An Enugu East Magistrates Court presided by Magistrate A. N. Chioke has remanded 140 members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) over an alleged treason.
The defendants, who were brought to the court in three 608 buses and one 18-seater bus, were said to have conspired to commit treasonable felony.
They were however, arraigned outside the court for about two hours as the court room could not accommodate them.
The offence was said to be punishable under Sect. 516 (A) of the Criminal Code CAP C38, Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Enugu State.
When the charge was read, the defendants pleaded not guilty.
One of the defense counsels, Mr Osita Abalu applied for their bail on the grounds that there was no evidence to back up the charge.
Abalu said that the prosecution had failed to provide probable cause why the defendants should be remanded in court in line with Sect. 234 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws (ACJL) of Enugu State, 2017.
He urged the court to exercise its powers under Sect. 225 of the same law and grant bail to the defendants.
Abalu said that though the offence for which the defendants were charged was punishable with life imprisonment, Sect. 88 of the ACJL, the Magistrates Court was qualified to grant bail.
He also urged the court to order the release of the four buses conveying the defendants to the venue of the burial.
Counsel to the 107 defendant, Mr F.C. Okeke told the court that it was ridiculous for the prosecution to claim…
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the facilities at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport are of World Class which the nation ought to be proud of, adding that the International Cargo airport will not open Imo State to International Commerce but would also provide local opportunities to so many people.
President Buhari had spoken while Commissioning the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Stating “Our focus has always been on job creation and I want to thank Governor Okorocha for consistently supporting the Federal Government in its job creation programme”.
According to the President who was represented…
The Police Council headed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, confirmed the appointment of Mr Mohammed Adamu as Inspector-General of Police.
A member of the Council and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president appointed Adamu as acting IGP on Jan. 15 following the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris.
“The Council looked at the records of the acting Inspector-General of Police, who has been on the saddle now…
The House of Representatives has recommended that 16 commercial banks be penalised for not remitting N1.6 billion stamp duties into federation account.
The house made the recommendation on Thursday when it adopted a report on non-remittance of trillions of naira of stamp duties by financial institutions into the federation account.
The report was presented at the Committee of the Whole by Rep. Abubakar Ahmad (APC- Adamawa) on Thursday in Abuja.
The report was by an ad hoc Committee of the house saddled with the responsibility of carrying out the investigation.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 23, 2019, presented its first witness, Hamza Adamu Buwai, as the Commission opened its case in the ongoing trial against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and three others, before Justice Jude Okeke of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Maitama Abuja.
Lawal along with his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday and two companies: Rholavision Engineering Ltd., and Josmon Technologies Ltd, were re-arraigned on…
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The Benue State Police Command has launched “Operation Puff Adder” in Benue State to curb the rising wave of criminal activities in the State.
The Commissioner of Police, Benue State, CP Mukaddas Garba while launching the operation in Makurdi on Wednesday, said it was in “continuation of efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to speedily bring to an end the current internal security challenges being experienced in some parts of the country including Benue State.”
CP Garba said “Operation Puff Adder” would…
Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Thursday that troops deployed for counter insurgency operations had the right to defend themselves against attacks by terrorists.
Ojukwu stated this while answering questions from newsmen on the sidelines of a two-day training exercise for military and security personnel engaged in counter-insurgency campaign in the northeast.
The training was to expose the troops to the observance of human right laws and civic protection in the counter-insurgency campaign.
Ojukwu pointed out that the law provided rights for the troops to protect themselves in self-defence when attacked by insurgents.
According to him, the training exercise was organized in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
He added that the training exercise with theme: `Mainstreaming Human Rights, Humanitarian Principles and Civilian Protection in Counter Insurgency Operations in the Northeast’, was to check human right violations in the execution of the war against Boko Haram.
He said that the exercise was imperative to expose the participants to human right laws, rules of engagement and enhance civic protection in the…
Brilliant College, Port Harcourt and St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School Amarata, Bayelsa have emerged winners of the just concluded 21st South-East Milo Basketball championship in Enugu.
The championship which is been sponsored by Nestle Milo company is also known as the `Equatorial Conference’
Brilliant College Port Harcourt won the boys’ category with 42 points to beat FAAN Secondary School Calabar, which had 41 points.
In the girls’ category, St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School Amarata, garnered 31 points to defeat FAAN Secondary School Calabar which earned 13 points.
The Rivers and Bayelsa-based teams which came first positions went home with trophy, N100,000 bank cheque, medals,…
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Iran told a German envoy seeking to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal that its patience was over, the Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi during the meeting with Jens Ploetner, a political director in the German Foreign Ministry, urged the treaty’s remaining signatories to fulfill their commitments after the U.S. pulled out.
A German diplomatic source told Reuters that talks with other Iranian official were also planned.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that Araghchi relayed Iran’s impatience during the talks.
Britain, France and Germany, which signed the 2015 deal along with the U.S., China and Russia, are determined to show they can compensate for 2018’s U.S. withdrawal from the deal.
They are determined to protect trade and still dissuade Tehran from quitting an accord designed to prevent it developing a nuclear bomb.
However, Iran’s decision earlier this month to backtrack from some commitments in response to U.S. measures to cripple its economy threatens to unravel the deal.
Meanwhile Tehran has agreed to curb on its…
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Madam Ekioukere Foster hails from Bayelsa State but resident in Bomadi, headquarters of Bomadi Local Government of Delta State. A few weeks ago, she was among thousands of beneficiaries of starter packs distributed by the Presidential Amnesty Programme to empower residents of communities impacted during the Niger Delta crises. Since luck visited her through the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, the 57-year-old woman has been consumed by joy and a burning zeal for a new life fired by hope.
Ekioukere shares same fate with several Niger Deltans including the aged, youth, men and women. While beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme are savouring a new dawn, residents of communities in the Niger Delta region have also invested a balloon of hope in the Programme propelled by Prof. Dokubo’s passion for work and commitment. And they hold belief that their optimism is not misplaced.
Wednesday March 13, 2019 marked Dokubo’s one year in office, a period characterized by fresh initiatives and events that has put smiles on the faces of not only beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, but on their parents, brothers and sisters. For close watchers of activities at the Amnesty Office, that the Abonnema, Rivers State-born erudite professor of international repute and nuclear scientist recorded tremendous achievements within a period of one year was not surprising as he set out to pilot the Amnesty Programme on full throttle.
Angel of peace
On assumption of office in March 2018, Dokubo engaged critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta in consultative meetings geared towards deepening peace in the volatile region. Apart from key leaders of ex-agitators, he also met severally Niger Delta elders, elders and stakeholders in Lagos. Among critical stakeholders who attended some of the meetings were Chief Bibopre Ajube, aka General Shoot-at-Sight; Dr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, alias Boyloaf, and a representative HRH Ateke Tom. Representatives of other frontline leaders of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta including Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, also attended.
On June 7, 2018, he met with over 30 Phase One leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers in furtherance of his peace efforts, and parleyed 70 Phase Two and Three leaders the next day at same venue. He had earlier hosted the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and visited a former Federal Commissioner for Information and respected Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in his determination to deepen peace in the Niger Delta.
A New Dawn
As a first step after mounting the saddle, Dokubo constituted a committee headed by a university teacher, Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, to review operations of the Amnesty Programme. Part of the findings of the committee was that while the Amnesty Office had undertaken the construction of five Vocational Training/Reintegration Centres across states in the Niger Delta, however, even when two of the centres (in Ondo and Bayelsa States) were near completion, had been activated for the training of thousands of persons enrolled on the Programme that are yet to be skilled due to the failure of the Amnesty Office to pay in full the contract sums, lack of proper supervision and demand for variation by some of the contractors.
Interestingly, of the 30,000 persons enlisted in the Presidential Amnesty Programme, 11,297 persons…