IPOB orders remembrance of Biafran fallen heroes on May 30; Niger Delta Group Knock Dickson Over Jonathan Comment; Senate probes DSS recruitment; Female suicide bombers hit University of Maiduguri again!;Ifeanyi Ubah: NNPC challenges Lagos court’s jurisdiction to hear suit; Ifeanyi Ubah to stay in prison custody till May 25; Osinbajo signs three executive orders; We’ll remain loyal to Nigeria – Nigerian Air Force . . .
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has ordered and fixed May 30, 2017 as the day to mark the remembrance of the fallen heroes of the Biafran War with a sit-at-home protest in the South-East and South-South regions of the country on May 30. Markets and businesses have been ordered closed by IPOB on that day.
A Niger Delta rights association, the Movement for the Sustainability of Ijaw People (MSIP) has chastised Bayelasa state Gov. Seriake Dickson for claiming that the six-year-old ex-Jonathan Administration did nothing for the Ijaw people. The MSIP claimed that Dickson was scheming to take the place of former President Jonathan as the foremost Ijaw leader. Reacting in a press statement issued on Friday, Mr. Tonbra Ebitimi, national leader of the MSIP described Dickson as an overtly too ambitious “lesser star” who disparages the former President, while pretending to love him.
The Senate is probing alleged lopsided recruitment of personnel by the DSS Sen. Tijjani Kaura said on Thursday. Sen. Kaura, who spoke during plenary, drew the attention of his colleagues to reports alleging lopsidedness in the recruitment exercise of the federal security agency. He said his committee was concerned about the reports and decided to look into the matter to ensure that justice was done to all zones of the country
Female suicide bombers have hit the University of Maiduguri in Borno State again – after last week’s explosions. Two bomb explosions on Thursday night rocked the institution. President of the Students’ Union Government of the institution, Abu Babati said the first one went off at about 10.50pm on Thursday while the second one went off two hours later, about 12 am on Friday. According to him, the first explosion occurred around the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, while the second explosion was around BOT Hostel, which is a female hostel. The guards were killed.
The NNPC has challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos hearing the suit against the CEO of Capital Oil, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah. The NNPC, through its counsel, is further contending that all the alleged infringements committed by the plaintiff took place in Abuja, not in Lagos, hence the court should decline jurisdiction on the matter and strike out the applicant’s application. The DSS also urged the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s application on the ground that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, after listened to the submissions of both parties, adjourned till May 25, 2017, for ruling.
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has adjourned till 25 May, to decide whether to grant the detained Chairman and CEO of Capital Oil, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba bail or not. Ubah is being detained by the DSS for alleged economic sabotage, by diverting NNPC petroleum products kept in his tank farm without. NNPC lawyer, Mr. K. T. Turaki (SAN), revealed this while urging the court to strike out the application filed by Dr. Ubah’s lawyer seeking his release from the custody of DSS.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday signed three executive orders that will significantly change some of the ways government business and operations are conducted. The executive orders were issued “in exercise of the presidential authorities vested in the Executive arm of government” – giving specific instructions on some policy issues affecting: 1. The promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment designed to facilitate the ease of doing business. 2. Timely submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies, including companies owned by the Federal Government. 3. Support for local contents in public procurement by the Federal Government.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Sadiq Baba Abubakar on Thursday said the Nigerian Air Force will remain loyal to Nigeria and the Service. Air Marshal Abubakar spoke during the commissioning of two blocks of flats at Bill Clinton Drive, Nigerian Air Force Base, Abuja, which would be used by both transit and married officers. According to Air Marshal Abubakar, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is dedicated to the welfare of its officers and the protection of the country’s territorial boundaries. He stressed that officers and men should be more dedicated to their duties.