FCT Minister Promises Investigation Into Abuja Attacks

muhammed-belloThe Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Minister, Muhammed Bello, has promised to commence thorough investigation into the attacks on two communities that led to the death of one person and kidnap of 10 others.

He made this known to pressmen after an emergency and security meeting with stakeholders of communities in his office in Abuja on Friday.

A 28-year-old man, Zakariyya Nuhu, was killed, while 10 persons were kidnapped, in the attacks on Darka and Huni-Gade communities on Sunday and Thursday, respectively.

Mr Bello called for calm over the recent attacks in the territory, with the assurance that security agencies were on top of the situation.

The Minister said that the FCT administration and the security agencies had been following the development in the communities and had put measures in place to tackle the problem headlong.

He advised the residents not to give any ethnic coloration to the attacks, stating that killing and kidnapping of the innocent residents were purely criminal and that the culprits would be treated as such.

He assured them that the administration and the security agencies had outlined ways of handling the unpleasant situation and that all those involved would surely be arrested and prosecuted.

He commiserated with the communities as well as the families of those affected in the unfortunate incidents after which he encouraged residents to go about their normal businesses.

To further allay their apprehension, he said security agencies had been deployed to all parts of the territory, especially the affected places, to ensure the security of lives and property.

Mr Bello urged residents to pass any useful information to relevant agencies nearest to them, as well as to traditional and community leaders.

NJC Bars Judges Under Probe From Sitting

Judges, NJC, NBA, investigationThe National Judicial Council (NJC) has barred judges who are under investigation for various offences from sitting until the cases against them are concluded.

This is according to a statement signed by its Acting Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, on Thursday.

The Council explained in the statement “that Judicial Officers shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption related offences and be performing judicial functions at the same time”.

The decision, taken at its 79th meeting, appears to be a U-turn from its earlier position on the alleged corruption case against the judges.

Some of the judges are those arrested few weeks ago by operatives of the DSS over allegation of corruption and misconduct.

The NJC had resisted the call for the affected judges to be suspended, saying “that position breaches the 2014 revised judicial discipline regulations formulated by NJC pursuant to section 160 of the 1999 constitution”.

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was one of the major groups demanding that the judges under investigation should proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is fully and completely established or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings.

But the NJC insisted that it shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person while exercising its disciplinary power of control over judicial officers in the federation.

In addition to its latest decision, the NJC has also set up what it called a Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policy Implementation Committee.

This is based on Section 6 of the National Judicial Policy, which “aims at putting in place multifaceted strategies and guidelines that will ensure transparency and eliminate corruption in the Judiciary.

“It seeks, amongst other measures, to provide a platform and opportunity to citizens who profess factual and credible knowledge of information on the nature and modalities of corruption in the judicial system to ventilate such.”

The committee has as its chairman, Justice E. O. Ayoola, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court.

Members are the Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice Kashim Zannah, and the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, A. B. Mahmoud, SAN.

NJC Rejects NBA’s Call For Judges’ Suspension

Judges, NJC, NBA, investigationThe Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) has disagreed with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the alleged corruption case against some judges.

The NJC, in a statement on Friday, dismissed the call by the NBA for the judges under investigation to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is fully and completely established or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings.

The NJC said that it would be unlawful for it to yield to the call by the NBA, as “that position breaches the 2014 revised judicial discipline regulations formulated by NJC pursuant to section 160 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended”.

The council further stated that it shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person while exercising its disciplinary power of control over judicial officers in the federation.

It added that its constitutional mandate is to process and recommend to the executive at the federal and state levels, the appointment, and or the removal of judicial officers from office, including exercise of its disciplinary control of suspending and or warning judicial officers.


NHRC To Investigate Human Rights Violation In Rivers

The National Human Rights Commission has vowed to investigate the alleged cases of human rights violations and abuses reported to the commission by the Governor of Rivers state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

Answering questions from journalists in Abuja before going into a closed door session with the Rivers state governor, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe says all persons listed in the petition will be investigated.

He also announced that the Commission will invite the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Sunday Mbu to defend himself against the accusation of human rights abuses leveled against him by Governor Amaechi.

$1m Worth Of Chopard Jewels Stolen Inside Novotel Hotel

More than $1 million worth of jewels due to be lent to movie stars at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel room in the French Riviera town.

Thieves ripped the safe out of the wall of the Novotel hotel room overnight where an employee of Chopard, a luxury jeweller, was lodged.

The jewels were loaned to celebrities in Cannes for the world famous annual film festival which opened on Wednesday.

The Swiss-jewellery maker has, however, not commented on the incident, so is the management of the Novotel Hotel.

Chopard, which is also a watchmaker, are the sponsors of the event and also redesigned the festival’s Palme d’Or award.

Police have swung to action to determine who the culprits were as they started with an analysis of the hotel CCTV footage.

5 killed As Gunmen Attack Farmers In Plateau State

No fewer than five people were killed early Monday morning as unknown gunmen attacked farmers in Kassa village of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, killing three people while two of the attackers were killed by security personnel in a gun battle.

According to the media officer of the Special Task Force (STF), Captain Salisu Mustapha, members of the task force moved to the scene in response to distress call by the villagers and the attackers on sighting the troops opened fire.

The gun duel which ensued between the attackers and the military personnel resulted to the killing of two of the attackers while four others were injured and arrested and in the process the military recovered three AK 47 rifles, one locally made rifle, 45 rounds of 7.62mm special and 31 cartridges.

Prior to the Monday attack, some cows while grazing were attacked at Kassa area of Ropp district in the same Barkin Ladi local government area in which six of the cows were killed and three injured while two suspects were arrested in connection to the incident.

There was also a similar attack on Kubel village in the same local government area as seventeen cows were killed, nine wounded and five were declared missing while preliminary investigations by security personnel led to the arrest of three suspects currently been investigated.

With the incessant attacks in the villages becoming rampant in spite of the concerted efforts of the task force towards maintaining peace in the state, the security operatives has declared that any individual or group of persons bent in fomenting trouble with the sole aim of truncating peace in the state have made themselves enemies of peace and will be treated as such.

Investigation of judges not an embarrassment to judiciary – Norisson Quakers

A legal practitioner Norisson Quakers (SAN) said the recent move by an agency to investigate five judges for corruption in the judiciary is a good move and it is long due.

Mr. Quakers who was on Sunrise Daily said there is corruption is in the judiciary not to talk of the Nigerian society which has been eaten up by corruption and with the investigation these judges and the judiciary is step in the right direction.

£1 million lottery scam: Man jailed for 30 months

Farrakh Nizzar a shop worker has been jailed for 2 years and 6 months for trying to defraud a couple of their £1 million lottery ticket.

When the pensioner couple asked Farrakh Nizzar who is 30 years old and an illegal over-stayer in the United Kingdom the state of their ticket and their ticket which is the EuroMillions ticket was not a winning ticket and asked if they wanted the ticket back.

The Holts’ told Nizzar afterwards to thrash the ticket since its worthless but after the couples left, Nizzar took the ticket scanned it at a cousin’s Best One shop in Oldham Greater Manchester where he also works and he was told by the terminal to tell the holders of the ticket to contact Camelot.

Rather than do just that, Nizzar who is now facing deportation back to his home country of Pakistan kept the ticket and later called the lottery company himself in an attempt to keep the prize. But the firm became suspicious when he was unable to answer questions about the winning ticket.

Nizzar came to the UK in 2007 on a student visa and completed a postgraduate diploma in business studies. But his student visa ran out, he was refused leave to remain in the UK and exhausted all his rights to appeal.

Camelot began investigation with the aid of a CCTV, the Tesco Clubcard belonging to Mr.Holt to trace the original owners of the ticket and the Holts’ were united with their £1 million prize.

Nizzar bowed his head and made no reaction as he was jailed at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after he pleaded guilty last month to one charge of fraud by false representation which was committed on May 31 this year and has since written a letter of apology to Mr and Mrs Holt.


Court of Arbitration for Sport faults Bin Hammam’s ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned the a life ban placed on former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam from all soccer-related activity over bribery allegations meaning Hammam’s appeal was victorious pending the time a proper investigation is completed on the allegations meted against him as it will be re-opened.

Qatari Bin Hammam remained suspended from the game after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which he previously headed, opened a disciplinary case against their former boss over alleged financial wrongdong earlier this week.

He was banned for 30 days, which was extended to a worldwide ban by FIFA on Wednesday.

The CAS said it upheld Bin Hammam’s appeal therefore annulling the decision rendered by the FIFA Appeal Committee and lifted the life ban imposed on Mr Bin Hammam.

Bin Hammam, a former member of FIFA’s executive committee, challenged Sepp Blatter for the presidency of soccer’s world ruling body last year.

He withdrew his candidacy, and was then provisionally suspended, days before the June election over allegations that he had tried to buy the votes of Caribbean officials by handing them $40,000 each in brown envelopes at a meeting in Port of Spain.

The CAs said further that Mr Bin Hammam was more likely the source of the monies that were brought into Trinidad and Tobago and eventually distributed at the meeting by Mr Warner and in this way, his conduct, in collaboration with and most likely induced by Mr Warner, may not have complied with the highest ethical standards that should govern the world of football and other sports.

He was banned for life and subsequently lost an appeal at FIFA. Proceedings against former CONCACAF president Jack Warner, also present at the meeting in Trinidad & Tobago, were dropped after he resigned his post.

CAS said the three-man panel voted 2-1 in Bin Hammam’s favour but added that his behaviour was not of the highest ethical standard.