Just In: Drama in court SSS operatives move to re-arrest Sowore

There was a mild drama at the court 7, Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, as armed operatives of the State Security Services, SSS, moved to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow protest, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, at the court premises. The drama stared shortly after Justice Ijoema Ojukwu adjourned the trial continuation till Feb. 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing. It could be recalled that Justice Ojukwu had, on Thursday, ordered the SSS to release Sowore and Bakare within 24 hours. Justice Ojukwu, who gave the order, also…

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Corruption: Federal High Court sentences ex-gov. Uzor Kalu to 12 yrs for alleged N7.65bn fraud …“Please don’t handcuff me”- Kalu begs prison warders ..SERAP, others hail sentence

The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Abia State Governor and the current All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Whip in the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud, among other multiple sentences ranging from 3 years to 5 years, on 27-counts over charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).  Justice Mohammed Idris convicted the senator on 39-counts over fraud and money-laundering charges alongside his company Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, a former director of…

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Nasarawa: 73yr-old man arrested for allegedly defiling 3yr-old child

From Abubakar Abdullahi , LafiaThe Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a seventy-three-year-old man for allegedly defiling a three-year-old girl in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.Liberty News correspondent in Lafia reports that the suspect was paraded by the  the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mohammad Mahmoud Fari, who told journalists that the suspect had confessed to carrying out the crime.Fari said the victim is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Karu Local Government Area of the State. He, however, said…

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Kano: Ganduje signs new Emirate Bill into law

Few hours after the passage of the Executive Bill sent to the Kano State House of Assembly for the creation of four more Emirates in the State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has signed the Bill into law.The Bill, which was sent to the House on Monday by the State Executive Council, was read for the third time on Thursday morning and passed into law with very little alteration.  After signing the Bill into law, Governor Ganduje apparently referring to Emir Sanusi, said, “we are going to have the…

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Court orders transfer of El-Zakzaky, wife from DSS custody to correctional facility …IMN condemns transfer

A Kaduna State High Court, sitting in the state capital, has ordered that the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the State.The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa, in his ruling on Thursday, said the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.He, therefore, adjourned the case to February 6th for…

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“I have never collected pension from Rivers govt .”– Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has refuted claims he is collecting pension from the River State government as ex-governor while serving as minister.It could be recalled that on Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the Federal Government to “recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly, and directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions.” The suit, which was filed…

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Border drill, boost for rice production, self-sufficiency – FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the on-going border drill that has largely curbed foreign rice smuggling into Nigeria has boosted rice production while fast-tracking the country’s quest to achieve rice self-sufficiency.The Minister stated this at a press conference he addressed after leading a media tour of integrated rice mills and rice clusters in Kano on Thursday.Quoting statistics from the Rice Millers Association, he said over 200,000 bags of rice were occupying spaces in the warehouses of virtually every integrated rice miller before the border…

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DSS bows to court order, releases Sowore

Rights Activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore has regained freedom, more than three months after he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).Sowore was arrested and charged to court by the Federal Government for allegedly planning a nationwide, tagged #RevolutionNow. He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.Sowore is however expected to appear in court today Friday for commencement of trial.Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the DSS to release Sowore, within…

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Boko Haram: 14 people, including two aid workers, kidnapped in Borno

Armed militants have kidnapped at least 14 people, including two aid workers, in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, local security sources said on Thursday.Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), otherwise known as Boko Haram, fighters took the 14 on Wednesday night, according to two security sources.ISWAP claimed in a statement, which AFP was not immediately able to verify, that six Nigerian soldiers and eight civilians, including two Red Cross workers, were among those kidnapped.

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My husband advises me to sleep with different men – Woman tells court

A divorce-seeking woman, Mrs Blessing Abu, who accused her husband, Benjamin, of infidelity makes a u-turn and begs the Igando Customary Court in Lagos not to dissolve her marriage.When the case came up on Wednesday for judgment, the petitioner came up with a letter, informing the court of her intention to withdraw the case.She begged the court to discontinue the case that she and her husband would work to resolve their differences and reconcile.It was reported that Mrs Blessing Abu had approached the court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over…

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BREAKING: Court orders transfer Of El-Zakzaky, wife from DSS custody to correctional facility

A Kaduna state high court sitting in the state capital has ordered that the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the state. The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa in his ruling on Thursday says the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them. He, therefore, adjourned the case to February the…

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BREAKING: Court gives DSS 24 hours to release Sowore, Bakare

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday gave the Department of State Service, (DSS) 24 hours ultimatum to release the Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order at the scheduled commencement of the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony. The prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), had insisted that the DSS had not obeyed the court order for their release, the DSS had no power to constitute itself into a parallel court.The judge noted after she signed the warrants for the release…

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Breaking: Kano Assembly passes Ganduje’s Emirates Bill into law

The Kano State House of Assembly, on Thursday, passed the controversial Kano Emirates Council Bill 2019, which seeks to create four additional emirates in the State.The Bill, which was sent to the House on Monday by the state Executive Council, was read for the third time on Thursday morning and passed into law with very little alteration. It was gathered that the only amendment to the Bill is in Section 12, which the legislators inserted a proviso that the governor must seek their approval before grading the emirs first, second and…

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Breaking News: Federal High Court sentences Uzor Kalu to 12 years for alleged N7.65bn fraud

The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Abia State Governor and Current All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Whip in the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud, among other multiple sentences ranging from 3 years to 5 years on 27 counts.More Details later. 

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Senate to pass 2020 Budget today …’We will not pass hate speech Bill’– Ahmed Lawan …Bills dangerous attacks on freedom of expression, says Amnesty Int’l

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday announced that the 2020 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly will be passed today. The Senate had on Wednesday passed the Public Procurement Act 2007 amendment Bills before the National Assembly, which according to Lawan, will complement the 2020 Budget set to be passed today by the Senate. The report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations was laid before the upper chamber on Wednesday by its Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau. According to Lawan, the Public Procurement Bill passed by the upper chamber will be forwarded…

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