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Judge Dismisses FCT Residents Suit Vs Tinubu, threatens to de-robe lawyer



The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out the suit filed by 5 residents of the FCT seeking to stop the 2023 presidential inauguration.

The 5 residents – Anyaegbunam Okoye, David Adzer, Jeffrey Ucheh Osang Paul and Chibuike Nwanchukwu — sued for themselves and on behalf of other residents and registered voters in the FCT had prayed to the court to halt the inauguration on grounds that President Bola Tinubu had not secured 25% of the votes cast in the FCT.

At the last adjourned date 28th May which was scheduled for rule on the case, Justice Inyang Ekwo was absent from court on an official duty.

The absence of the judge infuriated the counsel to the plaintiffs, who granted an interview, threatening to sue the judge up to the Supreme Court.

At today’s proceeding, the said lawyer was absent from court.


Delivering the ruling Justice Ekwo held that from the affidavit of the plaintiffs the lawyer Chucks Nwachukwu instigated the suit and merely got the plaintiffs to stand in as parties while he handles the suit as a lawyer.

This the court says is unprofessional conduct, reckless, frivolous and a lack of complete knowledge of the elementary principles of law.

The action was willfully initiated not just to circumvent but to overreach the ongoing proceedings of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

The lawyer aimed to plunge the country into unprecedented constitutional anarchy capable of causing bloodshed and genocide.

The plaintiffs and their lawyers are out to be deprecated in the strongest term for this type of process.


The court found no merit in the application and accordingly struck out the suit.

The court however made the consequential order, directing the lawyer to pay the sum of N10 million each to the 1st and 2nd respondents that is the AGF and the CJN.

Justice Ekwo held that the lawyer was lucky to be absent from court otherwise he would have de-robed him immediately.

The court there referred him to the legal disciplinary committee to determine if he is fit to practice. The order shall be served on the Supreme Court, NBA and the AGF.

The court also held that until the fine is paid no further action can be taken on the suit.



Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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