Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, is expected to sign the warrant of arrest against the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele during plenary on Tuesday.

The development was confirmed during an interview with Tribune by the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu.

In a bid to ascertain the viability of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and as part of preparation for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission is set to conduct a mock accreditation exercise in Delta State.

The Acting Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity INEC in the state, Bukola Ojeme, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Asaba, the state capital.

He said the exercise was scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 4, in 12 selected polling units, across three Senatorial Districts and six Local Government Areas in the state.

Ojeme said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission, Delta State is scheduled to conduct mock accreditation with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System in furtherance of the technical evaluation of the device, as part of preparations for the 2023 General Election.

A 31-year-old civil servant from Niger State, Idris Daja, who lost his 25-year-old wife, Maryam Liman, 11 days after their wedding, speaks to TEMITOPE ADETUNJI about his grief

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Idris Daja. I was born in Daja, Zugurma District, Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State. I’m 31 years old. I’m a civil servant.

Is it true that you lost your wife 11 days after your wedding?

he Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has restated his rejection of the tribunal judgement and affirmed that he was going to appeal to the higher court.

In an address to the people of the state on Friday, Adeleke stated that the discrepancies mentioned in the judgement of the tribunal chairman, Justice Tetsea Kume, were tantamount to a “miscarriage of justice.”

He also said the claim of over-voting in the judgement was unfounded.

A statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, quoting the governor further read in part, “My good people of Osun State, we have all heard the split judgement of the governorship election tribunal.

The police in Benue State have apprehended the suspected leader of a nine-man gang that allegedly tortured an 89-year-old man, Kyado Justin.

The octogenarian was accused of using witchcraft to inflict sickness on a youth, Terzunge Agena, at Tse Agena-Gbamacha, in the Gwer East Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Catherine Anene, said the police rescued the victim.

Anene said, “On January 18, 2023, around 11.30am, it was gathered that Elder Kyado Justin, 89, was abducted by a nine-man gang for alleged witchcraft against a young man who had been sick in the area as pronounced by a witch doctor.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, commenced a two-day official visit to his home state of Katsina where he inaugurated some projects executed by the state government.

However, his first day in the state was marked by a protest by youths decrying the hardship in the country.

The youth staged the protest a few minutes after noon, shortly after the President inaugurated the Kofar Kaura Underpass in Katsina.

The protesters caused a commotion at the Kofar Kaura Underpass where they threw stones at the crowd after Buhari left the area.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday decried the style of political campaigns in the country, calling for a change in orientation.

Obasanjo spoke at an international conference on “Deepening Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security in Nigeria”.

He delivered a keynote address on “Respecting the principles of democracy” at the Obi Wali Convention Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Obasanjo lamented how ordinary citizens are dragged into the directionless, meaningless and opportunistic personal or narrow ambitions of leaders.

“Political campaigns are taken over by insults, lies, self and selfish interest and diversions, not on issues of national interest and progress. Party platforms are developed, launched with fanfare and promptly discarded.

“Critical issues are discarded as intellectuals and technocrats are sidelined while minions, gatekeepers and job hunters take over the campaign and build iron rings around candidates at all levels. Candidates are caged and milked opportunistically.”

Obasanjo said at the end, people who get elected fail to carry Nigerians along as they lack a deep understanding of the trends and tendencies in the social and economic system.

The retired General maintained that politics is not a dirty game, pointing out that the rules and principles are all there and known to most actors.

He said when actors confuse the beginning with the end or adopt the infamous Machiavellian dictum that the end justifies the means, they get set for a race without boundaries, where anything goes.

Obasanjo claimed politics and political competition get imprisoned as the actors invent new rules of engagement as they go along and seek to outdo one another in non-beneficial issues to the ordinary citizen.

Facebook-parent company, Meta has said that it will restore former President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, just over two years after suspending him in the wake of the January 6 Capitol attack.

Meta made the landmark decision to bar Trump from posting on Facebook and Instagram the day after the January 6 attack, in which his supporters stormed the US Capitol in a bid to overturn the 2020 election results.

The Lagos State Government has invited a motorcyclist based in Ogun State, Adekunle Kristisanwo, whose bike was seized by policemen from the Isheri Police Division.

Lagos banned the movement of Okada in some parts of the state.

However, some policemen from the state were reported to have gone to Ogun State to seize bikes while claiming to be enforcing the ban.

PUNCH Metro reported that policemen from the Isheri division arrested Kristisanwo and seized his motorcycle at New Garage, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Residents of Ipogun community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State have appealed to the state government to come to their aid following the destruction of their property by rainstorm.

The rainfall, which occurred on Tuesday, was said to have wreaked havoc on the community, destroying property worth millions of naira.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the rainstorm destroyed houses, shops, schools, church, electric poles and a health centre in the community.

Some residents were said to have been rendered homeless by the natural disaster.

A man, Iduh Hausa, has reportedly shot dead his brother-in-law over alleged infidelity in Umunede, in the Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident, which happened in Ileje, Umunede, threw the community into mourning.

A source said tension was brewing in the community over the incident.

“Mr Iduh Hausa shot his brother-in-law to death just because he (suspect) claimed that the man was dating another lady.

At least 159 Nigerians renounced their citizenship in 2022 alone, the ministry of interior has revealed.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, revealed this on Thursday at the 64th session of the State House Ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, at the Aso Rock Villa.

According to Belgore, 150 Nigerians renounced their citizenship between 2006 to 2021.