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Kano gov, Kwankwaso, others hold special prayer ahead tribunal verdict



The people and Government of Kano State on Saturday offered special prayers for peace, stability and progress to reign in the country.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Governor Abba Yusuf; the National Leader of NNPP, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, members of the state executive council, party leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders attended the event in Kano.


Leading the two raka’at prayer session at the Kano Sports Complex, Dr Sani Hashim, the Chief Imam of Kofar Mata Central Mosque, Kano, appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray to God to assist leaders to deliver on their electoral promises and to achieve success, peace and development in the country.


Hashim said: “It is high time clerics and the leaders join together through the spirit and leading of God to pray for our state and nation for God’s intervention in our activities.


“We should also pray for our democratically elected leaders that God should help them to bring peace and development in our state and at all levels.


“We all gather here and pray to Allah Subhanahu wa’Ta’ala to express our appreciation and gratitude to Him for His numerous blessings and immeasurable mercy to us, to our state and to our country.”


The chief Imam explained that: “We pray here today to express our thanks to Allah SWT for granting us victory in the 2023 general elections.


“We gathered here today to thank Allah (SWT) for keeping our communities safe, for keeping our state secured and for keeping our country safe.


“We thank Allah (SWT) for His mercies. We thank Him for the blessings of good rainy season and for the progress being experienced in businesses in our state and for the emerging prosperity in our state within the last three months.”


He noted that Kano state is blessed with leaders that have started changing the landscape of the state.


“Pipe borne water has started gushing in all parts of the state, streetlights have been restored, hospitals are being renovated and equipped with modern facilities to meet the healthcare needs of the people.


“Our schools are being renovated and assistance and supports are being extended to the most vulnerable in our communities and mass marriages have reached an advanced stage of preparation.


“One thousand and one graduates are being selected to be sent abroad to pursue higher degrees in September this year and Kano state is paying the registration fees of over 7,000 indigent students of Bayero University.


“Over 57,000 students were registered for NECO at a cost of about N1.3 billion by this administration. We therefore gathered here to pray for our leaders at the State and federal levels.”


According to him, “Our roads are being rehabilitated, refuse dumps are disappearing from our streets.


“Oh Allah, protect and guide our leaders, our elected leaders, whom You blessed us with.


“Our leaders that we willingly voted for them with Your guidance. Please protect them. Please guide them a right.”


“Ya Allah, the enemies of the people are scheming and planning to undermine our leaders, Ya Allah! defeat the enemies of the people.


“Ya Allah destroy the enemies of Kano state wherever they are. Ya Allah, the enemies of the state are there trying to steal the mandate of the people through the back door.


“Ya Allah confuse them and defeat them. Ya Allah, establish an enduring peace in our State. Ya Allah bless our markets and our schools,” the cleric prayed.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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NASS and Bishop Kukah advocate political party repositioning for accountability and inclusivity



NASS and Bishop Kukah advocate political party repositioning for accountability and inclusivity

Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Bishop Matthew Kukah have emphasized the urgent need to reposition political parties, fostering a democratic culture centered on inclusivity, transparency, and accountability.


The call was made during the Public Presentation of the Needs Assessment of Political Parties in Nigeria, organized by the Kukah Centre with support from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN), held in Abuja.


Represented by Sen. Victor Umeh, Akpabio highlighted that the repositioning of political parties is vital to restoring public trust and confidence, ensuring they genuinely represent the aspirations of the people. He identified accountability, inclusivity, transparency, and inherent impunity as significant challenges that must be addressed.


Akpabio expressed optimism in the 10th National Assembly to tackle these issues, stressing the importance of holding party leaders accountable for their actions. He called for increased transparency in party financing and campaign expenditures, emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the political process.


Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Founder of the Kukah Foundation, explained that the event aimed to address challenges faced by political parties and inspire confidence in politics. He emphasized the role of political parties as platforms for training and deploying politicians to serve the public good.


Kukah underlined the importance of understanding political party processes, particularly for young individuals with a vision for forming political parties. He highlighted the significance of the needs assessment in recommending options for parties to become ideological engines for driving political processes and democracy.


The report, drawing from academic analysis and interviews with ordinary citizens, recommended a constant review of the Electoral Act, incorporation of the opposition in the political process, and innovative ways of financing political parties.


Olawunmi Laolu, Programme Manager at EU-SDGN, stressed the need for political parties to strengthen internal democracy, improve intra and inter-party dialogue, and promote wide participation in the political process. She expressed the EU’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s progress and urged political parties to lead by example in advancing democracy in the region.


Stakeholders such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) were present at the event.

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