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Akeredolu Orders Probe Of Chief Judge Over Alleged Illegal Detention

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The case of Mr Olupelumi Fagboyegun who is allegedly being detained illegally by the Ondo State Chief Judge Justice O Akeredolu has come to the attention of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Indeed, Akeredolu has ordered the Ministry of Justice to investigate the allegation of arrest and detention for over three years made by Fagboyegun, an indigene of the state.

Fagboyegun had in a video which has gone viral on the social media claimed that the chief judge had caused him to suffer unjustly.

He claimed that he had returned from the United Kingdom to visit his father only to be arrested on the order of the chief judge.

He said he had spent three years in detention and faced trials in different courts presided over by different judges without delivering judgment.

Fagboyegun who claims to be a single father, said he would like to return to the United Kingdom to reunite with his children, appealing to the the Federal Ministry of Justice to intervene in his matter.

He said he could not get justice from the Ondo State Ministry of Justice due to the perceived influence of the chief judge who he alleges has shown bias in the matter.
He called on the federal government to prevail on the state judiciary and revisit his case currently pending before the state high court of justice.

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In the video, he raised the alarm that the state judiciary was being used by the chief judge to persecute him and keep him in an unlawful custody for entering into his father’s house.

Governor Akeredolu in a tweet, responding to the video petition, directed the office of the state attorney-general to investigate the matter with a view to unraveling the facts behind the case and ensure that justice is done.

The governor tweet reads: “I have instructed my attorney-general to investigate the allegation. We will ensure the investigation is thorough, fair and transparent.

“n view of this, the Attorney-General of Ondo State and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Titiloye, has directed the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) to immediately investigate the allegation made against the chief judge.

“The attorney-general assured that the investigation into the matter will be thorough, fair and transparent in order to assure the public that Governor Akeredolu’s administration is determined to preserve the integrity of the courts and the judiciary.”

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Buhari Leaves For UN Assembly In US

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Buhari Leaves For UN Meeting In US

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave Abuja for New York, United States, ahead of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Saturday.

Adesina noted that the session opened on Tuesday, September 14.

The statement said that the theme for this year’s UNGA is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalize the United Nations.”

Buhari will address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24.

He is expected to speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.

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It said: “In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate The Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of

Action on the theme ‘Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.’ ”

Buhari will be accompanied to New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

 

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Presidential Candidate Dies

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Presidential Candidate Dies

A presidential candidate, Olusegun Bamgbose , who contested the last presidential election on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) is dead.

Bamgbose who was also the National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, was the Principal Head, God’s Own Chambers, a legal team based in Aba, Abia State, died on Friday after a brief illness.

The Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), whose legal team he headed, described Bamgbose as a strong voice on matters of good governance and human rights advocacy.

Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, Executive Director of FENRAD, in a statement, said Bamgbose was “richly endowed with political sagacity and was consistent in holding governments to account as he lent his voice to the most critical of national and local issues.

“Through his intervention and actions, government relaxed many unpopular policies. He was a fine gentleman, very hardworking, a lovely husband, father and friend to all. His humble mien, approach and disposition endeared him to many. Throughout his stay on earth, he was truly committed to the promotion and protection of environmental, human, and democracy rights which aligned with FENRAD’s goals.

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“We made many wins working together through his wise and ever-ready counsel. He led and piloted our legal department with such impeccable professionalism as a lawyer properly called.

“We are indeed pained by this loss and pray that God, in this trying time, grants his family – immediate and extended – the fortitude to bear this huge loss; same we also pray for on his friends, learned colleagues and those who by this exit are pained.

“Barr. Olusegun Bamgbose will be terribly missed .

“May his gentle soul find rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Adieu to the great iroko, an icon and a towering legal luminary!”

 

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Kidnapped NDA Major Regains Freedom

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Kidnapped NDA Major Regains Freedom

A military officer who was kidnapped during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State by bandits last month has regained his freedom.

Some gunmen suspected to be bandits broke into the Nigerian foremost military school on August 24, killed officers and abducted Major CL Datong.

The abducted major was in the kidnapper’s den till he was rescued on Friday.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah who confirmed the development, said Datong was rescued by troops.

According to him, the operations leading to his rescue led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in Afaka- Birnin Gwari areas of the state, revealing that scores of bandits were killed during the operation, particularly, in the late hours of September 17, 2021.

He said the Division in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, immediately swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area to find and rescue the officer after a directive by the Chief of Army Staff.

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“The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them with superior fire.

“In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer. However, the officer sustained a minor injury but has been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action,” he said.

He lauded the efforts of the NAF, DSS , Nigerian Police and “patriotic Nigerians” who worked tirelessly for the release of the victim.

 

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