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Benue Killings: CDHR Says IGP Culpable, Calls For His Immediate Sack

Benue Killings: CDHR Says IGP Culpable, Calls For His Immediate Sack

METRO, NEWS
  Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has accused the Federal Government as well as the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the killings in Benue State. The most recent killing of seven (7) persons in Gboko, Benue State, while the IGP is believed to be operating in that state, on the directive of the President, just clearly reveals the disturbing level of incompetence of the IGP to ensure the security of lives and property in Benue State or anywhere in the country, CDHR said on Thursday. In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine, CDHR said that the IGP has shown gross incompetence or deliberate tolerance of the killings in Benue, so much that his deployment to Benue could not make any difference. More pe...
I’ll Cease To Be A Member Of CNM If….Obasanjo Declares, As He Signs Up In Abeokuta

I’ll Cease To Be A Member Of CNM If….Obasanjo Declares, As He Signs Up In Abeokuta

NEWS, POLITICS
Nigeria's former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday declares to resign if the newly formed pressure group, Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) which he officially registered with as a member transform into a political party. Obasanjo spoke at the NUJ secretariat, Abeokuta, after he completed the membership form of the Movement and handed it over to former Governor of Osun State, Col. Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Rtd.), who is the National Coordinator of the group. The CNM, which was officially launched in Abuja on Wednesday, was the brainchild of Obasanjo, which he had proffered as a platform to mobilise Nigerians for unity in his recent advice to President Muhammadu Buhari. Obasanjo addressed newsmen and other attendees after his registration, expressing optimism that th...
Magu’s Confirmation: Court Rules In Favour Of Senate

Magu’s Confirmation: Court Rules In Favour Of Senate

NEWS
  A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Senate is conferred with the authority to ensure the choice of “only suitable and credible persons for appointment to the office”. The court gave the ruling in determining the suit challenging the Senate’s authority to deny an appointee to the office of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the EFCC Act. A copy of the judgement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday revealed that Justice John Tsoho gave the ruling on January 15, 2018. A lawyer Mr Oluwatosin Ojamo had filed a suit in January 2017, questioning whether the Senate President and the Senate can reject a valid appointment made by the President as it relates to Acting ECFF Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu, in accordance with the pr
APC Position On Restructuring Is Wrong Timing – Group

APC Position On Restructuring Is Wrong Timing – Group

NEWS, POLITICS
  The group, Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-corruption Crusaders (FOHURAC), has said that the recommendations of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Committee on restructuring, devolution of power and resource control though condemnable is ill timed. According to the group, while the recommendations are the yearnings of majority of Nigerians, it came at the wrong time to propose the restructuring of the Country which may probably end up as a political campaign strategist. The APC Government had all the ample opportunities to restructure the Country as it promised Nigerians through its 2015 Campaign Manifestoes but waved it aside due to ethno-religious sentiments, the group stated. It averred that only recently at the new year day broadcast on the 1st of January th...
Northerners Have Hijacked Amnesty Office From Boroh, Ex-N’Delta Agitators Allege

Northerners Have Hijacked Amnesty Office From Boroh, Ex-N’Delta Agitators Allege

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Ex-Niger Delta agitators under the auspices of Phase 11 Amnesty beneficiaries have alleged that some Northerners have hijacked the Amnesty office from Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Pogramme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh (redt). The group alleged that Boroh was just a ceremonial head of the programme which they claimed is now being tilted toward the Northern part of the country. In a statement issued in Warri, Delta state and made available to BigPen Online, "Ex-Generals" Lord Agbuke and Lucky Okete who signed on behalf of other leaders, expressed displeasure over the way the programme was being run under Boroh's watch. They claimed that name of original beneficiaries are being short change for people from the North who were not part of t...
Oil Firm Boss Docked, Remanded For Issuance Of Dud Cheque

Oil Firm Boss Docked, Remanded For Issuance Of Dud Cheque

METRO, NEWS
  The Managing Director of Harpat Oil & Gas Limited, Iduh Haruna and his company, has been docked over issuance of dud cheques and a loan scam in the sum of N8,100,000.00k ( Eight Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira). Troubles came for Haruna, on 20 October, 2010 when he allegedly obtained a loan of N8,100,000.00k from Diamond Bank Plc, to finance the purchase of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also called Cooking Gas, but fraudulently diverted the same funds into construction of storage tanks for a new gas plant located in Lagos. Besides, Haruna allegedly issued four United Bank for Africa( U.B.A) Cheques in the aggregate sum of N2, 223,712.06 (Two Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twelve Naira, Six kobo) at different dates in favour of ...
Ex-Edo NMA Chairman, Four Others Docked For Stealing N13.6m

Ex-Edo NMA Chairman, Four Others Docked For Stealing N13.6m

METRO, NEWS
  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ), has arraigned a former Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA ) in Edo State, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro and four other medical doctors before an Edo State High Court for allegedly stealing N13.6m. Other accused persons who were docked are former executives of Edo NMA, including Dr. Anthony Owolabi, Dr. Quincy Atoghengbe, Dr. Raymond Ogieva and Dr. Oseremen Gabriel Ogbebor. They were arraigned before Justice Efe Igbonmwonba for offenses bothering on stealing and conspiracy to commit fraudulent false accounting. A 21-count charge were preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ). Prosecuting counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, said the accused persons committed the offence while acti
Oyinlola Rally Point, As Obasanjo’s ‘Coalition For Nigeria’ Is Launched In Abuja

Oyinlola Rally Point, As Obasanjo’s ‘Coalition For Nigeria’ Is Launched In Abuja

NEWS, POLITICS
  Former governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, an associate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo is in the centre of the new political group that is set to take over the country's political space. Already, Oyinlola alongside onetime governor of Cross River state, Mr. Donald Duke has launched a group, christened Coalition for Nigeria (CN) at the Shehu Kusa Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja. The group is believed to having the support of former president Obasanjo who had recommended it as the solution to the leadership crisis in Nigeria. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, Obasanjo had said neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could give Nigeria the leadership it deserves. “We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN.
Cleric Won 26 Years Land Suit Against Itsekiri Community At The Supreme Court

Cleric Won 26 Years Land Suit Against Itsekiri Community At The Supreme Court

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  A Warri-based cleric, Pastor Richmond Leigh of Father's House Bible Church has won the law suit which has dragged on for 26 years against Ubeji community in Warri South Council Area of Delta state at the Supreme Court over ownership of the piece/parcel of land measuring 7 acres. In a unanimous judgment delivered penultimate Friday by Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court upheld the judgment of a Warri High Court delivered on May 5, 2006. The Supreme Court in Suit No.SC/13/2013 between E.M Malari, Akoma Dudu and 18 Ors Vs Dr.Richmond Sisan Leigh dismissed the Application for leave to Appeal against the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Benin City in Suit No. CA/B/23m/ 2010. In a notice to all trespassers on the 7 acres land with Survey Plan No. DC/DT/01/05 dated January 30...
Court Okays Freezing Of Patience Jonathan’s Bank Accounts

Court Okays Freezing Of Patience Jonathan’s Bank Accounts

NEWS
  An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed an application of alleged breach of fundamental rights brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by former first lady, Patience Jonathan. Mrs. Jonathan had asked the court to compel the EFCC to pay N2 billion for the alleged abuse of her fundamental rights. The application, which was filed on June 30, 2017 by Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers, claimed an abuse of the applicant’s rights on account of the fact that accounts belonging to Mrs. Jonathan had been frozen by the commission. But in a judgement delivered by Justice John Tsoho, the Newsguru reports that the court said there were three issues seeking determination regarding the matter: “Whether the application is not an abuse of the court process; whether