Good evening, readers! Here are some breaking news stories you might missed in the course of the day.
1.Nigeria’s Criminal Code Act which recommends life imprisonment for kidnappers has been amended by the Senate, alongside the removal of limitations on cases of rape.
Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act (amended) removing the statute of limitations implies that the defilement cases can remain open for as long as possible against the earlier limitation of two months. The Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.02) was sponsored by Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central Senatorial District) on September 24, 2019.
2.The candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, has been endorsed by the House of Representatives.
The resolution to support her followed a motion of urgent public importance raised by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu at plenary on Tuesday. The lawmakers also urged President Buhari to rally other African leaders in support of her candidacy.
3.The Nigerian Army has approved new postings and appointments of 37 generals and five colonels to different formations and units across the country.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. According to Musa, the postings which were approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, are a routine exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency.
4.The path for the first federal executions in 17 years was cleared by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, which overruled an earlier order by a District court Judge Tanya Chutkan to allow for legal challenges to the lethal injection that was to be used in the executions.
The ruling says, “we vacate the District Court’s preliminary injunction so that the… executions may proceed as planned,” referring to four scheduled executions.
5.An appeal filed by a former aspirant of the Bayelsa governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Timi Alaibe, challenging the candidacy of Duoye Diri in the November 2019 election, has been quashed by the Supreme Court.
Alaibe who had earlier lost a similar suit at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal is claiming that he is the authentic candidate of the PDP. But the court dismissed the case on Tuesday, on the ground that it was a pre-election matter.
6.Ambuno Zik-Sunday, a former Senator representing Northern Taraba, and the cleric of the State Police Command Mosque, Mohammed Nuhu, have been abducted by unknown men.
David Misal, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident to the media on Tuesday, saying the force was on top of the matter.
7.The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on Tuesday failed to account for the sum of N182 billion, while defending the agency’s 2019 budget before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NDDC who appeared with other management officers of the agency had during the explanation of the agency’s budget performance got lost in how the N183 billion of the earlier appropriated 2019 budget was expended.
8.The Federal High Court in Benin has adjourned till October 15 the N700 million money laundering suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others.
The four other defendants in the suit are former Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Dan Orbih, state PDP chairman, Tony Aziegbemi, former Deputy Governor, Lucky Imasuen, and Efe Anthony.
9The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said he has President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, to go ahead with the plan to recruit 774,000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works Programme (SPW).
Keyamo confirmed this to The Nation on Wednesday in Abuja.
10.The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters – Rasak Olayinka Balogun and Ayodeji Oluwaseun Olatona.
The convicts were said to have pleaded guilty to a separate one-count charge of criminal impersonation.