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Court to decide on Saraki Friday

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Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday rescinded his decision to hold back his judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, to challenge the validity of his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot yesterday gathered that the judge had decided to deliver the judgment on Friday.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati announced his withdrawal from the case in the open court on March 22, 2016, when judgment in the suit was to be delivered.
The development followed reports on Sahara Reporters and another online platform, Naij.com, accusing the judge of having been compromised by Saraki with N2billion bribe.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati, while withdrawing from the case, said his integrity had been maligned by the reports and the honourable thing for him to do was to disqualify himself from the case.
The judge, who quoted copiously the online reports, said he had been caught between two devils, as his decisions to either rule in favour or against Saraki would result into wrong interpretations by the reading public.
Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede had subsequently petitioned the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, asking him (the chief judge) to persuade Justice Abdu-Kafarati to go ahead to deliver the prepared judgment.
It was, however, gathered yesterday that Justice Auta had acceded to Saraki’s request and directed the judge to proceed to deliver his judgement.
It was learnt that Justice Auta’s decision was hinged on the fact that none of the parties in the suit complained about the conduct of the judge.
Justice Auta was also said to have held the opinion that the judge could not disqualify himself from further handling the case based on mere allegations made in the media.
Nigerian Pilot furtherconfirmed yesterday that parties to the suit had been notified of the new date for judgment.
Justice Abdul-Kafarati had on March 1 heard and fixed March 22 for judgment in Saraki’s matter.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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