Ndume, Laroy Marc – Your Thursday briefing

Thursday 30th March 2017

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Good day, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look back. – Click on any title to read more. of the story.


Former Senate leader  Muhammed Ali Ndume was on Wednesday suspended for six months by the Senate over his allegations against Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.

Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions made the recommendation in its report, which was considered by the lawmakers at the plenary on Wednesday.

The suspension was to take effect immediately.

Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, is at the hub of the spat between the Nigeria Senate and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hameed Ali.

It would be recalled that earlier this month, the Upper House ordered Mr. Ali to appear in uniform before it in connection with the service’s directive against owners of vehicles not duly registered with it.

Rice containers seized from Masters Energy Trading Limited
Rice containers seized from Masters Energy Trading Limited

He declined to obey either order.   Among others, he asserted he was not a career Customs official and had in fact risen to the rank of colonel in the Nigerian Army and would therefore not wear the uniform of a para-military agency such as the Customs.  The Senate threatened to have him arrested.


Welcome to the world of Leroy Marc, a prolific South African radio and TV presenter on BET Africa. Leroy is also an actor and model with endorsements from fashion labels like Wrangler Jeans and Diesel Jeans .

In this interview we learn about him, his style, and how he sees the African fashion industry in years to come. He also talked about his style Icon and the challenges facing the African Fashion Industry.]


In the last 10 months, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party, has grappled with a lingering leadership crisis that has defied solutions.

The party on May 21, 2016 split into two factions at its national convention in Port Harcourt, following the sack of the National Working Committee led by Ali Modu Sheriff and its replacement with a National Caretaker Committee chaired by Ahmed Makarfi.

Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

Since the crisis broke out, different courts have given varied judgements with the Sheriff group winning some and the Makarfi faction emerging victorious in others.

The crisis deepened when the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, delivered a judgement on February 17, recognising Mr. Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State and senator, as the authentic chairman of the party.

The various organs and most members of the party kicked against the judgement. The Makarfi faction proceeded to the Supreme Court, which heard the matter for the first time last Thursday.

Attempts by some prominent members to resolve the crisis, including former President Goodluck Jonathan intervene have so far been futile. The farthest both groups could go at a meeting brokered by Governor Seriake Dickson on Thursday was to agree to a “cease fire” and stop making public statements on the crisis.


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