Today's Headlines: Atiku Suffers Setback In Us Court, Why I Went to DSS – Ogun SSG

Atiku suffers setback in US court

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has suffered a legal blow in the United States where he had gone to seek information in his struggle for the seat of power.

Source: The Nation papers

His bid to subpoena the Chicago State University, United States ahead of the judgment of the Presidential Election Tribunal was rejected by a Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County, United States. The court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the PDP candidate to get access to President Bola Tinubu’s confidential educational records at Chicago State University.

Atiku had filed the suit without due process. But sensing defeat, he quickly withdrew the case. According to the Circuit Court papers, Justice Patrick J. Heneghan dismissed the case without prejudice. In the judgment of July 31, 2023, the judge held that the “petitioner’s subpoena, in this case, is withdrawn, and thus Chicago State University will not be deposed under the subpoena in this case.”

Why I went to DSS – Ogun SSG

The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, has clarified that he submitted a petition to the Department of State Services to request an investigation into the allegations against him by faceless people.

Source: Punch papers

Tokunbo, in a statement signed by the Information Officer, Office of Secretary to Ogun State Government, Adegoke Oyebade, on Saturday described as spurious the allegation that he was grilled by the DSS over the printing of electoral ballot papers and embezzlement of COVID-19 funds. “The allegations that the company was contracted to print ballots papers by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as money laundering and in the process linked the SSG to the frivolous allegations, are barbaric and spurious.

“The company in the said statement also frowned at being tagged as a conduit for money laundering, siphoning COVID-19 funds, saying such allegations are handiworks of mischief makers and traducers who were hell-bent tarnishing the reputation of the company before its numerous customers and that of its former Director. “It was against this backdrop that Mr. Talabi petitioned the DSS and subsequently visited the service to defend his petition and provide more clarification. 

Tinubu In Dilemma As Senate Shoots Down Request To Invade Niger

As the deadline handed to the military junta in the Republic of Niger to return power to the democratically elected government ends today, the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is at a crossroads.

Source: Leadership

The Nigerian leader has reached an important but uncertain stage where he must either proceed with a military onslaught to quell the coup d’etat in Niger or heed calls from his home country to adopt a diplomatic and political approach instead. Nigerians, including the federal legislature, state governors, and opposition parties, have insisted that Tinubu should jettison the idea of going to war with coupists in Niger.

The Nigerian Senate yesterday rejected the option of military operations in the Niger Republic, calling on the ECOWAS parliament and other leaders to condemn the coup. According to the Red Chamber, the Niger political impasse should be addressed politically rather than deploying military action. Tinubu had written to the Senate on Friday, seeking the implementation of the Resolutions of ECOWAS on the political situation in the Niger Republic.

‘UK’s £38m Aid Making Impact In Nigeria’s North East

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, has said that over £38 million of UK humanitarian assistance has saved the lives of vulnerable, conflict-affected people in North-East Nigeria – including women and girls.

Source: Leadership

The Foreign Secretary made these remarks whilst visiting the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Abuja, where he viewed a UNHAS plane and met a UNHAS pilot and other UNHAS staff, a statement issued by the British High Commission in Abuja said. The UN estimates that over 8 million people in North-East Nigeria urgently require life-saving humanitarian assistance due to protracted conflict and crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region.

Earlier this year, the UN launched a special humanitarian appeal to prevent famine and provide life-saving assistance in North-East Nigeria over the critical ‘lean season’ months (June-August 2023). Also, the Nigerian Government recently declared a ‘state of emergency’ on food insecurity across the country. The UK’s humanitarian assistance has been directly responding to these urgent calls for action, in partnership with the Nigerian people and Government.

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