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The Late 5: Senate receives 2018 budget report, Kaduna inaugurates response team against rape and other stories

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration would not disappoint Nigerians, saying everything possible was being done to ameliorate their hardship.

He stated this on Tuesday during an All Progressives Congress(APC) rally in Dutse as part of activities of his two day working visit to Jigawa.

Buhari said he was aware of the hardship being faced by people as a result of the economic crunch and hike in prices of essential commodities adding that the Federal Government has stopped the importation of rice to encourage the local production and empower farmers.

The Senate on Tuesday received the report on the 2018 budget from its Committee on Appropriation.

The report was laid on Tuesday at plenary by Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman Senate committee on appropriation, six months after it was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report is expected to be deliberated upon by the lawmakers before the end of the week and followed possibly with the passage of the bill.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has stopped the trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and quashed the charges of non-declaration of assets against him.

In its ruling on Tuesday, a two-man panel of the CCT, upheld the argument by Justice Ngwuta, to the effect that, as a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, he could not be tried in any court or tribunal, except he has first been subjected to the investigatory and disciplinary processes of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The CCT held that a judge could not be prosecuted by any court or tribunal until the NJC deals with the allegations against him/he and takes a decision of either dismissing such a judicial officer or compulsorily retiring him or her.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites; Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was on Tuesday arraigned before a Kaduna High Court amidst tight security.

A leader of the Shi’ites sect in Kaduna, Malam Abdulhameed Bello however said Sheikh Zakzaky was forcefully brought to Kaduna at night before the sitting.

According to him, members of the movement were disappointed about his re-arraignment, because in a substantive suit before an Abuja High Court, the court had ruled that he should be released unconditionally.

Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday that it would soon inaugurate a rapid response team to handle cases of rape and ensure justice for victims.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Hafsat Baba disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Baba said setting up the team was a development strategy to address the menace of rape in the state.

Describing the rising cases of rape as alarming, noting that it was been fueled by cultists and people with deep psychological problem, she said  “the response team would have all the stakeholders together – security agencies, ministries of Health, Education and Women Affairs – to quickly intervene in any reported case of rape.”

And stories from around the world:

United States President, Donald Trump, said his wife Melania is “doing really well” following a successful kidney procedure and will leave hospital within days.

“Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Thank you for so much love and support!”

Melania Trump had a surgery on Monday morning for what aides called a “benign” kidney condition.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israel as an “apartheid state. Turkey, on Tuesday also ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave as the killing of dozens of Palestinians threatened a 2016 reconciliation deal.

Ambassador Eitan Naeh was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry and told to “return to his country for a period of time”, said a foreign ministry official, according to AFP

German authorities on Tuesday began the deportation procedure for a 23-year-old Togolese asylum seeker, whose detention caused the migration debate in Germany to flare up this month.

Report says he was earlier today deported to Italy, where he was first registered in Europe after fleeing his homeland. “Today we deported the Togolese, who we arrested in Ellwangen on May 3,’’ Minister of the Interior for Baden-Wuettemberg Thomas Strobl confirmed.

This development is coming after the Federal Constitutional Court rejected a last-minute appeal from the man’s legal team to block the deportation. Germany’s long-running and often divisive debate over migration flared up after the initial failure of authorities to detain the man.

The Scottish parliament has voted against Theresa May’s Brexit legislation by a large margin, putting the UK on the brink of a major constitutional dispute.

Holyrood rejected the UK government’s European Union withdrawal bill by 93 votes to 30 on Tuesday after Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens backed Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to oppose proposals on post-Brexit power sharing set out in clause 11 of the bill.

The vote is not legally binding but it will force the prime minister to make a high-risk decision to impose those power-sharing plans on Scotland or make further concessions to the Scottish government to avoid a crisis.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was on Tuesday sentenced to 30 days behind bars for organising protests ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s fourth inauguration last Monday.

Judge Dmitry Gordeyev of Moscow’s Tverskoi district court found Navalny guilty of arranging the “unauthorised protests”.

The court heard testimony from one of the police officers who detained Navalny, who said he ignored megaphone warnings that the protest was illegal.

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