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Ibarapa Now Safe – Traditional Rulers

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Ibarapa Now Safe - Traditional Rulers

Traditional rulers from Ibarapa zone of Oyo State, on Thursday, met with the state governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, over the security issues affecting the zone, stating that calm had returned to the area since the governor visited.

The Secretary to the Traditional Council and Onidere of Idereland, Oba Aderoju Kingsley, while speaking to newsmen shortly after a closed door meeting with the governor, held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said calm had returned to the area since the governor’s visit to the zone, and that the situation had changed for the better.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, quoted the Onidere as saying: “On behalf of the Ibarapa Traditional Council, of which I am the Secretary to all the Obas in Ibarapaland, we are here today to come and see the governor and discuss with him some of the issues that are affecting us in Ibarapaland.

“Today, we want to also appreciate the governor for his visit to us in Ibarapaland and to appreciate him for what he has done for us.

“Concerning the issues of insecurity, we have as a whole, discussed at length with the governor and he said he is going to look into the matter. He said we will have a statutory meeting, mostly in the three local government areas to see to the welfare of the people of that area.

“The governor also promised that he will set up a Peace and Security Committee and he is going to use Ibarapaland as a test case that will be used for other local government councils. That was all that we discussed.”

Responding to questions from newsmen on situation of things in the area at present, the Onidere said normalcy had returned since the governor’s visit and that people were now free to go anywhere in the area.
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“Yes, peace has returned to Ibarapa. Since the governor visited us, calm has returned and the situation has changed. Everybody is now free to go anywhere,” he said.
The traditional ruler equally said that all the Obas in Ibarapaland hailed Governor Makinde for his unrelenting efforts to fish out the criminals that had been terrorising the area.

“We have a general problem in Ibarapaland. It is not only Wakili. We cannot just make mention of one person because if we are talking about Wakili, what about those who are not Wakilis, who are troubling us?

“All we want the government to do for us is to send all the criminals away in Ibarapaland. That is what we want the government to do for us.

“As a traditional ruler, what we did today will show that peace will reign supreme in Ibarapaland. On the 15th of February, we will inaugurate the Peace and Security Committee members in all the local government in our areas,” the Onidere added.

The meeting had in attendance traditional rulers including the Onilala of Lanlate, Oba Sunday Bolawale Oladejo Oguntayi; Olu of Igboora, Oba Titiloye Olajide Jimoh; Onidere of Idere, Oba Aderoju; Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye; Asawo of Ayete, Oba Okeniyi Ewuola; and the Eleripe of Tapa, Oba Sunday Titiloye.

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Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud

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Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud

The Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday also ordered that the senator’s two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd, be wound up in line with the provisions of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021.

The court’s ruling was delivered in an appeal challenging the judgment of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court which on June 18, 2021, discharged and acquitted the defendants on two counts of fraud and money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which arraigned him however challenged the lower court’s decision.

EFCC had arraigned the three defendants over the acquisition of a property named Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa, Lagos, for N805 million.

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Part of the money paid to the vendor – N322 million transferred by Suiming Electrical Ltd on behalf of Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd – was alleged to be part of proceeds of fraud.

Earlier in his judgment, Justice Aneke said the evidence of the prosecutor “proved that the third defendant obtained a loan of N1.2 billion from Zenith Bank to purchase additional equipment and as provision of working capital”.

“It also proved that the loan of N1.2 billion together with interest of N24 million was properly granted to the third defendant .Nothing else was proved by the complainant or prosecutor in this case,” the EFCC quoted the judge as saying in a statement.

The high court judge was also quoted as claiming that a fatal blow was dealt to the case of the prosecution by its failure to call officials of Sterling Bank “to testify and probably tender exhibits F and F10. Consequently, he discharged and acquitted the defendants”.

However, ruling on the EFCC’s appeal on Friday, the Court of Appeal held that the trial judge erred in dismissing the charges against the respondents.

“The court said the prosecution had proved the ingredients of the offence and consequently found the defendants guilty as charged,” EFCC said.

 

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Drama In Court As Lawyer Appears In Priestly Attire

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By John Michael Ojo
There was a mild drama today at the Okpoko Magistrate Court in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, as a lawyer simply identified as Ogbachalu Goshen appeared before the court in a pastoral robe.

But Ogbachalu who was standing before the magistrate, CB Mbaegbu, was denied  hearing on the ground that he was not properly attired, leading to a minor incident in the court.

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However,  citing a recent Supreme Court’s judgment which supported the wearing of hijab by female students in public schools as a reference point, Ogbachalu reminded the court that it was his right to dress in his priestly attire as he was an ordained pastor and that the objection by the court to hear him, was an infringement on his fundamental human right as enshrined in section 38 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The magistrate however disagreed his submission which only forced the court to dismiss.

 

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Court Orders Immigration, Banks To Release David Ukpo’s Details To Ekweremadu

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To enable detained former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to effectively defend himself in London, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service and three banks to immediately release details of David Ukpo to him.

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the order while delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

The judgment against the defendants followed their non-appearance in court to defend the suit.

By the court order, all official information including the account opening package in relation to Ukpo are to be released to Senator Ekweremadu to ascertain the real age of the said Ukpo.

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Ukpo had claimed at a London court that he was a minor of 15 years old which led to the arrest and detention of the Nigerian Senator.

Other defendants are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents, respectively.

 

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