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You Have 15 Days To Respond To Suit’, Appeal Court Tells Chime

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The Court of Appeal on Friday gave Gov. Sullivan Chime 15 days to file his respondent brief against an appeal challenging his position as governor of Enugu State.

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The appellant, Chief Alex Obiechina, had approached the court in Abuja to challenge the Federal High Court’s decision to decline jurisdiction on his suit against the governor.

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, who presided over the case, gave the order following Obiechina’s application for the abridgment of time to hear his appeal.

“We understand the rules of the court give the respondent 45 days within which to file his respondent brief, but sacrifice must be made to ensure accelerated hearing of the appeal.

“We appreciate the magnanimity shown by chief Mrs Anayo Offiah (SAN), counsel to the governor, in accepting to concede to a lesser period to respond to the appeal,’’ she said.

The panel further granted a motion filed by Mr Oba Maduabuchi, counsel to the appellant, seeking the hearing of the appeal without responses from INEC.

“In the circumstance, the appellant’s application seeking the continuation of the appeal without brief from INEC is hereby granted.

“This is more so that INEC has not found it pertinent to file a motion seeking for extension of time to respond appropriately,’’ she said.

The appellant had asked the court to invoke the Court of Appeal Act to assume court of first instance and hear both the appeal and the main suit.

He is contending that the trial court was in obvious error when it held that he (the appellant) did not participate in the governorship primaries of the PDP on Jan.12, 2011.

Obiechina had argued that the governor became the party’s candidate in the 2011 election through fraudulent means and therefore prayed the court to reverse the trend.

Dongban-Mensem fixed Dec.5 to hear the appeal. (NAN)

Source: Vanguard

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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