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Judge’s absence stalls Mbah’s suit against NYSC



Dr Peter Mbah, Enugu Governor-Elect
The absence of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday stalled the hearing of a suit filed by Governor-elect Peter Mbah against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Mr Mbah had sued the NYSC and its director of corps certification, Ibrahim Muhammad, for publishing a disclaimer denying the issuance of a discharge certificate issued to him on January 6, 2003.

Mr Ekwo had, on May 15, restrained the NYSC, Mr Muhammad and any of their agents from engaging in such publication pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.

The order followed an ex parte motion moved by Mr Mbah’s counsel, Emeka Ozoani.

The judge, however, did not grant prayer two of the motion on the ground that it was said to be far-reaching. He said the second prayer was an issue to be adjudicated upon in the substantive suit.

Instead, Mr Ekwo ordered that the defendants be put on notice.

The judge, who directed the plaintiff to serve the defendants with court processes within two days of the order, fixed Monday for a hearing, but the court did not sit, and the matter, number 14 on the cause list, was adjourned until May 31 for a hearing of the motion on notice.

Mr Ozoani had brought the motion under section 13(1) & (2) of the FHC Act Cap F12, Vol. 6, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Order 26 Rule 6(1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019.

The motion ex parte was predicated on 10 grounds.

Mr Mbah said he was called up for NYSC and was deployed initially to Nigerian Ports Authority in Apapa for his primary assignment but was rejected by NPA.

“The plaintiff, in the course of his service year and after six months of NYSC, applied and was granted approval to defer the NYSC in order to enable him to complete the bar final exam,” said his lawyer. “Thereafter, the plaintiff was remobilised to finish the NYSC programme, which he did complete.”

Mr Mbah further averred that upon completion of the NYSC, he was issued the certificate of National Service No. A.808297, dated January 6, 2003.

The NYSC had, on February 1, written a letter signed by Mr Muhammad, saying it did not issue a discharge certificate to Mr Mbah.

Mr Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner of the Enugu governorship election held on March 18 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Subsidy: NLC to begin nationwide strike Wednesday



NLC Members

The Nigeria Labour Congress will embark on a nationwide strike on Wednesday next week.

The congress said the strike action would be implemented if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited fails to reverse the new pump price for the Premium Motor Spirit.

The NLC took the decision at the end of the emergency National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on Friday.

The President, Bola Tinubu, during his inaugural speech on Monday, May 29, 2023, announced the removal of fuel subsidy. “Subsidy is gone,” Tinubu had said.

Though the President’s image makers in statements issued by the state house insisted that the new president was misquoted by some sections of the media.

Tinubu’s declaration led to an increase in panic buying with some filling stations across the country pegging the pump price of petrol to as high as N600 per litre.

On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the NNPCL announced new pump prices according to states.

Some representatives of the government also met with the officials of the NLC, a meeting which ended in a deadlock.

However at the end of its NEC meeting on Friday, the national president of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, while briefing journalists said, “The NLC NEC directs all state councils and industrial unions to commence mobilisation from this moment.”

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Tinubu appoints Akume SGF, Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff




President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

He also approved the appointments of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff and former Deputy Governor of Jigawa, Ibrahim Hadejia, as Deputy Chief of Staff.The new appointments were contained in a statement on Friday by State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Friday in Abuja announced the appointment of Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff, and Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, as Deputy Chief of Staff

“In a meeting with Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), the President also named former Governor of Benue State and immediate past Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),” the statement reads.

Before the appointments were made public, the new Chief of Staff to the President, Gbajabiamila was seen being shown round the Chief of Staff wing of the State House by some officials of the State House.

Prior to the announcement of the three new appointments, Ambassador Victor Adelek had been appointed the State Chief of Protocol (SCoP) and has since assumed office.

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Fuel price hike: Adamawa lawmaker drops car, picks Bicycle in protest



Hon. Haruna Jilantikiri riding Bicycle to his office

Chief Whip of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Haruna Jilantikiri, has opted for bicycle in protest of the recent fuel price hike.

The lawmaker, who represents Madagali constituency at the state Assembly, said he decided to dump his car and use bicycle for his daily activities.

Petrol price almost tripled after President Bola Tinubu declared that the subsidy regime had ended.

Hon. Jilantikiri who spoke to newsmen while riding his bicycle, on Thursday, lamented about the current petrol price.

He said he does not think that citizens can afford to drive cars considering the current economic situation .

“We are supposed to park our cars and use bicycles to identify with our electorate because I don’t think they can afford to drive or ride on their motorcycles any longer,” Hon. Jilantikiri, lamented.

The Chief whip appealed to the Federal Government to urgently look into the matter so as to ameliorate the suffering of the masses

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