SUPREME COURT CLEARS SARAKI OF FALSE ASSET DECLARATION CHARGES

** The Supreme Court on Friday cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki of all allegations of false asset declaration.

The Nigerian government filed 18 counts of false and anticipatory asset declaration charges against Mr Saraki in 2015.

All the counts collapsed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2017, and the government again appealed the ruling.,The Court of Appeal upheld all but three of the charges, returning them to the Tribunal for retrial.

Mr Saraki’ legal team contested the verdict of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court, arguing that Mr Saraki had no case to answer.

TRENDING

* Elder statesman and former Minister of Finance, Malam Adamu Ciroma who died yesterday has been buried. According to Family sources, the elder statesman died in an Abuja hospital today July 5th after a protracted illness. A founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ciroma was finance minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration from 1999 to 2003. He was also minister of Agriculture and Managing Director of New Nigerian newspapers.

*. Amaju Pinnick, president of NFF has been appointed as the 1st Vice-President of CAF. According to a statement by Amr Fanny, CAF secretary-general, Pinnick’s appointment is with immediate effect. “Following the resignation of the 1st Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi and the prevailing situation in the Football Federation of Nigeria,” the statement read. “The CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the 1st Vice President.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday in Lagos conferred France’s highest national honour of Commander of the Legion of Honour on Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga. A statement from Mr Adenuga’s company said with the conferment, the business mogul becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award. The president bestowed the prestigious award on Mr Adenuga at the inauguration of the new Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
A medical assessment of the 12 boys and their football coach stuck in a cave in Northern Thailand for 13 days has concluded that it is too dangerous to try to move the group out Thursday, according to a member of the Thai Navy Seals.  The Seals have also started to pump oxygen into the chamber as world lead rescue workers keep racing against the clock to save the 13 members of the Thai soccer team who have been trapped in the flooded cave for 13 days now. According to reports, some parts of the cave have been completely flooded, making them impassable at the moment.

3. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari has vowed to do everything within his power to end the wanton killings in many parts in the country. The President made the pledge when he received a delegation from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from 19 Northern States and FCT Abuja led by Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam in his office at the state house Abuja, today July 5th.  Describing the killings in Zamfara, Benue and Plateau as wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts, Buhari said he remains committed to his earlier view to ensure the protection of lives and property.

4. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari has agreed to address the issues that led to a stalemate at the last Federation Accounts and Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja. Kemi Adeosun disclosed this after meeting with Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state; Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa; and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi.Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, also attended the meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. The committee members of FAAC had expressed reservations with some of the costs presented by NNPC.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: The Senate Committee on Police Affairs has summoned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, over the Monday killing of seven police officers in Abuja. Abu Ibrahim, the Chairman of the Committee made the disclosure on the floor of the Senate today after the Senate President Bukola Saraki, asked that the matter be investigated. Saraki lamented over the death of the security officers while contributing to a point of order earlier raised by Mao Ohabunwa on the armed police and army roadblocks along South-Eastern roads.

6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Babatunde Fashola, has appealed to landlords in the country to consider the plight of low income earners and start collecting their rents in arrears beginning from today , July 6 , 2018. He argued that salary earners who could afford to pay rents, were not receiving their salaries in advance but in arrears. Fashola made the appeal when he spoke at an event organized by the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria REDAN in Abuja yesterday July 5th. According to Fashola, most workers, who earned salary regularly and could even afford to pay rent, did not receive their salaries in advance, but in arrears.

7. POLITICS:
A former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku; the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus; and a host of other party leaders on Thursday joined the campaign for Kolapo Olusola, the party’s governorship candidate for the July 14 polls. Apart from Mr Abubakar, other PDP leaders present at the mega rally on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, iinclude former state governors, Sule Lamido, Attahiru Bafarawa, Ahmed Makarfi, and Babangida Aliyu; as well as the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin.

8. AVIATION:
Air Peace on Thursday inaugurated its first all-female flights from Lagos to Abuja and Owerri, to promote gender equality in the nation’s aviation industry. The Boeing B777-300 aircraft piloted by Simisola Ajibola and assisted by Senior First Officer Quincy Owens landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 3.29 p.m. amidst pomp and pageantry from aviation stakeholders. The aircraft also departed Abuja and touched down at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Owerri at 6.00 p.m. where it was welcomed with a ceremonial water salute.

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
Sammy Walsh, the sister to Dbanj’s wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow, has spoken for the first time since her nephew drowned at home in Ikoyi. The post is quite emotional and gives a glimpse into the depth of pain the family must be going through. “…ife is so short and fickle, the body is just flesh and ur soul is what matters, in all this sadness around us and in our country let’s get up, be and do right. Love fully and be kind to one another . —-Love the people that God gives you everyday because he will want them back at some point. RIP my sweet boy, u made me sooo happy even when I watched u sleep and that’s the way u shall be remembered”

10. SPORTS: Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, has reportedly signed for ‘Juventus from Real Madrid and passed a medical.’ The news of his transfer to the Italian club was revealed by disgraced former Juventus chief Luciano Moggi who claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘already signed’ from Real Madrid and passed a medical. The 80-year-old who was Juventus’ chief executive from 1994 to 2006 before receiving a lifetime ban from football for his part in the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal, told Italian TV network Tele7Gold: ‘In my opinion, he has already signed and passed the medical examination with Juventus in Munich.

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