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Shiite Group Criticizes Plateau Governor For Banning Activities

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The Media Forum of Nigeria’s major Shiite group, IMN, has criticised Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State for banning the activities of the movement in the state.

In a statement issued to journalists on Sunday in Abuja, Ibrahim Musa, President of the Forum, accused Mr. Lalong of imitating Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in banning the activities of the movement without recourse to law.

“It is perplexing that the premise upon which Plateau State governor has placed his own ban was simply because of the ban in Kaduna State.

“No recourse to the dictates of the law, reason or logic.

“He is merely copying Kaduna State without basis. This is awkward to say the least,” Mr. Musa said.

He noted that the ban on the activities of the movement in Plateau, like in Kaduna State, strips the citizens of the two states of their inalienable rights to practice their faith without molestation.

“We believe Governor Lalong is fully aware of this and his limitation.”

Mr. Musa said Plateau is the least state expected to copy Kaduna State in the infringement of the rights of its citizens.

He said: “of all the myriad of crises bedeviling the state, IMN has never been implicated in any.

“It therefore beats imagination why the state would target IMN for persecution.

“Governor Lalong only seems to be playing to the gallery in making this ill-advised illegal and illogical move.”

Mr. Musa appealed to the governor to rescind his decision to act like his counterpart in Kaduna State on matters concerning IMN.

“We believe he (Lalong) should stand for justice, fairness and obedience to the rule of law.

“We call on him to exercise his powers in ordering for the release of members of IMN in detention immediately, pay compensation to IMN members who lost properties in the state-sponsored terror attacks on IMN in his state.

“We also expect him to prosecute those soldiers and thugs involved in the carnage during Ashura commemoration anniversary in Jos,” Mr. Musa said.

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

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This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

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JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

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Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.

 

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