The Late 5: Court orders Nnamdi Kanu’s surety, Senator Abaribe to pay N100m over his disappearance; ICPC says it will handle petition against Oshiomhole | Other top stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

An Abuja High Court has ordered the Senator representing Abia-South, Enyinnaya Abaribe and two others who stood as sureties for the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to deposit N100 million each as bail bond into the court’s account within two months.. 

Justice Binta Nyako who gave the order of interim forfeiture on Wednesday, in a ruling in which she amended the conditions of the bail she had in April 2017 granted Kanu, facilitated by the lawmaker, Ben Elshalom, a Jewish priest, and Tochukwu Uchendu.

The IPOB leader who is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, disappeared after an alleged military invasion of his home in, Umuahia, in Abia on September 14th, 2017.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it will treat petitions against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, accusing him of corruption

Addressing a group of protesters under the auspices of Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN), who were at the commission to present a petition demanding the immediate prosecution of  Oshiomhole, ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, assured that the petition will be treated the same manner it handled others.

“I have heard you and we thank you people for the peaceful protest here. You have done what you are supposed to do. I want to assure you that your petition will be treated according to its merit and the same manner we treat others,” she said.

The Sokoto House of Assembly at its plenary on Wednesday, presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Abubakar Magaji, accepted the resignation of the State Deputy Governor, Ahmad Aliyu.

Aliyu who notified the Assembly of his resignation as deputy governor in a letter dated November 13, 2018, would be running against incumbent Governor, Aminu Tambuwal for the governorship of the state, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the platform on which both of them were elected until Tambuwal defected to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in August.

“With gratitude to Allah who granted me the opportunity to serve my state, I wish to humbly inform the Assembly of my resignation as deputy governor with effect from November 13, 2018,” part of the letter read.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned sitting for a second time this week, over a faulty sound system.

Speaking on the development, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, stated that the decision was to ensure the sound system is fixed before the next plenary, adding that the microphones were installed in 1999 and the panels would take three weeks to arrive Nigeria from Germany.

The  House adjourned sitting till Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to elongate time for campaigns to enable the party propagate its message of “welfarism” to Nigerians.

Presidential candidate of the party, Ambrose Owuru who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the party also wants the court to punish INEC for allowing the All Progressive Congress (APC) to indirectly lobby voters with N10,000 through the “tradermoni” programme supervised by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (Chairman  of the National Economic Council), adding that the action of the Federal Government through the scheme was ill-timed and should not be allowed to continue.

“The court should determine whether the disguise of tradermoni during this period of election is not a plan by the APC and Osinbajo to up-stage and disrupt Hope Party’s welfarism and wealth redistribution of N2 million grants to Nigerian families to end poverty,” he stressed.

And stories from around the world:

U.S. President Donald Trump, who attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets on Tuesday, should have shown “common decency” instead since the country was mourning the anniversary of deadly attacks in Paris, a French government spokesman said. (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her draft divorce deal before a deeply divided cabinet on Wednesday, putting the fate of Brexit and her leadership at stake. (AFP)

Israel’s defence minister has resigned over the cabinet’s decision to accept a ceasefire ending two days of fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Avigdor Lieberman denounced the move as “surrendering to terror.” (BBC)

Angela Merkel’s decision to give up the leadership of her Christian Democrats while staying on as German chancellor is a risk and an experiment, her protege and would-be successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

The United Nations has lifted its sanctions on Eritrea, nine years after they were imposed by the international organisation. (Al Jazeera)

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