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Court asked to declare Justice Muhammad unfit, order new selection
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has okayed a fresh suit seeking to bar President Muhammadu Buhari from appointing the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, to take over the leadership of the judiciary in substantive capacity.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/420/2019, is praying the court to declare that Justice Muhammad who is currently the most senior jurist at the Supreme Court, is unfit to replace the sacked CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Buhari billed to inaugurate five projects in Lagos
Barring any last-minute change in plans, President Muhammadu Buhari will be in Lagos on Wednesday for a working visit. He is billed to inaugurate five projects.
Listed by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for inauguration are: the 170-bed Institute of Maternal and Child Health at Ayinke House; the 10-lane Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and the Lagos State Theatre, located at Oregun.
766 petitions filed at 77 election tribunals
A total of 766 petitions have been filed by politicians who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the last general elections. The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, in exercise of her constitutional authorities, has set up a total of 77 election tribunals to hear and determine the petitions.
According to the Deputy Chief Registrar, Election Petitions Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Mrs. Rabi Abdulazeez, a breakdown of the petitions revealed that four were filed by four political parties and their candidates in respect of the presidential election.
Nigeria’s N24tn debt is still sustainable – FG
the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has said that Nigeria’s debt which currently stands at about N24.3tn is still within sustainable limit.
She said that the country’s debt, which is about 19 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product, was still low compared to Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.
EFCC holds Jonathan’s associate King Turner
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained King Turner, a close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan, over N240 million Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) contracts.
The suspect was flown to Lagos on Tuesday night from Abuja for another round of grilling in respect of a separate case. It was learnt that he will be returned to Abuja later on Wednesday. Turner is a former chairman of the Board of UBEC when the alleged N20billion fraud was perpetrated.