HOW AGF, CBN SHIELD POLICE, MILITARY FROM PAYING DAMAGES TO VICTIMS OF RIGHTS ABUSES – PUNCH PG. 26&27
The popular Nigerian saying “It is easier to drag a horse to the river than to make it take a drink” is apt when one thinks of the frustration of victims of human rights violations seeking to enforce court judgments against Nigerian law enforcement agencies. Enilari’s widow and his four bereaved children sued the Nigerian military alongside the two power-drunk officers.
The Attorney General of the Federation was also joined as a defendant in the suit filed before Justice Ibrahim Buba, sitting then at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
COURT REJECTS EFCC’S PLEA TO ISSUE ARREST WARRANT AGAINST DIEZANI – NATION PG.6, DAILY TRUST PG.60, SUN PG.5
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday refused to grant the application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the court’s order on the issuance of warrant of arrest against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that an affidavit with evidence in support to prove that the earlier court summons granted the agency had failed in the extradition of the ex-minister must be filed by the commission before another request could be made.
N3.9BN RESIDENCE PERMIT SCAM: MINISTRY OFFICIAL, FIRM LAND IN EFCC – PUNCH PG.9
THE Nigerian Immigration Service said on Wednesday that it had dragged some officials of the Ministry of Interior before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the N3.9bn deducted from the Combined Residence Permit Alien Card account. The NIS also said a firm, Messes Continental Transfect Technique Limited, which executed the project, was also before the anti-graft agency.
COURT REJECTS SOWORE’S, BAKARE’S APPEAL AGAINST BAIL CONDITIONS – NATION PG.2
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has struck out the appeal jointly filed by a former presidential candiate Omoyele Sowore and his associate, Olawale Bakare. In a ruling on Wednesday, a three-man panel of the court upheld the preliminary objection filed against the appeal by Aminu Alilu of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
WIKE’S SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER REINFORCING BAN ON IPOB – DAILY TRUST PG.7
The war against the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Rivers took a different dimension on Wednesday when Governor Nyesom Wike signed an executive order reinforcing the ban on the group’s activities. The Governor said while Rivers remained the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities, it was “opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers”.
LEKKI SHOOTINGS: NBA INSISTS ON PROBE, AMNESTY RELEASES EVIDENCE LINKING MILITARY – PUNCH PG.2, SUN PG.6
The global rights group, Amnesty International, has collated and released a timeline of the killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos on October 20. The AI said its crisis response experts investigated and verified social media videos and photographs that confirmed the security forces were present at the Lekki toll gate when the shootings occurred.
PRISONS REJECT SUSPECTED LOOTERS, THUGS ARRAIGNED BY POLICE – PUNCH PG.9
The police in Lagos have begun the arraignment of all suspected hoodlums arrested in connection with the mayhem unleashed on the state in the aftermath of the Lekki tollgate shootings at #EndSARS protesters by soldiers. The police arrested no fewer than 520 suspects in relation to arson, murder, stealing and assault, among others.