The Big 5: INEC proposes fine of N500,000, 3 years imprisonment for electoral offenders; Senate condemns killings in the country, insists on state police | Other top stories

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FG continues Onnoghen’s trial as counsel submit final addresses

There were strong indications on Wednesday that the Federal Government has opted to continue with the trial of the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). It was confirmed on Wednesday at the CCT that Onnoghen’s lawyers have filed their final address.

The prosecution team is expected to submit its final address on Thursday.

INEC proposes fine of N500,000, 3 years imprisonment for electoral offenders

Following the incessant high cases of electoral offences in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has proposed a fine of five hundred thousand naira or three years imprisonment or both for persons convicted of vote buying and selling.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu disclosed made the disclosure at the 9th Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Senate resolves to override Buhari on two bills

The Senate has resolved to override the veto of President Muhammadu Buhari on the constitution amendment (Fourth Alteration No. 28) Bill 1999, and the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) amendment Bill.

The two bills were part of the 17 bills that the president declined to assent. Buhari also forwarded his reasons for rejecting the bill to the National Assembly. Buhari’s reason for declining assent to the bill was that it did not take cognizance of the provisions of Section 58(4) of the Nigerian Constitution.

Senate condemns killings in the country, insists on state police

Concerned by the increasing insecurity in the country, the Senate yesterday, reiterated its call for the establishment of state police if the problem must be nipped in the bud, just as it condemned in very strong terms, the killings nationwide.

It also called on the Federal Government to set up an ad-hoc committee to be known as Presidential Initiative on Zamfara State, PIZAMS, with a 10-year life span to manage the said fund and subsequent allocations.

Shettima meets Defence minister, army chief, over insecurity in Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, and some National Assembly members, yesterday, visited and held separate closed door meetings with Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, and Director-General of Department of Security Service, DSS, Yusuf Bichi, over security in Borno.




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