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N5.2bn Aviation Contract: Counsel’s Absence Stalls Borishade’s Trial

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borisedeThe absence of defence counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), on Monday stalled hearing in an FCT High Court in a suit filed by the EFCC against a former Aviation Minister, Babalola Borishade and three others.

At the resumed hearing, Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Sebastian Hon, had told the court that Awomolo, who is the counsel to Timothy Dairo, a former personal assistant to Borisade, was absent in court.

Enda told the court that he received a letter from Awomolo that he would be absent in court due to other matters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that as a result of this, Justice Abubakar Umar, adjourned further hearing in the case to Nov. 7.

Borisade and Dairo are standing trial alongside Rowland Iyayi, a former Managing Director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and George Eider, an Australian, for the alleged mismanagement of N5.2 billion Aviation Safe Tower contract.

They were arraigned on Nov. 19, 2009 by the EFCC on a 15-count charge of taking bribe and forging aviation contract documents.

NAN recalls that Justice Umar had adjourned the case to Monday, to enable the EFCC to present Mr Reuben Omosigho, the prosecution witness and operative of the anti-graft agency, for cross examination by Awomolo, counsel to the third accused. (NAN)

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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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