Here are the top ten stories that drove conversation this week:
Suspended CJN Onnoghen convicted, banned from public office
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has convicted Justice Walter Onnoghen, the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) who was suspended by the Federal Government on a six-count charge of false declaration of assets, and has banned him from holding any public office for the next 10 years.
Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, while delivering the judgment on Thursday, held that the Federal Government had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspended Chief justice breached the Code of Conduct for public officers, stressing that Onnoghen be removed from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
PDP wins Rivers supplementary election
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the four House of Assembly supplementary and re-run elections in Rivers. The elections were conducted in Abua/Odual, Ahoada West, Gokana and Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Areas.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cancelled the March 9, 2019 Assembly elections in the areas following electoral violence in the state.
No results on server, Atiku’s results are false – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission has distanced itself from the “server results” which the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are laying claim to as the “true results” of the February 23 election.
INEC said this over the weekend in its reply to the petition filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal by the PDP and Atiku to challenge the outcome of the February 23 election. The commission, through its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), said the results of the poll were never transmitted or collated electronically.
Suspected gunmen kill Benue PDP chieftain’s son
Persons suspected to be gunmen on Saturday night shot dead one Torkuma Amaa Bai, the son of national Ex-Officio member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Vincent Yandev Amaa Bai.
The incident happened at Gboko, headquarters of Gboko Local Government Area of Benue. According to sources in Gboko, Torkuma, who was the first son of the PDP chieftain, was trailed by his assailants and shot dead when he was on his way back home after an outing with friends.
AirForce loses airman in parachuting accident in Kaduna
The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday said it lost an airman in a parachuting accident in Kaduna. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Police arrest five for killing woman, injuring man in Ajegunle
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested five police officers and declared an Inspector, Dania Ojo, wanted, for allegedly shooting dead a girl, Ada Ifeanyi, in the Apapa area of Lagos.
According to Punch, a Emmanuel Akomafuwa was said to have sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting that killed the 20-year-old girl. The policemen arrested were identified as: Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeant Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergeant Kashim Tijani, Sergeant Lucky Akigbe and, Sergeant Paul Adeoye.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the police officers were already facing internal disciplinary actions at the Command’s headquarters, adding that if found wanting, they would be prosecuted in conventional court for murder.
Senate passes Police Reform Bill
Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM experts as witnesses, gives details of INEC servers
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, is set to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to authenticate his claim that the servers belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by over 1.6 million votes.
The PDP candidate on Tuesday said this in fresh response to the reply of INEC to his petition.
EFCC apprehends Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as judge strikes out corruption charges against her
Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have apprehended Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court, after corruption charges against her were struck out.
Her arrest took place on the premises of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 10 officials of the EFCC surrounded Ofili-Ajumogobia as she attempted to leave the courtroom at 10.24 a.m. after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
Troops kill 27 Boko Haram terrorists, recover arms, ammunition
Twenty seven insurgents believed to be Boko Haram members were at the weekend killed by troops of Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole and Cameroonian Defence Forces in Borno, the army said yesterday.
The terrorists, according to army spokesmam Col. Sagir Musa, met their waterloo when they clashed with the troops on clearance operations in northern parts of Wulgo, Tumbuma, Chikun Gudu and Bukar Maryam villages.