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This is a roundup of some of the breaking news in Nigeria for Today, Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Onnoghen: CCT To Deliver Judgement On False Asset Declaration

The Code of Conduct Tribunal will on Thursday (today), deliver judgment on the case of false declaration of assets filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The Tribunal will also deliver judgement on two applications filed by Onnoghen who tendered his resignation two weeks. One of the applications is challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case. The other application is asking the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from further presiding over the case for his alleged bias.

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How Lai Mohammed Was Deceived Into Paying N2.5b FG Broadcasting Fund

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister, has admitted he did not do due diligence before signing off on a controversial N2.5 billion payment to a private digital broadcast signal distributor.

Naija News learnt that Mr Mohammed told the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) that he only approved the payment based on the recommendation of the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in May 2017, according to those familiar with the investigation.

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Ministers Given One Week Ultimatum To Submit Performance Reports

All cabinet members have been asked to submit comprehensive performance reports in their respective parastatals. In a statement today, President Muhammadu Buhari asked the cabinet members to submit the “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” under their watch by April 24.

Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, said the directive was part of the measures to wind down the current administration.

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Details Of Aisha Buhari’s Meeting With Governors’ Wives Emerge

Nigeria‘s First Lady, Aisha Buhari and governors’ wives on Wednesday, appealed to women and other relevant stakeholders to push for an end to the spate of kidnapping and banditry across the country.

Naija News reports that wife of the President made an appeal through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration, Dr Hajo Sani, shortly after the wife of the President met with the governors’ wives and some security experts behind closed-door at the State House, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

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I’m Educationally Qualified Than Atiku, Buhari Boasts

Nigeria‘s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday accused Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Presidential election, of not possessing the statutory educational qualification to contest the February 23 Presidential election.
President Buhari in his counter-accusation, dared Abubakar to produce his “educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates,” before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

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Nigerians Will Suffer If We Remove Subsidy – Buhari Govt

The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari says the removal of fuel subsidy will have a negative effect on vulnerable Nigerians.

Naija News reports that the government spoke through the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed. Ahmed said the government was yet to devise a workable formula for fuel subsidy removal.

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Nigerian Lady Makes Strong Allegation Against Governor Ambode

A middle-aged Nigerian lady identified simply as Gbemisola has made some strong allegations against the governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Gbemisola in her allegation threatened the state governor for allegedly detaining her father and his colleagues who had visited the Governor earlier. Naija News understands that Gbemisola vowed to fight the state governor with the last drop of her blood.

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Just In: Supreme Court Delivers Judgement On Fayemi’s Election

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Wednesday upheld the governorship election of Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel, the apex court held that the appeal by Segun Oni was statute barred.

In the lead judgment, Justice Amiru Sanusi held that the case, being a pre-election one, was not commenced at the trial court, within the required time, as stipulated under the Forth Alteration Act.

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Lawmaker Snubs APC’s Endorsement, Declares ‎For Speaker

A member of the House of Representatives from Benue. Hon. John Dyegh, has declared his ambition to run for the speakership seat in the 9th National Assembly. The is coming hours after the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned the seat to the South-West and endorsed the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidate.

President Muhammadu Buhari had hosted members-elect to a dinner on Tuesday where the deputy speaker seat was also zoned to the North-Central.

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Nigerians React As Atiku Unveils Microsoft As Witness On INEC Server Result

A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted Atiku Abubakar‘s decision to engage experts from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle to verify his claim that the servers belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.

Naija News recalls that figures from the 36 states and federal capital territory (FCT) released by INEC in the last Presidential election, gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Abubakar who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, came second with 11,262,978 votes.

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