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Yuletide : Anambra Police Command Assures Residents Of Peaceful Celebration, Cautions Against Use Of Fireworks

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The Anambra State Police Command has assured Ndi Anambra that this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations, like the previous ones would be peacefully.
A statement endorsed by the State Police Public Relations Officer Mr Haruna Mohammed stated that the Command in conjunction with other Sister agencies has put in place a robust Crime prevention
strategies such as visibility policing, foot and vehicular patrols, including Joint stop and search Operations, constant Raids on Criminal hideouts and traffic decongestions.
It maintained that the use of Knock-outs, fire crackers and other forms of fireworks in the State constitute a serious security risk as
it is capable of misleading the security personnel on apparent danger of gunshots as well as engender fear in the minds of the state citizenry and advised Parents and Guardians to warn their Children and wards
to desist from purchasing and using knockouts as the law governing the
sales, purchase and use of Fireworks is still in Force.

The statement enjoined Members of the public to refrain from unauthorized use of Sirens, tinted glasses and covering of vehicles plate numbers as anyone who committed any of the offences would be arrested and be
dealt with in accordance with the Law.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Garba Baba Umar on behalf of the officers and men of the Command rejoices with Ndi Anambra as they join the Christendom in celebrating this year’s Christmas and implores them to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating Peace, demonstrating love and promoting harmonious coexistence amongst fellow citizens irrespective of religious or political affiliations.
He urged members of the Public to report any suspicious persons or movements to the nearest Police Station or through the following Police Emergency numbers for prompt response 07039194332 or
09074074062.

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Fayose received $5m from Dasuki’s imprest, Obanikoro tells court

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A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday told a Federal High Court that money was given to former Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State from the imprest account of a former National Security Adviser in June 2014.
Obanikoro gave evidence in the trial of Fayose before Justice Mojisola Olaterogun in Lagos, where Fayose is facing charges of N6.9bn fraud.
He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on October 22, 2018, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd. He faces 11 counts.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was granted bail in the sum of N50m, with one surety in like sum.

The substantive trial began on November 19, 2018, with the EFCC calling four witnesses.
On Monday, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) appeared for the EFCC, while Messrs Kanu Agabi (SAN) and Olalekan Ojo (SAN) represented the first and second accused respectively.
Jacobs then called on Obanikoro, the fifth prosecution witness, to give evidence. The counsel led the former minister in evidence.
Jacobs asked him where he was in 2014 and he told the court that he was the Minister of State for Defence. The counsel then asked him to tell the court what he knew about the case.

The witness testified that in June 2014, when Ekiti State governorship election was near, he received a call from the accused (Fayose), enquiring from him (Obanikoro) if there was any “message” for him from the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
The witness said that he told Fayose that there was none but promised to check with the NSA and give Fayose feedback.

He told the court that eventually, the NSA confirmed to him that he had a “message” for the accused and that the funds would be made available.
The prosecutor then showed the witness exhibit E to confirm if it was the account to which the funds were transferred, and the witness replied: “Yes.”
The witness told the court that on June 13, 2014, and also on June 16, 2014, funds were posted into the account, adding that the funds were from the imprest account of the NSA.

He said that he asked the accused how he wanted the money, and he told him that some amounts should be paid in Naira and others in dollars.
According to him, the money was eventually brought in a bullion van to the private wing of the Ikeja Airport, where one Agbele, sent by the accused, was on standby. He testified that after confirmation from the accused, the money was taken to Ekiti State.
The witness told the court that afterwards, he went to Ado-Ekiti to meet the accused in his hotel, known as Spotless, and gave him the dollar component which was $5m.
The prosecution counsel asked Obanikoro how many days it was to the Ekiti governorship election when he gave Fayose the money. “About three days to the election,” the witness replied.
The prosecution also asked the former minister the source of the money. “The NSA is the only person that can ascertain the source of the money; it was from the imprest account of the NSA,” he said.
The counsel asked how the money was debited and the witness told the court that he gave instructions to the managing director of Diamond Bank, but was not available when the deductions were made.
When asked his connection with the accounts, Obanikoro said that it was used for security purposes, adding that he would not want to divulge further information on that.
After the evidence, the defence sought an adjournment to enable it to cross-examine the witness. After several objections and counter objections, the judge granted an adjournment until February 4 for cross-examination of Obanikoro.
The EFCC said that, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and Agbele took possession of N1.2bn for funding his governorship election campaign.
The Commission said that the accused reasonably ought to have known that the sum formed part of crime proceeds. It alleged that Fayose received a cash payment of $5m (about N1.8bn) from Obanikoro without going through any financial institution, noting that the sum exceeded the amount allowed by law.
It also accused Fayose of retaining N300m in his Zenith Bank account and taking control of the aggregate sums of about N622m which sums, it said, formed part of crime proceeds.
Fayose was also alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd. and Still Earth Ltd., to retain in their Zenith and FCMB accounts the aggregate sums of N851m which formed part of crime proceeds.
He was also accused of illegally using the aggregate sums of about N1.6bn to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja.
The accused was also alleged to have illegally used N200m to acquire a property in Abuja in the name of his elder sister, Moji Oladeji.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.


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We didn’t raid Onnoghen’s residence — EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as “untrue and evil”, reports in some quarters that its personnel invaded the Abuja residence of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Spokesman of the commission Tony Orilade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the fake news “ is being spread by evil men and women to get evil results.”
NAN reports that this may be connected to the halting of Onnoghen’s trial by the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday.
The court had asked the Federal Government to put on hold plans to arraign Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The Federal Government had, through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), filed six counts of non-declaration of assets charges against Onnoghen.
However, ruling on two separate ex parte applications, Justice N.E Maha, ordered parties to maintain status quo until Jan. 17.

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Onnonghen’s Trial

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnonghen will appear before the code of conduct tribunal on Monday to defend allegations of none-declaration of some assets and operating foreign accounts as a public officer.

A petition against the CJN has already being accepted by the tribunal and hearing is slated for Monday.

The hearing notice from the code of conduct tribunal contains six charges against the CJN, most of which border on non-declaration of assets.

The notice was signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman and Fatima Danjuma Alli.

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IGP reverses self, recalls Imo CP

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday caved in to pressure from governorship candidates in Imo State and recalled the redeployed Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi.
This was two days after the State Commissioner of Police and all the senior Police officers in the state were transferred out of the State in an unprecedented shakeup in the Command.
Governorship candidates of political parties in the state had described the mass transfer as a ploy to manipulate the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also recalled were three Deputy Commissioners of Police and eleven Assistant Commissioners of Police redeployed to various states by the IGP.

The IGP had on Wednesday transferred the Imo State CP, Galadanchi to Bauchi state and posted the current commissioner of Police in charge of the Kogi state Command, Ali Janga to the state.
But 48 hours after the IGP cancelled the controversial transfer.
It was gathered that a signal came on Friday morning stating that all the transferred police officers should return to their former offices with immediate effect.
When our correspondent visited the Police Command headquarters in Owerri, Police officers were in a happy mood as they discussed the development.

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Breaking: Dino Melaye surrenders to police

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Eight days after being held up in his house, Senator Dino Melaye, on Friday finally surrendered to the police.
He left his house with some lawmakers from the National Assembly who paid him a solidarity visit.
They went to the police in company of Melaye’s lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome.
Melaye had been invited by the police to answer allegation of attempted murder.
He is alleged to have been with his thugs who shot and and injured a police officer on the 19th July 2018.
Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said that the police officer was yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and was under intensive medical care.
An Abuja high court had on Thursday refused to grant Dino Melaye’s application to order the removal of police blockade on his residence.
The Nigerian Police Force had said its men sent to arrest Senator Dino Melaye in his residence in Abuja will not retreat until the senator surrenders himself for arrest and investigation.
According to Moshood, the officers have a duly obtained Warrant of Arrest to pick the senator, representing Kogi West.
“Senator Dino Melaye is wanted by the Police for a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018, when Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel; shot and wounded Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State”, Moshood said.
“It is on record that the Police investigators submitted a Letter of Invitation dated 23rd July, 2018, signed by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command addressed to the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja, inviting Senator Dino Melaye to report on 26th July, 2018 at 1100Hrs at the Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja to answer to a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command.
“The claim by the Senate President in the Media that the Police did not submit a letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly is therefore incorrect as can be seen on attached letter with acknowledgment stamp of the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja “24 JUL 2018“. Despite this, Senator Dino Melaye bluntly refused to report himself to the Police till date.
For avoidance of doubt, attached to this Press Release are the copies of pictures of the shot Police Officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, the Police Invitation Letter addressed to the Clerk of National Assembly, Abuja and the Medical Report from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State, confirming the admission of Sgt. Danjuma Saliu into the Hospital for treatment of the gunshot injury he sustained from the attack by Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs while on Stop and Search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State on 19th July, 2018.

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President Buhari commiserates with NAF, families of crash victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Air Force, and relations of five people who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash January 2 in Damasak, Borno State.
The President mourns Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (Pilot in Command), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (Co-Pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (Flight Technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (Gunner), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (Gunner), who died in the mishap.
Commiserating with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, President Buhari said it was sad that the fine officers and men lost their lives in the bid to guarantee the safety and protection of their countrymen.
He said rather than dampen the morale of troops fighting insurgency in the North-East, the unfortunate development would rather bolster their resolve to completely eliminate all evildoers within the shortest possible time.
To the families and relations of the dead, President Buhari condoles with them, noting that the dead officers and men were heroes, who paid the supreme price for peace to reign in the country.

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Air Force Confirms Helicopter Crash, Names Victims

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The Air Force Helicopter That Crashed On Wednesday Night In Damasak Had Five Crew Members On Board.

The Mi-35m Helicopter Crashed While Providing Close Air Support To Troops Of 145 Battalion, Damasak In Borno State.
The Names Of The Deceased Personnel, Whose Remains Have Been Recovered To Maiduguri, Are:

A. Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot In Command.
B. Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot.
C. Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician.
D. Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner.
E. Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.
The Chief Of The Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Was In Maiduguri To Commiserate With The Colleagues And Families Of The 5 Fallen Heroes.
He Also Conveyed The Condolences Of The Commander-In-Chief Of The Armed Forces Of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari, To Personnel Of The Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole Over The Unfortunate Loss.

While In Maiduguri, The Air Chief Also Received A Condolence Visit From The Chief Of Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
The Air Force Says It Appreciates The Overwhelming Support Shown By The General Public To The Service Over The Sad Incident, And continues to solicit their understanding in the on-going war against terror.

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Imo CP Galadanchi Transferred, Ali Janga Takes Over

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The Imo state commissioner of police Dasuki Galadanchi has been transferred to Bauchi state ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The CP was removed alongside their deputy commissioners of police and 11 assistant commissioners of police in the command.
The police public relations officer in the state Orlando Ikeokwu says the command is expecting CP Ali Janga from Kogi state to take over from the outgoing CP in the state.
ikeokwu maintained that the transfer is not out of place or has any political undertones as rumoured. He said it is a routine activity in the Nigerian police force especially as elections draw closer. He urged all Imo citizens to continue with their lawful duties and avoid any action that might cause a breach of the peace in the state.

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Fiona Onasanya found guilty in speeding case

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FIONA ONASANYA has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice by lying to police about who was behind the wheel of a speeding car.
The former Labour whip was convicted in an Old Bailey retrial on Wednesday (Dec 19).
Onasanya, a Peterborough MP, denied she was driving her car when it was caught doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in Thorney, Cambridgeshire, in July 2017.
Her brother Festus Onasanya, 33, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of the same charge.
The siblings will be sentenced on a date which has yet to be determined, and Labour has suspended Onasanya, stating that she should resign.
The Labour spokesperson said: “The Labour Party is deeply disappointed in Fiona Onasanya behaviour. It falls well below what is expected of politicians. She should resign.”
“Fiona Onasanya is being administratively suspended from the Labour Party and therefore the whip with immediate effect.
According to The Mirror, if Onasanya does stand down as an MP, it will trigger a by election in the uber marginal seat of Peterborough which Labour won by just 607 votes last year.
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Onasanya was elected into her post as a Labour MP for Peterborough in June 2017. She was responsible for maximising the number of MPs who vote on parliamentary business and do so inline with the party’s stance. As an active member in the political arena, she previously lobbied for a university, looked at avenues to combat fly-tipping and methods to ensure funding for the local NHS.
In an interview with the Peterborough Telegraph in 2017, Onasanya expressed her desire to become the UK’s first black female prime minister.
She said: “I would like one day in the future to become the first black, female prime minister of this country.”

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President Buhari orders arrest of Badeh’s killers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies in Nigeria to find the killers of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (Rtd) and bring them to face the full force of the law, while ensuring greater security and safety for all users of the country’s roads.
He described the killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff, as “very sad and unfortunate.”
The President commiserates with the family of the late four-star General, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.
Noting that the late Badeh, who was also a former Chief of Air Staff, attained professional fulfilment in his over three decades military career, President Buhari regrets that he fell victim to incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways.
The President prays that God Almighty comforts all those who mourn Air Chief Marshal Badeh and grant his soul peaceful rest.

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