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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest and production in court of Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma and two others charged with fraud.

The defendants were charged before Justice Ayokunle Faji.

The police authority had charged them with an alleged N2.4 billion shipping fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation later took over the case.

Others named in the charge are Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

The prosecutor, Julius Ajakaiye, had urged the court to order the arrest of Innoson and others, for failing to appear in court to take their plea to the criminal charge.

He had said that the charge was on the defendants by an order for substituted service on February 8, 2016, following the AGF’s take-over of the case.

Mr Ajakaiye said that since then, the third and fourth defendants had been coming to court, while the first, second and fifth defendants had refused, failed and neglected to appear in court till date.

He had argued that the defendants were yet to take their pleas and so, should be compelled to appear.

Mr Ajakaiye had also urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest.

The team of defence counsel had on their part, urged the court to dismiss the application as the defendants were not properly arraigned before the court, adding that the court lacked jurisdiction to do same.

After arguments, the court had then adjourned the case for a ruling.

Delivering his ruling on Monday, Justice Faji first highlighted the various arguments and submissions as canvassed by respective parties.

Citing the case of Olisa Metuh, the court held that trial ought to go on in a criminal case.

The court held that it is clear that the first, second and fifth defendants have not appeared in the criminal charge and consequently held that the application by the prosecution has merit.

“I hereby order as follows: Warrant of arrest is hereby issued against Innocent Chukwuma, Charles Chukwuma and Sunny Anajekwe.

The court adjourned the case until June 28 for a report.

In the charge, the prosecution accused the defendants of conspiring to unlawfully falsify shipping clearance documents.

They were accused of “uttering” (presenting) the alleged falsified shipping documents as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to allegedly obtain a loan of N2.4billion.

The prosecution claimed that the defendants committed the offence at Apapa wharf on October 10, 2013.

The alleged offence is contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

(NAN)

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B’Haram: We’re investigating soldiers for rights violations, says NHRC

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The National Human Rights Commission has disclosed that it is investigating allegations of human rights violations against security personnel involved in the counterinsurgency operations in the North East.

 

This was made known by a representative of the Executive Secretary, Iheme Richmond, Assistant Director (Investigation and Monitoring), in Damaturu, Yobe State during the opening of capacity building workshop for the Military on Mainstreaming Human Rights, Humanitarian Principles and Civilian Protection in the War against Boko Haram Terrorists.

 

The training was organised by NHRC in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

 

“This training is aimed at improving the knowledge of the military on human rights standards, humanitarian principles and civilian protection in the course of the counterinsurgency operations,’’ he said.

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Miyetti Allah disowns Buhari, northern elders

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Says neither president nor NEF consulted group

 

 

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday said that they were not consulted by neither the Federal Government nor the Northern Elders Forum before issuing the order and counter orders on relocating and not relocating as it affects their members.

 

Even as he stated that the members were not under any pressure to relocate from the southern region of Nigeria to the northern parts of the country.

 

National Secretary of MACBAN, Mallam Baba Ngelzarma, who disclosed this to Saturday Telegraph said the herders were currently living and doing their businesses across the various states of the federation without any threat and hindrance.

 

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had earlier in the week directed the herdsmen to leave the South and relocate to the North, as according to them, the security and safety of the herders can no longer be assured in Southern Nigeria.

 

The order came on the heels of the rising tension across the country over the controversial suspended Ruga Settlement programme by the Federal Government and the terror attacks unleashed on innocent citizens by bandits suspected to be herders.

 

The brutal murder of Mrs. Funke Olakurin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group, not only sparked national outrage but threats of reprisals against the herders.

 

To douse the tension, President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Wednesday issued a counter order, directing the herdsmen to remain wherever they have been doing their business as every Nigerian has a constitutional right to settle, live and conduct legitimate businesses anywhere in the country.

 

Ngelzarma said that MACBAN was indifferent to the order and counter order because neither the Northern Elders Forum nor the Federal Government consulted them before those orders were issued on the relocation of their members.

 

According to Ngelzarma, contrary to the impression created by the NEF, the herders’ association never received any report of threats to the lives and property of their members doing business in Southern Nigeria and wondered how the issue got to the level where there had to be an emergency order for them to vacate Southern Nigeria.

 

Below are the excerpts of interview:

 

In view of the order from Northern Elders Forum asking herdsmen to relocate from the South and the counter order from the Federal Government for them to remain there, which order are the herdsmen to obey now?

 

Well, as an association, we were not contacted before any of the orders were issued, so we don’t have any comment on them.

 

What’s the current situation of your members living in the Southern part of the country?

 

The reports we are getting from our members across the country is that everybody is living peacefully and doing their business without any fear.

 

So, like I said, we were not contacted by anyone and that is why we don’t want to comment on it.

 

Why do you think your association was not consulted on the matter?

 

We only heard it and saw it in the news.

 

We reserve our comments. Has the controversy affected any of your people?

 

We are yet to get any report about any of our members being affected one way or the other. Our members are peaceful and are living peacefully where they are. I don’t think there is any threat or problem anywhere.

 

Does it mean that the Northern Elders Forum and the Coalition of Northern Groups didn’t get their facts right before issuing the order?

 

We don’t know. We have no comment on this. We cannot comment on it because we don’t know.

 

What is your stand on the RUGA policy?

 

It has been suspended by the Federal Government; we are waiting for the details of the suspension.

 

We in the national executive of the association need to meet before we come up with a position. As it is now we have no position on it.

 

If I speak, it should be the position of the association and not my personal view.

 

Since these matters have not been brought to the table for discussion, I have no comments to make on them because I don’t work for myself, I work for the association.

 

What message do you have for your members given the prevailing controversy and tension everywhere?

 

They should ensure that there is peace everywhere.

 

They should remain in peace and ensure that there is peace wherever they are.

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Kogi Guber: APC stakeholders drag NWC to court over mode of primaries

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Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State have dragged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to court over its decision to use the indirect mode of primaries in nomination of the candidate who will fly the party’s flag in the November guber natorial election in the state.

 

The NWC had in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated that the NWC had adopted indirect primaries as the mode of primaries to select the party’s candidate.

 

But in a swift reaction to this position, 20 governorship aspirants and some other stakeholders sent a petition to the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, kicking against the decision of the NWC. In the letter, the stakeholders said: “We are opposed to Yahaya Bello’s contrived indirect primary.

 

He can’t be a judge in his own case. So we are saying it must be direct primary. We believe his faction can’t do the primary. We are calling on the National Working Committee, (NWC) to dissolve the state executive and create a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the state. “We have bent over backwards to accommodate Governor Bello.

 

In 2015, he worked for PDP and as at that time, he wasn’t a registered voter in Kogi state. “We won’t accept indirect primary for the selection of governorship candidate. We won’t allow Governor Bello to choose for us; the insult on Kogi people is too much.”

 

However, further on the notification of the suit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja and which has been served to the office of the APC National Legal Adviser at the national headquarters of the party, the plaintiffs which include the state exofficio, Apostle Destiny Eneojoh Aromeh; Organising Secretary, Isah Abubakar; Zonal Youth Leader, Noah Aku, and Zonal Women Leader, Mrs. Joy Onu, they urged the party to halt indirect primaries proposal.

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How we lost Colonel, Captain, three soldiers –Army

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  • Colonel, 20 soldiers killed in ambush by Boko Haram in Yobe

 

Authorities of the Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the killing of a Colonel, a Captain and three soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State this is even as an unconfirmed report said that a Colonel and 20 soldiers were also killed in ambushed attack by men of Boko Haram during the week in Yobe State.

 

 

The confirmation was contained in a statement on the incident by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Isa Ado. According to Ado, the incident occurred on Wednesday in Jakana area of the state.

 

He stated that the officers and soldiers were on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu when they ran into an ambush by the terrorists. Troops of 212 Battalion, according to him, were later deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB), Jakana, to deal with the insurgents.

 

He said that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists tried to infiltrate the military base to garner logistics but were repelled by the troops. He said that they came about 6.45pm in seven Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by troops.

 

“The terrorists could not withstand the fire power of the troops after losing significant number of equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire.

 

“They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along Benisheikh-Damaturu axis and abandoned a damaged utility gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items. “Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and captured one anti-aircraft gun, two Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes, two AK 47 Rifles, 15 machine gun rounds and 12 AK47 NATO rounds.

 

“Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain as well as three soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu ran into an ambush staged by the fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis, which led to their unfortunate death,” revealed the spokesman. He said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, had commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes. Ado also said that Buratai had reiterated that the army would never be deterred in the ongoing “noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North- East.’’

 

According to him, the COAS commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focused, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

 

“The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all. “But, that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remains secure, peaceful and free from terrorist activities for the overall interest of the nation.”

 

Meanwhile, an unconfirmed report said an army commander, of the rank of Colonel and 20 soldiers were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram, in Yobe State. The troops were said to have been ambushed on Wednesday while on their way to the headquarters of 29 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army located in Benisheik, as they returned from Borogozo in the state.

 

According to military sources the brigade commander, a colonel and 20 soldiers, were killed when they ran into an ambush. Sector 2 Command of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has sent reinforcement to the area while bodies of the soldiers were moved to the 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri.

 

The death toll in the two attacks in Borno and Yobe states, brings to 52 the number of soldiers and personnel of Nigerian Army killed in about two months by the forces of the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram in the North-east.

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Bandits agree to suspend attacks in Zamfara

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Bandit commanders in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara, on Friday agreed to suspend attacks on the people at a dialogue meeting with the state government and security officials. The bandits also said that the coast is now clear for all those displaced by the attacks to return home.

 

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agreement was reached at the palace of the Emir of Birnin-Magaji. Present at the meeting were the state Commissioner of Police, bandit commanders, leaders of Fulani, Civilian Joint Task Force and local vigilantes known as “Yansakai”.

 

The meeting, chaired by Police Commissioner Usman Nagogo, was also attended by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Abubakar Dauran and National leaders of Miyetti- Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

 

The bandits’ commanders at the meeting were: Ardo Nashawari, Audu Karki and Muhammad Bello, while the leaders of civilian JTF and vigilantes were Malam Garba Nasarawa- Godal and Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu.

 

Speaking on behalf of the bandits, Nashawari, said with the suspension of the attacks, farmers were now free to return to their farms and other residents free to go about their normal businessess. Nashawari added, “We believe with this dialogue,the Fulani can now go to markets, they can move freely without any hitch.”

 

The Civilian JTF leader, Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu, urged the government to ensure immediate disarming of the bandits. “On behalf of the entire members of Civilian JTF and Vigilance Group Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, we commend the state government for this dialogue, we abide by it,” he said.

 

 

On his part, the commissioner of police described the meeting as “fruitful” and restated the commitment of the command to rid the state of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes. “We are impressed with the comments of the warring factions, both of them have accepted the dialogue”, Nagogo said.

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FG has no hand in El-Zakzaky’s trial, says Presidency

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The Presidency yesterday explained that the Federal Government is not involved in the ongoing trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

 

In a statement on issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the government said it will no longer condone acts of violence from El-Zakzaky’s followers.

 

The Shi’ites’ leader, who had been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since December 2015, is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among others.

 

IMN members have demanded his release, staging massive protests, sometimes resulting in clashes with the police. Shehu asked IMN members not to trample on the rights of others, saying the government would no longer allow the sect to take law into its hands.

 

“The Presidency appeals to El-Zakzaky-led Shi’ite members to desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried,” Shehu said.

 

“The issue of El-ZakZaky is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.

 

“It is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.

The destruction of public property in the name of protest is not within the rights of this group and no government anywhere would have tolerated a situation where any group would take over public roads in cities as they have done in Abuja and interfere with the rights of other citizens who are prevented from reaching their destinations. “As far as the Ministry of Justice is concerned, the case involving El-Zakzaky is no longer in its domain.

 

The Federal Government no more has hands in the matter and to that extent, the government at the centre can be said to be clear of any alleged violations of court orders as being trumpeted everyday.” The government urged the Shi’ites to embrace dialogue instead o

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Triumph of faith as Ayefele welcomes triplets 22 years after spinal cord injury

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When, three years after the accident that damaged his spinal cord and left him permanently on the wheel chair ever since, notable musician, Yinka Ayefele got married to his heartthrob, then Miss Temitope Fawusi, in the year 2000, many wondered if the man and the woman signing up for a lifetime of love knew what they were doing.

 

But Ayefele, who has gone on to build an empire of broadcasting, entertainment and business, with Music House and Fresh FM now broadcasting in Ibadan, Abeokuta and Ado Ekiti, along with an in-demand music band constantly on the road, has more than a reason to smile. Ayefele, who is right now in Maryland in the United States of America, reportedly confirmed the birth of his triplets via a live programme on his radio station, Fresh FM operating on the 105.9 frequency in Ibadan earlier this week. Said to consist of two boys and a girl, Ayefele made the confirmation in a programme titled “Let’s Talk About It” which he anchored with Enitan Olusegun Bamidele shortly after reports began circulating that the famous musician is now a father of triplets.

 

Coming barely a month after he was forced to deny a trending story that his wife had given birth to triplets, the announcement seemed to have left many people confused.

 

In setting the records straight in June, however, the musician had given a hint of such by “claiming” the dawn of the story’s reality in his life. On Friday, Ayefele shared a video of his set of triplets with wife, Temitope, for the first time, with the 51-yearold musician writing: “FAVOURED” as caption for the short video featuring him in the hospital carrying and watching each of the three new bundles of joy. 19 years after their marriage and 22 years after the unforgettable accident, this is a moment of triumph for faith, hope and everything that has to do with it for the musician and his loyal wife. Speaking on her marriage in an interview a few years ago, Titilope said: “I met him in 1996, before he had the accident. “I saw in him as a hardworking man when we met.

 

Very hard-working, there is nothing he can’t do to stay afloat in his profession. He is someone who doesn’t get distracted from his dream no matter what may come his way.”

 

Ayefele, born in 1968 in Ipoti Ekiti, Ekiti State, his faith in God, hope in his God-given abilities and tenacity of purpose are the resources he has deployed to turn a debilitating accident enough to confine many to misery forever into a springboard for success. He attended schools including Our Saviour’s Anglican Primary School for his primary and secondary education and proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, after which he worked briefly as a journalist and broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan, while also producing jingles and musical works on radio.

 

According to Ayefele, he wasn’t even employed by FRCN; only engaged during the festive period to play the role of Father Christmas. Seeing the opportunity for gainful employment, Ayefele decided to attend the FRCN Training School, after which he joined the station. Not long after, he became an independent broadcaster, teaming up with the hugely influential broadcaster, presenter and producer, Kola Olawuyi, through which he was presenting programmes across radio stations in Ogun, Ondo and Oyo states.

 

An automobile accident enough to end lives in 1997, left his spinal cord damaged, confined him to a wheelchair since then, yet that is what has made him a household across the globe following the release of his debut album, Bitter Experience in 1998, detailing part of the trauma he went through in the accident.

 

After spending a long period culminating in 9 months at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, he resolved to put the experience together in an album in line with the prompting of a popular broadcaster, Kola Olootu, who is his friend. Draws to him by the pathetic experience, Nigerians were drawn to Ayefele and a music star was born.

 

Sweet Experience, Something Else, Divine Intervention, Fun Fair, Aspiration, Fulfilment, New Dawn, Next Level, Gratitude and Life after death (released in honour of the legendary Nigerian radio presenter, musician and comedian, Gbenga Adeboye) among others, have followed.

 

Perhaps a measure of his enduring popularity, the outrage that greeted the partial demolition of Music House, which houses his radio station, Fresh FM and studios in Ibadan, on August 19, 2018, by the Oyo State Government under governor Abiola Ajimobi was something that took even top officials of that administration by surprise. Asked what led to her decision to marry him a few years after that accident, his wife said: “Why won’t I stay?

 

I told you about some of the qualities I saw in my husband that made me fell in love and married him. “I have made up my mind to spend the rest of my life with him before the accident. When he had the accident we there together at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH). “I saw in him the determination to survive, to live and to make it in life.

 

Those are the things that also motivated me to stay with him in the time of trouble and up till now. “Nobody is above trial and tribulations and when they come what one should do is to remain steadfast and be prayerful.

 

“Bible didn’t tell us that trouble would not come, it is bound to come but God has given us a strong assurance, He Is there to give us the grace to overcome.”

 

While it is believed that they have at least two children earlier, this is believed to be the turning point for Ayefele, if one could see his state as a test of his faith and the optimism he is obviously not short of. On whether her husband is active sexually, she had responded in the same interview: “Well, that is strictly my private life which can never be discussed on the pages of newspapers for no reason.

 

“I am happy in marriage and you can see the signs all over and around me. Thank God for everything.” With over an exhaustive list of awards to his name including the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) awarded to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, there is no doubt that Ayefele’s heart must be filled with joy.

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Makinde received $611m UNESCO, N9.7m bailout funds I worked for –Ajimobi

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Former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday disclosed that the incumbent governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has received $611million from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which his government processed for out-of-school children.

 

The governor said this at the Iyaganku Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ibadan, also disclosed that just two weeks after he left office, another N9.7 million was got from the Paris Club for the government. He said this through his aides while speaking with newsmen on alleged propaganda and outright falsehood made against his administration by those he described as apologists of Governor Makinde who had said recently that Ajimobi left N150 billion debt in government.

 

Speaking through his aides, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, (former Special Adviser on Media and Strategy), Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, (former Commissioner for Education, and Alhaji Abiodun Ambali, (former Special Assistant on Political Matters) Ajimobi told Governor Makinde to face governance squarely and stop his unfounded allegations against the past administration whose achievements cannot be controverted.

 

On the earlier reports that   the Iseyin-Ibadan Road was awarded to a faceless contractors, the former governor’s aides said the record is there that the 67km road was awarded to M. S Oladiran Engineering Limited at the cost of N7 billion, adding that not all the 30 per cent mobilisation was paid to the contractor.

In their joint statement read to journalists, the aides said: “It has come to our notice and our investigation has also revealed that there is a deliberate smear campaign against the immediate past administration in the state by the apologists of the present administration. This is in order to destroy the legacies of the immediate past administration and to individually and collectively malign us.

 

“This carefully-orchestrat- ed propaganda started a few weeks ago when the former administration was accused of awarding the Iseyin- Moniya-Oyo Road to a faceless contractor at a cost of N2 billion per kilometre which had been debunked. “Not only that, the present administration had also falsely alleged that the State had a debt profile of N150 billion, which has been confirmed to be incorrect.

 

“The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Debt Management Office (DMO) put a lie to this. Total Domestic Borrowings at the end of Ajimobi administration was just over N90b, of which about 35 per cent constituted provisions for arrears of pensions and gratuities of civil servants”.

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended indefinitely the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Unit Heads at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, who were on duty when an intruder attempted to board Azman Air’s Port Harcourt bound aircraft on the runway yesterday.

 

The affected officers are: Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun, Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

 

According to a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the unit heads will remain on suspension pending the completion of the ongoing investigation into the incident, which is being viewed as a serious security breach.

 

The statement further disclosed that in the interim, the General Manager of the agency Dr. Anne Enyinnaya- Egbadon, had been detailed to take charge of security at the airport, adding that other affected officers have also been replaced.

 

The current arrangement, FAAN stated was aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.

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PDP closes case after 62 witnesses testified against Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday announced its decision to close its case at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, just as it tendered 1,353 result sheets to buttress its argument. The opposition party made the announcement after presenting its last witness, a former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, who was the national collation agent for the PDP during the presidential election. According to Premium Times, with the appearance of Chidoka, the petitioners presented 62 witnesses before the tribunal.

 

Speaking during his cross-examination, Chidoka said INEC officials had noted during the collation of results that the central server existed and had been used by the commission but quickly added that he never saw the server in person.

 

The party tendered an additional 1,353 result sheets and documents of certification as part of efforts to prove its case, even as the tribunal adjourned   till July 29 for respondents to open their defence.

 

The tribunal had reached its 10th day as it continued with hearing of the petition brought by the PDP, challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

At the opening of the session, a lead counsel for the PDP, Chris Uche, said   the petitioners had 1,353 additional result sheets to tender before the tribunal, adding that the result sheets include the polling unit results (form EC8A) and results from ward collation centres (form EC8B), saying that the results were gotten from the February 23 elections in 11 states.

 

Noting that the party was   yet to sort the results contained in the document provided by INEC on Thursday, following a court order, Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the form EC8As were 1,266 while the form EC8Bs were 87 in number. “We have EC8As and EC8Bs.

 

The EC8As are 1,266 and the EC8Bs are 87 in number. We have 38 receipts as payments for the documents,” said Uche. The lawyers for the various respondents objected to the admissibility of the documents, arguing that they would state their reasons in their final addresses but the tribunal chaired by Justice Garba Mohammed admitted the documents as evidence.

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