NEWS-IN-BRIEF FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2022

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Jack-Rich Appeals for Nigeria’s Admission into G-20 Economic Group

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Belema Oil, Tein Jack-Rich, has appealed for Nigeria to be admitted into the G-20 economic group.

Jack-Rich made this appeal during the U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit which was held in Washington DC.

The politician and philanthropist, noted that the inclusion of Nigeria and the African Union into the G-20 would be a milestone in global economic acceleration. He therefore urged Africans in the Diaspora to work towards achieving this goal.

According to him, admitting Africa into the G-20 would help the continent a lot and would go a long way at ensuring its technological advancement.

FRSC Establishes Mobile Court for Erring Drivers

The Unit Commander of Shagamu Unit Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun State, Taofiq Iyanda, on Wednesday said, the Unit would establish a mobile court to try erring drivers during the festive period.

Iyanda said, this would serve as a deterrent to road users who intended to flout traffic rules and regulations during the yuletide.

According to him, any motorist apprehended for route violation, driving against traffic, and other traffic offenses would have their vehicles impounded and prosecuted accordingly in the mobile court.

Ekweremadu Denied Bail in London Court

The Central Criminal Court, London, also known as Old Bailey, has again denied bail to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on the grounds that he was a flight risk.

It was learned that the court cited the letter and assets forfeiture proceedings against the senator by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In the bail application, Ekweremadu’s lawyer had argued that the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Attorney-General of the Federal had written to the court that Ekweremadu was not a flight risk.3.2Kuties -Ondo Female Regents

He also argued that a guarantee to produce him should he pose a flight risk was given and that the Nigeria High Commission in the UK had equally given the option of tagging Ekweremadu electronically to monitor his movement.

Referring to attestation of Ekweremadu’s character by respected Nigerians and organisations, his lawyer also argued that the lawmaker had proven to be a caring and responsible father and could not escape from London, abandoning his wife and sick daughter.

However, the prosecution insisted that Ekweremadu was a flight risk contending that as a holder of international passports from two other countries, the lawmaker could escape to any of the other countries asides from Nigeria.

The prosecution also cited the 18th July 2022 letter by the EFCC signed on behalf of the Executive Chairman, Abdulraheed Bawa, by the Assistant Director Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkoi, and referred to the assets forfeiture proceedings against Ekweremadu in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Refusing the bail application, the Judge said, “I am entirely satisfied there remains a flight risk,” noting that bail would not make much difference “as the trial is just over a month away.”


Taraba Speaker Resigns

The House of Assembly Speaker in Taraba House, Joseph Albasu Kunini, has resigned stating that the resignation is on “personal ground”.

Normally, sitting begins by 10am but Wednesday’s session in which the former Speaker tendered his resignation, took place before the official plenary time.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Hamman Adama Abdullahi, presided over the early morning plenary where he read Kunini’s resignation letter dated December 21.

John Kizito Bonzena, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member representing Zing Constituency, has emerged as the new Speaker.

Family, Friends Seek Justice for Slain RTEAN Member

Friends and family of the late Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) member, Balogun Muda, alias ‘Dada Go Slow,’ have urged the police and Lagos State to find and prosecute his killers.

They spoke at Muda’s funeral in Isashi Cemetery in Ojo Local Government.

Mourners, including colleagues, family, friends, and residents carried out a procession calling for justice before the body was interred at 2:15 pm.

Muda was allegedly shot dead in Iyana Iba on October 15, during a free-for-all involving factional members of RTEAN in the Iyana Iba and Lagos Island areas.

The fracas, eyewitnesses said, followed a tussle over control of and right to sell tickets as well as collect tolls from commercial buses at Ojo Park and environs.

Kumuyi Charges Nigerians to Vote Credible Leaders in 2023

The Convener, Global Crusade with Kumuyi, GCK and General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has charged electorates in the country to vote for credible leaders in the 2023 general elections.

Pastor Kumuyi stated this at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday ahead of the Global Crusade and Retreat in Ekiti State tagged “Great Transformation for Total Triumph.”

Dr. Kumuyi prayed for a peaceful general election adding that critical stakeholders in the electioneering process have assured Nigerians that the election will hold despite the attacks on INEC facilities nationwide. 

Court Sacks ADC National Chairman

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court has removed the Chief Ralph Nwosu-led executives of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Specifically, Justice Nyako barred ADC and Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu from extending his tenure of office after it had expired going by the extant provisions of the ADC Constitution. The court also nullified all actions taken by executives from the August 21, 2022 till date.

The Court’s Judgement is in favour of Kingsley Temitope Ogga and others plaintiffs in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/1541/2022.

The court held that the party was bound by the extant provisions of its Constitution, and therefore, the actions taken by the ADC and Chief Nwosu in wanting to extend Nwosu’s expired tenure of office is unconstitutional, null, void and of no legal effect whatsoever.

Justice Nyako therefore ordered the ADC to conduct a Special Convention for election to the positions of the ADC national chairman, and members of its National Working Committee (NWC).

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