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Igboho supporters granted bail after one month in detention

 

A federal high court in Abuja has granted bail to 12 supporters of Sunday Igboho who were arrested in Oyo state.

 

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had on July 1 raided Igboho’s residence in Oyo and arrested 12 of his supporters.

 

The arrested persons were subsequently moved to the federal capital territory (FCT) where they have been in detention.

 

Subsequently, the suspects through their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed an application asking the court to “inquire into the circumstances constituting grounds of their arrest and detention since July 2, 2021, and where it deems fit admit applicants on bail”.

 

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Olajengbesi, counsel to the applicants, asked the court to admit his clients to bail.

 

“There is no need to continue to keep them with the respondents,” he said.

 

Commenting on the bail application, David Awo, DSS counsel, had said he was not opposed to bail for the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th applicants.

 

He told the court that the remaining four applicants (2nd, 12th, 5th, and 6th) were still being investigated.

 

More to follow…

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Sanwo-Olu reacts to reports of Bola Tinubu’s death

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has reacted to reports that Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is dead.

 

Sanwo-Olu said Tinubu is well and healthy.

 

He spoke on the sidelines after inaugurating 102 compactor trucks and 100 double dino bins acquired by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), on Wednesday.

 

The governor had visited Tinubu a few weeks ago in London.

 

Speaking on his meeting with Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu said they discussed issues regarding happenings within the APC.

 

He said: “My going to see our leader was really around the rumours flying around about him.

 

“He is well and healthy. We discussed happenings in our party and country at large. All is well with him as I saw myself and there is nothing to worry about.”

 

Tinubu was recently rumoured to have died during his medical trip abroad.

 

However, his media aide, Tunde Rahman, had denied such reports, stressing that the APC National Leader is still alive.

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Senator Nuhu Aliyu is dead

A former Senator for Niger North, Nuhu Aliyu, is dead.

Aliyu died on Wednesday in Kaduna State following a brief illness.

Reacting to the news, the Niger State government described Aliyu as a great man of courage dedicated to Nigeria.

A statement by Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, the Secretary to Niger State Government, said the state has lost a man of immeasurable value, adding that his advice would be greatly missed.

The statement read in part, “The patriotic tendencies and excellent handling of legislative duties concerning the welfare of people and the nation demonstrated by Senator Nuhu Aliyu are worthy of emulation.

“But we must take solace in the fact that from God we all come and to Him we shall all return. Nobody shall live longer than the time appointed by Almighty God.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: Buhari govt, Kenya broke international law in arrest of IPOB leader – Lawyer

 

Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Nigerian government and its Kenyan counterpart of violating international law over the agitator’s arrest.

 

The counsel stated this while quoting an international law via his Twitter handle.

 

He said the two African countries cannot claim ignorance of the law.

 

“A state shall provide for all individuals that it wishes to transfer to the custody of another state an effective, independent, impartial and individualized judicial oversight prior to transfer.

 

“Nigeria and Kenya are state parties to this law. Yet, they chose to break it,” Ejimakor wrote.

 

Kanu was rearrested and repatriated from an African country believed to be Kenya.

 

He had fled Nigeria in 2017 after being granted bail by an Abuja Federal High Court.

 

Kanu is standing trial for treason over his agitation for the actualization of Biafra.

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You encourage impunity, Soyinka laments failure of Nigerians to protest

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has blamed Nigerians including himself, for the rate of impunity in the country.

According to the foremost playwright, Nigerians have allowed whatsoever is happening to them today to continue and have refused to take to the streets.

The renowned dramatist pointed out that everybody in the country is paying for the consequences of impunity.

Soyinka said this during a brief speech at the 24th edition of the Wole Soyinka Lecture Series organised by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) and held via zoom.

The theme of the event was “National Conference Against Impunity” and Soyinka said, “I am absolutely certain that we would agree that one of the major reasons for the dilemma we are undergoing in this country right now is that we permitted, we nurtured, we even encouraged either by actions or inactions, the mindset of impunity both in leadership and among the people.

He said Nigerians, including himself, were equally guilty, because they themselves allowed it and watched it happen.

“We didn’t take to the streets to protest it, to denounce it, to warn of the consequences. Oh yes, there were warnings here and there but they were not concerted and structured,” he added.

Soyinka said it was never too late to reverse the trend, noting that the starting point should be “a frank, honest and objective dialogue.”

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Redeemed Pastor assassinated on the pulpit

 

Fresh facts have emerged how Pastor Bolanle Ibrahim of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, The King of Kings Parish at Maidan village, Mile 12 area, Lagos was assassinated while praying for mothers and their children.

The news came to some members of the church and his wife as a shock, as gunmen entered the church with his picture in their hand, went straight to the pulpit and shot him dead.

The devastated wife of the deceased, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim denounced claims that her husband was a cultist, which was why he was killed by the gunmen.

According to her, what the people were saying were blatant lies as her husband was a man of God and served him till his death.

She explained that she was not at home on the fateful day of the incident, as she went to take care of her mother at the hospital.

Kudirat said she had no premonition about his death and that the deed was done, with nobody calling to inform her.

She told New Telegraph that she never knew her husband had been killed, as she was still busy calling him to bring something for her from home, not knowing that he had already been killed.

Narrating how Pastor Ibrahim was killed, his aunt Mrs. Justina Alebiosu, said before the gunmen killed him, they showed him his picture to identify if he was actually the right person they came for.

Alebiosu stated that his death was an unfortunate one, as he was a gentleman, saying that Ibrahim converted from Islam to Christianity before becoming a pastor.

She said her thinking was that her brother had business transaction with someone, explaining that she was told when the assailants wanted to drag him out of the pulpit where he was praying for women who brought their children for dedication, he begged them to kill him there and that, that was where he was eventually killed by the gunmen.

Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the incident, saying that the police were still investigating the matter.

*The earlier photo was found not be Pastor Bolanle Ibrahim’s. We apologise for the mix-up

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Alleged fraud: Kyari appears before DIG Egbunike panel

 

Former Head of Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, currently on suspension on Tuesday appeared before the Special Investigation Panel, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike.

 

 

Sources said the SIP which is sitting at the Force headquarters Conference room had DCP Kyari presenting his defence to the indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US to the SIP members until about 9 pm on Tuesday night.

Following the constitution of the panel by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the panel had a meeting on Monday but commenced proceedings on Tuesday.

 

Kyari is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud perpetrated by fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and five others.

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‘Good intentions but why cash?’ — mixed reactions as Tunji Disu is offered $10k gift

 

Aloy Chife, an information technology expert, has promised Tunji Disu $10,000 on his appointment as head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Usman Alkali Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), had named Disu as head of the IRT following the suspension of Abba Kyari, who was popularly addressed as Nigeria’s super cop.

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) had suspended Kyari on the recommendation of the IGP over his alleged relationship with Ramon Abbas, self-confessed international fraudster better known as Hushpuppi.

 

Hushpuppi had alleged that he bribed Kyari to arrest and jail “one of his rivals in Nigeria after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari business people”.

Kyari initially denied any wrongdoing, saying he never collected money from Hushpuppi but later deleted the Facebook post.

 

Excited by Disu’s appointment, Chife took to his Twitter handle to extol and congratulate him.

 

He described Disu as a “ray of hope” after which he promised him a cash gift on behalf of Nigerians and their “hopes for a professional police”.

Chife had also said in an earlier tweet in January that Disu is his most preferred person to serve as the IGP.

 

“News: IGPappoints Tunji Disu Head, Police Intelligence Response Team. Disu rising. A ray of hope for Nigeria,” Chife wrote.

 

“Congrats! @TunjiDisu1

 

“I’ll be giving you $10k in the name of long-suffering young Nigerians as a slight token of their affection and hopes for a professional police.

 

 “There is no future for Nigeria unless it boasts a professional police service.

 

“Nations are built by a few good men in their chosen fields. And you, Mr Disu @TunjiDisu1 have an appointment with destiny.

 

“And we’re all desperate for your success.”

Chife’s gesture was followed by accolades for Disu as many Nigerians testified to his professionalism.

 

There were, however, some who expressed reservations about offering monetary incentives to Disu when a similar instance landed Kyari landed in trouble.

 

Below are some of the reactions.

 

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Resume work in the next 24 hours or get sacked – Rivers govt to striking doctors

 

The Rivers State government has ordered striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors to resume work in the next 24 hours or be ready to “forfeit their salaries and risk being sacked”.

 

The directive was issued in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Doctor Tammy Danagogo on behalf of the state government.

 

Resident doctors under the employment of the state government on Monday joined their counterparts across Nigeria to embark on an indefinite strike over unresolved issues.

 

The resident doctors, however, pointed out some other issues which they have with the state government, including irregularities into payment of House officers as part of their grievances.

 

But in a statement, the SSG while acknowledging the existence of the irregularities in the payment of salaries of House officers, warned that such issues should be restricted to only those affected.

 

The SSG wondered why the residents doctors will decide to embark on ” a sympathy strike,” with their colleagues under the “federal government employment” even when the state government is not owing salaries.

 

Danagogo, therefore, warned that the resident doctors may have to forfeit their salaries or risk being sacked if they fail to resume work in the next 24 hours.

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Edo: Goat meat sellers protest over multiple taxation

The President, Traders Welfare, Edo State, Comrade Lucky Orukpe, has called on Edo State Government, to, as a matter of urgency prevail on the State Revenue Collectors over their multiple taxation on goat meat sellers in the state.

Comrade Orukpe, who led the protesters through some roads in Benin City, the state capital made a stopover at the headquarters of Edo Internal Revenue Board along New Lagos Road to register their displeasure over the multiple taxation by the Edo State Revenue Collectors.

According to him; “Initially, a goat meat seller was paying N50 for ‘ladder’ and the revenue collectors increased it to N100, the local government council revenue collectors collect N100, while the veterinary doctor collect N500 on each goat. Altogether, in every single goat purchased and killed, the goat meat seller pays the total sum of N700.

“Today, the while thing has changed, it keeps going higher everyday. We are calling on Edo State Government to come to our rescue as the multiple taxation causing untold hardship to businesses.

“People are making money at the expense of these sellers. We appeal to Edo State Government to introduce Point of Sale (POS) so that the tax they collect can henceforth go straight to the account of Edo state Government.”

Addressing the protesters, a representative of the chairman of the Board, Mr. Felix Isuku, appreciated the way the traders organised themselves while going on the their peaceful protest.

“This really tells that you people are well organised and educated. We welcome the suggestion you people raised by way of introducing POS in the revenue collection in your market. Be rest assured that my chairman will definitely channel your grievances to the state government.”

He appealed to the protesters to select 4-man representatives who will be meeting with the Secretary to State Government (SSG) to air their views and possibly discuss the way forward.