Remember that CNN reporter that got his press pass to the Whit House suspended by Trump because he asked him (Trump) a question he couldn't answer? He became the journalist of the century by that single act and it seems like the judge ruled in his favor.
A federal judge had on Friday ordered the White House to reinstate the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, whose pass was revoked due to a heated exchange with President Donald Trump.
The judge granted CNN's request order that would temporarily reinstate Jim's White House press pass.
The ruling from Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, was the first victory for CNN in the ongoing case.
"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today," Acosta said outside U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
"Let's go back to work!" he gleefully added.
Judge Timothy Kelly issued a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore Acosta’s access until a full hearing is held, according to the network.
CNN and other media groups, including Trump-endorsed Fox News, backed the lawsuit which claimed the revoking of Acosta’s pass violated constitutional guarantees of a free press.
Trump had better look out for the media this time...
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Following the fracas at the entrance to the Anambra House of Assembly on Thursday, the police in the state say they have sealed off the complex till further notice.
A statement on Friday by the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said the sealing off was done by 6 pm on Thursday.
The police had earlier, on Thursday, teargassed lawmakers, staff and supporters of various factions of the state House of Assembly as tempers flared over the leadership tussle in the house.
The House became factionalized on Tuesday with the alleged impeachment of the speaker, Rita Maduagwu, by about 20 of the 30 members.
She was purportedly replaced by Ikem Uzoezie who represents Aguata II Constituency.
But, backed by some state officials, she later regained access into the chamber, and held a session with 11 members of the assembly.
She had also described her impeachment as a “bundle of illegality”.
However, Mr Uzoezie, on Wednesday, said her impeachment was irrevocable.
Interestingly, both speakers adjourned the sitting of the house till Thursday.
But, in a bid to prevent outbreak of violence between both factions and their supporters the police cordoned off the complex.
Over 300 armed policemen, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, cordoned off the complex from the Alex Ekwueme Square entrance, as early as 8am.
This affected workers of the nearby judiciary complex and others who had businesses in the area as they were also denied entrance.
Later, as supporters of both factions gathered at the entrance, the atmosphere became charged, forcing the police to disperse them with teargas.
After the situation was brought under control, the Uzoezie faction held a sitting, with 25 members said to be in attendance.
Later in the evening, the police sealed the complex to forestall breakdown of law and order.
The Police claimed the leadership of the Assembly invited them to take over, seal off and secure the entire premises.
This, Haruna (Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohamme) said, was contained in a letter addressed to the Commission of Police with effect from 6pm Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Although the Police did not reveal which of the leadership being referred here, but explained this measure was proactive to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly.
“Sequel to the breaches of public peace at the Anambra State House of Assembly Complex on the 15th November, 2018, the Leadership of the Assembly has requested for the Police to take over, seal off and secure the entire premises of the Assembly in an official letter to the Commissioner of Police.
‘’The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the general Public that it has sealed off the Assembly Complex with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday 15th November, 2018 as a proactive measure to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly’, the statement said.
The command further implored members of the public to stay away from the House of Assembly premises till further notice.
“The Command solicits the co-operation of Ndi Anambra in this regard and further assures all citizens /residents of its determination to provide adequate security in the State, please,” the statement concluded.Read More
Four members of a family in Ilorin were feared dead after the consumption of an ‘amala’ meal, suspected to be poisonous.
The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that four others who ate the meal, have also been hospitalised at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
The incident happened at Magaji-Ogo community behind Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, in Ilorin West Local Government Area.
A source told NAN that the victims took the meal on Sunday night before three of them were found dead the following morning.
According to him, the fourth casualty, who was the head of the family, died on Wednesday.
“Those feared dead is the father, his sister and two children, while those recuperating in the hospital is the mother and three other children.
“The corpses of the deceased had been buried in accordance with Islamic rite. They were eight that took the meal.
“Though we are not sure yet of the cause of death. Officials from the state Ministry of Health were in the community to take samples of the meal for test but nothing has been said about the findings,’’ the source said.
The family, NAN learnt, is an extension of the District Head of Adewole, popularly known as Alangua Adewole in Ilorin.
Meanwhile, Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode, Director, Public Health and Disease Control in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said that the ministry was yet to identify the cause of the “ugly and unfortunate occurrence.”
Fakayode told NAN that samples from the meal were taken for laboratory investigation, which would be out within the next 24 hours.
“As it stands, it is difficult to say the cause until the result is out.
“However, we are definite that it is food poison because of the symptoms, but we are not sure of the food item that is culpable,” he said.
When a NAN correspondent sought confirmation from the Police Command in Kwara State, its spokesman, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said the command was not aware of the incident.
Ahead of the 2019 Senatorial election in Anambra State, a group of women professionals from the South East has endorsed Sen. Andy Uba to re-contest for Senate.
The South East Professional Women Association in Nigeria passed a vote of confidence on the senator when they visited him in his office in Abuja on Wednesday.