The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the revocation of bail of the former chairman of the defunct pension reformed task team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Okon Abang also issued a bench warrant for Maina’s arrest “anywhere he is sighted.”
EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court, Maina, who was granted bail in 2019, has not been appearing in court for trial over alleged fraud.
Maina is standing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of n2 billion.
Rivers: Governor Wike Imposes Curfew Over ‘Cult Activities”
Due to the rise in cult activities and related violence in some parts of Rivers State, the state governor, Nyesom Wike has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the after areas.
In a statewide broadcast, Wike said the area around the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro will be under a curfew for two weeks, he added the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting in Port Harcourt Sunday.
He explained that the Rivers State Government was disturbed over the recent upsurge of cult activities and related violence and killings in the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Obio/Akpor Council Area.
Wike said further that “no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed within the afore-mentioned restricted areas until further notice. Only staff and vehicles belonging to Julius Berger Nigeria Limited are exempted from the curfew and associated restrictions on movement so that construction work on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover is not stalled.”
SERAP To Buhari: Cut Cost Of Governance As Recession Sets In, Or Be Sued
President Muhammadu Buhari is getting an earful from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, on the need to immediately cut the cost of governance as the country has entered another recession.
SERAP says in light of this recession, considered the worst in decades, the president should put the country’s resources at the services of the citizens so they would have the opportunity to enjoy a good standard of living.
A letter to the president by SERAP’s director, Kolawole Oluwadare says the economic crisis provides an opportunity to prioritize access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic socio-economic rights, and to genuinely recommit to the fight against corruption.
SERAP says it is not too late to reorder the nation’s steps to put its wealth and resources to work for the common good of all Nigerians.
SERAP threatened that if the president shows no move within fourteen days to cut spending on government and officials, it would take legal action against the administration.
FG: ASUU Not Exempted From IPPIS
The federal government has debunked a story that says lecturers in the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, have been exempted from enrolling on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system, IPPIS, platform.
An earlier report has said the federal government had offered ASUU sixty-five billion naira and also exempted its lecturers from IPPIS enrolment to get the union to call off its strike.
The federal government, in denying that report, says in a statement on Saturday by minister of labor and employment, Chris Ngige, that there was no agreement at any meeting for ASUU’s exemption from the IPPIS platform.
The minister said what was agreed at the last meeting with ASUU representatives was that the union members who had not yet enrolled on IPPIS would be paid through the platform with which they received the president’s covid-19 compassionate payments in February and June.
The minister said the government’s position was being taken out of context. He said it was agreed that, in the interim, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, which is the union’s alternative to the IPPIS, would be used in paying university teachers for the transition period.