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Buhari writes Reps to address joint session of the National Assembly; Nigeria Must Never See War Again – Buhari; Metuh: Court orders Dasuki to enter witness box, rejects Jonathan’s application against subpoena; Court orders EFCC, police to arrest ex-pension boss, Maina; Buhari summons Kyari & Oyo-Ita for ‘fighting’ during Federal Executive Council meeting; IGP files application in court seeking bench warrant against Innoson & 4 others over alleged forgery . . .

Buhari writes Reps to address joint session of the National Assembly

The House of Representatives witnessed a rowdy session over President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter on Budget presentation. Shouts of ‘No, No, No’ rented the in the Blue Chamber on Thursday morning as the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, read a letter from the president of his intention to address a joint session of the National Assembly on November 7th.

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In his letter, Buhari said he will be presenting an estimate of the 2018 budget to members of the National Assembly. Hardly had Dogara finished reading the letter from the President than the lawmakers started shouting ‘no, no, no’. The protesting lawmakers, both from APC and PDP, did not, however, state in clear terms why they were objecting to President Buhari’s presentation on November 7th.

When the uproar which endured for some 60 seconds fizzled out, the Speaker reminded the protesters that they had no legal right to stop President Buhari from addressing the joint session of the House. ‘I wish we have the constitutional right to say no. But unfortunately, we don’t have it…This House is the custodian of the constitution. The President has the right…” he said.

Nigeria Must Never See War Again – Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the retooling of his administration, which would see strong political leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC) being brought in as ministers to represent the six geopolitical zones in the country, THISDAY has learnt.

This is just as the president said Wednesday that it was time for Nigerians to resolve never to provoke another civil war by their actions and inactions, recalling the pain of the tragic loss of human lives during the last civil war.

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Buhari who made the remark at the launch of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations 2018 emblem and appeal fund in memory of ex-servicemen who lost their lives in the first and second world wars as well as the Nigerian civil war, said honouring the memories of the departed service men was worthwhile and desirable.

Metuh: Court orders Dasuki to enter witness box, rejects Jonathan’s application against subpoena

The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out the applications by former President Goodluck Jonathan and the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, against the subpoenas ordering them to appear to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, held that he had no jurisdiction to entertain Jonathan’s application challenging the subpoena since the (the ex-President) had yet to be served with the court’s subpoena directing him to appear in court.

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But the court held that granting the ex-NSA’s application seeking an adjournment pending the determination of his motion in relation to the subpoena issued on him pending before the Court of Appeal, would amount to flouting the earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on September 29, directing him to sign and ensure the execution of the subpoena on Dasuki. Justice Abang, after dismissing the application, ordered Dasuki to enter the witness box. Dasuki was earlier produced in court on Wednesday by the Department of State Service following the order of the court.

Court orders EFCC, police to arrest ex-pension boss, Maina

Embattled Abdulraheed Maina, the former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, has been dragged to court by the Federal Government. The Nigerian Government filed a six-count charge against Maina before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The charges form the basis on which the court issued a fresh warrant for the arrest of the sacked Pension boss, who is currently in hiding and a fugitive – again.

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The warrant of arrest which was signed by the Chief Magistrate, Elizabeth Jones, said Maina is being wanted for offences bordering on “theft of public money, obtained (sic) money under false pretences, breach of trust, cheating, official corruption, embezzlement of pension money, fraud, etc.” Jones also ordered, “all police officers and the EFCC personnel,” to execute the warrant issued against the former Pension boss if sighted. “You are hereby directed to arrest the said A.A. Maina,” the warrant of arrest read.

Maina is currently on the run for allegedly committing N2.1 billion fraud while in office. However, reports had it that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami directed the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to reinstate Maina, after he secretly returned to the country. Displeased by the report, President Buhari had last week ordered the immediate disengagement of Maina. 

Buhari summons Kyari & Oyo-Ita for ‘fighting’ during Federal Executive Council meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday summoned his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, over their clash at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The fierce crossfire between Kyari and Oyo-Ita, which occurred shortly before the Federal Executive Council meeting, was believed to have been caused by the leaked memo, which Oyo-Ita sent to Kyari on the controversial reinstatement and posting of the embattled former chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Abdulrasheed Maina.

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Photo L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari (L), Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Winifred Oyo-Ita (C) & Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (R) | In the Council chambers of the PresidentialVilla, Abuja.

A source at the meeting said Kyari accused Oyo-Ita of leaking the memo, which she wrote to the CoS on the reinstatement of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina into the Civil Service. In the memo, Oyo-Ita said that she warned the President against asking Maina to return to the civil service, saying doing so could affect the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

Oyo-Ita, it was gathered, also accused Kyari of being the brains behind the leakage. The altercation occurred in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs and ministers. 

IGP files application in court seeking bench warrant against Innoson & 4 others over alleged forgery

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has filed an application before the the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos seeking a bench warrant against Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited, and four others for refusal to appear before the court over allegations of forgery.

In an affidavit sworn by Noma Wando, a litigation officer in the Department of the Public Prosecutions (DPP), Federal Ministry of Justice, the he averred that the IGP’s office filed charges against the accused persons on December 21, 2015.

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According to Premium Times, Wando stated that the said charge was served on the defendants through a court order of substituted service dated February 8, 2016, adding that the office of the AGF took over the prosecution of the case on February 18, 2016.

Mr. Chukwuma and his company, Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines, and Anajekwu Sunny are facing a four-count charge of falsifying shipping documents amounting to N2.4 billion.

Wando also averred that since the service of the said charge on the defendants, only two of the defendants Mr. Chukwura and Mitsui Osk Lines had continually made appearances in court, while Innoson Nigeria Limited and its boss, Mr. Chukwuma, as well as Messrs Chukwu and Anajekwu had shunned court appearances and, as a result, their pleas are yet to be taken.

Last year, the defendants had filed an application asking the then presiding judge, Saliu Seidu, to recuse himself from the trial. The case was later transferred to another judge, Ayotunde Faji.

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