Here are the stories that drove conversation this week:
Kano Assembly reduces Emir Sanusi’s influence, creates four new emirates
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano on Wednesday signed a bill that sought to split the Kano emirate into four into law. With the signing into the Kano State Emirs’ Appointment and Deposition Amendment Bill 2019 into law, the state now has five emirates – Gaya, Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Kano.The state House of Assembly passed the bill earlier on Wednesday less than 24 hours after a petition submitted to the House by one Ibrahim Salisu was read by the Speaker, Alhassan Ruum.
Court restrains Ganduje from implementing new emirates in Kano
The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate. This is following a law signed on Wednesday by Ganduje which created an additional four emirates, a move that was widely seen as depletion of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence.
EFCC to rearraign ex-minster Akinjide
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will re-arraign former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mrs Jumoke Akinjide for alleged money laundering on June 11.
The anti-graft agency charged her along with a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Oyo State Chief Olarenwaju Otiti and a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District Ayo Adeseun.
Naira Marley, Zlatan, others arrested by EFCC over internet fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office on arrested two fast-rising Nigerian artistes Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) and Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan), in connection with alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. Intelligence report had also linked them to cyber crime offences. The arrest happened in Lekki on Friday morning.
Adeleke, PDP to challenge verdict at Supreme Court
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday, vowed to approach the Supreme Court to re-validate the tribunal judgment that declared him the winner of the gubernatorial election that held in the state in September 2018. Adeleke said he was dissatisfied with the majority decision of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which upheld the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after it nullified the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.
Ngige unfit to be ministers, NLC tells workers
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged workers in the nation’s airports and those in the 163 countries that are members of the International Trade Union Confederation to subject the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to ridicule.
The congress said it called for the action because Ngige invited thugs against workers during a “lawful protest” to his house. Rising from its Central Working Committee meeting on Thursday evening, the Congress demanded an “unreserved apology from the minister, for his action.
Buhari nominates Emefiele as CBN governor for second term
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefele, for a second and final term of five years. Buhari’s letter seeking the Senate’s approval for his reappointment of Emefiele was read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the close of plenary on Thursday.
Kano assembly approves life pension for speaker, deputy
The Kano state house of assembly has approved life pension for its speaker and deputy speaker. The assembly passed the pensions rights of speaker and deputy bill during plenary on Tuesday. The bill, if passed into law, will also provide for foreign medical trips and new vehicles every four years for the duo. The bill states the the life pension is “provided that either the speaker or the deputy do not hold any paid elective or selective appointment
Sharia police to arrest people eating in public during Ramadan
The Commander-General of Kano Hisbah, Nabahani Usman, has said from Monday when Ramadan begins, his men will begin to arrest adults seen eating in public. Usman said arrested persons would only be released upon provision of an exemption letter from a medical doctor or a proof of chronic ulcer.
Fashola names alleged corrupt contractors
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has forwarded to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) documents from some of the ministry’s agencies providing some details regarding the names of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects, and inviting SERAP to “inspect a compendium of verified and paid/outstanding liabilities of contractors, kept at the offices of the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Limited/GTE.”