. After joining the tea party,...
By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has disclosed that he has hustled a lot, including hawking Madidi (a delicacy in Nasarawa), to be where he is at the moment. Governor Al-makura, disclosed this yesterday in Lafia during an elaborate birthday colloquium organised by the First Eighteen Commissioners during his first tenure in office. The governor, who noted that it is not in his habit to celebrate his birthday with pop and pageantry, thanked the organizers of the birthday in his honour. The governor who gave a brief account of his life from childhood to the movement also disclosed that there is nothing special about him. “There is nothing special about Tanko Al-Makura, if anything, Tanko Al-Makura is an odd person, because right from the circumstances of my birth, I have always come in an unusual way throughout my life. ‘’In the line of birth even apart from my big brother...
Kayode Tokede and Bukola Idowu, Lagos and Mbakaan Kwen, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced yesterday that inflation rate eased to 15.91 per cent in October from 15.98 per cent in September. Specifically, the difference is 0.07 per cent, making it the ninth consecutive slowdown in inflation rate, though still positive, in headline year-on-year inflation since January 2017. The Bureau said, while average headline year-on-year inflation for the first five months of the year (January to May 2017) stood at 17.45 per cent, average headline year-on-year inflation for the next five months of the year (June to October 2017) stood at 16.01 per cent, indicating disinflation from June to date, compared to the period from January to May 2017. According to NBS, it is an indication that, while prices have remained high in 2017, they have tended to slow down their pace of increase since May 2017, both on year-on-year and...

Change Begins With Education

BY Adamu Adamu Welcome Address delivered at the Presidential Retreat on Education for Ministers held on November 13, 2017 at Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja It is with great respect and gratitude that I welcome His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to this important Presidential Retreat on Education for Ministers. Your Excellency, your presence at this important and historic event is a demonstration of leadership and your personal commitment to education and the passion and commitment of this administration to revitalize our education sector and develop the nation’s human capital. The education family respectfully welcomes you to this retreat; and, with your permission, I would also like to welcome His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, Ministers of the Federal Republic and other invited personalities who have graced this occasion. Permit me, Your Excellency, to also specially thank the Vice President for the initial...
The General Manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, Elizabeth Amkpa spoke to CHIMA AKWAJA and TAIWO OGUNMOLA during a courtesy visit by her management team to LEADERSHIP Newspaper office. She talks on the plans to hit the ground running, the company’s unique approach to the market and why it is here for the long term.   Nigerians are interested in knowing why Kwese TV decided to launch into this market and what you are bring to the table? Kwese is the newest kid on the block redefining television (TV) in Africa. We are part of the Econet Media stable which and we aim to change the face of African broadcasting. Premised on the concept of TV everywhere and anywhere, Kwese is revolutionizing the media industry in Africa by catering to the changing needs of today’s globally connected Africa viewer. Last month we entered into the Nigerian market with Kwese TV, bring the very best...
Barr Chukwunonso Daniel Ogbe is the state chairman of African Peoples Alliance (APA). He was also the party’s chairmanship candidate for Enugu South in the just concluded Enugu State Local Government Elections, which he lost. In this interview with LEADERSHIP, Ogbe gives a vivid account of what happened on November 4, 2017, saying the election was anything but credible, free and fair. What is your take on the just concluded Enugu council polls? The just concluded 2017 local government council election of Enugu State embodies nothing short of the desecration of democratic ethos. It is my opinion, founded upon what I personally witnessed on the 4th day of November 2017, and the information supplied to me by party agents of African Peoples Alliance in Enugu State, that the 2017 local government council election was not free, neither was it fair. What happened in Enugu State on the 4th day of November...