Today’s Headlines: Owuru Fined N40m For Seeking To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration, Obama mourns Tina

Ex-Presidential Candidate Fined N40m For Seeking To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration

The Court of Appeal, Abuja has fined a former presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, N40m for filing a frivolous suit seeking to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29.

The Court ordered Owuru to pay the sum of N10m each to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Tinubu. Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgment of the three man panel of the court, held that Owuru embarked on a gross abuse of court process by filing a frivolous, suit to provoke the respondents.

Obama mourns Tina Turner

Former U.S President, Barack Obama has expressed sadness over the sudden demise of American-born rock-n-roll singer, Tina Turner.

His condolence message is contained in a tweet posted on his verified Twitter page.

The former president described her as the “Queen of Rock and Roll whose light will never fade.”

In his tweet, Obama wrote; “Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself—speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy.

“Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never fade.”

Her death was announced on Wednesday evening by Bernard Doherty, her longtime publicist. She died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83-years-old.

Biden appoints Charles Q. Brown as top U.S General

President Joe Biden appointed US Air Force Chief General Charles Q. Brown as the top US military official, the White House announced on Wednesday, elevating a veteran fighter pilot with Pacific experience at a time of escalating tensions with China.

Brown, whose appointment is subject to Senate confirmation, would be only the second black officer to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff after Colin Powell two decades ago.

Biden’s official schedule for Wednesday said: “In the afternoon, the president will announce his intent to nominate General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”Biden named Lloyd Austin as the first black secretary of defence of the United States, the top civilian position at the Pentagon.

According to a senior Biden administration official, Biden accepted Austin’s advice and chose Brown because he “understands the strategic challenges the United States faces around the world.”

“He helped build and lead the air campaign against ISIS. He is deeply versed in the challenges posed by the PRC (Peoples Republic of China). And he has a strong understanding of our NATO allies’ perspectives and capabilities,” the official said.

With Brown’s confirmation, black Americans would hold the top two posts in the Pentagon for the first time, a significant achievement for an organisation that is diverse in its lower levels but predominantly white and male at the top.

Doguwa Exonerated Of Murder Charges

Report coming from the police and the Kano State Ministry of Justice, Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, has cleared the House of Representatives Majority Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa of murder charges.

The reports said there is no substantive evidence found from the police case files to charge him with culpable homicide.

Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Musa A. Lawan, indicated on Thursday while briefing journalists on the findings and legal recommendations of the government on the criminal charges filed against the lawmaker that available evidence contained in the police case diary indicated no sufficient evidence to link Doguwa with the said offences despite contradictory comments of witnesses against the suspect.