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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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Amidst Tight Security, DSS Brought Nnamdi Kanu to Court to Face Treason Charges

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On Thursday, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja amidst tight security.

The IPOB leader was brought to the Court on a black Sport Utility Vehicle at about 8 a.m.

Journalists, lawyers, and staff of the Federal High Court were barred from entering the Court premises.

From Transcorp Hilton through the Ministry of Justice and Abia House, security was beefed up with the presence of a combined team of Police, Army, Department of State Services operatives estimated to be over 3,000.

During the last proceedings, journalists and lawyers were manhandled, while Kanu who is being held by the DSS was not brought to court, a development that was blamed on “logistical issues” by the prosecuting lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.

Last week, the Federal Government slammed an amended seven-count charge against Kanu, while the FHC issued a hearing notice for Thursday, October 21.

The Noice titled, ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria Versus Nnamdi Kanu,’ with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/15, was served on Ejiofor and the prosecuting lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran.

Count Two

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afarachukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on or about the 28th of April 2015 in London, United Kingdom did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu state and other parts of the of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Ho

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That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afarachukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State between the month of March and April 2015 imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulusiizor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50l concealed in a container of used household Wich you declared as used household items and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 (2) of the Criminal Code of Act, Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Kanu is being tried before Justice Binta Nyako over charges of treasonable felony and terrorism.

The separatist, who was granted bail in April 2017, fled the country after the invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, by the military in September, a situation one of Kanu’s lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor described as the “rule of self-preservation.”

On June 29, 2021, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced that Mr. Kanu had been rearrested and extradited to Nigeria to continue facing his trial.

He said the IPOB leader was “intercepted” days earlier but did not disclose which country and how the operation was carried out.

Although there has been no official disclosure about where and how Kanu was arrested, relatives and lawyers of the IPOB leader, have described how he was taken into custody in Kenya under controversial circumstances.

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Mrs Ibrahim Zakzaky Sues DSS, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Demands N2 billion

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Wife of the Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly called the Shi’ites, Malama Zeenah, have separately filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the seizure of their international passports by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

In their fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by their lawyer,

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), their lawyer, in their fundamental rights enforcement suit, the couple told the court that their passports were last seen with the National Intelligence Service (NIA) which has officially denied possession.

But while attempting to renew the passports through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), it was learned that the passports had been flagged by the DSS.

All official requests to the DSS to remove the restriction have allegedly been ignored.

The couple prayed the court to compel the two respondents to release the passports to them, or lift the “Red Flag” restrictions on the passports.

The couple also prayed the court to mandate the respondents to pay N2 billion as general and exemplary damages for the violation of their rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property.

They also prayed the court to enforce their fundamental rights to freedom of movement and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further harassment and intimidating them.

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ENDSARS UPDATE: Panel Ends Sitting, Award N410 million To 71 Petitioners

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The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)-related abuses and the October 20 Lekki Tollgate shootings has ended its assignment.

The Panel of Enquiry was set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu last year to adjudicate cases of police brutality in the state.

Justice Doris Okuwobi, who presided over the nine-man panel, ended the sitting with compensations for victims and recommendations to the government.

She said the panel awarded N148.2 million as compensation to 24 petitioners, bringing the total amount awarded since the panel commenced sitting on October 26, last year, to N410 million to 71 petitioners.

Justice Okuwobi explained that the panel received 255 petitions from members of the public out of which 252 were considered for hearing, adding that it was able to decide on 182 petitions.

She noted that fifty-two petitions were not heard due to time constraints. They would, she explained, be included in the Panel’s reports for necessary advice and actions to be taken by the Lagos State government through the Ministry of Justice.

The panel judge assured those whose petitions were either not concluded – but were adjourned sine die – or not taken, not to despair.

“The panel has officially ended its sitting today (yesterday). Starting from tomorrow, the panel will no longer sit.”

“Tomorrow, October 19, was actually the end of the panel’s sitting, but since it’s a public holiday, the sitting officially ends today. The panel sitting has officially ended, but we are still working.”

According to her, some of the recipients of yesterday’s compensation awards were the late Ayodele Solaja family, which received N10 million.

Others included: Abayomi Likinyo (N4 million); James Arebha (N4 million); Juliana Adeoti (N1 million) and the Late Yemi Abdulkareem family (N10 million).

A petitioner, Mrs. Adeola Mukaila, who was brutally beaten by policemen and her co-petitioner, Stella Edegwa, were awarded N700, 000 and N500, 000 for their ordeals.

Esther Sylvester, whose father, Okoronkwo Sylvester, was shot dead by policemen in the Tejuosho area of the state, got N10 million compensation.

The retired judge hinted that a body to treat cases of human rights abuses might be set up by the state government to handle some of these petitions.

On October 20, 2020, Lekki Tollgate ‘shootings’, Justice Okuwobi said it was being prepared, noting that the investigation of the incident, including the taking of evidence and exhibits, had been completed.

The judge assured petitioners that the panel’s recommendations would include compensation to victims, if any, of the Lekki Tollgate incident, among other recommendations.

Police victims of the violence, if any, would also not be left out of any recommendations for compensation.

Responding to a plea by one of the protesters’ lawyers, Mr. Adeshina Ogunlana, about making the Lekki Tollgate shootings report public, the judge noted that the panel’s duty, first and foremost, is to abide by the resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC) requiring it to submit the final report to the government.

The panel said it would submit two reports to the Lagos State Government through the supervising Ministry of Justice.

The reports are the findings and recommendations on the Lekki Tollgate shootings on the one hand and another one on the Nigerian Police-related abuses, especially the disbanded SARS.

There were no fewer than 14 petitions relating to the alleged shooting incident, out of the 255 petitions received by the panel between October and December 2020.

 

 

 

 

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