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IPOB Suit: US Court Summons Secretary of State, Blinken For Selling Fighter Jets To Buhari Government

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The IPOB is seeking an independent nation for the Old Eastern Region, especially in the South-East and parts of Nigeria’s South-South region.

“Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it) — or 60 days if you are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 (a)(2) or (3) — you must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint or a motion under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” the summons said, according to People’s Gazette.

The IPOB had sued the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin over the sale of attack planes, arguing that the war machines would be weaponised against the masses opposed to Buhari’s regime.

United States-based constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein filed the case in a federal court in Washington on behalf of the group and 10 unidentified individuals from Nigeria.

Buhari had ordered 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets to tackle the ongoing war against Boko Haram. Six of the planes were delivered in July. Six more jets are expected in a deal of about $600 million approved by former President Donald Trump.

The U.S. Air Force Fighters and Advance Aircraft Directorate had told Nigeria that its 6 Tucano jet fighters would be ready for delivery by October.

“President Buhari’s intends to use the Super Tucano advanced weapons to kill and maim Biafrans and destroy their property in his ongoing genocide conducted by Fulani controlled security forces guilty of atrocious human rights violations,” IPOB said in a July 31 complaint.

“At present,” the complaint pointed out, ““President Buhari is conducting a genocide of Biafrans that is under investigation by the International Criminal Court through (the) use of his Fulani-controlled security forces, including the Nigerian Air Force.”

Nnamdi Kanu’s abduction and repatriation to Nigeria from Kenya in June 2020 was also cited in the court documents as a demonstration of Mr Buhari’s brutish leadership.

Culled from the Sahara Reporters

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ICPC arraigns PRODA DG for alleged N23.5m fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the Director-General of Project Development Institute (PRODA) Enugu, Engr. Dr. Charles Agulanna before Hon. Justice Buba Ibrahim of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, for allegedly committing procurement fraud.

According to a statement by ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua Engr. Agulanna, who is facing a 1-count charge, was alleged by the ICPC to have sometime in August, 2017 or thereabout, while being the Director General of Projects Development Institute, committed procurement fraud by awarding a contract for the revaluation of land belonging to PRODA in the sum of N23,500,037.50 to T.O. Thomas & Co., even when the company was not a registered surveyor/valuer and did not submit any memorandum of understanding with any registered surveyor/valuer in its tender bid, an offence contrary to section 58(4)(b) and punishable under section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The defense counsel, G.D. Joshua Esq, who had earlier submitted a written bail application, prayed the court to grant his client bail, stating that his client was a man of credible personality that would not jump bail.

The ICPC counsel, O.J. Ochigbo did not oppose the bail, but said the court should grant him bail with stringent conditions.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Buba Ibrahim therefore, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5m and two reliable sureties in the like sum.

Justice Ibrahim also asked the defendant and his sureties to submit 2 passport photographs each to the court, and thereafter adjourned the matter to the 21st of October 2021 for hearing.

Culled from the Sun News Nigeria

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Court Rejects Plea Bargain Agreement, Jails Chef 28 Years For Murder

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court has rejected a plea bargain agreement reached between a Chef, Joshua Usulor who murder a lawyer, Mrs Feyisayo Obot at Citi-heights Hotel, Opebi and the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Usulor, who committed the crim on January 26, 2019, in the hotel where he and the deceased lodged in different rooms, was convicted and sentenced to 28 years imprisonment instead of the 21 years’ imprisonment he agreed with the DPP before changing his not guilty plea to guilty.

Justice Taiwo had initially insisted that she would exercise the power conferred on her by Section 75 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law to increase the prison term to 30 years.

But she eventually reduced the convict’s prison sentence to 28 years following a plea for leniency by his counsel, Spurgeon Ataene.

The prosecution team led by Mrs O.A. Bajulaiye-Bishi had said that Usulor, a resident of No. 30, Fadiya Street, Ketu, Lagos, went into Obot’s hotel room to rob her of his outstanding hotel bills.

Obot, an employee of an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, was in Lagos to write a project management examination.

She was murdered by the convict on the day she was due to check out of the hotel.

The prosecution was still presenting witnesses in the case when Usulor proposed a plea bargain agreement.

Prosecution witnesses who testified so far in the matter are the hotel receptionist, Ms Lateefat Adebayo; the hotel Operations Manager, Mr Olabanji Ibitunde; brother of the deceased, Mr Ige Afolabi; and the Investigating Police Officer, Insp John Babalola.

Colour was arraigned on a count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

The law prescribes a death sentence for any individual found guilty of murder.

Before handing down the sentence, Justice Taiwo asked the convict why he killed the lawyer.

“It was a mistake, I didn’t know what got into me,” he responded.

“Your mistake has cost someone her life,” the judge responded.

Culled from the Leadership News Nigeria

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Court Jails 3 Over Love Scam In Kwara

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Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin has sentenced a 33-year-old Tanzania-based herder, Tunde Olagunju, and two others to various jail terms over offences bordering on love scam and cybercrime.

The two other convicts are Hassan Olarewaju, 29, and an Ilorin-based bricklayer, Ojo Adewale.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday arraigned the trio on separate charges, to which they pleaded guilty.

Following the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, Aliyu Adebayo who prosecuted for the EFCC in the case against Tunde drew the attention of the court to the plea bargain agreement entered by the defendant while urging the court to convict and sentence the defendant based on his admittance of guilt and the evidence before it.

Similar scenario was what played out in the case against Hassan and Ojo, when Andrew Akoja who represented the EFCC in the two cases asked the court to take judicial notice of the guilty plea and the plea bargain agreements entered by the defendants as well as the evidence tendered against them in sentencing them.

Delivering judgment on the cases, Justice Oyinloye said that he had carefully considered the facts and circumstances of the matter, most especially the charges, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, evidence tendered without objection and the confessional statements of the defendants.

He said the defence counsel had failed to neutralise the allegations brought against the defendants.

Consequently, he held that the court found the defendants guilty of the offences.

Justice Oyinloye sentenced Tunde to two years imprisonment with option of fine of N650,000 and ordered that the sum of $1,500  which he benefited from the crime as well as the iphone used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the federal government.

Similarly, Ojo was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count one with option of fine of N250,000 and one year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N250,000.

In a similar vein , Hassan was sentenced to one-year imprisonment with option of fine of N300,000.

Culled from the Leadership News Nigeria

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