By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian movement of Solidarity with Cuba, on Monday called on Nigerians and other Africans countries to take advantage of the forthcoming 6th African conference holding on Monday 23 to 25 September, 2019.
The interim Coordinator of the Nigerian solidarity movement, comrade Abiodun Aremu disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the scheduled activities following the conference at the Nigerian labour congress house, Abuja.
The Nigerian movement of Solidarity with Cuba comprises labour centers like the Nigerian labour congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), coalition of other popular groups and women organizations
According to Comrade Aremu,the three day conference would be expecting delegates in Abuja from Saturday September 2.
“I therefore enjoin other prominent personalities, top governments officials, diplomats, leaders of industry, professionals, informal economy leaders and civil society organizations at the conference.
“It would be a unique experience for Nigerians as they interact with fellow Africans across our continent, our brothers and sisters in the Latin America including Cuba and the diaspora including USA and UK”.
On his part, the Cuban ambassador to Nigeria, his excellency Carlos Trejo said the Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba,which is a continuity of its five previous editions, will confirm the international support for the validity of the model of social justice that Cuba symbolises and its viability as an alternative for that “other better and possible world” for which the peoples of the world struggle.
“In the midst of constant aggression, media disinformation and global crisis, this will be a date that will facilitate a space for the construction of initiatives, proposals and exchanges of strategies in favour of solidarity with Cuba, the people of Cuba continue to receive the impact of 60 years of economic and inhuman blockade, which we will continue to resist and overcome. Our people will remain united, building and improving our socialism, and contributing with their modest experiences to the processes of integration.”
“Accompanied by the anti-imperialist, visionary and humanistic thinking of national hero Jose Martí and Fidel Castro, Cuba ratified its internationalist and solidarity vocation with Venezuela, Palestine, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, in support of the freedom of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and “all the noble causes that benefit the peoples and guarantee the enjoyment of their most elemental rights: freedom, peace and social justice”. He said.
Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna
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.
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.
Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain
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.
HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN
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.
“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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