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Court remands ex-Kebbi gov, 2 others in EFCC custody

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The Federal High Court, sitting in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State, presided over by Justice  Basse Onu, on Thursday, has remanded immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Saadu Usman Dakingari, one Sunday Dogoyaro and one Garba Kamba in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Birnin-Kebbi, pending the ruling on their bail  application on December 10, 2018.

The Defendants were standing trial on 13 counts charge level against them by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged conspiracy and money laundering.

They were alleged to have committed money laundry of N450 million, part of $115 million and 115 million dollars collected from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke contrary to  section 1A of Money Laundry Act 2015 punishable under section 16(2B) among other.

The lead Counsel to the EFCC,J.A Ojogbane told the Court that the defendants were in Court and they should take their pleas, and urged the Court that the 13 counts charge be read to them for immediate commencement of their trial. He told the Court that they were ready for the trial along with their witnesses.

However, all the Defendants pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge as the Prosecutor leading counsel asked the court to commence their trial immediate.

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Counsel to the 1st Defendant, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) while applying for the 1st defendants bail, told the Court that his client was the former Governor of Kebbi State without record of criminal cases argued that he would not jumped bail if granted.

He also pleaded before the Court that the Judge should rule in the interim on his client’s bail application by remanding the 1st Defendant in Kebbi or Sokoto states remand facilities of the EFCC to avoid long distance and stress that his client would encounter on his way to Kano State, the Zonal office of the EFCC.

The Counsel to the Second Defendant, O. A Dada, in his application for bail, supported with 21 paragraphs affidavit  and argued that if Court granted his client bail, he would not dishonour the Court by not making himself available.

He argued that he has been punctual consistently since the commencement not the case before the Court.

He also pleaded that if his client would be remanded, they would align the submission of the 1st Defendant that the EFCC custody in Birnin-Kebbi and Sokoto State should be considered as alternatives.

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Counsel to the 3rd Defendant, Ahmed Fingilla, in his application before the court, argued that his client hads represented Nigeria in many countries as a Diplomat with a track record without blemish, stressing that the Prosecutor had also testified that the 3rd Defendant was the accused person that honoured the EFCC invitation at their Kano office as well regularly appeared before the Court since the case commence in June, 2018.

He also pleaded before the Court that his client should be remanded in Birnin-Kebbi or Sokoto State remand facilities of the EFCC if the Court rule in an interim, before the ruling on the bail.

Responding to the Defendant’s Counsels bail applications, EFCC Counsel, J. A. Ojogbane, who did not object to their applications, appealed to the Court to use its discretion in granting the bail applications, maintaining that the anti-graft agency has remand facilities in Birnin-Kebbi and Sokoto State where the Defendants could be remanded before the adjourned date.

While ruling on their bail applications, Justice Onu order that the three Defendants remanded in Birnin-Kebbi remand facilities of EFCC pending the final ruling on their bail application on December 10, 2018 and adjourned the case for ruling and trial on the same date.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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