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Ekiti Lawmakers Alert NBA, Amnesty International Over DSS’ Continued Detention Of Colleague

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Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Monday approached the Nigerian Bar Association and Amnesty International over the refusal of the Department of State Services to obey a court order directing it to release the member representing Efon State Constituency, Afolabi Akanni.

The lawmakers, who addressed journalists yesterday, said it was obvious that the DSS was acting a script that would see the detained lawmaker and some other members of the House dead, so that they could be replaced by members of the All Progressives Congress.

The visit to the NBA and Amnesty International offices came on the heels of a peaceful protest last week to the United States and United Kingdom embassies in Abuja by the lawmakers, where they submitted petitions on the continued detention of Akanni.

Mr. Akanni, who was paraded before journalists last week Thursday to debunk claims by the Ekiti State Government that he was dead, was arrested at the Ekiti House of Assembly complex on March 4.

He was subsequently taken to the DSS headquarters in Abuja, where he is allegedly being held incommunicado and his alleged offences undisclosed, aside a vague “weighty security breach” given by the security agency as reason for his detention.

His colleagues claim that he was being denied access to his lawyers, doctors and family members.

On March 11, a Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, ordered that Mr. Akanni be released immediately or be brought to court in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, but the DSS refused service of the court order when the Court Bailiff, Araromi Ademola, went to its office in Ado-Ekiti, prompting an order of substituted service of the court order through newspaper advertisement.

The order was subsequently published in the Nigerian Tribune of last Thursday.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Segun Adewumi; Chairmen, House Committee on Information and Health, Gboyega Aribisogan and Samuel Omotoso respectively were at the NBA national headquarters and the Amnesty International office in Abuja to submit petitions.

They also submitted copies of the court order, newspaper advertorial in which the order was published among other documents.

They decried the silence of human rights activists, especially that of Femi Falana (SAN), saying history would judge those keeping silent because of their political interests.

The lawmakers, who addressed the press after submitting the petitions, raised the alarm over the health condition of the detained lawmaker, saying; “Hon. Akanni said on Thursday, when he was paraded before the press that he slumped twice and no medication was given to him even when he asked for drugs.”

Mr. Omotoso said; “Since it is now obvious that they cannot coerce us into impeaching our governor and leader, Ayodele Fayose, it appears that these people are now working on a sinister theory of snuffing life out of Hon Akanni and some of us so as to pave way for the conduct of bye-election through which they hope to rig APC members into the House of Assembly.

“We have therefore come here to alert the NBA and the Amnesty International of this blatant disregard for orders of our courts by the DSS and infringement on the fundamental rights of our members, especially Hon Akanni, who is dying in detention.

“We are putting the entire world on alert that should anything untoward happen to Hon Akanni, who is being detained without access to his doctors despite being terribly sick and any of us, the DSS and by extension, the federal government should be held responsible”.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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