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FEC meeting cancelled because of Easter celebrations

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The weekly meeting of  Federal Executive Council( FEC) meeting, which holds every Wednesday did not hold because of the Easter holidays according to the Presidency .þ

The information was passed to reporters by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with reporters when it became clear that the meeting would not hold.

The Federal Government had declared last Friday as public holiday to mark Good Friday and Monday was declared as holiday to mark Easter Monday.

Shehu said the two-day holiday made it difficult for the members of the council’s secretariat to make memos available to ministers two or three days ahead of the meeting as it was the norm.

The presidential spokesman said, “The staff of the council secretariat resumed on Tuesday after the Easter holidays.

“There was no time to prepare and circulate memos to ministers.

“By practice, the ministers receive council memos two or three days ahead of meetings because they must read them and sometimes undertake research.

“It is not a rubber-stamp council, so everyone must prepare themselves well for debates.”

 The FEC, which has Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, all ministers and some top presidential aides as members is chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Members meet weekly inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Journalists who rushed to the Presidential Villa early enough on Wednesday to witness the opening of the meeting were disappointed when they discovered that the meeting would not hold.

Insiders said the meeting was not slated on the President’s schedule for the week at all.

It will be recalled that 74-year-old Buhari was absent at last week’s meeting, fuelling fresh concerns over his health.

But the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the President was hale and hearty, the same claim he made many times while the President was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

A lie was, however, put to the claim when Buhari himself admitted when he returned to the country on March 10 that he had never been ‘this sick’ in his life.

Source: (Punch Newspaper)

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

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JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.

 

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