September 28, 2022

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, and his co-defendants have a case to answer with regard to the N712 milllion money laundering charges filed against him.
Ijeoma Ojukwu, the trial judge, on Monday, in a ruling dismissed the no-case submission filed by Mr Lamido.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr Lamido alongside two of his sons – Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido – and others on money laundering charges involving N712,008,035.
Another of the co-defendants is the Lamidos’ business associate, Aminu Wada Abubakar.
The rest are four companies – Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited, Speeds International Limited – and Batholomew Darlignton Agoha.
The defendants face 37 amended charges in all.
Mr Lamido had filed a no-case submission after the prosecution finished calling its witnesses.
He alleged that the evidence provided by the prosecution did not disclose any case against him.
He, therefore, called on the judge to dismiss the charges as, according to him, there was no need for him to enter any defence.
But, ruling on Monday, the judge, Mrs Ojukwu, upheld the submissions of EFCC’s counsel, Chile Okoroma, that the defendants had a case to answer, according to a statement by EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.
The judge ordered him to open his defence on November 8 to 11, the next hearing dates.
Mr Lamido, the Jigawa State governor between 2007 and 2015, was first arraigned along with his co-defendants before Evelyn Anyadike, a judge of the Federal High Court in Kano, on July 9, 2015, for allegedly misappropriating funds belonging to Jigawa State.
He had been re-arraigned on different occasions before the case was reassigned to Mrs Ojukwu.
He and his co-defendants were re-arraigned before Justice Ojukwu on 14 February, this year.
Alleged Over-Voting: Davido Accuses Oyetola Of Spreading Lies
State Of Nation: Bishops Knock Buhari … Laud INEC Over Improved Electoral Process
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as misleading claims that it denied over seven million eligible Nigerians the opportunity to complete their voters’ registration.
INEC insisted that there is no iota of truth that some seven million Nigerians that applied for online pre-registration as voters during the last nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) were denied the opportunity and consequently the collection of their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The commission, in a statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, argued that the victims should be the ones to be blamed not the commission.
“This claim is misleading. To set the record straight, Nigerians may recall that on June 28, 2021, the commission introduced the online pre-registration of voters. By doing so, citizens were given the opportunity to commence the registration online and then book for an appointment at their convenience to complete the physical Biometric Capture at designated centres.
“It was a novel idea leveraging on technology to ease the registration process. This was in addition to the walk-in option at physical centres, where Nigerians can commence and complete thier registration simultaneously without going through the online pre-registration procedure.
“In the interest of transparency, the commission provided weekly statistical updates on the exercise. For the online pre-registration, a total 10,487,972 commenced the process.
“However, by the deadline of the exercise, 3,444,378 Nigerians completed their pre-registration physically at the designated centres in line with the commission’s policy. Some 7,043,594 applicants did not complete the registration. Again, the commission made the information public. This is what some people are now using to say that they were denied the opportunity when in reality they failed to either complete the online enrolment or appear physically at the designated centres to complete the process.
“A breakdown of the 7,043,594 incomplete online pre-registrations is as follows: 1. 4,161,775 citizens attempted but either did not complete online pre-registration or abandoned it and went for the physical registration instead.
“2,2,881,819 registrants completed the online pre-registration but did not show up to complete the physical Biometric Capture at designated centres before the deadline.
“Therefore, it is clear that no Nigerians were deliberately denied the opportunity to complete their online pre-registration. We appeal to citizens to always adhere to timelines as against the endless agitation for eleventh hour extension of set deadlines,” the commission noted in the statement.
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The Senator Representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship contender in Ebonyi State, Chief Obinna Ogba, has assured his supporters that all hope is not lost over the recent Supreme Court ruling which favoured his rival, Chief Ifeanyi Odii.
Ogba and Odii had been enmeshed in a legal tussle over who was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi State.
Ogba, who addressed his supporters at his campaign office in Abakaliki on Sunday, said though the September 14, 2022 Supreme Court ruling did not favour him, he was optimistic that the pending appeal at the apex court would be in his favour.
He said, “My reason of calling for this meeting is to thank all of you for your support, for your solidarity to my humble self; and I want to assure you that you will not be disappointed.
“Let me tell you, anything God does not know, does not happen, and it does not exist. My message is very simple: if it is the wish of God that I will be there, nobody can take it away.
“What has happened is a very simple thing, we have two cases in the Supreme Court; one has been decided and it’s not in our favour. We still have one in the court.
“But what is important is that as of today, the three senatorial candidates, the six House of Reps candidates, and the 24 House of Assembly candidates are my group.
“As it stands now, time is no longer on their side, they can no longer appeal. I am not a desperate politician, if it pleases God that the second appeal did not favour me, I will be happy because all the Senate, House of Representatives, and the House of Assembly candidates are mine.
“I belong to the common people and the hope of a common man is the judiciary; I still have hope in the judiciary.”
Also speaking, the chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr Tochuku Okorie, who noted that the “enemies had been battling to destabilise the party in the state”, said their efforts would be in vain, as, according to him, the PDP would take over the government of Ebonyi State come 2023.
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Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, says Nigerians want leaders that can be trusted.
He made this known at an event organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with the Kukah Centre.
Recall that the event has as its theme, “High-Level Forum on Political Communication and Issue-based Campaign in the 2023 General Elections”.
In his remarks as one of the panelists, Kukah who is also the Convener of National Peace Committee, said that Nigerians were looking for a country with leaders they could believe in.
While noting that campaigns were usually characterised by slogans, he called on Nigerians not to elect leaders based on sentiments.
“As citizens, we need to get a sense that beyond talking to us about corruption, we need leaders that will ‘walk the talk’. This is because the corruption mantra is no longer working and it is not going to work.
He further said that: “the greatest challenge for us in Nigeria is that our identity politics has not been well managed.
“And politics remains the most viable ingredient in managing diversity. Had we developed the skills to manage diversity effectively, the challenges confronting the country would have been tackled,” he said.
The bishop further said that Nigerians should not be having a conversation on Christian-Christian or Muslim-Muslim candidacy “because we are sounding as if the people that are contesting are from another planet”.
He further said that for the country to get out of its political challenge, it was the responsibility of those who govern to deal with it frontally.
“We need to re-image and re-imagine Nigeria because the Nigeria that we have today is not the Nigeria that many of us can recognise.”
Also, former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, said that in the past 22 years of the fourth republic, one major achievement in the country was the avoidance of democratic reversal.
“So every four years we had a cycle of election but when we look at the substance of governance it has increasingly been on a trajectory of bad governance and virtually all socio- economic indices point to that in terms of the fundamental needs of people.
“Our politicians, the way they plan their campaign and the way they govern when they get into power has been leading this country away from that need of satisfying the needs and aspiration of the people.”
Jega, however, said that Nigerian citizens had fundamental roles to begin to examine the role that they ought to be playing in the electoral process so that they would not just elect people but also choose the right kind of people.
This, he said, was necessary so that the governance process would be improved upon to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the citizens.
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