News Digest https://newsdigest.ng Breaking News in Nigeria and around the world Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:37:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://i0.wp.com/newsdigest.ng/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2021/12/News-Digest-Logo1-scaled-e1640967967442.jpg?fit=32%2C17&ssl=1 News Digest https://newsdigest.ng 32 32 140628670 Mother, daughter gang-raped in moving car after accepting lift https://newsdigest.ng/mother-daughter-gang-raped/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:37:34 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96534 Mother, daughter gang-raped in moving car after accepting lift NEWS DIGEST – A mother and her six-year-old daughter were gang-raped by a group of men who offered them a lift home in northern India. Police said the men had promised the woman and her daughter they would drive them safely back from Piran Kaliyar, a […]

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Mother, daughter gang-raped in moving car after accepting lift

NEWS DIGEST – A mother and her six-year-old daughter were gang-raped by a group of men who offered them a lift home in northern India.

Police said the men had promised the woman and her daughter they would drive them safely back from Piran Kaliyar, a holy site for Muslims and Hindus, on the banks of the Ganga Canal, Roorkee, Uttarakhand province.

The alleged driver, who has been identified only as Sonu, already had passengers in the car when he agreed to drive the woman and her child, Police superintendent Pramendra Doval said.

Local media reported the mother said she had no idea how many men were in the vehicle.

The men allegedly attacked and raped the woman and her daughter in the moving car before they dumped the victims near a canal.

In spite of the ordeal, the mother managed to reach a police station, where she reported the crime.

The pair were taken to Roorkee Civil Hospital, where medics confirmed the woman and the little girl had been sexually assaulted.

Police confirmed investigations are ongoing.

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Why I directed citizens to acquire guns – Matawalle https://newsdigest.ng/why-directed-citizens-acquire/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:33:03 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96536 Why I directed citizens to acquire guns – Matawalle NEWS DIGEST – Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that the State Government relied on an extanct legislation to direct residents to acquire weapons to defend themselves. This is contained in a statement issued by Jamilu Magaji, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and […]

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Why I directed citizens to acquire guns – Matawalle

NEWS DIGEST – Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that the State Government relied on an extanct legislation to direct residents to acquire weapons to defend themselves.

This is contained in a statement issued by Jamilu Magaji, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

Mr Magaji stated that the governor made the remark while inaugurating some security committees in Gusau.

The statement explained that the governor’s directive was part of the administration’s efforts to tackle protracted security challenges in the state.

It added that the State Government was aware of the misgivings expressed in some quarters regarding the new measure.

It noted that the measure was meant “to encourage the communities suffering almost daily from the inhuman aggressions from the bandits to acquire firearms to defend their communities.

“Self-defence is a natural instinct and has always been part of human survival strategy.

“As those entrusted with the safety of lives and property of the people, we will do everything possible to uphold this responsibility within the ambit of the law.

“We are also aware that the security forces are doing their best to combat this formidable challenge.

“Their efforts are, however, hampered by the lack of adequate modern warfare equipment and the dearth of personnel.

“Our decision to mobilise people to secure their communities is, therefore, for the people to complement the efforts of the conventional security forces in dealing with banditry and fishing out informants.

“The acquisition and usage of firearms by the public, who desire to do so, would be governed by the Nigeria Firearms Act,” he further stated.

The statement added that the state government had explored all options to address the issue to no avail.

It explained that apart from dialogue, reconciliation and disarmament, the government also had regular engagement with Federal Government and neighbouring states, including the Nigerien authorities.

“We also shut down mobile telecommunication networks to give security forces the leeway to take the battle directly to the bandits,” the statement added.

The governor further said that his administration had provided modern RUGA settlement for nomads and logistics support to security agencies, including vehicles and drones.

He said that in recent weeks, the state witnessed increased attacks in some parts of Gusau, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas.

Mr Matawalle said that government had provided 20 new Hilux Vans and 1,500 motorcycles to the committee on security to commence operation.

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Starvation hits IDP Camp in Katsina https://newsdigest.ng/starvation-hits-idp-camp/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:11:50 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96528 Starvation hits IDP Camp in Katsina NEWS DIGEST – The Chairman of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Jibia Camp, Katsina State, Salisu Sa’adu, says the victims are suffering from hunger, starvation and death in the camp. Mr Salisu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jibia on Tuesday. He said […]

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Starvation hits IDP Camp in Katsina

NEWS DIGEST – The Chairman of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Jibia Camp, Katsina State, Salisu Sa’adu, says the victims are suffering from hunger, starvation and death in the camp.

Mr Salisu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jibia on Tuesday.

He said the IDPs, camped in Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Jibia, were mainly from Kwari, Zango, shimfida, Tsauni, far faru, tsanbe, and Gurbin magarya villages of Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, food that is provided to the refugees is not enough, hence, they are suffering from starvation, hunger and death.

He said there was not enough food for them, stressing that there were only two policemen guarding the camp.

“Most of us (IDPs) are sleeping without mosquitoes nets and blankets, but we thank a non-governmental organisation, Medicines San Frontier, Doctors without borders that supplied drugs to us always at the camp.

”In fact, let me tell you, in view of the hardship we are passing through,15 of us died, while 35 women gave birth under forced labour.”

Mr Salisu appealed to state government to take steps to relocate them to their villages, to enable them to farm, and get what to feed their families before the end of the rainy season.

“We are now almost three months here, we can’t continue like this; we really want to go back to our villages and look for what to eat with our families.

“So we are appealing to government to take cogent measures and relocate us to our places,” he said.

When contacted, the Chairman of Jibia Local Government, Bashir Mai-tan, said that government was trying its best in feeding the refugees in the camp.

Mai-tan said apart from that, the local government released N200,000 daily for some of their needs.

Mr Maitan said he had been having sleepless nights to ensure peace and security in the area, as well as paying ransom to secure the release of people from bandits.

He said that currently, over 1,500 of his people were still in bandits hostage, advising that government alone could not fight banditry.

The News Agency of Nigeria observed, during a visit to the camp, that some of the IDPs looked worried, hungry and in tears.

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Dhul-Hijjah: Sultan directs Muslim to look out for new moon https://newsdigest.ng/dhul-hijjah-sultan-directs/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:00:23 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96530 Dhul-Hijjah: Sultan directs Muslim to look out for new moon NEWS DIGEST – Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah as from Wednesday. Mr Abubakar said this in a statement in Sokoto […]

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Dhul-Hijjah: Sultan directs Muslim to look out for new moon

NEWS DIGEST – Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah as from Wednesday.

Mr Abubakar said this in a statement in Sokoto on Tuesday, signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, the advisory committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Wednesday June 29 which is equivalent to 29th of Dhul-Qidah 1443AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1443AH.

“Muslims are therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon on Wednesday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ he said.

The Sultan prayed Allah to assist the Muslim Ummah in the discharge of its religious duties.

Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th and the last month in the Islamic calendar in which the Holy Pilgrimage (Hajj) takes place, as well as the festival of sacrifice.

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Corruption allegations: Senate insists on probe of ex-CJN Tanko https://newsdigest.ng/corruption-allegations-senate/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:59:59 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96531 Corruption allegations: Senate insists on probe of ex-CJN Tanko NEWS DIGEST – The Senate on Tuesday insisted that it would go ahead with the probe of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad. This was a sequel to a motion on the Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by Chairman Senate Committee on […]

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Corruption allegations: Senate insists on probe of ex-CJN Tanko

NEWS DIGEST – The Senate on Tuesday insisted that it would go ahead with the probe of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad.

This was a sequel to a motion on the Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti).

The motion was tagged: “State of Affairs in the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Demand by Justices of the Court.”

The Senate had on June 22, mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, to, as a matter of urgency, wade into the crisis rocking the judiciary.

Following prayers of the motion, the senate resolved to mandate the committee to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a lasting solution to the matter by interacting with relevant stakeholders.

This is with a view to addressing the complaints raised in the petition by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

The upper chamber also mandated the committee to interface with the relevant stakeholders in the three arms of government as well as at the Bar and the Bench.

Earlier, Mr Bamidele, while moving the motion pursuant to Rules 41 and 51 of the Senate Standing Orders, noted that poor welfare of judicial officers would affect the delivery of the judiciary in respect of their output and would prevent them not to perform optimally.

“The sacred image of the judiciary, which is the epicentre of the temple of justice should be preserved by the Senate through appropriate legislative measures in order to safeguard this highly revered institution and prevent it from being ridiculed,” he said.

The lawmaker who regretted the former CJN’s resignation said that “this development will not prevent the committee from going ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a probable lasting solution to the matter.

“Even though Muhammad has stepped down as CJN, most of the issues raised by the Justices of the Supreme Court and other stakeholders within the judiciary still remain and need to be addressed urgently to prevent an eventual shut-down of the Judiciary.”

Supporting the motion, Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, said that “this motion will show clearly that the Senate is not unaware of the role it is supposed to play.

“Of course, in playing that role, we also respect separation of powers. Our concern is that the judiciary as an arm of government deserves all the support it needs been the last hope as far as the rule of law is concerned.”

Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege said, “I am very embarrassed as a lawyer and also someone from the judicial family.

“Seeing that petition on the social media and eventually on the mainstream media, I was taken aback because it has never happened, it is unprecedented.

“There is no reason why the judiciary should lack anything financially.”

In his remarks President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that, “I can see most of the emphasis is on funding.

“When we look into the issues, they go beyond funding.

“We should look at other areas whether there is need to improve on the structures or having issues that may not be about funding but funding is of course a major issue.” Mr Lawan said.

NAN reports that recently, 14 Justices of the Supreme Court leveled allegations of corruption against the former CJN, Muhammad.

The Justices, in a memo, protested the non-payment of legitimate entitlements by the former CJN among others.

The former CJN, Muhammad, had on Monday, June 27, resigned from his position, reportedly on health grounds.

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Glamour Girls: Charles of Play replies critics, says your criticisms motivate me  https://newsdigest.ng/glamour-girls-charles-play/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:56:10 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96532 Glamour Girls: Charles of Play replies critics, says your criticisms motivate me NEWS DIGEST – The founder of Play Network, Charles Okpaleke, producer of the Netflix original movie, Glamour Girls, have responded to criticisms that trailed the movie after its release on June 24, 2022. The movie, which is a remake of the 1994 classic film […]

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Glamour Girls: Charles of Play replies critics, says your criticisms motivate me

NEWS DIGEST – The founder of Play Network, Charles Okpaleke, producer of the Netflix original movie, Glamour Girls, have responded to criticisms that trailed the movie after its release on June 24, 2022.

The movie, which is a remake of the 1994 classic film of the same name, highlights the activities of single independent ladies who make money from providing escort services to rich men.

Glamour Girls remake was greeted with heavy criticism as some faulted the storyline while others noted that the movie promoted the concept of prostitution and taught no morals.

In a statement on Tuesday, Charles of Play acknowledged the reviews and criticisms from the movie.

He said, “It has really been exciting reading a lot of the reviews for Glamour Girls over the last couple of days.

“Your positive feedback and constructive criticism gives us the motivation to keep doing more, to keep doing better.

“Thank you for loving, for criticising, for watching, all while knowingly (or not) telling the world via your numerous platforms to do same.

“I hear we just broke a new record this morning! It has been milestone after milestone, record after record, since the very day we released Glamour Girls, a Netflix Original, on NetflielThe whole world is watching Glamour Girls (A film for us, by us).

“Shout out to all Nollywood filmmakers constantly going through the nightmare of making movies in Nigeria. You guys area blessing and an inspiration.

“And of course a huge shout out to other self-proclaimed Nollywood filmmakers and critics, who have produced numerous movies in their heads, won awards with them and even climbed the stage to make speeches, but are yet to produce any in reality. We see you, we are rooting for you! A win for one is a win for all.

“While at it, go to Netflix and keep watching Glamour Girls. Many, many more milestones to be reached by Play Network Studios seeing as we are barely three years in this industry. We are only just getting started.”

The Netflix original stars popular Nollywood stars like Nse Ikpe-Etim, Sharon Ooja, Toke Makinwa, Temisan Emmanuel, and a host of many others.

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Nigeria now market for Mkpuru Mmiri, says Marwa https://newsdigest.ng/nigeria-market-mkpuru-mmiri/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:15:09 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96525 Nigeria now market for Mkpuru Mmiri, says Marwa NEWS DIGEST – War against drug abuse in Nigeria received a boost today as the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) opened up a historic partnership with the wives of all the governors in a bid to curb the menace. According to a report […]

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Nigeria now market for Mkpuru Mmiri, says Marwa

NEWS DIGEST – War against drug abuse in Nigeria received a boost today as the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) opened up a historic partnership with the wives of all the governors in a bid to curb the menace.

According to a report by Guardian Newspaper, the event, which was attended by almost all the wives of the governors, took place at Frazer suite, Abuja.

Tagged a ‘two-day workshop on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care, DPTC’, the first ladies would be armed with better information that will help drive drug demand reduction in their various states.

Chairman of NDLEA, Brig General Mohamed Buba Marwa noted that the workshop is of great significance to the strategic effort to control the abuse, trafficking and consequences of illicit drugs in our country.

According to him, the objective is to improve the governor’s wives skills and optimise their capacity to counter the drug phenomenon.

He added that Nigeria has now become a producer of and a market for Crystal Methamphetamine known locally as Mkpuru Mmiri

“As we all are aware, the drug problem has become one of the world’s greatest challenges that threaten the well-being of human society. Consequences of drug abuse, including chronic health conditions and untimely death, are existential threats that cannot be ignored by any responsible government.

“Sadly, Nigeria is not insulated against this problem. Our country presently has some alarming drug statistics. For example, we are a major cannabis cultivating and consuming country. Four years ago, we had 10.6 million users of the psychoactive plant, which made Nigeria the world’s leading cannabis-consuming country.

“Likewise, Nigeria has also become a producer of and a market for Crystal Methamphetamine known locally as Mkpuru Mmiri. We all witnessed the havoc unleashed by this highly dangerous illicit substance in the Southeast region of the country last year.

As if that is not enough, we have also become a dumping ground for illicit pharmaceutical opioids, especially codeine and tramadol, just as we remain Africa’s major transit country for cocaine and heroin.

“Four years ago, the National Drug Use Survey conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, showed that the drug use prevalence in Nigeria is 14.4%. This is relatively high compared to the annual global average of 5.5%. That we have 14.3 million of our compatriots who abused drugs is food for thought.

“The consequences of this dire drug profile have begun to manifest. The findings of the survey suggested that 1 in 5 persons who had used drugs was suffering from Drug Use Disorder―that is approximately 3 million Nigerians, with no less than 155, 000 among them in dire need of medical treatment, at the time.

“Just last year, the World Drug Report 2021 warned of a likely 11% increase in the number of people who abuse illicit substances over the next eight years. About 40% of that increase is projected to come from Africa alone. When they say Africa, we should think of Nigeria, the most populous country on the continent.

“These are the bases for our renewed effort to muzzle the illicit drug problem quickly and preempt what could, in the nearest future, become a full-blown epidemic and a new problem area for the continent and our country. Yet, the situation is not altogether irredeemable. Indeed, the situation can be salvaged, reversed and controlled―only if we move quickly, and adopt strong, well-conceived, coordinated and holistic measures, of which this workshop is a part of the process.

“The past 16 months have witnessed an unprecedented variety and volume of activities by NDLEA to address the drug situation. The ones you are most familiar with are the drug supply reduction activities, such as drug seizures, arrests, prosecutions and convictions of traffickers. Within this spectrum, we were able to mop up over 3.4 kilograms of assorted drugs in 2021, which, together with cash seized, was worth over 150 billion naira. In the process, we arrested 12, 306 traffickers of which 1,385 were jailed. This year, as at the end of May, NDLEA has seized approximately 155, 000 kilograms of drugs and recorded 5, 341 arrests and 984 convictions.

“Meanwhile, in the background, we are also ramping up drug demand reduction activities such as counselling, treatment, care and rehabilitation with steady progress. From January 2021 to May 2022, a total of 11, 523 drug users have been counselled and treated in NDLEA facilities mostly through brief interventions.

“Still, we devote equal resources, energy and enthusiasm to Drug Use Prevention, which is calculated to shield the vulnerable groups, especially youths, from experimenting with illicit substances. The dynamics of the Drug Use Prevention approach entails reaching out to the grassroots, especially communities in local government areas of states.

“The mechanism for this assignment is the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 26, 2021. Since the launch, I had led a delegation to states, to political, religious and traditional leaders, as a way of giving impetus to this assignment. Subsequently, NDLEA delegations from state commands have embarked on WADA mission to the offices of Your Excellencies in your respective state, as we count on your support and active participation in achieving the WADA goals.

“The Drug Prevention Treatment and Care (DPTC) training is designed to enhance the capacities of stakeholders to implement evidence-based drug prevention education programmes, as well as enhance accessibility of treatment and care for those with Substance Use Disorder and also facilitate their social reintegration where and when necessary.”

The wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo commended NLDEA for the initiative, urging the governors’ wives to take the anti-drug message back to their states.

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I accepted Justice Tanko’s resignation with mixed feelings – Buhari https://newsdigest.ng/accepted-justice-tanko/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:09:10 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96521 I accepted Justice Tanko’s resignation with mixed feelings – Buhari NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari says he is constrained to accept the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Muhammad Tanko on health grounds. The president stated this while swearing in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria in the […]

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I accepted Justice Tanko’s resignation with mixed feelings – Buhari

NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari says he is constrained to accept the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Muhammad Tanko on health grounds.

The president stated this while swearing in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria in the State House, Abuja, on Monday.

Mr Buhari said: “​Ordinarily, he (Tanko) was scheduled to retire from the Supreme Court on the last day of 2023.

“Unfortunately, as no man is infallible, ill-health has cut short Chief Justice Tanko’s leadership of the Nigerian Judiciary at this time.

“​I am therefore constrained to accept his retirement, albeit with mixed-feelings. Much as one may wish that the Chief Justice of Nigeria Muhammed Tanko is able to fully serve his term in office, it presupposes that he is able to perform the functions of the Office without let, hindrance or any form of disability.

“The instant resignation of Justice Tanko is however envisaged under Section 231(4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended which contains provisions relating to vacancy and the occupant of the Office of Chief Justice of Nigeria being unable to perform the functions of the Office for any reason.’’

According to the president, under a constitutional democracy like ours, government powers and responsibilities are clearly allocated and shared among the three tiers; the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.

He stated that the three organs must work harmoniously and optimally in accordance with their respective Constitutional mandates.

He noted that ​Nigeria’s Judiciary under the leadership of Tanko judiciously exercised the Judicial powers of the Federation.

The president added that Tanko’s era witnessed several landmark, jurisprudential and policy decisions by the Supreme Court, and by extension other Courts established by the Constitution.

“CJN Tanko dealt firmly with the issue of reckless and indiscriminate grant of ex-parte Orders that was assuming serious dimensions.

“​History will be kind to Justice Tanko Muhammed for his modest contributions to Nigeria’s Judiciary, the strengthening of our democracy and national development,’’ he said.

​The president used the opportunity to call on the Judiciary not do anything to fail the ordinary people of Nigeria which may make them lose confidence in the justice system in the country.

He also enjoined the Justices of the Supreme Court to always remain faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and to remain steadfastly committed to the Oath of Allegiance which they all subscribed to, as contained in the 7th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“​Our Nation is approaching a critical general election in 2023, the Judiciary must not do anything to fail the ordinary people of Nigeria which may make them lose confidence in the Judiciary,’’ he said.

Mr Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring “the independence of the Judiciary and will not do anything nor take any steps to undermine your independence.

“We shall uphold the Constitutional provisions on the Rule of Law and the principles of Separation of Powers.’’

The President honoured Mr Tanko with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.

“In line with the custom of decorating Chief Justices of Nigeria with the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON), and upon the advice of the Council of State in that regard, as his Lordship CJN I. Tanko Muhammed is taking a bow from the Supreme Court, I hereby bestow on him the National Honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON).

“In the circumstances, and as nature abhors a vacuum, I hereby invite Honourable Olukayode Ariwoola JSC, being the next most Senior Justice of the Supreme Court, to come forward to take the Judicial Oath as Chief Justice of Nigeria in an Acting Capacity, pursuant to Section 231(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),’’ he said.

Ariwoola, who later spoke to State House correspondents, said he would uphold the constitution of the country while discharging his duties.

He said: “What Nigerians should expect from me is to comply with, preserve, abide by and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – that is what I will do essentially with the cooperation of my brother Justices of the Supreme Court.

“We shall not fail Nigerians.”

He dismissed as false the purported controversy surrounding the Supreme Court occasioned by petitions reportedly written against the immediate pass CJN (Tanko), saying “there is no controversy whatsoever’’.

He, however, added that what transpired shortly before the change of guard at the apex court was an internal memo of the Supreme Court, written directly to Tanko.

According to him, the matter is already being resolved.

“There is no controversy in the Supreme Court, we are one with the Chief Justice and that is why you heard the President said his Lordship (Justice Ibrahim Tanko) is disengaging on the grounds of ill health.

“It was an internal memo of the court; it was not a petition, it was not a letter. It was addressed by the brother-Justices of the Supreme Court and presented to his Lordship directly.

“They were issues to be resolved among Justices and we have started resolving them.” He said.

14 Justices of the Supreme Court had on June 20 written a protest letter to the then CJN, Justice Tanko, lamenting the difficulties they were facing in carrying out their duties.

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Ekweremadu: FG probes organ donor’s data privacy breach https://newsdigest.ng/ekweremadu-probes-organ-donor/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:03:37 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96522 Ekweremadu: FG probes organ donor’s data privacy breach NEWS DIGEST – The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, is investigating the breach of the data privacy of David Nwamina, a young Nigerian at the centre of an allegation of organ harvest against a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. The development came the […]

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Ekweremadu: FG probes organ donor’s data privacy breach

NEWS DIGEST – The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, is investigating the breach of the data privacy of David Nwamina, a young Nigerian at the centre of an allegation of organ harvest against a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The development came the pictures of Nwamina’s passport appeared online.

David was alleged to have been trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvest by Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

The couple was arraigned at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest last week.

The NDPB also said it was investigating the breach of the data privacy of Sonia Ekweremadu, the daughter of the Ekweremadus.

The National Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, NDPB, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, ordered an investigation into the breach, according to a statement issued by the bureau on Monday.

The statement read in part, “The National Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has ordered an investigation into the use and public circulation of the personal data allegedly belonging to Nwamini David and Sonia Ekweremadu in the ongoing case of organ transplant pending before a British Court.

“The bureau notes with concern that certain sensitive personal data purportedly belonging to the two Nigerian citizens (complainant and patient) in this case are being processed by data controllers – particularly media organization – without regard to the implications under the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

“NDPR prohibits the processing of personal data without the informed consent or other lawful bases known to law.”

The bureau further warned all data controllers and persons to stop sharing such private data, which can attract the consequences of using anyone’s data in violation of NDPR.

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu, wife sue NIMC, Immigration, others https://newsdigest.ng/alleged-organ-harvesting/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:00:55 +0000 https://newsdigest.ng/?p=96523 Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu, wife sue NIMC, Immigration, others NEWS DIGEST – Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and two commercial banks in a Federal High Court in Abuja. The duo filed the suit before Justice Inyang Ekwo amid allegation […]

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu, wife sue NIMC, Immigration, others

NEWS DIGEST – Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and two commercial banks in a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The duo filed the suit before Justice Inyang Ekwo amid allegation of organ harvesting against them by the United Kingdom authorities, involving one David Nwamini.

The London Metropolitan Police said it had arrested Senator Ekweremadu and his wife over allegations of conspiring to bring a child to the UK for organ harvesting.

The couple later appeared before a UK court which ordered that they should be remanded in custody till July 7 while investigations continue into the allegations against them.

While the Met police said Nwamini was 15, the NIS stressed that it issue an international passport indicating his age as 21 after due process.

As the controversy continues, Senator Ekweremadu and his wife filed an originating summon through their counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Adegboyega Awomolo, at the court in Abuja.

They prayed the court for an order directing the NIMC to bring out the Certified True Copy of the biodata of David Ukpo Nwamini.

Awomolo who gave 20 grounds said Nwamini’s National Identification Number, which is in the possession of the NIMC, should be produced for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish his client’s innocence.

He also sought an order directing the Comptroller General of NIS to provide them with the documents and application form which Nwamini presented to obtain his international passport, for the purpose of assisting the criminal investigation and tendering same before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the UK.

The lawyer also prayed the court for an order directing Stanbic IBTC Bank and UBA to provide the Certified True Copy of mandate card and account opening package in their custody.

He informed the court that the application was brought pursuant to Order 3, Rule 1 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2019, Sections 6 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Justice Ekwo has fixed July 1 for the hearing of the matter.

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