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Nigerian Newspapers (Friday, 17th May, 2019 Edition)

Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Friday morning????. Enjoy!

1. The outgoing governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has revealed that the state for the past 7 years under his administration invested about N61billion in education.

N46billion was spent on all state-owned tertiary institutions, while N15billion was committed to public secondary schools.

Aside from the three model schools, renovation of many blocks of classrooms in over 100 secondary schools across the state was recently carried out.

“We have spent close to N46bn on the funding of state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years. If you divide it by seven, it means we have spent close to N7bn every year on education.

“This administration has succeeded in repositioning all tertiary institutions owned by the state, setting them on the path of financial prudence for sustainable management and development,” the governor revealed while inaugurating the Oba Akinbiyi Model School at Mokola, Ibadan.

2. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, has condemned state governors who interfere in the activities of lawmakers and judiciary in their respective states.

Dogara noted that the independence of the legislature and judiciary was the reason for the separation of powers enshrined in Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the 1999 Constitution.

“A situation where one branch controls the finances of the other branches is manifestly subversive of the separation of powers doctrine and patently unconstitutional. Each branch of government should hire and fire its personnel, procure the goods and services necessary for its effective functioning without interference from any other branch. This is important in preserving and safeguarding our constitutional democracy and freedom.

“Lack of autonomy of these key institutions at the state levels has been the bane of our democracy. It is the main reason why there are no effective checks on governors, most of who run the states like fiefdoms,” Dogara said while speaking at a conference on the autonomy of state legislature in Abuja.

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3. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has made clarification on the N100billion it demanded from the Federal Government.

Report had few weeks ago circulated social media alleging that the group demanded N100billion for amnesty over attacks on villagers and farmers.

“That is a mischievous statement. Do they pay money like that? Have they ever paid any money like that? That N100bn has been on the table for mini-ranches since 2014 when (former) President Goodluck Jonathan was trying to address the lingering crisis between farmers and herders,” the group said.

The apex Fulani group however admitted that it actually demanded the said amount, but for the construction of ranches and not to pay alleged violent herdsmen. Read More

4.         A Court of Appeal in Calabar, Cross River State, has sentenced an ex employee of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Godwin Elewana, to death by hanging for killing the lover of his daughter.

Justice Ukpa Ebitam of the Federal High Court in Calabar had sentenced Mr. Elewana who shot his 22 year old daughter’s boyfriend, Douglas Ojugbo, to death.

He appealed the ruling, but Justice Y. Ninpar of the Appeal Court however ruled that; “the court, having gone through all the evidence and addresses by counsels for both parties, finds the judgement of the lower court credible and therefore valid before the law.”

5. A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit seeking for the sack of Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, former Minority Leader, Godwill Akpabio, and 52 other lawmakers who defected from their parties to opposition parties.

Justice Okon Abang in his ruling said that the petitioner lack the legal right to institute the suit against the lawmakers.

The judge noted that the plaintiff, not being the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the political parties from which the lawmakers defected, a member of the constituencies of the lawmakers, it lacked the legal right to petition them.

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