The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has just ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate for the Saturday governorship election in the state.
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Electricity workers suspend strike
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike.
The strike was embarked upon to draw federal government’s attention to the plight of its members.
After a meeting with officials of the Federal Government, the union agreed to discontinue the one-day old strike.
Comrade Joe Ajaero, National President of NUEE said the understanding came about following the outcome of the meeting where the workers’ grievances were addressed.
He explained: “We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation. Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended.”
The strike was embarked upon following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands.
JUST IN: A’Ibom-owned newspaper, Pioneer, loses four staff in ghastly accident
Tony Anichebe, Uyo
Four staff of the Akwa Ibom State-owned print media, Pioneer Newspapers, have been reported dead in an auto crash which occured Wednesday evening.
Eye witnesses said, the incident happened along Airport Road on the outskirts of Uyo, the state capital, when the staff were returning from a marriage ceremony of one of their colleauge at Ekpene Ukim, in Uruan Local Government Area of the state.
One of them, who survived with serious injuries and receiving treatment at a General Hospital, Ituk Mbang said the driver who probably was on speed lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a bend, causing the bus to somersault several times.
Corpses of those confirmed dead have been deposited at a nearby morgue.
Those who survived, including the driver, are in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
No official statement by either the police or management of the company was issued as at time of filling this report.
However, family members, staff and friends, especially from the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) were seen trooping in to the hospital to sympathise with the victims.
JUST IN: Calling Buhari ‘major general’ is proof of press freedom, says Femi Adesina
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, says the decision of a national newspaper to refer to the president as a “major general” is proof of press freedom.
In an editorial entitled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand”, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for the rule of law”.
But responding hours after the editorial went viral, Adesina said Buhari earned the rank, adding that all over the world retired military personnel are now “democrats”.
“A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.
Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,” Adesina said.
“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.
“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.”
The Buhari administration has been criticised for its application of extra-judicial means in matters, reports TheCable.
In October, 2016, agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the residences of judges in the dead of night knocking down doors.
Also, there have been arrests and detention of citizens by the secret police without regard to the verdicts of the courts on the cases.
Omoyele Sowore, pro-democracy activist, was rearrested last Friday — less than 24 hours after he was released on Thursday. He had spent 124 days in detention before of his brief release.
No charges have been filed against him since he was re-arrested, but he has been held for more than 48 hours against the law, which states that a person shall not be detained for more than 48 hours without an order of a court.
UEFA League: Napoli win, still sack Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Napoli after their 4-0 victory over Genk which confirmed their place in the Champions League knockout stage.
Domestically, a dreadful run of results has them them fall out of contention for the Champions League places for next season.
Napoli had started the season among the Serie A title favourites and were close to a famous draw in their second match of the season when they came from 3-0 down to level it up at 3-3 away to Juventus, only to lose through a calamitous Kalidou Koulibaly own goal in stoppage time, reports ESPN.
They won their next three matches in all competitions — including a 2-0 victory over Champions League holders Liverpool — before losing 1-0 at home to Cagliari. After winning two of their next three matches, they embarked on terrible run of form to fall off the pace in the hunt for the top four.
A 2-1 defeat away to Roma led president Aurelio De Laurentiis to order the players into a week-long retreat. However, after Ancelotti publicly said he was against the idea, the players refused.
That decision saw the entire first team fined 25% of their monthly salary but results did not pick up.
Ancelotti began his managerial career at Reggiana in 1995 before moving to Parma a year later where he led the club to second place in the table and qualification for the Champions League.
In 1999, he moved to Juventus but was sacked at half-time of the final league match of the 2001 season with the Bianconeri having finished second to Roma.
He was named AC Milan manager in 2001 and them to two Champions League trophies, one Serie A title and a Coppa Italia in a glorious eight-year spell.
Ancelotti left Milan for Chelsea in 2009 where he won the Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season before being sacked. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain and won the Ligue 1 in 2012-13 before leaving for Real Madrid.
At the Bernabeu, he won yet another Champions League as well as the Copa del Rey in his first campaign but was shown the door a year later. He was named Bayern Munich boss in 2016 and won the Bundesliga before he was sacked midway into his second season.
He joined Napoli in the summer of 2018 and led the club to second-place finish in his debut season.
Impeachment: Trump charged with abuse of power
Donnald Trump has been charged with two articles of impeachment that could see him ousted from office over claims he abused his power and obstructed Congress.
Democrat Chair of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler revealed the articles – akin to charges – in Washington DC Tuesday.
And House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said Trump had committed ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’
Nadler claimed that the president had imperiled US national security by trying to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden’s son in return for a White House invite, as well as $400m in military aid.
The obstruction of Congress charge centers around claims that Trump tried to frustrate the investigation into his alleged abuse of power during his communications with Zelensky.
Nadler accused Trump of putting himself ‘consistently above country’. He said there is a ‘clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office – that is impeachment.’
Schiff then explained the Democrats’ reasoning behind the articles, saying that President Trump ‘abused the power of his office to get a foreign power to help his reelection.’
He further attacked Trump’s alleged ‘willingness to sacrifice US national security for his own interests.’
He added: ‘No one is above the law: not even the President of the United States.’ Wheelchair user, 62, struck and killed by hit and run driver Trump is only the fourth president in US history to face impeachment.
The articles unveiled today will now be voted on by members of the lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives.
JUST IN: Buhari names Adamu new AMCON Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr. Edward Adamu as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
This was contained in a letter sent to the Senate by the President on Tuesday.
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Nami replaces Fowler as new FIRS chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr. Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
He replaces Mr. Tunde Fowler, whose tenure expired on Monday.
He is a tax consultant and graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Mr. Muhammad, a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical work experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations,” the Presidency said in statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Buhari also approved the composition of the board of FIRS.
Joshua reclaims heavyweight titles, beats Ruiz Jr
Anthony Joshua became a two-time word heavyweight champion by exacting revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr in dominant fashion with a unanimous points victory in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Six months on from the night where Ruiz stunned boxing, Joshua risked his career being left in tatters with a second defeat but served up 36 minutes of movement and well-timed punching to take the IBF, WBA and WBO titles back to Britain, reports the BBC.
After cutting his Mexican rival inside the first round he simply never looked back and picked out smart jabs and right hands throughout before being serenaded with chants of “AJ, AJ, AJ” by the 14,000 or so fans in the largely full Diriyah Arena.
Ruiz never looked close to landing a knockdown and when scores of 118-110 118-110 and 119-109 were read out, Joshua jumped up and down in the ring in celebration, just as the man who had wrecked his US debut did in June.
JUST IN: Joshua reclaims heavyweight titles, beats Ruiz Jr
Britain’s Anthony Joshua won his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.
More to follow…
UP DATE: DSS finally re-arrests Sowore
*Taken to Abuja HQ
SaharaReporters has just reported that their publisher and convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare have finally been re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to the online news medium, the DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and assaulted a journalist in their bid to arrest the duo in court.
SaharaReporters said Sowore has been taken to the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja.
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