The newspaper review for Tuesday, January 22, leads with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, approaching the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with his trial, among other stories.
Vanguard reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the prosecution of former Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal and ex-director-general of National Intelligence Agency Ayo Oke.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this at an event held in his honour by Christian youths, under the aegis of Ikeja branch of GRILL in Lagos.
Lawal was sacked after a Senate committee indicted him on misappropriating funds meant for internally displaced persons in the northeast but denied any wrongdoing.
The former NIA director-general was also removed from office, following the discovery of $43 million at an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Answering questions from the audience on the former SGF, Osinbajo said Lawal and Oke were recommended for prosecution by the committee he heads.
The Punch reports that the All Progressives Congress leaders, including a former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday at the presidential rally of the party in Maiduguri, took turns to berate former president Olusegun Obasanjo over his latest attack on Buhari.
Obasanjo, had in a 16-page statement on Sunday, likened Buhari to the late military dictator, Gen Sani Abacha.
But at the APC rally, Tinubu described Obasanjo as an expired leader, who should not be trusted, adding that Obasanjo’s government was notorious for election rigging.
The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, also lambasted Obasanjo, saying the ex-president was watching when the Peoples Democratic Party government was stealing funds meant for fighting Boko Haram.
The director-general of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation and the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, recalled that when he was a governor in Rivers state, the Obasanjo’s government withdrew his security detail.
The Nation reports that the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities may be coming to an end as the striking lectures and federal government have reached an agreement on seven key areas.
Minister of labour and productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, after the meeting with ASUU officials led by its president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated that the government had made “substantial progress” in its discussion with the union.
He said the government has released N163 billion from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) to satisfy some of the demands of ASUU.
Ngige said the union and government had resolved most of the issues, adding that ASUU would need to consult its members and then inform the government of its decision.
The Guardian reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, yesterday approached the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with his trial.
Onnoghen, through his counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), asked the court for an oral order stopping the CCT from proceeding with the trial.
Awomolo stated that the order became necessary to preserve the subject matter of the case at the CCT. But the three-member panel chaired by Justice Abdul Aboki declined the request, stressing that no form of order could be made at this stage.
“We are of the view that no form of order shall be made at this stage pending hearing of motion on notice,” the court said as it consequently adjourned the matter till January 24.
Earlier, counsel to the federal government, Emmanuel Omonuwa, had demanded three days within which to reply to the motion on notice filed by the CJN. He stated that he was only served the process on Monday morning but had to be present in court out of respect.
This Day reports that less than 25 days to the presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that it had uncovered new plot by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as collection points for cash-for-votes and other forms of material inducement to voters on election day.
This is coming as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to resist pressure from the presidency and the APC by rising above the manifest compromises and conduct free, fair and transparent elections next month.
Yakubu disclosed the plot yesterday, while playing host to a delegation of European Union (EU) Election Observer, led by the Chief Observer, Ms. Marie Arena, and ECOWAS Observers’ Mission at the headquarters of the commission.
He said there was no doubt that the country’s electoral processes are getting better and votes count, adding that the commission would continue to progressively improve on elections and protect the sanctity of the vote.
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