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Michael Cohen Takes Stand As Key Witness In Trump’s Hush Money Trial

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Michael Cohen, once Donald Trump’s lawyer and fixer, has stepped onto the witness stand to testify against the former U.S. president.

The trial, which marks the first-ever criminal trial against a U.S. president, is now entering its final phase with Cohen’s highly anticipated testimony. Prosecutors anticipate concluding their presentation of evidence by week’s end.

Cohen’s testimony is expected to shed light on his involvement in arranging payments, allegedly made on Trump’s behalf, including those to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Daniels testified last week that a $130,000 payment she received in 2016 was intended to silence her about a decade-old sexual encounter she claims to have had with Trump.

Trump, however, denies any such encounter, maintaining his innocence in the face of charges of falsifying business records to reimburse Cohen for the payments just before the 2016 presidential election.

Throughout the trial, other witnesses, including former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker and ex-Trump adviser Hope Hicks, have detailed Cohen’s role in orchestrating efforts to suppress damaging stories during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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RIVERS IS NOT UNDER POLICE SIEGE – GOV. FUBARA

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…Assures of commissioning Eberi-Omodu road in next 2 months

…Says Rivers is peaceful

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has said the State is not under any kind of Police siege as speculated by detractors of his administration.

Governor Fubara stated this after inspecting the Eberi-Omodu road in Omuma local government area of the State on Thursday.

The governor noted that the road initiated by his administration would have been part of the projects commissioned in his one year anniversary, but he has to extend the project from its initial 8 kilometers to 14.6 kilometers to link Abia State.

While assuring that in the next two months the road would be commissioned, Gov. Fubara emphasised that his visit is to also assure Nigerians that Rivers State is peaceful as against negative media reports about the State being under Police siege.

“You can see that we are moving about inspecting projects as against what you see in media reports that Police are everywhere and that we don’t move about anymore.”

“We are not under siege, the State is free and if at all there is any problem in the State, I know quite alright that Nigerians know where it is coming from and not from us.”

He reiterated that he is peace loving and promised to sustain the prevailing peace for the betterment of the people of Rivers State.

 

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Kano Government reacts as Court ‘sacks’ Sanusi

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The Kano State government has said the ruling delivered by a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman, earlier on Thursday, shows Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II is still the Emir of Kano.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Barrister Haruna Isah Dederi, said this during a press conference held at the Government House Thursday evening.

He said, “Today 20th June, 2024, the Federal High Court No. 1, Kano had passed its ruling in respect of the case before it. I have the honor, on behalf of His Excellency Gov. Abba K. Yusuf and the Kano State Government, to address you once again over the lingering litigation arising from the abolishing of the Five emirates and deposition of the former emirs. (including the deposed emir of 8 metropolitan local governments).
“The Kano State Government acknowledges the ruling by the Federal High Court regarding the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024 and views same as upholding the rule of law.
“By the ruling of the Court, it has unequivocally. reaffirmed the validity of the law passed by Kano State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State on Thursday 23rd May, 2024 by 5:10pm. This part of the judgement is very fundamental to the entire matter.

“Further implication of the ruling is that all actions done by the Government before the emergence of the interim order of the honorable Court, are equally validated. This means that, the abolishing of the Five emirates created in 2019 is validated and the deposition of the Five emirs is also sustained by the Federal High Court. By implication this means that Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the emir of Kano.

“The judge also granted our application for the stay of proceedings until the Court of Appeal deals with the appeal before it on jurisdiction. Happily, the signing of the law and the reinstatement of His Highness, Emir Muhammad Sunusi II were done on 23rd May, 2024 before the emergence of the Interim Order which was served on us on Monday 27th May, 2024.”

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HIS EXCELLENCY THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE SENATOR HOPE UZODIMMA, CON, HAS APPROVED THE APPIONTMENT OF THE UNDERLISTED PERSONS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS AND SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANTS, WITH PORTFOLIOS THEREIN AS FOLLOWS

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HIS EXCELLENCY THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE SENATOR HOPE UZODIMMA, CON, HAS APPROVED THE APPIONTMENT OF THE UNDERLISTED PERSONS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS AND SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANTS, WITH PORTFOLIOS THEREIN AS FOLLOWS:

1.
Mrs. Treasure Ahanonu
S.A. Religion
2.
Mrs. Chinonye Nnawuihe
S.A. Housing
3.
Mrs. Augustina Ohizu
S.A. Education (Secondary School)
4.
Sir Bright Nwelue
S.A. Event Management and Program Coordination
5.
Godson Dibe
S.A. Empowerment
6.
Dr. Katch Ononuju
S.A. Inter-party Affairs
7.
Prince Eze Ugochukwu
S.A. Public Enlightenment
8.
Barr. Ifeoma Umeh
S.A. Poverty Alleviation
9.
Franca Uzodimma
S.A. Domestic
10.
Frank Onwumere
S.A. Motor Parks Supervision/Illegal Parks
11.
F.C.C. Jones
S.A. Public Communication
12.
Hon Emma Dike
S.A. Industrial Park
13.
Ogubundu Nwadike
S.A. Research and Documentation
14.
Ikechukwu Ekeh (Ekeson)
S.A. Tourism
15.
Morris Onwuba
S.A. Drainages and Desilting
16.
Savior S.C. Okiro
S.A. Community Development
17.
Uzoma K. Nwokorie
S.A. Ethics
18.
Chief (Dr.) Chijioke D.B. Williams
S.A. Urban Development
19.
Mr. Anthony Anyaehie
S.A. Mass Transit
20.
Nlemigbo Ikenna
S.A. Sport
21.
Hon. Eric Uwakwe
S.A. Youth Mobilization
22.
Lady (Bee) Bernadette Okereke
S.A. Primary Health
23.
Mrs Florence Anachebe
S.A. Special Duties
24.
Ukanwa Obinna Chidiukwu
S.A. Education (Primary)
25.
Mrs Grace Ugwoegbu
S.A. Investment Promotion
26.
Ogbonna L. Egongu
S.A. Women Empowerment
27.
Odinaka Chioma Pamela
S.A. Secretarial Duties
28 BARR. LEO AWAZIEAMA – SA LEGAL
29 JOSEPH OPUTA -SA ISOPADEC
30 MRS. IJEOMA IKEGWURUKA- SA OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES
31 COMRADE AUSTIN CHILAKPU-SA LABOUR
32 DR. PATRICK UZOMA- SA LAGOS LIAISON
33 DR. MRS. OBIANUJU NWOKEJIOBI- SA PRIMARY HEALTH
34 CHIDI ONYEWUCHI- SA SKILL ACQUISITION
35 ANDY CHIKWE- SA ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)
36 AMARACHI ANYAEHIE- SA MEDIA
37 TONIA CHIMENEM CHINDAH -SA SPECIAL DUTIES II
38 JOHN IKEAKA- SA INTELLIGENCE AND SURVEILLANCE
39 MRS. CHINYERE EMEZIEM- SA WOMEN AFFAIRS
40 MRS. ESTHER UKACHUKWU- SA EDUCATION INTERVENTION
41 EZECHI CHUKWU-SA CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS
42. HUMPHREY IKEAKA-SA SPECIAL DUTIES I
43 BARR. PAT-EKEJI NGOZI – SA STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT
44 Patience Mbakwe – SA Micro Credit
45 Doris Anyanwu- SA NEPAD
46 Onwuzuruike CHINYERE Adanna (Shantel)- SA Networking
47 Benjamin Igwe (Bello) -SA Electoral I
48 Emmanuel Owete- SA Electoral II
49 Alhaji Suleiman Ibrahim -SA Northern Affairs (Male)
50 Hajia Fatima Hamza -SA Northern Affairs (Female)
51 Samuelson Emehibe- SA Special Citizen
52 Stanley Nwaloka- SA Voter Education
53 Wilson Nwafor- SA Regional Integration and Cooperation
54 Collins Opuruzor- SA Eletronic and Creative Media
55 Christian Merenu (LOMAS)- SA Betting and Pools

B SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANTS
1.
Stanford Arinze Nwokedi
S.S.A. Public Enlightenment
2.
Oparaji Franklyn
S.S.A. Student Affairs
3.
Ambrose Nwaogwugwu
S.S.A.Eletronic and creative Media
4.
Dorathy Nworji
S.S.A. Door to Door
5.
Ijeoma Ndubuisi
S.S.A. Agriculture
6.
Dr. Ijeoma Onyebuagu
S.S.A. Welfare/Entertainment
7.
Ikechukwu Ezeibekwe
S.S.A. Community Relations
8.
Mike Akwiwu
S.S.A. Open Space and Park Management
9.
Modestus Nwamkpa
S.S.A. Print Media
10 Charles Ebonuma SSA SPECIAL CITIZENS

Hon Declan Emelumba
Commissioner for Information, Public Orientation, and strategy

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