The Late 5: EFCC arraigns Babachir Lawal over N544m grass-cutting scandal; SDP expels Jerry Gana, suspends Donald Duke | Other top stories

By Bernard Dayo

Here are the stories that drove conversation today:

EFCC arraigns Babachir Lawal over N544m grass-cutting scandal

Sacked secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal has been remanded in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Lawal is accused of benefiting illegally from the approval of N544,119,925.36 for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation. The former SGF will be be tried on a 10-count charge, alongside Hamidu David Lawal, Sulaiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday, Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited. A federal capital territory (FCT) high court ordered his detention after the commission arraigned him on Tuesday.

NBA tells FG to call Onnoghen’s CCT trial again

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) again on Tuesday urged the federal government to end the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). In a statement on Tuesday by its president, Paul Usoro, the NBA said its request is to prevent double jeopardy against Onnoghen and allow the National Judicial Council (NJC) to perform its constitutional role.

SDP expels Jerry Gana, suspends Donald Duke

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has expelled Professor Jerry Gana and its Acting National Chairman Supo Shonibare with immediate effect. The party, which endorsed President Mohammadu Buhari for a second term last week, also suspended its Presidential candidate Donald Duke, accusing him of being critical of the party and disrespecting it. This was announced by SDP’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yemi Akinbode at a news briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

ASUP suspends strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has officially suspended a strike it commenced two months ago. The union directed polytechnic lecturers to resume duty on Wednesday, February 13. The suspension of the strike was confirmed by the national president of the union, Usman Dutse, in a phone interview with Premium Times Tuesday evening.

Atiku takes presidential campaign to Lagos

As Saturday’s presidential elections draws closer, presidential candidate of the APC Atiku Abubukar arrived Lagos on Tuesday for his campaign rally. This is coming days after President Buhari under the PDP stormed Lagos for the same purpose.

Presidential candidate @atiku visits Lagos State for his presidential campaign rally. #AtikuInLagos #NigeriaDecides https://t.co/8oAEIB5AFE

— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) February 12, 2019

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