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Sokoto government denies plot to dethrone Sultan

Sokoto government has denied allegations that it’s plotting to depose His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The state Commissioner for information and societal reorientation Hon. Sambo Bello Danchadi in a swift reaction on Tuesday said the state government has no plan whatsoever to dethrone the revered monarch, while describing the allegation by MURIC as false and baseless.

Sambo explained that the law guiding the appointment and disposition of traditional rulers in the state had not been changed or even repelled.

The Executive Director of the Muslim Rights Council (MURIC), Prof. Isiaq Akintola, on Monday, raised alarm that, Sokoto state government was plotting to depose His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto against the backdrop of the happenings in Kano.

MURIC in a statement cited the removal of 15 traditional rulers for various offences.

Prof Akintola, in a statement further warned that, Muslims Ummah in Nigeria would reject and resist any hostile actions against the Sultan, who happened to be the spiritual leader of all Muslins in Nigeria.

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The Islamic organization however expressed concern over the alleged sour relationship between the state government and the Sultan.

The organisation said the pedestal of the Sultan of Sokoto was not only traditional but also religious, noting that the Sultan doubles as the head of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

The group warned the Sokoto governor not to “force Nigerian Muslims to take a drastically revolutionary measure.”

It said, “Feelers in circulation indicate that the governor may descend on the Sultan of Sokoto any moment from now using any of the flimsy excuses used to dethrone the 15 traditional rulers whom he removed earlier.

“MURIC advises the governor to look before he leaps. The Sultan’s stool is not only traditional, it is also religious. In the same vein, his jurisdiction goes beyond Sokoto. It covers the whole of Nigeria. He is the spiritual head of all Nigerian Muslims.

“Any governor who tampers with the stool of the Sultan will have Nigerian Muslims to reckon with because the Sultan combines the office of the Sultan of Sokoto and that of the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs ” MURIC had earlier cautioned.

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Reps member from Kogi defects from ADC to APC

Idris Salman, a House of Representatives member from Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency, dumped parties on Tuesday, joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Salman, who won his seat in the 2023 National Assembly election under the ADC banner, made the move after consulting with his constituents.

“I took this decision after wide-range consultation with members of my constituency,” the lawmaker said.

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The announcement was made during a plenary session on Tuesday, where the letter of defection was read by the Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas.

Amid cheers from APC lawmakers, the Minority Whip of the House, Ali Isah, urged the Speaker to declare Salman’s seat vacant, urging him to seek the nomination of his new party if he wishes to return to the legislative chamber.

The call was ignored as the House Leader, Julius Ihonvbere, took him to shake hands with some APC lawmakers present at the plenary.

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Dangote Refinery may not get Nigeria’s crude as peace meeting fails

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Dangote Refinery may not get Nigeria’s crude as peace meeting fails

The truce meeting brokered by the Minister of State for Petroleum (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, to resolve the heated dispute between the Dangote Refinery on one hand and state-run entities, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency (NMDPRA), has failed to resolve the contentious issue of crude supply to the former’s new 650, 000bpd refinery,.

THEWILL reports that  Africa’s richest man and industrialist, Aliko Dangote and his company had alleged sabotage and conspiracy against the $20bn Dangote Refinery by key officials in the NNPC, international oil companies and the regulatory agencies, who they claimed would rather continue their corruption-ridden importation of poorly refined petroleum products into the country instead of ensuring that the Dangote Refinery gets adequate crude oil for its plant, which started producing and selling very low sulphur diesel and Jet fuel some weeks ago to both local and international buyers.

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THEWILL’s authoritative source, who was privy to the deliberations at the meeting, which was held at the Minister’s office in Abuja on Monday, said, “The summary of what transpired is that the meeting was a waste of time. The NNPC, NMDPRA, NURPC said they do not have crude oil to supply the Dangote Refinery and appear not to be interested in doing so under any arrangement anytime soon.”

Dangote represented his group at the meeting, while Mr. Farouk Ahmed, the CEO of the NMDPRA, who had said Dangote Refinery produces poor quality products, represented his agency. Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, the Chief Executive Officer of the NUPRC and Mr. Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL represented their entities.
It is unclear when the parties would meet again as both the Senate and the House of Representatives have commissioned an investigation into the quality of diesel imported into the country by the NNPC.

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BREAKING: Senate passes minimum wage bill within an hour

The Senate passed a Bill on Tuesday, July 23, amending the National Minimum Wage Act to increase the minimum wage from N30,000 to N70,000 after the first, second, and third readings.

By this development, the bill will now await the concurrence of the House of Representatives before it is transmitted by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani Magaji Tambawal, to President Bola Tinubu for assent into law.

After the Bill titled: “Minimum Wage Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024 (SB. 550)” was read for the first time, Majority Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele moved a motion that the Senate should suspend its relevant rules to enable the Senate to consider the Bill for Second and Third reading.

Senator Bamidele while leading the debate on the general principles of the Bill, said it seeks to amend the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 to increase the National Minimum Wage and reduce the time for periodic review of the national minimum wage from five years to three years and related matters.

He urged his colleagues to support the passage of the bill.

The Majority Whip, Senator Mohammed Tahir Monguno, seconded the motion and lauded the provision which has reduced the interval for periodic review of the Minimum Wage Act from five to three years.

No Senator opposed the Bill during its consideration by the Committee of the Whole.

The Senators also unanimously approved that the Bill be read for the third time and passed when it was put to voice vote by Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

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