Kenyan court grants bail to Nairobi governor charged with corruption
Kenyan court granted bail on Wednesday to the Nairobi County governor charged with multi-million dollar corruption in one of the most high profile cases in the government’s anti-graft push. The move was opposed by the prosecution, which argued Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was likely to interfere with witnesses and obstruct the investigation.
Sonko, an elected official from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party known for his flamboyant lifestyle, was arrested on Friday.
He has denied charges of conspiracy to commit corruption, conflict of interest, failure to comply with procurement laws, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering.
Minister Of Women Affairs Working Towards Bill To Ban Early Marriage
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said the ministry is sponsoring a bill to ban early marriage and make elementary schooling compulsory for all girls.
Dame Tallen was speaking in an interview with Journalists, in Jos, Plateau State.
According to the minister, President Buhari’s administration has made elementary education free and compulsory for Nigerian children, particularly for the girl child. She strongly believes that the solution to reducing early marriage of Nigerian girls is to ensure they go to school.
She said, “The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is sponsoring a bill at the National Assembly to ban early marriage among Nigerian girls, the bill shall also seek for the stoppage of violence against women and the girl child.”
“Even before my coming on board as the Minister of Women Affairs, primary and secondary education has been made free and compulsory; no child is expected to stay out of school.
Pauline added that, “No girl child is expected to get married before completing her secondary education, which means no girl child should marry before the age of 18 years”. She explained that early marriage was common among illiterate parents and girls.
Tallen complained that early marriage of the girl child was one of the major challenges confronting the social well-being of womanhood in Nigeria.
FAAN Denies Banning UBER, BOLT At Airports
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) has denied banning cab-hailing services like UBER, Bolts and others at the airports across the country.
The agency stated that there is no restriction on these services and passengers are free to use whatever means of transportation they deem fit to arrive or depart the airports across the country.
On Tuesday, a Twitter user posted on the platform that the agency had placed on ban on those services:
“So @FAAN_Official has issued a directive via this billboard to state that @UberNigeria @Boltapp_ng amongst others are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport.
“The fine for this ranges from 10,000 naira. Please be aware.”
However, Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN general manager, public affairs, refuted the allegation.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Yakubu said FAAN is not responsible for the billboard with the restriction notice.
“A group of persons did that without recourse to FAAN management. Please disregard. Members of the public are free to be dropped at our airports by whatever means of transportation,” she said.
The Cable reports that a passenger who simply identified himself as Tayo, said he had a first-hand experience of Bolt.
“When I arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday, I requested a taxi through Bolt. After I located the driver and got in the car, he pleaded that he wanted to delete the app from his phone,” Tayo said.
“When I asked why he said they were not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport and if he is caught he would have to pay a fine. He said the airport taxi drivers are against them.”
There have been clashes between regular airport taxis and cab-hailing services such as Uber and Bolt. Many airport users say they stopped using airport taxies because Uber and Bolt are cheaper.
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