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Supreme Court to deliver final verdict in Atiku, Obi’s petitions Oct 26

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The Supreme Court has scheduled Thursday, October 26, as the date for delivering the conclusive rulings on the two remaining legal challenges regarding the legitimacy of President Bola Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the recent presidential election. These challenges were brought forth by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Gregory Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP). Dr. Awemeri Festus Akande, the Director of Press and Information for the Supreme Court, has officially confirmed this development as of Wednesday.

Dr. Akande has also assured that extensive security measures have been implemented to prevent any security breaches, both within and outside the court premises.

Earlier in the week, a seven-member panel of Justices led by Justice John Inyang Okoro heard the final arguments presented by lawyers representing the involved parties in the petitions. Subsequently, the Justices reserved their judgments.

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We will not tolerate breach of contractual agreement – Gov Namadi warns contractors

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Jigawa State governor, Malam Umar Namadi has said his administration would not tolerate or accept any breach of contractual agreement.

The Governor stated this while inspecting some ongoing projects across the state.

The inspected projects were mostly rehabilitation and reconstruction of the roads and bridges damaged by flooding in the last two years.

Speaking to various contractors, Governor Namadi expressed satisfaction on the quality of the projects and urged them to speed up the work for a timely completion.

According to him, “we are ready to continue patronizing any company that demonstrates seriousness and sincerely in handling his work.

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“We will not delay your payment as soon as you complete the work and at the same time we will not tolerate or accept any breach of contractual agreement.”

He noted that the state government had taken measures towards reconstruction of facilities damaged by flood last year.

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Major General Duru still alive – Police

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The Imo State Police Command has disassociated itself from the confessions made by three suspects arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and killing of Retired Major General Richard Duru. Major General Duru was kidnapped on September 27, 2023, near Bishops Court, Area 7 Orji/Uratta Owerri, and his black Mercedes Benz G.L. 450 car with registration number LND 826 NG was stolen by the suspected kidnapping syndicate.

In a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, the police refuted the suspects’ claims, asserting that the Army chief is still alive and that efforts are ongoing to rescue him and apprehend the kidnappers. Okoye noted that a special unit, established by Police Commissioner CP Aboki Danjuma, is still investigating the incident and has made significant progress based on the suspects’ confessions and technical intelligence.

The statement reads: “Following the Command’s press briefing on May 16, 2024, regarding the kidnapping case of Retired Major General Richard Duru, in which the three arrested suspects confessed to being members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN), and claimed involvement in the kidnapping and alleged murder of the Retired General, the Command has yet to confirm these allegations definitively.

“However, the high-powered investigation team, inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, psc (+), on the day the incident was reported, continues its investigation and has made considerable progress based on the suspects’ confessions and technical intelligence.

“Meanwhile, the Command urges Imo residents and the general public, especially the victim’s family, to remain hopeful and to disregard the suspects’ confessions made during the press briefing, as the investigation is ongoing. All security agencies are working together to rescue the victim unharmed, arrest the perpetrators, identify them, and ensure they face justice. Adequate security measures have been put in place to prevent future incidents.

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“Finally, the Command calls on the public to assist the police with credible information and to report any suspicious activities or persons in their community to the nearest police station or any security agency. The Command’s emergency control numbers are 08034773600 or 08098880197.”

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Germany, Nigeria trade relations hits €3bn – Envoy

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The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Annett Gunther, stated that trade relations between Nigeria and Germany currently amount to approximately three billion euros. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, Gunther highlighted the growth of trade relations, noting an increase from two billion euros in 2022 to the present three billion euros, with the balance of trade favoring Nigeria due to crude oil exports.

Gunther emphasized the potential for further improvement in trade relations, particularly in the agricultural sector. She remarked, “Agriculture is a very promising area for cooperation. It not only supports food security in Nigeria but also enhances the export of processed products. This shift from exporting raw products to creating value within the country will help generate more jobs.”

She mentioned that as part of development cooperation, there is an agricultural program focusing on value chains that support small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector.

Gunther noted that several German delegations have participated in trade fairs in Lagos, including the agri-food festival, where German companies had one of the largest pavilions. She explained that the German Chamber of Trade and Commerce in Lagos represents German companies operating in Nigeria. Currently, around 90 German companies have representative offices in Nigeria, engaging in both trading and production activities.

She cited Nivea as an example of a German company with a significant production facility in Nigeria. Nivea’s lotions and creams produced in Lagos maintain the same quality and standards as those produced in Germany, using imported raw materials like oils and fragrances.

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Gunther praised the economic reforms initiated by President Bola Tinubu, stating, “For a production facility, you need investment, particularly foreign direct investment, which is essential for boosting the economy. The new administration has made significant economic reforms, improving the investment climate, although challenges like the forex issue remain. The environment must be conducive to attract further investments.”

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