Absence of EFCC Counsel Stalls Trial Of Jonathan’s Aide

Judges, Court, Judges, Court, Absence of EFCC Counsel Stalls Trial Of Jonathan's AideThe trial of Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, the former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, could not go on Tuesday at the Federal High Court in Lagos, owing to the absence of the EFCC’s counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.

Presiding judge, Justice Muhammad Idris, told the court that he received a letter from the EFCC counsel seeking for an adjournment.

In the letter, Mr Oyedepo asked the court to grant the adjournment to enable him attend to an appeal filed by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ricky Tarfa against the commission

Counsel to Mr Dudafa, Gboyega Oyewole, did not object to the request for an adjournment. He however informed the court that he was surprised that his client was not present in court.

Upon enquiry from the prison’s officials, Mr Oyewole said he was told that Dudafa is seriously sick.

He complained about the EFCC treatment of his client.

Justice Mohammed Idris has granted the prosecutor’s application and adjourned the matter till Thursday November 10, for the continuation of the defendants’ trial.

Dudafa and one Iwejuo Joseph Nna, are standing trial before Justice Mohammed Idris on alleged 5.1 billion naira fraud.

In the first count, the defendants on or about June 11, 2013 in Lagos allegedly conspired amongst themselves to conceal the sum of 1.667 billion Naira said to be the proceeds of crime.

The Offence was said to be contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.

In the other charges, Mr Waripamo-Owei also allegedly used six companies – Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Ebiwise Resources, Pluto Property and Investment Company, Rotato Interlink Services and De Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant Nigeria Limited  – to conceal varying sums of money between June 2013 and April 2016.

The EFCC’s Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had listed 21 witnesses to testify against the defendants, including Representatives of some banks.

Ambode Signs Lagos Property Protection, Neighbourhood Safety Bills

Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos StateGovernor Akinwunmi Ambode has signed the Lagos State Properties Protection Bill into law, to tackle the menace of land grabbing in the state.

Governor Ambode also signed the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill, a move which is majorly aimed at boosting security of lives and property across the state.


He explained that the laws were central to his administration’s focus of safeguarding the lives of all residents, as well as attracting investments and improving the ease of doing business in the Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The Governor noted further that the laws would reduce the activities of persons or corporate entities who use force and intimidation to dispossess or prevent any person or entity from acquiring legitimate interest and possession of property acquired through government or private transactions.

Ambode Advocates Public Private Partnership In Fight Against Cancer

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has shown commitment in government’s desire to fight cancer by supporting individual and corporate initiatives engaged in eradicating the scourge in Nigeria.

He made the gesture at a special luncheon organised by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), to mark his 53rd birthday on Wednesday.

The Governor called on Nigerians to join hands together to wage war against the cancer scourge, expressing hope that the centres would go a long way to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death.

Lamenting the rate at which the terminal disease has claimed thousands of lives in recent times, he said it was unacceptable and called for concerted efforts from all and sundry.

“Big War Against Cancer”
Governor Ambode described the war against cancer as one that the government cannot tackle alone, hence the need for Nigerians to extend their philanthropy towards the scourge.

“Lives are lost every day to cancer and this is unacceptable. This is why the Lagos State government carries out public health programmes focused on cancer.

“I believe that the government alone cannot solve every problem; everyone has a role to play. In my one year in office, I have come to realise that even with the best will in the world, government cannot do everything. The real challenge before me as Governor of Lagos is how I unite public, private and philanthropic sectors in building our state.

“I am therefore, glad that through this private sector led initiative, I can play a role in helping to advance the BIG WAR Against Cancer for the well-being of not just the good people of Lagos State but Nigerians in general.

“We can only achieve this goal with the generous support of all people of goodwill. Without these donations, the goal would not be reached and the opportunity to save lives would be lost,” he said.

The event was organised to raise funds for the establishment of cancer centres and provision of mobile cancer units across the three senatorial districts of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Governor Ambode took the responsibility to meet every individual present to donate, where an undisclosed amount was realised as four mobile cancer units with each costing about $600,000 were pledged to be purchased by some organisations.

He was also decorated as the first Governor to be inducted as the State Patron of the CECP.

EFCC Charges Jonathan’s Aide, Waripamo-Owei

EFCC, Dudafa Waripamo-Owei, Goodluck JonathanThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 23-count charge against the Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dudafa Waripamo-Owei.

Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, who obtained a copy of the charge, said that Mr Waripamo-Owei was charged alongside one Iwejuo Joseph Nna, also known at various times as Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah.

In the first count, the defendants on or about June 11, 2013 in Lagos allegedly conspired amongst themselves to conceal the sum of 1.667 billion Naira said to be the proceeds of crime.

The Offence was said to be contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a) of the same Act.

In the other charges, Mr Waripamo-Owei also allegedly used six companies – Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, Ebiwise Resources, Pluto Property and Investment Company, Rotato Interlink Services and De Jakes Fast Food and Restaurant Nigeria Limited  – to conceal varying sums of money between June 2013 and April 2016.

The EFCC’s Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had listed 21 witnesses to testify against the defendants, including Representatives of some banks.

The accused have been scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Shocking Discoveries As Kachikwu Inspects Oil Pipelines In Lagos

pipelinesThe Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Monday, visited the pipeline network in Robert village around the Atlas cove in Lagos State.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s visit to Nigeria’s commercial capital was part of his tour of the country, to assess the pipeline network across the states, especially the notorious ones.

His next port of call would be the Arepo area in Ogun State which has remained a haven for pipeline vandals.

The most vandalised line is the ‘Systems 2B Network’, which starts all the way from the Atlas cove through Arepo to Mosimi and then to Ibadan in Oyo State.

Shocking Discoveries

At Roberts Island, a village off Lagos waters near Atlas Cove, the wanton act of oil-pipeline-vandalism-sabotage-2sabotage was clearly evident as the village has practically set up a distribution hub for petrol by perforating the pipelines.

Hundreds of jerry cans and work tools used in perforating pipelines and siphoning products were discovered buried under the sand.

It appeared all dwellers in the community had a role in the vandalism and a worried Dr Kachikwu could not hide his disappointment.

“I must say that I was very disillusion to find this discovery but much as I was happy that it was found, it just took a lot of wind off my sail in the sense of what next and who knows how many more have not been discovered.

Jerry cans and work tools used in perforating pipelines and siphoning products

“At the end of the day, the responsibility for protecting the assets of Nigerians must lie in the hands of Nigerians.

“There is no magic that I have that I am going to be able to deliver zero incident environment, given the number of attacks we are getting everywhere but at the end of the day, communities like these ones must begin to rise up and say this is just not right.”

Refineries To Resume Production

It was barely two weeks that militants forced the shutdown of two of the nation’s refineries and a power cut of about 1,000 megawatts by blowing up a pipeline, but the cheering news is that a truce has been reached with the community and repair work would resume.

The Minister said that there had also been some guarantees from the communities for protection and that in the next one month, the refineries would resume production.

He also said that the issues of vandalism and falling prices in the oil sector could be a blessing in disguise for Nigeria if the country engages effective management systems across board.

Wife Of Ebola Survivor Delivers Baby Girl

Ebola-SurvivorThe wife of a third Ebola survivor has delivered a baby girl in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the Medical Director, First Consultants Medical Centre, Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri.

According to the medic, “The baby girl, weighing 3.1kg at birth, a product of a term gestation was delivered following strict guidelines and recommendations of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), USA, through the pre-natal and delivery stages.”

The couple, Dr. Akinniyi Fadipe and his wife, Mrs Modupe Fadipe, both tested negative for the Ebola virus and its antibodies.

This is coming barely a month since the wife of another survivor, Dr. Adewale Adejoro, was delivered of a healthy Ebola-free baby girl.

In November 2015, First Consultant Medical Centre celebrated Dr Ada Igonoh’s safe delivery of a baby girl in the United States.

First Consultant Medical Centre, Lagos, is the same hospital where the index case of Ebola in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer, was treated.

 

Boko Haram Has Been Largely Defeated – Information Minister

Boko HaramBoko Haram insurgents have been largely defeated and are incapable of carrying out any major attacks in Nigeria.

This is a statement made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Monday while addressing reporters in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

“For anybody to know and appreciate what the military has done, cast your mind back to this time last year (2014), when 20 out of 27 local governments in Borno State were in the firm control of Boko Haram and six local governments in Yobe State and four in Adamawa State were in their control, till today when you probably have one or two local governments where they are still trying to operate from.

“That will give you an idea as to what the military has achieved in the last couple of months. The Army has been able to decimate them as they have been decapitated and lack the capacity to launch the kind of attacks they used to launch before,” Mr Mohammed said.

Deadline Met

The Minister also said the recent pockets of violence carried out by the sect were indications that the terrorist group was living in its last days.

“When we say that the Boko Haram has been largely defeated, we are actually vindicated by the fact that even what happened till Christmas is the kind of thing you expect from any insurgency, because they know they are on their way out.

“Boko Haram insurgency, like any insurgency, is not a conventional war. We are not saying that by December 31, there will be no more attacks, bombings or suicides; that is the nature of insurgency. It is for us in Nigeria today as civilians to also own the war and supply the missing link,” he said.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government believes that the deadline of ending the insurgency in the disturbed northeast has been met.

President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed confidence that the Boko Haram sect’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territories would be completely obliterated by the end of 2015.

The President said that with greater support from his administration in terms of improved training, equipment, logistics and welfare, the Nigerian Armed Forces were well positioned to meet the December deadline.

The Service Chiefs have since been assuring Nigerians that the deadline would be met.

While the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the military was working hard to succeed in meeting up with the December deadline, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that part of his strategy was to ensure a good and healthy life for his men.

FG Challenges Order Barring Arrest Of Buruji Kashamu

KashamuThe Federal Government has instituted two appeals before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal against the orders of the Federal High Court barring security agencies in the country from arresting and commencing extradition proceedings against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang and Justice Ibrahim Buba had in separate rulings nullified the provisional warrant of arrest obtained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the Senator representing Ogun-East.

The judges had also restrained the NDLEA from arresting and arraigning Kashamu in furtherance of moves to extradite him to the United States of America to face drug related offences.

In one of the appeals, the Federal Government argued that the court cannot fetter the hands of security or prosecuting agencies in the lawful discharge of their functions.

In the second appeal, the government submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower courts aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF in the appeal, also insisted that the English Courts, have not exonerated Senator Kashamu on drug related charges but only ruled on his extradition proceedings.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Emeka Ngige, who represented the Federal Government in the matter has therefore asked the Federal High Court to stay further proceedings in the matter pending the hearing and determination of the appeals.

Counsel to Senator Buruji Kashamu, Ajibola Oluyede, has however described the application as an ambush on the contempt proceedings against the AGF and the NDLEA

In a brief ruling, Justice Buba adjourned further hearing of the matter till June 23 to enable the lawyers produce before him copies of the appeal and all other documents in the matter.

NDLEA Operatives Vacate The Residence Of Buruji Kashamu

KashamuSix whole days of house arrest, that’s what the NDLEA enforced but now they have withdrawn from the residence of Ogun State Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had laid siege, claiming that Mr Kashamu was wanted in the United States on alleged drug offences.

The agency insists it has an extradition request from the US but this was not tendered in court as the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday declared as illegal, the arrest and planned extradition of the Senator-elect in relation to the allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British Courts.

The NDLEA, at the time, denied receiving any court order, insisting that it would continue to maintain presence. This led to Mr Kashamu’s lawyer accusing the agency of flouting the court order.

Kashamu’s lawyer, in a Thursday morning interview on Channels Television, said that the agency’s operatives were still at Mr Kashamu’s residence in defiance of the court order.

According to him, there were “close to 12 to 15 armed men” in Mr Kashamu’s residence and he has been locked up in his bathroom since Saturday, a situation that meant he had to speak with his client through the door.

He also revealed that Kashamu had been complaining of health challenges due to this situation he had been.

 

Court Bars NDLEA, Others From Arresting Kashamu

KashamuA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, on Wednesday restrained security agencies from unlawfully arresting and extraditing Mr Buruji Kashamu to the United States, to stand trial on drug-trafficking offences.

Justice Okon Abang, who presided over the case, declared as illegal, the arrest and planned extradition of the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, in relation to drug-trafficking allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British Courts.

Justice Abang granted Mr Kashamu’s request that having earlier obtained a judgment in Nigeria in January 2014, barring his arrest and extradition and the judgment having not been set aside, he could not be arrested and extradited.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had on Tuesday, ordered the NDLEA operatives to immediately vacate Mr Kashamu’s Lagos residence.

The NDLEA denied receiving any court order, insisting that it would continue to maintain presence.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke on Saturday, said that the arrest of the Senator-elect was not an extra-judicial action, explaining that a formal request had been made by the American Government, seeking his extradition and that same had been passed to the appropriate legal body.

Justice Abang then awarded a penalty of 20,000 Naira against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), National Security Adviser to the President, and the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Lagos Military Helicopter Accident Caused By Hydraulic Failure – Airforce

Nigerian Air Force HelicopterThe Nigerian Air Force says the accident reported earlier involving its Super Puma Helicopter was due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger.

According to the Air Force, the accident occurred at about 10:00am on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos State, while the helicopter was returning to the Apron after the completion of a training mission.

“The helicopter suffered severe damage due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger,” the spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in a statement..

There was no casualty recorded.

But the main Rotor debris caused damage to some ground equipment, the statement further read.

A source within the airport community had earlier told Channels Television that the blade of the aircraft came off in flight.

Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal AN Amosu has ordered immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident.

The last time an aircraft accident occurred around the airport in Lagos was in October 2013, when an aircraft operated by Associated Airlines, crashed shortly after taking off from the domestic wing of the MMIA.