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The local government election in Rivers State, scheduled for 16th of June will go ahead as planned, as the All Progressives Congress has failed to secure an order to stop the polls.


Justice Folake Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt declined to grant the interlocutory order sought by the APC on grounds that it was against the Electoral Act.


However; Justice Ogunbanjo reiterated the court’s earlier decision to grant accelerated hearing on the matter.


Our correspondent Victor Ezeama reports that the Peoples Progressive Party, National Unity Party of Nigeria and the All Progressive Grand Alliance have also applied to be joined in the matter.


Addressing newsmen outside the courtroom; Accord Party’s counsel, Osima Gina said the court took a wise decision to have declined to grant the injunction, while Nemi Erema who is standing in for the APC, frowned at the additional parties joining the matter.


Meanwhile; the hearing on the applications of the fresh parties seeking to join the matter has been adjourned to 21st of June.


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The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on six leaders of human trafficking networks operating in Libya.


Four Libyans among those blacklisted by the UN include the head of a regional coastguard unit, while the remaining two are Eritrean nationals.


Details of the sanctions include a global travel ban and assets freeze, which were approved following an internationally-backed Dutch proposal.


The proposal was initially presented on 1st May but held up by Russia, which sought to examine the evidence against the six men.


The sanctions, which are the first to be slammed on traffickers, follow widespread outrage after CNN aired footage showing the auctioning of migrant men as slaves in Libya late last year.


United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said the sanctions send a strong message that the international community was united in seeking accountability for perpetrators of human trafficking and smuggling.


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The International Committee of the Red Cross has pulled out seventy-one of its international staff from Yemen.


The ICRC personnel have been relocated to Djibouti due to security incidents and threats, due to the raging conflict in Yemen.


However; ICRC spokeswoman Marie-Claire Feghali said some four hundred and fifty employees remain in Yemen, including dozens of expatriate staff.


Feghali said the international aid agency is demanding all the warring sides in Yemen’s three-year conflict to provide security guarantees so it can keep running its surgical, water and food assistance programmes.


The Ghanaian government has ordered the dissolution of its national football association.


This followed the filming of the president of the Ghanaian Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, apparently accepting a cash gift of sixty-five thousand dollars from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.


Ghana's Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said the government decided to take immediate steps to address widespread rot in the system, adding that interim measures to govern Ghanaian football would be announced soon.


Nyantakyi, who is Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, has not commented on the allegations.


Similarly; football's world governing body, FIFA is yet to react to the decision to dissolve the Ghanaian FA and the alleged cash gift claims exposed in a documentary by Ghana’s celebrated undercover reporter Anas Aremayaw Anas.


This is because FIFA laws prevent government interference in football administration, and it had previously banned countries that breached the rules.


 If the US-North Korea summit goes well, Kim Jong-Un may get an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House in Washington.


The US President gave this indication after his meeting with Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe to discuss the summit on June 12.


President Trump said it was possible an agreement to end the Korean War could be reached, though he called that the easy part of the negotiations.


That is because the US and its regional allies want North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, which President Trump acknowledged would take longer than one meeting to realise the goal.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to gazette his declaration on June Twelve as Democracy.


Also to be published in the Federal Gazette is the award of the National Honours on the acclaimed winner of the June 12 presidential election in 1993, late Chief M.K.O Abiola; his running-mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; and foremost human rights advocate, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.


The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed in a statement that President Buhari wants the process for the publication of the Executive Order in the official gazette to be completed before Tuesday next week, to enable the award conferment ceremony hold as planned.


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says security threats were delaying federal road construction projects in the Niger Delta.


Amaechi’s observation is based on feedback from some of the contractors handling projects within Niger Delta region.


The Transportations Minister was speaking during an inspection tour of on-going construction sites around Eleme axis of the East-West Road in Rivers State.


He said with cooperation of the people, government will do its best to attract more development across the country.


Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that a notice displayed by the construction company at the site indicates that work on the East-West Road has gulped one hundred and seventy billion naira since February, 2015.


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Leaders of the seven richest countries in the world are meeting today in Canada, and the United States’ hike in steel and aluminium tariffs is top on the agenda.


Observers have predicted a confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump at the summit of the Group of Seven rich nations.


Ahead of the summit; President Trump had taken to twitter to attack Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with Canadian officials responding with signals about disagreements on a lot of things.


However; French President Emmanuel Macron urged leaders attending the summit to be civil, but hinted that the other six members of the G-Seven could form their own grouping without the US if necessary.


On her part; British Prime Minister Theresa May said she wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the U.S. tariffs, stressing that the response must be proportionate and legal.


Meanwhile; the White House has announced that President Trump would be leaving on Saturday, before the summit formally ends, from where he would fly to Singapore for the historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Published in Today's Conversation June 07 2018 0 Tagged under


Rivers state APC chairman Ojukaye Flag – Amachree invites Senator magnus Abe, others for reconciliation.

Do you see an end to the internal crisis rocking the APC?

Twenty-five years after the annulment of the presidential election in 1993, the Federal Government has decided to recognize June 12 as Democracy Day.


In a press statement personally signed by President Buhari, he said the decision was reached after due consultations


The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari reverses the commemoration of Democracy Day on 29th of May, which had been observed over the past eighteen years since the advent of the current democratic dispensation.


President Buhari said his Administration shared the views of Nigerians that June 12th, 1993 was far more symbolic of democracy in Nigeria than May 29th or even October 1st.


The President noted that June 12th was the day when Nigerians in their millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since the country gained independence.


He said the fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military government does not distract from the democratic credentials of the process.


President Muhammadu Buhari further announced the decision by his administration to award posthumously the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on late Chief MKO Abiola, who was presumed to have won the June 12th presidential election in 1993.


President Buhari also said Chief Abiola’s running-mate, Ambassador Baba-Gana Kingibe, will be conferred with the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.


In the same manner; the President further resolved to confer posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on foremost human rights advocate, late Gani Fawahinmi for his role in the fight to actualise the June 12th election.


The Presidential statement further noted that the investiture ceremony for the awardees would take place on Tuesday next week, being June 12th, in commemoration of the historic election twenty-five years ago.

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