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The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi has described the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the State lawmakers by Governor Ibikunle Amosun as another milestone in the annals of the State.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party has given its 93-year-old leader, Robert Mugabe, less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment.
A Catholic priest is mediating a potential political exit for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, although the 93-year-old is insisting he can only be removed via a party leadership vote, political and intelligence sources said on Thursday.
Thousands of Somaliland voters came out early Monday morning to vote in the self-declared independent state’s third presidential election since it declared unilateral independence from Somalia in 1991.
The “young man” who blew the whistle on the money recovered from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, is now a millionaire as he has been officially compensated.
Three U.S. military aircraft carriers are heading to the same part of the world at the same time, to take part in a rare military exercise not seen in a decade.
With Secret Service agents in tow, Barack Obama reported Wednesday to a courthouse in Chicago after being summoned for jury duty – but the former president was not chosen to serve.
Obama arrived at the justice centre in Chicago by motorcade, according to several US media reports that showed him entering the building and being greeted by people at the courthouse.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told reporters shortly after Obama arrived that he was not tapped to serve on a jury and was dismissed for the day, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Obama was one of 168 people who showed up for jury duty at the justice centre on Wednesday. They were assigned to 16 panels before eight of those panels, including the one Obama was assigned to, were randomly selected to be sent home, a spokesman for the chief judge told the Tribune.
Theoretically, every US citizen over the age of 18 could be called for jury duty. The former president, 56, lives in Washington but maintains a home in Chicago, which is why his name came up for jury duty there.
A jury duty summons is usually sent in the post and requires the recipient to report on the designated day or face consequences such as a fine.
The first step of the process usually narrows the pool by disqualifying people who might not be able to serve the entire length of a trial or who might have other schedule limitations.
The actual selection process typically includes interviews by lawyers for both sides in order to exclude people who might be biased.
With a degree from Harvard Law School and his time teaching law, not to mention eight years as president, Obama certainly has legal experience.
But most lawyers reject well-known people on juries out of concern that they create a distraction.
Obama is not the first former president to be called for jury duty. George W Bush was summoned in his home state of Texas in 2015, but was not selected.
The presiding judge said it was not because of his fame, but because a jury had already been seated.
A former Minister of Finance and one-time High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, has identified high overheads in governance and other expenses associated with Nigeria’s federal system as the reason why Nigeria fell into recession.
Saudi security forces foiled an alleged suicide bomb plot by the Islamic State group targeting the defence ministry and arrested four suspects, authorities said on Tuesday.
Donald Trump was all fingers and thumbs during a carefully choreographed photo op Monday at a summit of world leaders, failing to grasp whose hands he was supposed to be holding and breaking a lineup intended to showcase unity.
The UN warned that 14 million people worldwide are becoming homeless every year as a result of Sudden-Onset Disasters (SOD), and the number will continue to rise unless significant progress in disaster risk management is made.