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IGP loses suit seeking to stop Senate’s invitation

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, struck out a suit by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, seeking to stop the Senate from inviting him for a legislative hearing.

Delivering judgment in the suit which Idris filed after two successive invitations by the Senate, Justice John Tsoho ruled that the IG’s excuse for not honouring the Senate’s invitation was not tenable.

Ruling that the suit amounted to an abuse of court process, the judge said he agreed with the Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who were the two defendants, that the suit was only aimed at preventing the Senate from carrying out its legitimate and constitutional responsibility.

Meanwhile, the judge also withdrew from the IG’s second suit in which he sought an order quashing the May 9, 2018 resolution of the Senate declaring him “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria”.

The judge sent the case file back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, re-assignment to another judge.

The Senate had in a letter dated April 25, 2018, invited the IG to appear before it in relation to the purported inhuman treatment of the Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, and the killings in many parts of the country, including Benue, Plateau and Kwara States.

The IGP, on April 26, refused to appear before the Senate but delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) and Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, to represent him at the Senate.

But the Senate refused to grant an audience to the two representatives, insisting that the IG must personally appear for the legislative hearing.

The upper legislative chamber then rescheduled the meeting for May 2 and again directed that the IGP must honour its invitation in person.

But the IGP, through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), filed his suit on April 30, 2018, challenging the Senate’s insistence on his personal appearance, which he argued was unnecessary because the issues for which he was invited were not personal.

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Sowore: Reps order immediate investigation of DSS’ court invasion

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, called for an investigation into the invasion of an Abuja Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The lower legislative chamber directed its relevant committees to probe the alleged DSS invasion of the court.

Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu raised the matter on the floor of the House during plenary. He stated that the occurrence was an abuse of the sanctity of the court.

The lawmaker described DSS action as “one arm of government attempting to overpower another, which will spell doom for the country’s democracy.”

Recall that last Friday, DSS operatives reportedly chased out lawyers from an Abuja Federal High Courtroom, attacked journalists before re-arresting Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement.

The DSS has since denied invading the courtroom

The spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya, had insisted that the activist’s supporters had acted an “orchestrated drama” inside the court.

Afunanya had claimed that none of its officers was involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.

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BREAKING: Buhari sacks Muiz Banire as AMCON chairman, appoints Adamu

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, appointing Edward Lametek Adamu as new chairman of the Corporation.

This was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The letter, dated December 9, 2019, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

”Banire was appointed as AMCON Chairman in 2018.

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Buhari appoints new FIRS chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Nami to replace Babatunde Fowler as chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Fowler, whose tenure ended on Monday, was confirmed for a four-year tenure by the senate on December 9, 2015.

He is expected to hand over to the most senior director on the board until the senate confirms Nami as FIRS chairman and the new board.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Nami is a tax, accounting and management professional with three decades of practical working experience in auditing, tax management and advisory and management services.

“He is an expert in rendering advisory support services to investors in respect of new business start-ups and management of existing businesses. He has also continuously rendered outsourced services to clients in trading, service and manufacturing sectors of the nation’s economy,” the statement read.

Muhammad Nami attended Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology (1991) and a masters of business degree (2004) respectively.

He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

He started his career with PFK in 1993 and rose to the position of a senior consultant in charge of tax management and advisory services.

He is currently the managing consultant of Manam Professional Services (chartered tax practitioners and business advisers) based in Kaduna, Abuja, Niger state.

Muhammad was appointed as a member of the presidential committee on audit of recovered stolen assets in November 2017.

The FIRS board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.

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