The Supreme Court has ordered that old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes remain in circulation till December 31, 2023.

The apex court on Friday, also nullified the Federal Government’s naira redesign policy, declaring it as an affront to the 1999 Constitution.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgement, held that the preliminary objections by the defendants (the Attorney General of the Federation, Bayelsa and Edo states) are dismissed as the court has the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

According to the court, the policy has led to some people engaging in trade by barter in this modern age in a bid to survive. The court added that the President’s disobedience of the February 8 order, is a sign of dictatorship.

The apex court further held that President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast admitted that the policy is flawed with a lot of challenges.Citing Section 23(2)1 of the constitution, the court held that the dispute between the Federal Government and states must involve law or facts.Sixteen states of the Federation instituted the suit to challenge the legality or otherwise of the introduction of the policy.The suit initially instituted by Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara states has been slated as the first case on the cause list for a final verdict.Justice John Inyang Okoro who led a seven-man panel of Justices of the Court had on February 22 fixed today for the court to make its decision known on the suit.

The 16 states led by Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara are praying the apex court to void and set aside the policy on the ground that it is inflicting hardships on innocent Nigerians

They accused the President of usurping the function of the CBN in the introduction and implementation of the policy and asked that the directive issued by Buhari be voided. 

Governors in attendance to witness the judgement in court on Friday include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, Yahaya Bello of Kogi state and Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Seven more hostages have been freed by the terrorists that attacked the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28.

A family of six and a sick woman were the persons released.

The disclosure was made by Tukur Mamu, Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and Media Consultant to Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

Mamu said the seven were released following the intervention of his principal, Gumi.

The identities of the released family of six are Abdubakar Idris Garba, his wife, Maryam Abubakar Bobo, and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba, who’s 10 years old.

Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba (7), Imran Abubakar Garba (5), and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba, who is only one and half years old.

 A 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, was also reportedly released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

So far, 42 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35.



Ibraheem Ogunyemi

Nigeria is currently witnessing the worst level of fragility and insecurity since the advent of the democratic era .

According to the Nigerian security tracker, there have been over 55,000 deaths due to insecurity and violent acts between May 2015 and July 2022.

Boko Haram has been responsible for many of these deaths.

There is another terrorist group , Islamic State West Africa Province , who have been rather audacious in their activities , they were behind the recent Kaduna-Abuja train attack where 62 people were kidnapped .

Although some have been released after paying ransoms, the government has largely played little or no role in aiding the victims .

This year alone , several attacks have been made on many churches where people have lost their lives ,not to mention the countless cases of abductions .

Most recently , threats have been made by a section of ISWAP about a coordinated attack in some states including Lagos, Kaduna and others.

Fear and anxiety is in the air like never before , all private schools in Abuja have been shut down indefinitely over the latest unsettling news spreading .

All these beg the question , what is the government doing or more importantly , not doing ?

Is it a case of lack of personnel , lack of strategy or lack of interest in securing the lives of Nigerian citizens .

Despite the rifeness of banditry , the nationwide demand for state policing continues to fall on deaf ears time and time again .

Things have gotten so bad that some lawmakers are calling for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari .

Ironically , President Buhari was in Liberia a few days ago to give a speech on the state of security in West Africa.

As the current administration’s tenure runs its clock , it is clear as crystal that the leadership got it terribly wrong in the security sector .

Some might describe the current situation as a great threat to the existence of our federation, rightfully so !



Following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting CJN.

Shortly afterwards, there came up observations about some seeming discrepancy in age regarding the acting CJN.

Information as stated on the official website of the Supreme Court has it that Justice Ariwoola was born in Iseyin, Oyo state, on August 22, 1958 and began his primary education in 1959 at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in his hometown.

This would imply he was less than one year when he began his primary education.

However, the Supreme Court of Nigeria Director of information, Dr Festus Aweneri has made some clarifications, stating that the jurist was born in 1954 and not 1958 and that he started his primary school education in 1959.

He made available official document to back this up, vis-a-vis the resume in the official record of the Supreme Court in respect of the jurist, to douse the tension raised.

The resume which emerged from the official record of the Supreme Court has it that the CJN was born on the 22nd of August 1954 in Oke Ogun Area of Oyo state, and commenced his education at Local Authority Demonstration Primary School from 1959 to 1966, after which he moved to Muslim Modern School from 1967 to 1969.

Recall that less than 24 hours after he was sworn into office as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), speculations came up about whether Justice Olukayode Ariwoola might have entered into a scandal of age falsification


A 26-year-old woman, Reni Akapo, has been crushed to death by a yet-to-be-identified Bus Rapid Transit driver at Union Road, Dopemu, in the Agege area of Lagos State.

The deceased’s one-year old daughter was knocked down alongside her mother but is currently undergoing treatment at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The duo were reportedly trying to cross the BRT lane to link another road when they were rammed into by the bus driver.

A witness , Uche, said onlookers swiftly attended to salvage the situation and rushed both mother and child to the hospital.

“After the accident, people started pouring water on the woman’s face; her daughter was unconscious. The woman’s pain was too much, but people rushed her to a hospital. It was later that I got to know that she died.”

A resident, identified simply as Remilekun, said after the accident, the driver abandoned the bus on the dedicated lane and fled.

The husband of the victim , Monday, accused LASUTH of abandoning his wife till she gave up.

“My neighbour, who hired a cab to convey my wife and daughter to the hospital, said despite getting there for an hour, no doctor or nurse attended to her. My daughter is still hospitalised, but I have conveyed my wife’s corpse to Togo for burial.”

The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, LASUTH, Prof. Adebowale Adekoya, refuted Monday’s claims , disclosing that Reini died on arrival.

He further stated that the child is alive because of the instantaneous care she received on arrival.

“The child is now going to be moved from the emergency unit to the ward and you can physically confirm that by visiting the hospital.” 

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the incident was not reported to any station, adding that agents were deployed to the decision when they heard .

“But immediately the police got wind of it, policemen from the Shasha division proceeded to the scene. The driver was apprehended and detained, while the vehicle was towed away.

“After 24 hours of waiting to see if someone will come to the station to give useful information on the identity and whereabouts of the woman, the driver was released to a reliable surety as the case has not been concluded.

“But with the new development about the woman’s death, the surety will be contacted to provide the driver so the investigation could be updated accordingly.”

The Managing Director, Lagos Bus Services, Idowu Oguntona, has not made any statement regarding the incident as at the time of filing this report.



The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji, has been declared winner of the Ekiti State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Prof Kayode Adebowale, INEC’s returning officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the results.

The APC scored 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, the SDP, which garnered 82,211 votes, the PDP, which got 67,457 votes, and 13 other parties which participated in Saturday’s governorship election.

Out of the 360,753 votes cast, the total valid votes in the election were 351,865.

Adebowale said, “Oyebanji, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected as the governor-elect of Ekiti State.”

While the agent of SDP, Owoseeni Ajayi, did not sign the forms for the votes cast, the agent of the ADP, said, “Instead of having polling centres, what we have in Ekiti are vote-buying centres”.

Meanwhile,  some residents have trooped to the streets to celebrate the victory.  At the Government House in the Oke Ayoba area of the town, other APC governors, led by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, monitored the exercise.

Similarly, in Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area, where Oyebanji hails from, residents also celebrated the victory of their kinsman at the poll.

Also in Ikere-Ekiti, where Oyebanji’s running mate, Mrs. Monitade Afuye, hails from, residents also began celebrating as the results were announced by the respective local government Returning Officers.

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Thirty-five young girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been rescued from sex Slavery in Anambra 

Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson for the Nigerian Police in Anambra State, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed that four out of the rescued girls were already pregnant, adding that the victims were rescued from a hotel in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

He further revealed that the girls were used for illicit work such as sex slaves, prostitutes and baby producers.

The DSP said: “The operatives rescued 35 girls and four of them are pregnant; the victims shall be handed to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for their welfare and rehabilitation.”

The police stated that there were about three suspects connected to the crime noting that three pump action guns, seven cartridges and cash were recovered.


A high court in Akure, Ondo state has sentenced three persons to death for the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of a leader of Afenifere, prominent Yoruba socio-political group, Reuben Fasoranti.

Frank Mba, force public relations officer, had earlier  announced that four suspects were arrested over the killing of Olakunrin, namely Mohammed Usman, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu and Auwalu Abubakar.

These four were arraigned on an eight count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and aiding and abetting.

The Judge, Williams Olamide in delivering judgement convicted three out of the four suspects, Usman, Lawal and Adamu and the three were sentenced to death.

The judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The fourth suspect, Abubakar who had been made to face trial for aiding and abetting the crime, eventually got discharged and acquitted by the court after the trying of his case.

The deceased Olakunrin, aged 58, was heading for Lagos from Akure, Ondo state capital, when her vehicle was targeted in July 2019. In an attempt to escape, the attackers fired at her, and she died while being taken to hospital.


The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has condemned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu, describing speculations of his choice for the party’s consensus candidate as an expensive joke.

It was reported on Monday that Adamu had allegedly picked Ahmad Lawan as the consensus candidate for the presidential ticket, but the APC National Organising Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu, said it would align with the party’s governors on the power shift to the south.

Hours after the report emerged, Akeredolu said in a statement that the move is beyond the APC chairman’s competence, noting that Adamu’s choice runs contrary to that of the majority in the party, and as such it is dangerous.

“My attention has just been drawn to the expensive joke purportedly enacted by the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu. The speculation is rife that the Chairman took a flight of fancy and decided to make a pronouncement beyond his competence,” the statement read.

“He has, allegedly, made public his preferred choice as the candidate of the APC for the Office of the President in the next general elections. This alleged pronouncement runs contrary to the position of the majority of Northern Governors in APC and their counterparts in the South.

“Our agreement is unanimous on this issue. The office of the President should be contested for by qualified persons from the Southern part of the country if the move to get a consensus candidate fails. There has been no shift from this settled issue.

“Let it be known that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level. He is at best embarking on a frolic that reasonable people will consider dangerous. We are grieving but have not forgotten that Power MUST shift to the south. On this, we stand.”

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transportation Minister, Rotimi Ameachi, Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) have been recommended by Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as possible consensus candidates.

This was disclosed by Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, saying the APC is looking at the possibility of a consensus candidate.

“From our own recommendations, as of this morning, we recommended five people. In alphabetical order, we said Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, John Kayode Fayemi, David Umahi and Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Those are the ones we made recommendations and we said we should put them forward,” he stated.

“Consensus is possible. Right from yesterday up till today, we have been doing consultations like Mr President said, ‘I give you the opportunity, work on it.’

“The Governors and the National Working Committee will continue on that consensus. As of yesterday, we were able to even reduce, made recommendations of about five persons, from 23 to recommendations of about 13 aspirants without disqualifying anybody.”

“Within that 13 aspirants that were graded by the Screening Committee, we now looked at it and then recommended, that was jointly done by the Progressive Governors and members of the National Working Committee, reducing it to five.”

Lalong’s comments come a day after the APC’s NWC as well as the 19 northern governors insisted on the emergence of a southerner as Nigeria’s next President.

APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, had made this known on Monday while addressing reporters at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

While briefing reporters in the company of some members of the NWC, he explained that the committee took the decision following a meeting of its members.

He made the remarks amid reports by several media outfits that a presidential hopeful and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had emerged as the party’s consensus candidate for the forthcoming poll.

According to Argungu, the NWC stands with the position of the northern governors elected on the APC platform for power to shift to the southern part of the country when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his eight-year two terms billed to lapse in May 2023.

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