Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has filed a suit against the federal government over his suspension. The appeal was filed before the Court of Appeal by his lawyers: Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Kanu Agabi (SAN) and James Onoja.
2. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened that it would sanction some university Vice-Chancellors who may have been “uncooperative” in the ongoing strike by the lecturers. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said this on Tuesday in Abuja while reacting to the allegation that some vice-chancellors have been intimidating lecturers in their institution and have ordered them back to the classroom, while some have reportedly commenced examinations.
3. The National Judicial Council, NJC, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnonghe and the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad. This was disclosed after an emergency meeting in Abuja. Ibrahim Muhammad is to respond to a petition against him over an alleged breach of NJC rules. The body also referred the petition written against Danladi Umar, the Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
4. A faction of Afenifere, a pan Yoruba social-cultural group, on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital endorsed the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari as its Presidential candidate for the February 16th election. The faction was led by Chief Ayo Fasanmi. The group at the endorsement which took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan argued that it endorsed Buhari because he had performed well.
5. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the bill raising the national minimum wage. The bill was passed after the House considered the report of its ad hoc committee during plenary. Lawmakers, while considering the bill, resolved to leave the National Minimum Wage “as recommended by the tripartite committee”.
6. Nigeria has been listed among countries ranked highest in corruption practices by Transparency International. In its latest release on Tuesday, the country in a graphical representation scored 27 over 100, and was ranked 144/180 countries studied. Somalia, a country located in Sub-Saharan Africa was listed as the country with the highest corruption report.
7. Nigeria has been listed among countries ranked highest in corruption practices by Transparency International. In its latest release on Tuesday, the country in a graphical representation scored 27 over 100, and was ranked 144/180 countries studied. Somalia, a country located in Sub-Saharan Africa was listed as the country with the highest corruption report.
8. The police command in Abia State has confirmed the abduction of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, on Monday night. The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said the command was aware of the incident. Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Benedict Godson, told newsmen that Nwankpa was kidnapped by gunmen around 11 am on Monday at Osisioma, while on his way to Aba from Umuahia.
9. The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Tinubu, responding to criticisms over Onnoghen’s suspension said those who were faulting the President’s decision, particularly Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, apparently did not know the difference between suspension and sacking.
10. The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved a new management team for the Nigeria Police Force, with the appointment of eight Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, with effect from January 28, 2019. One of the new DIGs, Usman Yakubu, was, however, directed to proceed on terminal leave, while the retirement of the seven former DIGs was also approved.