VP Osinbajo & ex-VP Sambo in closed-door meeting; Kano Assembly to probe Emir of Kano; Osinbajo’s report recommends sack of SGF Lawal & NIA boss Oke; Court remands ex-FCT minister in Kuje prison . . .
Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the immediate past vice president, Arch. Namadi Sambo met in a surprising meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday. The closed-door meeting was held at the vice president’s wing of the Presidential Villa. The former vice president arrived Osinbajo’s office at 4:05pm. Sambo’s mission to the Villa is not known as at the time of publishing this report.
The Kano State House of Assembly on Wednesday constituted an eight-man committee to investigate allegations leveled against the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. The lawmakers alleged that Sanusi had been spreading false information on the trip of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and some state officials to China on the proposed light rail transport system in the state.
The Assembly accused the emir of attacking the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari; the emirate under the leadership of Muhammadu Sanusi II for spending funds without the approval of the governor and the Assembly; and sending his daughter to represent him in a function without dressing in full cultural regalia. At press time, the emir is yet to respond to the latest affront from the lawmakers.
Shake-up in SGF, NIA offices imminent Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s Committee report is out. It was set up to investigate the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agence, NIA, Ayo Oke, and has recommended the removal of the duo.
This recommendation, contained in the report of the probe, leaked to the media on Wednesday. Similarly, a massive shake-up has been planned for the NIA and the SGF’s offices. The findings and recommendations have not been officially released.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu on Wednesday remanded former minister of the FCT, Bala Muhammed in Kuje prisons. The EFCC arraigned the former minister before Justice Abubakar Talba, on a six-counts charge bordering on bribery in the sum of N864 million and false asset declaration of properties in Abuja and Kaduna.
According to the EFCC, the ex-minister accepted N550 million in gratifications from the Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, in respect of house 2599 and 2600 Cadastral Zone AO4, Asokoro, Abuja sometime in 2014. After pleading not guilty to the charge, his counsel Chris Uche (SAN) applied for bail on self-recognizance. Justice Talba thereafter adjourned the matter to Friday 12th June for ruling on the bail application. He ordered that the ex-minister be remanded in Kuje Prisons pending the determination of the application.