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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha Arrested By EFCC For Money Laundering



The former governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,


Senator Okorocha was arrested on Tuesday over alleged money laundering.


Okorocha was arrested at his office in Abuja.


Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, told Vanguard that the news was true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”, he said in a telephone chat.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 08, 2021

BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Rector, Registrar, Governing Board For Fed Poly Ugep, Other Polys


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Edward Ntui Okey as the Rector of the newly created Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State.


The president also approved the appointment of Mr. Arikpo Eno Otu as the Registrar of the institution.


The list of the appointees obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS also contained the approval of the appointment of other principal officers and Governing Council for the institution. The approval for the Federal Polytechnic, Ugep are: 


GOVERNING COUNCIL

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN (ENUGU)

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER (KADUNA)

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER (GOMBE)

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER (KOGI)

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER (EKITI)


PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY (RECTOR)

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO (REGISTRAR)

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE (BURSAR)

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU (LIBRARIAN)


The president also appointed principal officers and governing councils for other newly created federal polytechnics.


See full list:


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTS PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, GOVERNING COUNCILS FOR NEW POLYTECHNICS, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Principal Officers and Members of the Governing Councils for newly established Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

2. The affected Institutions, Principal Officers and Members of their Governing Councils are as follows:

FEDERAL POLYTECHNICS

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, AYEDE, OYO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. DAKAS C. J. DAKAS

CHAIRMAN

PLATEAU

2.

DR. MUYI AROWOSAFE

MEMBER

KWARA

3.

CHINWE MABEL CHIGIBO

MEMBER

ENUGU

4.

HON ABDULMUMINU HASAN

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

MRS MUSLIMAT SALAU

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR TAOFEEK ADEKUNLE ABDULHAMID

RECTOR

2.

AKIN ADESOLA

REGISTRAR

3.

RASHEEDAT OLADEPO

BURSAR

4.

SAMUEL OKE OGUNNIYI

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OHODO, ENUGU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

CHIEF DR. SYLVESTER AMEH

CHAIRMAN

BENUE

2.

JOHNSON BOSCO BASSEY

MEMBER

AKWA IBOM

3.

BAR. IBRAHIM A UMAR

MEMBER

ZAMFARA

4.

BAR. MUSLIM MAIGARI

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

DR AYODELE D. AMOO

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF EDWIN ONYENEJE

RECTOR

2.

BAR. MRS GRACE EZE

REGISTRAR

3.

MRS REGINA EZE

BURSAR

4.

MR EJIKE UDENSI IGWEUIKE

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, UGEP, CROSS RIVER STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN

ENUGU

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER

KADUNA

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER

GOMBE

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER

KOGI

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER

EKITI

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY

RECTOR

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO

REGISTRAR

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE

BURSAR

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, SHENDAM, PLATEAU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

SIXTUS UKELINA ABETIANBE

CHAIRMAN

CROSS RIVER

2.

MARY E ENWONGULU

MEMBER

NASSARAWA

3.

HON DAYYABU CHIROMA

MEMBER

BAUCHI

4.

HON VINCENT C OGBUAGU

MEMBER

RIVERS

5.

DIKE ONYEKWELU HERBERT

MEMBER

ANAMBRA

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR ZAKARI MIKAILU YA’U

RECTOR

2.

DR CELINA SHITNAN GANA

REGISTRAR

3.

DR NAZIRU SULEMAN

BURSAR

4.

JAMES K TUNLONG

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, MONGUNO, BORNO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

DR UMAR TAMBARI

CHAIRMAN

SOKOTO

2.

ALH. BUKAR U MUNGONO

MEMBER

BORNO

3.

HAJIYA MARYAM M GALLE

MEMBER




Monday, April 5, 2021

April 05, 2021

C'River Governor Suspends Calabar Carnival Commission Chair, To Investigate Land's Ministry, CRGIA

Mr. Gabe Onah

 By Obio Monday

The governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has suspended the Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah.


Mr.  Onah who was appointed in 2007 by former Liyel Imoke was relieved of his appointment today, April 5, in a statement signed by the Governor's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita.



Though no reason was given for Onah's suspension, government sources told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that his suspension may not be unconnected with the nonpayment of contractors since after the 2019 edition of the carnival.  Another source who preferred anonymity said he may have been suspended for awarding some of the governor's fierce critics at the just concluded 2021 Carnival Commission Media awards.


In a related development, the governor has set up a committee to investigate the activities of the State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development as well as the Cross River Geographical Information Agency (CRGIA).


In a statement signed by Mr. Ita and available to GRASSROOT REPORTERS, the committee has Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government as Chairman while Mr. Efa Eja and Mrs Agede Ibe  will serve as Members.



The committee to investigate CRGIA has Mr. Henry Ojodu as Chairman while Mr. Michael Mbang and Prince Ekanem Ekpo Nya are to serve as Members.










Thursday, February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

UPDATED: Cross River North: Supreme Court Sack Senator Odey

 



The Supreme Court on Thursday, February 25, 2021 sacked the senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Stephen Odey.


In a split decision of four to three, the Court struck out the appeal filed by Senator Stephen Odey and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the dispute over who, between Senator Stephen Adi Odey and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, is the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North Senatorial District.

Justice Centus Chima Nweze, who read the lead majority judgment, held that the notice of appeal filed in the appeal by Ody, marked: SC/CV/9/2021 was defective because it did not reflect the personal addresses of the first and second respondents in the appeal – Jarigbe and John Alaga.


Justice Nweze held that although the notice of appeal bore the addresses of their lawyers and it was served on them, the appellant’s failure to serve the notice personally on the parties, as against their lawyers, robbed the court the necessary jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

He added that the order of substituted service later obtained by the appellant, and which was executed could not have cured the defect occasioned by the improper service, because the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to have granted the ex-parte order for substituted service.

Justice Nweze said the improper service of the notice of appeal amounted to a non-service which touches on the respondents’ right to fair hearing.

He upheld the preliminary objections raised by Alaga and Jarigbe and proceeded to strike out the appeal.

Justices Abdu Aboki, Tijani Abubakar and Sameul Oseji agreed with Justice Nweze’s position.

Justices Musa Datijo Mohammad (who led the seven-man panel), Helen Ogunwumiju and Emmanuel Agim held otherwise in the dissenting minority judgement.

Justice Mohammed, in the lead dissenting judgment, upheld the appeal and dismissed the objections by Alaga and Jarigbe on the grounds that the service of the notice of appeal was proper.

He held that it was not the law that service of notice of appeal on a counsel to a respondent amounted to improper service.

Justice Mohammed said the decision of the appellant to serve the notice of appeal on the addresses provided at the lower by lawyers to Alaga and Jarigbe, without them providing their personal addresses, cannot by any stretch of imagination, termed improper service.

Justice Ogunwumiju said the fact that the notice of appeal was served on the respondents’ lawyers as against their personal addresses, was not enough to be termed improper service.

Justice Agim held that not only was the service proper, the ex-parte order for substituted service, which the appellant executed by publishing the notice in a newspaper was additional efforts to ensure that the respondents were aware of the case.

He said the essence of service was for the respondents to be aware of a case pending against them, adding that since the respondents did not deny being aware of the case, but participated fully by filing their briefs, they issue of whether service was proper or not did not arise.

The court applied the judgment in the appeal by Odey to a similar one, marked: SC/CV/1055/2020 filed by the PDP.

Odey had, in the appeal, prayed the Supreme Court to, among others, set aside a portion of the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on December 17, 2020 directing INEC to recognise Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP for the by-election.

Odey added that the Court of Appeal, in its December 17, 2020 judgment “refused to set aside the consequential orders made by the trial court, despite finding that the case filed before the FCT High Court by Alaga was an abuse of judicial process and that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain.








Friday, February 5, 2021

February 05, 2021

BREAKING: CBN Bans Nigerians From Buying, Selling Bitcon, Cryptocurrencies


 


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Friday, instructed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), other Financial Institutions (OFIs), Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) and local financial institutions against having any transactions in crypto or facilitating payments for crypto exchanges.

The apex bank gave the directive in a letter to all DMBs, OFIs and NBFIs dated February 5th.

The circular signed by Director of Banking Supervision, Bello Hassan stated:” The CBN circular of January 12, 2017 ref FPRIDIRGENT R/06/010 which DMBs, NBFIs and OFIs and members of the public on the risks associated with transactions in crypto currency refers.

“Further to other regulatory directives on the subject, the bank hereby wishes to remind regulated institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payment from cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited.”

CBN warned that a breach of this directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions.

The Apex bank ordered DMBs, OFIs, NBFIs, to identify persons and entities transacting in or operating crypto currency exchanges within their system and ensure that such accounts are closed immediately.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 03, 2021

BREAKING: FG Approves Immediate Take-off Of Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State, Releases N2B


 

By Soni Daniel



The Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Polytechnic for Cross River State and it is to be situated in Ugep in the Northern part of the state.


To enhance its early take-off, the Federal Government has also approved the release of N2 billion for the project.

The new school, the first of its kind in that part of the country, is to take off in October this year and the approval has already been communicated to the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba, who is the highest-ranking political leader in the Buhari administration from the state.


The approval letter with reference DHE/ Poly.49/C.1/11/354 dated January 29, 2021 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, reads in part: “I write to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State.




“Mr. President also approved a take-off grant of N2 billion for thenew polytechnic from the funding resources of TETfund and for the provision of core facilities for the immediate take-off. This has been duly conveyed to TETfund for implementation.

“In view of the above, technical team from the Federal Ministry Education and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) will soon visit your state to identify the site in Ugep and assess its readiness for commencement of academic activities in October 2021,” the letter said.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: President Buhari Sacks Service Chiefs, Announces Replacements



By Johnbosco Akpakwuru



President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja Tuesday.

"The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”