Dasuki Asks Court To Stop Trial, Quash Charges

dasukiFormer National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has again asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop his trial.

He also asked the court to set aside the criminal charges of unlawful possession of fire arms brought against him by the Federal Government.

Dasuki told the court that the Federal Government no longer has moral and legal rights to continue his trial having disobeyed the order of bail granted him since Nov 3, 2015.

The ex-NSA in an application seeking his discharge from the criminal charges and argued by his counsel, Mr Joseph Daudu, premised his prayer on the fact that the Federal Government is in contempt of the court in relation to the charges filed against him.

According to Mr Daudu, since November 3, 2015, when his client was re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), after perfecting his bail conditions, he has since been held in custody without trial or reasons made known to him.

The counsel insisted that the bail order that admitted Dasuki to bail remains valid having not been reviewed or set aside by the court and as such it must be obeyed in the interest of justice.

Opposing the application, counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Dipo Okpeseyi, urged the court not to grant the application because its purpose is to frustrate the trial and restrain the power and constitutional responsibility of the government to prosecute a criminal charge.

He said that it would be an anomaly for a court to discharge an accused without trial.

Mr Okpeseyi also claimed that no material was placed before the court to show that the FG violated the bail order given to Colonel Dasuki and that there was also no evidence that government is preventing him from defending himself, he therefore urged the court to dismiss the application.

After listening to arguments from both parties, Justice Ademola fixed ruling on the application for April 4.

Biafra: NOA Deploys Officers To Dampen Tension In S/East Communities

Biafra-protestersThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) has concluded plans to deploy its officers to aggrieved communities in the South Eastern part of the country to sensitize youth on the need to shun Biafra and sustain a united Nigeria.

The Chief Executive of NOA, Mr Mike Omeri, told journalists in Abuja that state governments are in the process of finding solutions to concerns expressed by pro-Biafra agitators.

He urged the youth to remain committed to strengthening principles that guide national development.

Pro-Biafra supporters have been staging protests in the South East in solidarity with the Biafra Radio host, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained by the Department of State Service (DSS).

The protesters, who storm streets in their hundreds.

Although the protesters appeared resolute to continue their march, security operatives managed to maintain the barricade, causing many commuters to resort to trekking long distances as a result of the gridlock caused by the face-off.

Some of the protesters told Channels Television that they would not back down from pursuing the freedom of the one they call their leader.

They called on the federal government to heed their cry and that of other pro-Biafran supporters for self-determination.

DSS Warns On Inciting, Divisive And Unguarded Statements

marilyn_OgarThe Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday warned against inciting, unguarded and divisive statements by some Nigerians.

In a statement released by the Deputy Director, Public Relations Marilyn Ogar, the Service said “Its attention has been drawn to certain unguarded, inciting and divisive statements by some persons.

“We want to warn those stoking these embers of violence and disunity to desist, as this will not be tolerated. We should all strive to strengthen our nascent democracy as we work towards building a better Nigeria.

”We want to also seize this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the Presidential election and urge them to shun all forms of violence before, during and after the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election which will take place this weekend 11th April, 2015”, Ms Ogar said.

The Service also called “on all citizens to turnout and exercise their civic responsibility without fear as adequate security has been emplaced to ensure their safety”.

This statement is coming barely 48 hours after a statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, was said to have threatened the existence of Igbos in Lagos State.

However, the royal father, who in a statement tried to clear the air on the issue, restated his commitment to ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all residents of Lagos State irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion.

Ozekhome’s Abductor Arrested By DSS, Nigeria Army

A suspected kidnap kingpin and murderer , Kelvin Prosper Oniarah, who allegedly kidnapped the Human Rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, was yesterday arrested by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and Department of State Service (DSS), along Auchi–Benin Road.

Spokesperson for DSS, Marilyn Ogar said Oniarah who was arrested on Wednesday is a notorious terrorist, kidnap kingpin and armed robber and has been on the wanted list of security agencies.

The suspect, also known as Kelvin Ibruvwe was responsible for the kidnap and killing of Dr. Chudi Nwike a former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, while in captivity.

According to the statement “on 25th September, 2013, a combined security team of the Nigerian Army and DSS operatives arrested Kelvin Prosper Oniarah, a notorious terrorist, kidnap kingpin and armed robber, who has been on the wanted list of security agencies.

“Kelvin ONIARAH who is also known as Kelvin IBRUVWE masterminded the kidnap of Mike OZEKHOME (SAN) on 24th August, 2013, along Auchi–Benin road.

“He is also responsible for the following kidnaps, Judge of the Edo State Judiciary, and a top female official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.”

The statement further said “Chudi Nwike, Dr. a former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, who was killed by Kelvin while in captivity; and several members of the NYSC and security agents.

“He also masterminded various attacks against security personnel, carried out several armed robberies and kidnap operations in Delta, Edo, Rivers and Anambra States.

“Oniarah maintained operational bases and detention camps in Warri and Kokori Community in Delta State, Ugbokolo Community in Benue State, Benin City in Edo State, and Aba in Abia State.

“It would also be recalled that on 18th September, 2013, Kelvin Oniarah issued a 60 day ultimatum from his base in Kokori, Delta State, to the Federal Government and threatened to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerian citizens.

“Kelvin Oniarah has been taken into custody and investigation of his notorious activities has commenced.”