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Buhari has addressed N’Delta Avengers agitation, threat unnecessary – Presidency

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The Presidency has reacted to threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume bombing of oil pipelines over restructuring and inauguration of substantive governing board of the the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), among other demands.

It said the threat was unnecessary, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had addressed its demands.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the demands of the militant group had been addressed by Buhari in a meeting with newly elected leaders of Ijaw National Council and other Niger Delta stakeholders, who visited him in his office in Abuja over the weekend.

He said, “The media was Sunday awash with threats and demands by a group, Niger Delta Avengers, to embark on economic sabotage through the bombing of critical oil and gas installations unless certain demands, including the development of the Niger Delta, and restructuring of the Federation, were met.

“It is, however, curious that the threat was coming less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leadership of the Niger Delta and Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa, and the germane issues had been responded to, especially call for restructuring of the federation, and the inauguration of a Board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

The statement also contained the full text of speech by President Buhari on Friday, June 25, 2021.

It quoted the President to have said, “I particularly note your ten-point demand to the Federal Government in your inaugural speech and assure you that this administration is frontally addressing them.

“I am equally concerned about the rate of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta and as you are aware the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project has started work with remediation efforts in Ogoni land and I have directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the projects are implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities.

“Similarly, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, under the same ministry of Environment is working to make sure that oil spills are reduced and new ones prevented. As you are also aware, all the responsible agencies of government have been directed to ensure that they enforce compliance by the International Oil Companies to international best practices.

“In addressing your call for immediate restructuring, the National Assembly whose responsibility it is to ensure that our constitution responds to the call for a restructured Nigeria has already concluded regional consultations and as soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part.

“In the same vein, your call for the creation of two additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people is a legislative matter, which should naturally be handled by the National Assembly and seeking concurrence at the state levels.

 

“I completely agree with your call to allocate operational licences for marginal fields to Ijaw people. However, like you know, the process of granting licenses is guided by laid-down rules and regulations, most of which even favour local content and local contractors. I see no reason why they should not be granted such licenses if they qualify.”

The President was also reported to have spoken on the NDDC board, saying, “I want to assure you that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board would be inaugurated. However, I would like to implore you that the Ijaw National Congress should play a more active role in making sure that the mismanagement that occurred in the past is not repeated.”

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CJN orders sanction against judge over criminal summons on Soludo

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad, has ordered a disciplinary action against the Upper Area Court Judge for issuing a direct criminal summons against Prof. Charles Soludo, an ex-Central Bank of Nigeria governor.

The judge issued the criminal charges against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the Anambra State poll over alleged serial abuse of office and breach of code of conduct for public officers when he was CBN governor between May 29, 2004, and May 29, 2009.

The judge had on August 23, 2021 issued a direct criminal summons against Soludo over perjury, corruption, and false assets declaration, which is completely outside the jurisdiction of the Upper Area Court.

Trial on criminal charges on false declaration of assets is exclusively vested in the Code of Conduct Tribunal but the Upper Area Court Judge assumed jurisdiction contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The Judicial Service Commission billed to discipline the judge is under the chairmanship of the Acting Chief Judge, Hussein Baba Yusuf.

The CJN had met with chief judges of the FCT, Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa, Anambra, and Imo states on Monday, September 6, 2021, and directed some of them to admonish the judges in their jurisdictions on the danger of granting ex parte injunctions.

The acting Chief Judge of the FCT is expected to submit his findings to the CJN within 21 days.

 

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Buhari appoints Fatima Waziri-Azi as NAPTIP DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Fatima Waziri-Azi as the director-general of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

She replaces Basheer Mohammed as the head of the agency.

The appointment was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the President.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, reportedly recommended Waziri-Azi for the appointment.

Farouq was said to have expressed the “urgent need for the ministry to intensify the existing capacity in the NAPTIP to achieve its key result areas as identified.”

Waziri-Azi’s recommendation was reportedly based on her “pedigree, vast experience and proven track record to drive the agency forward and consolidate on what has been achieved so far.”

The new NAPTIP DG is a former head of the Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

She is an advocate against domestic and sexual-based violence.

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7 Family Members Of Kajuru Emir Freed After 2 Months In Captivity

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Seven family members of Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, the emir of Kajuru, have regained freedom after two months in captivity.

They were released on Wednesday after an undisclosed ransom payment.

Among those released are three women, three male and an infant ‎

Daily Trust had reported how bandits stormed the emir’s residence on July 11, 2021, and abducted him alongside 12 others.

But he was released 24 hours after the abduction.

Confirming the release of the victims, a title holder in the emirate, Dan Iyan Kajuru Saidu Musa, said children and grand children of the emir were still in captivity.

The monarch had shed tears publicly when his subject welcomed him shortly after his release.

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