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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu trial adjourned till January 19

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Ipob Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Trial Adjourned Till January 19

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to January 19, 2022

Ipob Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Trial Adjourned Till January 19
Ipob Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Trial Adjourned Till January 19

The adjournment came after Kanu’s team of lawyers, staged a walk-out over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow some of them access into the courtroom.

Kanu, who was brought into the courtroom around 9:52 am, had shortly after his case was called up, decried the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the United States of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.

  10 Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines, Friday, 4th February 2022

The IPOB leader told the court that Mr. Fein, who he said was handling a case for him in the US, was around to witness his trial.

Ipob Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Trial Adjourned Till January 19

When asked by the judge, if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu replied in the negative.

Meanwhile, counsel to FG, Mister Mohamed Abubakar, who is the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.

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Ipob Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Trial Adjourned Till January 19

Abubakar told the court that ordinarily, the matter was fixed for hearing of an application that was filed by the defendant.

He argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, his pending application should be deemed abandoned.

In a short ruling, though Justice Nyako expressed his displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers, she declined to dismiss the pending application and rather adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

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Cement prices may rise over Dangote plant shutdown in Kogi – Expert

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Why Zambia Ordered Dangote To Sell Cement For N1, 800

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Reactions have continued to follow the shutdown of Dangote Cement plants in Obajana, Kogi State, following a clash between the company and the state government on Wednesday.

Sunday Esan, the Dangote Group’s general manager of corporate communications, confirmed the incident and called it an invasion.

Kingsley Fanwo, the state’s commissioner for information, claimed that the closure was caused by the company’s inability to provide valid proof of the land acquisition, though.

An economic analyst has demanded a swift resolution to this dispute while outlining the economic implications.

Prof. Segun Ajibola, a former president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and an economic expert, responded to the development by predicting that the closure of the Dangote Cement plants in Kogi State could result in an increase in cement prices nationwide.

  10 Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines, Friday, 4th February 2022

He said, “If supply dip, while demand remains constant, the natural occurrence is for prices to go up.”

He explained that “cement affects virtually everything man does, construction of roads, building, bridges, houses, the shut down has far-reaching economic implications.

“Dangote Cement is part of the Dangote Conglomerate that has been operating for decades in Kogi State. The Dangote I know will not allow this crisis to linger because of its seriousness.”

He urged both parties to quickly resolve the matter for the betterment of Nigeria’s economy.

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Meanwhile, the disruption received knocks from members of the host community in Kogi State.

The spokesman for the Oyo mining host community, David Oluruntoba, disclosed that the action by the Kogi State Government would only spoil the existing good relationship between the company and its host community.

He said, “They called us to join them. But I told them that the company has not offended us. We just signed a Community Development Agreement (CDA) and the company has been helping us and providing us with jobs. What has the government done for us, nothing. There is no basis to support the government.”

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Naija News 247 gathered that cement retails at N3,600 to N4,200 per bag, depending on the brand and location.

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Nigeria at high risk of Ebola – NCDC warns

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BREAKING: Nigeria at high risk of Ebola – NCDC warns

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said that Nigeria is at high risk of Ebola virus disease following the outbreak of the disease in Uganda.

The NCDC, in a release on Tuesday, signed by its Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, stated that it was on high alert, adding that “the likelihood of importation of the disease to Nigeria is high due to the increased air travel between Nigeria and Uganda, especially through Kenya’s Nairobi airport, a regional transport hub, and other neighbouring countries that share a direct border with Uganda.”

  10 Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines, Friday, 4th February 2022

According to the NCDC, the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease was caused by the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus in Uganda as declared on September 20, 2022.

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Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday

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BREAKING: Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will present the N19.76trillion 2023 Appropriation bill before the Senate and the House of Representatives on Friday.

The budget Presentation will take place 10:00am at the temporary chamber of House of Representatives.

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, read the letter on the budget presentation by President Buhari in Plenary on Tuesday.

  10 Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines, Friday, 4th February 2022

Naija News 247 recalls that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had said President Buhari is expected to present the 2023 budget to the National Assembly in October.

Gbajabiamila stated this in September when he addressed newsmen shortly after inspecting hearing rooms 028 and 234 of the House, which was expected to serve as the temporary chamber due to the ongoing renovation of the House complex in Abuja.

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“I am hoping that the budget will be presented latest by the first week of October,” he said.

Details later…

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