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Ex-Lagos Solicitor-General Denies Alleged Involvement In $10m Professional Fees Scam

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Lawal-PedroA former Solicitor-General for Lagos State, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN), has denied involvement in a $10 million professional fee scam rocking the law firm of legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN).
Babalola’s firm had in a petition forwarded to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, alleged Pedro’s involvement in the fraud, which was in respect of a land case won for the Gbadamosi Eletu Family of Lagos at the Supreme Court.
The Eletu family had denied signatory to the $10 million professional fees allegedly charged by Babalola’s firm.
Pedro, who was the Solicitor General of Lagos State at the time the land case was decided at the apex court, said: “My role in the whole case was largely misconstrued and l wish to state with emphasis that l did not, and could not have defrauded Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) or his law firm of $10 million.
“The allegation is false and malicious. I wish to state that Chief Afe Babalola’s petition to the ICPC, which I have read and responded to accordingly, was as a result of his misunderstanding of my role in the settlement of the Supreme Court judgment in favour of his client (The Gbadamosi Eletu family of Lagos) in Suit SC/146/05”.
He further stated: “On the 13th of March, 2016, I was with Chief Afe Babalola in Ado Ekiti to resolve the misunderstanding and we have been relating since then.
“Even though the non-execution of the judgment delayed the immediate payment of Chief Afe Babalola’s professional fees by his client, I acted in the best interest of all the concerned parties to achieve a resolution of the matter.
“As regards Chief Babalola’s professional fees, it is a matter between him and his clients (The Gbadamosi Eletu Family of Lagos), which I am aware is already a subject of a pending case, which all parties are trying to resolve in suit LD/182LWM/15”.

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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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