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Today’s Headlines: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria After Medical Treatment, Putin Govt Bans Barack Obama

President-Elect’ Tinubu Returns To Nigeria After Medical Treatment

Nigerian “President-elect” Bola Tinubu has returned to Nigeria eight days to his inauguration, as earlier reported by SaharaReporters after top sources confirmed his departure from France.

The incoming president returned to the country on Saturday after more than a week in Europe.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that barring last minute changes, Tinubu would return to Nigeria from Europe, where he had been on medical treatment in France particularly.

Top sources, who confided in SaharaReporters, had stated that Tinubu was preparing to return to the country today, Saturday ahead of the one-week different activities lined up for his inauguration on May 29.

SaharaReporters had on May 10 reported that a statement by Tunde Rahman from the Office of the “President-elect” also confirmed SaharaReporters’ exclusive story that Tinubu left for Europe.

While sources said he went for medical treatment, his media office said he was on a working visit.

SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that Tinubu would be returning to France to see his doctors, in preparation for his inauguration on May 29.

“He is returning to France to see his doctors ahead of the stress of the inauguration period so he can prepare for his swearing-in,” a top source in the ruling All Progressives Congress had told SaharaReporters.

Putin’s Government Bans Barack Obama, US Senators, Over 400 Other Americans From Entering Russia

The Russian government said on Friday that it has barred 500 Americans from entering the country, including former President Barack Obama.

This was mentioned by the country’s foreign ministry as a reaction to the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the current Biden-led US government.

“In response to the anti-Russian sanctions regularly imposed by the Biden administration… entry into the Russian Federation is closed for 500 Americans,” the foreign ministry said, adding that Obama was among those on the list.

Remember that the US added hundreds more organisations and persons to its sanctions blacklist on Friday as it widened its efforts to cut off Russia’s economy over the Ukraine offensive.

“Washington should have learned a long time ago that not a single hostile step against Russia will be left unanswered,” the foreign ministry said.

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers were among those named.

Court moves to consolidate all petitions against Tinubu

ABUJA – The Presidential Election Petition Court, sitting in Abuja, has disclosed its intention to consolidate the three different petitions that are seeking to nullify the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.

Consequently, the court, at its resumed proceedings on Saturday, said it was empowered by Paragraph 50 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, to merge all the petitions and determine them together.

However, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, who is the lead counsel for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, pleaded the court for time to consult his client.

My lords, we will not say that we have not looked at it, but perhaps it may require consultation with the other petitioners.

Edo Chief Judge retires from service

Edo Chief Judge, Justice Joe Acha, on Friday, retired from state judiciary service at the age of 65 years.

The newly sworn-in acting Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, described the retiring Chief Judge as an epitome of integrity and a jurist of unquestionable repute.

Okungbowa was sworn-in earlier as acting Chief Judge on Friday by Gov Godwin Obaseki.

A valedictory court session was held in honour of retiring Justice Acha at the state High Court in Benin.

Justice Okungbowa said retiring Justice Acha stood out as one who walked his talk, adding that he was a jurist of steel character, unbendable and uncompromising in dispensing Justice to those who deserved it.

On his part, Prof. Faith Osadolor, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Justice, said the retiring Chief Judge earned for himself the virtues of honesty, integrity, uncommon resilience and cerebral sagacity.

I need 3 weeks to call 100 witnesses against Tinubu — Atiku tells court

A former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the outcome of the presidential election that was held on February 25, has requested three weeks to call 100 witnesses to prove his case against the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Atiku and his party, at the resumed proceedings before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, through his legal team led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, disclosed that among those he has lined up to testify in the matter, would include expert witnesses and those he would ask the court to compel to mount the witness box.

“We may not even exhaust the three weeks because the issues are getting narrower, “Atiku’s lawyer, Uche SAN, added.

While the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through its lawyer, Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, told the court that it would only call two witnesses, the President-elect, Tinubu, said he would only need two days to deflate Atiku’s case.