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Buhari says he will not intervene in electricity increment by NERC – Femi Adeshina


The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed why the Nigerian leader can’t intervene in the decision of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to increase electricity charges.

According to the Presidential spokesperson, the decision to increase electricity tariff is within the purview of the Ministry of Power and NERC and President Buhari can only be consulted as last resort.


Femi Adesina who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Monday January 6, added that it is too early for President Buhari to wade into the matter.

He said;


“The matter is strictly not within the purview of the President but the ministry of power and National Electricity Regulatory Commission.

“Besides, the ministry had already explained that any adjustments to the tariff will only take effect from April. So, let’s leave it at that for now.

“It’s rather too early to ask the president to wade in at this time. He should only be consulted as a final resort.

“The federal government will ensure the interests of the public are protected regardless of any new policy implemented.”


#Newsworthy…

Femi Adesina replies Pst, Tunde Bakare says Buhari won’t choose his successor

… says the president will ensure free, fair and credible process


President Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina has replied Pastor Tunde Bakare over his advice of the Nigerian leader picking his successor in the 2023 presidential election.

The founder of the Latter Rain Assembly made the call on Sunday January 5, as he pointed out that leaders in countries like China, Singapore and South Africa put in place such succession plans.


Pastor Tunde Bakare said;

“We must also learn from Nelson Mandela who stepped aside after one term, but not without positioning the likes of Thabo Mbeki and Cyril Ramaphosa.


“Therefore, even as we build institutions of democratic governance, a key responsibility that history has bestowed on President Muhammadu Buhari at this turning point in our journey to nationhood is to institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria we desire. This is a task that must be done.”

However reacting to the advice as he appeared on Channels Television on Monday January 7, Femi Adesina stated that Buhari “will not pick a successor.”


According to the Presidential Spokesperson, Buhari might be interested in who succeeds him but he will not manipulate the process. He said;

“By May 2023 God willing he would have finished his second term as president, he would not have stood for another term and he will be exiting. So, he has that at the back of his mind.


“Pastor Bakare said he should be interested in who succeeds him, yes I’m sure the president will be interested in who succeeds him but he will not manipulate the process, to pick a successor.

“The president will not pick a successor. We know him, he is not somebody like that. Will he be interested in the process? Yes, he will. He will ensure that there is a free, fair and credible election; that nobody will come to use money and resources to bamboozle his way into the leadership of the country. It will not happen. The president will ensure free, fair and credible process; but to handpick a successor? No, he will not do that.

“Nigeria over to those who will take her back or hand Nigeria over to looters once again. No, that will not happen.

“One thing that is clear is that the president will do whatever is needful before the next set of general elections. Early enough is relative but the president will do whatever is needful.”


#Newsworthy…

Nyesom wike swears in 13 commissioners, 15 SAs.

…Wants 100% loyalty from appointees


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has sworn in 13 new commissioners and 15 Special Advisers (SAs).

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt.

He has also demanded 100 percent loyalty from the newly-appointed commissioners and SAs.


Wike tasked the political appointees to place the interest of the state above other considerations.

He charged them to “work for the interest of Rivers State. This is a rare privilege to serve Rivers State. Everything must not be money.


“As it has pleased God, you have been given the opportunity to assist in the development of Rivers State,” Wike said.

He further said that having constituted the State Executive Council, the state government would commence the implementation of 2020 soonest.


He warned the new commissioners and aides against working with different political interest groups to seek for the 2023 governorship.

“If you know you are looking for money for 2023, resign now. I will not hesitate to remove you.


“If I catch any commissioner or special adviser holding meetings on who will be governor in 2023, there will be sanctions,” he warned.

The state governor advised the new appointees to be loyal and committed to the service of state.


He said: “Loyalty is key. The loyalty should not be in half measures. Your loyalty must be 100 percent.

“You must be loyal and work for the state. All your actions must be targeted at the development of Rivers State.”


He said that Rivers government got preliminary report that none of the SAs or commissioners was involved in cultism.

“If we find out eventually that any of you is involved in the sponsorship of cult groups, that person will be shown the way out of government,” he said.


He said commissioners who will head the Ministries of Works, Health, Agriculture, and Urban Development must be up and doing. He said no excuses would be tolerated by the government.

He urged them to work with their respective permanent secretaries to deliver on the agenda of the state government.


“You must work with your permanent secretaries to deliver on the ideals of this administration. You must work as a team to move the state forward,” he said.

Wike further said that he would continue to work as if this were his first term in office.


He assured that he would consolidate the delivery of projects across the state.

He said: “For me, this is our first term. We must work to the satisfaction of Rivers people. We must work to justify our mandate.”


He informed that another batch of commissioners and SAs would be appointed at the appropriate time.

The governor said that he would immediately reshuffle the permanent secretaries and also appoint new ones to drive the development process.

Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor

In line with his commitment to Internal Revenue Generation, Wike announced that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) would be implemented in the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Wike had worked with only two commissioners and few aides since the assumption of his second term in office, before the recent appointment.


#Newsworthy…

Abduction of Plateau Aide Worker: Sen. Useni request support from FG.

…and release of others abducted Aide workers


Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) and Plateau State PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni, has appealed to the Federal Government to deploy all efforts and resources to free a Plateau citizen and orphan, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, and other Aide workers from Boko Haram captivity.

Miss Samuel, a midwife with Alliance for International Medical Action, was kidnapped along Monguno-Maiduguri road along with her colleagues and many others.


Useni, in a statement signed by his Media consultant, Yiljap Abraham, described the kidnapping as unfortunate and said it coincides with the anniversary of Miss Samuel’s father’s death.

Related: Lalong working to rescue abducted aid workers in North East
Gen Useni said: “It is painful to see many Plateau patriots captured away from home in the line of duty, and some, like Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both from Mangu LGA, have had to pay the supreme price in the hands of the insurgents in Borno State.


“It is all the more disturbing when the reasons for these kidnap and gruesome killings are tied to religious differences and as revenge for other killings outside the Nigerian borders.

“I call on the President and Commander In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to impress it on the Armed Forces and all security services, the good people of Borno and surrounding states, as well as friendly nations to secure the release of Miss Samuel as well as the freedom of many other Nigerians in captivity.


“Mr President, rise with all the valour from your training and the powers of your office to put an end to these impunities by hostile forces that want to keep this nation in perpetual fear.

“I am also disturbed by a report that another Plateau citizen Bashir Abdulhamid with the Primary Health Care Department of Kanam LGA is among those captured by the insurgents. Bashir’s family and all of us must remain calm and strengthened in the hope that his ordeal will help to raise the kind of aid and action that will give peace to our land and our hearts.”


Useni said it is reprehensible and unacceptable to kidnap or take the lives of people who are out and about their legitimate and official activities to promote the good of the country and the welfare of citizens.

“In addition, the execution of some Christians and Muslims by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) to coincide with the Christmas celebration is clearly meant to provoke and insult the adherents of both religions in our country by edging them toward greater suspicion, anger and tension. But more, it is an act of cowardice accomplished by people whose undefined and godless agenda continues to be frustrated by the good works of good and courageous people even in areas of conflict.

Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel

“I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the slain, and appeal to the families of those still being held captive to remain strong in prayer and positive in expectation.”

He expressed his confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces and security personnel who are in the line of duty. and urged them to rise to the occasion by intensifying their search and rescue missions to give hope to Nigerians.


#Newsworthy…

Sowore, Dansuki’s Further Detention Despite Court Order, Lawful – Presidency Insist.

…advice of the Minister of Justice


The Presidency has insisted that the Federal Government’s decision to hold Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Mr Omoyele Sowore did not go against the laws of the land.

Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), spent more than four years in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, was held for almost five months.


Defending the position of the government on the prolonged detention of the duo, a presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, stressed that the government has always obeyed the orders of the court.

He, however, clarified that Dasuki and Sowore remained in detention on the advice of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami


The Presidency has insisted that the Federal Government’s decision to hold Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Mr Omoyele Sowore did not go against the laws of the land.

Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), spent more than four years in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, was held for almost five months.


Defending the position of the government on the prolonged detention of the duo, a presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, stressed that the government has always obeyed the orders of the court.

He, however, clarified that Dasuki and Sowore remained in detention on the advice of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami.


A Right To Appeal
“The Attorney General of the Federation who is the chief law officer, as far as the government is concerned, has convinced everyone and the government inclusive that there is a basis for their continued detention because the individual right must not undermine the collective right,” the President’s media aide told Channels Television on Wednesday in an interview on Politics Today.

He added, “The Attorney General of the Federation has explained the position of the government. If you like call it a new leaf, if you like accept the fact that the government has a renewed determination to show the example of how the court should be treated even when you are feeling aggrieved.


“In this particular case, the government has its own right as to how and why the bail was given, and an intention to appeal.”

“However, the government is saying, ‘let us do this to show respect for the court of the land so that all of this thing about the lack of respect for due process will just give us a chance and leave the table for now,” Shehu stressed.


The convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore, celebrates as he departs the DSS office in Abuja on December 24, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 over allegations of diverting $2.1billion arms funds while Sowore was charged along with his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, with counts of treasonable felony and money laundering among others.


The defendants have since pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by various courts.

A Sudden U-Turn
Following widespread outrage over the continued detention of the former NSA and the #RevolutionNow protests convener, the AGF ordered the DSS to release the duo on Christmas eve.


But President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman argued that the sudden U-turn by the government has nothing to do with pressure from any individual or group.

Presidential Aide, Garba Shehu

According to him, the AGF made it clear over time that there is a major principle of the law which says that the rights of a majority and that of a community under threat override the rights of an individual.


Shehu added that the minister took the case to a conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), adding that it was underscored by a major decision of the Supreme Court.

He stressed that it was a major principle to sacrifice the freedom of an individual for that of a larger community when the need arises, pointing out the case of Dasuki and Sowore.


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu speaks about Sowore and Dasuki’s release. (file photo).

No Compromise
The presidential aide, however, said there was a need for those granted bail not to misinterpret their release as an acquittal but abide with the terms upon with the bail was granted.


“The government is not compromising anything but the government wants to set an example of the obedience of the law even when it disagrees with what the court says it should do,” the President’s aide clarified, adding, “The government has a position on the non-release founded in the laws of the country.”

Activist & CEO, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

“The Attorney General of the Federation is convinced that their continued detention did not breach the laws of the country; that it is consistent with the laws and the adjudication of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“Our understanding is that he (AGF) believes that the decision to keep them there was strongly founded in the law and so, therefore, it is not something that is extra-judicial,” he said


#Newsworthy…

Nigerians are fine and not hungry – Garba Shehu defends PMB’s “cabal”.


…deserve the criticism they get

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has once again defended the alleged cabal in President Buhari’s administration.

Garba Shehu who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on December 25, debunked claims of the cabal influencing key decisions in President Buhari’s government. He insisted that the cabal in the presidency are not hungry individuals and do not deserve the criticism they get from Nigerians.


He also recalled how Nigerians believed former Presidents Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinets were influenced by cabals.

Garba Shehu said;

“A lot of people who are being dragged into this cabal thing, they are respectable Nigerians who have achieved a lot for themselves and for the nation. They are not there as hungry people who are there to grab things for themselves.”


The Presidential spokesperson who refused to join words with first lady Aisha Buhari over claims of her husband being a willing tool to members of the cabal which allegedly include a relative of the president, Mamman Daura; an associate of the president, Isa Funtua; and the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, he however dispelled rumours of the cabal members having a sinister motive.

Garba Shehu maintained that it is a privilege to be appointed into the President’s cabinet and also warned Nigerians against attaching the ‘cabal’ tag to certain individuals simply because they offered to serve the nation by being close to the President.



He said;

“Nigerians have formed the practice by labelling people that are in some advisable positions of the President as a cabal.

“People (cabals) should not be labelled negatively simply because they have offered themselves to support the President of this country.”


#Newsworthy…

Since 2015, No Journalist Has Been Detained – Garba Shehu Boast. #Buhari’sEra

… sowore calls for overthrowing government of Nigeria

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, has denied media reports that Omoyele Sowore, the owner of Sahara Reporters and convener of Revolution Now protest, was detained by the Federal government because he is a journalist.

In a post shared on his Facebook page this afternoon, Shehu said Sowore was detained because he called for a revolution against a democratically elected government.

Garba in his post stated that the Buhari government has since its inception in 2015, not arrested or detained a journalist nor seized copies of newspapers nor shut down a medium of information. Read his post below

The Presidency wishes to clarify the release on bail, of the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections, Omoyele Sowore.

Some international news outlets have mistakenly been describing his release as that of a journalist.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Buhari administration has never, since coming into office in 2015, detained a journalist, seized copies of newspapers or shut down a medium of information.

Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria. He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow. No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing.

The government believes strictly in observing the rule of law but must safeguard public security and will not allow trouble makers to incite the public and cause a breakdown of law and order.

#Newsworthy…

Atiku’s aide reacts as man changes son’s name from Buhari to Suleiman.

…this is what true change looks like

Paul Ibe, spokesman of the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has shared a photo of a man who allegedly changed his son’s name from Buhari to Suleiman.

Paul Ibe alleged that the man is from Dutsinma in Katsina which is President Buhari’s home State, and further disclosed that the man changed his son’s name due to the hardship he’s been experiencing in the current administration.

He tweeted;

“THIS IS WHAT TRUE CHANGE LOOKS LIKE IN PICTURES:
To underscore his dissapointment with Maj. Gen. @MBuhari’s performance in office, a man officially changed son’s name from Buhari to Suleiman in Dutsinma, Katsina.”

Katsina man allegedly changes his son

#Newsworthy…

Ihedioha’s aide frowns at EFCC posing threats of seal on SUN office.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media, to the governor of Imo State and former Standing Committee member of the Nigeria Guild of editors, Steve Osuji has expressed his opinion on the recent threat by the Economic amd Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seal The Sun’s corporate office in Laos State.

According to Osuji “Sealing of The Sun’s office does not serve the purpose the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is pursuing”.

Osuji noted that the company is a public trust and should be treated as such. “I wonder what would happen to so many people who has shares with the company if it is shot down, it does not tell well of democracy”

#Newsworthy…

Sowore’s re arrest in the court was planned – Lauretta Onochie said.

Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari’s aide on Social Media, claims yesterday’s re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court was staged by Sowore’s supporters. She said this in a writeup posted on her Facebook page this afternoon. Read below

WHO DRAMA EPP? EVERY LIE WILL EXPIRE.
COURTROOM DRAMA EXPLAINED.

So it was a stage managed drama in the court yesterday; Sowore pinned down by his supporters in a courtroom in order to give DSS a bad name.

There was no gun. No batton. No pinning down. Just plain drama, planned and staged by his boys and girls. Kudos, but every lie has an expiration date.

Many EYEWITNESSES have said DSS was OUTSIDE the courtroom, not inside the courtroom.

Here’s one more eyewitness account as reported by Adeniyi Adegbomire SAN-

A friend of mine, Wale Fapohunda, who was in court today when Sowore’s re-arrest was purportedly effected inside the courtroom has this to say about the incident ??:

“Okay, so I was in court today and here is what happened.

The court had adjourned his matter till 11th Feb next year.

The court called the next matter and proceeding had commenced in respect of the next matter.

Sowore stepped OUT OF THE COURT ROOM and suddenly we heard noises coming from the corridor “leave me alone” “they want to kill me” “they want to kill Sowore” and all that.

Suddenly Sowore’s people started dragging him with the DSS and they (Sowores team) dragged him into the court room.

The judge seeing this, rose and went to her chambers.

The DSS didn’t enter the court room to arrest him rather his supporters dragged him in with the DSS official.

Nobody chased the judge out, she rose and went to her chambers on seeing squabbles.

The DSS official left the court room and waited for him outside the court.

Thank you all. Behold my eye witness account”.

????????
Blackmailing government enforcement agencies was how our nation went into decay. It wont work this time. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

It appears everyone in that drama was part of the drama club. They harassed a Court officer who wanted them out as they were disrupting another court case. A Lawyer who looked bemused with the whole drama was lost for words.

Drama has not helped Dino Melaye. It has not helped Olise Metuh. Drama has not helped Orji Uzo Kalu.

Drama will not help Sowore because Once you dramatise a lie to the members of the public to attract sympathy, you lose all of that sympathy when they find out you have misled them.

I’m also of the opinion that the police look into these videos, (I have watched four) and charge those who deliberately misled the general public on this issue.

God bless Nigeria.
Lauretta Onochie.
@Laurestar.

#Newsworthy…

Zamfar governor, Bello Mo Matawalle swear in 19 commissioners, 28 aides

…warn them to leave or perform according to their duty

Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle, it today swore in 19 commissioners and 28 special advisers, warning them to buckle up within three months or get booted out of the cabinet.

Matawalle during the swearing in ceremony held at the Government House, Gusau, said the new appointees must prove their worth as they will be on probation for three months and any of them who fails to leave up to expectation will be sent packing to provide way for others who are competent.

“You will be on a three-month probation during which you are expected to ensure maximum output in your performances as there will be a quarterly review of your performances to measure your capability and efficiency as any form of laxity will not be entertained”, he warned.

#Newsworthy…

Seyi makinde choose Ahmed murtala as special assistant.

…says the Kano indigene will serve as bridge between oyo and northerners.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has appointed Alhaji Ahmed Murtala, an indigene of Kano State, as his Special Assistant on Community Relations I.

He also appointed Mr Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II.

Makinde further approved the appointment of Dr Olufunmilayo Salami as Special Adviser on Health while Chief Jacob Adetoro was named as Chairman of Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers.

A Government House statement said the governor named 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the state’s 14 federal constituencies.

According to the statement, Murtala hails from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan, respectively.

The statement also said: “He (Murtala) will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other northern groups scattered across the state.

“Dr Salami until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health was a health consultant to the state government.

” She was a United States of America-based Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

” Gov. Makinde charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from Nov. 27 , to see their appointments as a call to service and urged them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.”

#Newsworthy…

Update: Controversy of Buhari’s third term agenda withdrawn.

…says to allow further consultation

The controversial suit seeking for the amendment of some sections of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (amended) to pave the way for President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors to seek third terms has been withdrawn by the appellant, Charles Oko Enya.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Ebonyi State, who had approached the court praying it to amend sections 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) withdrew the suit on Wednesday.

He had maintained that the sections constituted an infringement on the fundamental human rights of President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors.

The suit with No FHC/AI/CS/90/19, after two weeks it was filed (20th November, 2019) could not have its first hearing at the Federal High Court 2, Abakiliki under Justice Akintayo Aluko.

This followed a motion for withdrawal made by counsel to the applicant, Iheanachor Agboti, and was approved by the court.

“Upon the application of the learned counsel for the applicant for the withdrawal of this suit, I say may the case be struck out”, Justice Aluko said.

Counsel to the applicant told the court that his reasons for withdrawing the suit were not made by him by his client.

“I have the instruction of my client to withdraw the suit so as to allow further consultation,” he said.

#Newsworthy…

Buhari’s Executive Orders For 5 Yielding Results On The University of Agriculture In Daura.

…Says policy’ll spur economic revolution

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr LOgbonnaya Onu, has said that the decision to site the proposed University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari”s Executive Order 5, for the planning and execution of projects, is starting to yield results.

The Minister made the remark in defence of the President who has come under fire for situating the planned university in his hometown of Daura.

Onu said in a statement that the Executive Order “marks a revolutionary effort” that will help move the country toward developing the necessary local human capital needed to fight poverty, create jobs, strengthen local manpower development, encourage indigenous technology capacity and enhance self-reliance.

Onu said 60 years ago, the rail system was operational as a means of public transportation, but that it had since become inoperative due to a lack of local capacity to maintain the system. He said that by establishing a transportation school, the government expects that Nigerians will acquire the skills and training necessary to run and improve the country’s transportation system, including its rail network.

“On February 2, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Presidential Executive Order No. 5 for the Planning and Execution of Projects, Programmes and Contracts with Science, Engineering and Technology Component,” Onu stated.

“This marks a revolutionary effort that will help move Nigeria toward developing the necessary local human capital she badly needs to fight poverty, create jobs, strengthen local manpower development, encourage indigenous technology capacity and enhance national self-reliance.

“This is better appreciated when we remember that some 60 years ago, the rail system was operational as a means of public transportation. It is sad that for a very long time, the rail system became inoperative because we lacked the indigenous capacity to even maintain the system. It is indeed heartwarming that with Executive Order No. 5, appropriate measures are being put in place to ensure that what happened in the past will not repeat itself in the future so as to ensure that the rail systemacross the country will be properly managed with indigenous manpower.

“We are happy that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology supervises the implementation of the Order as a conscious effort to help ensure that Nigeria takes her rightful place among nations whose economy are dependent on knowledge and are innovation driven. It is therefore a welcome development that the choice of this initiative in establishing the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State, shows the Executive Order 5 as an important instrument that will stimulate self-reliance in our development process,” Onu said.

#Newsworthy…

Ex Vice President, Atiku Files Suit Against Buhari’s Aide.

…Files libel suit against Lauretta Onochie

The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has made good his threat to institute a N2.5bn libel against a Presidential aide, Mrs Lauretta Onochie over an alleged libellous publication.

He was at the Registry of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama where he formally deposed to his own witness statement on Oath before the Commissioner for Oaths to kick-start the libel suit against Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku, who was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019, presidential election, had in May this year threatened legal action against Onochie, who is the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.

The legal action was in connection to a publication wherein, Onochie on her twitter handled, alleged that Atiku is on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for alleged criminal matters.

Onochie in the said publication of May 7, 2019, also accused Atiku of shopping for terrorists in the Middle East.

“Atiku on UAE watchlist – security sources; Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who has been in Middle East nation for several weeks now. What is he doing there? Me: shopping for terrorists?

The PDP presidential candidate insisted that there is no iota of truth in the said publication which is beginning to affect public perception of his person, adding that, the publication since it was made has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment as well as incalculable damages.

Atiku while challenging the victory of President Buhari in the February 23 presidential poll at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the Supreme Court was in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) until last week when he returned to the country.

This move was confirmed to Channels TV by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome who described Onochie’s statement as not only vile and denigrating but a calculated attempt to disparage his person in the eyes of right-thinking members of the public.

#Newsworthy…