Today’s Headlines: Why we can’t arrest Tinubu-NDLEA, US President Joe Biden shades Trump

Why we can’t arrest, prosecute Tinubu, says NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has filed a preliminary objection to a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and a chieftain of the opposition party, Senator Dino Melaye, seeking an order of mandamus to compel the anti-narcotics agency to arrest and prosecute the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over alleged forfeiture of some funds in his bank accounts over two decades ago in the United States.

In its notice of preliminary objection signed and filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday by its Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Nbona Sunday, NDLEA submitted that the application by the PDP, which is the 1st applicant, with Melaye as 2nd, is incompetent, adding that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain it and, as such, should be struck out.

Listing its grounds for the objection, the NDLEA said both PDP and Dino Melaye “do not have a locus standi, they do not possess an interest peculiar to them and above the interests of all other Nigerians, adding that the investigation and prosecution of Tinubu were targeted at removing him as a bona-fide candidate in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

Biden shades Trump, Fox , other media outlets

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U.S President Joe Biden slammed news outlets for using “lies told for profit and power” to incite hatred, while making pointed jokes about Fox .

He also subtly shaded former President, Donald Trump, referring to his ongoing court cases.

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Speaking at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night, Biden referenced “truth buried by lies,” an apparent reference to false conspiracy theories that his 2020 election victory was the result of massive voter fraud.

“Lies told for profit and power. Lies of conspiracy and malice repeated over and over again designed to generate a cycle of anger and hate and even violence,” Biden said.

That cycle, Biden added, has emboldened local jurisdictions to ban books, and “the rule of law and our rights and freedoms to be stripped away.”

Asari Dokubo Makes Case For Southeast

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Niger Delta freedom fighter and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, has given reasons the Senate President position in the 10th National Assembly should not be zoned to the South-south region.

According to him, “the South-south will have a lot of ministerial positions they will take and the biggest is the oil ministry. The reason the Senate Presidency shouldn’t be given to the region”.

He, therefore, asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to consider the Southeast region for the Senate President in its zoning formula for principal officers in the 10th Senate.

Asari Dokubo said that it would be politically correct to zone the Senate President’s seat to the Southeast as it would mend wounds, and ensure togetherness, thereby creating unity in the polity.

Asari in a live video feed on his Facebook cautioned that “Tinubu might be trapped if the Southeast is not recognised.”

In the video, Asari Dokubo said: “But for me, Mr. President, and my senior brother, give the Senate President to the Southeast. All of this country must come together as we mend the wounds.”

Sudan: FG Gives Update On Evacuation

The Federal Government has said the Nigeria Air Force (NAF C-130H) plane and Air Pace plane have been cleared to fly Egyptian airspace for the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Sudan.

The government confirmed this in a joint press statement issued to newsmen by the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Janet Olisa, and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Sani Gwarzo in Abuja.

“Arrangements have been concluded to airlift all Nigerians that have already escaped on their own to safety in countries neighbouring Sudan.”

“However, forty buses have been secured in Sudan to convey the students and other Nigerians from Khartoum to Aswan border in Egypt which is one of the identified safe reception borders, as at time of this statement, first batch of buses had already departed Khartoum,” the statement said.

The federal government, however, said the initial hitches during transportation of stranded Nigerian students from Khartoum where bus drivers stopped and dropped the students over non-payment transport fees had been resolved.

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