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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Supreme Court has told the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, that it had yet to constitute the panel that would hear the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

2. Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari has made revelations on the power tussle at the State House in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mrs. Buhari confirmed the viral video that circulated online last week. The First Lady said she ranted after she was denied access to parts of the villa by Mamman Daura and his family.

3. About $665billion has been lost in the last three years globally to disasters. A large percentage of the loss was recorded by high-income countries.

The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja stated this on Monday.

4. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has blamed the moribund state of the country’s refineries on lack of proper maintenance of the facilities over the years. The NNPC said that Nigeria has one of the highest number of technicians in the petroleum sector in the world, but that the experts have not been adequately engaged.

5. The Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has said that fuel subsidy will gulp N450 billion in 2020. She said this on Monday in Abuja, at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

6. The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hammed Ali, said operatives of the ongoing Joint Border Security had seized items worth N1.4 billion since the partial closure of borders.

7. The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to reverse the tenure extension for seven permanent secretaries in the federal civil service who are already due for retirement.

8. The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay N10 million compensation for the violation of right to work to Pte. Barnabas Eli, a dismissed Nigerian soldier.

9. Fatima, the daughter of Mamman Daura, has accused the wife of the president Aisha Buhari of attacking her inside the presidential villa in Abuja. Fatima is family member to President Muhammadu Buhari.

10. Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has urged members of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and other stakeholders in the rice value chain not to increase the price of the product due to the border closure.

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FG vs Dino Melaye: What happened in court on Tuesday

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An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in the alleged falsehood suit filed against senator.

NAN reports that Melaye was charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police.

The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.

The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.

Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.

The judge said she was not pleased with the attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on fast track, day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.

” A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defence counsel ” she ordered.

The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of trial are stalled for failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.

Goodluck then adjourned the matter until Dec. 5, for continuation of trial

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mrs N.O.Ezra informed the court that her witnesses were not in court.

Ezra then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable them bring their witnesses.

Responding, defence counsel Olusegun Odubela, SAN, told the court that this was unfair to the defendant because the witness could not be more involved in Kogi election than the defendant who was a candidate in the election.

”The court should be guided by the provisions of sections 396 (4)(6) of ACJA and 36 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

”The prosecution have not adduced any cogent reasons why their witnesses are not available in court, in case the court grants them an adjournment, we will be asking for a cost of N250, 000, he said.

Odubela further told the court that since last sitting on July 4, the prosecution could have known and informed the court and the defence counsel who comes from another jurisdiction.

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PDP Woman Leader Set Ablaze In Kogi

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Salome Abuh, Peoples Democratic Party women leader in Ochadamu Ward under Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State has been set ablaze in her home, the police has said.

According to a report by Premium Times, Abuh was burnt to death by political thugs in the state on Monday.

Spokesperson for the command, William Aya, said the politician was sleeping in her home when political thugs set the building ablaze.

The politician’s remains, which were burnt beyond recognition, had been taken to a mortuary for autopsy.

Aya said, “It was a very unfortunate incident and the commissioner has ordered a thorough investigation to ensure that all those involved do not escape justice.”

Since the news of Abuh’s death, supporters of the PDP have accused the All Progressives Congress of being behind her death.

According to Aya, her killing was a reprisal attack for the death of an APC supporter in the community.

He added, “There was a misunderstanding between Gowon Simeon and Awolu Zakari, both members of the community.

“Mr Simeon stabbed Mr Zakari in the chest and he bled to death almost instantly.

“After Zakari was confirmed dead by a medical doctor, his associates gathered for a reprisal attack against Simeon.

“They arrived at his uncle’s house where they believed he was hiding and set it on fire.

“Unfortunately Abuh was sleeping inside the house and was burnt alive.”

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Insurgency: Fear grips village as terrorists allegedly regroup in Northern Borno

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Villagers around Gubio and Magumeri local governments of Borno state, in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, reported a mass movement of terrorist group, fearing that the terrorists are also carrying all sorts of sophisticated weapons.

This is coming barely 48 hours after an ambush on military vehicles along Damasak road leading to the death of 3 soldiers, the villagers said.

Malam Modu Gana, a resident of Magumeri, who spoke to Our Correspondent in Maiduguri, the said, the vigilante and members of the civilian joint task force could not confront them as they were in large numbers.

A member of the CJTF, Umar Ibrahim who spoke to our reporter said they have also received reports of ISWAP members mobilising around some villages in the northern Borno.

“The Soldiers are aware of that, and are also mobilizing to ensure that they (terrorists) do not have a field day in the event that they plan to attack any village or military base,” Umar said

Sources from international organisations operating in the northern Borno area also confirmed the report, however, there was no official confirmation from the military authorities.

Several attempts to get the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa to speak did not yield result as his phone could not be reached.

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