BAHRAIN, AGF, OTHERS DRAGGED TO COURT OVER ALLEGED UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE IN NDDC – THIS DAY PG.5, NATIONS PG.5, DAILY SUN PG.7, PUNCH PG.8
President Muhammadu Buhari, and four others have been dragged before a Federal High Court, Abuja, over their alleged unlawful interference in the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The suit brought by an aggrieved indigene of the Niger Delta region from Imo State, has President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs as 1st to 5th respondents respectively.
ILLEGAL DETENTION: FALANA ASKS NBA TO CHALLENGE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES – THIS DAY PG.5
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has called on the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to end incessant arrest and detention of suspects and other people in the country. Falana also urged the NBA to invite the presidential candidates of the registered political parties to the 2022 annual conference and make them to commit themselves to end illegal arrest and detention of citizens. Falana in a statement issued at the ongoing NBA Conference holding in Lagos, urged the NBA to direct members of the Human Rights Committee, in its branches to accompany Chief Magistrates during the monthly visits to all police stations in the country.
STOP SENDING NIGERIANS TO FOREIGN PRISONS, WOMEN TELL PRESIDENT, EFCC – NATIONS PG.5
A group of women, under the aegis ofAbiyamo Eko (Mothers of Lagos), staged a peaceful protest yesterday at the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) office on Okotie-Eboh Street in Ikoyi, Lagos. The women from various ethnic groups urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC to desist from the habit of extraditing Nigerians to the United States of America (U.S.A), Europe or any other country for criminal trial.
CAN EFCC PROBE STATES’ FINANCIAL DEALINGS? – NATIONS PG.14
Moved by the pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), Nigeria established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on April 13, 2003. The FATF, an intergovernmental agency founded in 1989 by the G7 countries as a measure against money laundering, had ranked Nigeria among the 23 nations that were most un-cooperative in the global war against money laundering. The EFCC has, since its establishment, engaged in a series of investigations, prosecution and recovery of illegally-acquired assets, among others. It has also been subjected to attacks by individuals and groups, who queried the extent of its jurisdictional competence.
FG RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL LEGAL INSTRUMENT ON CYBERCRIME – DAILY SUN PG.3, DAILY TRUST PG.6
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said that the Federal Government of Nigeria has ratified its membership of the Budapest Convention to enhance international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime. Monguno made this known in a statement by the Head of Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mr. Zakari Usman, on Monday in Abuja. He said that Nigeria officially ratified its membership of the convention on July 6, after it met the needed requirements, after five years of assiduous efforts by the government.
SOYINKA QUESTIONS FG FOR PROSCRIBING IPOB, LEAVING OUT MIYETTI ALLAH – DAILY SUN PG.7
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said he does not understand the rationale behind the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In an interview with Channels Television’s News Night, a pre-recorded programme which airs every Monday, Soyinka noted that the Miyetti Allah, an association of cattle breeders, ought to be proscribed too. Miyetti Allah has been accused of abducting and killing people, invading farmlands, and destroying crops. The group has, however, denied the allegations.