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After Document Robbery, DSS Files Terrorism Charges Against Igboho’s Aides

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…Igboho’s Aides Sue Security Agents, Seek N100m As Compensation

The Federal Government through the Department of State Service (DSS) has filed a 5-count charge against Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, two aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

The charge dated August 31, was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by S.M Bello, counsel for the claimant.
By the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021, the Federal Government claims that the defendants were involved in terrorist acts and for being in possession of prohibited firearms.

Count one of the charges reads, “That you Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July 2021, at the residence of one Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state within the jurisdiction of this Court did conspire to commit acts of terrorism, to wit: possession of prohibited firearms, contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count two: “That you Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July 2021, at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state, within the jurisdiction of this Court did have in your possession, without lawful authority, the under listed prohibited firearms: Five (5) AK 47 rifles with serial numbers 04956, 213740, 8673, 945999 and 6139 respectively; Two (2) AK 47 rifles which serial numbers could not be identified; Two (2) pump action rifles with serial numbers 8836 and 9398 respectively; One (1) pump action whose serial number could not be identified; and One (1) stun gun.

The FG stated that the offence was contrary to Section 1(3)(c)(v) of the Terrorism Prevention Act CAP 10, 2011 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) act 2013.

Count three: “That you Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July 2021, at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state within the jurisdiction of this Court did have in your possession, without lawful authority one thousand, two hundred and ninety-five (1,295) live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and two hundred and twenty-one (221) live rounds of 5.56mm ammunition contrary to Section 1(3)(c)(v) of the Terrorism Prevention Act CAP 10, 2011 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) act 2013.

Count four; “That you Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July 2021, at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state within the jurisdiction of this Court did involve yourselves in activities in preparation to commit acts Of terrorism contrary to Section 21 of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count five stated that Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde did use their Facebook account as a platform to promote terrorist activities contrary to Section 18(1 & 2) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Prevention) Act, 2015.

Meanwhile, the 12 associates of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, have instituted a rights enforcement suit against the Department of State Services (DSS) for being paraded on the media as criminals.

They filed the suit on Wednesday before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court who presided as a vacation judge while the court is on recess.

In the suit, Igboho’s associates sought a declaration of the court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction constituted a breach of their fundamental rights.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression.

Similarly, the applicants prayed for an order granting the sum of N100 million for aggravated and exemplary damages against the security outfit for what they termed a serial breach of their constitutional rights.

But the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, told Justice Egwuatu during the proceedings that his case file was stolen from a member of the legal team who was meant to bring it to the court.

According to him, his colleague in question boarded a vehicle on Tuesday belonging to criminal elements, known as ‘one chance’, to whom she lost her personal belongings and the case file.

With the annual recess of the court ending soon, Justice Egwuatu ruled that the file of the fundamental rights suit be returned to the registry for reassignment to the regular court.

On July 1, Channels Television had reported that there was tension in the Soka area of Ibadan as a result of the early-morning firefight at Igboho’s house.

Hours after the incident, the DSS issued a statement in which it said it was a raid by a joint team of security operatives.

It alleged that Igboho and others had plotted to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State, calling on the Yoruba Nation agitator to turn himself in to the nearest security agency.

Igboho’s associates were later paraded and detained until eight of them were released by the DSS on August 30, after about two months in detention.

The security agency had, however, kept four others in custody, although the court granted bail to all 12 persons.

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US President’s Medical Adviser, Anthony Fauci To Speak At Nigeria COVID-19 Summit

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As part of efforts to redefine the country’s national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country, the Nigerian COVID-19 Summit is to host Dr Anthony Fauci.

Fauci, who is the Chief Medical Adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden as well as the Director, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. will be speaking at the summit.

The summit, which is in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners, will be held from December 6 to December 8, 2021, in Abuja.

Dr Mukhtar Muhammed, Technical Head, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.

Mohammed said that the PSC had also mobilised all critical stakeholders including development partners for this important National Summit.

“We are heartened and encouraged by the support we have received so far from our development partners and the private sector.

“With just one day away from the commencement of this summit, which will help us to redefine our national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country,” he added.

He, however, encouraged Nigerians and the international community to visit the website of this summit.

“There will be a virtual session that can be accessed by all. In order to register, you will log on to the website: https://2021.covid19summit.com.ng/.

“I want to thank all Nigerians, members of the diplomatic corps for their understanding of our procedures.

“Our international development partners, for providing technical and financial support, members of the press, for doing your work to ensure that we advance the cause of public health, and Nigeria remains a very safe environment,” he said.

NAN reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PSC on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had said that in preparation for the committee’s winding down, it would hold a COVID-19, summit in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners in the country.

According to Mustapha, the theme of the summit will be: ‘Pushing through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better’.

The sub-themes include: ‘Leadership And Governance In Pandemic Recovery And Reconstruction’ and ‘Nigeria’s Health-Security Framework For Effective Response To Global Health Security Threats’.

The SGF noted that the summit would be an august assemblage of key actors in the health, economic, security, and policy-making sectors of the country.

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.

In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.

Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.

According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.

These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.

Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.

He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”

The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.

“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.

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