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Court nullifies PDP’s expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman

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Court nullifies PDP’s expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman

A high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja has nullified the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dismissal of Buruji Kashamu, a senator of Ogun East and the party’s state chairman, Adebayo Dayo.

Following his 30-day suspension which elapsed on January 9, the PDP on July 24, announced the expulsion of Mr Kashamu and his key supporters from the party.

But Mr Kashamu said that his expulsion from the PDP by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party would not stand since they did not have the right to take any disciplinary action against him.

In his ruling on Wednesday, the judge, Valentine Ashi, held that the purported expulsion of Mr Kashamu and his supporters was unlawful because it was done in flagrant disobedience of a subsisting order of the court made on December 7, 2017, which was restated on January 9, 2018.

It directed parties not to do anything to jeopardise the hearing of the pending case.

Mr Ashi while restating the court order of January 9, 2018, added that the PDP must not carry out any disciplinary action against the defendants without first, having recourse to the court.

Mr Ashi, who nullified the expulsion, also set aside the PDP’s letter, dated August 1, 2018, conveying the expulsion to Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo.

Mr Ashi therefore ordered the PDP’s chairman, Uche Secondus to show why the court’s disciplinary measure should not be deployed against him for aiding his party to violate a valid court order within 48 hours of his receipt of the court order,

Mr Ashi also ordered Mr Secondus to show why he should not be referred to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice for prosecution before the magistrates’ court of the FCT, for obstructing the course of justice.

However, Mr Ashi’s ruling was on an application filed by Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo, which was argued for the applicants by their lawyer, Charles Ndukwe.

The PDP had, on December 4, 2017, sued Mr Kashamu and four others. It sought among others, order restraining Mr Kashamu and the other defendants from preventing it from carrying out its legitimate activities, including its national convention that was slated for December 9 and 10, 2017.

Meanwhile the court on December 7, 2017 granted PDP’s ex-parte motion and ordered parties to maintain the status quo and asked them to refrain from doing anything that is capable of jeopardizing the hearing of the pending interlocutory application and the substantive suit.

On January 9, 2018, the court, upon complaint by Messrs Kashamu and Dayo, set aside their suspension by the PDP. The court said the suspension was carried out by the PDP while the case was still pending.

In the ruling, Mr Ashi agreed with Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo that the order made on December 7, 2017 and restated on January 9, 2018 was still binding on PDP and all parties despite the party’s abandoning of the case, which led to it being struck out.

Mr Ashi noted that even when the main suit was struck out, the counter-claim filed by Mr Kashamu and other defendants was still pending. He therefore rejected PDP’s objection to the suit and held that the suit Mr Kashamu filed against the party before the Federal High Court, Abuja was different from the one before his court.

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Cloudy, sunny weather, thundery showers to prevail on Saturday – NiMet

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What the weather will look like on Friday - NiMet

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and sunny weather conditions with chances of thundery showers over most parts of the country on Saturday.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO) on Friday, predicted partly cloudy to cloudy morning over the central states with day and night temperatures of 29 to 33 and 18 to 23 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that scattered thundery showers over Abuja, Nasarawa, Bida, Southern Kaduna, Minna and thunderstorms over Mambilla plateau and parts of Jalingo during the afternoon and evening period.

The agency predicted that Northern States would experience partly cloudy to sunny conditions during the forecast period.

It also predicted chances of thundery shower over Yelwa during the afternoon and evening hours with day and night temperatures of 35 to 37 and 21 to 25 degrees Celsius respectively.

According to NiMet, Southern States will experience cloudy conditions with slim chances of rains over the South East coast during the morning hours.

“Later in the day, there are chances of scattered thunderstorms over the region with day and night temperatures of 30 to 31 and 21 to 22 degrees Celsius respectively.

“Cloudy to partly cloudy conditions with chances of scattered thunderstorms and rainfall activities are expected over some parts of the country in the next 24 hours,” NiMet predicted.

(NAN)

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900 Nigeria Airways retirees die

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Nigeria Airways pensioners lament tedious verification procedure

Shu’aibu Alfa, Member Ministerial Committee on the verification of payment of retired Nigeria Airways workers, on Friday revealed that 900 retirees have so far died nationwide from 2004 till date.

Alfa, a captain, who is the Supervisor, Kano Verification Centre, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

There are three centres where the ongoing verification exercise for the Nigeria Airways retirees are being conducted.

He said during the 15 years, no fewer than 900 of the retirees died, while the medical cases of some of them became worse, homes were broken and some were in situations beyond human imagination.

“The verification exercise has been going on very well, we made sure retirees were former staff of Nigeria Airways and we have their records.

“We ask questions and when they are certified, we clear them to start the verification process.

“In the verification team, we have people from the Ministry of Aviation, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s Office, Head of Service, EFCC, ICPC, PITAD and we also have our representatives on each desk,” Alfa said.

Mr Alfa, who was the Secretary, Nigeria Airways Pilots Association, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Aviation and the Minister of Transportation, for approving the payment of their long awaited entitlement.

He also commended the support of the traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders and many other well-meaning Nigerians.

He appealed to the retirees to exercise patience during the exercise, as the committee was doing everything to ensure they were promptly screened.

(NAN)

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Lebanese convicted for currency trafficking in Nigeria

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Lebanese convicted for currency trafficking in Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday secured the conviction one Haytham Aldahrah , a Lebanese who was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while trying to board an Egypt Air flight to Cairo for refusing to declare the sum $105,000 and €65,000 respectively to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Upon his arrest, Mr Aldahrah declared the sum of $95,000 (Ninety Five Thousand Dollars) but a search conducted on him, revealed that he was carrying a further sum of $105,000 (One Hundred and Five Thousand Dollars) which he concealed from the authorities.

When the convict was arraigned on October 16, he pleaded not guilty to the two count charge but, two days later changed his plea to ‘guilty’.

In view of his latest plea, prosecution counsel Mohammed Gambo urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Allagoa granted the prayer of the prosecution and convicted the defendant on the two counts charge. The judge sentenced the convict to forfeit 50% each of the undeclared sum he was found with, that is $52,550 and €32,250 to Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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