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Ifeanyi Ubah to be remanded in prison until May 25

A federal high court sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria today adjourned till 25 May, to decide whether to grant detained businessman Dr. Ifeanyi Uba bail or not, PM News reports.

Ubah is currently being detained by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for alleged economic sabotage, by diverting NNPC petroleum products kept in his tank farm.

NNPC lawyer, Mr. K. T. Turaki (SAN), revealed this while urging the court to strike out the application filed by Ubah seeking his release from the custody of DSS.

Turaki averred that the NNPC had in the past two years being subjected to various investigations, particularly the issue of fuel diversion, adding that NNPC has a duty to inform the investigating agencies where fuel were kept.

On the agreement presented by the plaintiff, the respondents said even if the agreement existed, the position is that a crime has been committed by the diversion of the petroleum products, stating that the law is that no party in an agreement has the right to decriminalized a criminal act.

Turaki (SAN) also submitted that the security agencies have inherent power under the constitution to investigate economic crime, which diversion of petroleum product is one of them.

In challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the matter, the NNPC lawyer stated that all the alleged infringements committed by the plaintiff took place in Abuja, not in Lagos. He therefore urged the court to decline jurisdiction on the matter and strike out the applicant’s application.

In the same vein, the Department of State Security (DSS) through its lawyer, Mr. Peter Okerinmade, urged the court to dismiss the plantiff’s application on the ground that it lack jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Okerinmade while adopting the DSS counter affidavit and preliminary objection, argued that Ubah’s motion is aimed at frustrating ongoing investigation on the allegation made against him by the NNPC.

However, Ubah’s lawyer, Mrs. Isioma Esom, while arguing her client’s motion told the court to discountenance all the objections raised by the respondents, stating that her client’s originating summon was brought under Order 2, Rule of the court and it was supported with affidavit of 103 paragraphs deposed to by George Oranuba, Company Secretary of Capital Oil and Gas.

Esom told the court that the only reason why her client (Ubah) is being harassed by the first to sixth respondents is on the allegation that he is indebted to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Ubah’s lawyer also told the court that the said debt arose from a contract, which she said should have nothing with criminal offence.

She also told the court that the NNPC is currently owing her client’s firm, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, the sum of N10 billion and $8 million USD.

Ubah’s lawyer also informed the court that her client was arrested on two occasions in Lagos and kept at the Shangisha custody of DSS before being transferred to Abuja.

She urged the court to grant his client’s application by ordering the DSS to release him unconditionally or in the alternative, to admit him to bail, pending the conclusion of the matter.

The presiding judge Mohammed Idris, adjourned till May 25, for ruling on the submissions.

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

Asisat Oshoala

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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Police reacts to report of its officers collecting bribe with POS

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Wednesday, June 21, reacted to a viral video of an officer caught on camera using Point of Sale (POS) machine to collect bribe.

Many Nigerians had expressed dismay at the attitude of the officer, which they said represented the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.

We gathered that Abayomi Shogunle, the Assistant Commissioner Of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit in a statement released on its Facebook page said the force once used handheld machines to verify vehicle registration details.

Police officer using handheld device to check registration details of a vehicle

Shogunle also asked anyone who at any time paid a bribe to a police officer using a POS to come forward with proof.

It was reported earlier that the incident reportedly took place on Tuesday, June 20, at Olowora Street, in Mafoluku area of Oshodi.

The Lagos state Police Command also dismissed the video footage making the rounds on social media about one of its officers using a Point-of-Sale machine popularly known as POS to extort a commercial motorcyclist.

PPRO ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole, the motorcycle rider, and policemen Involved

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, on Wednesday, June 21, said it was necessary to address the situation so as to clarify the account of how the incident in question was reported on various social media platforms.

He disclosed that the video, which drew the attention of well-meaning Nigerians, saw a police officer, attached to the Makinde Police Division, allegedly using a POS to extort a motorcyclist and his passenger on Olowora Street, Mafoluku in Oshodi area on June 20, 2017.

Famous-Cole in a statement said, “The Lagos state police command would like to inform the general public that none of its personnel is in use of a POS machine in any part of the state.”

“The command would also like to state that the officer in the video is being investigated and the commercial bike rider has given a factual account of the event that happened to justify the actions of the police officer.”

“The officer and his team on that fateful day accosted a commercial bike rider and passenger who had a bag on him. The passenger upon inquiry from the police officer about the contents of his bag brought out a POS machine and other documents.

“When asked why he was in possession of a POS, the passenger said his customers usually paid for their utility bills with the POS machine. The passenger was then asked to produce a form of identification which he did and was asked to go by the policeman that accosted him. Famous Cole Added

The PPRO, however, urged members of the public to verify information and its sources before use on social media to avoid misconceptions emanating from false information.

In a previous report,  two traffic wardens, Musa Muktar with force number 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman with number 10627 were sacked for alleged extortion.

The announcement was made by ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), in Abuja on June 20, 2017.

The statement showed that the sacked officers were attached to the Wuse Police Division in the Federal Capital Territory Command.

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“Even dead people signed my recall petition” – Dino Melaye alleges as he sues INEC

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The Senator representing Kogi West in the house of assembly, Dino Melaye has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking an order stopping the ongoing process by his constituents to recall him.

The Embattled Senator revealed this on Twitter Friday evening, while also sharing a photo of a copy of the court paper.

Dino Melaye

He alleged that the recall letter collated and sent to INEC on Thursday were being signed by fictitious, dead and none existing persons in his senatorial district.

Dino Melaye

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