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Nigeria Will Never Break Up, Says Obaseki

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Monday expressed faith in the unity of the country dispelling insinuations in some quarters that the country is due for a split.

“Nigeria has come to stay,’’ Obaseki said as he received visiting Nigeria’s Ambassador to Republic of Benin, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, at Government House, Benin.

Buratai served as Chief of Army Staff between 2015 and 2021 before being appointed as Nigeria’s ambassador to Republic of Benin.
“We are facing our challenges like other countries in the world and that is why we need leaders like you.

“We will continue to do our own beat in contributing to the harmony and unity of Nigeria.’’
Obaseki said that the country was building on foundation laid by Buratai in combating insecurity.

The former army chief was in Edo to inaugurate a centre named after him at Igbinedion University, Okada – “Buratai Centre for Contemporaries Security Affairs’’.

Obaseki said, “the foundation you laid as chief of army staff, is what we are building on today. You are here in Edo because we appreciate what you have done for this country.

“Our Esama (Chief Gabriel Igbinedion) of Benin, who we are very proud of, is a man of foresight, who is always full of gratitude, and named that centre after you.

“It was deliberate because at no time in our history have we faced the kind of security challenges than you faced as chief of army staff.

“We could see how God used you to overcome those challenges.

“For us as a state, the relationship we have with the military today was laid during your tenure.

“You are here today to commission a centre; at no time in our history do we need to focus on security as strategically as we should now.

“As a state, we will continue to work with the national authorities,’’ the governor added.

Earlier, Buratai, said that he was Benin to inaugurate the centre named after him at the Igbinedion University, Okada. He commended Obaseki for his developmental stride and thanked him for his continuous support to the Nigerian Army.

Buratai said that the establishment of constabularies security outfit in Edo would enable the civil authority and military to work together to achieve the needed security

The ambassador also condoled with the governor on the death of legendary musician, Prof. Victor Uwaifo.

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Bamise: Again, Absence Of BRT Driver’s Lawyer Stalls Court Hearing

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The trial of Andrew Ominikoron, a BRT driver who allegedly raped and murdered Oluwabamise Ayanwole, a 22-year-old fashion designer, again failed to go on today owing to the absence of his lawyer.

The lawyer, Abayomi Omotubora, arrived at the Lagos High Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square after the trial judge, Justice Sherifat Sonaike, had adjourned the hearing to Thursday owing to his absence.


It is about the fifth time that Omotubora would be absent from the court hearing since the start of the trial.

He was absent at the court proceedings on July 30 but sent a junior counsel. He was also absent at the proceedings of June 7th and 9th.

At the last sitting of the court on July 7, where he was again absent, Justice Sonaike condemned his continuous absence. The judge described it as “appalling and unbecoming of the noble profession.”

The court also ordered the defendant to get a lawyer to defend him before adjourning till today, Sept 28.

When the journalist sought to know what happened after he arrived late to today’s proceeding, the lawyer said that he came all the way from the Ikorodu area of the state to the TBS.

On his repeated absence, the lawyer said that he also has other matters to attend to.

“This is not the only matter, I have to appear for other matters too,” he said.

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High Court Orders Obi’s Supporters Not To Converge At Lekki Toll Gate

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Labour Party and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for its #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally billed to hold on the 1st of October, 2022.

The court also directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to ensure compliance with the order.

Justice Daniel Osiagor made the order today while ruling on a motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs, who are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.


The court also held that while Obi’s supporters cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, they can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.

A preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could however not be entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.

The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to November 4, 2022.

In the suit, 10 plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.

The 1st to 10th defendants are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.

In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

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Terrorism: Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Accuses FG Of Hypocrisy

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Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel for the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) again questioned the Federal Government of Nigeria over the June 2021 arrest and extradition of his client, Nnamdi Kanu.

Ejiofor in a statement on Wednesday accused Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, of “hypocrisy”.


He queried why authorities did not subject IPOB leader, Kanu, to extradition proceedings before a court of law – just as suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, was afforded.

He also accused the Nigerian government of terrorism for the manner Kanu was captured in Kenya and “renditioned” to Nigeria.

Read Ejiofor’s full statement below:

The Honorable Attorney General of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) is aware of the existence of this NIGERIAN Extradition Act, Cap E25, Laws of the Federation 2004, particularly the compelling provision of Section 15 of this Extradition Act, yet, he proceeded on a gross violation of this Law, to participate in the criminal abduction of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya, and extraordinarily renditioned him to Nigeria, instead of subjecting him to this extradition proceedings as also mutually provided under Kenyan Laws.

Pertinent to note that this same AGF also subjected the disgraced/suspended ACP Abba Kyari to the same extradition proceedings before the Nigerian Court.

So, why was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not afforded the same opportunity before he was forcefully renditioned to Nigeria?

The law is now settled that the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices, committed an act of terrorism under their own very Law, for the manner in which they violated international laws with impunity in the forceful abduction and rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria.

It is to be noted also that, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is by virtue of the provisions of another NIGERIAN Law under Section 2(3)(f) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment and Prohibition) Act, 2022, a victim of terrorism. Abubakar Malami SAN is equally aware of the provisions of this law.

In a saner/civil society, the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices would be in the prison cooling off, for their flagrant violation of NIGERIAN Laws, which constitutes an act of terrorism. However, and most unfortunately, we are in a country of “anyhowness”, where anything goes.

Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom is sacrosanct and the hour has come, no going back.”

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