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1. Governor Masari pays N3.6m fines for 61 prison inmates
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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has paid N3.6m fines to secure the release of 61 prison inmates in the state.
The gesture, it was learnt was to enable them to regain their freedom to celebrate the Eid el-Fitr with their families in their respective communities.
This was disclosed in a statement by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Alhaji Abdu Labaran, on Monday in Katsina, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said the beneficiaries were drawn from various prisons in Katsina, Funtua, Daura, Dutsin-ma, Kankia, Jibia, Malumfashi and Mani.
The media aide also said the administration would continue to design policies that would improve on the living condition of people in the state.
2. Buhari is on life-support in London Hospital - Gov Fayose
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on “life support for 20-days.”Fayose made the allegation while berating Buhari’s handlers over the non-disclosure of the President’s health situation.
In a statement he personally signed and sent to DAILY POST by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose urged Nigerians to pray for the President.
The statement reads, “Today, it makes 53 days since our President; Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health.
“Like every other Nigerians, I do not wish the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year.
“However, the recorded audio message which was released by the Presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to Nigerians necessitated my setting the records straight today.
“No doubt, the audio message was only a damage-control strategy aimed at further deceiving Nigerians.
“I have therefore elected in good conscience to state as follows:
“That the audio message does not represent the truth as our President does not only have voice impairment, he has been on life-support since June 6, 2017 at a West-End, London Hospital.
“Of a fact, our First Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari was not allowed to see her husband during her last visit to the United Kingdom if only she will be courageous enough to admit.
“Only three Nigerians who are of the President’s cabal are allowed access to the President. I will keep their identities for now.
“Anyone with contrary claim should produce the President to Nigerians within the next 48 hours.
“It is obvious that Nigeria is drifting like the last days of the Yar’Adua’s government.
“Nigerians will recall that I warned against electing President Buhari on the account of his age, health and mental capacity.
Nigerians will also recall that when they released pictures to the press claiming that President Buhari had an interview with Kemi Fadojutimi of “All Eyes on Africa” TV Show in London, on Monday, February 23, 2015, I proved to the whole world that the interview was conducted in suite 881 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
“Hate me or like me, again I am putting Nigerians on notice on the present state of health of our president
3. When badly educated and ill-informed people dabble into a discipline above them, such mistakes are bound to happen - IPOB
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The Indigenous People of Biafra on Tuesday said the mission of the group was being misconstrued by most Nigerians.
The group said it had never thought of using war as a solution to achieving its objective of self-determination.
In a press statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State, by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group described its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as a peaceful and civilised personality, who would not be quick to go to war.
The group said its struggle was legitimate and within the confines of international laws.
It maintained that the enemies of Biafra were fuelling hate against the group either as a result of ignorance of the situation or deliberate manipulation of facts.
The group’s statement read in part, “It is fair to assume, going by the utterances of certain corrupt segments of the Nigerian society, that most of what IPOB is saying and stands for is lost in translation because anybody with a basic understanding of rudimentary English and constitutional law will know that self-determination does not mean war and that referendum is not hate speech.
“Again, when badly educated and ill-informed people dabble into a discipline above them, such mistakes are bound to happen.
“We would like to use this opportunity to clarify, once again, that IPOB is asking for self-determination as recognised in both the United Nations’ Charter on the Rights of Indigenous People and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“Before these northern (elements) threaten us with war that IPOB hasn’t called for, let them spend a bit of their valuable time acquainting themselves with these charters and declarations.”
4. Supreme Court sacks PDP Senator Danladi
The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday, ordered Sen.Sani Abubakar Danladi, representing Taraba North Senatorial District, to vacate his seat and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.
The court also declared Alhaji Shuaibu Isa Lau, as the senator representing the constituency.
The order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Lau.
Both Danladi and Lau are members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Lau had challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal that upturned his victory during the primary elections. He claimed that he was wrongfully substituted.
The apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate issued to Danladi and issue a fresh certificate of return to Lau.
The apex court in the unanimous judgment of a five-member panel held that the appellant had the right to participate just like any other candidate in the primary election.
The court added that if Lau felt that his right was infringed upon, he had the right to approach the court.
“From the totality of the appeal before this court, all the issues are resolved in favour of the appellant.
“His substitution at the primary election is null and void since the appellant scored the highest number of votes, the only option is to declare the appellant as the winner of primary election.
” This court hereby orders that the appellant be issued with the certificate of return and the respondent should immediately vacate the seat.
“He should return to the National Assembly, all salaries and allowances received as a senator within 90 days.