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Court orders arrest of Buhari’s probe panel investigator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a UK-based private investigator, Victor Uwajeh.

Mr Uwajeh, who was also employed as a private investigator for the Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, was declared ”liable to be arrested”, following his failure to appear in court, after the court ordered its bailiff to serve the defendant with court summons through substituted means.

Mr Uwajeh was accused of ”defrauding Nigerians” in a four-count charge brought against him by the federal government.

The charges followed a petition written against the defendant by an Anambra State Senator, Andy Uba.

After attempts by the bailiff to directly serve the defendant with the originating summons failed, the court presided over by judge, John Tsoho, issued an order for the same originating summons to be served on Mr Uwajeh by substituted means.

The court’s order for a substituted service was carrried out in April.

The matter had also been adjourned till Monday for arraignment of the defendant, but Mr Uwajeh failed to appear on court.

Reacting to the non-appearance of the defendant, Mr Tsoho said this amounted to an affront to the court.
“The defendant has still not shown up in court. This constitutes an affront by the defendant to the authority of this court and renders him liable to an order of arrest pursuant to Section 83(1)(b) 131 and 352(1)(a)of the ACJA,2015.
“Accordingly, bench warrant is issued against the defendant in this charge to compel his appearance before this court for trial,” the judge ruled.

The chairman of the presidential panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, had in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in April said the panel was investigating Mr Uwajeh and would recommend the withdrawal of his appointment, if found guilty.
“I made the appointment for him to assist me in my work. After the appointment, the allegations surfaced. We will ascertain then if it is true we will have to review it,” said Mr Obono-Obla.

Mr Obono-Obla could however not be immediately contacted to ascertain the status of Mr Uwajeh.

Mr Uwajeh could not be immediately reached for this report.


Source: Premiumtimes

Group knocks Danjuma after Army Panel Report, Demands Apology

Gen. Theophilus Danjuma,
The recent report released by the Army board of enquiry set up to look into the allegations raised by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, of soldiers colluding with armed militia in Taraba State has been commended by the Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG).

The‎ group said the panel’s report which exonerated the army is in tandem with the widely held position of many other groups who carried out independent assessment of the situation.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, National Coordinator of MBCG, Prince Raymond Enero, said Danjuma should immediately re-secure his reputation by a remorseful retraction of the statement, with an apology to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian Army and the good people of Nigeria over his unjustifiable utterances.

According to him, it is clear that the cause of the vilification of the Nigerian Army and the attempt to taint its reputation by some stakeholders in Taraba State stemmed from the refusal of the Commanding Officer 93 Battalion, Lt. Col. Gambari to be dragged into the complex political and ethnic mix in the state by some powerful politicians in apparent abuse and violation of his professional duties or code of ethical conduct.

He said,
“It is our firm conviction that all stakeholders in Taraba State should be cautioned against making inflammatory statements which have the potency to undermine, jeopardise or scuttle the efforts at peace and security to bring the communal clashes to a halt with the intervention of the Army.”

Enero said the the Probe Panel was manned by credible serving and retired Army officers; representatives of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and scores of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

According to him, 
“The probe panel did a wonderful and commendable job as evidenced by its detailed findings, recommendations and the verdict extricating the Nigerian Army of any complicity whether in whole or in part on any of the allegations raised by Gen. Danjuma or cohorts.

“The Panel’s report eloquently and articulately opined that there was no collusion with bandits by the Nigerian Army or any of its units operating in Taraba State, within the period covered by the allegations, as claimed by Gen. Danjuma. This is in tandem with the widely held position of many other groups who carried out independent assessment of the situation.”
A 10-Man Special Military Probe Panel constituted by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, was inaugurated on April 9, 2018, specifically to investigate and establish the veracity or otherwise of the allegations by the elder statesman against the Nigerian Army.


Source: thisdaylive

Education, key to unlocking Nigeria’s potentials – Atiku

Former Vice President and founder of American University of Nigeria (AUN), Atiku Abubakar, says education is the master key that will unlock the huge potentials in Nigeria and set her on the path to full socio-economic development.

Abubakar made the observation while speaking at the end of events marking the 10th Commencement and Presidential Inauguration of the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

The former Vice President said in order to achieve this, there must be the right mix of adequate funding of the education sector and a curriculum that promotes entrepreneurship among undergraduates, as is the practice at AUN.

Abubakar noted that with the diminishing role of crude oil as the mainstay of the national economy, it has become expedient for Nigeria to focus on the development of her most important resources, human capital, which he said was far much more sustainable than oil or any other resource.
“It is becoming evident by the day that the future of Nigeria lies not in the bowels of the earth, but in what is in the head of our people, that is, the human capital,” Atiku said.

He noted that there is a nexus between education, development, and security, as an enlightened, multi-ethnic society would be more tolerant leading to social cohesion and harmony.
“An educated citizenry will be less prone to being willing tools in the hands of divisive elements who exploit existing fault lines. Consequently, we will have fewer crises that are inimical to national unity and stability.”

The PDP presidential hopeful who is also the Waziri of Adamawa Emirate Council said that he is made more by the education he received than anything else.

According to him, his investment in AUN has generated dividends in terms of raising men and women who are problem solvers.
“This (AUN) is my most fulfilling investment, not just because it provides jobs like my other endeavours, but more importantly because its graduates are change agents needed for transforming our great country to the benefit of all,” Abubakar said.




 (NAN)
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Money Set Adamawa Govt officials in a fierce battle

Mr Vrati Nzonzo, the Chairman of Lamurde LGA
By Aliyu Gambo

Two of Adamawa based politicians are in a fierce battle over money given for the logistics to mobilise the Party members of All Progressives Congress, APC, of Lamurde Local Government Council (LGA) during the last ward Congress of the party.
 
Mr Vrati Nzonzo, the Chairman of Lamurde LGA was accused of beating up Barr Shanti Shashi who is the Commissioner of Solid Minerals in the state and an Indigene of Lamurde over the money given.

Vrati was later drag to court for man handling the female Commissioner by the Adamawa branch of Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) for alleged beating up Ms Shanti.

We gathered that Nzonzo battered Shashi, the commissioner for Solid Minerals, who lost a tooth in the encounter all because she collected fund released by the State Government for logistics in Lamurde during the local government congress.
"Nzonzo as the chairman of Lamurde felt Shashi is daring his authority as the man in charge at the grassroots when he arrived Yola to collect the money but was told Shashi who also hail from Lamurde has collected the money.
"When angry Nzonzo left after a shouting match with Shashi in Yola, I knew the last has not been heard about them," an authoritative source who preferred anonymity said.
FIDA felt Shashi as one of their own (being a lawyer) needed support from the union that is vehemently opposed to violence against women.

"We stood for other women and definitely we can't abandoned our own," said a female lawyer who simply identified as Maryam.

The alleged beating infuriated Hon. Vrati Nzonzo and he bluntly denied the  purported report written against him by an online paper (New Hawk) accusing him of beating up the commissioner of Solid Minerals,Barr Shanti Shanshi.

Nzonzo narrates his own part of tye story that the honourable commissioner should just bury herself in shame for wanting to steal money that was meant for the people of his LGA during the last Local government Congresses.

According to him 
''Shanti is not his political Mate, stooping down to fight her to the extend of losing one of her tooth is just an immature level of political game she is trying to play that can cost her entire political careesaid
“All i Know is that she cartered away money that was not meant for her,but for the people at the grass root to help in conducting a local government Congresses of our party (APC),by wanting to pilfer with the money given. In a heat arguments to give the money to our LGA chairman of our Party she became adamant,trying to zoom off with the Cash where I grabbed the keys of her car in an effort to stop her from going.

”It beat my imagination to read that I beat my commissioner,she is not my political mate because she is in the bad losses.” Vrati said

He further say that he has senior government officials that stand to be his witness as the drama played out in their presence where they sue for peace between them.

A strong authoritative stakeholder of Lamurde and who pseudo his name as Gabriel laments bitterly that shanshi has been going about romancing with the political enemies Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, frustrating his efforts as nothing tangible she can boast of as a commissioner coming from that area despite all the abundant chances of helping them in the area.

“It’s a pity to let you know that our commissioner has been winning and dinning with even Bindow’s enemies, aligning herself with our house of representative member, Talatu who is known to be an anti Bindow, our progressive Governor.
"She is one of the enemies of our local government, causing all kind of confusion,using her privilege office to defraud people and our state.

" I have all her dosiers of her schemes plans to defraud the state government using her office to the detriment of our people.

“I have never seen or hear that she empower or help anybody from our area,so all what I discovered about her is selfishness and a greeds fellow,I don’t think our Chairman can stoop law to the extend of beating her up. Vrati is too big for that,he is a perfect gentleman please.” He Said

Nzonzo brag to take FIDA to court in a near future and waiting for the day that he will be summoned by the court,with his evidences and witness FIDA are losers, as competent lawyers he expect them to give room for fair hearing but he wonder the type of law they are practiceing

However he doubt the authenticity of FIDA taken him to court but has a firm believe is Hon Shanshi that took him to court in an attempt to settle her political scores with him.
“FIDA did not take me to court, all I know it is shanti, I’m ready to go to court with her to hear and see her proves of accusations, if she has a political scores to settle with me let her do it the right way but by stealing innocent people money.

”I’m assuring you i will take FIDA to court for deformation of character as they claimed to be the people fighting my innocent” He vowed
He dispeled the ealier report by New hawk to have been concurted to dent his image but resort to go to a competent court of law to seek for redress

American University of Nigeria Graduates 158 Students Including Education minister's Daughter

The prestigious American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, on Saturday graduated 158 graduates.

The President of the university, Dr Dawn Dekle, said this at the graduation ceremony at the university’s main campus in Adamawa.

Dekle said that the graduation was among the remarkable achievements of the university.
“Today, AUN is graduating another remarkable cohort of students, the class of 2018.

“As the 10th graduating class, this cohort is unique, comprising another group of passionate individuals filled with innovations and ideas,” Dekle said.

The graduands included 22 Master degrees and 136 undergraduates in various fields of academic excellent, she said.

Hafsat Adamu, a daughter of Nigeria’s Education minister, was among the top performers at the 10th Commencement Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday.

Ms Adamu bagged the award for academic distinction as the best graduating student in English Language and Literature as well as the Royal Exchange Healthcare award for Academic Excellence.

Reports have it that Dekle was officially inaugurated as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the university during the ceremony.

The event was conducted peacefully and successfully amidst joy among the graduates and their parents.

“We have voted for responsible people as advised by President Buhari,” - Bindow

Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustafa, have lauded the hitch-free conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Congress in Adamawa.

President Buhari with APC Chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and APC Gubernatorial Candidate in Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi

Speaking to newsmen shortly after casting their votes, Bindow and Mustafa described the exercise as commendable.
“I am happy with what I saw; this is APC in action and members deserve commendation for the maturity exhibited to prove that there is internal democracy in the party.

“We have voted for responsible people as advised by President Buhari,” Bindow said.

On his part,Mustafa also lauded the conduct and urged for more unity among party members.

Commenting on the parallel congress organized by some stakeholders, including former SGF, Mr Babacir Lawan, Sen. Abdulazeez Nyako and Sen. Abubakar MoAllahyidi, the SGF said that they were on their own.

He said that the presence of party officials from Abuja and INEC staff at Ribadu Square, was a clear indication of the legitimacy of the exercise and therefore wondered why some people would be organizing something parallel.

Also speaking on the congress, the Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa and the State branch chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Aliyu Boya, lauded the conduct and urged winners and losers to accept the outcome in the spirit of sportsmanship.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mr Kassim Gaidam, who monitored the congress with his team, also lauded the conduct and urged other states to emulate Adamawa.

Most of those occupying positions, including that of the State Chairman, contested unopposed. 


(NAN)
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