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High Court Orders Detention Of Nigerian Suspected ISIS Member For 60 Days



The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a ruling for the 60-day detention of Emmanuel Osase, a Nigerian accused of being associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The decision was made by Justice Inyang Ekwo in response to a motion ex-parte filed by the Department of State Services with the reference FHC/ABJ/CS/409/2024.

During the court session on Wednesday, A. A Ugee, the applicant’s counsel, cited Section 66(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 as the basis for the application.

The court was requested to allow the applicant to detain Osase for 60 days until the investigation is completed.

Justice Ekwo, acting as a vacation judge, granted the request of the Department of State Services after reviewing the contents of the affidavit.

He stated, “After examining the allegations in the affidavit, I hereby approve the requested relief.”

The continued proceedings have been scheduled for June 3, 2024, following Osase’s arrest on March 11 on charges of disseminating ISIS propaganda, opposing Nigeria’s democratic system, and inciting terrorist attacks against the country.

The Department of State Services, in an affidavit dated March 27, 2024, expressed concerns that Osase’s release could compromise the ongoing investigation.

According to the affidavit, Osase, previously convicted of terrorism-related offenses in France, continued to engage in terrorist activities after his deportation.

The Department of State Services emphasized Osase’s involvement with a banned pro-ISIS online media group named “al-Alawn Media Foundation” and highlighted the critical importance of detaining him to safeguard national security.

Furthermore, the Department stated that Osase attempted to erase potentially incriminating data from his phone upon encountering security personnel during his arrest.

Concerned about the security implications, the Department urged the court to grant the detention extension to thoroughly investigate Osase and prevent any potential security threats.

Osase’s cooperation in providing crucial information for apprehending other individuals connected to terrorist activities was also underscored in the Department’s submission.


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‘Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish’, Nigerians React As High Court Sentence Bobrisky To Six-Month Imprisonment



Nigerians have taken to microblogging platform, X (formerly known as Twitter) to express their thought on the court judgment, which saw cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Recall that Bobrisky, on Friday, was sentenced to six months in jail with no option of a fine.

The judgement was passed by Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, April 4, filed six-count of money laundering and abuse of naira against him.

On Friday, April 5, the EFCC arraigned Bobrisky in court on six charges, including Abuse of the Naira and Money laundering.

The court, however, dismissed the money laundering charges but convicted him of Naira Abuse after he confessed to the crime.

Some Nigerians, reacting to the court judgement, saw the ruling as an injustice against the cross-dresser.

Others wondered which section Bobrisky will be in jail because of the controversy around the gender he aligns with.

See some reactions below:

@brodamike07 wrote, “If this is true, the judgment is harsh and should be condemned by all.”

@Grachidex wrote, “So is it gonna be the male or female prison?”

@iamkelechiO wrote, “I honestly don’t feel sorry for him. He’s a bad influence in the society.

“Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

@_konfam wrote, “This is not right at all, they’re sentencing him over what everyone is guilty of?”

@IamKonrade wrote, “I hope this sets precedence and that anyone who violates the naira, politicians inclusive, is sentenced.”

@JoyMart14 wrote, “May we not offend people wey no deh accept apology ”

@Iamlexprince wrote, “Ok, now this is pure wickedness and jealousy. Bobrisky is the least of our problem in this country. If they channel that same energy to the right people, we for no dey complain for this country.”

@divfee wrote, “This country funny, is she the first to spray money like this in naija??


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Junior Pope: Police Recover Three More Bodies From Boat Mishap



Police authorities in Anambra State have recovered three more bodies from a boat accident involving a movie cast.

Nollywood star Junior Pope Odonwodo was part of the crew that drowned in the boat mishap two days back.

While some crew members were yet to be found following the boat tragedy, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command Tochukwu Ikenga said three more bodies of members of the movie cast have been recovered.

“Marine Police of Anambra State Command has recovered bodies of the three remaining victims of the unfortunate boat accident involving a movie cast,” he said in a Friday statement.

“Two of the bodies were recovered yesterday 11th April, 2024 while the last was washed in by the tide this morning.”

The bodies have been deposited at a morgue in Asaba, Delta State while authorities of the guild of actors have also been informed about the recovery.

The spokesman quoted the state’s police commissioner Aderemi Adeoye as advising water commuters to be safety conscious while in transit.

According to the commissioner, the police are fast-tracking the investigation into the accident.


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Lagos Court Grants Emefiele N50m Bail



The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has granted bail to a former Central Bank (CBN) governor Godwin Emefiele.

Justice Rahman Oshodi granted him bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum.

The court also held that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have three years of tax payment with the Lagos State Government.

Justice Oshodi said that the sureties must show proper identification and they must be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.
Lagos Court Grants Emefiele N50m Bail
The judge also said that he was satisfied with the bail conditions of N1 million, earlier given to Emefiele’s co-defendant Henry Isioma-Omoil who is standing trial on another charge before Justice Olufunke Sule-Hamzat of the Lagos High Court sitting in Yaba.

According to the court, the bail documents must be transferred to the special offences court and it must also be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

Last week Monday, the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Emefiele before the court on a 26-count bordering on alleged abuse of office and irregular allocation of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion respectively

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