Ese Oruru: Hearing Of Abduction Case Shifted Till Dec. 8

Ese Oruru, AbductionThe hearing of the case of 14-year-old, Ese Oruru, allegedly abducted from Bayelsa state has been shifted to December 8, 2016.

The postponement follows the absence of the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday.

Although both the prosecuting counsel and the defense team were present in the court for continuation of the hearing, no reason was given by the court officials on the absence of the judge.

The accused, Dairu Yinusa who is currently on bail was also present in court and his lawyer, Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, told journalists that he is eager to have the case concluded.

Meanwhile, the parents of Ese Oruru who were also present in court expressed concern over the outcome of the case, as well as the education and living conditions of their daughter and her baby, owing to their inability to adequately cater for their needs.

Dairu is accused of conspiring to abduct Ese to Kano and is facing a five-count charge of criminal abduction, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

He pleaded not guilty to all. A lawyer in the defense counsel’s team said they believed it was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and that they do not believe that Ese was 13 years old.

Charges against Yunusa were filed after Miss Oruru was handed over to her parents after six months of her alleged abduction.

He was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who were asked to present three years tax clearance receipts.

 

Alleged Murder: FG Urges NLC To Suspend Nationwide Protests

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie.

The Federal Government on Wednesday directed the labour unions to suspend all protests to allow for negotiations.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie, at a meeting with labour leaders in Abuja said a meeting has been scheduled to hold next week to resolve the impasse.

Ahead of that meeting however, the Minister advised states to adhere to existing labour laws when dealing with issues that affect workers’ salaries and their working hours.

This is coming after protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) against salary cut and the death of their colleagues in Nasarawa State.

Though the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked the NLC and its affiliates to refrain from embarking on its planned protest in Nasarawa State, the National body of the NLC staged a nationwide protest over the alleged killing of their colleagues in Nasarawa by security personnel.

The protest saw labour members wear a black hand band to mourn the deceased workers who were killed on July 29.

Nasarawa Government Denies Slashing Workers Salaries By 50 Per Cent

nasarawa, nlc,, unpaid salaries, strike, yusuf usmanThe Nasarawa State Government has condemned the action by the National Labour Congress (NLC) to declare an industrial action over the reduction of the workers salaries by 50 per cent.

This is according to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Nasarawa State, Yusuf Usman during an interview on Sunrise Daily.

“The strike was as a result of labour’s inability to comprehend the situation on ground, they had no reason to go on strike without actually taking into account the real situations on ground, Mr Usman told Channels television.

“Here is a state that for five years consecutively has been paying without failing and without any default.

“I emphasised this point because as we are talking with you there are so many states that are far behind in the payment of salaries, owing arrears of five, six, seven months.

“So if Nasarawa State would, despite all the hardship in the country, keep fit with the payment of salaries for 5 years without arrears I think there is no reason.

Mr Usman also debunked the allegations that the state government slashed the workers’ salaries by 50 per cent saying it was a reduction of the bonuses the government gave the workers in 2011.

The commissioner insisted that the move had become imperative in the face of the current economic reality in the country.

“It is not true that Nasarawa State Government has slashed the salary of any worker, what has happened is a reduction or review of the super bonuses that the government magnanimously gave the workers during the implementation of the minimum wage in 2011”, he said.

However, supporting the planned protest, the NLC through the Assistant Secretary, Information and Public Relations, NLC, Mr Denja Yaqub said the action by the Nasarawa Government was one-sided and described it as a criminal act.

“We got a report that the government of Nasarawa state unilaterally decided to slash workers salary by 50 per cent through processes that were completely not in line with the standard set for collective bargaining by our laws, national laws and also the International Labour Conventions especially 98 and 87, which mean if you have disagreement or dispute there is always an opportunity to sit down and look at all the issues and resolve collectively.

“When an employer decides to unilaterally take decisions especially on wage issues particularly in this case, it has to do with tampering with the national minimum wage law which no employer has the right to do.

“The governor was saying that their decision did touch on the minimum wage. It is the most illegal thing that has been done to the national minimum wage law. There is an Act on National Minimum wage that has been completely violated by the state government, completely illegal and criminal.”

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had earlier asked the (NLC) and its affiliates to refrain from embarking on its planned protest in Nasarawa State.

In a compliance advisory signed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, all parties to the complaint before the NHRC were strongly advised to maintain peace and order, pending the final determination of the investigation of the complaint.

The commission also advised the Nasarawa State government to suspend the implementation of the reduction in the workers’ salaries, pending the completion of the investigation of the complaints.

Unpaid Wages: Workers, Labour Unions Turn Out For National Protest

NLC_ProtestWorkers and union leaders across the country have begun gathering for a national protest in solidarity with workers being owed salaries.

The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who convened the protest, also said it is to protest the killing of their members in Nasarawa State.

The stage is already set for the protest in Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa and Lagos States among others.

More than 20 states have been unable to pay monthly salaries of workers and others such as Bayelsa has resulted to paying half salaries.

However, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a directive stopping the strike in Nasarawa on the grounds that it will interfere into the ongoing investigations of workers killed in the state.

In a compliance advisory signed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, all parties to the complaint before the NHRC were strongly advised to maintain peace and order, pending the final determination of the investigation of the complaint.

The commission also advised the Nasarawa State government to suspend the implementation of the reduction in the workers’ salaries, pending the completion of the investigation of the complaints.

It further directed law enforcement and security agencies to ensure full adherence to the compliance advisory till the investigation was fully completed and determined.

The NHRC added that the advisory became necessary following the reports it received that the NLC was planning to hold a rally in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital and other places to protest against the state government on August 23.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

2007/2011 Elections: NHRC Indicts Osunbor, Iwu, Uduaghan Of Malpractice

NHRCThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report on ending electoral impunity has indicted 118 of committing various offences.

The indicted persons are said to have committed various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report are the former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu and Senator Ayo Arise.

Others are the Independent National Electoral Commission and its officials in Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Kastina, Kogi and Rivers States, the Appeal Court, Election Petition Tribunals and political parties such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Nigerian People Party (ANPP).

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Ben Angwe said those indicted will be further investigated and charged to the appropriate courts of the land.

The report noted that violence has become part and parcel of elections in Nigeria, noting that cases of ballot box snatching, kidnapping and even murder have been reported during various elections conducted in Nigeria.

Prof. Angwe further noted that it will no longer be business as usual as anyone found wanting will be charged to the appropriate court.

Speaking on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a National Commissioner in the Organization, Mr Adedeji Shoyebi, said violence has contributed to the recent inconclusiveness of elections across the country and advocated for an electoral offences court as a solution to the menace.

The Chairman of the Technical Working Committee, which carried out the review of the elections, Prof. Nsongura Udombana, gave a breakdown of those indicted by the various electoral tribunal across the country.

Plateau Killings: NHRC Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Allegations Of Genocide

NHRCThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has inaugurated a four ma‎n panel of inquiry to investigate allegations of genocide and human rights violations leveled against the Nigerian Army by the people of Tarok Community of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Inaugurating the panel in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe, charged members of the panel to determine whether or not there have been acts of genocide, crime against humanity and wanton destruction of properties by officers of the Nigerian Army in Tarok community.

Professor Angwe also mandates the panel to ascertain the number of injured persons and those who lost their lives.

The panel chaired by Mrs Emily Herbert has Abdul Yakubu and Olanike Omodara as members while Mr Wahab Oyedokun is to serve as Secretary.

NHRC Summons Fashola Over Alleged Abandoned Road

Fashola, Niger BridgeThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to the alleged abandonment of a road in Benue State.

The Minister is to appear before it on the June 29 to explain why the federal government allegedly abandoned the Makurdi-Gboko Federal Highway in violation of the rights of the people of Mbayion District of Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, issued the summons in Abuja following a petition submitted by traditional rulers from Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.

Leader of the traditional rulers from the area, Mr Pius Anga says the deplorable nature of the Makurdi-Gboko Federal Highway has become a death trap to motorists plying the route resulting in many road accidents that has caused the death of some important Nigerians.

CAN Submits Complaints To NHRC On Alleged Killings By Herdsmen

Herdsmen AttackThe Benue State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has filed a complaint at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged killings and wanton destruction of property by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.

A statement by the Chief Information Officer of the Commission says the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, while receiving the report expresses sadness that these killings and destruction of property have continued over time and a lot of people have lost their lives as a result of these numerous attacks.

Professor Angwe promised that the commission would carry out an impartial investigation into the matter and also ensure that justice prevails at the end of the day.

He also called on the federal and state governments to take proactive steps to restore the affected families to their original abode in order to avert hunger as the farmers, whose produce feed the nation, no longer go to their farms for fear of attacks.

The statement added the CAN Chairman, Benue State Chapter, Rev. Augustine Akpen Leva, expressed dismay at what it described as the failure of government to curb the incessant, unwarranted killings and wanton destruction of property allegedly perpetrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen against the people of Benue State.

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abduction: Court Grants Yinusa Dahiru Bail

Ese OruruJustice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa has granted Yunusa Dahiru a.k.a Yellow, bail with stringent conditions over his arraignment for a five-count charge bordering on abduction, illicit affair and rape of 14-year-old Ese Oruru.

Yinusa Dahiru was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who must present three years tax clearance receipts to be verified by the court registrar.

Also, the two sureties who must be within the jurisdiction of the court, must be a title holder and a civil servant of Grade 12 above.

Counsel to Yinusa, Kayode Olaosebikan in his written address brought the application for bail in pursuant of sections 158 and 162 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Section 36 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While speaking, he argued that it is a settled principle of criminal jurisprudence that granting bail is at the discretion of the court which shall exercise such powers judicially and judiciously.

He gave the assurance that the accused in line with the affidavit deposed to support the bail application would be present to stand trial.

The prosecution counsel, James Anata, in a 10-paragraph counter affidavit stated that it was difficult to arrest the defendant and bring him to court because he was protected by the Islamic Council, adding that granting Yinusa bail would enable him to escape and abscond from trial.

In his ruling, Justice Nganjiwa relying on Sections 158 and 162 of the administration of criminal justice noted that he has taken into consideration the argument of the two counsels and without hesitation wants to grant the accused bail in line with the powers of the court.

“In consideration of the application, what is taken into consideration is that the offence is bail-able and that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that the offence he is accused of is serious but that does not foreclose bail.

“That the accused might jump bail, it is incumbent on the court to impose conditions that would make the accused appear for trial. I hereby grant bail with three million Naira and two sureties of like sum residing in the jurisdiction of the court. One must be a title holder while the second surety must be a civil servant not less that Grade 12.

“The accused must not travel out of the country without the knowledge of the court. He is also to deposit his international passport in the court.  The court registrar must verify the claims of the sureties.”

He also added that the defence counsel must also sign an undertaking on the appearance of the accused for trial.

Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the case to April 19 for hearing on the application of the prosecution counsel to hear Ese Oruru’s evidence on camera.

Ese Oruru’s Suspected Abductor, Yinusa Arraigned

eseYinusa Dahiru, who is alleged to have abducted Ese Oruru has been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The suspect was arraigned before Justice Nganjiwa and accused of conspiring to commit abduction.

The suspect had five-count charges read out against him and he pleaded not guilty to all.

The prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga has been in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa since his arrest in Kano.

There were reports that he already gave his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, told Channels TV correspondent that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abductor Yet To Be Arraigned

ese oruruFive days after Ese Oruru was safely reunited with her family in Yenagoa, she is yet to go to her family house.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, who spoke with Channels TV correspondent, explained that with the consent of her parents, Ese would continue to call the Bayelsa State Police Officers Mess, home, as long as the case is still under investigation to ensure her continued safety.

Yinusa, the prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga is now in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa.

Yinusa, who is yet to be arraigned in court has already given his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and reportedly divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, while speaking with our correspondent, disclosed that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Aside the Police who have taken up the responsibility of catering for the needs of Ese for the period of the investigation, other plans to rehabilitate Ese is still sketchy. The government of Delta State which is her state of origin is yet to disclose any plans for her rehabilitation.

To forestall a reoccurrence of abduction of minors in the society, the Police Commissioner advised parents and guardians to pay close attention to their children and wards.

He also advised the general public to not mix crime and other offences with religion as they are worlds apart.