Premium Times Journalist Granted Bail, Released

Court Grants Premium Times Journalist Bail

Premium Times reporter, Mr Samuel Ogundipe, has been granted bail and released.

Magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja granted the reporter bail on Friday, three days after he was arrested by the police.

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The online newspaper said the judge had initially heard the case on Wednesday when Mr Ogundipe was reportedly arraigned secretly, without being allowed a legal representation.

“On that day, Mr Mohammed granted a request by the police that the journalist be detained for five days until August 20.

“However, on Friday morning, Premium Times learnt Mr Ogundipe was to be taken to the same court. The company’s lawyer was thus present at the court.”

During the proceedings on Friday, according to Premium Times, the lawyer argued for the bail of the reporter and the request was not opposed by the police counsel.

The judge was said to have granted the journalist bail in the sum of N500,000 with a surety who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

The bail conditions were met and Mr Ogundipe was released.

The newspaper had reported that its reporter was arrested and detained by the police on Tuesday, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The arrest was condemned by individuals and organisations, including the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Amnesty International, among others.

Amnesty International Demands Release Of Premium Times Journalist

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Amnesty International has demanded the release of a Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was arrested by the police on Tuesday.

The International Human rights group made the call on Wednesday in a statement by its Director, Osai Ojigho.

According to Premium Times, Ogundipe was arrested and detained by the police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and has been held for about 24 hours without trial.

The group described Ogundipe’s continued detention as unlawful and the reported reason for his arrest as “extremely disturbing”.

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It said, “The Nigerian police must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Samuel Ogundipe, who has been in unlawful police detention since yesterday.

“Reports that police detained Samuel Ogundipe with the intention of forcing him to reveal his sources are extremely disturbing and illustrate the level of harassment and intimidation that Nigerian journalists face.

“The duty of journalists is not to please the authorities – it is to share information in the interest of the public, and forcing journalists to reveal their sources is illegal.”

Amnesty International urged the Nigerian police to focus on maintaining law and order and allow journalists to perform their jobs free from fear of reprisals.

According to the human rights organisation, the arrest of Ogundipe is part of a concerted crackdown on Premium Times and its members of staff by Nigerian police.

“On Monday, police physically assaulted Editor in Chief Muskilu Mojeed and briefly detained reporter Azeezat Adedigba,” it claimed.

It, therefore, called on the Nigerian authorities to respect and ensure human rights and instruct the agencies to desist from harassing and intimidating Premium Times staff and other journalists and media organisations.

Premium Times Asks Osinbajo To Intervene In Its Reporter’s Arrest

Premium Times Asks Osinbajo To Intervene In Its Reporter's Arrest
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (file)

 

Online newspaper Premium Times has called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to intervene in the arrest of its reporter, Mr Samuel Ogundipe, by the police.

The media outfit made the call on Tuesday in a statement by its Publisher, Mr Dapo Olorunyomi.

“We call on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to direct the police to release Mr Ogundipe immediately and unconditionally,” it said hours after the reporter was arrested in Abuja.

According to Premium Times, Ogundipe was arrested and detained by the police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“On the day the Nigerian presidency was complaining about the excesses of a unit in the police, the same unit was forcing a Premium Times journalist to disclose his source,” it said. “Apart from Mr Ogundipe, this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.”

“Ms Adedigba was later released after about three hours of detention. Mr Mojeed and Mr Ogundipe were driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters, where Mr Ogundipe was made to write a statement,” the newspaper added.

At the Force headquarters, it said the journalist was repeatedly asked to disclose his source for a story published by the media outfit.

The newspaper noted that the said story, which was also published in some other media, revealed a letter purportedly written by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to Professor Osinbajo on the blockade of the National Assembly by security officials.

It said the police had yet to offer a coherent reason for their denial of the reporter his freedom and demanded his immediate and unconditional release.

Premium Times condemned the arrest, stressing that Ogundipe’s detention was in gross violation of his rights, the Nigerian laws and all democratic tenets.

“This heavy-handed treatment of a journalist against whom no case of violation of the law has been made is an embarrassment to Nigeria and advertises the country as disdainful of its own laws and democratic practice,” it said.

Investigative Panel Will Release An Unbiased Report – Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has explained the Presidency’s plan of setting up a special investigative panel to look into the issues surrounding the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.

He was responding to comments that an investigative panel headed by the Vice President should not have been set up, when there are agencies of government that have been empowered to carry out such investigations.

According to him, “the government believes that setting up an investigation at this time is right and government has the mandate of the people. It will not satisfy everybody but it does not matter.

“You will never win with some Nigerians, they will always find faults but then, government has been elected and government is in place to do certain things and government would do what it believes to be right at any given time.”

Also reacting to comments by the SGF who had questioned journalists, saying “who is the Presidency”?, Mr Adesina described the question as rhetorical, adding that it does not necessarily need an answer.

“I return that to the media because most times when anybody talks, it could even be a presidential aide, they attribute it to the presidency”, a situation which according to him, shouldn’t really be the case.

“I just understand what is being done, I understand why it’s being used and I know it’s a media way of doing things.”

He, however, noted that if Nigerians must get an answer to the question then “we must get it from the SGF”.

Responding to questions as to why both issues of the SGF and the NIA DG were being lumped together and given the same verdict, Mr Adesina said there’s the saying that: “A matter is not fully settled until it has been permanently settled.”

According to him, the issue of the SGF had been running for so long because although the Senate had demanded that he be removed, the President rejected the move initially because according to him, due process was not followed.

He then explained that the development is coming now because the President feels it is now time to set up an investigation team that would look into both issues even though they are not in any way related.

Why I Didn’t Pursue A College Degree – YBNL Star, Davolee

YBNL’s latest signee, David Shokoya, popularly known as Davolee, has narrated why he was not able to pursue a college degree and rather opted for music.

According to him, the economic hardship as well as the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, prevented him from furthering his education.

He revealed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, where he laid bare his struggles and travails and how he has gradually overcome, especially since his talent caught the attention of the YBNL boss, Olamide.

Born in the Isolo area of Lagos state, Shokoya revealed that the street life had a huge influence on his music.

The artist stated that he realised his talent at a young age and while there was no one to sponsor his university education, he thought it wise to go into full time music and face the hustle squarely.

Speaking further on how he got the attention of the YBNL music imprint, Shokoya explained that he promoted himself a lot via social media.

“I took my Instagram personal then I do freestyles and I tag celebrities as much as possible – So luckily for me, Baddo got into it and he messaged me on Instagram”; a situation which he described as unbelievable and very emotional for him.

In November 2016, the YBNL leader Olamide revealed Davolee had become a member of the team in a video posted online.

Although the hard knock life has made it behind him, the budding artist says the lessons it thought him are invaluable.

Gaidam Swears In New Head of Service, Others

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, swore in a new Head of Service, Saleh Abubakar.

The new appointee, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor, takes over from Dauda Yahaya, who has attended the mandatory years of service.

While administering the oath on the Head of Service, the Governor said the swearing in of the new appointee would reinvigorate his administration by ensuring transparency, probity and accountability.

“Today’s event will further reinvigorate the administrative machinery in the state, strengthen the promotion of rule of law, equity, and justice, accountability, transparency and probity in the conduct of government business and it will serve as a step forward towards entrenchment of our reform programme in all sectors of our state economy”

Governor Gaidam, however, praised the outgoing Head of Service whom according to him, was equally an experienced technocrat.

He, therefore, urged the new Head of Service to emulate him, while also expressing optimism that Abubakar, who has served diligently since the beginning of his administration, will justify the confidence reposed in him.

“I am glad to say that Saleh Abubakar had impressive record of service before his appointment to the present position as Head of Service and it is this yardstick which informed my approval of his appointment.

“I however have no doubt in my mind that owing to his wealth of experience, exposure and records of performance in the past, he will be able to discharge his duties to the satisfaction of all,” the governor said.

The swearing in ceremony also witnessed the oath taken of the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Saboli Mohammed. Also, Baba Gishiwari took an oath as a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, while Ali Garga was sworn in as member of the Fiscal Responsibility Board.

Nigerian Police Warns Officers Against Indiscipline

IGP Deploys Helicopters, Anti-Bomb Sqaud To Kaduna AirportThe Nigerian Police has said it would not condone any act of corruption and indiscipline from officers and men, that would dent the image of the force.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Finance and Administration, Shuaibu Lawal Gambo, gave the warning when he paid a visit to the Nasarawa State Police Command.

The visit is in continuation of his tour to Police Commands in the North Central Zone of the country.

Addressing officers at the state headquarters, he noted that corruption among Police personnel has become the order of the day and emphasised that the Force would not take it lightly with any officer caught engaging in any form of corruption.

“I also want to use this medium to warn that cases of corruption will not be tolerated, and illegal road blocks will not be tolerated. We want you all to have respect for the human right, you must recognise that every human being has certain rights,” he said.

He maintained that no organisation can achieve desired results in an atmosphere of indiscipline and warned that drastic measures will be meted on any officer found wanting.

He then urged them to be responsible in their dealings as they are being looked upon as role models.

Gambo also revealed the determination of the Force in improving the welfare of its personnel especially in the areas of promotion, housing and health among others, aimed at boosting their morale for effective service delivery.

“The Inspector General of Police wants you to know that we appreciate your contribution and the sacrifices you are making for the country and we want to assure you that the sacrifices are well noted and on his part he is doing all he can to make sure that he provides better welfare packages for you all.”

On his part, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abubakar Bello, appreciated the visit and used the platform to enumerate challenges facing the command, including inadequate manpower and logistics.

“Your presence in our midst today is gratifying because it gives us the opportunity to give you firsthand information on our activities so that you can help us,” the CP said.

Panama Papers: Pakistan PM, Nawaz Sharif Awaits Ruling

Courtesy: dawn.com

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, will know his political fate on Thursday as the country’s Supreme Court is set to issue its ruling on corruption claims against him.

Questions arose over his family’s business dealings when three of his children were linked to offshore accounts in the Panama papers leaks.

Mr Sharif and his family have however denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the claims as politically motivated.

The government also said that it is confident that Mr Sharif will be cleared.

The case has made headlines in recent months and stocks briefly fell on the announcement that a decision would be delivered later today.

Obaseki Wants National Monument Named After Late Ogbemudia

Obaseki Wants National Monument Named After Late OgbemudiaThe Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has suggested the naming of a national monument after the late elder statesman, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, as a befitting farewell gift for the two time governor.

The Governor gave the opinion when he received a delegation from the late Ogbemudia family at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“A lot of things have been named after him, but I want one federal major asset named after him. At least, on the national basis he also gets his dues,” he said.

Governor Obaseki said the state burial for the former administrator was not enough appreciation for all he has done for the state.

“As for the state funeral, it was due. We could not have done anything less for him. This office we are operating today, he built it”, he added.

The leader of the delegation and the first son of the late administrator, Samuel Ogbemudia (Jnr), expressed the family’s appreciation to the Edo State Government for the befitting burial given to their father.

Nigerians Attacked Again In South Africa

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A Nigerian/attack victim

Some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa, have been attacked by local residents who allege that they were hijacking their houses.

The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

Some South Africans alleged that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords.

We Work Hard

Meanwhile, some of the victims of the attacks who said the claims were untrue, narrated their plight to Channels Television.

One of the agents explained that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

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Victim Showing Legal Documents

“They say we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – Its by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” one of the victims said.

The attack is happening in the same week that the Nigerian and South African governments are holding talks to stop the attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Both countries had agreed to set up an early warning unit to look into issues that often bring friction between the citizens.

The Nigerian Government had also called on the South African Government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect its citizens and other Africans within the country’s borders.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed attacks.

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President Mbeki

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President MbekiSome members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have met with South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg.

The meeting is part of the series of discussions to address the reoccurring attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

It is also coming ahead of a town hall meeting with Nigerian citizens at the High Commission in Pretoria scheduled for Saturday.

Speaking to Channels Television after the meeting, former President Mbeki welcomed the visit of the Nigerian delegations, saying it will help tackle the repeated attacks on fellow Africans.

The lawmakers were led on the visit to South Africa by the Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

In another development, some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa were attacked by local residents who alleged that they were hijacking their houses.

xenophobic attacks

The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

While the South Africans claimed that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords, the foreigners said the claims were false.

One of the agents told Channels Television that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

“They said we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – It’s by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” he said.

Gov. Obiano Marks Three Years In Office

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has proudly announced to the state that the three years of his administration have brought transformation in the lives of citizens and to the state as well.

He made this known during a state broadcast marking his third anniversary in office at the Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The governor happily stated that the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative blueprint have helped in achieving the vision and mission he had for the state, especially in agriculture.

Within three years, agricultural investments in the state have resulted in job creation totaling 725 (direct jobs) and 5,200 (indirect jobs).

Also in industrialization, trade and commerce, Anambra has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow of 5.5 billion U.S Dollars in three years.