The Late 5: Court fixes June 3 to hear suit against appointment of Acting CJN; Basiran replaces Shogunle as head of Police CRU – Other stories

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Court fixes June 3 to hear suit against appointment of Acting CJN

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday fixed June 3, for definite hearing of a suit challenging the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Muhammad was made the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria after Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended and later sacked as the CJN by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The Federal Government had brought charges bordering on Non-declaration of assets and false assets declaration against the former CJN. Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the date for the definite hearing of the suit after all pending processes were regularised.

Obiano meets Buhari, lobbies for more federal appointments

Willy Obiano, governor of Anambra, on Monday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, where he lobbied for federal appointments for indigenes of the state.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with the President, the governor said that he came to congratulate the President on his election victory and to brief him on the level of work and state of some federal projects in Anambra.

I am politically wiser now – Ambode

Outgoing Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said on Monday that he had grown wiser politically, having spent four years in office. Ambode was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday to pay what he called, ‘Thank you visit’ to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Basiran replaces Shogunle as head of police CRU

The Nigeria Police Force has appointed ACP Markus Basiran as the Head, Complaints Response Unit at the Force Headquarters. Basiran effectively replaces ACP Abayomi Shogunle, who was removed following a series of controversial comments he made on Twitter which was condemned by a large section of Nigerians. The police said in a statement that Shogunle had been redeployed as Area Commander Nkalangi, Ebonyi, where Basiran was serving before his new appointment.

NLC begins nationwide protest

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced Monday it was starting a nationwide protest over the leadership tussle at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) board. The union and the labour ministry have backed different people for the chairmanship of the board of NSITF.

On Sunday, the Presidency said the decisions of the minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, on the matter had the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari. It said the board will be inaurgurated on Monday.


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