Lagos High Court restrains John Ogu’s wife from ‘fleeing’ with their daughter

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has restrained Veronica Chiugo, wife of Super Eagles player, John Ogu, from taking their two-year-old daughter, Ivanna Adaeze Ogu, outside Lagos without his consent.

Justice O. O. Femi-Adeniyi (Mrs) made the order on July 17, following a July 16 ex parte motion Ogu filed through his counsel Olumide Babalola seeking eight reliefs.

Justice Adeniyi also authorised Ogu to, among others, pay a monthly maintenance fee of N50,000 for the upkeep of his wife and Baby Ivanna Ogu.

The judge upheld all the footballer’s prayers, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit, seeking the dissolution of the estranged couple’s marriage.

Culled from the Nation


News Update :Mammoth crowd Atiku’s rally in Adamawa, As He Declare To Run For President , 2019

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar stood before a cheering crowd in his home state of Adamawa on Saturday, announcing he will seek the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for president next February.

Decrying the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months, Atiku said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.

“Today, we are witnessing the most insecure atmosphere,” Mr Abubakar said of the killings largely blamed on herdsmen, bandits and militias, before promising to tackle them headlong if elected. “More people died under APC than people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Mr Abubakar told a crowd chanting “Atiku! Atiku!” shortly after 2:00 p.m. that he would curtail inflation and unemployment rate in the country, saying Mr Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress have displayed a common lack of capacity when it comes to the issues that matter to citizens the most.

“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in history of this country, more than one million of our youth are unemployed,” Mr Abubakar said, adding that the PDP would secure the country, ensure unity and security of life and property.

He also hit Buhari at one of his most vulnerable areas: “Today, we are more divided than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.”

Premium Times reports that the president has been accused of packing key federal offices with people from his region, with critics slamming him as flouting the federal character and affirmative action principles enshrined in federal laws as necessary fabrics for holding an ethnically and religiously diverse entity like NIgeria together.

Buhari has often pushed back against the claims, saying instead that his appointments have been balanced where they are not skewed towards the south.

Abubakar is only one of several top political players eyeing the PDP ticket, having other top contenders like Sule Lamido and Ahmed Makarfi. Recently, political analysts expect the race to get even more fluid when the likes of Musa Kwankwaso, Aminu Tam

buwal and other elements of the Reformed APC make their expected formal return to the leading opposition entity.

Atiku’s stature as a former vice-president with vast political and financial muscle made him a top favourite for the ticket.


Dr Alex Otti, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ) in the 2015 general elections in Abia on Friday declared his interest to run again in 2019(Views pictures below)

Alex Otti, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ) in the 2015 general elections in Abia on Friday declared his interest to run again in 201.

Otti, a former banker and renowned financial expert, told a mammoth crowd of his supporters at  the Ngwa High School, Aba, venue of the formal declaration, that he would seek election as governor in order to restore Abia to the path of growth and socio-economic development.

Alex Otti “I have decided to contest again for the governor of the state because the Pharoahs of Abia must be forced to let Abians go free.”

Otti debunked the rumour that APGA had two factions, saying that it was sponsored by the enemies of Abia and APGA.

He gave a detailed narration of how the mandate given to him in 2015, was allegedly stolen but warned that such daylight robbery would never happen again.

He appealed to the electorate, especially the youths, to rise to the challenge and defend their vote in 2019.

“You all should rise to defend your vote. This is a collective responsibility. When you do your bit and we do our own bit, it will be impossible for anyone to rig the election.” Otti said that the outcome of the election in Ekiti last Saturday showed that it had become difficult for anybody to rig elections in Nigeria again.

According to him, “the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has improved on the electoral process and has made it difficult for anybody to rig elections again.” He decried the inability of the Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration to address the infrastructure deficit in the state and ensure regular payment of pensions and salaries.

In his speech, the former National Chairman of APGA, Sen. Victor Umeh, said that it was obvious that Abia people gave their mandate to Otti and APGA in 2015. Umeh alleged that the mandate was stolen but assured the electorate that the 2015 experience  would not happen again.

He said that APGA was strategic for Ndigbo because it was the only party that would bring enduring development to the area. “Igbo land must be made better through the placement of respected and upright men and women in positions of political leadership in the zone.”

He urged the Abia electorate to be vigilant in 2019 “so that you do not allow the electoral robbery of 2015 to repeat itself.”

The Deputy Governor of Anambra state, Dr. Nkem Okezie, who represented Gov. Willie Obiano at the rally, thanked the Abia people for their relentless support to Otti and APGA. Okeke promised that the people and government of Anambra would rally support for the party in Abia in order to ensure its victory at the polls in 2019.

The state Chairman of the party, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, said that the party would leave no stone unturned in 2019 “to reclaim its stolen mandate.”

He said that the party would put an end to godfatherism in Abia as it did in Anambra. “This is to ensure that the state moved forward like its sister-states in the South East.


Breaking News : Jos Main Market Erased By Fire At Midnight


Traders at Jos main market on Saturday counted their losses after a midnight fire gutted the market.

Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf, the chairman of Traders Association in Plateau, told newsmen in Jos that over 270 shops with properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

“We have one trader in this market that lost goods worth over N20 million. “So, it’s a huge loss and it’s quite devastating, ” he lamented.

Yusuf called on government to come to the aid of the traders, to enable them bounce back to business. The market which was in 2001 razed by fire, now has petty traders with make-shift shops as occupants.

Mr Adie Undie, the Plateau Police Commissioner, told newsmen that the fire started around 1:30a.m, and the cause was yet to be ascertained.

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“This incident happened around 1:30.a.m and our men and that of the Department of Fire Service responded promptly. “The nature of the market really hindered the men of the fire service from accessing it with ease, but they did their best. “My officers were able to cordon the arena and ensure hoodlums didn’t take undue advantage of the situation to loot, ” he said.

The commissioner said he would liaise with relevant authorities to unravel the cause of the fire. He said his men would remain at the scene to ensure miscreants do not take undue advantage to loot.

Mr Philip Nyam, the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) Chairman of Jos North Local Government Area, described the incident as unfortunate. He commiserated with the affected traders and promised government support.


Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the winner of the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary said that he has accepted to be party’s flag bearer for Sept. 22 election

Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the winner of the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary said that he has accepted to be party’s flag bearer for Sept. 22 election.

Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola Oyetola, while reading his acceptance to newsmen at about 11:30 pm , shortly after he was declared winner of the primary on Friday, said that he was humbled by the victory.

” With deep humility and a sense of duty I accept your verdict that I should carry forward the torch of our party in the next elections. ” I assure you that your choice will not be wasted. ” You have settled for a man steady in his ways, firm in his convictions about the purpose of government, which is to promote the welfare of the people, protect their rights and provide good governance”.

Oyetola, who is Gov. Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff, called on his co-contestants to join him in the task of winning the governorship election.

“We have only won the battle. The war lies ahead of us. Our opponents from other parties increase their arsenal to fight with us. “But we are ready. We are tested. Like the broom sweeping away the rot, we are set and ready. “The 60 days plus ahead will not be easy but I am confident in our ability to protect what we have”, he said.

Oyetola thanked all the party’s member for ensuring his victory, adding that his emergence as the party’s flag bearer was made possible by them. He also thanked Gov. Aregbesola , saying he would work assiduously to ensure continuity and consolidation of his efforts.

Oyetola, added that the success of the direct primaries in Osun had placed the party on a path of democratic rejuvenation and a rebirth of membership faith in the party.

Newsmen report that Oyetola scored 127,017 votes during the governorship primary to defeat 17 other contestants. Mr Lasun Yussuff, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives came second with 21, 975 votes. Sen. Movie Omo-Agege , who represented. Gov.

Gov. Abdul’azi Yari of Zamfara who is the Chairman of election panel announced the results at the party’s secretariat. NAN

Ambassador rejects Trump’s justification for tariffs on Canada

Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton says citing national security to justify tariffs is problematic.

(Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press) Donald Trump is a difficult man to predict, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. was in New Brunswick to brief the premiers on relations between the two countries.


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He joins The House to talk about trade, Trump and Canada’s role in all of it. 8:13 Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says President Donald Trump’s repeated citing of national security to justify tariffs on Canada is wrong.

David MacNaughton told The House he’s made Canada’s position on that matter clear: if Trump continues to use Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act to trigger investigations, it will be perceived as crying wolf.

“I can’t imagine how you could use national security as a guise for imposing illegal tariffs on another country,” he said Thursday.

Trump has used that justification several times over the course of imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. He has also floated the notion of imposing duties on cars, and on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a Section 232 investigation into imports of uranium. Canada is the second-largest producer of uranium in the world and a major supplier to the U.S. market. While MacNaughton conceded there are legitimate security threats from foes of the U.S., he said Canada “doesn’t fit in that category.” The national security investigations and tariffs come as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are working toward a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Talks have snagged on a few key issues, such as rules for the auto sector and a sunset clause that would see the deal expire after a set period of time. Canada has said from the start that an expiry date is a non-starter, but MacNaughton said negotiators have been open to a review mechanism. Multilateralism has proved to be a difficult subject for Trump, as he’s pushed for bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico instead of a three-way deal. That mentality doesn’t seem to be going away. It comes as the U.S. Department of Commerce holds a public hearing on whether imported cars are what Trump claims they are: a national security threat. 2:26 “I think the president has been pretty consistent in his distaste for multilateral deals,” MacNaughton said. In line with the messaging from other Canadian officials, he added that a lot of progress has been made on the negotiations. However, he acknowledged there are still a lot of “contentious issues” and if a middle ground isn’t found on the auto sector demands, it could be catastrophic. MacNaughton spoke to The House before briefing premiers and territorial leaders on Canada-U.S. relations at their annual Council of the Federation meeting in New Brunswick Thursday morning

As relations between Canada and its largest trading partner break down, MacNaughton said the premiers have played an important role in protecting the country’s interests. Even though there are disagreements between the provinces, he said the premiers seem firmly committed to a Canada-first approach. “There are going to be areas where we have differences of opinion, but on this one the unity has been terrific,” he said. Donald Trump is a difficult man to predict, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. was in New Brunswick to brief the premiers on relations between the two countries. He joins The House to talk about trade, Trump and Canada’s role in all of it. 8:13

Culled from CBA. CA news