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Absence of defence lawyer stalls court trials of EFCC’s case against land racketeer

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By Ekuson Nw’Ogbunka
Abuja

Absence of defense counsel to alleged land racketeer, Moses Erih and Micmerab Resources Niger Limited (suspects), a company he is a director in, has been stalled by the absence of their lawyer in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly arraigned them in High Court 30 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Apo presided over by Justice Baba Shaini for four cout charges to wit, obtaining money by false pretences

Represented by the Prosecution Counsel, Richard B.Dauda of the Legal and Prosecution Department of EFCC, the anti graft agency gave him four count charges, among which was for allegedly, sometimes in 2007 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the court, with intent to defraud and obtain by false pretence property situated at plot ED 22, Sabon Lugbe East Layout, Abuja via a document captioned, “estste development lease agreement” between Messrs Uche Okoronkwo and Obi Okoronkwo Company Limited (complainant) ,and the suspect on 13 September, 2007, purportedly executed by the complainant, which pretence, they knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to S.1 (1) (1a) and punishable under S.1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.

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Second charge was that in the same court jurisdiction in Abuja, in the same 2007, the suspect forged a certain document to wit: “an estate development agreement” between the suspect and the complaint,Merss Uche Okoronkwo & Obi Okoronkwo with intent to cause the complainant to part with the same property in the same land and therefore committed an offence contrary to S 363 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, LFN (Abuja), 1990 and punishable under S.364 of the same law.

The third charge, was that the suspect, sometimes in 2007 within the juridiction of the court, fraudulently used as genuine a certain document to be “estate development agreement” between the suspect, his company and Uche Okoronkwo and Obi Okoronkwo the complainant, which he knew to be a forged document and thereby committed an offence contrary to S 366 of the Penal Code Act Cap LFN (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under S 364 of the same law.

The fourth charge was that in the same 2007, within the court’s jurisdiction, suspect and his company knowingly had in their possession a forged document ie “estate development agreement” between him, his company and the complainant, intending that same shall fraudulently, be used as genuine and thereby committed an offence punishable under S. 368 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 1990.

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However, when the case was called up, the suspect pleaded with the court that their lawyer’s car broke down on his way to the court and the case was adjourned.to the 5th day of October 2023 for definite hearing

Raising concerns over the spate of increase in land racketeering by fraudsters in FCT, as well as decrying the rate of growing cases of land grabbing which he attributed to complicity by both police and unscrupulous staff of the department of land in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) whom he accused of being part of the syndicate that create the enabling environment for the racketeerers to perpetrate the crime and get share from the crime, the counsel watching brief of the nominal complainant Remy Ifeanyi Agu Esq, enjoined all stakeholders to have a common synergy in other to fight the monster called land racketeering in FCT to bring sanity devoid of fraud and restore confidence in our institutions

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Nasarawa APC tackles self acclaimed Tinubu Youths group, gives police Affairs minister clean bill of record

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By David Odama

Nasarawa APC Thursday tackled youth group they described as faceless group belong to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu support group who have been canvassing for the minister’s replacement.

This is even as they have risen in defence of the minister of police, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim given her a clean bill of record.

The party during it’s meeting in Lafia rejected the call by the faceless group masquerading as Tinubu Youth Ambassador seeking for the replacement of the Minister

The State Working Committee (SWC) of the APC in a statement signed by the Nasarawa State Secretary of the party, Yaruis G. Dagusa, issued to City Post dismissed as malicious, allegations leveled against the minister by the group.

The SWC said in the statement that the Tinubu Youth Ambassador is only out to spread falsehood aimed at sowing discord within the APC.

While restating its confidence in the Minister, the party described Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as a committed and dedicated member who is doing her best to see the APC succeed at both the state and national levels.

“Her relationship with the party is excellent. She has executed various empowerment programmes benefiting numerous underprivileged individuals across the state. Additionally, she has facilitated employment for many Nasarawa State indigenes in Federal institutions and agencies,” the party stated.

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The statement added “rather than paying heed to the call by the faceless Tinubu Youth Ambassador, that was only acting out of envy and malice, Hajiya Sulaiman-Ibrahim should be commended for ensuring that Nasarawa State receives its due share in the federation”.

The SWC therefore called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party members, as well as the general public to disregard the false accusations laid against the Minister of State for Police Affairs by the group.

“The Tinubu Youth Ambassador lacks credibility and cannot speak for the party, as its existence is unknown at any level of our well structured party,” the statement added.

The party reaffirmed its firmed loyalty, support for the Minister saying that it would not be swayed by a baseless, malicious attack while also calling on the general public to disregard the attempt to tarnish the hard earned image of the minister.

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Rep Osonwa Commends Army For Addressing Harassment Of Motorists, Commuters Within His Constituency

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The member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ibe Okwara Osonwa has commended the Nigerian Army for addressing the issues of harassment, intimidation,
of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

Chief Osonwa had on Sunday called on security agencies in Abia State to immediately halt the extortion, intimidation, and harassment of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

In a statement he signed on Wednesday, Osonwa said information made available to him is that the “walkthrough check and harassment by the military has ceased”.

Osonwa applauded the Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Olusola Diya for his swift response to end the “dehumanising checks”.

He said: “I have been updated that the walkthrough check and harassment by the military personnel in Ohafia and all the way through to Bende has ceased. I would want to use this opportunity to thank Brig. General Diya for his swift response, even yesterday when I called to tell him of a report I got about the checkpoint at the LGA Secetriate and placing a 3-Way call with a direct witness, he was swift to direct a stop of this dehumanising checks.

“While I understand their cautious approach, I do think that checks can be done in a more respectable manner considering where there has not been any recent provocation to warrant the act.

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“I again plead with our people to continue to maintain the atmosphere of peace that we enjoy and thank everyone else for their efforts to maintain this peace.”

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Economy : Group urges Nigerians to resist all forms of protests

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The National Progressive Coalition (NPC)has appealed to Nigerians to resist any form of protest against the nation, saying that protesting was not the solution to current economic challenges.

Convener of NPC Mr Awwal Wakilli made the appeal at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Wakilli in a speech titled “Why we say no to protest ” said Nigeria as graint of Africa was a leading nation in the continent.

He said there was need for Nigerians to firmly believe and strongly support a united, stable and prosperous nation.

According to him, it is important for any group to reconsider the idea of protest and allow dialogue to settle the issues in the country amicably.

He said : “we acknowledge there are problems facing us as a nation, but we must deploy appropriate measures and means to address our issues.

“Every constituency in Nigeria has representatives from the wards, local governments,State Assemblies and the National Assembly.

“We must not lose hope and confidence in our representatives at various levels. ”

He urged Nigerians especially the youths should not allow miscreants to unleash mayhem at these trying times of the nation.

He said the previous protests was still fresh in the minds of Nigerians, following the wanton destruction, displacement and agony experienced.

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“Many properties and lives were lost, we must give peace a chance.

“Two wrongs, do not make a right it is worthy to note that , liberty without discipline leads to anarchy.

According to him, many develop countries who embarked on protest to vent their grievances got stocked without an exit strategy.

He said although Nigeria was experiencing challenges, he, however said the government was doing its very best to address the pressing issues.

“We must give our maximum understanding, cooperation, support and solidarity to promote good governance to consolidate our democrасу.

“We must engage and adopt appropriate approach that will promote peace, stability and prosperity.”

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