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Former SSG, 17 Cabinet Members, 34 SA, SSA Drags Adamawa State Govt To Court

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The former Secretary to Adamawa State Government, cabinet members, Senior Special Advisers and Special Advisers who served between 2015-2019 has dragged the Adamawa state government to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria over non-payment of their severance allowances.

The suit was initially filed sometime in 2019 in Abuja by the former secretary to the state government Dr. Umar Buba Bindir and former Chief Press Secretary Mr. Mathias Yohanna on behalf of complainants, but later it was transferred to Gombe and now in Yola where both parties reside.

Each of the seventeen former Commissioners is seeking N23m, while each of the 34 Senior Special Advisers and Special Advisers is pursuing between N9m to N12m depending on the offices they hold.

The presiding judge, Hon. Justice Mustapha Tijjani after hearing from counsels of the two parties and key witnesses who are the principal complainants adjourned the case to 29th March 2022 for defence.

Speaking to Journalists after the adjournment of the case, lead counsel to the complainants Barr Silas Sanga said they have tendered all necessary documents before the court indicating that they were not paid their severance allowances.

He said the complainants resort to court after several letters written to the state government regarding the payment and no response, maintaining that court is the last hope.

In his comments, the lead counsel for the defendant who is also the Director Civil Litigation in the State Ministry of Justice, Barr Konleganyiga Urbanus Jonathan acknowledged the receipts of letters from the complainants but attributed the delay in the payment to lean resources, stressing that government will pay them in due course.

He stated that some of the claims are statutory; it is not deniable, adding that as government they want to compromise with them so that they would be paid, stressing that normally is to negotiate installment payment.

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High Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay Kanu N1b

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Abia State High Court presided over by Justice Benson Anya has ordered the Nigerian government to pay the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the sum of N1 Billion over infringement of his fundamental rights.

According to the court the damages to be paid to Kanu were for the invasion of his house.

The judge stated that the defence counsel did little or nothing to defend the evidence as provided by the plaintiff.

It also ruled that the Umuahia High Court has jurisdiction to rule on extradition cases as one of the applications was solely on the status.

Kanu’s lawyer Aloy Ejimakor, in the suit filed on August 27, 2021, sought an order of injunction restraining the Federal Government from taking any further step in prosecuting Kanu in the charge numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015.

Kanu also demanded an apology for the alleged infringement of his fundamental rights, to be published in three national dailies.

The suit also is seeking an order compelling the government to forthwith release Kanu from detention, restore the liberty he enjoyed before his alleged abduction on June 19, 2021, and repatriate him to Britain, where he is a citizen.

Part of the prayers is “A declaration that the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State in September 2017 by the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights to life, the dignity of his person, his personal liberty and fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government without due process of law is arbitrary, illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the torture and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against torture and a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the expulsion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria by the Nigerian government and his consequent detention and planned prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (the Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of his fundamental rights against unlawful expulsion and detention, and to a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights”.

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Court Convicts Businessman To Life Imprisonment For Defiling 14-Year-Old

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A Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced a businessman, Ofure Siakpere to life imprisonment for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old in-law (name withheld) in his care.

The accused was sentenced after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The convict was 35-years old when the offence was committed.

Justice Abiola Soladoye, while passing the judgment, said that the prosecution had proved every ingredient for the offence of defilement.

She described the prosecution witnesses as “compelling and convincing”.

The judge admonished parents to stop sending their children to stay with relatives and advised that they should plan their families by giving birth to the number of children they can afford.

“This is contrary to that of the defence which was rather shallow and full of fallacy. The evidence of the defence witnesses were merely self-serving,” she said.

“The defendant maltreated the victim (his wife’s niece) by defiling her. The conduct of this so-called in-law is hurtful and demeaning. Where is the defendant’s humanity and moral compass?

“This case is a reflection of sexual lawlessness that occurs within the family circle.

“The defendant must be duly sanctioned in the hope that this will serve as a deterrent to others to not tow the line of sexual misconduct.

“The defendant Ofure Siakpere, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of fine.

“His name shall also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register as maintained by the Lagos State Government,” she said.

According to the State Directorate of Public Prosecution, Siakpere committed the offence on or about March 2018 at his residence located at No. 10, Salaudeen Imam St., Lagos.

During the trial, two witnesses; the survivor and a medical doctor, Dr. Aniekan Makanjuola from Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) testified on behalf of the prosecution.

The survivor in her evidence said that she was overpowered and defiled on at least 15 occasions by the convict while living with him and his wife who was her aunt.

She said that anytime she resisted his advances, he beats her up. The survivor said that she became pregnant as a result of the abuse.

At the time of her testimony in court, she had delivered a baby.

The convict and his wife, Mrs Adebimpe Siakpere testified for the defence.

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Abia High Court Orders FG To Pay Kanu 1bn Over Abuse of His Fundamental Rights

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A High Court sitting in Abia State has ordered the Federal Government to pay the sum of N1 billion to the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, as well as tender him an apology.

The embattling leader of the IPOB had approached the Court to demand N5 billion over the invasion of his father’s house by the military on September 10, 2017.

According to Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ajimakor, the Court in a ruling on Wednesday, presided over by Justice Bension Anya, stated that the Federal Government violated the fundamental rights of the IPOB leader.

The Court also recommended a political solution to the agitation for the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic championed by IPOB.

Kanu’s lawyer made this known in a tweet, saying, “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu WINS as Abia High Court rules that the Federal Government violated his fundamental rights. Orders the Federal government to pay N1b to him and issue a letter of apology to him.

“Most importantly, the Court recommended political solution to the #Biafran agitation.”

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