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Former Deputy Governor Of Lagos Asks Court To Stop Her Arrest

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Mrs Ojikutu

Mrs Ojikutu

Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Aderoju Ojikutu, has filed a suit asking the Lagos High Court to stop the Inspector General of Police, IGP, from arresting her.

67-year-old Ojikutu and her son, Adebisi Ojikutu Jr., were both declared wanted by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police Force. The police said that the former Deputy Governor had a case involving a fraud of N130 million to answer.

She however, said the matter which culminated into the police investigation was a civil case involving the sale of her late husband’s land at Lekki, Lagos.

Ojikutu said she sold the land through her lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, to one Mr Cajetan Okekearu, adding that both of them (herself and Adebisi Jr.) obtained their letter of administration at the Probate Registry of the Lagos High Court.

The police had alleged that the former Deputy Governor and her son allegedly conspired and sold a parcel of land known as Plot 24, Block 4 situated at Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos for N130 million to Okekearu.

But Ojikutu’s Counsel, Pedro asked the court to declare that the said land described in the contract of sale dated October 6, 2011 and entered into by his client and the third defendant (Okekearu), belonged to her late husband, Mr Sampson Adebisi Ojikutu, pointing out that they were the true beneficiaries of his estate by virtue of the Letters of Administration with reference No. PHC/2114/2010.

She then urged the court to declare that the IGP, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, and the Second defendant, the Commissioner of Police- SFU, Tunde Ogunsakin, were not empowered under any known law to interfere with any civil matter arising out of a breach of contract in particular.

In the originating summons brought pursuant to Order 3 Rules 8 (1) and (2) of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, the plaintiffs, among others, urged the court to determine whether the IGP and the Police Commissioner could legally, lawfully or validly convert the case into a criminal matter and proceed to declare the Ojikutu wanted or put her through any investigation whatsoever.

Furthermore, they then prayed the court to determine whether they were entitled to the said land and whether Okekearur, as a purchaser of the said land was under an obligation to make inquiries or investigate the true ownership of the said property.

“Whether by virtue of clause 9 of the contract of sale dated October 6, 2011 entered into by the claimants and the 3rd defendant, the claimants are under obligations to indemnify the 3rd defendant in the event that the 3rd defendant incurred any expenses or loss arising from the transfer of title in the property as aforementioned.

“Whether the refund of N50million by the claimants to the 3rd defendant was done in good faith and in compliance and partial fulfillment with clause 9 of the contract of sale dated October 6, 2011 and entered into between the claimants and the 3rd defendant,” Ojikutu stated. No date has yet been fixed for mention of the case. [Punch]

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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