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N9 Billion Fraud: How Dimeji Bankole’s Trial was Stalled Following Transfer of Judge From Abuja

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The former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Demeji Bankole, has been under trial by the EFCC over a N9 Billion loan scam. And, it will be recalled that the judge presiding over the case, Justice Okorowo, had in July scheduled for four days (September 24th to 27th) to hear the matter.

This same judge had in December 2011, dismissed two applications filed by the former Speaker that sought to stop his trial. In the ruling, Justice Donatus Okorowo had held that there is sufficient evidence placed before the court linking him to the alleged crime.

However, come Monday 24th September, 2012, the date set by the judge for continuation of hearing on the case, the trial judge was conspicuously absent. It was later learnt that the case had to be stalled following the transfer of the trial judge Justice Donatus Okorowo from Abuja to Jalingo, Taraba state.

A disappointed EFCC prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo, told journalists he was waiting “to hear from the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court if Justice Okorowa will be coming from Taraba to preside over the trial or if the case will be assigned to another judge.” Keyamo concludes: “Anyhow it goes, this is part of the problem of corruption trial. It is for this reason that a special court for the trial of corruption cases remains the way out”.

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  1. Agboola omotayo olarewaju

    December 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

    corruption had been on top of our Nigrrians goverment and it has become part of them,which can never be killed nor buired.The aim of going for leadership is 4 making BIG money just to match with those who had been in goverment before,it does not left the do or presidents seeking power under pretence of serving the so called ‘their people’ALL NA LIE LIE <NA WETIN HA GO GATER NA

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.

The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.

Also Read: #EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

 

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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