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Protesters Storm PDP Secretariat, Demand Resignation Of NWC Members

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Protesters on Monday stormed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja demanding the resignation of the party’s National Working Committee.

The group, under the aegis of the PDP National Back Up arrived at Wadata Plaza, the national secretariat of the party demanding the immediate resignation of the acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum-led NWC citing the loss of the 2023 elections.

Dressed in black and white with the inscription “PDP National Working Committee NWC must resign”, the protesters lamented that the party had been reduced to nothing.

Addressing newsmen at the party’s secretariat, the leader of the protest, Salau Olusola, accused the PDP NWC of anti-party, saying “The NWC is to be blamed for the party’s defeat in the 2023 presidential election.”

Olusola explained that the failure of the acting Chairman-led NWC to discipline former Rivers State Governor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike’s camp, for alleged anti-party activities, divided the PDP.

Reading from a prepared speech, he said, “Wike and other members of the G-5 camp were involved in anti-party during the 2023 elections, yet Damagum-led NWC refused to discipline them. So, they have divided the party into camps. This to us is unacceptable.”

He added, “Other reasons include ongoing internal disputes, factionalism, or lack of cohesion within the party can prompt calls for new leadership

“Poor electoral results may lead members to question the effectiveness of the leadership. And allegations of corruption, unethical behavior, or a failure to uphold the party’s principles can trigger calls for resignation.”

He declared that the PDP NWC has failed in strategic decision-making and many members of the party have lost confidence in the leadership’s ability to navigate challenges and represent the party’s interests.

When asked what they would do, if the members of the NWC refused to resign, he revealed “We have instituted a legal action and they will be served tomorrow.”

In her remarks, a member of the protesters, Ami Gift, said the NWC has failed to reconcile aggrieved members.

Gift noted that members are free to demand change if they believe the leadership has failed in strategic decision-making.

She said “The party is divided into factions and the NWC has failed to do anything about. They are irresponsible and we want them out now.”

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologuagba, declined comment.

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

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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

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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

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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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