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UPDATE: Ogun Governor's Appointee Admits Forging Certificate While Reacting To SaharaReporters’ Story

4 hours 13 min ago


Newly appointed Special Adviser on Education to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Joseph Odemuyiwa, has confirmed SaharaReporters’ story accusing him of certificate forgery.

On Monday, the respected online news medium had published a story exposing how Odemuyiwa forged a letter of promotion to become associate professor when he left Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, to Kwara State University.

Apart from being sent packing from KWASU, the Ogun governor appointee was asked to refund all payment made to him upon his sack from the university.

Aside from his issue in Kwara State University, sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that most of the claims outlined by Odemuyiwa on his resume were all made up to continue to sustain his lies and scheming.

Giving his own side of the story, Odemuyiwa accepted that his appointment did not pass through the normal process.

He said, “I took an appointment with KWASU based on the understanding of adjunct lectureship.

“One can observe that the letter lacks the basic conditions and terms of employment for a full time appointment.

“The remuneration was not also attached. The Vice Chancellor actually wanted me to assist in perfecting Business Education, which was running its second year and was not listed for NUC’s initial program accreditation, and also help in recruiting younger academics for the program.

“I gave a letter of resignation dated March 1, 2011. The letter was never acknowledged to date, rather pressures were mounted on me that the university registry had been complaining that an adjunct position ought not to have been given to anyone below professorial cadre like me. It was on this premise that I was invited for interview for the readership position.

“My final departure from KWASU fetched me a letter later requesting for a refund of all salaries and allowances paid to me during my stay with them with a claim that I got the job illegally. I paid all, as requested, including all tax earlier deducted to fulfill all righteousness.”

Odemuyiwa also shed more light into his frequent change of workplace and movement between Tai Solarin University of Education and OOU, both in Ogun State.

He said, “My first contact with Tai Solarin University of Education was in 2005 when I was offered a sabbatical job as a Senior Lecturer in Business Education in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

“I became the Head of the unit and was able to fine-tune Business Education in the young university. I left at the expiration of my one year tenure for Olabisi Onabanjo University that was also looking for someone to help secure NUC accreditation.

“Towards the end of 2008 again, TASUED had problems with accreditation this time in the Department of Economics (Business Management Unit) and I was invited again and offered a part time appointment as a Senior Lecturer.

“While I remained a Senior Lecturer in Business Management in the College of Social and Management Sciences, the College of Applied Education and Vocational Technology of the same university would not let me go. I was also appointed an External Examiner for Business Education for the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 sessions.”

Speaking further, Odemuyiwa explained that his job application into TASUED was facilitated by ex-governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

He added that he was given a position he did not apply for in the school, accepted the job offer but never resumed work in the tertiary institution.

He stated, “My application was actually summoned by the visitor and proprietor of the university, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the then governor of Ogun State.

“The governor got attracted to my paper on Business Education as a synergy for poverty alleviation and socio-economic viability in South-West Nigeria and wanted me to do something in my area of specialisation with TASUED, hence the executive approval of my professorial chair as a minute on my application under reference to the Vice Chancellor.

“The university responded to my application by giving a letter of appointment as a Senior Lecturer (a position I never applied for, and which I have been occupying since 2005.

“This was dated March 30, 2011. I was persuaded to accept the offer in the interim to allow for proper processing of the visitor’s approval of my full professorial chair. This I did but never resumed till date.

“One thing I remember, the university management invited me for an interview for the position of a Reader/Associate Professor which I never applied for after the exit of Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

“I attended this interview to put my skills to test for a higher academic position. The outcome of the interview was never known or communicated to me till date, I still earnestly await it."

Apart from Odemuyiwa, the Ogun State governor had also appointed selected two others with questionable academic credentials to be part of his administration in recent days.

They are Sidi Osho and Adeleye Adebiyi, who were selected as Commissioner for Education and Special Adviser on Politics respectively. 


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NDLEA Impounds 426,5988kg Of Drugs, Arrests 249 Suspects In Anambra

4 hours 20 min ago

NDLEA operatives

NDLEA operatives


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency confiscated 426,5988kg different types of hard drugs and arrested 249 suspects in connection with the drugs in Anambra State in 2019.

The anti-narcotics agency also said that it got conviction for 37 persons in 2019.

State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Misbahu Idris, gave the statistics on Tuesday in Akwa, the capital, during a briefing with journalists.

According to him, some of the impounded drugs within the past year included cannabis sativa 356.9927kg, cocaine 0.00223kg, heroine 0.063kg and crystalline meth 69.0308kg.

He warned those involved in illicit drugs to desist from it or face the full wrath of the law.

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Yoruba Primitive In Politics For Creating Amotekun –Miyetti Allah

4 hours 24 min ago

Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, President of the Miyetti Allah Association, addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, President of the Miyetti Allah Association, addressing a press conference in Abuja


Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the socio-political group of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, has said Yorubas are politically primitive for supporting community policing outfit – Amotekun.

National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, made the comments while speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily.

Saleh said support for the community policing initiative steaming from rising insecurity in the South-West region is targeted at Fulani herdsmen.

He said, “Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of politics.

“Hisbah is legal because it is backed by law. That is clearly difference from what you have now as Amotekun.”


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Police Confirm SaharaReporters' Story On Killing Of Citizen In Abuja

4 hours 40 min ago

The remains of the victim

The remains of the victim SaharaReporters Media


The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has confirmed the killing of an innocent Nigerian by its personnel on Tuesday during a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

A statement by spokesperson for the police in the command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the report by SaharaReporters.

The statement reads, “The FCT Police Command has successful restored calm around Berger round-about after a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria.  See Also Human Rights Abuja: Police Allegedly Kill Passerby In Attempt To Disperse Shiite Protesters 0 Comments 9 Hours Ago

“As a result of the incident, one person who sustained injury and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention, has been certified dead by medical doctors on duty.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police FCT, Bala Ciroma, is said to have ordered a full scale investigation into the incident.

The statement stated further that normalcy had been restored around the Berger round-about area where the incident happened. 


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Amotekun’ll End Kidnappings, Killings, Others –Ondo Residents

4 hours 42 min ago


Hundreds of Ondo State residents on Tuesday participated in a solidarity rally in support of ‘Operation Amotekun’. 

Speaking during the demonstration, Jeffrey Abidoye, a popular public affairs analyst in the state, said the people were ready to support the new security initiative by governors of the South-West region.

He said, “We cannot continue to have our mothers, wives, and sisters being raped on their way to the market or farms.

“Also, we cannot continue to have our farms being ravaged by foreigners in our own land.

“All sons and daughters of Yoruba are fully in support of this initiative and we are taking our destiny in our hands.”

President of Oodua Youth Coalition, Oluyi Olutayo, said Amotekun had come to stay.

Addressing the demonstrators, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, observed that the security challenges in the country, mostly in the Southern region, needed to be urgently addressed.

Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Olugbenga Ale, Akeredolu said, “We have promised the world that Operation Amotekun had come to stay in the South-West.

“We are only going to collaborate with security agencies because Amotekun is not going to be an alternative to the police nor to the army but it is only going to be a complimentary effort to their job.”

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Ondo Government Confirms 84 Lassa Fever Cases, 16 Deaths

Tue, 2020-01-21 23:11

Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever

At least 16 persons have died in the last two weeks in a fresh Lassa Fever outbreak in Ondo State. 

Dr. Steven Fagbemi, an epidemiologist in Ondo, revealed this on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital, stressing that the figure was among 84 cases already recorded. 

Fagbemi noted that 47 patients were currently on admission at various government hospitals, adding that 21 persons among that number had been treated and discharged. 

He said, "The 16 recorded deaths occurred at different local government areas when their cases had reached advance stages."

Dr Yahaya Disu, a coodinator with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, said Lassa Fever cases had been recorded in Owo, Akoko South-West, Akure South and Ondo West local government areas.

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria's Chief Of Naval Staff, Ibok Ibas, Allegedly Locks Up Navy Captain For Six Days In Toilet For Uncovering Fraudulent Act

Tue, 2020-01-21 20:54

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, has been accused of locking up Navy Captain Emmanuel Ekpe Owen (NN1538) in toilet for six days after exposing his financial impropriety.

This was revealed in a 10-page petition to military authorities dated December 12, 2019 and signed by the victim, who is seeking justice. 

The petition partly reads, "I regret to humbly state the victimisation and injustice of my person vide a petition on the present Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot Ette Ibas, to the Commander-In-Chief of our great country Nigeria.  

"The genesis of my problem with the present CNS could be traced to 1995 and 1996 when we were on national assignment in Liberia under the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group." 

A source familiar with the matter told SaharaReporters that Owen was assigned to ECOMOG as Supply Officer in 1996.

The Nigerian Naval Ship AMBE was said to have been assigned to ECOMOG fleet under the command of Retd Captain Dada  Labinjo (then commander), with present CNS (Ibas) then a Lieutenant Commander and second in command.

On one of NNS AMBE's  trip to Nigeria in 1996 for Back Loading Military Ordinance, five officers and 33 ratings were dropped from the ship and assigned to various duties at Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos.

It was gathered that a total of 45 personnel were left onboard NNS AMBE, which eventually returned to Moronvia, Liberia, for continuation of ECOMOG duties.

The source said Captain Owen stumbled on the allowance file for the personnel onboard at the time and discovered that the present CNS had inflated the names of personnel to 85 instead of 45 with various rates attached to each recipient and already paid.

It was gathered that Owen summoned courage and confronted Ibas about the issue, insisting that the discrepancies in the ECOMOG allowance could put the ship in trouble and embarrass the Nigerian Navy.

Upon realising that Owen was in the know of his financial malfeasance with respect to the disbursement of allowances for 85 personnel instead of 45, Ibas ordered him locked inside a toilet for six days.

Ibas went further to accuse Owen of all sorts of offences including dereliction of duty. 

At the moment, Ibas is said to be deliberately refusing to promote Owen but instead pencilled him down for early retirement next week. 

Normally, Owen is expected to proceed on retirement in 2026. 

The CNS is said to be responsible for the ordeal of Labinjo and his wife, who were detained for one year in an underground cell. 

They have now been transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution. 

When SaharaReporters contacted spokesperson for the Navy, Suleiman Dahun, over the matter, he said he was not aware of the incident and declined further comments. 

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Abuja: Police Allegedly Kill Passerby In Attempt To Disperse Shiite Protesters

Tue, 2020-01-21 20:15

The remains of the victim

The injured passersby

The remains of the victim SaharaReporters Media

A middle-aged man has been shot dead by the police in Abuja during a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as 'Shiites'. 

The incident occurred at the Berger roundabout on Tuesday when armed policemen opened fire on the protesters.

It was gathered that the victim was hit by bullet on the head and died on the spot. 

Another person was said to have been shot on the leg.

As at time of filing this report, the area had been deserted as people ran for fear of being hit by police bullets.  The injured passersby SaharaReporters Media

Secretary of the Academic Forum of the Movement, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed  to SaharaReporters that the victim was not their member. 

He went ahead to condemn the brutality of the police for killing an innocent citizen for just no reason.

Calls put across to the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzal, were not answered.

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Amnesty International Condemns Killing Of Adamawa CAN Chairman

Tue, 2020-01-21 19:34


Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian Government to ensure that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups involved in crimes against humanity must not go unpunished.

AI said this in reaction to the killing of Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of a local chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria by Boko Haram.

The rights group, in a statement, said it is appalled by the killing of Andimi, adding that the government must ensure that every member of the terrorist group must be brought to justice.

Amnesty said, “With this horrific murder and an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life. 

"These deplorable crimes must not go unpunished.

"It is appalling that Boko Haram followed up the killing of Rev. Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village — in Chibok Local Government Borno State. Targeting civilians is a crime under international law.

"Boko Haram must immediately stop its attacks on civilians. All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.

"The Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram.

"Since December last year, Boko Haram has been escalating attacks on civilians, commuters, infrastructure and humanitarian facilities across North-East."

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BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmaker Defect To APC

Tue, 2020-01-21 19:15


Nine lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly has defected to the All Progressives Congress.

The lawmakers, who defected on Tuesday, used to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, and Action Alliance.

Speaker of the state assembly, Collins Chiji, read their letters of defection on the floor of the house.

The lawmakers are Authur Egwim (Ideato North) from AA to APC; Chyna Iwuanyanwu(Nwangele), PDP; Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), PDP; Obinna Okwara(Nkwerre), AA; and Paul Emeziem (Onuimo) also from PDP to APC.

Others are Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) from APGA to APC, Johnson Duru (Ideato South), AA; Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) AA; and Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema) from PDP to APC.

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Declaration Of Causes: Why Yoruba Will Leave Nigeria By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Tue, 2020-01-21 18:00

Bayo Oluwasanmi

Bayo Oluwasanmi


This is Nigeria’s end time. The tyrannical regime of General Muhammadu Buhari will give way to secession. In the absence of a unifying national interest, Nigeria has become fragmented, lawless, disorderly, dangerous, and seemingly unliveable.

Predictions about the breakup of Nigeria have reached its crescendo. The Fulani controlled federal government headed by General Buhari continues to thumb its nose at Yorubas. With the formation of Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network, Yorubas have obviously stated their declaration of causes why they will leave Nigeria.

In the declaration of causes, two major themes emerged: domination and internal colonisation. Other grievances include economic exploitation and blatant display of injustice. The Fulanis have never hidden their agenda to dominate the rest of the country. By October 1, it would be 60 years of independence from the Brits. Out of the 60 years, the Fulanis have been in charge of the central government for more than 40 years.

It means the control, misuse, and misappropriation of our collective God-given resources. It means the monopoly of federal government political appointments and federal agencies. Immigration, prison, customs, railways, EFCC, CCT, ICPC, FIRS, NTA, FRCN, federal civil service are headed by Fulanis. 99.99 per cent of federal judges are Fulanis. All the security agencies – military, navy, SSS or DSS, police, are controlled by Fulanis. Above all, the Fulani control of federal bureaucracy, agencies, and corporations mean utter waste of generations unborn and truncation of destinies.

Internally, the domination of Fulanis is on full speed.  With the moral, spiritual, financial support, power, and influence of the presidency, the Fulani herdsmen terrorists killed, maimed, and raped our people. Appeasing the terrorists, General Buhari urged victims of Fulani carnage to learn to live in peace with their neighbours. The Northerners acting like custodians and owners of the presidency, gleefully thundered that “with Amotekun, Yorubas should forget the presidency in 2023. They even went further to demand that General Buhari the Commander-in-Chief of Fulani terrorists, should arrest Yoruba leaders because of Amotekun.

Yoruba Declaration of Causes include but not limited to the following why Yoruba is ready to leave Nigeria:

1. Nigeria is convulsed by internal violence. Yorubas are no longer safe. Nigeria can no longer deliver positive political goods to our people.

2. General Buhari’s tyrannical regime has lost its legitimacy, and by extension, Nigeria has become illegitimate.

3. Nigeria enjoys no stability and predictability. No one is in charge. Our democracy has turned dictatorship. Nothing works in Nigeria. Everything is in disarray.

4. All the ethnic groups are tense, deeply conflicted, dangerous, and contested bitterly by warring factions. There’s unprecedented disharmonies between communities and among states.

5. Nigeria is no longer or willing to perform its fundamental jobs of a nation-state. Nigeria exhibits flawed and failed institutions. Only the institution of the executive functions. If legislatures exist at all, they are rubber stamp machines. The judiciary is an annex of Aso Rock. We can no longer rely on the court system for redress or remedy.

6. Corruption flourishes on an unusually destructive scale. There’s a vacuum of authority. Nigeria is a mere geographical expression.

7. Nigeria is cursed by the discovery of oil. Failure and collapse of Nigeria is man-made. Ethnicity, economics, and ideology all fuelled our decision to leave Nigeria.

There’s no shortage of groups that want Nigeria to split up. Far from the contrary opinion of the Fulanis, secession is a populist option, it’s not a collection of cranky lonesome idealists. Nigeria is a phony country built on borrowed convenience. The looming secession will tear Nigeria to pieces. The pandemic, or an economic collapse, is driving the country to sauve qui peut secession – “let him save himself who can.”

Yorubas have no trust in General Buhari’s Nigeria. We don’t feel represented or belong in the Nigeria experiment. The only way to regain our socioeconomic and political destiny is to leave Nigeria and chart a brand new country that will guarantee our pursuit of happiness, liberty, peace, progress, and prosperity.

Under international law, Yorubas are qualified as “people” who have the right to self-determination, the ability to freely determine our political fate and form a representative government. Yoruba en masse really and truly want to secede, so legal arguments would be irrelevant. The present arrangement, the present General Buhari’s regime are not conducive to our freedom and democracy. We must leave the jungle!

If other nations broke up successfully, why would the Fulanis think Nigeria’s case is etched in stone? Here are some successful secessions:

Algeria broke away from France. East Timor seceded from Indonesia. Eritrea left Ethiopia. Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan. Uruguay left Brazil. Greece and Serbia left Ottoman Empire. South Sudan left Sudan. And Panama left Colombia. Let’s go there!


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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Fintiri As Governor Of Adamawa

Tue, 2020-01-21 17:13

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Ahmadu Fintiri as the authentic governor of Adamawa State.

The apex court dismissed an appeal by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Jibrilla Bindo, challenging the emergence of Fintiri as winner of the exercise for lacking in merit and failing to prove why its verdict should not stand. 


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Organiser Of Nigerian Legal Awards Arraigned Over N20m Fraud

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:53

Lere Fashola

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Chief Executive Officer of Legal Blitz Ltd, Mr Lere Fashola, over N20m theft and issuance of dud cheques before Justice Sherifat Sholebo of Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja.

Fashola and Legal Blitz Ltd were arraigned on a three-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

First defendant, Fashola, is the publisher of ESQ Legal Practice magazine and convener of the annual Esquire Nigerian Legal Awards, which honours outstanding lawyers across the country.

The Advanced Fee Fraud Section of the EFCC said the lawyer was arrested following a petition by Mr Adeyemi Adebola alleging that he obtained the N20m under false pretence in a property transaction upon representation that the property was assigned to the firm "by the dependents and administrators of the Estate of Alhaji Ganiyu Balogun".

The property is located at Plot 732. Block XXVII (27), Omole Residential Scheme, Phase 2, Isheri in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos.

EFCC counsel, Mrs Joy Amahian, said Fashola and Legal Blitz Ltd between January 5, 2018 and February 28, 2018, in Lagos, "dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N20m, property of Mr Adeyemi Adebola."

It said the defendants' conduct amounted to "stealing, contrary to Sections 278 (1) (f) and 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendants in the same period in Lagos "knowing that you had no sufficient fund in your Diamond Bank Plc account, issued cheque No. 53160448 dated June 4, 2018 in the sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira Only) as a refund in favour of Mr Adeyemi Adebola, which upon presentation was returned unpaid for lack of funds."

Fashola also allegedly issued another dud cheque on July 4, 2018 which was also returned unpaid for lack of funds.

The prosecutor said issuance of dud cheque contravened Section 1(l)(b) and (i) of the Dishonoured Cheques Act of 2004.

Justice Solebo ordered that the award organiser be remanded in a correctional facility.

“Pending the hearing and the determination of the bail application, the defendant is ordered to be remanded at the correctional facility,” Justice Solebo said.

The case was adjourned until February 10, 2020 for hearing of the bail application.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom's Election Victory

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:38


The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the October 7, 2019 decision of the Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, and the November 28, 2019 judgment of the Appeal Court, which upheld the election of Samuel Ortom as governor of the state.

In a unanimous ruling, a 7-man panel led by Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour held that the appeal by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress was lacking in merit.


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Saraki Urges Court To Vacate Forfeiture Order On Property

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:34


Former President of the Nigerian Senate and two-term Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission praying for the permanent forfeiture of his Ilorin houses.

Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court process and a move to scandalise him.

He argued that it was a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this action.”

The EFCC had in the suit filed before Justice Rilwan Aikawa claimed that the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011.

Justice Aikawa had on December 2, 2019 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.

The judge adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In response, Saraki, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

Ogunwumiju said the new suit by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

According to him, in the Abuja suit, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on May 14, 2019 made an order for parties to stay action on the subject matter pending the determination of an originating motion on notice.

The ex-Kwara governor said the new EFCC’s suit was meant to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him and urged Justice Aikawa to dismiss it.

The judge on Tuesday adjourned until February 5 to take arguments on Saraki’s objection.


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Police Barricade Gani Fawehinmi Park In Lagos, Prevent Amotekun Protesters From Using Venue

Tue, 2020-01-21 16:00



Policemen on Tuesday barricaded venue of the protest against the Nigerian Government’s position declaring the establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ illegal, a report by PUNCH said.

Recall that Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had in a statement described the establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ unconstitutional.

The protest expected to hold at the Gani Fawehinmi Park was organised by the Yoruba World Congress.

Over 20 police vans with armed personnel were stationed around the popular park to prevent demonstrators from accessing the place.


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Group Endorses Strike By ASUP, SSANIP In Bida Polytechnic

Tue, 2020-01-21 15:46


The Education Rights Campaign has backed the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the organisation said the unions were in their right to enforce payment of their salary arrears and appropriate funding of the polytechnic.

The statement reads in part, “The full payment of salary is a right and we demand its immediate payment across the board.

“We also call for the adequate funding of education by both the federal and the state governments and the management of the Federal Polytechnic Bida led by Dr Abubakar Dzukogi.

“We urge ASUP and SSANIP and their members not to relent on in this struggle. We also urge them not to limit this struggle to a sit-at-home strike action but to commence mobilisation of members and students in mass protests in Bida, Minna and Abuja.

“The management is attacking the rights to dissent and harassing opposition staff unions. For instance six ASUP Bida leaders were arrested and detained in Minna for six days on the orders of Dr Dzukogi. 

“We condemn this repressive action against leadership of unions as it is an attack on their democratic rights. 

“Besides, it undermines the value of higher institutions of learning as a place where dissenting views must be accommodated. 

“The ERC calls on ASUP, SSANIP, other staff unions and students' union in Federal Polytechnic Bida to build a united movement that can begin to organise joint strikes, protests and mass demonstrations to force the management to meet demands of workers and students.”


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JUST IN: Midnight Fire Razes 12 Flats In Delta Army Barracks

Tue, 2020-01-21 15:43




A block of 12 flats at the 3 Battalion, Army Barracks Effurun, near Warri, Delta State, have been reportedly razed by fire.

SaharaReporters gathered that the inferno started at about 2:00am on Tuesday, destroying buildings and valuables worth several millions of naira before firefighters arrived the scene.

According to a source in the area, residents of the barracks were prevented from recording the incident on their mobile devices, adding that no life was lost in the tragedy.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. 


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UPDATE: Boko Haram Rejected N50m Ransom For Adamawa Clergyman Before Beheading Him

Tue, 2020-01-21 15:32

Facts have emerged on how Boko Haram terrorists rejected a N50m ransom and went ahead to behead Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika, Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi on Monday.

The insurgents had demanded for £2m (N946m) but was only offered N50m, infuriating the terrorists, who soon turned their anger on the victim, according to CAN chairman in the state, Stephen Dami Mamza.

He said, “Pastor Lawan was beheaded yesterday.

“Negations were still ongoing when they stopped calling. They were offered N50m but they rejected it.

“They called his wife last week, informing her that they will be beheading him on Saturday but somehow they waited till Monday.

“Also yesterday, Pastor Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church was killed in Jereng, Mayo-Belwa area of Adamawa State.

“It is now clear that Christians are not protected by the government; we don't feel like we have a government.”

Reacting to the incident, the Adamawa State Government described the action of the terror group as barbaric. 

Director-General, Media and Communication to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, Solomon Kumangar, said, “The governor is saddened by the gruesome execution of the pastor.”

Andimi was abducted two weeks ago when Boko Haram fighters stormed Michika town in search of foodstuff and other basic items.

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Alleged Terrorism: Court Admits Ayade’s Critic, Joseph Odok To Bail

Tue, 2020-01-21 15:18

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has admitted a lawyer and critic of Governor Ben Ayade charged with terrorism to bail.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Simon Amobeda said the defendant had shown “exceptional circumstances” to permit the court to exercise its discretion and admit him to bail.

The terms include a bail bond valued at N10m with two sureties in like sum. 

One of the sureties must be a civil servant with either the state or Federal Government on Grade Level 13 or above while the other must be a “close relative with a verifiable address,” Justice Amobeda ruled.

Also, both sureties are expected to depose to an affidavit and provide two passport photographs.

The defense team was for the first time comprised of more than one lawyer with E. E. Osim, Oliver Osang and Assam Assam Jnr, who represented the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, all entering appearances.

The matter was stood down for a few minutes after it was called due to the absence of the prosecution counsel, Dennis Tarhemba.  

However, another prosecutor from the Cross River State Police command, C. I. Eze, entered appearance for the prosecution.

Osim, thereafter moved the motion for bail dated and filed January 15, 2020. 

Brought pursuant to Section 35 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the motion was supported by an eight paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Mr Emmanuel Otona. 

The motion had three annexures and was accompanied by a written address, which the defense adopted as part of the oral argument to support the application.

In his oral submission, Osim said the defense was in receipt of the prosecution’s counter affidavit dated January 17, 2020 and drew the court’s attention to paragraph 6, which he said “goes into the issue that the court will entertain in the main trial.”

He submitted that the counter affidavit did not contradict the proof in the annexures of the application and urged the court to grant the defendant bail on self-recognition.

However, Eze who relied on all eight paragraphs in the counter affidavit deposed to by the investigating police officer, Ihezuo Ibe, and adopted the written address as part of the prosecution’s oral argument, submitted that the defendant/applicant had not shown exceptional circumstances in order for the court to admit him to bail.

In his ruling, Justice Amobeda held that bail pending trial remained a right enshrined in the constitution. 

He held that the counter affidavit of the prosecution was “bare” as the deponent is a police officer, who “has no expertise in medicine.” 

He ruled that the “mere claim” of the prosecution that the defendant/applicant was not sick was not enough to discountenance the material evidence placed before the court by the defense.

Odok, who arrived court in company with two correctional officers sporting a blue jean, slippers and a black shirt with the inscription “Freedom Cometh By Struggle”, was arrested at his Abuja residence on September 26, 2019 and spent 26 days in police custody before he was arraigned on October 22, 2019 on two charges bordering on terrorism and cybercrime. 

He pleaded not guilty and was remanded at the Medium Security Custodial Center of the Nigerian Correctional Service where he has spent 91 days so far. 

He risks a death sentence if convicted of the charges.

The matter was adjourned until January 28 and 29 for trial. 

His wife had told journalists that his arrest was a plot hatched by the Cross River State Government to silence him – an allegation the state denies.

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