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We’ve Been Abandoned In Release Of Kangara Pupils – Niger State Governor

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We've Been Abandoned In Release Of Kagara Pupils - Niger Governor
Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello

Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has lamented being abandoned in a bid to rescue the kidnapped pupils of the Government Science College, Kangara.

Bandits had in the early hours of February 17, 2021 attacked Government Science College, Kangara in Niger State and abducted 42 persons, icluding 27 students, three teachers and 12 of their family members.

Bello who received the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia state Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, who was at the Government House to commisserate with the people of the state over the series of security challenges facing them, said though the Federal Government sent a delegation to the state and deployed more policemen, it had done nothing to help in securing the release of the victims.

He claimed that the Niger government had been left to shoulder all the financial responsibilities that would lead to the release of the abducted pupils.

“At the moment we have not seen any federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes, we had a delegation that came to commiserate with us, but we are left to ourselves.

“With or without any support, the state government has already made a commitment to the people of the state to rescue the abducted school children and therefore we will do everything possible to ensure their release unhurt.

“We will use whatever means and resources available to make sure the children return home safely,” Bello said, adding however that “we don’t have an exact day and when these children will be released but I am very sure very soon”.

Earlier, the Senate Chief Whip pledged to “smoke out” the bandits if he becomes president.

Kalu asked the federal government to set up a special security committee made up of all the forces to assist Niger State in searching for the kidnapped school children, saying the establishment of the special security committee would fast- track the rescue of the school children and others in captivity .

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Exchanging views with newsmen after the visit, the former Abia State governor said if he becomes president of Nigeria “I will smoke out all the bandits from their hiding places.”

Kalu said he did not believe in giving amnesty to bandits and that “If I am in charge I will not negotiate with bandits.

“If I am in charge I will not negotiate with bandits, I will smoke them away, I cannot negotiate with terrorists, Never.”

He disclosed that the federal government was mapping out plans that would lead to the wiping out of bandits in the country within the next three months.

“The governments are planning very well, they are strategising, they are building up momentum, they are building up the force to save the Nigerian people,” he declared.

In answer to another question, Kalu threw his weight behind rotational presidency saying that “Rotational presidency will bring peace, it is good for capacity building, rotating the presidency will help the country”.

The Senate Chief Whip however said Nigerians should stop discussing the issue of 2023 presidency because it will distract the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate Chief Whip also paid similar visits to two former leaders of the country, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and General Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as the Emir of Minna, Dr Umar Farouq Bahago

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

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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