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BREAKING: Godwin Emefiele Set To Be Freed As Judge Decides

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BREAKING: Godwin Emefiele Set To Be Freed As Judge Decides

Godwin Emefiele is set to be released as the presiding Judge has decided the case against him.

News ToGo reports that Emefiele arrived the court earlier today. Operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, dragged him to the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State.

The presiding Judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, ruled on Tuesday that the charges against Emefiele are bailable. The court then granted bail to the embattled Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the sum of N20 million. The bail came with one surety.

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Emefiele was arraigned on two counts of illegal possession of a single-barrel shotgun and 123 rounds of live ammunition. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele some days after taking over power at the federal level. Many people had expected that Tinubu would do so due to the unpopular policies Emefiele introduced, including naira redesign policy, which also affected the President during the campaign and elections periods.

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While he has not been sacked, the President appointed another Governor to take over in acting capacity. Many Nigerians are eagerly waiting to see how the case against Emefiele will end. Meanwhile, many people are angry with the controversial policies he implemented which brought hardship to many Nigerian masses.

The counsel to the DSS has not reacted to this development. According to the provisions of the law, the plaintiff can challenge a court’s decision by appealing it.

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A Major Edo Gov’ship Contender Quits Race

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A Major Edo Gov'ship Contender Quits Race

A prominent contender in Edo State, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, has opted out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

News ToGo reports that he promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, whom he hailed as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a retired federal Permanent Secretary from Edo North Senatorial District, made his withdrawal from the race official on Saturday morning.

In his statement, Umakhihe expressed gratitude to his supporters and declared, “Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

With the withdrawals of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Chief Lucky Imasuen, nine out of the 12 cleared aspirants remain in the race.

The governorship direct primary election is currently underway across Edo State, with collation slated for Benin later today.

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

The caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter, Chief Tony Okocha, has called upon Governor Siminalaye Fubara to halt the governance of the state in the absence of a budget.

News ToGo reports that Okocha further urged the governor to uphold the peace agreement initiated by President Bola Tinubu by resubmitting the state budget to the State House of Assembly.

In condemning the governor’s actions as gross financial misconduct, the APC leader accused Fubara of disregarding an agreement made with the president to resubmit the budget to the entire assembly for the sake of peace in the state. Okocha made these remarks on Thursday, February 15, during an event in Abuja focusing on the necessity of revisiting the president’s intervention for progress in Rivers State.

Expressing his dismay at the governor’s defiance of state laws by sidelining the state house of assembly, Okocha lamented the assembly’s overriding of the governor’s decisions on four significant bills. He emphasized, “Running Rivers State without a budget amounts to gross financial misconduct.”

Furthermore, Okocha advised the governor to ignore the influence of mediocre individuals and fifth columnists whose motives are solely financial gain. He concluded by warning that the state is on the brink of chaos if the governor fails to adhere to the agreements made, asserting that such actions disrespect the president and the law.

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