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BREAKING: Liz Truss Wins Race To Become Britain’s Next Prime Minister

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In this file photo taken on July 28, 2022 Contender to become the country’s next Prime minister and leader of the Conservative party British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (L) is welcomed by Britain’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education Andrea Jenkyns (R) for a campaign event in Leeds. . (Photo by Ian Forsyth / POOL / AFP)

 

Britain’s Conservative party Monday announced Liz Truss as its new leader to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and confront Britain’s deepest economic crisis in decades.

 

The foreign secretary comfortably beat her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, by about 57 to 43 percent after a gruelling summer-long contest decided by just over 170,000 Conservative members — a tiny sliver of Britain’s electorate.

 

In a short victory speech at the announcement in a central London convention hall, Truss said it was an “honour” to be elected after undergoing “one of the longest job interviews in history”.

 

“I campaigned as a Conservative, and I will govern as a Conservative,” she said, touting Tory values of low taxes and personal responsibility.

 

Truss vowed a “bold plan” to address tax cuts and the energy crisis.

 

Details are expected in the coming days.

 

Truss, 47, will be only the UK’s third female prime minister following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher.

 

She will formally take office on Tuesday, after Johnson tenders his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.

 

The leadership contest began in July after Johnson announced his departure following a slew of scandals and resignations from his government, including Sunak’s.

 

Truss reserved a portion of her short speech to praising Johnson’s record, including on Brexit and the Covid pandemic, and said he was “admired from Kyiv to Carlisle”.

 

That won warm applause from the Tory faithful present. However, the right-wing ideologue faces a tough task in winning over public opinion.

 

A YouGov poll in late August found 52 percent thought Truss would make a “poor” or “terrible” prime minister.

 

Forty-three percent said they did not trust her “at all” to deal with the burning issue of the rise in the cost of living, as energy prices and inflation generally rocket amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

 

– ‘Worst in-tray’ –

The Tory winner faces “the worst in-tray for a new prime minister since Thatcher”, The Sunday Times wrote.

 

Millions say that with energy bills set to rise by 80 percent from October — and even higher from January — they face a painful choice between eating and heating this winter, according to surveys.

 

The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers reported Monday that Truss was considering freezing energy bills for consumers, with the government reimbursing suppliers.

 

But polls show public support for an early general election, and the Conservatives face a growing challenge to retain their 12-year grip on power with the opposition Labour party riding high.

 

Truss became foreign minister a year ago after holding a series of ministerial posts in departments including education, international trade and justice.

 

She began her political journey as a teenage member of the centrist Liberal Democrats before switching to the Conservatives.

 

In 2016, she campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union but switched allegiance when Britons backed Brexit.

 

Her love of photo opportunities and style of dress — posing in a tank in Estonia and wearing a fur hat in Moscow — have earned her comparisons to Tory icon Thatcher.

 

Her sometimes stiff style has become visibly more relaxed and allies have sought to soften her image, revealing her love of karaoke and socialising.

 

– Storm clouds –

The announcement Monday by Conservative officials set in motion a chain of events.

 

For the first time in her 70-year reign, the 96-year-old monarch will appoint the prime minister at her Scottish retreat, Balmoral, rather than at Buckingham Palace in London.

 

The queen has been suffering mobility problems, and has cancelled a number of public engagements.

 

On Tuesday morning, Johnson will deliver a farewell speech at Downing Street before flying to Scotland — where heavy rain is forecast — to hand his resignation to the queen.

 

Truss is expected to fly separately to accept the queen’s invitation to form a new government, to ensure continuity of government in case of any mishaps.

 

On her return to Downing Street, the new prime minister will then give a short address to the nation. By tradition, that happens on the steps of Number 10.

 

But it may have to be moved indoors with forecasts for thundery downpours, matching Britain’s dismal outlook as the Truss government starts life.

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Stops Execution Of Judgment Releasing Kanu

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday stopped the execution of its own judgment which faulted the rendition of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria and also set aside the terrorism charges against him.

 

Justice Haruna Tsanami in a ruling upheld the application of the Federal Government and ordered that the execution of the judgment be put on hold.

 

The Federal Government had applied that the execution of the judgment be suspended pending the resolution of its appeal lodged at the Supreme Court.

Justice Tsanami in the briefing ruling held that the counter affidavit filed against the Federal Government’s application by Kanu’s legal team was misleading.

 

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Acquits Nnamdi Kanu, Challenges High Court’s Jurisdiction

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The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

 

Kanu is being prosecuted by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for 15 count charges bordering on treasonable felony, terrorism, and offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.

 

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal however said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court held that the 15-count charge preferred against Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.

 

The court further held that the Federal Government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.

 

The court noted that the act of abduction and extraordinary rendition of Kanu from Kenya without due process is a violation of his right.

 

It added that the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu was procured and brought before the court was not evaluated by the lower court, before assuming jurisdiction to try him.

 

The lower court having failed to address the preliminary objection challenging its jurisdiction particularly the issue of abduction and extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria, the lower court failed to take cognizance of the fact that a warrant of arrest can only be executed anywhere within Nigeria, the appeal court judgement said.

 

The court further held that the trial judge was in grave error to have breached the right to fair hearing of Nnamdi Kanu

The African Charter on Human and People’s rights are part of the laws of Nigeria and courts must abide by the laws without pandering to the aim of the Executive, the appeal court said.

 

Treason charges

Mr. Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra.

On October 2015, he was arrested by Nigerian authorities on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

He was granted bail on April 2017 for medical reasons.

However, Mr. Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

He was then sighted in Israel and later continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian States and institutions,” Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said after Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria in June 2021.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Mr. Kanu has denied any wrongdoing.

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Buhari To Present 2023 Budget To National Assembly Today

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday present the N19.76 trillion 2023 Budget to the National Assembly in Abuja.

The presentation will take place 10am at the temporary chamber of House of Representatives.

The Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, had said the President will present the 2023 appropriation to the National Assembly in September.

He had said the 2023 budget was prepared in tandem with extant Federal Government policies and guidelines as articulated in the 2023 Budget Call Circular and other relevant laws and regulations.

Buhari had in December 2021 signed the 2022 Appropriation Bill into law with an aggregate expenditures of N17.127trillion, an increase of N735.85 billion over the initial Executive Proposal for a total expenditure of N16.391 trillion.

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