FG SUPPORTS REFORMS IN DEFENCE, SAYS MALAMI – THIS DAY PG.5
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN, yesterday, said the federal government was vigorously pursuing processes for the immediate implementation of reforms strategy for national security architecture with a view to providing enhanced institutions for effective service delivery. Malami hinted at this when he received members of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Reform Committee on Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Nigeria.
IGBOHO SUES CBN, DSS, AGF FOR FAILING TO PAY N20.5B JUDGMENT COST – THE NATION PG.2
For failing to pay the N20.5 billion awarded to him as cost of damages in the suit against the July 1 invasion of his residence, embattled Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), has sued the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Department of State Services (DSS). The application is one of the two filed by his lead counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), at an Oyo State High Court, which ordered the secret police to pay him N20.5 billion in aggravated damages and another N500 million in cost for invading his Soka, Ibadan home on July 1.
FG REJECTS LAGOS #ENDSARS PANEL REPORT – THE NATION PG.1,PG 4, THIS DAY PG.1
The Federal Government has rejected the report of the panel on #EndSARS protest in Lagos.It insisted that there was no massacre in Lekki Toll Gate. It said the report in circulation does not justify any massacre at the toll gate. It faulted the alleged notion that soldiers and the police massacred innocent Nigerians during the protest.It asked those celebrating the report to go back to see whether there was any justification.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the government’s position at a briefing in Abuja.
N4.9B TRIAL: EFCC ARRESTS FANI-KAYODE – THE NATION PG.6, DAILY TRUST PG.5
One-time Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The arrest, it was learnt, was over alleged discrepancies in his medical records, which the anti-graft agency claimed were doctored. The discrepancies were said to be delaying his trial. Fani-Kayode is standing trial with two others on a 17-count of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion. A source said: “Our operatives arrested him over issues relating to his medical records and traveling documents. The former minister is expected to clarify some grey observations in his documents.”
CJN SWEARS IN 22 NEW FCT HIGH COURT JUDGES, URGES THEM TO SHUN CORRUPTION – THE NATION PG.6
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, on Tuesday, swore in 22 new Judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court. The CJN, who performed the ceremony at the Supreme Court, urged the newly appointed judges to shun all forms of corruption and refrain from anything that could bring the judiciary to disrepute. He warned that the National Judicial Council, NJC, would not hesitate to wield the big stick against any of them found wanting in the discharge of their judicial functions.
LAGOS ENDSARS REPORT: FG LISTS LOOPHOLES, UN, US, OTHERS DEMAND SANCTIONS – DAILY TRUST PG.5
EniolaAkinkuotu, John Alechenu, AdelaniAdepegba, Ramon Oladimeji, Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, Solomon Odeniyi and AdeyinkaAdedipeThe United States Government as well as several human rights groups, including Amnesty International, on Tuesday called for action on the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters, which stated that at least nine persons were killed and 39 others injured at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.
NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM FORCING PARENTS TO WITHDRAW CHILDREN FROM SCHOOLS, NIGER RAISES ALARM – DAILY TRUST PG.7
Minna — Insurgents in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been forcing parents to withdraw their children from schools and flouting government’s orders.On the other hand, bandits have resorted to burning of farm produce in the communities because farmers reportedly refused to pay the tax imposed on them. The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this on Tuesday while giving a security update in Minna, the state capital. He said these things were happening in Kwaki, Kusaso, Kawure, Chikuba, Kurebe, Madaka, Farin-Dutse, Falali and Ibbru communities.
NNAMDI KANU’S RELEASE AN INVITATION TO MORE TREASONABLE ACTS, GROUP TELL BUHARI – DAILY TRUST PG.40
Tiv Youth Council Worldwide (TYCW) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow him to be pressured into taking a decision that will set bad precedence.The group specifically said releasing leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) could be an invitation for more treasonable acts. The group was reacting to request made by another group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, to grant unconditional release to Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently standing trial.
ALLEGED UNLAWFUL DETENTION: COURT SERVES IGP RELEASE ORDER – DAILY TRUST PG.4
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the service of the court’s November 5 order on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and four others. Justice Inyang Ekwo had, on November 5, 2021, ordered the IGP, the AGF, Joseph Egbunike (DIG) and the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, to immediately release Jude Osuhor and Happiness Chekube Edifie, who are being detained at the FICID, Abuja, since October 4.
CJN TASKS NEW JUDGES ON INTEGRITY – DAILY TRUST PG.4
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad, has called on the 22 newly sworn-in judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja to refrain from acts that would smear their names or bring the legal profession into disrepute.He made the call, yesterday, while administering the oath of office on them at the Supreme Court complex. While charging the judicial officers to rise above temptations and trials that might bring their careers into disrepute, Muhammad said: “The Bench is neither for the prosaic, the greedy nor those with questionable character who can easily fall for a plate of porridge offered by desperate litigants.”
#ENDSARS: AMNESTY, OTHERS KNOCK FG AS LAI RUBBISHES LEKKI MASSACRE REPORT – THE PUNCH PG.2
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, snubbed the call by the United States and the United Nations for the implementation of the leaked report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses, rubbishing the report in its entirety. The panel had stated in its report that at least nine persons were killed on the night soldiers and policemen stormed the tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters, describing the incident as a “massacre in context.”
LAGOS #ENDSARS PANEL REPORT AND UNENDING CONTROVERSIES – THE PUNCH PG.3, PG.10
ADELANI ADEPEGBA writes about the controversies generated by the report of the #EndSARS panel in Lagos, attempts to rubbish it and the need to ensure justice for the victims The release of the Lagos State #EndSARS panel’s report on Monday, November 15, 2021, after one year of taking testimonies, receiving evidence and awarding compensations, was a welcome relief to many Nigerians, who had waited almost breathlessly for the outcome of the judicial inquiry into the October 20, 2020 attack on unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate.
CJN INAUGURATES ODILI’S DAUGHTER, 21 OTHER HIGH COURT JUDGES – THE PUNCH PG.7
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, has inaugurated 22 new judges of the Federal Capital Territory. Four of the newly-inaugurated judges are children of serving and retired judges in the country while one other is a sibling of a serving judge. The inauguration was held barely a year after protests erupted over the controversial list of nominees that was forwarded to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.), by the National Judicial Council for consideration. A letter marked ‘confidential’ and signed by Buhari this month conveyed the President’s approval of the 22 judges.
DSS CONTESTS N20BN FINE ON IGBOHO, SAYS DETAINEE UNDERGOING EXTRADITION – THE PUNCH PG.43
The Department of State Services has said paying the N20bn damages awarded against it by an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, to the leader of Yoruba nation, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), will affect the economy. The secret police added that the Yoruba leader was under extradition procedure to Nigeria. These were stated in court documents made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday.
EFCC DEEPENS ODILI’S N100BN SCAM PROBE, NIS HOLDS ON TO PASSPORT – THE PUNCH PG.44
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deepened the investigation of a former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, over alleged fraud to the tune of N100bn even as the Nigeria Immigration Service has continued to hold on to the former governor’s passport on the instruction of the EFCC. Odili, who is the husband of the second most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, had at the tail end of his administration in 2007 obtained a perpetual injunction barring the Federal Government and its agencies from probing, arresting or prosecuting him.
NIGERIA MUST SEEK DIVERSIFIED SOLUTION TO END SECURITY CHALLENGES, SAYS LAWAN – THIS DAY PG.53
The Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, said for Nigeria to overcome its security challenges, efforts must be made to seek diversified solutions besides the military option to the problems of banditry, militancy and insurgency. Lawan made this known in his remarks after a point of order raised by Senator Rochas Okorocha to draw the attention of the Senate to the heightening spate of insecurity in Imo state.