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Kuje Prison Attack: Controversy over Abba Kyari’s whereabout

There is controversy over the whereabouts of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, who is being remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja.

Fears over the whereabout of the Deputy Commissioner of Police came after bandits attacked Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, where he was kept.

It was learnt that during the attack which lasted hours, some inmates were said to have escaped. According to officials, the facility houses over 900 inmates.
A source at the Correctional Centre who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “We have not seen him today. He didn’t also come for Subhi (early morning) prayer as usual. But I don’t know what is happening.”

Another official, who preferred anonymity, said that the whereabouts of Kyari remained unknown to him as of 09.30am.
“I am sure he is not missing and he didn’t escape. But I don’t know where exactly he is,” the official said.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar, said “Kyari is not missing”.
Abubakar also noted that Kyari has not been moved from the Kuje prison.

Abubakar in a statement in the early hours of Wednesday said the armed squad of the service in collaboration with other security agencies responded to the attack.
The statement was titled, “Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje attacked by gunmen.”
It read, “I wish to confirm that at about 2200hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory.

“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.
“Other details will be made available soon.”
During a visit to the facility, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mr Shuaibu Belgore, also confirmed that about 600 inmates escaped from the Kuje Correctional Centre following Tuesday evening’s attack.
Belgore explained that over 300 of the inmates have been retrieved.

He suspected that the gunmen attacked the facility to rescue their terrorism co-conspirators.
The official added that one person died and three others were injured during the attack.

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CRS Communal Clash; Government needs to do more in restoring absolute Peace – Dan Obo Jnr

The NYCN-CRS Chairman, comrade Dan Obo Jnr frowns seriously at the State Government for handling the communal clash between NKO and ONYADAMA with kid gloves

Comrade Dan Obo Jnr made this known to Blu Eeagle Meedia in a telephone conversation that the ugly incident is giving the state a bad name given that commuters are often blocked because of the road blockade as a result of the incessant fights even at the federal highway

According to Comrade Dan It’s disturbing that there’s steady war between NKO and ONYADAMA without the government taking decisive measures in ensuring absolute peace returns to the waring communities

Continuing, the state chairman (Dan Obo Jnr) made known efforts of the former minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani in bringing the Civil Defence training center to the region and several other committees that were setup by former Governor Liyel Imoke to curb the menace yet there’s no implementation in that regard while calling on the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Ejemot Esu to take decisive measures that will bring absolute peace among the waring communities given that he is in charge of boundaries dispute

While appealing to the Young people to seize fire, Lower their weapons and stop killing themselves unecessarily over lands dispute, Comrade Dan calls on the government to take over the land in dispute and build a security post there to save lives likewise ensures normalcy returns to the area

My challenge now is why our leaders are not interested in what is happening, those LGAs have state and federal law makers, LGA Chairmen ETC And in as much as we condemn in totality the killings, we expect that government lives up to responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the citizens said Comrade Dan Obo Jnr

I feel the time for government to act is now, we are not happy, we are sad, it doesn’t make sense that Cross River State is being seen in this light and it’s gradually becoming a National mess, we charge the state government as a matter of urgency to intervene and arrest the ugly situation that will bring lasting peace in the LGAs

May God heal our lands, restore all the we have lost and give strength to the people that lost their Loved ones and properties in the process he (Dan Obo) stated

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OPC calls for joint, urgent intervention to end insecurity in Nigeria

Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), on Tuesday said the problems of insecurity in the country require the support of all Nigerians with urgent intervention.

The National Coordinator of OPC who doubles as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, stated this in Osogbo, Osun State, during the National Coordinating Council Meeting of the congress.
The OPC leader who also paid a courtesy visit to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, promised that the OPC under his leadership will do everything within the ambit of the law to forestall a repeat of the Owo terror attack in any part of the region.

“I am pleased to tell Kabiesi that efforts are on to build a workable synergy between the local security and the government agencies. We are ready to partner with the southwest governors to brace up the security architecture of the region.
“Kabiesi should help tell our traditional rulers to save our tradition from going into extinction. The idea of giving prominent Yoruba titles to non-Yoruba is at variance with Yoruba culture and tradition,” Adams added.

The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Olanipekun, charged the OPC leader to save Yoruba land from the terror attack.
He said, “the southwest is boiling at the moment and it is only when we get ourselves prepared physically and spiritually that we can rid our region of terrorists that have invaded the region.”

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Auto crash kills 6 members of bridal train, injures 3 along Hadejia-Kano road

A fatal road accident has claimed the lives of six bridal passengers, injuring three others, along Hadejia-Kano Expressway, the police in Jigawa State have announced.

A statement signed by the Jigawa Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Lawan Shisu Adan, Tuesday said the deceased consists of four adults and two minors.

The deceased, whose remains have been claimed by their respective families, include Baba Rabi’a Aliyu, Ummi Abubaka, Aisha Soja and Habib Habib as well as Radiya Turaki and Kabir Sani who are both minors.

The accident involved a black Lexus vehicle with reg no. AAA 153 EA, driven by one Habib Habib Tall and carrying eight passengers conveying a bride from Hadejia to Yalleman, they stated.

“On reaching Gidan sugar, on their way back to Hadejia, while on motion, both the rear and front tyre were removed, the driver lost control, the vehicle somersaulted and swarmed by the roadside,” said the statement.

On receipt of the report, a team of Policemen swung into action and visited the scene, victims were evacuated and rushed to General Hospital, Hadejia for treatment added the statement.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, Aliyu Sale Tafida, while condoling the families of the deceased, prayed that God has mercy on the departed souls and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

He cautioned commercial drivers to avoid overloading, overspeeding, intake of hard drugs, alcohol drinking and night journeys.

He further advised them to always check their vehicle’s tyres, brakes and other essential parts of their vehicles before embarking on trips.

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IPOB: Why court rejected Kanu’s fresh bail application

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a fresh bail application filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for constituting an abuse of court process.

It was the second consecutive time the court would reject the bail request by the IPOB leader, who is facing seven terrorism-related charges.

In the dismissed application, Kanu had through his lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), sought to be released on bail, pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

He had equally urged the court to set aside its earlier order it made on March 28, 2019, for the revocation of his bail as well an order for his warrant of arrest.

Justice Binta Nyako had in that ruling further directed that the trial of the defendant should proceed in his absence.

But in his fresh application, the IPOB leader who denied jumping bail argued that he only fled the country when his life was under threat occasioned by the military invasion of his home town at Afaraukwu Ibekwu in Umuahia, Abia State.

He told the court that the military invasion resulted in the death of 28 persons.

Kanu further argued that the order of the court was made in breach of the fundamental rule of natural justice, and attached photographic exhibits to prove his case.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako, while conceding the fact that upon being presented with facts a court has the power to set aside its earlier order, the defendant in the present application did not offer any justifiable reason to warrant the setting aside of the order.

On the issue of denial of fair hearing, the judge held that “from the record of the court, the applicant was represented in court by his counsel and also his surety who told the court that he did not know his whereabouts. So, he was given a fair hearing.”

She added that “from when the defendant was granted bail to time he stopped coming to court, the case suffered15 adjournments before his bail was finally revoked.

“This application was filed four years of his absence in court and by the Administration of Criminal Justice Acts (ACJA), 2015, allows the court to proceed with the trial of the defendant after two adjournments. The present application amounts to an abuse of the court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.

The court maintained that Kanu must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from it.

“Until the issue of the absence of the defendant for his trial, with all the bail conditions breached, is determined, the instant application of the defendant for bail will at best be premature and it is refused.

“However, the defendant is at liberty to re-file the application”, Justice Nyako added.

“If the Defendant is dissatisfied, he has the Appeal Court to go to.

“This application is accordingly dismissed”, Justice Nyako held.

Meanwhile, further proceedings have been adjourned to November 14, 2022, to await the outcome of the appeal lodged by Kanu before the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal.

Kanu who is facing seven-count felony charges was first arraigned in 2016 alongside four others and was admitted to bail on health grounds.

The court had released him in 2017 after he secured a bail bond of N100 million with three sureties in like sum.

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DSS invites Ebonyi PDP secretary over wedding cake decorated in Biafra colours

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Ebonyi State have invited the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Nwoba Chika Nwoba, over his use of Biafra colours and insignia to design his wedding cake.

Nwoba and his wife, Onyinyechi had surprised their guests at their wedding reception when they unveiled a cake designed with unmistakable Biafra colours.

The wedding took place on Saturday, June 25 at St Joseph Anglican Church, in his country home, Ekpelu community in Ikwo LGA.

Nwoba confirmed his invitation by the DSS through his verified Facebook page on Monday night .

He wrote that the DSS had summoned him to appear in their Abakaliki office by 12 noon on Tuesday.

“Got an invitation from the DSS, Abakaliki office tomorrow by 12 pm. I knew I would be invited. As a law-abiding citizen, if the road is clear tomorrow, I will honour it,” he wrote.

The controversial Publicity Secretary had told reporters in Abakaliki on Sunday that he decided to use Biafra insignia to design his cake as a way of identifying with the Biafra agitation.

“I actually did it to pass a message, that no matter our political inclinations, we still have the interest of the Igbo nation at heart. It is to show my love and my commitment towards ensuring that the gospel for the creation of a country of Igbo extraction, comes to fruition,” he said.