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JUST IN: Onnoghen Reveals Why Buhari Sacked Him as CJN

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Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, on Friday opened up on why the Federal Government removed him from office in 2019 unceremoniously.

Onnoghen said he was removed from office due to rumours from the Executive that he had a meeting with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, preparatory to the 2019 general elections.

The former CJN said the rumour was thick and spread fast but he decided not to react to it because he never travelled to Dubai or held any meeting with anybody, including Atiku.

Speaking at a book launch titled ‘Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009, Practice, Procedure, Forms and Precedents’, authored by a renowned legal luminary, Chief Ogwu James Onoja, in Abuja.

Onnoghen expressed surprise that though the Federal Government had all the machinery to investigate the allegation, it never did, but opted to unlawfully come after him and his office.

Onnoghen said the situation got to the peak when all of a sudden, his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal was arranged, even when he had not been invited or accused of any wrongdoing.

He also lamented that democracy was dead in Nigeria without courageous judges.

He said: “Prior to my suspension, I was confronted with no allegation. There were rumours that I met with Atiku in Dubai. As I am talking here today, I have never met Atiku one on one in my life. As if that was not enough, I was also accused of setting free, high-profile criminals, whereas I seized to be a High Court Judge as far back as 1978.

“In the Supreme Court, I did not sit alone. We sit in panels. In all these rumours and outright accusations, I was not given the opportunity to defend myself.

“Let me make it clear that the office of the CJN was not for Onnoghen but for all Nigerians who had sworn to guide and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“To say the least, the period of my ordeal was the darkest era in the history of the Nigerian judiciary

“As I have severally, Judicial officers must be courageous. And I want to beg all serving judicial officers not to be discouraged by what happened to me in the hand of the Executive arm of the government.

“Emerging Nigerian judges should not go the direction of injustice because, without courageous judges and justices, Nigeria is doomed.

“Here, let me sound this note of warning that the appointment of judicial officers must never be allowed to be politicized, otherwise, democracy and democratic governance will be dead.

“During my tenure, the problem of Nigeria was not the Nigerian judiciary, but those who had no regard for the rule of law. We must therefore be committed to the rule of law and dispense justice without fear or favour.

“Truth stands, crush it, it will stand because it is truth.”

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It Is Not A Fact – FG Replies Governor Obaseki On Printing Of N60bn

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The federal government has countered Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State’s claim that it printed N50 to N60 billion for states to share in March 2021.

 

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed denied the claim while answering questions from state house correspondents.

 

Ahmed also defended the government’s borrowings despite the concern expressed by Obaseki by stating that “the country’s debt is still within sustainable limits.”  She said what was distributed at the monthly FAAC meetings were generated revenue from government institutions available to the public at the ministry’s website.

 

The Minister said;

 

“The issue that was raised by the Edo State Governor for me is very, very sad. Because it is not a fact. What we distribute at FAAC is a revenue that is generated and in fact distribution revenue is a public information.

“We publish revenue generated by FIRS, the customs and the NNPC and we distribute at FAAC. So, it is not true to say we printed money to distribute at FAAC, it is not true.

“On the issue of the borrowing, the Nigerian debt is still within sustainable limit. What we need to do as I have said several times is to improve our revenue to enhance our capacity to service not only our debt but to service the needs of running government on day to day basis.

“So, our debt currently at about 23% to GDP is at a very sustainable level. If you look at all the reports that you see from multilateral institutions.”

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Former Military Administrator Of Oyo And Ondo, Ahmed Usman Is Dead

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Ahmed Usman, the former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states is dead.

 

Usman died in the early hours of Wednesday, April 14 in Jos, Plateau State capital. The deceased who retired from the army as a colonel hails from Okura in Kogi state but was the military administrator of Ondo from 1994 to 1996 and Oyo from 1996 to 1998.

 

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello who confirmed his death, said the late military administrator was concerned about the growth and development of the state.

 

A statement released by his spokesperson Muhammed Onogwu, read;

 

“Governor Bello described Col. Usman, who hailed from Okura, Dekina Local Government of the State, as a worthy ambassador of the Confluence State who excelled in his chosen profession and blossomed through the ranks

“He noted that although he majorly served his fatherland outside his state of origin, he was sternly concerned about the growth and development of Kogi State particularly in its political affairs and the quality of leadership hence he indicated interest to govern the state in 2011.”

 

Governor Bello condoled with the family, friends of the late military Administrator and the people of Kogi East, particularly the Dekina local government area.

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6 Nigerian Siblings Who Are All Medics In The US Go Viral On LinkedIn

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6 Nigerian siblings, who all work in the medical profession, have gone viral on LinkedIn.

 

One of the siblings, named Chinyere Okpaleke, a medical doctor who works at Memorial Hermann Medical Group in the United States, took to LinkedIn to show off her siblings.

 

In the photos, all the siblings are seen wearing their blue medic uniforms with white coats. Among the siblings are medical doctors, nurse practitioners and one physician assistant.

 

In the caption, Chinyere wrote that she would choose the 6 Okpaleke children over the Kardashians.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

 

She added that she knows their parents and ancestors will be proud of them.

 

While some reacted to her post by hailing her and her siblings, others pointed out that the comparison was not necessary and all professions, be it a medical profession or entertainment,  are important.

 

Below are some reactions.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

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