BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike Evans and two of his co-accused, Uche Amadi and Okechukwu Nwachukwu yesterday changed their guilty plea to two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping filed against them by the Lagos State government to not guilty. Evans and his co-accused changed their plea after the state represented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Titilayo Shitta-Bey told the trial judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi that the prosecution amended count two of the earlier charge to reflect the current state of the law. With the amendment, the state is now set to prosecute them under the new Lagos Law on anti-kidnapping, which carries death penalty. They were first docked on Section 271 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2013, they are now facing trial under changed Section 155 subsection 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2017. Evans, Amadi, Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Aduba and one...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking the forfeiture of properties at plot No. 1758, Cadastral Zone, B06 Mabushi and plot No.1350, Cadastral Zone, A00 Central Business District, Abuja, belonging to former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan. Yesterday, efforts made by the EFCC counsel, Slyvanus Tahir, to move the ex parte application proved abortive as Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on behalf of Mrs Jonathan, vehemently resisted. Ozekhome had insisted he filed an application challenging jurisdiction of court to hear the ex parte motion filed by the EFCC. After the heated arguments between Ozekhome and Tahir, the court, instead decided to adjourn to November 11, to hear both applications. Justice Dimgba noted that exparte applications are heard without the other party in court. The court stated that there was no counter affidavit challenging the motion...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja The House of Representatives has assured that it will act on the report of the committee set up by the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) to articulate the party’s position on the contentious issue of restructuring. This is even as the House reechoed the clamour by Nigerians for devolution of power at the centre as a panacea to some of the teething problems currently faced by the states. House spokesperson, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas, who disclosed this in Abuja on the sidelines of a public hearing by the APC Committee on True Federalism, added that the lawmakers would not discard the report. Namdas said, “So, when these views are collated and sent to us, I can assure you that we are going to work on it. I told you that I am a member of the National Assembly committee on agitations. We call it agitations but it is restructuring. “We realised...
Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered relevant agencies to compile a full list of all those who stole government funds and make same available to him. The president’s directive followed federal government’s resolve to enforce a judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos which ordered that names of public officers from whom public funds were recovered be made public. The court had also ordered the government to tell Nigerians the circumstances under which funds were recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each public official. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abukabar Malami (SAN), who disclosed this yesterday said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all relevant agencies to compile documents on names of all looters with a view to promptly enforcing the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordering the government to release to Nigerians, information about the names of...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The embattled Senator Isah Misau, has been finally arraigned before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja. The Senator was charged for injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro and the Nigerian Police. Misau was arraigned by the federal government on a five-count charge bordering on alleged falsehood against the person of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, the Police Service Commission and the Nigerian Police Force, between August and October 2017. He, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his counsel, Godwin Obla, SAN, moved an oral application for his bail on the grounds that Section 393(1) of the Penal Code under which the defendant was charged carried maximum of two years punishment upon conviction. He said section 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice...
....  Says states to be listed on stock exchange  By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday spurned media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari blasted governors over nonpayment of salaries. Chairman of the forum and Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, debunked the said report, while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting of the forum on Wednesday night at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. LEADERSHIP Friday recalls that after a meeting with a delegation of the NGF on Tuesday, a statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as expressing concern about the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the federal government. President Buhari, according to the statement, said the plight of workers in the states needed urgent attention, as many of them could barely survive. “How can...
By KAYODE TOKEDE And OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos Zenith Bank’s total assets increased to N5.1trillon from N4.7trillion as at September 30, 2017. With about 40 per cent increase in gross earnings to N531.27 billion, Zenith Bank Plc on Thursday announced 31 per cent growth in Profit Before Tax (PBT) for nine months ended September 30, 2017 on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Despite macro environment challenges and current policy direction, the Group recorded PBT of N152.55 billion in nine months ended September 30, 2017 as against N116.6 billion reported in nine months ended September 30, 2016. From Zenith Bank income statement, Profit After Tax (PAT) rose by 35.5per cent to N129 billion against N95.4 billion reported in nine months of September 30, 2016. However, interest income and interest expenses gained 26.6 per cent and 67 per cent to N361 billion and N160 billion respectively to leverage 6.2 per cent increase in Net interest income...
BY VICTOR OKEKE, Abuja About four-hundred women and girls in Cross River State have received corrective surgeries and treatments for obstetric fistula under the USAID-funded Fistula Care Plus project which is being implemented in Nigeria by Engender Health. An obstetric fistula popularly known as VVF is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labour, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or faeces or both. Iyeme Efem, Engender Health Nigeria Country Project Manager told legislators in Calabar yesterday that women who experience this preventable condition suffer constant urinary incontinence which often leads to social isolation, skin infections, kidney and bladder disorders and even death if left untreated. The Engender Health Nigeria team had paid an advocacy visit to the Cross River State House of Assembly in Calabar to seek the lawmakers support for Fistula prevention and treatment activities in the state through policy and budgetary interventions. “We...

BY TARKAA DAVID, The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has called on women electorates in the country to vote for political parties that provided 35 per cent affirmative action for women in political offices. Speaking at conference in preparatory to 'Nigeria Political Stakeholders Summit', in Abuja yesterday, the president of the council, Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Laraba Shoda, regretted that even though women account for over 50 per cent of the population that actively works to bring politicians to power, they are acutely marginalised in decision making process. She noted that this has lead to underdevelopment of the nation’s democracy, adding that the involvement of women in political sphere will yield a society that is equitable, while lack of it constitutes a hindrance to overall national development. Shoda explained that the summit with the theme: 'Increasing Women Participation in Politics and Democratic Governance in Nigeria' was aimed at addressing political disempowerment that led to...
  By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia. Students of College of Education Akwanga, in Nasarawa State, have been admonished to remember where they are coming from, where they are going and what lies ahead of them. They have also been assured that the management of the College will continue to do everything within its reach to ensure that their stay as students is remarkable, rewarding and successful. Dr Mrs Rebecca Isaac Umaru, Provost of the College, gave the assurance today during the occasion of the 2017 matriculation ceremony of Long Vocation Training (LVT), where three hundred students were matriculated. According to her College of Education Akwanga is a place where the fear of God reigns supreme and the management is committed to high moral and academic standards in line with its motto, christened ‘knowledge and service’. Dr Mrs Umaru, commended Governor Tanko Al-makura for his continuous support and contributions to the development of the institution, and the...