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FG declares June 12 public holiday, scraps May 29

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday as public holiday to commemorate the maiden National Democracy

This follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the Public Holiday Amendment bill.

The Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, briefed State House correspondents after the signing.

The new law, according to him, now allows public holiday to be declared on June 12 every year, while “May 29th will no longer be public holiday.”

“May 29th will only be handing over date and working day.”

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, in a statement on Monday by the ministry’s spokesman, Mohammed Manga had formally declared June 12 a public holiday.

Mrs Ehuriah, in the statement, congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.

The Permanent Secretary called on Nigerians to continue to cherish the sacrifice made by heroes of democracy, particularly those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualisation of democratic governance in the country.

She also asked for collaboration and cooperation of all Nigerians with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve unity, peace and socio-economic development

SEC orders Oando to suspend AGM

The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that it had directed Oando Plc to suspend its Annual General Meeting slated for Tuesday (tomorrow).

The apex capital market regulator made the announcement in a statement.

The statement read, “The Securities and Exchange Commission hereby notifies the public that further to the ex-parte order of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos in Suit No: FHC/L/CS/910/19 IN Mr Jubril Adewale Tinubu & Anor V Securities & Exchange Commision & Anor, the Annual General Meeting of Oando Plc (a company listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges) scheduled to hold…on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. has been suspended till further notice.

“Accordingly, the commission has directed the suspension of the Annual General Meeting of Oando Plc to allow the parties to maintain status quo.”

The commission said it would update relevant stakeholders and the public on the outcome of the ongoing litigation.

On May 31, SEC ordered Oando’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Wale Tinubu, and other affected board members to resign. But the company immediately replied, saying the alleged infractions and penalties were unsubstantiated, ultra vires, invalid and calculated to prejudice the business of the company.

The oil firm said it had not been given the opportunity to see, review and respond to the forensic audit report and so was unable to ascertain what findings (if any) were made in relation to the alleged infractions and defend itself accordingly before SEC.

SEC announced on June 2 that it had set up an interim management team to oversee the affairs of the company and conduct an extraordinary general meeting on or before July 1, 2019 to appoint new directors who would subsequently select a management team for the company.

However, the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos granted an interim injunction on June 3 following an application by Oando’s GCEO and his deputy, restraining SEC from executing the sanctions.

Lagos appeal court judge replaces Bulkachuwa on presidential tribunal

Mohammed Garba has replaced Zainab Bulkachuwa on the presidential election petition tribunal panel.

Garba, who is the presiding justice of the Lagos division of the court of appeal, made an appearance on the five-man panel for the first time on Monday.

In his welcome address, Garba called for the cooperation of all the parties involved.

He promised to do everything to expeditiously hear the petitions in line with the laid down laws.

Bulkachuwa had withdrawn from the panel in May following an allegation of pre-conceived bias levelled against her by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I have allowed the ruling on the application urging me to recuse my membership of the tribunal to test the position of the law,” she had said.

“Now that the application has been dismissed on account of incompetence, I hereby announce my withdrawal from the panel.

“The remaining four members of the panel would remain while step would be taken to appoint my replacement.’’

The major opposition party had said she would likely be biased while handling the tribunal’s proceedings since she is married to a senator-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, are before the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the presidential election.

JAMB releases 15,490 withheld results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it has released the withheld results of 15,490 candidates, who participated at its April 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board made the disclosure in a statement signed by the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Lagos State.

It said that the results released on Saturday were part of the 34,120 it withheld while announcing the release of the results on May 11.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a total of 1,886,508 candidates registered for the examination, including candidates in foreign centres.

Out of this figure, the results of only 1,792,719 candidates were released on May 11.

“JAMB had during the release of the 2019 UTME results on Saturday, May 11, stressed that it would further probe the identity and involvement of some candidates who were suspected of being involved in one examination infraction or the other.

“As a result of this, the board has further cleared and released the results of 15,490 candidates in this category.

“This release follows the expert review of the cases in this category of candidates who were requested to upload certain credentials for scrutiny.

“At the conclusion of the review, these candidates were further classified into five groups,” it said.

It said that the first group were candidates who were sufficiently innocent.

The second was that of candidates with inconclusive evidence of culpability and were given the benefit of the doubt because of the board’s guiding principles, that it was better to let go many criminals than to punish one innocent person.

NAN reports that the board recently released results of candidates earlier cleared of wrongdoings and also conducted fresh examinations in two centres, Abuja and Otuoke in Bayelsa, where it was convinced of a genuine need to examine 490 candidates who had missed the April examination due to communication lapses.

The board said in the statement that candidates whose uploaded evidence necessitated further interrogations had been notified and invited through telephone calls, UTME profiles, SMS and emails to designated centres for further clarification on the evidence against them.

“It is in their interest to attend or such evidence will be taken as conclusive.

“There are also those whose culpability has been firmly established, necessitating cancellation of their results.

According to the board, results of additional 321 candidates have been conclusively cancelled and the affected persons notified.

It said that the other categories of candidates were those who did not heed to advice to upload evidence of their identities vis-a-vis the other impersonators, adding that there was clear evidence of their culpability.

It said that their results had been cancelled.

The board said that four additional centres were discovered to have been involved in examination fraud and had been de-listed by the board.

“The board has endured the pains of this tedious exercise in order to sanitise its processes and ensure that only genuine candidates are enrolled in the country’s tertiary education system.

(NAN)

Army confirms killing 9 key Boko Haram social media ‘personalities’

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it killed nine ”social media personalities” of  the Islamic State for West African Province(ISWAP)

Col. Sagir Musa, Army Director Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement, said the annihilation of members of the Boko Haram media team further confirmed that the Nigerian Army has decimated the group and they no longer have freedom of action.

He gave the names as: ”Abu Hurayra al-Barnawi, Ali al-Ghalam al-Kajiri, Abu Musab Muhammed Mustafa al-Maiduguri, Abu Abdullah Ali al-Barnawi, and Abu Musa al-Camerooni.
”Others are Ahmed al-Muhajir, Abu Ali al-Bamawi, Abu Khubayb bin Ahmed al-Barnawi, Abu al-Qa’qa’ al-Maiduguri.
“The terrorist group is known for its online media propaganda and quest to maintain a virtual caliphate,”he said.
NAN reports that Boko Haram launched using the media in 2009, starting with a very traditional media approach through propaganda films, many of them aimed at recruiting new fighters from Nigeria and neighbouring countries including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
NAN reports that from 2014, their p0strategy changed into more use of social media platforms, videos, and creating multiple accounts like Facebook and Twitter platforms, mostly as a way to communicate with individuals.