Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Alaafin, Ooni Set To Reconcile Tinubu, Aregbesola In Ibadan

On Tuesday morning, efforts to reconcile the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, got a huge boost on as the duo are set to meet the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adéyemí and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The meeting at the instance of the prominent traditional rulers, according to credible sources close to the political bigwigs is holding in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, any moment from now.
According to a source, who was in the know of the reconciliation and peace initiative, of concern in particular to the peacemakers was the implications for the victory of the APC in the upcoming governorship election in Osun State and of course the overall best interest of the Yoruba race ahead of the 2023 general elections.

BREAKING: Buhari Off To London

President Muhammadu Buhari is proceeding on an extended foreign trip that will last beyond two weeks with a four-day stop in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP@50), scheduled for 3rd – 4th March, 2022.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday morning, explained Buhari will proceed to London for routine medical checks that will last for a maximum of two weeks.

It reads: “Sequel to an invitation extended to him by his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Tuesday, 1st March to participate in the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP@50), scheduled for 3rd – 4th March, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

“From Kenya, President Buhari will proceed to London for routine medical checks that will last for a maximum of two weeks.”

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The theme of the Special Session is “Strengthening UNEP For The Implementation Of The Environmental Dimension Of The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development.”

According to the organisers of the event, “for 50 years, UNEP has coordinated a worldwide effort with Member States to address the world’s biggest environmental challenges. Member States are vital partners in formulating UNEP’s policy, implementing UNEP’s programme and championing solutions to our shared environmental challenges.

“UNEP@50 is a time to reflect on the past and envision the future. It provides an opportunity to reinvigorate international cooperation and spur collective action to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. No country or continent can solve these global crises alone. But each nation has a crucial role to play in protecting our people and planet”, it said.
Buhari is expected to deliver the National Statement of the country and participate in High Level Dialogue Sessions on the Environment at the event.

He will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, Maj.Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

APC only party that will entrench democracy in Oyo State - AIB

Oyo State house of Assembly hopeful, Hon Abeeb Idowu Balogun (AIB) has said the APC is the most reliable party to entrench democracy in Oyo state and Nigeria.

‘As of today, the APC remains the most reliable political party that will entrench democracy in Oyo state and Nigeria’ he said.

AIB, in a statement made available to Southwest-frontier.com, noted that the Oyo state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Isaac Omodewu is committed to giving aggrieved members of the APC ample opportunity to air their grievances and assured members of the party in the state that Mr Omodewu steering Committee is committed to entrenching democracy in the party and Oyo State at large.

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'I'm here to send a message to all members of the APC in Oyo State that the Chairman of our party in the state Mr Omodewu, is poised to give all aggrieved members of the party opportunity to air their grievance.

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I wish to urge people of Ibadan Southwest Constituency II, especially members of our great party and all our leaders and excos to, at all times exhibit acts of political tolerance and love one another in order to promote unity and harmony which are virtues very crucial for peace and positive development in any society,’ he said.

NDLEA: Court refuses Abba Kyari’s bail application 

An Abuja Federal High Court, on Monday, declined to order the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to release the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, who is currently in its custody, on bail.

However, the court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed March 15 to hear the fundamental right enforcement suit the embattled DCP filed to query the legality of his arrest and continued detention.
Justice Ekwo held that Kyari’s application for bail was overtaken by events, noting that a sister court had already granted the NDLEA the permission to detain him for 14 days, pending the conclusion of its investigations.

He held that Kyari’s bail application could not be granted since the order for his further detention emanated from a court of coordinate jurisdiction.
Justice Ekwo said he would only hear the Applicant’s fundamental right suit after the expiration of his 14 days detention period.

The ruling came on a day the NDLEA sought the dismissal of Kyari’s suit for lacking merit.

The agency denied claims that it violated the Applicant’s fundamental rights, insisting that he was arrested and detained over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
The agency equally dismissed Kyari’s claim that his health had deteriorated while he is in its custody.

It will be recalled that the court had on last Thursday, directed the NDLEA to within 48 hours, respond to Kyari’s application to be released on bail on health grounds.

DCP Kyari, who hitherto headed the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, told the court that he is suffering from “diabetes; high blood pressure and severe heart disease that may cause death”.

He told the court that prior to his arrest, he was receiving medical treatment on daily basis due to seriousness of the illness.
He said since February 12 when he was arrested and subsequently handed over to the NDLEA, he has not accessed any medical treatment.

“That failure of the applicant to check his heart, high blood pressure will result in severe health problems or may even lead to heart failure and death. Medical report from National Hospital is hereby attached and marked as Exhibit A.

“That due to the applicant being a diabetic patient and on medical diet, he does not eat outside his home and this is causing a very big hardship on the Applicant that is in NDLEA custody.

“That the health of the applicant cannot be managed while in NDLEA custody due to the seriousness of his illness. That it is in the interest of justice that this Applicant be admitted to bail on health ground.

“That the applicant will not jump bail if it is granted to him. That he had a reliable surety who is in court”, he added an affidavit that was attached in support of his ex-parte application for bail.

Meanwhile, aside from requesting for bail, the detained DCP is in his substantive suit, praying the court to order the Federal Government to pay him N500million and also tender written apology to him in two national dailies for the unlawful violation of his fundamental human rights.

He is further praying the court for, “a declaration that arrest and continued detention of the applicant by the Agent of the Respondent without bringing him before a court of competent jurisdiction from Saturday, February 12, 2022 till date, is Illegal, unlawful and a gross violation of applicant’s fundamental right to personal liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 35(1) of the I999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Article 6 of the African Charter on human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

“A declaration that announcing the applicant in the Press without giving him right to fair hearing nor establishing a prima-facie case against him is illegal, unlawful and an infringement on his fundamental right.
“A declaration that declaring the Applicant syndicate of the suspect without establishing a prima-facie case against the Applicant is unlawful and an infringement on his fundamental right”.

“A declaration that torture, degrading and inhumane treatment given to the applicant by the Agent of the Respondent is illegal, unlawful and an infringement on the applicant’s fundamental human right.

“A declaration that refusal to grant administrative bail to applicant on alleged bailable offence is unlawful and infringement on the applicant’s fundamental human right.

As well as, “an order of this Honourable Court restraining the Respondent’s agents, servants proxies, police or anyone acting on their behalf from further harassing, detaining, intimidating, arresting the applicant unlawfully”.

Some Nigerians Trapped In Ukraine Are Not Willing To Return, Says FG

Some of the Nigerians who are trapped over the crisis between Russia and Ukraine are not willing to return to the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, disclosed this when he met with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday.

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He said: “We hope to start evacuation hopefully Wednesday although some do not want to come back. We are doing everything possible to ensure that come Wednesday we will dispatch planes for evaluation.”

A few hours after the war began on Thursday, some Ukraine-based Nigerians told Daily Trust via telephone that they knew those who were unwilling to return to Nigeria.
Treasure Chinenye Bellgam, a medical student in Kiev, said the government’s gesture is good but, “I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I have to ask God for direction whether to return to Nigeria or not.”

“Most Nigerians who are here on hustle are not willing to leave, they prefer to die here. It’s like after God has lifted you one step higher you want to go two steps backward, it’s like being demoted.

“But you need a lot of humility to go back to Nigeria because some people sold lands, cars, and the rest to come here and they have amazing stories.”
At Monday’s meeting, Onyema told Gbajabiamila that Nigerians who were taking refuge in the neighbouring countries were been given accommodation and feeding pending their evacuation.

Earlier, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who lamented the situation said, Nigerians trapped in the conflict needed to be evacuated back to the country.

He reiterated that one day was long for the Nigerians that are now stranded and looking for help.

He said: “One day is long enough for our brothers and sisters who are caught up in this crises. we can easily address this situation and get over with it.

“It is the moral thing to do. Therefore if there is anything the House can do to accelerate their (Nigerians) safe return”.

INEC publishes Notice for 2023 polls 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the Notice of Election (Form EC60A) for the 2023 general elections.

The electoral body had released a comprehensive timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 polls at the weekend.
The Commission tweeted @inecnigeria: “And in line with the first activity in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election, the Commission hereby publishes the Notice of Election (Form EC 60A) today, Monday 28th February 2022”.
From the schedule of activities, the 2023 polls begin on February 25 with the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

CBN releases operating guidelines for its R200 policy



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has released guidelines for the operationalisation of its R200 policy.

Nationnewslead recalls that the apex bank recently initiated the R200 policy in an effort to reduce exposure to volatile sources of foreign exchange and to earn more stable and sustainable inflows.
The policy is aimed at raising 200 billion dollars in Foreign Exchange (FX) earnings from non-oil proceeds over the next five years.

Ozoemena Nnaji, Director of Trade and Exchange Department of the CBN, in a circular on Monday, said that a major anchor of the programme was the Non-Oil Export proceeds repatriation Rebate Scheme.

Nnaji said that the rebate scheme was designed to incentivise exporters in the non-oil export sector to encourage repatriation and sale of export proceeds into the FX Market.
She said that only exporters of finished and semi-finished goods were eligible for the incentive.

“It is borne out of the need to develop new strategies aimed at earning more stable and sustainable inflows of FX, in order to insulate the Nigerian economy from shocks and FX shortages.

“Exporters shall qualify for the rebates only where repatriated export proceeds are sold at the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I&E) Window.
“Eligible transactions that qualify for incentives under the Scheme shall be Export of finished and semi-finished goods wholly or partly processed or manufactured in Nigeria,” she said.
The director listed registration with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), and sale of repatriated export proceeds at the I & E window as part of the guidelines.

She said that the guidelines would be subject to review from time to time as may be deemed necessary by the CBN. 

2022 UTME: JAMB shifts mock exams – See Date


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) mock examination will now hold on April 9, and not April 16 as earlier scheduled.

The board made this known in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar on Monday in Abuja.

JAMB said that the change was due to the realisation that April 16, earlier scheduled, was an Easter Saturday; a holy Saturday, celebrated by Christians to mark the end of the Lent period before Easter Sunday.
The board also noted that the date for the exercise had been affected also by the shift in date for the registration of the UTME and Direct Entry (DE), which was earlier scheduled for Feb.12, but later commenced on Feb.19.

It, however, urged all candidates who registered and would want to sit for the mock exercise to note the change of date and be prepared.
Nationnewslead reports that the 2022 registration commenced on Saturday, Feb.19 and is expected to end on March 26.

The UTME however has been scheduled by JAMB to hold from May 6 to May 16.

In a similar development, JAMB said that it had made significant progress in the ongoing registration of candidates for the 2022 exercise.

According to the board, it has successfully registered over 236,000 candidates on Feb. 26, eight days after the commencement of the registration on Feb.19.

The board, while comparing the statistics with its 2021 exercise, said that it registered only 102,221 candidates within the same period of eight days in the 2021 exercise.

JAMB attributed the improvement to its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), while adding that the seamless process had yielded the desired results.

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