Court Remands Suspected Killers Of Favour, LASU Final Year Student

 

An Osun State Magistrates’ Court in Apomu, Idiroko area of the state on Friday remanded three suspects in Ilesha Correctional Centre for allegedly killing Favour Daley-Oladele, a final student of the Lagos State University (LASU)

The suspects include a self-acclaimed prophet, Segun Philip; the deceased boyfriend, Owolabi Adeeko and his mother, Bola Adeeko.

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The suspects appeared before Magistrate Olukunle Idowu-Faith, the defendants’ plea to the charges however could not be taken.

This was because there was no legal representation for the suspects in court.

The judge in his ruling ordered that the suspects be remanded in Ilesa Prison Correctional service centre till March 25, 2020.

I Regret My Action – Owolabi

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Owolabi who reportedly connived with the pastor, narrated the incidence, showing remorse when asked a series of questions.

“There was a well there already which the church was planning on using but they abandoned it for years. It was there we put the remaining part of her body then I covered it with sand.

Owolabi said that “my dad has lost his job for some years and my mum has been the one helping the family; she also lost her job, but she started doing some contract jobs. After some time, she stopped receiving contracts.

“From that day, I started regretting my action, even before we were arrested.”

Favour Was A Golden Girl – Father

When asked, the deceased father, in a mournful state, said they looked forward to a few month times when Favour will be going for her one-year Youth Service.

“It is quite emotional, having raised that girl for that number of years; Favour happens to be a golden girl to the family. We waited for some years before having her, she went to school and when we envisaged that in a few months, she will be going for her NYSC, and start celebrating a female graduate in the house, then some people conspire to kill her is touching.

“All we want is justice for Favour and I believe it will serve as a deterrent to others who are in this kind of thing,” he insisted.

Plane Crash: Lufthansa Cancels Tehran Flights Until Jan 20

A file photo taken on February 18, 2019 shows parked planes at the Lufthansa terminal of the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany.  PHOTO: Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Lufthansa on Friday said it was canceling all flights to and from Tehran, Iran’s capital until January 20, following suggestions that Iran may have mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane earlier this week.

The German group, which also owns Austrian Airlines, said the flight ban was “due to the unclear security situation for the airspace around Tehran airport”.

All 176 people on board died when the Ukrainian International Airlines plane went down near Tehran on Wednesday, shortly after Iran launched missiles at US forces in Iraq over the killing of a top Iranian general.

American, British and Canadian officials say intelligence sources indicate Iran shot down the plane, perhaps unintentionally, but this has been denied by Tehran.

Several airlines had already announced they would avoid Iranian and Iraqi airspace as tensions in the region soared.

A Lufthansa flight between Frankfurt and Tehran on Thursday turned back an hour after takeoff because of security concerns.

Austrian Airlines meanwhile said late Thursday that its flight to Tehran that day was ordered to return to Vienna after a stopover in Sofia.

AFP

Four Suspects Arrested For Allegedly Initiating Minors Into Cultism

Gboko Killings: Police Arrest 16 Suspects In Benue
A file photo of arrested suspects

 

The Bayelsa State police command says they have arrested four suspects in the Okutukutu Community area of Yenagoa, the state capital for allegedly initiating minors into cultism.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat on Friday.

Butswat said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off and in collaboration with the vigilante of Okutukutu community.

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“The suspects were arrested when one of the minors they had initiated informed his elder brother of the alleged initiation.

“All the suspects confessed to the crime and are being interrogated, for further investigation at the Anti-Cultism Unit, State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa,” the statement added.

The suspected cultists include Godbless Jackson, Happy Osoro, Lawson Nmor and Dennis Sunday all residents of Okutukutu Community.

Trade Minister Assures Dangote, Other Investors Of Business-Friendly Environment

PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo on Thursday promised a friendly business environment for investors in the country.

Adebayo gave the assurance during a meeting with the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote in Abuja.

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According to him, the move will help the investors contribute their quota to job creation and lifting over 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

The Chairman of the Dangote group in response highlighted recent investments by his company to grow the nation’s industrial sector.

 

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Meghan Returns To Canada Amid Royal Storm

In this file photo taken on January 07, 2020, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as she arrives to visit Canada House, in London, in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. PHOTO: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP

 

Prince Harry’s wife Meghan has returned to Canada following the couple’s bombshell announcement that they were quitting their frontline royal duties.

This emerged on Friday as the monarch held urgent talks with her family to resolve the crisis.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent an extended Christmas holiday in Canada with their son before returning to break the news this week that they would “step back” their royal roles.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Meghan flew back on Thursday, having never intended to be in Britain long. She left baby Archie behind in Canada with his nanny, and “she may stay there for the foreseeable future”, it said.

“I can confirm reports that the duchess is in Canada,” the couple’s spokeswoman told AFP.

She declined to provide further details or confirm the Mail’s report that Harry was likely to join his wife and son in Canada shortly.

Senior royals were caught off guard by Wednesday’s announcement that the Sussexes wanted to seek a “progressive new role” and divide their time between Britain and North America.

Queen Elizabeth II’s office issued a terse statement the same evening, saying there were “complicated issues that will take time to work through”.

But a palace source on Thursday said the queen had instructed aides to work “at pace” with Meghan and Harry and the government “to find workable solutions”.

The process was expected to take “days, not weeks”, the source said.

Media reports said the queen held a series of calls on Thursday involving Harry, his brother Prince William and their father Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.

Harry and Meghan said they intended to continue to “fully support” the queen and “collaborate” with senior royals.

They also want to keep their home on the queen’s Windsor Castle estate as their British base, while aiming to become financially independent.

But questions are being raised about what this means in practice, as their security is paid for by the state and they receive funds from the queen and from Charles.

Finding a role

William and Harry have always held a special place in many Britons’ hearts because of their mother, Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.

With their wives, Kate and Meghan, they have been viewed as the modern face of the royal family, hailed for bringing fresh energy into the institution.

But the younger prince, who has always struggled with his role, last year revealed he has been growing apart from his brother, who as second in line to the throne is increasingly pursuing a different path.

Harry has been open about his mental health issues and he and Meghan last year admitted to struggling with the spotlight following their wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and Archie’s birth a year later.

The couple have also lashed out at negative news coverage, with Harry calling some of it racist. They have recently taken several newspapers to court — a highly confrontational approach by royal standards.

The couple’s decision to effectively resign their royal roles follows a turbulent year for the Windsors.

Harry’s uncle Prince Andrew announced he was retiring from public duties after a disastrous TV interview about his friendship with the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

AFP

The Court Will Decide El-Zakzaky’s Fate – Kaduna Govt

 

The Kaduna State government on Thursday said the fate of the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is in the hands of the court.

This was disclosed by the Attorney General of Kaduna State and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko.

She revealed that the ongoing legal processes should not be the subject of a media campaign or pressure of any kind, affirming that the Kaduna State Government has no intention to withdraw the charges and would rather leave it to the court to decide the case.

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In a statement issued in Kaduna, the state capital, Dikko said both Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat are facing an eight-count charge, including culpable homicide punishable with death, before the High Court of Kaduna State.

The Attorney General recalls that the court had earlier refused the accused persons’ application for bail following their arraignment in August 2018.

“At its last sitting on December 5, 2019, the court adjourned hearing in the matter to February 6, 2020, and ordered the transfer of the couple from DSS facilities to the Kaduna Correctional Centre for the duration of the trial.

“It is the High Court that will decide the case, and the rule of law demands respect for the prerogatives of the court and the ongoing legal process,” she said.

Dikko said further that like any other person facing a criminal trial, El-Zakzaky and his wife have been accorded due process and are being represented by their lawyers.

“There is no court order pending against the Kaduna State Government on the matter. Rulings and orders that were secured against the Federal Government do not have any bearing against the Kaduna State Government which was not a party to those proceedings and against whom no orders were made.

“Any issues regarding compliance or non-compliance with a court order by the DSS or the Federal Government cannot be used to vitiate the judicial proceedings the Kaduna State Government has commenced against the El-Zakzakys,’’ she argued.

An eight-count charge was filed against some accused persons on April 19, 2018, including El Zakzaky and his wife, after months of painstaking investigation, which covered a period of about three decades.

According to the commissioner, persons who were accused alongside El-Zakzaky include Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki and they were charged to court for alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide punishable with death and unlawful assembly.

They were also charged with alleged wrongful restraint, disturbance of public peace; voluntarily causing grievous hurt; inciting disturbance, and breach of Public Peace.

The Attorney General recalled that these charges arose following the Zaria clashes of December 12th-24 2015 between the Nigerian Army and El-Zakzaky’s movement.’

“It was the tragic Nadir of the more than 30 years of oppression that Zaria residents had endured at the hands of a movement that had grown accustomed to disregarding the law, disrespecting the human rights of other citizens and inconveniencing members of the public.

“A Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into the Zaria clashes was constituted on 29th January 2016.

“Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. He, therefore, bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organization and should, therefore, be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”

The Kaduna State Government then accepted the findings of the Inquiry and commenced the processes for prosecuting  El-Zakzaky and the leadership of his movement.

Obaseki Orders Prosecution Of Council Chairmen Sacked Over Corruption Allegations

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday instructed the State Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to commence prosecution of council chairmen who were relieved of their offices over corruption allegations.

The governor said this at the swearing-in of a new chairman for Esan West Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs. Ruth Osahon, at Government House in Benin City.

He warned that his administration would not turn a blind eye to corrupt practices at the local council level.

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“We have seen a trend where a few local council chairmen have not lived up to expectations. As a government that is people-focused and have made a promise to the people, we will not be afraid to make the right decisions where necessary,” Obaseki warned.

The governor urged the new chairman of Esan West LGA to cooperate with relevant authorities as they carry out an investigation into the records of the previous chairman of the council, Patrick Aguinede, who was sacked over corruption allegations.

He added that it is disheartening that the council with so much economic activity was among councils owing backlog of workers’ salaries.

“Esan West LGA should be able to pay its workforce as it hosts a state university, which attracts a lot of business activity. There is no justification for why Esan West local council should not be able to collect enough revenue to pay salaries and pensions and carry out other activities as a council,” Obaseki added.

ICRC Evacuate Victims After Deadly Boko Haram Attack On Monguno

ICRC Surgeons attending to victims from the attack.

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday evacuated ten persons who were injured following a Boko Haram attack on Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State.

ICRC’s Head of Delegation, Eloi Fillion told Channels Television that five of the patients were evacuated by air, the other five were taken to Maiduguri, the state capital by road.

She added that ICRC surgeons are currently operating the most critically wounded from the attack, adding that, “I am always heartbroken to see women and children among the patients.

“Civilians pay the price of the conflict much too often.”

ICRC medical officers attending to more victims from the attack.

The insurgents had earlier on Tuesday attempted to invade Moguno but were repelled by Nigerian troops who engaged them in gunfire.

According to local sources, the insurgents were successfully repelled after the arrival of re-enforcement with casualties on both sides. Some civilians were also caught up in the gunfire and injured.

Monguno has continued to be targeted for attacks by the insurgents, with the abduction of two female aid workers in an attack a few days to the Christmas celebration.

The military is yet to give details of the attack, but the ICRC said it is already administering treatments on civilians caught in the crossfire.

I Am Being Victimised For Shutting Down Arts, Crafts Village – Runsewe

DG NCAC, Segun Runsewe while addressing journalists on Friday, January 10, 2019.

 

Barely 24-hours after a court ruling that sentenced him to prison for contempt of court, Director General of the National Council for Arts And Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe says he is being victimised for shutting down Arts and Crafts village.

The NCAC boss disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday.

He insisted that his current travails are linked to his refusal to relinquish the Arts and Crafts village located in the Central Business District, Abuja to ‘interested persons.’

He added that the property was shut down because it was being used as a drug den and hideout for criminals.

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He disclosed further that the Nigerian Police has since ordered that it should be reopened.

He, however, refused to entertain further questions on the court order committing him to prison for contempt of court.

The Arts and Crafts village valued at N9.8 billion.

Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday sentenced Runsewe, to prison.

Justice Okeke made the order while ruling on a motion drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Limited against the Minister of the FCT; Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA); DG of NCAC, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, as the first, second, third and fourth defendants respectively.

In the motion, the claimant sought an order of the court committing Runsewe to prison for contempt of court order made on December 15, 2017.

I Take Responsibility For Oyo Market Fire, Says Makinde

Governor Makinde addressing victims of Akesan Market during a visit to the site of the fire incident on Wednesday, January 7, 2020.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he takes responsibility for the fire incident that razed the Akesan market in Oyo State last week Sunday.

He said this on Wednesday after visiting the site of the incident alongside his cabinet members.

Makinde also assured that the State Government would rebuild the market and provide support to all victims of the fire incident.

He added that rather than engage in buck-passing over the failure of the past administration to provide necessary fire-fighting tools, he would take responsibility for the failure of the system.

“I must, at this point, express my deep sadness over the loss of lives and property because of the various fire outbreaks in Oyo State. This is deeply regretted. Of course, things happen that signal the failure in our system.

“I swore an oath to protect the lives and property of everyone living within the borders of this State, so I take full responsibility for this failure and promise that I will make things right,” the governor said.

Makinde noted that an investigative panel had already been set up to look into both the remote and immediate causes of the inferno.

According to him, the state government has commenced the process of acquiring an additional 10 fire-fighting trucks to boost fire-fighting services in the State. The governor also urged residents to be safety-conscious with regards to the prevention of fire outbreaks considering the current weather condition.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while receiving the governor at his palace said he believed Governor Makinde would fulfil his promise to rebuild the market.

The monarch, who went into a brief history of the market said to have been in existence for 400 years.

He called on the Government to consider returning the market to the Palace for control and management as it was in the past, for effective management.

Court Sends DG Arts And Culture, Runsewe To Prison

Olusegun Runsewe

 

Justice Jude Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has sentenced the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, to prison.

Justice Okeke made the order on Thursday while ruling on a motion drawn from a suit filed by Ummakalif Limited against the Minister of the FCT; Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA); DG of NCAC, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, as the first, second, third and fourth defendants respectively.

In the motion, the claimant sought an order of the court committing Runsewe to prison for contempt of court order made on December 15, 2017.

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Justice Okeke described Runsewe’s action as highly contemptuous, adding that committing him to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) would serve as a deterrent to others who abuse office and disobey court orders with disdain.

He ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest Runsewe with immediate effect and hand him over to the NCS pending when he retraces his steps.

The court had ordered parties in the suit to stay proceedings on every activity concerning the demolition of the Arts and Craft village located in the Central Business District area of the FCT.

However, the respondents in the suit, particularly the NCAC flouted that rule.

Lai Mohammed Orders Implementation Of 70% Local Content In Broadcasting

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, addressing a press conference in Lagos on December 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @FMICNigeria

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has issued a new regulation to compel the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement 70% local content in broadcasting.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday revealing the Minister’s new directives to NBC.

The statement which was signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, also contained the new directive aimed at repositioning Nigeria’s broadcast industry, creating jobs, promoting local content, and boosting the advert industry.

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“Major highlights of the Minister’s directive include new regulations to compel broadcasters to utilize the content and services of Nigerian independent producers, in fulfillment of the regulatory requirements for 70% local content, rather than the current abuse of the rules which allow many loopholes for the production of such content in jurisdictions outside Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

This according to the Minister will empower local producers with proper funding and investment, enhance foreign collaborations, develop the local industry, raise the standard of local productions and ultimately lead to job creation.

The new regulation frowns against illegal and unpaid use of musical works by broadcast stations without payment of royalties. It also put an end to exclusivity in sporting rights in the country.

“For musical content, a new regulation will ensure that broadcasters are prevented from illegal and unpaid use of musical works without payment of the applicable license fees and/or royalties required by music rights owners.

“Similar provision will prohibit exclusivity of sporting rights in Nigeria, as a new regulation now mandates broadcasters and exclusive licensees to share such rights with other broadcasters to boost reach and also maximise utilisation by all broadcasters of premium content, in order to grow their platforms and investment in other content.”

The Minister concluded that this regulation will prevent the misuse of monopoly or market power or anti-competitive and unfair practices by a foreign or local broadcaster to suppress other local broadcasters in the television and radio markets.

The new regulations are due to come into effect in this month of January.