Aloy Ejimakor, a lawyer to the leader of the proscribed Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has filed a suit against the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NSIA), Ahmed Abubakar.
He instituted the suit against the NIA boss at the High Court of Abia State, Umuahia over his role in Kanu’s detention in Kenya.
According to the court documents, Kanu’s lawyer said he has evidence that implicated the NIA DG over what he described as an “extraordinary rendition”.
This is the first suit against Abubakar either in a personal or official capacity since Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria.
The suit is seeking the following reliefs:
I. A DECLARATION of this Honorable Court that the Defendant’s arrest of the Claimant and his imprisonment of the Claimant at said location in Nairobi, Kenya false amounted to false arrest and false imprisonment.
II, A DECLARATION of this Honorable Court that the Defendant acted in bad faith and/or abused his public office in falsely imprisoning the Claimant at the said location in Kenya.
III. AN ORDER of this Honorable Court directing the Defendant to pay to the Claimant the sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (Twenty Billion Naira only) being general and exemplary damages.
IV, AN ORDER of this Honorable Court directing the Defendant to write and deliver to the Claimant, an unreserved personal letter of apology. The letter of apology shall be prominently and boldly published full-page in two Nigerian Newspapers of national circulation, namely: Guardian Newspaper and Sun Newspaper.
V, AN ORDER of this Honorable Court directing the Defendants to pay the cost of this Suit.
VI. AND SUCH FURTHER ORDER(S) as this Honourable Court may deem fit and expedient to make in the circumstance.
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Osinbajo Jets Out To Vietnam
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, departed Abuja today for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for high-level bilateral engagements in the Southeast Asian country, including meetings with the President of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and the Vice President, Pho Chu Tich Nuroc, among other government officials and the business community.
Osinbajo’s reciprocal visit to the Southeast Asian country will further fortify trade and bilateral relations between both countries.
This was disclosed in a statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, on Saturday.
Recall that in view of the trade and bilateral relations between Nigeria and Vietnam, then Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Vuong Hue, visited Nigeria in 2019 and met with Osinbajo.
Although both countries have maintained long-standing diplomatic relations since 1976, Osinbajo will be the second high-ranking Nigerian government official to visit the Southeast Asian country after former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The VP will also participate in a business forum at the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce aimed at matchmaking entrepreneurs from both countries.
Osinbajo will conclude the Vietnam visit on Wednesday.
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Strengthen FRSC, Don’t Merge It, Obasanjo Tells FG
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Federal Government to reinforce the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as a law enforcement agency to enhance its responsibilities, rather than merge it with other agencies.
The Corps was established in 1988 during the administration of former head of state Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. The Federal Government has however yet to make public such intentions to merge the FRSC.
Obasanjo, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday, recalled how he resisted temptations to merge the FRSC with other organisations while in office between 1999 and 2007.
The former president who played host to the Corps delegation, led by Deputy Corp Marshall, Susan Akenge in his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence, commended the organisation for maintaining sanity on the country’s roads despite the increasing population and the economy.
“One thing you have to accept is that with the growing population, which is increasing on a daily basis or even on an hourly basis, you manage both the driver (who may not be in the best frame of mind when going out from home in the morning) and the car, which may not be in the best condition that a car should be,” Obasanjo said.
“So, I must acknowledge that you have reasonably been doing well. I must therefore say that you have been beneficial to us all.
“When I was in government, I resisted that temptation to merge you with other agencies and I dont know if others will still come and merge you with others, but I hope they will not, because your responsibility is getting larger and larger by the day.
“Rather than merge you, they should ensure to continue to enhance your professional capacity in order to bring the best out of what you are doing now.”
FRSC Appreciates Obasanjo
Earlier, Akenge said the courtesy visit was accompanied by a message of appreciation from the Corps headquarters for the tremendous support the former president gave for the survival of the organisation.
“On behalf of the headquarters of the FRSC, the zonal headquarters and the Special Marshal, I have come to appreciate you and thank you, sir. It is our prayer that God will grant you longer life to reap the fruit of your labour, ” she said.
Others on the entourage were the Assistant Corps Marsal, Kayode Olagunju; Assistant Corps Marshal, Peter Kibo; Assistant Corps Marshal, Ahmed Umar (Corps Commander, Ogun State Sector Commander); and Segun Ogungbemide (Corps Commander, Lagos State Sector Commander).
Others were Comfort ASON, Corps commander (FRSC HQ special Marshal); John Ugbebor, National Coordinator Special Marshal; Sola Olojede, Zonal Coordinator, Special Marshal; and Solomon Adeniyi (Ogun State Coordinator, Special Marshal).
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Give Financial Autonomy To Local Govt, Gbenga Daniel Tells Governors
A former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has told governors to give financial autonomy to local governments in their states, saying that is the only way to develop the rural communities.
Daniel said this in corroborating a claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that governors were stealing funds meant for the local governments from the federal allocation.
Buhari had on Thursday alleged that, “the money from the federal government to state governments, let’s put it at N100 million. N50 million will be sent to the chairman with a letter that he will sign that he received N100 million.”
It appears the comment from Buhari did not go down well with the 36 state governors, as the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, challenged Buhari to name the state governors who diverted local government allocations.
Speaking at his ward-to-ward campaign tour to Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state, Daniel pleaded with state governors to always release allocations meant for local governments in order to enhance development at the grassroots.
The former Governor charged the state executives to “stop inhibiting development at the grassroots through their penchant for non-remittance of allocations to local governments.”
He noted that most of the challenges being encountered at the grassroots were due to lack of financial autonomy.
Daniel, who is contesting for the Ogun East senatorial seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promised that once elected into the National Assembly, he would join the fight to grant financial autonomy to the local councils.
According to him, the dividends of democracy would not get to the rural dwellers without a functioning and well empowered local government.
“Part of what I’m going to fight for is to push the Federal Government to pay more attention to the local government,” saying Ijebu North is one of the most populous and important local governments in Ogun East.
As he went round the 11 wards in Ijebu North, Daniel warned the politicians to desist from what he called “do-or-die politics,”
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