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‘I insist that Court will decide on Nnamdi Kanu’s release – Buhari

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Godwin Okeh, Abakaliki

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday insisted that he will allow the federal High Court sitting in Abuja to decide on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release from detention.Buhari made this known while addressing stakeholders and political leaders of the south east region, that took place at the new government house centinary City Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
He revealed his commitment to complete all the ongoing infrastructural development that his administration embarked upon in the south east region.President Buhari however condemned in totality the killings of some security operatives in the region who had committed thier lives to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.According to him: “I will like to highlight to you about our successful achievements in the south east region. I’m proud of the reconstruction of the runway of the international airport Enugu and the ongoing work at the second Niger bridge and the 10 kilometers six line expressway at Onitcha to Asaba that is bearing to completion.
“I most register my deep concern on the security affairs in this region. I was informed in the last 48hours on the brutal actions of the terrorist who prey on the innocent and hard working citizens, unfortunately this barbaric actions were foisted on operatives (soldiers) who have committed their lives to protect their follow citizens.”Terrorist who have been brainwashed in the certain segment of the population have turned to be terrorizing the people through their brutal killings, disrupting of commercial activities, restrictions of freedom of movement to exercise their human rights, must be fished out from among us.”I have listened carefully to the appeals of the elders and traditional leaders. I insisted that the matter is in the court where it will be properly executed. My worry is on the hardworking and innocent civilians to whose lives is already made tough and will like to just go out to earn a decent living.”I will once again repeat, no one has the right to carry AK-47 in all parts of the country, if it’s not a law enforcement officer. We have found ourselves in another process of selecting the leader for our dear county. I have always insisted that the elections be made to be free, fair and credible” he stated.Earlier in a remark, the governor of Ebonyi state Chief David Umahi who spoke during the south east leaders meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and other political parties should zone the presidential position to the southern part of the country.According to him: “Unfortunately I’m an aspirant and I cannot say much, but let me say something to Nigerians, if the basis of asking for Presidency to be zoned to the south, rotating from the north to south, is on the basis of equity fairness and justice. And then, the President I know is disposed by his body language. If the thing comes to south, and then our brothers from the south South and south west are even putting more aspirants more than south east.”The question is where is the morality? Where is the justice? Where is the fairness? I want to tell Nigerians that south east has been a political ally to the north until 1999, the entire north lined up for Ekwueme for Presidency but because of the June 12, there was a political dialogue, and then we allowed and voted for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to become the president then?” He stated.The former Minister of Aviation Chief Ameachi Mbazuruike who also spoke on the venue, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu from detention in his honour as the only surviving Minister of the first republic of Nigeria

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Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state. 

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.

 

Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.

 

Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. 

Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male. 

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Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.

“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN

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The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.

Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.

“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

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“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)

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