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Govt Positions On Igboho, Kanu, Abba Kyari – Malami



BREAKING: Malami Withdraws From Kebbi Governorship Race, Remains Justice Minister
Abubakar Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has disclosed the Federal Government positions on the fates of separatists’ agitators Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a Igboho).

Malami also spoke on Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari extradition matter and the allegation by Senator Rochas Okorocha that he is being persecuted.

The AGF spoke last night on the Channels Television programme.

He condemned Transparency International Corruption Index placement of Nigeria.

Malami said he received the reworked Electoral Bill yesterday from the President for review and advice.

READ ALSO: Govt May Consider Political Solution On Kanu, Igboho, Others – Malami

He ruled out any federal government intervention in the trial of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) leader Kanu and Yoruba Nation agitator Igboho.

According to him, Kanu is facing treasonable felony charges in Abuja while Igboho is being detained by the Republic of Benin authorities over alleged illegal possession of travel documents and entering their country illegally.

Igboho’s detention was extended by six months yesterday.

“In the cases of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, there is no political solution as they are both facing trials. Igboho – in a foreign land that has its own laws and strategies of delivering justice.

“We can only bring Sunday Igboho back to Nigeria after conclusion of his trial in the foreign nation. So, there is no possibility of political solution now on his case. The same thing applies to Kanu Nnamdi, whose case is in the court going on naturally.”

READ ALSO: Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyers Protest As Security Operatives Bar Foreign Counsel From Court

On the alleged implication of DCP Kyari in Hushpuppi’s case, Malami stated: “Multiple jurisdictions are involved. So, within the context of the case, the international community is doing everything to ensure justice is done in the case.

“For now, there is a prima facie case of suspicion established against DCP Abba Kyari on the allegation of corruption involving Hushpuppi, though there is no sufficient evidence to proceed with criminal proceedings against him.

“Nigeria is supportive to other international bodies to stamp out corruption. Generally, we are working on the matter and we are giving all necessary support.”

On the reworked Electoral Bill, Malami said: “It will be premature for me to comment on it as I have not internalised the re-worked bill. Certainly, if I am not satisfied with the bill, and if it fails to take care of the national and public interest, I cannot do anything against the public and the national interest, though this government is eager to leave an improved electoral system.

“My office is a constitutional office and it is guided primarily by public interest and national interest in whatever action I take,” he said.

READ ALSO: My Brother, Secretary Not Behind My Ordeal – Nnamdi Kanu

According to Malami, former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu are not facing political witch-hunt.

“You can’t stop anyone from making allegations, but these allegations should be looked into and fact-checked so the needful can be done in terms of ensuring justice and fairness.

“The government checks activities irrespective of who is involved and ensures a balance in the delivery of justice.”

On Magu, the AGF dismissed the allegation that the former EFCC chief was being subjected to political persecution.

“But as a constitutional government, we must allow the institutions to do their job. So, what I can say on the matter is that the case is a work in progress.”

Rejecting the corruption index rating of Nigeria by the TI, the minister said the Global anti-corruption coalition lacked the wherewithal to rank the President Buhari administration low.

He said: “From what we have been doing in terms of convictions we had in 2021, it is clear that, the TI rating had no basis. The government, through the EFCC got more than 2000 convictions of high profile cases in 2021. So, there is no basis that the report of the TI can stand.”


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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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