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EFCC To Appeal el-Rufai’s Acquittal In Land Grab Case

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el-rufai-EFCCFormer Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Nasir el-Rufai’s acquittal by an Abuja High Court in a case of land grabbing might only be temporary as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Sunday it will challenge the decision of the court just as it described the Supreme Court ruling on Chief Olabode George as “unfortunate”.

The EFCC lamented that Mr. el-Rufai was cleared of all the charges brought against him despite what it said is “the weight of the evidence presented by the Commission in court”.

A spokesperson for the anti-graft commission, Wilson Uwajeren in a statement yesterday said, “Consequently, the EFCC has resolved to pursue an appeal against the ruling at the Court of Appeal”.

Mr. El-Rufai, who was then a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain but now a leading member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, was cleared of charges of allegedly using his position as FCT minister from 2003-2007 to revoke a plot of land from its previous owners – Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc – and re-award same to his wife – Hadiza Ahmed – and associates, contrary to the Corrupt and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The former minister, alongside Altine Jibrin, former director-general of the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) and its former General Manager, Ismaila Iro, were first arraigned in 2008 and later re-arraigned on an amended eight-count charge in April 2011.

In his ruling Friday, the court presided over by Justice Sadiq Umar held that the evidence provided by the prosecution were flawed and filled with material contradictions hence a prima facie case case could not be established against the former minister and his co-accused.

On Mr. George, a former national vice-chairman of PDP (South) and former chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), whose October 2009 conviction was nullified by the Supreme Court, the EFCC expressed dismay over the development but said it would abide by the ruling.

Mr. George and five others were convicted by Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Lagos High Court after being found guilty in an N84 billion fraud filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The PDP chieftain was subsequently sentenced to 30 months in prison and was released in 2011.

But the apex court ruled that the former NPA boss’ conviction was wrong since the offence he was convicted for – contract splitting – was not yet a crime in 2009. He was freed alongside five others, who were members of the NPA board.

The others are Aminu Dabo, Captain O. Abidoye, Alh. Abdullahi Aminu Tafida, Alh. Zanna Maideribe and Sule Aliyu.

But the commission said in its statement that “Without going into the merit or otherwise of the Supreme court ruling, it is unfortunate that the apex court disagreed with the decision of the two lower courts- the Lagos High Court and the Court of Appeal- which upheld the conviction of the accused persons based on the evidence presented by the Commission”.

The commission said while the order nullifying the conviction was “saddening”, it will abide by the law and respect the ruling.

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

See his post below:

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Properties in the conpound on fire

Properties in the compound on fire

Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.

Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.

The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.

Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army Denies Shooting At Protesters In Lekki

Watch the video clips below:

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