Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Wife

Man Sentenced To Seven Years Imprisonment for Raping OctogenarianA Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a man, Sulaiman Olalekan, to death by hanging for the murder of his wife, Mrs Chika Egbo on November 20, 2012 in a case of domestic violence.

In a judgement passed on Thursday, in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Ministry Of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi.

The convict (Olalekan), on the fateful day, allegedly poured acid on his wife, having become overwhelmed by the fact that the deceased went back to prostitution against his best advice.

Trial judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, in his judgment, convicted Olalekan for the murder of his wife and sentenced him to death accordingly.

In line with the zero tolerance posture of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration on issues of domestic violence, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Ministry of Justice, took over the prosecution of the case and filed necessary processes in court.

Olalekan reportedly met the deceased at Signal Hotel in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, where they started a relationship that resulted in marriage.

However, the deceased reportedly reneged on her commitment to the relationship by returning to prostitution, which caused Olalekan to procure acid from a battery charger in Ikotun area of the state and deceitfully invited her to visit with his mother on the said day when he poured raw acid on the deceased.

The victim was admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for emergency treatment, where she eventually died.

Arriving at his judgment, Justice Akapo, said he believed that the murder of Chika Egbo by Olalekan was premeditated.

In reaction to the judgment, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who was the lead prosecuting counsel, thanked the court for a well-considered punishment.

“Today’s judgment is a victory in our fight against domestic violence and a victory for domestic violence victims”.

This is coming as a fulfilment of Governor Ambode’s 2016 pledge to make Lagos uncomfortable for perpetrators of domestic violence, after leading an All-Male Walk against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Bayelsa: NDLEA Secures 19 Convictions In 2016

Bayelsa: NDLEA Secures 19 Convictions In 2016The Bayelsa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it arrested 215 suspected drug traffickers and seized a total of 219.999kg of various types of illicit drugs in the state in the outgoing 2016.

The command’s Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, Superintendent Osakwe Ikenna, said that of the 215 suspects, 164 were male and 51 were female.

“The command also successfully secured 19 convictions, while a total of 149 persons who used drugs were counselled”.

The spokesman said, “At present, two residential clients are still undergoing rehabilitation.

“The command equally carried out aggressive and far-reaching public enlightenment through lectures, radio and television programmes, print media, drug free clubs and collaboration with various groups, communities and associations”.

Specifically, “In the last quarter of 2016, the command arrested 39 suspects, out of which 29 were males and 10 were females as well as seizing 52.997kg of various types of illicit drugs from drug traffickers in the state”.

He further stated that during the last quarter, the NDLEA operatives apprehended several drug dealers on the command’s watch list, including a notorious baron, who was arrested on November 12, 2016.

“A total of 20kg of dried weed suspected to be Cannabis Sativa were recovered from his warehouse within Yenagoa metropolis”.

He said the suspected baron’s storekeeper and carrier were also arrested.

He reiterated that the command remains proactive and ever vigilant to frustrate the efforts of unrepentant drug barons, who destroy the lives of unsuspecting youth and foster criminality and insecurity in the society through the distribution and sales of illicit and controlled substances.

The spokesman appealed to communities to support the command by providing relevant and accurate information on drug dealers in their areas.

“We call on residents of the state to celebrate the remaining part of the festivities with due attention to their health and security, and especially, to abstain from all illicit substances.

“We also encourage parents to make themselves available to their wards and children, listen to them and give them moral and psychological support to prevent them from being lured into the use of illicit drugs by their peers,” he concluded.


Senate Accuses Executive Of Attempts To Silence Legislature

Senate, Legislature, Aliyu Abdullahi,
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi

The Senate is alleging that there is an attempt by the executive arm of government to muzzle the legislature and criminalize legislative processes in order to cause leadership change in the National Assembly.

A statement issued by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, alleges that this is being done by the executive to cause leadership change in the National Assembly and in the process bring about a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect for due process.

While appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to order, the statement says that Nigerians have had enough economic hardship at this time requiring the full attention and cooperation of the three arms of government, instead of these attempts to distract and politicize governance.

“It is clear that the Attorney General and party leaders behind this action either lack the understanding of the underlining principles of constitutional democracy, the concept of separation of powers, checks and balances and parliamentary convention or they just simply do not care if the present democracy in the country survives or collapses in their blinded determination to get Saraki and Ekweremadu by all means necessary, including abuse of office and sacking the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We are in a state of economic emergency such that what the National Assembly needs at this time are executive bills and proposals aimed at resolving the crises of unemployment, currency depreciation, inflation, crime and insecurity.

“What the National Assembly needs now are executive bills to build and strengthen institutions to earn revenues, fight corruption and eliminate waste.

“Instead, we are getting hostile actions aimed at destabilizing the National Assembly, distracting senators from their oversight functions and ensuring good and accountable governance.”

Senator Abdullahi said that if the legislative branch falls, democracy fails as there will be no other institution empowered by the constitution to check and balance the enormous powers of the executive branch.

U.S. Condemns Borno Mosque Bombing

U.S embassy in NigeriaThe United States has condemned the March 16 bombing where dozens of people were killed and several others injured at a Mosque near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, read “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the latest victims of Boko Haram’s senseless brutality.

Boko Haram continues to commit vicious attacks against innocent civilians, including children. It has demonstrated repeatedly its disregard for the lives of the tens of thousands it has killed, raped, and injured and the millions it has displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region”.

The United States says it will continue to support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through ongoing humanitarian aid and victim support services while it remains committed to assisting its partners in the Lake Chad Basin region who are leading the fight to end Boko Haram’s wanton violence and restore peace.

Fine Settlement: NCC Affirms Receipt Of 50bn Naira From MTN

MTNThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has affirmed the Federal Government’s receipt of 50 billion Naira towards settlement of the fine imposed on MTN Nigeria Communications Limited by the Commission.

The commission also affirmed the withdrawal of a suit involving the MTN, NCC and HAGF.

In a statement, the NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, said that the official information to the Commission to that effect, was received from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Monday.

“The amount was an unconditional good faith payment, on the basis that this sum would be applied towards eventual settlement agreement for payment of the fine imposed by the Commission, where the ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and the company reaches a final resolution,” the statement by Mr Ojobo read.

The Federal Government’s team for the negotiations is being led by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, while the MTN team is led by a former U.S Attorney General, and Head of Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC, Mr Eric H. Holder, Jr.

According to the NCC’s statement, the receipt of the amount, and withdrawal of the suit is without prejudice to the final decision of government on the terms of payment being proposed by the company.

On the basis of out of court settlement, the Federal Government team, is expected to deliberate on the merits and demerits of the terms of payment of the fine imposed on the MTN by the Commission for its failure to deactivate invalid SIM Cards as directed by the Commission, an act the NCC said contravened the provisions of the regulation on SIM Card Registration.

MTN Fine: NCC Says It Acted In Public Interest

MTNThe Nigerian Communications Commission has defended the fine of 1.04 trillion slammed on MTN Nigeria explaining it was done in the interest of the public.

This is the first time the NCC has commented on this issue since slapping the telecoms firm with the fine following overwhelming evidence of non-compliance and disregard to the rules of engagement by MTN.

MTN, in a letter of November 2, 2015 admitted the infraction and pleaded for leniency. The commission has acknowledged this and is looking into their plea without any prejudice to the fine. The fine remains but the appeal and other engagements with MTN may affect the payment deadline.

In a statement by its Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, the commission added that it has adopted smart regulation in its oversight function in the industry, insisting sanctions are the last resort after all overtures fail but that this does not in any way undermine industry standards and the interest of investors.

NCC Statement

Following the sanctions placed on MTN Nigeria, by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), members of the public have expressed diverse interest as to what actually transpired.

The fine was a result of violation of Section 20(1) of the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation of 2011.

Section 20 (1) of Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations 2011 states that:

“Any licensee who activates or fails to deactivate a subscription medium in violation of any provision of these Regulations is liable to a penalty of N200,000.00 for each unregistered but activated subscription medium.”

The fine of N1.04Trillion on MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was done in the interest of the public which has been at the receiving end of security challenges.

Consequent upon the overwhelming evidence of non-compliance, and obvious disregard to the rule of engagement by MTN, the NCC had no choice but to impose the sanctions.

MTN, in a letter of November 2, 2015 admitted the infraction and pleaded for leniency.  The Commission has acknowledged this and is looking into their plea without any prejudice to the fine. The fine remains but the appeal and other engagements with MTN may affect the payment deadline.

The fine that was imposed on MTN was the second within two months after the operators were given a seven-day ultimatum to deactivate all unregistered and improperly registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Cards. While others complied, MTN did not.

On August 4, 2015, at a meeting of all the representatives of the Mobile Network Operators (MNO), with NCC, major security challenges through preregistered, unregistered and improperly registered SIM Cards topped the agenda after which Operators were given the ultimatum to deactivate such within seven days.

On August 14, 2015, three days after the ultimatum expired, NCC carried out a network audit, while other Operators complied with the directive, to deactivate the improperly registered SIM Cards, MTN showed no sign of compliance at all.

Please recall that four (4) Operators; MTN, Airtel, Globacom and Etisalat, were sanctioned in August for none compliance of the directive to deactivate the improperly registered SIM Cards.  MTN got a fine of N102.2Million, Globacom N7.4Million, Etisalat N7Million and Airtel N3.8Million fine.  Others complied while MTN flouted the fine.

Based on the report of the compliance Audit Team, an Enforcement Team which visited MTN from September 2 – 4, 2015 wherein MTN admitted that the Team confirmed that 5.2million improperly registered SIM Cards were still left active on their network; hence, a contravention of the Regulations was established.

Consistent with the Commission’s enforcement process, MTN was by a letter dated October 5, 2015, given notice to state why it should not be sanctioned in line with the Regulations for failure to deactivate improperly registered SIM Cards that were found to be active at the time of enforcement team’s visit of September 15, 2015.

On October 19, 2015, the Commission received and reviewed MTN’s response and found no convincing evidence why it should not be sanctioned for the established violations.

Accordingly, by a letter dated October 20, 2015 the Commission conveyed appropriate sanctions to MTN in accordance with Regulations 20(1) of the Telephone Subscribers Registration Regulation 2011, to pay the Sum of N200,000.00 only for each of the 5.2million improperly registered SIM Cards.

The statement further averred that:

In order to ensure proper identification of telephone subscribers with their biometric data and in line with international best practice, the Commission came up with a framework for the registration of telephone subscribers in Nigeria.  (Nigerian Communications Commission Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations 2011).

The above Regulations were developed with the full participation of all key industry Stakeholders including all Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in 2011.

The Commission on its part has a statutory responsibility to monitor and enforce compliance to the rules. More so, when national security is at stake.

The statement explained that, National interest is paramount because when lives are lost they cannot be replaced.

As a responsible Regulator, the NCC will not stand by and watch Rules and Regulations for Engagement being flouted by any Operator.

The Commission has adopted a smart regulation in its oversight function in the industry, hence it has always weighed the implications of sanctions that is why it had to place the appropriate sanction accordingly.

The NCC statement further said that sanctions are the last resort after all overtures fail but this does not in any way undermine Industry Standards and the interest of Investors.

Tony Ojobo
Director, Public Affairs

Dogara Condemns Killings In North East

DogaraSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed concern over renewed attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara said that he was deeply worried over the recent spate of killings of innocent citizens by the insurgents.

While condemning the violence, the Speaker urged the military and other security agencies not to despair in their effort to stamp out Boko Haram from the region.

The Speaker commended the military for the successes recorded in the past months against the insurgents but called on the officers and men of the military to redouble their effort.

He expressed hope that with the ongoing reorganisation of the security agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgents would be stamped out.

He said that already, a motion calling on the Federal Government to convene an international donor conference for the rebuilding of the region has been drafted and will be considered by the House after the recess.

The Speaker called on governors of the region to lead the campaign for the rebuilding of the North East.

At Least Now APC Know How To Conduct Primaries – Okupe

OkupeThe Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, has described the successful convention held by Nigeria’s two major political parties as a good development for the nation and its democracy.

Speaking on Channels Television, he said that President Jonathan’s smooth sail to winning the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential ticket has been earned through his popularity.

He noted that facing some initial challenge from party members was not unusual and the party was able to manage it properly by allowing the challengers express their rights to contest.

Okupe explained that the President’s outstanding performance eventually prevailed and led to the other aspirants withdrawing their ambition in the interest of the party and the country.

Dr Okupe also reacted to the emergence of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a successful presidential primary that has been adjudged to be highly transparent.

While he admitted that the APC primary election was indeed transparent and worth celebrating, he noted that “this is something that the PDP has been doing for the past 16 years. So for them its a new thing and we welcome them.

“At least now they know how to conduct primaries, they now don’t impose candidates. We are very happy, weOkupe are now getting to the same page.”

Okupe also admitted that the reaction of the other APC presidential aspirants to their loss in the election was commendable.

He said that the act of conceding defeat and very quickly congratulating the winner, was good for the country and its democracy. “We are beginning to understand the normal democratic culture,” he said.

He, however, gave the credit for the development to the President.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has set the pace by saying that people’s votes must count and we are beginning to see it over the months and years that people’s votes are counting. So these are the examples that other parties are following.”

He expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party to beat in the country, adding that “those who have left would come back”.

Presidency Replies Northern Elders Over Ultimatum On Chibok Girls

Northern EldersThe President, on Tuesday, fired back at a faction of northern elders, who, on Monday gave him up until October to produce the abducted Chibok schoolgirls or forget about 2015 Presidency.

The President’s Special Assistance on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, in a statement, described the northern elders’ ultimatum as preposterous and one meant to cause what he called “hate mentality and mischief.”

He said that the President does not need an ultimatum to do his job and that he was doing a lot to rescue the Chibok girls.

He pointed out seven areas where the President has demonstrated great concern on the Chibok issue to include, improving on the military’s professional and personnel capabilities, taking advantage of the offer made by the international community, and securing the nation’s borders among others.

According to Dr. Okupe, “The issue of insurgency, especially those ideologically based on Islamic extremism, is a global phenomenon and requires tact, military capability, serious de-radicalisation techniques and community based counter insurgency programmes to ensure success.”

The faction of the Northern Elders Forum led by Maitama Sule, on Monday, gave President Goodluck Jonathan an ultimatum till the end of October 2014 to produce the over 200 abducted Chibok girls in Borno State and also bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that failure to do so amounts to him being deemed unfit to seek re-election in 2015.

The Northern Elders noted that the warning became imperative because they were of the firm belief that the lingering terrorist attacks and other related security challenges in the country pose a major threat to the 2015 elections and the survival of Nigeria as a nation.