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Former FCT minister slams N100m suit by EFCC


Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has filed a N100 million fundamental human right suit against the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over his continued detention.
Already, Justice Baba Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has fixed hearing for Thursday, November 24, 2016.
In his  15-paragraph affidavit, in support of the originating motion on notice, Mohammed said he was invited by the EFCC to report to its office on October 24, 2016, in connection with investigation into alleged ‘cases of conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering’.
The affidavit, deposed to by Umar Aliyu Usman stated that the applicant (Bala Mohammed) voluntarily reported to the EFCC on October 24, 2016 and was promptly arrested and detained till date.
He stated that rather being released on bail, he was merely dumped and abandoned in the respondent’s cell since then, wherein he has suffered substantial deterioration of his health and untold psychological trauma and mental torture.
In suit filed by his counsel, Chief Chris Uche, the forme is praying the court for an order compelling and directing the EFCC to release him on bail forthwith or immediately arraign him before a competent court of law for trial.
The former minister further asked for an order of court enforcing and restoring his fundamental right to personal liberty enshrined and guaranteed by section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which has been violated and is being violated by the EFCC.
He is asking for the sum of N100 million as special and general damages against the EFCC for the illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention.
Meawhile, EFCC has listed six commercial banks as witnesses, to testify against Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and Godwin Obla in a 30-count charge preferred against them by the commission.
In the charge numbered LD/367/C/16,  Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is listed as first accused, while Obla (SAN) is named as second accused. The 19 witnesses listed by the commission to testify against the accused includes a representative of the court.
The accused are said to have committed the offence on May 21, 2015, by conspiring to pervert the course of justice with the sum of N5 million.
In the same vein, Justice Sule Hassan declined to grant an ex-parte application filed by Justice Ajumogobia, seeking to secure her release from the custody of EFCC.Justice Hassan while turning down the request, directed the applicant to put the anti-graft agency on notice. Hearing of the application has been fixed for November 28.
The said sum of money was alleged to have been transferred to one Nigel & Colive Ltd, in relation to a charge number FHC/L/C/482/10.
Ajumogobia is said to be sole signatory to Nigel & Colive Ltd.
The accused were said to have conspired to pervert the course of justice in contravention of the provisions of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
However, Justice Ajumogobia and Obla had the commission before the court, praying it to declare their continued detention as unlawful.
The commission had detained the duo in its custody, pending the conclusion of its investigations.
Yesterday, before Justice Muhammed Idris, Obla through his counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) brought an application, praying the court to declare as unlawful, his continued detention.
Arguing his application at the mention of the case, Adedipe informed the court that he had a written address in support of his application, as well as a further and better affidavit, and an affidavit of urgency all filed on November 14.
In his argument, Adedipe urged the court to hold, that the continued detention of Obla, as well as the seizure of his mobile phones, constituted an infringement on his rights to liberty and ownership of property
In response, counsel to the EFCC,  Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to dismiss the applicant’s processes for lack of merit.
Oyedepo argued that the steps taken by the EFCC were allowed by law in the dispensation of its duties.
According to him, intelligence report showed that the applicant had a company known as Obla & Co Ltd, from which the sum of N5 million was transferred to Hon. Justice Ajumogobia via a company known as Nigel & Colive Ltt.
On the argument of unlawful detention, Oyedepo submitted that even the constitution allows for the liberty of individuals to be curtailed, adding that the EFCC acted in line with due provisions of the law.
On the seizure of the applicant’s mobile phones, Oyedepo argued that section 44 (k) of the constitution, allows for the temporary taking over of a property, for purposes of enquiry, adding that such right was qualified.
He, therefore, urged the court not to allow itself to be used as a shield against lawful prosecution.
After listening to the submissions of counsel, Justice Mohammed Idris, fixed November 25 for judgment.
Meanwhile a reliable EFCCsource informed Daily Sun that the duo will be arraign before the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, before Friday.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.



In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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