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Friday, 30 July 2021

Murdered CEO Super TV Usifo Ataga For Burial In Lagos Today

Murdered CEO Super TV Usifo Ataga For Burial In Lagos Today

 The body of murdered CEO of Super TV Usifo Ataga will be laid to rest in Lagos today 

Usifo was allegedly murdered by his girlfriend Chidinma Ojukwu who is currently in detention pending police final investigation 

The police recently stated that some other people linked to the murder have been arrested but they have not being arraigned 

A service of song was held in his honour on Thursday in Lagos 

Abducted Kaduna Paramount Ruler Regains Freedom

Abducted Kaduna Paramount Ruler Regains Freedom

 The paramount ruler of the Ham people, His Royal Highness, Kpop Ham Danladi Gyet Maude has regained his freedom after spending two days in the hands of his abductors.

Recall, the Monarch was abducted in his farm located at a border town between Kaduna and Nasarawa states.

Two days later, his brother Anthony Maude confirmed that he was released by his abductors on Wednesday evening.

Maude remarked that the 83 years old traditional ruler arrived at his palace hale and hearty in company of those who went to receive him after being released.

It was gathered that the abductors had earlier demanded the sum of N100 million as ransom as a condition for his release. However, it was not clear whether any ransom was paid.

It will be recalled that Kpop Ham was the fourth monarch to be kidnapped in the state in the last four years.

In December 2017, the paramount ruler of Ikulu land in Zangon Kataf, Agwam Akulu, Chief Sidi Kukah was abducted from his palace and kept in the bush for over two weeks before he was eventually released by his abductors after ransom was paid.

In October 2018, the Agom Adara, Dr Maiwada Galadima, was also kidnapped on his way back to Kachia after a ransom was paid but was eventually killed by the t Kidnappers.

In June 2021, the Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu was kidnapped alongside his family members and was eventually released after 48 hours. However, his family members are still with his abductors.

 We Only Have Three Igboho’s Associates With Us Not 12..DSS Claims

We Only Have Three Igboho’s Associates With Us Not 12..DSS Claims

The Department of State Services (DSS) has told a court that only three associates of Yoruba nation advocate Sunday Igboho are in its custody. This is contrary to 12 people named in a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja by some lawyers including Pelumi Olajengbesi and Allen Sowore, after the raid of Igboho’s Ibadan (Oyo State) residence on July 1.

The gave the names of those being detained as: The detainees Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amuda Babatunde (alias Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen Diekola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.

The court, on July 23 granted an ex-parte application by the applicants and, among others, ordered the DSS to produce them on July 29 and to show cause why they should not be granted bail.

At the resumed hearing in the case yesterday, the DSS failed to produce the applicants.

DSS’ lawyer, I. Awo, apologised for his client’s inability to produce the applicants in court, arguing that they were being detained based on an order from another court pending the conclusion of investigation.

Awo said the order got for their detention would lapse on August 2 (Monday) and prayed the court to allow the DSS time to conclude its investigation after which it would decide on whether to release or charge them to court.

The lawyer noted that as against the applicants’ claim, the DSS has three – Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Admola and Bamidele Sunday – in its custody.

He also faulted the remand order tendered in court by the DSS’ lawyer saying it was not certified.

Olajengbesi however sought time to enable him respond to the affidavit filed by the DSS in relation to the court’s order for it to show cause.

Ruling, Justice Obiora Egwuatu restated the order for the applicants’ production on the next adjourned date.

Justice Egwuatu also ordered the DSS to allow the applicants’ lawyers access to them between today and Monday.

He adjourned till Monday for the DSS to produce them in court and for further hearing in the case.

In its affidavit, the DSS said its July 1 raid on Igboho’s residence was a joint operation by its operatives and men of the Nigerian Army.

It stated that the raid was informed by suspicion that Igboho and his associates were involved in criminal activities.

The DSS added that its operatives recovered a number of arms and ammunition during the raid, noting that investigation in the case “has assumed a wider dimension and sophistication.”

It stated that “the activities of the applicants in custody constitute threat to national security of Nigeria.

“Any attempt to grant the applicants ball at this stage of investigation, may jeopardise on-going investigation in the matter.

“The respondents will not hesitate to formally charge the applicants to court or bring them before the court at the conclusion of investigation.”

 Glo Introduces ‘Borrow for Others’

Glo Introduces ‘Borrow for Others’

National telecommunications company, Globacom, is giving its pre-paid subscribers the opportunity to borrow airtime and data for friends, associates and family members.  The service is called “Borrow for Others”.

In a statement in Lagos, Globacom said: “A subscriber can enjoy the service by dialing *777# or *321# or access the service online to indicate how much he or she wishes to borrow on behalf of another subscriber.”

“For instance, a subscriber who wants to borrow N25 airtime is required to dial *321#, choose option 4 “Borrow Credit for Others” to select the required denomination.”

Globacom explained that subscribers could also borrow data by dialing *321# and choosing option 5 “Borrow Data for Others” to select any required data pack they are qualified to enjoy.

The company said the borrowed airtime could be used to call other networks or make international calls, while the borrowed data could be used to browse the internet, as the subscriber desires.

The borrower, according to Globacom, must have been a consistent subscriber to the Glo network for at least 90 days to be able to borrow any denomination of airtime or data on behalf of other subscribers.

The company, which also said the borrower is expected to have a good credit history with the network, added that he or she would pay back on next recharge within a given period or by dialing *321*9*9#.

 Supreme Court’s Declaration On Buni: Govs Hold Emergency Meeting Today

Supreme Court’s Declaration On Buni: Govs Hold Emergency Meeting Today

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress will today (Friday) hold an emergency meeting in Abuja.

At the meeting, the governors will discuss Saturday’s APC state and local government congresses as well as the implication of Wednesday’s judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election for the party.

The Chairman of the APC in Borno State and Chairman of the party’s Chairmen’s Forum, Ali Bukar Dalori, who gave these hints in an interview with one of our correspondents in Maiduguri, stated that the outcome of the meeting would determine whether or not the party would go ahead with state and local government congresses scheduled to start on Saturday (tomorrow).

But the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party at a press conference in Abuja insisted that the congresses would begin on Saturday as scheduled.

The committee dismissed claims that the Supreme Court in its judgment on the Ondo State governorship election declared  Mai Bala Buni’s chairmanship of the caretaker panel illegal.

But a former National Legal Adviser of the APC, Dr Muiz Banire, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang,  advised the party against holding the congresses in view of the controversy over the judgment as it affected Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State.

There were reports on Wednesday that all the seven Supreme Court Justices who gave judgments on the Ondo State governorship election agreed on the constitutional point that a sitting governor could not hold the dual elective position of governor and party national chairman.

The apex court in its judgment declared the Ondo State Governor and APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, winner of the state 2020 election and dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), had on Wednesday said, “The technical point that saved the Governor Akeredolu was that Jegede failed to join Governor Mai Mala Buni in the suit.

“The Supreme Court has just weaponised all those that would be aggrieved by the APC congresses to proceed to court to challenge the competence of the Buni-led committee to organise the congresses and national convention.”
Govs are meeting on Friday, we will know direction after parley – Chair, APC chairmen’s forum

The Chairman of the APC Chairmen’s Forum, Dalori, said that the party headquarters had directed state chapters to continue with the preparations for the congresses.

When our correspondent in Borno State asked him if the party was going ahead with the congresses, Dalori stated, “You know I am a loyal party man …The party communicated to us to continue with preparations for the congresses pending the outcome of their meeting tomorrow.

“The state governors are meeting tomorrow so I cannot categorically say whether we’ll hold the congresses or they will say we should postpone them.

“The governors have converged on Abuja for an emergency meeting tomorrow. After that meeting, we’ll know the position of the party and the direction they want to follow. Don’t worry, by tomorrow we shall know what’s going to happen.”

But the Lead Counsel to the APC in the suit, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), at a media briefing in Abuja, on Thursday, said, “There is nowhere in the judgment of the majority where the efficacy of the office of our national chairman was questioned.

“If anything, what happened was that the judgment of the tribunal that says that the holding of party position doesn’t contravene section 183 of the constitution still stands.

“That was the judgment that was given by the tribunal and upheld by the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. I don’t know why people are attributing so much to the judgment of the minority. It is of no value.”

He urged Buni to continue to discharge his responsibilities because he had the law on his side.

The Secretary of the caretaker committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, who also spoke at the briefing, berated party members whom he said were scared of the congresses. He alleged that they were misinforming the public.

Akpanudoedehe said, “I want to assure them, the congresses will be fair, transparent and I will advise them to go into their wards and be good party men and not to destroy the party.

“At this point in time, on behalf of the caretaker committee, we stand firmly with the national chairman and we declare our unalloyed loyalty to him and the President.”

Man Faking Madness Caught With N250,000, Three iPhones, Women Underwear In Ogun

Man Faking Madness Caught With N250,000, Three iPhones, Women Underwear In Ogun

 An alleged mentally unstable man has been beaten to a pulp by residents of Mowe in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State for allegedly being in possession of a huge sum of money and three phones.

It was gathered that the suspect, who stays under the bridge in the area on the pretext of being mentally unstable, was on a call with an unknown person on Thursday when the residents caught him.

It was learnt that when he was asked by the residents where he got the phone from, he could not give a satisfactory answer.

An attempt by the man to escape was prevented and checks on his belongings revealed the sum of N250,000, three iPhones and women underwear, which made the residents to beat him to a pulp.

An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Ade, said he and his friends were placing a bet under the bridge when they saw the suspect making a phone call.

He said, “I was playing lotto with my friends under the bridge when we noticed that the supposed mentally unstable man was making a call; I tried to move close to him, but when he saw that I was coming, he tried to escape.

“My friends on the other side of the road, who were watching us, crossed the road to join me and we asked him to sit down and searched his bags and found three more phones, the sum of N250,000, and pants and bras belonging to women.

“He had been at the Mowe bus stop for long and when some passers-by saw what we found on him, they pounced on him and beat him. We later handed him over to the police, but policemen at the Mowe Police Division said they could not accommodate a lunatic in their station. Only God knows who he was calling.”

A trader in the area, identified simply as Yetunde, said the suspect was beaten when he refused to disclose who he was talking to on the phone.

She said, “When he was asked who he was talking to, he refused to talk; it was the annoyance that made people to start beating him and wondering where a lunatic got such amount of money, phones and women pants and bra from. This is an eye-opener to everyone in Mowe. Only God knows how many atrocities he has committed in Mowe.

“Probably he is working with ritualists, because I don’t know where he got the money and the phones, and maybe the underwear belong to women he raped or killed and sold their body parts.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he would find out and get back to our correspondent, but he had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.