About a month after shocking killings erupted in Benue State on New Year’s day, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, has said that 24 suspects have been arrested with 19 arraigned in court in connection with the incident.
Owoseni stated this on Thursday during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily where he vowed to ensure that justice would take its course to serve as a deterrent to others.
“A total number of 24 suspects that have been arrested in connection with some of these cases which borders on culpable homicide, grievous hurt, and mischief by fire, the total number is 24. The number that have been arraigned in court are 19 while five of the cases are still being investigated,” he said.
The CP said there would be no sacred cow in the fight against crime.
He also promised to completely eliminate criminals as all those found guilty will be made to face the full weight of the law.
He, however, noted that the state is currently enjoying relative peace due to the collaborative efforts of the police and the public.
The police boss, until his assuming duties last month as the police boss in the state, was in charge of Administration at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Presidency has said the international police, INTERPOL, has issued fresh warrant for the arrest of the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Programme, Politics Today, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the INTERPOL has also put Maina on their wanted list for his re-arrest.
“In fact, the Interpol just put Maina on their wanted list now. A fresh warrant has been issued for his re-arrest.”
Shehu also said Maina will appear in court to speak how Pension funds were mismanaged adding that many people who ought to investigate Maina were beneficiaries of the mismanaged funds.
“And all the cases – you know there are a number of ongoing cases in the country which he would have been a part of. Now he is back home, he is going to have his day in court.
“People just sat down and were receiving cash from that man, knowing full well that it was the police pension that he was sharing. People who ought to investigate him, who ought to send him to trial, beneficiaries of that heist. In the coming days, the President will decide and all of these things will come out,” Shehu said.
The presidential spokesman said Maina’s issue is being investigated from different quarters including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) involving seal off of some of his properties.
“The matter is being investigated from all fronts. The EFCC, for example, is discovering more and more properties and its officials are sealing them. They are also looking at banks and all that. In fact, this investigation will also touch some foreign countries.”
Speaking further on what President Buhari’s government is doing concerning Maina scandal, the presidential spokesman said the President has got all the reports needed for a detailed investigation into the issue and the President will take more decisions soon.
It will be recalled that Maina was declared wanted by EFCC for an alleged N2billion pensions biometric scam in November 2015, a 24-count bothering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.
Ugochukwu is also asking the court for an order directing the attorney-general of the Federation to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the British High Commission as persona non grata for complicity in harboring a fugitive from justice in the United Kingdom.
Joined in the case with the suit is the British High Commission, the Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Attorney-general of the Federation.
The plaintiff is also seeking the arrest of the lawmaker representing Kanu’s Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and other co-sureties for his bail, if the IPOB leader fails to appear in court on the next adjourned date of October 17th, 2017.
Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country’s Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote-buying to secure Rio’s hosting of the 2016 Games.
Twenty federal police agents swept into Rio de Janeiro’s upscale Leblon neighborhood in an early morning operation to arrest 75-year-old Carlos Nuzman.
The Rio 2016 committee’s chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner was arrested in a separate raid.
A grim-faced Nuzman left his home wearing a dark business suit in the Rio heat as he was escorted by police.
The agents, who were operating on orders from a federal judge, also seized documents.
Nuzman and Gryner “will be charged with the crimes of corruption, money laundering and criminal association,” police said in a statement.
Nuzman appeared relaxed and chatted with the agents as he entered the police station.
The men were sent to the Benefica prison in northern Rio, a police source told AFP.
With their detention, the vice president of Brazil’s Olympic Committee, Paulo Wanderley, has temporarily taken charge of the body.
Assets increased 457%
The arrests are the latest in a widespread corruption scandal rocking Brazil that has ensnared many of the country’s top political and business figures, and which often has links to abroad.
It is “essential” that the suspects be detained “as a guarantee of public order” to allow their assets to be blocked, and to stop them from engaging in any criminal act or interfering with evidence, the Rio prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Prosecutors asked for some $319 million dollars in assets belonging to Nuzman and Gryner to be blocked.
Nuzman, who has headed Brazil’s Olympic Committee since 1995, saw his assets increase 457 percent over the past decade with no clear source for the new income, prosecutors said.
Nuzman also tried to hide his wealth, often in foreign accounts, the statement read.
He only declared he owned 16 gold bars weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds) each when he was questioned a month ago, prosecutors said.
‘Unfair Play – Second Half’
Following an investigation dubbed “Unfair Play” that spanned several countries, Brazilian officials last month said Nuzman was the “lynchpin” in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year’s Games.
At the time, Nuzman was detained and questioned and authorities confiscated his passport.
Investigators also searched the offices of Brazil’s Olympic Committee and several companies suspected of links to the scandal.
Thursday’s operation in Rio was dubbed “Unfair Play – Second Half.”
Authorities allege that former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, was the mastermind of the plot, which saw $2 million in bribes paid to Papa Massata Diack, the son of Senegalese IOC member Lamine Diack, before the 2009 vote.
Businessman Arturo Soares, known as “King Arthur,” a top contractor for Cabral’s administration, allegedly delivered the payment three days before the IOC vote in Copenhagen in October 2009. Rio beat bids from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2016 games.
Honorary IOC member
Rio prosecutors say they have new information conclusively showing how the payments were made. In their statement they cite an email from Papa Massata directly asking Nuzman for help with “the final process,” and an email discussing difficulties in bank transfers.
Rio 2016 was credited with being a sporting and organizational success, but revelations of massive corruption during the preparations and now even in the awarding of the Games have tarnished the legacy.
The latest scandal cast a pall over an IOC meeting in Lima last month following the designation of Paris for the 2024 Games and Los Angeles as the 2028 host city.
IOC President Thomas Bach was asked at the time about Nuzman’s role in the organization as an honorary member. Bach pledged the IOC’s cooperation, but noted that there are limits to any sports organization’s powers of investigation.
Ban Ki-moon, chief of the IOC’s ethics commission, on Thursday also pledged cooperation and asked Brazilian authorities to supply all the available information on the case.
“Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman’s right to be heard,” the IOC said in a statement.
The group “will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission,” and it “reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails.”
Chinese authorities on Monday arrested a Japanese citizen suspected of spying, state media said.
The arrest was made in the port city of Dalian in the northeastern Liaoning province, which borders North Korea, the official Dalian Daily’s online report said.
The report said Ken Higuchi was being investigated by the Dalian City National Security Bureau on suspicion of spying against China, and that prosecutors had approved his arrest.
The character given for Higuchi’s first name could also be-be the names Takeshi or Takeru.
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Lu Kang said, “Based on my understanding, relevant Chinese departments are carrying out investigations into a Japanese citizen suspected of attempting to endanger the security of the People’s Republic of China, in accordance with the law.
“At this point, I must point out that we immediately informed the relevant Japanese consular authorities in China in accordance with consular agreements between China and Japan.”
It was unclear from the report, however, whether Higuchi was a new case or whether he had been detained earlier, and the latest development was his formal arrest.
Reuters was unable to contact Japan’s foreign ministry by telephone. Monday was a national holiday in Japan.
British police made their first arrest on Saturday over the bombing of a London underground train, detaining a man at the country’s main ferry port and describing the development as significant.
30 people were treated in hospital after the bomb detonated in a packed train carriage on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months. The blast inflicted flash burns on passengers while others fled in panic.
Police in the southern port area of Dover said an 18-year-old man had been detained and he is due to be transferred to custody in London.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” they said in a statement, outlining that the teenager was being held under anti-terror legislation.
Friday’s incident which was claimed by the Islamic State group has led to the national threat level being raised to critical — meaning another attack could be imminent.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday that troops numbering 1,000 were deployed and would take on responsibility for guarding key sites, including nuclear facilities, to free up police.
In a statement, anti-terrorism Chief Mark Rowley said officers were “chasing down suspects”.
“Somebody has planted this improvised explosive device on the Tube. We have to be open-minded at this stage about him and potential associates,” he said.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, to January 18 and 23, 2017.
The Supreme Court Justice, is standing trial for corruption, alleged money laundering, breach of professional ethics and passport forgery related offenses.
The adjournment followed an application by the counsel to Justice Ngwuta, Chief Kanu Agabi, who told the court that he needed more time to prepare for trials as some documents given to him by the prosecution still needed to be studied.
This did not go down well with the prosecutor who urged the court to turn down the application.
However, trial judge, Justice John Tsoho delivered his ruling in favour of the defendant, Ngwuta, on the ground that section 36 of the constitution allows a defendant time to prepare for his defense.
He also added that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, also allows parties in a suit to at least five request for adjournment, afterwhich he adjourned the case.
Justice Ngwuta is one of the justices arrested and detained by the department of state services on October 8, 2016 for corruption and breach of professional ethics.
In November, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta had entered a not guilty plea to the 15-count charges leveled against him by the federal government.
He was also been granted bail in the sum of 100 million Naira on self-recognition.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta has entered a not guilty plea to the 15-count charges of money laundering, breach of professional ethics and forgery leveled against him by the federal government.
He has also been granted bail in the sum of 100 million naira on self-recognition.
When the charges were read to him, the Supreme Court judge told the court that he was not guilty of the 15 counts.
Attempt by his lawyer to ask for bail was opposed by the prosecutor, Mr Adeogun Philips who said he had just been served and would need a short adjournment to respond.
With no objection by the defence lawyers, the trial judge, Justice James Tsoho, stood down the case by two hours.
On resumption of hearing on the bail application, counsel to Justice Ngwuta, Kanu Agabi asked the court to release the defendant on self-recognizance, taking judicial notice of the fact that he is a justice of the Supreme Court and the fact that he has been on administrative bail since on October 8, 2016.
Opposing the application, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Charles Philips, said that the defendant cannot be granted bail with respect to his position.
Mr Philips, who referred to charges number three and charges numbers 10-16 against Justice Ngwuta, informed the tribunal that barely 20 minutes after he was released on administrative bail, Justice Ngwuta gave instructions to a witness in the case to remove two or three bags containing 27 million naira from his bathroom at his residence in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
The prosecuting counsel also told the court that Justice Nwguta also instructed the said witness to remove three exotic cars from his residence on the same day and that they are nowhere to be found. That is what forms the subject of charge number three.
Speaking further he informed the court that in the course of investigation, the Department of State Services (DSS) discovered that Justice Ngwuta maintained multiple identities.
According to him Justice Ngwuta had four passports which he used concurrently.
Although he had reported two of those passports missing, he argued that in any jurisdiction in the world, if a person possesses several identities he cannot be released on self-recognizance.
He therefore asked the court not to grant bail but if it is inclined to, it should grant bail in the most stringent terms.
Reacting to the counter application, counsel to Justice Ngwuta, Mr Kanu Agabi, told the court that he was not willing to join issues with the prosecutor because he had gone into the substantive suit which is not allowed by law and that the constitution is clear as to when bail should be granted or not.
He added that should the court reach its conclusion based on the prosecutor’s submissions, verdict would have been decided before the case is started.
Having listen to both parties, the trial judge, Justice John Tsoho stood down the matter for ruling at 2:30PM.
On resumption, Justice John Tsoho granted bail to Justice Sylvester Ngwuta in the sum of 100 million naira on self-recognizance.
According to Justice Tsoho though the prosecution sought to impress the court on the defendants’ unworthiness for bail, it failed to show that in spite of the concerns raised, the defendant had his administrative bail revoked.
He also added that it is no secret that the security agencies are watching every move made by the judge with kin interest, which is how they found that he had multiple passports.
As such the prosecution should rely on the same security apparatus to prevent any attempt not to be available for trial.
He added that it would be great injustice to prevent any citizen from enjoying bail in available offence.
According to Justice Tsoho, it is on record that the prosecution had filed an affidavit of completion of investigation and on the other hand it is raising objections that witnesses and evidence will be tampered with.
The prosecution, he said, should be able to maintain consistency rather than the inconsistencies.
Justice Tsoho then went on to say that there is no evidence before the court that Justice Ngwuta would not be available for his trial and because the offence for which he is standing trial is bailable, he is inclined to grant bail.
Trial has been fixed for December 7 and 8.
Justice Ngwuta was one of the seven judges arrested after a DSS raid on the homes of High Court and Supreme Court judges across the country on October 8, 2016.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has reaffirmed its position that the arrest and detention of two Supreme Court Justices and five other justices of the Federal High Court, by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) was unlawful and unconstitutional.
The President of the Association Mr Abubakar Mahmud said this after a meeting of the association in Abuja.
The group warned that the country’s judiciary should not be exposed to ridicule and disdain by security operatives under the guise of fighting corruption.
In a statement, the association condemned the manner of arrest of the judicial officers by the Department of State Security (DSS) conducted in the middle of the night by masked and armed personnel.
Full Text: NBA Press Release
“We view the action as illegal and unconstitutional. It is not in line with accepted norms in a democratic state. It is unacceptable to the NBA.
“The NBA reiterates in unmistakable terms, its commitment to the fight against corruption and commits itself to collaborate with the Federal Government in bringing culprits to justice whether Judges or ordinary people.
“However, we will only do this within the ambit of the law and in accordance with due process.
“The NBA shall engage all stakeholders in order to build a consensus on how to win the war against corruption which has eaten deeply into the fabric of the Nigerian Nation and appears to have made inroad into the nation’s judiciary.
“Consequently, the NBA shall in the next few weeks engage in high level consultation with the office of the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, National Assembly, the police, anti-corruption agencies and other law enforcement institutions of Government”.
The association stated that it is not unmindful that there is divergence of views on the matter, particularly having regard to the frustration of Nigerians with the failure of government to check corruption.
“However we remind the general public and our members in particular, that motto is “Promoting the rule of law” and we will not undermine this position on grounds of expediency.
“The NBA hereby set-up a task force to be co-chaired by past presidents, Wole Olanipekun, SAN and Olisa Agbakogba, SAN to come up with detailed proposals and strategies on how to strengthen the disciplinary process of the judiciary with a view to enhancing its effectiveness and rebuilding public confidence in the Justice Sector.
We will make recommendations to the National Judicial Council and the Government through the office of Hon. Attorney General of the Federation”.
This is coming after the Governor of Rivers State accused them and the police of trying to abduct a serving Federal High Court judge in his residence at number 35, Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
In a statement after the foiled arrest on Saturday, a spokesman for the DSS, Abdullahi Garba, said that the service had in the past few days, embarked on raids of residents of some Judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts.
Mr Garba says the operations are based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges.
The State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, on getting wind of the incidence, went to the residence of the judge with the aim of averting the arrest.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the security operatives were angered by the governor’s arrival at the scene shortly after the process began.
25 year old actress Lindsay Lohan is at it again as a woman in West Hollywood pointed accusing fingers at her that Lindsay shoved her inside a nightclub on April 5th.
The troubled actress who just finished a probation from a 2007 case barely weeks will likely be facing the court again if all things go as planned.
The Sheriff’s station in West Hollywood filed a report on April 7th after the woman made her complaints and the office immediately swung into action as investigation has begun following the complaint.
From the Lindsay’s quarters the publicist denied that Lindsay never went to the club and it can be tagged as a cheap stunt by someone who is in dire need of a moment of fame and probably a way to rake in some money for her person.
It can be recalled that while on the 2007 case of ‘Driving under the influence of Alcohol’ she was warned specifically by Stephaine Sauter to stay off the clubs and focus on her future and if what she has on her hands happens to be true then Lindsay will be in for it again as it took her five years to complete her probation requirements and not too long ago, she was most recently in trouble for an alleged hit and too.
It seems like Judge Stephaine Sauter’s warning in March for the young star to “stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,” has fallen on deaf ears!