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Sunday, December 5, 2021

December 05, 2021

Heartbreaking!! 8 Children Found Dead In A Parked Car


 

Eight children were found dead inside a parked vehicle at 18 Adelayo street, Jah Michael bus stop, along Badagry Expressway, Lagos State on Saturday, December 4. 


It was gathered that the children aged four to six years old, had entered the parked Lexus SUV vehicle to play, mistakenly locked themselves and subsequently suffocated to death.


The vehicle is said to be parked in front of the owner’s house. 


Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident said that the children's bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital's morgue for autopsy to determine the cause of death. 


"The eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing. Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital's morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death," the PPRO stated.


"Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death. The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims." he added







Saturday, December 4, 2021

December 04, 2021

Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala Emerges Financial Times’ Most Influential Woman In The World For 2021 (Full List)



Nigerian-born Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named among Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021.


Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, was listed as number one.


However, FT said the list is unranked, adding that “We put the list together in collaboration with FT journalists from dozens of international bureaus, former women of the year and readers like you.


“Across continents, industries and issues, all of these remarkable women have shaped this tumultuous year. Each of them is sure to help shape the better ones to come.”


Christen Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, described Okonjo-Iweala as fierce and talented a competitor.


“I have known Ngozi since 2005 and have seen her work tirelessly as a seasoned negotiator and crisis manager. Her 25 years at the World Bank demonstrated her resolve, including her handling of the food and financial crisis of 2008-09 and her determination to recover stolen assets.


“She has shattered glass ceilings with her complete competence, absolute integrity and good humour, becoming the first female finance minister and foreign minister in Nigeria, where she implemented tough reforms to enhance the transparency of the country’s public finances, and is the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.



“Ngozi is a force to be reckoned with.”


Full list: Okonjo-Iweala tops Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021


1 – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director-General, World Trade Organization


2 – Lina Khan

Chair, Federal Trade Commission


3 – Mary Barra

Chair and CEO, General Motors


4 – Gita Gopinath

Chief Economist, IMF


5 – Luiza Trajano

Businessperson and philanthropist


6 – Nancy Pelosi

Speaker, United States House of Representatives


7 – Mariam Al-Mahdi

Politician, Sudan


8 – Kate Bingham

Former Chair, UK Vaccine Taskforce


9 – Cathie Wood

Founder and CEO, Ark Investment Management


10- Rosalind Brewer

CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance


11- Tsai Ing-Wen

President, Taiwan


12 – Frances Haugen

Data scientist and whistleblower


13 – Naomi Osaka

Athlete


14 – Elisa Loncón Antileo

President, Chile’s Constitutional Convention


15 – Agnes Chow

Democracy activist


16 – Liz Cheney

Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives


17 – Vanessa Nakate

Justice advocate


18 – Sotooda Forotan

Student and activist


19 – Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Leader, Co-ordination Council of Belarus


20 – Chloé Zhao

Film-maker


21 – Sally Rooney

Author


22 – Shonda Rhimes

Television producer, screenwriter and author


23 – Scarlett Johansson

Actor


24 – Paula Rego

Artist


25 -Gabriela Hearst

Creative Director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst




December 04, 2021

LAGOS STATE GOVT SHUTS DOWN DOWEN COLLEGE OVER THE DEATH OF A 12YRS OLD SYLVESTER

The Lagos state government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos over the controversy trailing the death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr even as reactions have trailed the incident.

The 12-year-old student was alleged to have been attacked by some of his senior colleagues for refusing to join a cult group.

The student’s father, who bears the same name as his son also claimed that his son was fed liquid substance and intimidated into keeping mum over what transpired. But the school had earlier dismissed the claim, alleging that the deceased only sustained injuries while playing football with his colleagues.

Following a meeting with the management and staff of Dowen College on Friday, the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, announced an indefinite shutdown of the institution.

A statement signed by Ganiu Lawal, spokesperson of the Lagos State Ministry of Education said, “The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school. Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff. The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”

The Commissioner’s announcement came after Dowen College had issued a statement to parents about its plans to shut down for two days. The Management of the school, in a statement to the parents said.

Friday, December 3, 2021

December 03, 2021

Missing Child: Appeal Court Frees Prophet Sentenced To life Imprisonment


 

Peter Dada


The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital, has discharged and acquitted the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Alfa Babatunde, who was earlier convicted by the state High Court over the missing of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole.


Kolawole was abducted in the church in November 2019 by an unknown person, during the church service. Defendants were thereafter arrested by the men of the Directorate of State Security and later charged to court on a two-count of kidnapping and aiding and abetting to kidnap.


The lower court, presided over by Justice Olusegun Odusola in 2020 sentenced Babatunde and five others – Omodara Olayinka, Margaret Oyebola, Grace Ogunjobi, Egunjobi Motunrayo and Esther Kayode – to life imprisonment, having found them guilty of two charges.


However, the high court judgement was upturned as the appellate judge, Justice Hammah Barka, said the circumstantial evidence upon which the lower court based its judgement was not enough to convict the appellants.


As a result, he discharged and acquitted the appellants.


In his reaction, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Titiloye, who is also the prosecutor, said the state government would study the judgement before deciding on the next step to take on the matter.


He said, “The court has affirmed that DSS can investigate any case and does not have a jurisdictional problem to investigate a case like this. However, the court has stated that the circumstantial evidence upon which the conviction was based upon at the lower court is not enough to sustain the conviction of the defendants. Our attitude from the state is that we study the judgement and take the proper steps we are supposed to take on the matter.”


The counsel to the appellant, who was represented by Akinyemi Omoware, said the court judgement had shown that truth would prevail over falsehood.


“It was held that the appellant was not found culpable of the alleged offence. He is not guilty as pronounced upon by the trial court. We are using this medium to tell the members of the church and the general public that they should rejoice with conscience. They should not go out causing problems. They should take it that that is the will of God. We are happy about this,” the counsel said.


December 03, 2021

Engr. Ben Akak Mourns Sen. Wayas, Says His Death A Big Loss To C'River, Nigeria & The World

Dr. Wayas

The Chairman of Ben Akak Foundation has expressed sadness over the demise of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Wayas.

Dr. Wayas died yesterday in a London hospital after a protracted illness.

Reacting to the sad news, Engr. Akak who is the Chairman/CEO of Bengies Group of Companies, a leading political light and hope of a better Cross River State, lamented that Cross River State, Nigeria and indeed the world, has lost a powerful force for peace, democracy and a stabilizing voice who believed in the unity, oneness and a prosperous Cross River State-and had at all times, in words and in actions, fought for a better Cross River State.


Expressing his innermost sadness about the demise of Sen. Wayas few weeks after the demise of another stabilizing voice, Gen. Ukpo; Engr. Ben Akak reminded those that were with him when the sad news broke that, even before Sen. Wayas was made Senate President in the second republic, that history had recorded that he was a tireless advocate for the unity, stability and progress of Cross River State and Nigeria. A voice who stood out for the voiceless and a man that had devoted all his time towards the eradication of poverty within our society and the upliftment of the most vulnerable amongst us.

 

He said that the death of Sen. Joseph Wayas has left a gaping hole among the ranks of political leaders in Cross River State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, but that he is convinced that Sen. Joseph Wayas leaves behind a solid foundation for others to build upon. 


He further enthused that he was inspired by the life story of the distinguished Senator and proud to have known him while he was alive.


In sympathizing with the governor, government and people of Cross River State, and most importantly the immediate family of the deceased, Engr. Ben Akak said that his thoughts and prayers, and that of his family, the Engr. Ben Akak Foundation and the entire team of Engr. Ben Akak Divine Movement, are with the governor, government, the people of Cross River State, and the immediate family members of the distinguished Senator


In consoling them, he reminded them that It is God that gives, and God has taken 


December 03, 2021

Kidnapped Edo DPO Ishaq Regains Freedom After Six Days In Captivity

CSP Ibrahim Ishaq


By Jethro Ibileke


The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State, CSP Ibrahim Ishaq, who was kidnapped by gunmen has regained his freedom, after six days in captivity of his abductors.


Ishaq was kidnapped on the evening of Friday, November 27, while driving his private car. He was accosted around Ise river along the old Auchi-Ekperi-Agenebode road.


His abductors later demanded the sum of N50 million as ransom.


The incident is said to have heighten apprehension among the people of Fugar, the administrative headquarters of the LGA.


Spokesman of Edo Police Command, SP Kontongs Bello, announced the release of the DPO Thursday night, in a terse statement on the Command’s WhatsApp platform.


The statement said: “This is to inform officers, men of the Command and the press that CSP Ibrahim Ishaq, DPO Fugar has been freed by the Command operatives from the kidnappers den.


“Thank God for the ruggedness of Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Ogbadu. Further details will be provided soon.”


Bello, however, did not mention if ransom was paid to secure the release of CSP Ishaq or if any arrest has been made in connection with the kidnap.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

December 02, 2021

Governor Ayade Mourns Former Senate President, Dr Wayas



Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has lamented the passing of Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas, describing his death as a monumental loss to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.


Dr Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.


In a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, Ayade said Dr Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.


"As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas' demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria", Ayade was quoted as saying in the statement.


According to the governor, " as Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria's democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.


"And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”


He condoled with Dr Wayas’ family, assuring them that his demise is a collective loss and the pains a shared one.


“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,” the government assured the deceased family.




December 02, 2021

Court Shifts Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial To Jan 19

Nnamdi Kanu

 

By Fadehan Oyeyemi


Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday has shifted the trial of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from January 19 to 18 next year.


The shift in the trial date followed the abridgment of time granted by the judge following a passionate plea to that effect.


Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had approached the court with an application seeking an order of the court to accommodate the trial in November and December this year as against the earlier fixed January 19.


Shuaib Labaran, who stood for the Federal Government, however, told the court that a counter affidavit opposing the request by the government has been filled and served on Kanu.


Justice Nyako however cut in and informed Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment cannot be considered because there is no judicial time for such an issue.


In the drama that ensued, the case diary of the court was read to the lawyer to establish that the court has other cases to attend to.


However, following the insistence, Justice Nyako agreed to shift other cases slated for January 18 to accommodate the trial which will last till January 19 and 20.


Justice Nyako ordered DSS to allow Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes, and be given the maximum possible comfort in the detention facility.




Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 01, 2021

There Was No Killing At Lekki Toll Gate - White Paper On EndSARS Panel Report


 

The Lagos State Government has released its White Paper on the report by the EndSARS panel that probed the Lekki toll gate incident of October 20, 2020.


The Babajide Sanwo-Olu government faulted the panel’s report that nine persons were killed at the toll gate when soldiers stormed the protest ground to disperse the protesters.


In the White Paper, the government described the claim of the panel that nine persons were shot dead as “assumptions and speculations”.


In a short statement, Gboyega Akoshile, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu, said one of the recommendations of the panel was rejected.


In the statement titled, ‘Highlight of the Lagos Government White Paper On The Lekki Incident Investigation’, he said, “Out of the 32 Recommendations made by the JPI in its Report of 15th November 2021, Government accepted 11, rejected one and accepted six with modifications.


“Fourteen recommendations fall outside the powers of the Lagos State Government and will be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration. Let the healing begin.”


The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS-related Abuses and Other Matters had on November 15, 2021, submitted its report after which Sanwo-Olu set up a White Paper committee.



December 01, 2021

Buhari Does Not Have The Power To Release Nnamdi Kanu - Keyamo


 The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Tuesday said President Muhamma­du Buhari lacks the power to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indige­nous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is currently facing treason charges at the Federal High Court, Abuja.


Igbo leaders led by First Republic former Aviation Minister, Chief Mba­zulike Amaechi, had visited President Buhari at Aso Villa, where they re­quested the president to release Kanu who was intercepted in Kenya in June.


In his response, the president said even though the request of the Igbo leaders runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of power between the executive and the judiciary and their demand was quite heavy, he will consider it nevertheless. ­


Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent in Abuja, Keyamo said since the matter is already in court, ordering Kanu’s release will amount to interfering in the judicial process by the president.


He said it is illogical how Nigerians who are canvassing independence for the judiciary will be calling on the president to interfere in a case already in court.


“The president has no pow­er to release him. Is he in the judiciary? On the one hand, people say there should be in­dependence of the judiciary, on the other hand, they are saying the president should in­tervene in the judicial process. So, what do Nigerians want?


“On the other hand, when there is a small indication that executive is interfering in judicial matters, the whole country will go up in flames because at that point, they will feel that because of their political interest, the president is trying to intervene and pro­mote one political interest over another.


“Now, being a respecter for the rule of law, the president has allowed the judicial pro­cess to go on and yet, people are still complaining and go­ing to him to interfere. I don’t understand. There is a matter in court. You can’t tell the pres­ident to go and intervene in the judicial process”.


While faulting the refusal of those calling for Kanu’s release to condemn his utter­ances and actions before his arrest, Keyamo also urged them to issue an apology to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of his actions.


“One very crucial ques­tion I want to ask is that, these same people who are pushing for the truncation of the judi­cial process, can they also do well to lead a delegation or to apologise to members of fam­ilies of those people who have been killed?


“Can they talk to them and appeal to them too? Families have been bereaved, people are dead and those are Nigerian people too that the president also presides over. Just for the sake of equity, can they just is­sue a statement, apologising to all those who have been killed as a result of utterances by some of these people? I have not heard them apologise or say something of empathy to those people.


“Before the gentleman was brought to court when mayhem was everywhere, I expected a delegation too to have gone to Mr. President to condemn what was happening and then apologise and say ‘we condemn what is happening’ and talk to your son to desist openly. I didn’t see any such thing.


“Why did you keep quiet all these while and only came to the president when the young man was arrested? If my son steals in school now and they called me to the school to say your son has committed this act, I will first beat my son in the presence of everybody to show that I am not in support of what he did. I didn’t see them do that”, he said.



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

Court Declares Deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi’s Banishment As Unlawful


 


Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declared as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional, the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to Awe, a remote community in Nasarawa State.


The court held that the restrictions placed on Sanusi after his deposition on March 9, 2020, on allegations of insubordination are a clear arbitrary violation of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty granted by the Nigerian constitution.


Justice Chikere agreed with Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, counsel to Sanusi, that his client was moved out of Kano to Abuja and later to Awe, in Nasarawa State against his wish.


She further held that the right to freedom of liberty and personal dignity granted under Section 34 of Nigeria’s constitution cannot be taken away as done by the Kano Government, Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) except with express order of the court.


The judge subsequently voided the arrest, harassment, and banishment of Sanusi to Abuja and later to Nasarawa State and set it aside on ground of being an infringement of his fundamental human rights.


A sum of N10 million was awarded to the former Emir as damages to be paid to him by the respondents.


The court also issued an order directing the respondents to tender a public apology to Sanusi to be published in two major national dailies for the embarrassment caused him by breaching his fundamental human rights.



Monday, November 29, 2021

November 29, 2021

EFCC Arrests 60 at Yahoo Boys’ Awards Night



Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC have arrested 60 suspected internet fraudsters during an awards ceremony at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun State.


The event tagged “Peer Youths Awards”, investigation revealed, was organized to reward high-level internet fraudsters.


Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, electronic devices, laptop computers and mobile phones. The suspects will soon be charged to court. 



November 29, 2021

FG Says IPOB's ESN Killed, Beheaded Policemen, Gives Names Of The Policemen

ESN

 

By Wale Odunsi 


The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of executing two policemen in cold blood.


A statement on Monday by Information Minister, Lai Mohammed declared that IPOB militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) carried out the murder.


In a video seen by DAILY POST, a number of young men, communicating in Igbo language, surrounded two decapitated heads.


They joked, mocked the deceased and repeatedly mentioned that one looked like “Fulani” from the look of his nose.


Mohammed vowed that the culprits behind the “killings, who videotaped their heinous act and circulated such will be apprehended and brought to justice”.


He described the abduction of three policemen and the killing of two of them, “in the most horrific, barbaric and cannibalistic manner, as an unacceptable attack against the state”.


The minister listed the victims as ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009).


“They were abducted by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka TEMPLE, on 27 November 2021.


”Inspectors Akubo and Adamu were killed, their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘GENTLE’.


“Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and the Anambra States, as well as ‘Gentle’ and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act, will be made to face swift and sure justice,” he said.


Mohammed stressed that the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on Nigeria and will not be tolerated.




November 29, 2021

Bandits Write Christians In Zamfara To Shut Down Churches Or Risk Attacks



A group of bandits has written to the Christian community in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria to close churches or risk ferocious attacks, SaharaReporters has exclusively learnt.


The Zamfara State police command has confirmed the threat to SaharaReporters, saying, "We are on top of the threat."


Spokesperson for the command, DSP Mohammed Shehu, told our correspondent that the police were aware of the threat letter.


He said, "Yes, I can confirm that it's true, a threat letter was sent to the Christians in Zamfara State to stop worship and to close churches.


"Actually the police informed the Christian leaders about the threat.


"Accordingly the CP has invited the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state to discuss security measures around the churches.


"In that regard, a special squad has been created by the CP to patrol and protect worshippers, especially on Sundays.


"Additionally, plain-clothes personnel have been deployed for intelligence gathering and to unravel those behind the threat letter," he said.


On Sunday, a Christian leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had requested prayers from Christians around the world in respect to their plight in Zamfara and other parts of northern Nigeria.


He said, "Let's pray for Christians in Northern Nigeria, especially in Zamfara State as we are issued a three-year ultimatum to close all churches in the state.


"Some churches were listed for attack between now and the end of December, though the churches that would be attacked according to the Fulani group that wrote the letter are located on the outskirts of the town, but we believe it's just a trick.


"Same letter was also copied to the Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other security agencies and they all Confirmed receipt of the letter.


"The police in the state have directed Christians to intensify security in all places of worship, pastors’ houses, other Christian centres.


"Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) in Zamfara State has also directed all churches not to hold church activities beyond 5pm for the next three months," he said.


As things stand, some Christians are contemplating leaving Zamfara State for safer areas.


Sahara Reporters

November 29, 2021

Billionaire Kidnapper, Evan’s Co-Defendant Arinze, Dies In Custody



A co-defendant with alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, Chiemeka Arinze, has died in prison custody.


Evans is standing trial alongside, Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong, over the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.


They are facing a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kinda, sale and transfer of firearms.


According to a source who pleaded anonymity, Chiemeka Arinze died on Friday, November 26, 2021.


The source said the counsel to the late defendant had filed a bail application before the court last week, that over the illness of the defendant.


The source also said that the continuation of trial in the case is coming up today (Monday), and it was slated for the bail application to be heard before they heard of the death of the defendant.


It was gathered that Arinze, who has been sick, was rushed from the prison to a General Hospital on Friday, where he later died.




November 29, 2021

Lagos #EndSARS Panel Illegal, Lacks Power To Probe Military, Police – Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

 

By Leke Baiyewu


The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Sunday dismissed the #EndSARS panel set up by the Lagos State Government and the report it presented to state government recently.


Keyamo said it was out of the jurisdiction of the panel to investigate the activities of Federal Government institutions and officials such as the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.


The minister, while appearing on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels Television on Sunday, however, said he was not speaking for the Federal Government.


The panel had stated in its report that at least nine persons were killed on the night soldiers and policemen stormed the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters, describing the incident as a “massacre in context.”


However, Keyamo was asked on Sunday why  President Muhammadu Buhari called for constitution of panels across the states to investigate cases of human rights abuses while the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would later dismiss the report by the Lagos panel.


He said, “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister. I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – a member of the Inner Bar, and so I am entitled to my opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position. From me, that panel was an illegal panel. It was totally illegal.


“All lawyers who are listening to me should go back and read the Tribunals of Enquiry Act of Lagos State. It says that the governor will have the powers to inquire into the conduct of any person – underline any person – and chieftaincy matters and any other matter that will promote the good of the public.


“However, ‘any person’ there was defined in Section 21 to mean public officers of the state. It is defined to mean somebody within the public service of Lagos State or of the local government as the case may be.


“Then, the phrase was used at the end of Section 1 that says ‘any matter’…that they can inquire into any matter. People now think that to inquire into any matter, it means that you can just be at large.


“However, if you look at Section 21 again, it says that it has to be within the legislative competence of Lagos State. In other words, it is only people over whom the Lagos State has control that they can inquire into their conduct. If you don’t have control over me, you cannot inquire into my conduct.


“Policemen, the Armed Forces, military; they are not under or officers of Lagos State, they are officers of the Federal Government. By virtue of the Constitution, it is only the Federal Government that can control the conduct of policemen and the military. Lagos State cannot be in control; they cannot legislate too, regarding police and military matters; they are on the Exclusive Legislative List.”

Sunday, November 28, 2021

November 28, 2021

Twitter Ban: FG Develops Code Of Conduct For Facebook, Instagram

 



By Temidayo Akinsuyi 


The Federal Government has developed a code of conduct for all social media platforms in the country, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment has disclosed.


Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’, Keyamo who is a member of a committee set up by the federal government to meet with Twitter said the social networking site has almost complied with some of the conditions given to it by the government such as payment of taxes and opening of an office in Nigeria.


Speaking on the code of conduct for all social networking sites, Keyamo said “The federal government is very anxious, not only Twitter. In fact, but we have also developed a code of conduct for all of them”.


“They have agreed to a code of conduct, that is Twitter and every other platform because we are using the example of Twitter to draw code of conduct for all other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all of them” .



“We decided at the committee level that we don’t want to isolate Twitter and give them some kind of bias treatment different from other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and all of that. So, we are developing a code of conduct not for Twitter alone but for the general social media platforms on the responsible social behavior that they must comply with”.

“Code of conduct can be made as bye law under the NBC code because that is broadcast” he said.



November 28, 2021

Calabar Carnival Will Hold This Year - Govt


The Cross River State Government has said that the famous Calabar Carnival will hold this year.


There has been skepticism about the carnival being held this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Commissioner for Tourism in the state, Eric Anderson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the 2021edition of the carnival would be restricted to the stadium – UJ Esuene Sports Stadium – because of COVID-19.


He said there was no plan for the participants to dance through the 12-km routes along major streets in Calabar as it was done in the past years.


The commissioner said Governor Ben Ayade would unveil the theme of the carnival on November 29.


“I can tell you authoritatively that the carnival will hold this year. The Governor will unveil the theme on November 29.


“I have made contact with the band leaders to be part of the meeting on November 29. We have decided to host the festival inside the stadium because we are serious about the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.


“The stadium will help us to control the crowd and space the seating arrangement for people to watch the live show.


“It’s going to be a fun-filled moment as usual. Calabar Carnival will hold this year,” he assured.


Apart from COVID-19, the state of insecurity across Nigeria may have adverse effects on the carnival which had in the past attracted local and international tourists to Calabar.


(NAN)






November 28, 2021

Court Fines C'River Govt For The Closure Of Mr. Biggs By Duke's Administration, Nullifies Some Sections Of The State's Tourism Levy Law


 

A Cross River State High Court sitting in Calabar, has nullified some sections of the Cross River State Tourism Development Levy Law which was enacted during the administration of former governor, Donald Duke.


The Court also awarded the sum of N500,000 to Mr. Biggs against the Cross River State government over the closure of the fast food company by the state government in 2007.


In suit No. HC /229/2019, between U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (Trading under the name of UAC Restaurants – (Mr Biggs ) and five others; Government of Cross River State, Cross River State Board Of Internal Revenue, Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice, Attorney General of the Federation and Federal Inland Revenue Service who are the 1st, ,2nd, 3rd ,4th and 5th Defendants, the Plaintiff/Claimant had prayed the Court to declare that matters involving taxation of incomes, profits and Value Added Taxes are matters under the Exclusive Legislative List in Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of Nigeria, 2004 and beyond the power of the Government of Cross River State to make such laws.


The Plaintiff also urged the Court to make four Orders namely;

“that Cross River State Tourism Development Levy Law No 20 of 2007 and Amendment Law No 5, 2008 as enacted by the House of Assembly imposing obligations of levying, taxing and collection of the said levies and taxes on the Plaintiff, amounts to double taxation and therefore prejudicial to the rights and interests of the Plaintiff and it’s teeming consumers in the state.


“Order compelling the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants to refund the sum of N1, 600, 000.00 paid to it by the Plaintiff in protest to forestall distrainment of the Plaintiff’s charttels and the closure of it’s premises within the state for its failure within the time stipulated to comply with the aforesaid Law of Cross River State.


“Order perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd Defendants by themselves , agents, officers , servants and privies from harassing, intimidating the Plaintiff and its staffers in its restaurants and or distraining , sealing and closing down it’s operations anywhere within Calabar or by any means coercing the Plaintiff to commence the collection and remittance of the said Tourism Development Levy from it’s customers anywhere within the state including order Costs of this Action”.


The court in its judgment made Order that Section 2 of the Cross River State Tourism Development Levy ( Amendment ) Law No 5 of 2008 is null, void and set it aside as it purports to usurp the powers conferred upon the National Assembly under section 4 (1), (2), (3), (4), by both the Exclusive and Concurrent Legislative Lists Part 1and 2 of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution ( as amended).


The court also set aside Sections 2 and 4 (1) of the state Tourism Development Levy Law (amended ) and made order for the 1st to 3rd defendants to refund the sum of N1, 600,000.00 which the Plaintiff/Claimant paid in protest to forestall distrainment of its goods and chattels and closure of its premises anywhere in the state.


The court granted the perpetual injunction canvassed by the Plaintiff against the 1-3 defendants, their agents, officers, servants or privies from harassing and intimidating the Plaintiff/Claimant or it’s officers, servants in its restaurant or trespassing upon its properties and premises including closing down its operations in the state.


Assessing the costs of this Action in the sum of N500,000.00 only against the 1- 3 Defendants in favour of the Claimant, Justice Abua freed the 4th and 5th Defendants of any liability in this action.


Counsel for the U.A.C Of Nigeria Plc, Chief Tolani Musa lauded the judgement of the Court.


Musa, an Aba based legal practitioner, said he was overwhelmed by the court’s verdict which he described “as well resounded and researched”.




Saturday, November 27, 2021

November 27, 2021

Man Faces 20 Years Imprisonment For Raping Goat To Death


 

A 60-year-old man in Malaysia could face 20 years in jail or whipping if he is found guilty of having sex with a goat.


Shaari Hasan was charged with voluntarily having 'carnal intercourse' with the animal on July 27.


The man was discovered by the goat's owner after she heard it making strange sounds.


Going to check on the animal, she saw the man next to the goat, half-naked, Free Malaysia Today reports.


The man fled the scene and the goat was found dead.


The owner put in a complaint with the police and the carcass was sent to a veterinary service department for a post-mortem examination.


The accused widower was allegedly caught behind a house in the village of Kampung Sungai Buaya in Rawang, at around 1.30pm.


He initially pleaded guilty when the charge, under Article 377 of Malaysia's criminal code, was first read out by judge Nurul Mardhiah Mohammed Redza.