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NDDC: Group warns against violating Act

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A group, Niger Delta Rescue Movement (NDRM) has warned against attempts to circumvent the Act establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in constituting the substantive board of the interventionist agency.

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There have been clamour in recent times calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do away with the illegal contraption called Interim Administrator and constitute the board in the interest of the people of the Niger Delta region.

NDRM in a statement signed by its spokesman, Okwa Onisowurum Jonathan and made available in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State reiterated that the All Progressive Congress (APC) would lose the South-south states if the NDDC board is not constituted before the campaign kicks-off on September 28.

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Jonathan warned that breaching the Act establishing the Commission by not picking the Managing Director of the Commission from Bayelsa would spell doom for APC.

He insisted that following the NDDC Act, Edo and Ondo States are not qualified to produce the Managing Director but Bayelsa.

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Jonathan traced the history of the Commission noting that the position of Managing Director is reserved for major oil producing states with Rivers and Akwa- Ibom producing twice.

“Edo and Ondo are not qualified to produce MD. And even if they are included, the sequence had to be followed. After Akwa- Ibom , Bayelsa follows.

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So take note, Bayelsa has only produced Timi Alaibe as Managing Director, while other major oil producing states have had two or three MDs, with a substantive board” he said.

According to him, the lack of a substantive board is a major setback for the President Buhari administration in the Niger Delta region and inaugurating the board would boost the chances of the party in the 2023 elections.

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“In view of the fact that the NDDC Act 2000 did not provide for any acting appointment, I pray that Mr President should with all sense of urgency constitute the needed substantive new board and inaugurate it so as to bring to bear the yearnings of the people of the Niger Delta without further delay”

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Fani-Kayode Withdraws Case Against Estranged Wife

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A former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday, withdrew an attempted murder suit filed against his estranged wife, Ms Precious Chikwendu.

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Prosecution counsel, John Ijagbemi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja shortly after the matter was called for the defendants to take a plea.

“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today. However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.

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Ijagbemi informed the court that the FCT Commissioner of Police was in receipt of a letter from the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his intention to withdraw the case.

He said the withdrawal of the charge was provided for in Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

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After the lawyer to Ms Chikwendu, Peter Abang, did not oppose the request, Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit.

In the amended 14-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 dated and filed on April 28, Chikwendu was the 2nd defendant in the matter.

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Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively, while others are said to be at large.

Speaking to newsmen after the sitting, Abang described the withdrawal of the suit as “a welcomed development.”

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On his part, Ijagbemi said, “the complainant, via the prosecution, has the unfettered power to withdraw a charge before the court.”

He said with the provision of ACJA, 2015, a charge could be withdrawn even until a judgment against any of the defendants or accused persons standing trial before the court.

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The lawyer said the ex-minister, in his withdrawal of the case letter, informed that “the whole family members had a sit-down and amicably resolved the matter without any rancour or recourse to previous occurrences and they are happily standing and living together in love and in harmony.

“And we, being an institution of government saddled with the responsibility of the protection of lives and property, seeking peace and order in the society including individual family. We are glad to apply for the withdrawal of this case against the defendants.

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“You all know that it is the family that is really involved and we are interested in the peace and tranquillity of the family and that is why we have withdrawn it and it is our pleasure.”(NAN)

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SPOTTED: Tinubu Reading 8-Month-Old Newspaper In New Photo Showing He’s Well

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A picture of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has sparked fresh controversy.

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There have been different rumours about the health of Tinubu, who has been away from the country before the kick off of the campaign for the 2023 elections.

On Sunday, the ruling party’s presidential candidate released a proof of life video, where he was seen on a thread mill.

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Despite the footage, critics of the APC insinuated that some things were hidden about the health condition of Tinubu.

However, in an apparent manner to clear doubt on his health condition, Tinubu released some pictures on Thursday morning.

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In one of the pictures, he was seen reading an old copy of The Nation Newspaper, which he has the largest share in.

It is unclear whether the picture was taken in January when the paper was published or in October when the Presidential Candidate has been convincing people about his health condition.

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Below are the front cover of the Paper and the picture that Tinubu put up on social media today:

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Reactions as new photos of Tinubu with grandchildren resurface on social media

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Reactions have continued to trickle from Nigerians on social media over photos of presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with his grandchildren, which surfaced on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday.

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Tinubu’s son shared photos of the APC flag bearer on his verified Instagram handle with the caption and hashtags, “ Hi Grandpa #FamilyFirst#TinubuFamily #FamilyMan #Grandpa #TakenOnSunday #Noella #BATSenior #BATJunior #Leader.”

Special assistant on digital communications to President Muhammad Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, also shared Tinubu’s photos on Twitter on Thursday.

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Ahmad tweeted, “Good morning from our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu, and his grandchildren. A wonderful family person.”

Recall that Tinubu shared a video of himself cycling on a fitness bike on Sunday.

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The video, which went viral, had since elicited questions about his whereabouts.

But, the spokesperson of the APC presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo has said cycling is a regular routine for Tinubu, adding that the former Lagos state governor was not trying to prove any point.

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Keyamo, while speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, described Tinubu as an “avid cyclist.”

His words, “People who are close to him know that he is an avid cyclist. He does that all the time. It is his regular routine. So, we are not trying to prove anything to anybody.”

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Meanwhile, Tinubu also posted picture of himself in an office on Instagram on Thursday with a caption that simply reads, “Stay Focused.”

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