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Court Delivers Judgment On Rivers Assembly, Fubara Suit Monday

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The Federal High Court, Abuja will on Monday deliver judgment in the suit by the Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, against Governor Siminalayi Fubara, the National Assembly, and others.

This was disclosed in a notice sent to parties involved in the matter on Sunday.

In the matter marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1613/2023, the Rivers State House of Assembly and Amaewhule are the two plaintiffs.

The National Assembly, Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader are the first to the fifth defendants respectively.

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The House of Representatives Speaker, House Deputy Speaker, House Majority Leader, House Minority Leader, and Clerk to the National Assembly are the sixth to the 10th defendants.

Other defendants are the Governor of Rivers State, Attorney-General of Rivers, Commissioner of Finance, Accountant-General of Rivers, Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Inspector-General of Police, and Edison Ehie the 11th to the 17th defendants.

The plaintiffs sought an order of injunction restraining the first to the 10th defendants from entertaining any request from Fubara to take over the performance of the functions of Rivers State Assembly, including its role to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of Rivers in respect of matters that are within its constitutional and legislative competence.

They sought an order of injunction restraining Fubara from impeding or frustrating the assembly under Amaewhule’s leadership as its speaker.

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Justice James Omotoso is the presiding judge in the matter.

The suit was filed during the heat of the crisis in the state.

The crisis was caused as a result of the frosty relationship between the immediate past governor of the state and the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, and the governor.

President Bola Tinubu, however, summoned Wike and Fubara to a meeting in Abuja on December 18, where they signed an eight-point resolution to settle the political crisis.

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Aiyedatiwa Declares Public Holidays In Ondo To Honour Late Akeredolu

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Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo state, has declared Thursday, 22nd and Friday, 23rd of February 2024 as public holidays in the state to honour the late governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The two work-free days, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, in Akure, will allow the people of the State to participate in the burial activities of the former Governor.

Recall that the burial activities of the late governor Akeredolu started last Thursday.

READ ALSO: Funeral Arrangements For Akeredolu Commences Today

Other activities include Ajabue( traditional rites) slated for Owo, on Wednesday, a special court session, at the Ondo State High Court Headquarters,
Hospital Road, Akure, by 10am

The lying in State and Commendation Service, will hold same day at the Akure Township Stadium, by 1pm, Evening of Tributes, at St Andrews Church,
Imola Street, Owo, from 4pm – 7pm

On Thursday, February 22 (Public holiday), a service of songs holds at St Andrews Cathedral, Imola Street,
Owo, by 4 pm.

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The wake-keep, will hold at Maranatha Villa, Owo, by 8pm while a candlelight Procession & World Gyration by the Kegites Club, holds at 8pm till Dawn

On Friday, February 23 (Public holiday), the Funeral Service will take place at St Andrews Church, Imola Street, Owo by10 am, Interment follows immediately after the burial service at the burial site, Owo, (Strictly for immediate family) while reception follows at Mydas Hotel and Resort, Ikare Road, Owo by 1pm.

Akeredolu Memorial Friendly football match, will take place at the Akure Township Stadium, Akure, by 3 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

The thanksgiving Service holds at St Andrews Church, Imola Street, Owo, by 10 am.

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JUST IN: Tinubu Appoints New CEO Of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit

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President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday approved the appointment of Hafsat Bakari as the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, pending her confirmation by the Senate.

Bakari replaces Modibbo Tukur who was relieved of his job by Tinubu in June 2023.

The appointment was contained in a statement by Tinubu’s Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Ajuri Ngelale.

Bakari was described as a lawyer and financial intelligence expert with years of experience in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing.

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Before her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the NFIU, she served as Deputy Director at the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and was at different times the Head of the General Services Unit; Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit, and Head of the Board Secretariat of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The statement added that Tinubu, “anticipates that Ms. Bakare will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to full discharge in this critical role, especially in view of his administration’s war against illicit financial flows and other sharp practices currently prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets”

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Petrol Tanker Drivers Suspend Nationwide Strike

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The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has suspended its planned nationwide strike.

The suspension follows a meeting of the association with the federal government and stakeholders on Monday after tanker drivers stopped lifting petroleum products.

Yusuf Lawal, national president of NARTO, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

NARTO had requested that oil marketers review freight rates after the deregulation of the downstream sector.

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In a letter dated February 15, 2024, addressed to the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the association said oil marketers turned down its request, stating that it can no longer continue with operations due to the state of the economy.

NARTO stopped operations on February 19 — the same day a meeting with the federal government ended in a deadlock.

However, after a meeting with the federal government in Abuja on Tuesday, Lawal said the association has agreed to suspend the strike.

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Speaking after the meeting, he said the association has reached a meeting point with the marketers.

Lawal said they have agreed to commence operations with immediate effect.

According to him, the strike was suspended due to the economic hardship.

“We’ll commence operations immediately,” he said.

Lawal said the marketers had proposed additional freight rates, saying there is room for improvement.

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