Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The re-trial of the former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, on allegations of laundering N338.8 million continued on Wednesday at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ekene Iheanacho, continued with the testimony of the first prosecution witness, Adebayo Adeniyi, who is an investigative officer with the agency.
2-.The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for an investigation into the alleged payment of allowances to officials of the ministry of foreign affairs, despite their recall from various foreign missions. The resolution of the House followed a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu.
3-.A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated Thursday, November 26 for the commencement of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, with five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against him. Copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
4-.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki used Kwara State Government funds to pay off loans he obtained from Guarantee Trust Bank Plc, for the purchase of two properties in Lagos. The allegation was made by an Investigating officer with the EFCC, Olamide Sadik who testified on Wednesday in a suit filed by the commission, seeking to seize and forfeit to the Government, two properties situated at 17 & 17A, McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, belonging to Saraki.
5-.The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday directed a member of the House of Representatives representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, Sani Umar Dangaladima, to return to court on December 4 to answer questions over his decision to stand as a surety for Faisal Maina. Justice Okon Abang gave the lawmaker up till December 4, 2020, to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail in his ongoing money laundering trial.
6-.The Katsina State House of Assembly has on Wednesday passed the Child Protection Bill which has been pending since 2003. Sponsored by the State House of Assembly Special Committee on Child Protection Bill 2020, the executive bill was forwarded to the house by the executive governor of the state, Aminu Masari on March 3.
7-.The Senate has considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). During the plenary on Wednesday at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, urged the lawmakers to consider the request of the President.
8-.Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have rejected the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker of the House, Iroju Ogundeji. The Assembly members described the impeachment as unlawful claiming that it did not meet the constitutional requirements for the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker.
9-.At least four people died when a boat carrying about 30 migrants sank off Spain’s Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, emergency services said. Rescuers were searching for more possible victims following the accident off the fishing village of Orzola in the north of Lanzarote island.
10-.Stunned Argentines were plunged into grief Wednesday by the death of the country’s favorite son Diego Maradona, a sublimely gifted sporting hero they saw as “the most human of gods.” The news fell like a hammer blow a nation beaten down by months of economic crisis and the health pandemic, but one where soccer is seen as a panacea for all ills.