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Presidential election tribunal: Fear God, Nigeria’s unity in your hands – Primate Ayodele to judges



The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has warned judges against giving judgments that will disunite the country at the ongoing presidential election tribunal.

Primate Ayodele said the unity of Nigeria lies in the hands of the judges, and any judgment that doesn’t portray fairness will lead the country into a serious crisis.

He advised them not to do anything out of human pressure because it would not end well for Nigeria as a nation.

In a statement by his spokesman, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele noted that the world and the younger generation are watching the process just in case of any form of injustice.

Primate Ayodele called on them to shun money exchange by all means as it will influence their judgments on the recently concluded presidential election.

He said: ‘’The unity of Nigeria lies in the hands of our judiciary. Whether Nigeria will remain peaceful or not, it depends on them. The ongoing presidential election tribunal goes beyond just giving judgment, it will determine so many things, including the unity of Nigeria.

‘’I want to call on the judges to do what is right because it will help the country a lot. The world and younger generations are watching, they are ready to do anything if the judgment isn’t fair. The judiciary must live up to its responsibilities as a commission for justice at this sensitive period.

‘’They will be offered a huge amount of money, but it will be in their best interest not to accept it. Let the truth prevail at all costs. Don’t let us create unnecessary tension and fear in the country by giving a judgment that isn’t fair. Our judges should rule with the fear of God.’’

Primate Ayodele called on security operatives to be on alert because there would be revolt no matter the outcome of the judgment.

‘’I also want to call on security operatives to be fully prepared for revolt after judgment has been given. No matter who is favoured, there will be an uproar by other parties. The police, Nigerian army, and other security agencies should stay on alert,’’ he added.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn



Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal



Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers



The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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