The Big 5: Ben Nwabueze leads Atiku’s legal team as lead counsel; Detained Madonna University students, lecturer released from prison | Other top stories

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Detained Madonna University students, lecturer released from prison

A day after a court granted them freedom, six students and a lecturer of the Madonna University, Okija, Anambra, were on Thursday released from prison. The students had been arrested for Facebook posts which allegedly portrayed the school in a bad light.

Senate moves to increase budgetary allocation for primary healthcare 

The Senate on Thursday called for an increase in the budgetary allocation for primary health care (PHC) services in Nigeria. The Senate also urged the Ministry of Health to create awareness on the benefits of health and life insurance. This call followed a motion on the need for increased funding of primary health care sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) and 106 other senators.

Ben Nwabueze leads Atiku’s legal team as lead council

Eighty-eight-year-old erudite Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ben Nwabueze, on Thursday, took over as head of the legal team representing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Court grants ICPC’s request to list Lai as witness in 2.5bn fraud case

A high court in the federal capital territory (FCT) has granted the application of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to list Lai Mohammed, former minister of information, as witness in a “N2.5 billion fraud case”. The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Ishaq Kawu, director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), for alleged abuse of office and money laundering.

COZA not our member – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) is not its member. Kwamkur Vondip, national director, legal and public affairs of CAN, said this in a statement on Wednesday. COZA has been in the news since Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of the church, of rape.

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