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Senator Hassan Nasiha has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State

Senator Hassan Muhammad Nasiha has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State.

The senator was sworn in by Zamfara Chief Justice Kulu Aliyu on Wednesday after the state legislature removed Mahdi Aliyu Gusau from office.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, on Wednesday read out a letter sent to them by Governor Muhammadu Bello Matawalle seeking confirmation and appointment of Senator Nasiha as his Deputy.

When he appeared before the legislature, lawmakers demanded that he resign and pass.

NDLEA burns 250 hectares of cannabis farm in Ondo State

The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has burned 255 hectares of cannabis plantations and arrested 13 people in the southern state of Ondo State.

Analysts say marijuana consumption has increased in Nigeria in recent years despite the agency’s success in fighting it.

The NDLEA said it had carried out the operation in five major forests in seven days on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to search and destroy such farms.

The commission has published photos and videos of its officers as they work to burn the farms.

The court has ruled that some of the assets of former Zamfara governor Abdulaziz Yari have been confiscated

The International Commission of Corruption (ICPC) in Nigeria has said that a Federal High Court in Abuja has issued an interim injunction to confiscate the assets of former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

The assets include buildings and funds deposited by the former governor in some of the country’s banks.

The court, presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu, on Wednesday ordered the confiscation of the properties, including 10 buildings inside and outside Nigeria.

Commission spokesperson Mrs Azuka Ogugua assured BBC Hausa that the victory was temporary and that after a court ruling, the Nigerian government could confiscate the assets if the former governor failed to convince the court that he owned them legally.

She said: “What this means is that after the court has ruled, and no one can prove to the court that he owns the property in a lawful manner, the court will then hand over to the federal government all the permanent assets. “

The ruling comes after a similar ruling by a high court ordering the confiscation of nearly 279 million naira, including US dollars, which the former governor found to be in his possession illegally.

Some of the confiscated properties are major neighborhoods in Abuja, Kaduna, Zamfara and the US state of Maryland.

Who is the new Deputy Governor of Zamfara Hassan Nasiha?

Senator Hassan Muhammad Gusau (Nasiha) was born on December 12, 1960.

Prior to his swearing in as Deputy Governor, he was the Senator representing Gusau Central Constituency in the Nigerian Senate.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2007, where he was defeated by Kabiru Marafa in 2011.

He is back in parliament in 2019 as a result of the Supreme Court ruling that took over all the seats won by the APC and given to the PDP because it did not hold a run-off election in the state.

But he followed Governor Muhammad Bello Matawalle to the APC when he defected in 2021.

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has received 68 reports on amendments to the Constitution

The Nigerian House of Representatives received 68 reports on amendments to the 1999 Constitution on Wednesday.

Congress has set March 2 as the date for lawmakers to begin a two-day vote on issues affecting the amendment.

The report was presented by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase, who is also the chairman of the reform committee.

The provisions of the Constitution require that any resolution seeking to change any part of the Constitution must be approved by two thirds – 240 of the 360 ​​delegates – before it can become law.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila urged all delegates to attend the sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3.

West Africa’s largest hydroelectric project has been launched

A major KVA 330 power line project has been launched between five West African countries, following its launch yesterday in the Republic of Niger.

The foundation stone for the West African Power Pool-North Core Project was laid by President Mohammed Bazoum and his Ghanaian counterpart Nana Akufo Addo.

Participating countries include Nigeria, Niger, Benin Republic, Togo and Burkina Faso.

The Minister of Electricity, Engr Abubakar Aliyu, who represented his country at the inauguration, said President Muhammadu Buhari supported the project and would do his utmost to ensure the region’s electricity supply.

He said Nigeria was ready to face the challenges of electricity as a result of the country’s investment in the power sector and the improvement of the sector.

He said Nigeria would work hand in hand with other key ministries, including finance and security, to address the challenges facing the project.

The project will cost $ 568 billion and will be funded by the African Development Bank (AFDP) and the French Development Agency and NEPAD.

Aisha Buhari goes to the Federal Parliament of Nigeria

President Buhari’s wife Aisha Buhari arrived at the National Assembly on Wednesday morning where the Constitutional Review Commission was presenting a report.

The Daily Trust in Nigeria reports that Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed and Women’s Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen were among those who accompanied Aisha Buhari to parliament.

She was received by Senate President Ahmad Lawan and her delegation upon her arrival at the House.

‘There is no justice in President Buhari’s alleged manipulation of election law’

The Presidency says it is unfair to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of delaying the signing of the 2022 Electoral Bill.

This comes after civil society groups and other stakeholders accused the president of dragging his feet in signing the law despite its enormous significance.

Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu said the perpetrators had not done justice to the president.

He reiterated that on Friday, February 26, President Buhari would sign the controversial election law.

What the palace said ?

Malam Garba Shehu said that as soon as the documents were delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had to sign and examine them.

The reason for doing so is that once he makes a mistake he will not only stand by it, it will affect Nigeria as a whole, Garba Shehu said.

“Even now that the law is being signed, do not be surprised if in the future lawyers take part in it, bring it before the court, and if it is found to have been done wrong or in violation of the law. constitution, it may order its dissolution altogether.

“Anyone who knows the Nigerian constitution does not say that the election law must be enacted six months before the election.

The law was previously presented to President Buhari but he said he would not sign it for various reasons. The legislature was reshuffled, and the president, whom Nigerians thought he would sign immediately, did not.

However, Garba Shehu said there was nothing wrong with reconsidering the law, for a full review.

Some believe that unless the law is signed in time, it will affect the 2023 elections. But Garba Shehu says the Nigerian constitution is ahead of the electoral commission.

The constitution gives the president 30 days to pass a law before it can be signed into law, unless it expires. has the potential to implement it.

“Even if the Electoral Commission says it has come up with an electoral system within a year, where is the law that allows it?” It does not exist, so the Electoral Commission is not authorized to implement any law that is not in the Constitution of Nigeria, or the laws of the National Assembly.

“Someone came and said that President Buhari won the election cleanly, now it is an obstacle to the election process, there is no justice in these constituencies, the leaders are being treated fairly.”

This comes after civil society groups staged protests in Abuja, pressuring the president to sign the 2022 election law.
Opposition groups called for the 2023 general election to be postponed until further notice.
They also say the law provides that the electoral commission must announce specific election dates one year in advance.

The European Union (EU) has condemned Russia’s actions

The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned Russia’s use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.

A German government spokesman said the country’s prime minister, Olaf Scholz, had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and assured him of Germany’s support.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said he was shocked by Russia’s attack on Ukraine and said Britain would respond.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi also said Russia’s move was unwise.

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