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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has assured that no governor will defect from the party anymore.

The governor gave the assurance at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night.

Okorocha, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said they deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.

He said: “Two of our colleagues left our party.

“This is politics.

“It is unfortunate that they have to go.

“We have 22 states, 53 senators now.

“Nobody is leaving the party anymore.

“Those who have left, we are aware that they will leave long ago.

“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back.

“This is what’s happening.”

The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari.

The governors at the meeting included Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Others were Jubril Bindow of Adamawa State, Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

Also at the meeting were Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Abdullahi Gamduje of Kano State and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State.

Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Osun State Deputy Governor Grace Laoye-Tomori were also in attendance.

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BREAKING: Kaduna Assembly Speaker Resigns

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Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, has resigned from his position.

Sources from the Assembly said Shagali tendered his resignation before the commencement of Plenary session on Tuesday morning

Details shortly…

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JUST IN: Court Finds Olisa Metuh, Firm Guilty Of First Count In N400m Fraud Trial

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, convicted a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, of the first of the seven counts instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Ruling on the first count in his judgement, Justice Okon Abang ruled that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawfully transferred the sum of N400 million to the defendants in November 2014.

The judge ruled that Metuh and his firm reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N400 million paid to them formed part of the proceeds of the unlawful activity of the ex-NSA because they had no form of a contractual relationship with the ONSA.

According to the judge, Dasuki transferred the money to the defendants “in breach of public trust”.

He dismissed the contention of the defence who argued that the defendants could not be convicted for the money laundering offence because Dasuki, who is currently being prosecuted, had yet to be convicted for the predicate offence of breach of trust and corruption.

The judge said, contrary to the argument, “the predicate offence and the money laundering offence are intertwined”.

“The success or failure of the predicate offence does not determine the success or failures of the money laundering offence,” the judge added.

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Lagos Government To Demolish Buildings In Banana Island, Parkview, Ikoyi

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Worried by the persistent violation of building permit laws in Lagos State, the Government has disclosed that it would not hesitate to pull down structures in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Parkview and other highbrow areas.

The announcement came as the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) intensify enforcement with the sealing of buildings to prevent collapse buildings cases in the state.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed the Government plan in a statement posted on his official twitter handle, lamenting that several buildings within these highbrow areas were erected without permits.

According to him, it is highly regrettable that most of the buildings within these highbrow areas are either without planning permits or built beyond approved units. And this was discovered during our week-long massive enforcement on Planning permit in Ikoyi, Parkview, Banana Island, and environs.

“It was also observed that many commenced construction without recourse to LASBCA as stipulated in the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law. In view of this flagrant disregard for the extant planning laws of the state.

“The Lagos Government henceforth will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law against such violators and to ensure compliance with the planning laws and regulations in the State”.

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