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CCT Shifts Saraki’s Trial to March 11

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Tuesday rescheduled the resumption of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from March 10 to 11 March, 2016.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT, Ibraheem Al-hassan, said in a statement said the new date was fixed following a request by Saraki’s new lead counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.

Al-hassan said the new counsel to the Senate President pleaded with the tribunal to reschedule the trial because he has other urgent court matters to attend to on March 10.

Agabi conveyed his request to the CCT in a letter dated February 26, 2016.

The letter reads, ‘‘I write as lead counsel to the above defendant (Saraki) to apply that the matter, which is now scheduled to come up on the 10th day of March 2016, subject to the convenience of the honourable tribunal and learned counsel for the prosecution, be taken on the 11th day of March, 2016, due to my earlier and urgent commitments in other courts on the 10th.

‘‘I will sincerely appreciate the indulgence of the tribunal to accommodate me in this way.”

The CCT had last month fixed March 10 for resumption of proceedings shortly after the Supreme Court dismissed Saraki’s appeal challenging his trial at the tribunal.

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You Cannot Benefit From Country You Curse – Shettima Warns Nigerians

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Kashim Shettima has warned Nigerians against hauling curses on the country as a result of the hardship, stating that it would be impossible for abusers to benefit from a system they have abused.

He stated that there are a lot of opportunities in Nigeria and therefore urged Nigerians to count their blessings instead of putting the country down through words.

In his words, “Let us count our blessings. Let us not put our country down.

He emphasized that, “It cannot be tales of woes all the time. As bad as things are today and with all the inflation, there are sectors that are doing incredibly well. The health sector is doing very well.

The petroleum sector is doing well. The Agric sector is doing well, for those who are planting cassava.

“People buy it there on the farm. I am not saying that things are easy. The government has come with very tough reforms.

“However, you have to position yourself in the reform. If you go out and say Nigeria is a shitty country, forgive my French, you are going to get shitty results.

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President Bola Tinubu steps aside as ECOWAS Chairman as his tenure comes to an end today (Sunday).

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The 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority is holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he is expected to pass on the torch to another leader.

The Military leaders of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso rule out returning to ECOWAS even as President Bola Tinubu leads Heads of State of the 15-member bloc in a Summit in Abuja to persuade them to return.

“Westerners consider that we belong to them and our wealth also belongs to them. They think that they are the ones who must continue to tell us what is good for our states. This era is gone forever; our resources will remain for us and our populations,”
says Burkina Faso’s leader, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré.

“”Our people have irrevocably turned their back on ECOWAS,” Niger’s General Abdourahamane Tiani says.

“The attack on one of us will be an attack on all the other members,” insists Mali’s leader, Col. Assimi Goïta.

The trio signed a confederation treaty on Saturday, underscoring their determination to chart a joint course and exit the bloc which is urging them to return to democratic rule.

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SAD! Ex Nasarrawa Deputy Governor, Silas Agara Loses Wife

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Mrs Jummai Agara, the wife of former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Silas Ali Agara, is dead.

According to a family source, she died in Abuja after protracted illness.

The deceased who had months ago completed her PhD programme with the Federal University of Lafia(FULafia) is survived by her husband, children and many family relations.

May God comfort the family and grant her soul eternal rest. Amen

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