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Former Presidential aspirant withdraws $1 billion lawsuit against Twitter founder

Adamu Garba has withdrawn his $1 billion lawsuit instituted against Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter.

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A former Nigerian presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has announced the withdrawal of his $1 billion lawsuit instituted against the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey.

The case was brought against the Twitter boss over his alleged role in the #EndSARS protests, which led to violence across the country resulting in the destruction of lives and properties.

READ: Joe Biden gains additional 4.6 million Twitter followers in less than 12 hours

While making the disclosure through a tweet post on his official Twitter handle on Monday, Adamu Garba said that the purpose of taking the Twitter founder to court had been achieved.

The motion on notice was brought pursuant to order II Rules 1, 2, 3 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009 and Sections 34(1), 35(1) and 41(1), and 43 of the 1999 Constitution.

READ: #EndSARS: Freezing of accounts may trigger further protests – Tunde Bakare

What the former presidential aspirant is saying

Adamu in his tweet post said, “I think the action has served its purpose. I’ve written to our lawyers to withdraw the case from court. I also tendered my sincere apologies to Nigerians who are pained by my #EndSARS actions. Nigeria shall rise.

READ: #EndSARS: Nothing wrong with social media bill – Ali Ndume

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Going further, he said, ‘’Don’t stay with the headlines on the papers, listen to this. Nigeria has won. Jack will forever stay off our internet space and incite violence in our country while suspending a whole President to protect his country. Jack hypocrisy is exposed and Nigeria emerged victoriously.’’

READ: #EndSARS: We fired blanks, no casualties reported in Lekki – Nigerian Army

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that Garba, an ex-Presidential aspirant and businessman, had, on October 20, through his lawyer, Abbas Ajiya, filed the suit, asking for a fine of $1 billion in favour of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as compensation for loss of lives, properties and convenience due to his active support for funding of #EndSARS protests.
  • This is coming after he had initially expressed his displeasure at Dorsey for showing support to the #EndSARS protesters even after the Federal Government had disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
  • Also joined as respondents are Attorney-General of the Federation, National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police, Director General of Department of State Service, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security, and Civil Defense Corps; Nigeria Communication Commission, Twitter International Company, and the #ENDSARS Protesters.

READ: #EndSARS: US Secretary of State demands prosecution of those involved in shooting

 

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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FG to commence construction of 4 new rail projects across the country

The listed rail line projects include Ibadan-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, Kano-Maradi and Lagos-Calabar rail lines.

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Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport, Nigerian railway contract with CCECC and CRRC, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Chinese Railway Rolling stock Corporation

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal Government is about to commence 4 new rail line projects in various parts of the country.

The listed rail line projects include Ibadan-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, Kano-Maradi and Lagos-Calabar rail lines.

This disclosure was made by Amaechi while speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing on programmes, projects and activities of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies on Friday in Abuja.

READ: FG to fully launch E-ticketing platform for NRC next week

What the Minister of Transportation is saying

Although the Minister announced that the Federal Government was about to start the rail lines project, he was not specific on the exact dates the projects would start.

Amaechi, in his statement, said, “We have awarded the following contracts and we are about to start and we have even tried to solve the financial problems. This is because we have the problem of having to hire consulting engineers.

READ: $2 billion Kano-Maradi rail would be completed in 36 months – FG

“The ones we are about to start include Ibadan to Kano, we are waiting for funds from China. We are about to start Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, we are waiting for the cabinet to approve consulting shares. We are also to start the Kano-Maradi and Lagos to Calabar.

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“But one thing that is unique about these contracts is that the president early enough directed that all rail lines must stagnate at the seaports.

“That is why there may be a bit of adjustment in the pricing of Kano-Maradi because we have to adjust it to link up to Kano-Lagos so that it can terminate at Lagos seaport.’’

The Minister pointed out that the 185.5km Lagos-Ibadan double standard gauge line with extension to Apapa seaport was nearing completion, while the 186km Abuja-Kaduna and 302km Warri-Itakpe standard gauge lines had been completed and were functional.

READ: FG urges contractors to complete Ebute Meta–Apapa seaports railway extension by January 2021

What this means

  • The various rail line projects are part of the ambitious plan by the Federal Government to create a nationwide rail network that is intended to help in the country’s diversification efforts, away from crude oil.
  • Some of these rail projects will also help to decongest the Apapa ports in Lagos and serve as a route for the import and export of goods in the West African sub-region.

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Customs Tin-Can Island Command generates N112.7 billion in Q1 2021

This is a N21.1 billion increase in revenue compared to a revenue of N91.6 billion in Q1 2020.

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The Nigerian Customs Service revealed that its Tin-Can Island Command has a first-quarter revenue of N112.7 billion in 2021. This is a N21.1 billion increase in revenue compared to a revenue of N91.6 billion in Q1 2020.

This was disclosed by Mr Mba Musa, Customs Area Controller, in a statement on Friday.

“The comparative analysis of quarter one revenue collection from 2018 to 2021 are as follows: in 2018, N76,789,721,107.42; in 2019, N78,857,106,168.27; and in 2020, N91,635,998,490.73,” the customs boss said.

READ: Customs revenue rises by N200 billion to hit N1.5 trillion in 2020

“This improvement is despite the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The command has inspired their officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performance.

“We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted,” he added.

READ MORE: Customs officers must declare their assets annually – Customs boss

What you should know: The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated a revenue of N1.5 trillion for the year 2020, a rise compared to N1.3 trillion in 2019.

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