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Falana faults service chiefs appointment, says they remain nominees

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Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of new service chiefs, saying it is unconstitutional.

He said in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday that they remained Buhari’s nominees, quoting a 2013 judgment which described such appointments without the concurrence of the National Assembly as illegal and unconstitutional.

Falana said that Buhari only nominated the service chiefs and did not appoint them.

“President Buhari was reported to have appointed new service chiefs for the armed forces.

“Upon a critical review of the law on the subject matter the members of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAP) have found that the appointments remain inchoate as President Muhammadu Buhari has not forwarded the names of the proposed service chiefs to the National Assembly for approval in strict compliance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Armed Forces Act.

“The appointments of service chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly which had been the practice since 1999 was challenged in the Federal High Court sometime in 2008 by Mr Festus Keyamo SAN in the case of Keyamo v President Goodluck Jonathan (unreported Suit No FHC/ABJ/ CS/611/2008).

“In his landmark judgment delivered on July 2, 2013, Adamu Bello J. (as he then was) held that it was illegal and unconstitutional, null and void for the President to single-handedly appoint Service Chiefs without the approval of the National Assembly having regards to the combined effect of Section 218 of the Constitution and section 18 (1) & (3) of the Armed Forces Act,” the statement read.

Falana said that the Federal Government did not challenge any aspect of the judgment at the Court of Appeal having acknowledged it as sound and unimpeachable.

He said the judgment was binding on all authorities and persons in Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Section 287 of the Constitution.

Falana asked President Buhari to send the names he had selected to both chambers of the National Assembly for confirmation.

Buhari appointed new service chiefs on Tuesday following the resignation of the former officers.

The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff.

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Updated: Ghana lead 3-2 Vs Korea, Cameroun bounce back in six-goal thriller

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Ghana are currently playing 3-2 against Korea in the ongoing FIFA World Cup competition in Qatar.

The second half of the match just kicked off but Ghana leading 2-0 at half time, went to sleep and conceded two goals within two minutes.

As of half time, Ghana has reportedly erupted in jubilation as if the game was over.

But the Koreans mounted pressure as the second half resumed and it paid off in the 57th and 59th minute with two quick goals.

Ghana score a third a few minutes later to make it 3-2.

Earlier, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon kept their hopes of making the last 16 of the World Cup alive on Monday after fighting back from two goals down to draw a thrilling Group G encounter with Serbia 3-3.

Both Ghana and Korea are looking for their first win, with South Korea drawing 0-0 against Uruguay last Thursday, and Ghana losing 3-2 to Portugal.

Both Uruguay and Portugal are highly fancied, and the two teams need a win to keep their hopes of the knock-out stages alive.

South Korea were the better side in the opening stages and dominated the game and territory.

In the Cameroon Vs Serbia match, the Rigobert Song’s team looked almost dead and buried after goals from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a 3-1 lead early in the second half.

But substitute Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatched a draw with two quick-fire strikes just after the hour mark to leave both Cameroon and Serbia on a single point, two behind group leaders Brazil and Switzerland.

Had they lost, Cameroon would have been relying on the Swiss beating Brazil in order to not be eliminated with a game to spare, but instead, the west Africans still have a chance of getting out of the group stage for the first time since 1990.

Cameroon have a tough task ahead as they play Brazil in their final match, which according to reports they will play without first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana who was dropped from the matchday squad just hours before kick-off following an unspecified disciplinary issue.

Media reports suggest that Onana has been sent home from the World Cup after a disagreement with Song, but that pre-match turmoil did not stop Cameroon from putting in a fighting display against a Serbia team who probably deserved to win on the balance of play.

The AFP reports that neither side could find a winner in an end-to-end finish to the game and their bids to make the knockouts will go down to the final game.

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24 hours after swearing-in, Adeleke dethrones three Osun monarchs

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Barely 24 hours after taking oath of office, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has dethroned three monarchs appointed by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Former Governor Oyetola has appointed several monarch few weeks before handing over government to Adeleke. These, including Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri, Aree of Iree, Oba Ademola Oluponle and Oba Adegboyega Famodun.

The former governor also approved the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries into the various ministries.

However, Adeleke in statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed about 24 hours after inauguration announced that the thrones of Akirun of Akirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo remain unoccupied pending the outcome of a Committee of Inquiry to review their appointments and subsequent installations.

According to the statement, the six Executive Orders issued by the governor which border on reversal of monarchs appointments, appointment and placement of civil servants, employment and freezing of government accounts were signed Monday morning and took immediate effect.

It stated, “All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after 17th July, 2022, are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies. In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review. Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.

“All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions , Boards and Parastatals after July 17th, 2022 be and are hereby nullified.”

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Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge to have three tollgates, three bidders shortlisted

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Lagos State Government has shortlisted three bidders for the construction of the $2.5 billion Fourth Mainland Bridge project for the state.

The legacy bridge project will have three tollgates, according to the state government.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Public-Private Partnerships, Mr Ope George, said this while briefing newsmen in Ikeja.

He gave names of the three bidders shortlisted for the Request For Proposal, RFP Stage II as Mota-Engil (Nigeria and Africa) CCCC and CRBC consort; CGGC-CGC Joint Venture and CCECC and CRCCIG Consortium.

He said, “On completion, the bridge is expected to become the second longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5 kilometre Lagoon Bridge and an eco-friendly environment.

“The bridge is expected to span about 37 kilometres, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse from the North-West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.”

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