Buhari clears SGF, Ezekwesili speaks, Trump revokes abortion policy and more

Here is the latest on President Trump’s executive orders, SGF Lawal and the Senate, Oby Ezekwesili on President Buhari’s economic policies.

1. Donald Trump

U.S. President, Donald Trump, has announced the revocation of U.S. abortion policy, according to a statement issued by the White House. The decision is a fulfillment of one of his key campaign promises.

Mr. Trump had earlier signed an executive order formally withdrawing the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TGPP) trade deal.

2. Samsung

Despite the crisis Samsung experienced with its Galaxy Note 7, the company’s profits more than doubled in its stock market filing for the final quarter of 2016.

The profits came in spite of the debacle surrounding 2016’s launch of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and its subsequent withdrawal.

3. SGF Babachir Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the Senate in response to the lawmakers’ indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

The Senate had asked President Buhari to suspend Mr. Lawal and ensure his prosecution over alleged breach of Nigerian laws in handling contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).

Mr. Buhari rejects the Senate’s call, citing reasons.

But Senator Shehu Sani dismissed as “false” President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims.

4. Central Bank of Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, resolved to retain all monetary policy rates, amid fears the new U.S. government’s decision to review trade agreements with most countries could negatively impact global economy.

5. Sambo Dasuki

An Abuja High Court has again reaffirmed the bail granted former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and five others in the arm deal trial involving $2.1 billion.

The State Security Service has for over a year ignored a court order directing it and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release a former NSA.

6. Nigerian Government

The Nigerian government has disassociated itself from the recent arrests of PREMIUM TIMES publisher Dapo Olorunyomi and the paper’s judicial reporter, Evelyn Okakwu.

In a statement Tuesday, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, described the raid by plain-clothed police officers and subsequent arrests as, “purely a private affair involving a citizen and a privately-owned newspaper”.

He said the government was committed to ensuring a free press, including freedom of the social media.

7. Big Brother Naija

The Nigerian government is investigating why the reality TV series Big Brother Nigeria, which was re-launched on Sunday as Big Brother Naija, is being shot in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Multichoice, organisers of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV show, said hosting the show in South Africa would enable it achieve high production and meet timelines.

8. Buhari’s economic policies

A former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has described the economic policies of the government as “confusing,” expressing regret that in spite of the confusion, the government remains “adamant.”

Ms. Ezekwesili had last year April termed the economic policies of the present administration as opaque and archaic, in which the Finance Minister replied to the claims as untrue.

9. Fayose

The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has sacked the Ekiti state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by Gboyega Oguntuase, and declared the faction led by Williams Ajayi as the authentic one.

Mr. Oguntuase’s faction is loyal to the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, while Mr. Ajayi’s group is loyal to Buruji Kashamu, the PDP senator representing Ogun East.

10. Clean Stove Project

The House of Representatives have given its committees on Anti-Corruption, Environment and Habitat six weeks to investigate former President Goodluck Jonathan’s “Clean Stove For Rural Women scheme”, contract of about N9.287 billion.