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Ex-BBN housemates, Nengi, Trikytee, appointed SSAs to Bayelsa governor

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Two members of the recently concluded Big Brother Naija, Nengi and Trikytee, have been appointed Senior Special Assistants to the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri.

Nengi, whose full name is, Rebecca Nengi Hampson, was appointed as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Girl Child Development.

She emerged the second runner-up of the 2020 reality TV show, BBNaija lockdown edition.

Nengi’s colleague and Bayelsa-born Tarimotimi Sinclair aka Trikytee was also appointed a senior special assistant.

Governor Diri announced the appointments in Government House, Yenagoa, on Friday when the Bayelsa-born former BBN housemate (Nengi) visited.

The governor told Nengi that the state was proud of her performance and conduct at the just concluded TV reality show.

Trikytee tweeted, “I want to thank His Excellency the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, on my appointment as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa State…What an honour, I am grateful.”

Diri announced the appointments in Government House, Yenagoa, on Friday when the Bayelsa-born former housemate visited as part of her homecoming activities.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, expressed satisfaction with Nengi’s conduct, brilliance and for identifying strongly with her state during the show, adding that the government and people of Bayelsa State were proud of her.

Diri said, “On behalf of the people and government of Bayelsa State, I want to say that we are proud of you.

“Let our girls know that there is so much they can achieve in various facets of life. Arising from your participation, we were told that if not for other factors, you are the de facto winner of the show. So you are welcome back home.

“We believe that now that you have been recognised nationally and internationally, you will be the face of Bayelsa and I hereby announce you as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Bayelsa Girl Child Development. The same goes for your fellow ex-housemate, Tarimotimi Sinclair aka Trikytee. So, both of you are hereby appointed Senior Special Assistants to the Governor.”

Responding, Nengi said, “I want to commend you, Your Excellency. You are doing a good job and we are so lucky to have you as our governor. I’m equally here representing thousands of Bayelsa girls all over the world.

“There are so many concerns that I have but now that we would work together, I hope that we can do so much for the girl child. I also want to use this medium to give back to the society. So, I’m going to be reaching out to people affected by the flood through the First Lady.”

Nengi’s former housemates have taken to their social media accounts to congratulate her.

Laycon, winner of the BBN lockdown edition, said on his Twitter account, “My senior special assistant ma. My SSA. Yes ma; anything for you ma. Clear the road for the SSA. @nengiofficial.”

Another housemate, Ozo, said via his Twitter account, “Congrats to @nengiofficial on your appointment for the position as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Face of Bayelsa State and ambassador for the girl child Bayelsa State. Many more blessings.”

The third runner-up of the show, Neo Mobor Akpofure, also tweeted, “Omo my girl oo.. Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Face of Bayelsa State. Congrats my sister @nengiofficial.”

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Kogi guber Tribunal: Tension as suspected thugs invade Abuja court, abduct 3 witnesses

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Kogi guber Tribunal: Tension as suspected thugs invade Abuja court, abduct 3 witnesses

On Monday, some alleged thugs stormed the National Judicial Institute in Abuja, where the Tribunal was sitting.

They broke into the courtroom during the current Kogi State Governorship Tribunal to kidnap three witnesses.

According to sources, the thugs pretended to be AA supporters who had come to Court in sympathy, only to incite an altercation and break the windscreen of the bus carrying the witnesses before abducting them and rushing them into a waiting vehicle.

The three abducted witnesses have been named as Idris Khadijat, Safiyat Muhammed, and Abdulmalik Muhammed.

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According to available information, the abductees are currently being mistreated, and their family members have been intimidated for daring to testify against Kogi State Governor Ododo Ahmed. As at the time of making this report, the whereabouts of other witnesses remain unknown.

Reports also suggest that vehicles which conveyed the witnesses to the court proceedings were vandalized by the same thugs.

Confirmation revealed that the attack was carried out due to the strength of AA candidate’s petition as evidences being presented are strong enough for the court to unseat Ododo Ahmed, the governor of the state.

Disturbingly, radio stations in the central senatorial district recently broadcasted a warning to the residents, cautioning them against serving as witnesses for any political party other than APC.

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NIN-SIM linkage: Court bars MTN others from deactivating subscribers’ lines

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained telecommunication operators in Nigeria from deactivating or barring any line or sim which has not been linked to the National Identification Number (NIN) by their subscribers.

Justice Lewis-Allagoa ruled while ruling on a suit filed by a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, seeking to stop the move that infringed on his fundamental rights.

Ogungbeje, in a suit numbered FHC/L/CS/667/23, joined the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc and Airtel Networks Nigeria Limited as respondents.

Specifically, the lawyer had asked the court for an injunction pending appeal, restraining all the respondents jointly or severally, whether by themselves or their agents. Outlets, agencies, privies, officials, servants, men, parastatals, units, organs, or anybody or person, however so called, from taking any step or action capable of enforcing the judgment in any way and from further outright barring, deactivating and or restricting any SIM cards or his phone Lines, or of any Nigerian Citizen, slated for February 28, 2024, or any other scheduled date, pending the hearing and determination of his appeal at the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, against the judgment of this Honourable Court delivered on May 8, 2023.

At the court’s last sitting, the judge was informed that none of the respondents had filed their counter to the motion to the suit.

However, after the applicant had moved his application, a lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice pleaded with the court that he needed more time to respond to the motion.

The applicant vehemently opposed the application because all parties were served with all the processes and the hearing notice in the matter but failed to file counters.

Justice Lewis-Allagoa, in his ruling after perusing the court file acceded to the lawyer’s request and restrained the telecom operators in the country from barring, deactivating and or restricting any SIM cards or his phone Lines or of any Nigerian Citizen stated for 28 of February 2024.

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Justice Lewis-Allagoa also ruled that his order subsists till the hearing and determination of the appeal filed by the lawyer.

Ogungbeje had informed the court that his motion on notice is premised under Order 26 Rule 1 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019; Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended); Section 6 (6)(B) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and under the court’s inherent jurisdiction.

He listed ten grounds for seeking the application, which include; “That sometimes in April 2022, the Appellant/Applicant herein took out an Originating Summons against the Respondents challenging the action of the Respondents in undermining the judicial powers of the Court and the Nigerian legal system and thus infringing on the applicant’s fundamental rights.

“That this Honourable Court, in a well-considered Judgment delivered on the 8th of May 2023, dismissed the appellant/applicant originating summons.

“The appellant/applicant, dissatisfied with the Judgment, has exercised his constitutional right of appeal by lodging a Notice of Appeal against the Judgment of this Honourable Court on the 26th of July 2023 by the lower Court.

“That the Appellant/applicant’s appeal is against the whole decision contained in the Judgment of this Honourable Court.

“That the Respondents are aware of the appellant/applicant’s appeal to the Court of Appeal of Nigeria as the Respondents have since been duly served with the Appellant/Applicant’s Notice of Appeal.

“That despite the pendency of the appellant/applicant’s appeal, efforts are in top gear by the respondents, specifically on the 28th of February 2024, to ensure further and outright barring, deactivating and restricting of SIM cards and Phone lines of the Applicant and that of Nigerian citizens.

“That the appellant/applicant appeal to the Court of Appeal of Nigeria “has a high degree of success against the Respondents

“There is the need to preserve the rest subject matter of the appeal pending the hearing and determination of the Appellant/Applicant appeal at the Court of Appeal of Nigeria.

“That the appellant/applicant is desirously interested in diligently pursuing the instant appeal that has raised a novel and recondite issue substantially jurisprudential constituting an exceptional circumstance in which this Honourable Court can grant an application of this nature.

“That the Court has the power and jurisdiction to grant application of this nature in the interest of Justice,” he stated.

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NLC Protest: ‘Go to work unfailingly ‘ — TUC tells members, affiliates in 36 states, FCT

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NLC Protest: ‘Go to work unfailingly ‘ — TUC tells members, affiliates in 36 states, FCT

On Monday night, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) issued a memo instructing its members and affiliates in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to report to work as usual on February 27 and 28, 2024.

“I write to direct all affiliates and the thirty-six state Councils and FCT of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria to ensure they go to work unfailingly on these dates,” stated TUC President Festus Osifo in the internal memo. “we expect your compliance.”

The NLC, through the protests, aim to express dissatisfaction with the worsening economic situation and the rising cost of living in Nigeria.

The union rejected a last-minute attempt by the Federal Government, led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, to prevent the protests. Akume met with the NLC, TUC, and other labor leaders on Monday night.

While the TUC won’t join the NLC protests, Osifo emphasised the urgent need to expedite discussions on enacting the new national minimum wage into law. He addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday, highlighting the growing hunger and hardship faced by Nigerian workers and citizens.

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Osifo argued that the government and private sector’s prompt passage and faithful implementation of the new minimum wage would enhance workers’ disposable income and purchasing power. He added that the TUC has been investigating the root causes of the country’s economic problems and potential solutions over the past few weeks.

Uncontrolled Naira devaluation and widespread insecurity were identified by Osifo as the primary causes of the economic difficulties. He outlined the TUC’s proposed short, medium, and long-term solutions, which include: fixing the real value of the Naira, deliberate steps to address the allegation that sub-national governments throw billions of dollars monthly into the parallel market and dollarisation of political party primaries and electioneering.

The solutions also included the clampdown on speculative trading in the foreign exchange market, patronising made-in-Nigeria goods, strengthening the economic management team and curbing crude oil theft, among others.

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