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Why We Are Yet To Unfreeze #EndSARS Campaigners’ Bank Accounts – AGF

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Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has given reasons why the Nigerian government has yet to obey Wednesday’s court order to unfreeze bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on Wednesday ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to unfreeze the accounts of #EndSARS campaigners targeted by the apex bank after last year’s anti-police brutality demonstrations.

Malami, while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels TV programme on Thursday, explained why the federal government is yet to comply with the court judgment.

On October 15, 2020, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), directed banks to place a Post-No-Debit order on the accounts of 20 persons linked to the #EndSARS campaign.

Three weeks after, Mike Aondoakaa, counsel to the (CBN), obtained an ex parte order from the federal high court in Abuja to freeze the bank accounts of the #EndSARS campaigners for a period of 90 days.

At the expiration of the 90-day order on February 2,2021, the CBN moved to extend the period but later withdrew the application on Wednesday.

It was on this note that Ahmed Mohammed, a judge of the federal high court in Abuja, ordered the unfreezing of the bank accounts.

Malami said the federal government’s decision not to unfreeze the bank accounts immediately is because it is still weighing options as allowed by the law on such matters.
The judge, Ahmed Mohammed, issued the order unfreezing the accounts after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case on Wednesday.

He said, “We need to take in a lot of factors with particular reference to the compliance with the court order and within the context of striking a balance, the options that are available are multiple,” Malami said.

“One, the consideration of or a possibility of wholehearted compliance with the court order; that is, comprehensive, unconditional compliance with the order relating with the unfreezing of the #EndSARS account.

“But, that does not take away the right of government to give a further consideration when the need arises. A consideration for example, of excising the right of appeal against the order, of excising a right of appeal against the order if the need arises coupled with the right of stay of execution of the order or perhaps, application of variation of order among others.

“While the government has chosen to exercise those rights and indeed an appeal of variation of the court order or an appeal for setting aside the order or perhaps stay of execution of the order, you cannot within the context of the rule law adjudge the government as operating in breach of the order.

“It all depends on, for example, where parties unilaterally settle for arrangement or the order is a product of settlement arrangement, I think the possibility of considering options associated with appeal of variation of the order or setting aside the court order may not necessarily come into play.

“But where it indeed is product of contentions between the party ‘A’ saying, ‘this is the way it is’, and the other party saying no, ‘this is the way it is’, the court will now decide to make a ruling one way or the other. So, the right of appeal, right of application to set aside the court order or perhaps, maybe a staying of execution of the order may come into play.

“It all depends on the prevailing circumstances. It is the prevailing circumstances that determine what decisions, what provision, what direction the party involved in the suit or the party affected by the order will consider as the next line of action to take.

 

 

 

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Sen Andy Uba In Trouble Over Heritage Bank Debt (Video)

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A leading APC governorship aspirant in the Anambra governorship election fixed for November 2021, Andy Uba, is currently swimming in trouble, JomogNews Nigeria reports.

He is said to be heavily indebted to Heritage Bank.

Though the exact amount Uba owes the bank has not been made available, a credible source stated that the debt is in billions.

His indebtedness, insider confirms, has become huge source of worry to the bank executives so much so that the bank mobilized early on Monday, June 21 and stormed his Abuja residence to compel him to pay.

In a video that has gone viral, a voice, ostensibly one of the bank’s executives, was heard saying

“We are staff of Heritage Bank in Abuja and we are here Senator Andy’s house house in Abuja.

“He has been owing the bank for a couple of years now.

“We are here for a peaceful meeting with him to pay his loans which are depositors money.

“If this debt is not paid, staff will lose their jobs. We are here to appeal to him,” the obviously frustrated banker said.

A known face in the Nigerian political space, Andy Uba had won the Anambra state Governorship election in 2007 in a landslide victory and was sworn on May 27, 2007.

But the people of Anambra were stunned when on June 14, 2007, barely two weeks and three days after his swearing-in, Senator Andy Uba was removed from office by a judgement of the Supreme Court.

It was a judgement that spurred uproar in many quarters across the nation because many legal minds argued that the apex court, at that time, had no jurisdiction over the case.

Senator Uba, at the end, however, accepted the sad development and congratulated his opponent, Peter Obi, who became the bonafide governor.

This was after the soft-spoken Senator from Ugah in Anambra South Senatorial District had served President Olusegun Obasanjo as a senior aide in charge of domestic affairs.

The Presidential Villa position energized his political influence across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

It also upgraded him into the club of billionaires in cash and assets.

Subsequently, after the governorship failure, he, in April 2011, won the Senatorial election to represent his District. He did two terms and was in charge of lucrative and grade A committees like INEC.

He is currently in the governorship race which comes up on November 6, 2021 but the debt crisis may be the spoiler.

Born on 14 December 1958 in Enugu, Uba who attended the Boys High School in Awkunanaw and Concordia University is not fresh to controversies.

In the 2011 Senate election under PDP, he won with 63,316 votes, ahead of Chukwmaeze Nzeribe of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with 43,798 and Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah of the Accord party with 24,724.

Uba’s election was challenged by Senator Obiora, the Accord candidate, who claimed that Uba had forged his West African School Certificate (WASC) and had not obtained any of the university degrees that he claimed.

The story of allegedly faked degrees dates back to a story written by two investigative reporters and published by The News in December 2006. Reporters claim that both Concordia and California State University said that although Uba enrolled, he did not graduate from either university.

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Army Rescues More Kidnapped Kebbi Students, Kill Bandit

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The Nigerian Army has confirmed the rescue of more students of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State who were kidnapped by bandits on Thursday.

JomogNews Nigeria reports one teacher and three students have been freshly rescued by the military from the custody of the bandits.

This development was confirmed to Naija News in a statement on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The statement noted that one teacher and three students were rescued by the military on Saturday while one of the bandits was killed and some items including motorcycles and handsets were recovered.

The Army statement reads: “Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation HADARIN DAJI supported by Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the FGC Birnin Yawuri.

One teacher and three students were rescued yesterday at Makuku, in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

The troops also killed one bandit and recovered nine motorcycles and four handsets from the fleeing bandits.

Additional troops have also been deployed to dominate the forest and deny the bandits freedom of action.”

It will be recalled that two teachers and five students were earlier on Friday 18 June 2021 rescued by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

 

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14 Gunmen Killed As Security Officers Repel Attack On Police Station In Benue

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At least 14 gunmen were killed by the police in a foiled attack on Kastina-Ala police station, Kastina-Ala LGA of Benue state.

Catherine Anene, police spokesperson in Benue, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

She said the attackers numbering up to 50, invaded the police station in the early hours on Sunday to rescue some of their members arrested and detained on Saturday.

The police spokesperson said the officers on duty, however, repelled the attack, killing 14 of them.

“On 19th June 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution,” she said.

“On 20th June 2021 at about 0130 hrs more than 50 other gang members of the detainees mobilised and invaded the police station to rescue their counterparts.

“Officers at the division who were already at alert engaged them in a gun duel and were able to subdue the bandits.
“Fourteen of them were brought down during the exchange of fire, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.

Anene said the command has launched a series of operations to rid of criminal elements in the LGA.

In recent times, communities in Benue have been targeted by gunmen.

Early this month, over 20 people were killed in Odugbeho community in Agatu LGA of the state.

In May, over 30 people were reportedly killed — including students of the College of Education — in Katsina Ala LGA of the state.

 

 

 

 

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