FG SAYS AMERICA ALSO UNSAFE AS US ORDERS EVACUATION OF CITIZENS FROM NIGERIA – DAILY TRUST PG.25
Following the approval of the United States Government for evacuation of its citizens, employees and their families from Nigeria over potential terrorist attacks, the Federal Government of Nigeria has questioned the safety of the US. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke to State House reporters yesterday, said the security situation in the US too was unpredictable as many school shootings and senseless killings had happened there.
FEARS AS US, NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES REPORTEDLY RAID ABUJA – DAILY SUN PG.6
Few hours after the United States Department of State, granted authorized departure status to the Embassy of the United States, Abuja, residents of the Trademore Estate in Abuja, were on Tuesday night thrown into confusion as security forces reportedly raided the premises following a tip off on the presence of a terrorist. The sting operation in the Phase 4 section of the estate had led to a complete shutdown of the area, as armed intelligence personnel and others suspected to be American Special Forces, swooped on a building where a middle aged man was picked up.
CJN AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY – DAILY SUN PG.11
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has called for the independence of the judiciary. The justice, who was inaugurated recently by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive 18th CJN, urged politicians to allow the judiciary to function effectively as we approach the 2023 general election. He was sworn-in as the acting CJN on June 27, 2022. At that time, he also promised to reform the judiciary and ensure timely dispensation of justice to all.
ALLEGED N109B FRAUD: EX-ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL IDRIS, OTHERS RE-ARRAIGNED –NATIONS PG.5, DAILY TRUST PG.29
Suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris was re-arraigned on Tuesday on a 14-count charge bordering on stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.5b. Idris was re-arraigned with three others before a new judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Justice Yusuf Halilu.
EXTRADITION: PAY KANU N500M, ABIA COURT ORDERS FG – PUNCH PG.25, NATIONS PG.28, THIS DAY PG.52
A Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, has ordered the Federal Government to pay the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, N500m as damages following his illegal abduction and human rights abuse. The court also ordered the Federal Government to return him to Kenya, from where he was extradited to Nigeria on June 19, 2021.
… IPOB LEADER DEMANDS N100BN FOR CONTINUED DETENTION – DAILY SUN PG.4
Detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has slammed a N100 billion fundamental right action suit against the Federal Government as damages for his continued detention in defiance to the judgment of the Court of Appeal. The appellate court had, in its judgment of October 13, discharged Kanu of the terrorism charges against him and, consequently, prohibited the federal government from further detaining him, and/or subjecting him to further trial or prosecution by any court in Nigeria.
OBAJANA: COURT HALTS MOVE TO SHUT DOWN DENOTED CEMENT BY KOGI GOVERNMENT – THIS DAY PG.47
Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court yesterday halted the move by the Kogi State government to nullify an agreement it entered with Dangote Cement Plc over the company’s purchase of Obajana Cement. The court’s intervention followed an application to that effect brought by Dangote Coal Mines Ltd and Dangote Industries Ltd.
DSS ARRESTS TERROR SUSPECTS, US ORDERS EMPLOYEES’ DEPARTURE – PUNCH PG.8
Two terror suspects have been arrested by the Department of State Services operatives who stormed the Trademore Estate in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday. The security operatives were said to have shut the entrance and exit gates of the estate while the operation lasted.
NDLEA FREEZES N20BN IN SOCIALITE’S 103 BANK ACCOUNTS – PUNCH PG.18
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has confiscated N20bn lodged in 103 bank accounts belonging to Lagos socialite and businessman, Mallinson Ukatu, who is being held in Ikoyi Custodial Centre for drug dealing. The NDLEA has also filed 23-count charges against the socialite and his six companies -Fruitroprics Industries Limited, Mallinson and Partners Limited, NISPO Porcelain Company Limited, MBL Multi-links Services Limited, NISPO Oil and Gas Limited and Urban Space Services Limited- before the Federal High Court, Abuja.