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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday fixed August 21 for final arguments in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

On that day, the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba will announce a date for judgment after listening to the closing arguments by lawyers.

The tribunal may also decide to reserve the judgment that day and later communicate the date to lawyers representing the parties in the case.

The date of the judgment must be within the 180 days (six months) period from the date the petition was filed, which the law prescribes for the hearing and determination of an election petition.

Since the petition was filed on March 18, it implies the judgment will be delivered before the middle of September.

The tribunal on Thursday adjourned for adoption of final addresses following the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, the last two respondents to the petition, to close their case on Thursday.

The petitioners are challenging the victory of Buhari and the APC at the February 23, 2019 presidential poll.

The petitioners, through their legal team led by Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), had on July 19 rested their case with 62 witnesses.

The first respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission, through its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), subsequently closed its case without calling any witness.

Buhari’s legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), which called seven witnesses between Tuesday and Wednesday, closed its case without calling additional witnesses on Thursday.

When asked for his reaction, the APC’s lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), also said on Thursday that he and the senior lawyers in his team found it unnecessary to call any further witness.

The five-man tribunal subsequently gave the three respondents three days to file and serve on the petitioners their final written addresses within three days, starting from Monday (August 5).

The tribunal gave the petitioners seven days from the time they are served to file and serve on the respondents their final written addresses.

It gave the respondents two days to, if necessary; file their final addresses in reply to the petitioners’ addresses.

Justice Mohammed announced that the final addresses would close on August 16.

He then fixed August 21 for adoption of the final addresses by the lawyers representing the parties in the case.

The date for judgment in the case would be announced by the tribunal that day.

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the government house correspondents to be professional in the discharge of their duty, while calling for a “fair reportage” of his administration’s activities.

 

Sanwo-Olu spoke when he led senior government officials, including his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, on a courtesy visit to the State House correspondents at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in the secretariat on Tuesday.

 

The Press Centre is the operation base of all reporters, under the aegis of Lagos Governor’s Office Correspondents (LAGOCO), who are covering activities of the Lagos government.

 

Also part of the Governor’s entourage included the Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Mr. Fola Adeyemi.

 

The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Sanwo-Olu’s visit to the Press Centre was a move by the Governor to familiarise himself with the people that are having day-to-day interface with the activities of his government.

 

Describing the Press Centre as a “newsroom” for the State House correspondents, Akosile informed the Governor that the media materials daily sent out from the facility reached over 3,000 media platforms and outlets across the country. This, he said, makes the Press Centre as the “most vibrant” in media capability, expertise and reach. 

 

Since his appointment by the Governor, Akosile said he had improved the capability of the Press Centre by setting up in-house digital team and Online Television, christened Lagospress TV on YouTube, which will be operated by the civil servants working in facility.

 

Welcoming the Governor to the Press Centre, LAGOCO President, Mr. George Okojie, who writes for Leadershipnewspaper, disclosed that Sanwo-Olu became the first Governor, after ex-Gov. Bola Tinubu, to visit the facility in the last 15 years.

 

Okojie used the occasion to intimate the Governor of the logistic challenges limiting the performance of the State House correspondents.

  

Sanwo-Olu thanked members of the Press Crew for their support since his administration took off, expressing satisfaction in the reportage of his activities.

 

He said: “On behalf of my deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, I thank you all for the support you have given us, the one you are giving us and the ones you are about to give us. It is important we familiarise ourselves with you, because your role is very important to us.

 

I thank you all for your support and I also appeal for more support in the coming days. I would say that we have felt your impact in the last 61 days we have been in government. Communication is not only critical to the success of any government, any government’s effort without the media is a journey to nowhere.”

 

Sanwo-Olu said activities of his government would focus on improving the lives of the people, adding that people would appreciate the effort of his government better if the journalists covering his activities told the story in a manner the people would understand.

 

He urged members of the Press Crew to always uphold professionalism, pledging his readiness to partner with them for progress.

 

He said: “Governance is not about us as leaders, but about the people who elected us to lead. We want the people to be aware of the government’s efforts to make our society better. In achieving this, the media has key role to play. I, therefore, urge you to discharge your duties professionally. You are important to us and we are partners in progress. We appeal to you to give fair reportage of our activities as demanded by the ethics of your profession.” 

 

He promised to assist members of the press crew in overcoming their challenges, while also disclosing his readiness to support the State House correspondents in the area of capacity building and professional improvement.

 

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo during the Governor’s visit to the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Jaji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde; Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu and Deputy Chief press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile during the Governor’s visit to the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

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Facebook said on Thursday it had found evidence of something cyber security and national security experts have long suspected: people tied to the government of Saudi Arabia have been running covert campaigns on Facebook and Instagram in a bid to prop up support for the kingdom and attack its enemies.

 

 

 

Facebook's first public announcement disclosure of its having found and taken down a covert influence campaign linked to the Saudi government. 

 

 

 

The people behind the campaign — who Facebook did not name but said were linked to the Saudi government  ran an expansive operation involving hundreds of Facebook pages and accounts. They built fictitious personas, Facebook (FB) said, and were well-resourced, spending more than $100,000 on ads on Facebook and Instagram. The pages involved in the campaign had more than one million followers, Facebook said.

 

 

 

"We have shared information about our findings with law enforcement, industry partners and policymakers," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in a blog post released Thursday.CNN has reached out to the Saudi government for comment. Thursday evening is the start of the country's weekend and no officials were immediately available.

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