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Placement on Security Watch List: Fayose threatens to sue EFCC, demands N20bn as damages, written apology

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Placement on Security Watch List: Fayose threatens to sue EFCC,
demands N20bn as damages, written apology

For placing him on watch list and directing that he should be arrested
if he attempted to travel out of the country as a sitting governor
conferred with constitutional immunity against any criminal
proceedings, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has demanded N20
billion as damages from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC), a written apology from to be published to all Security
Agencies in Nigeria, three National Newspapers and the Social Media as
well as withdrawal of the request/directive to Security Agencies to
place him on security watch list.

He threatens that “unless these demands are met within 72 hours of the
date of this letter, we shall not hesitate to carry out our client’s
firm instruction to proceed forthwith to institute legal action
against you to seek appropriate remedies before the law court without
any further recourse to you.”

Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Thursday that the
demands were contained in a letter by his counsel, Obafemi Adewale,
dated September 3, 2018, which was received at the Abuja office of the
EFCC yesterday.

The letter read; “By a letter Ref No: 3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG/TA/VOL.59/010
dated 12th September, 2018, you instructed all Security Agencies in
Nigeria, including but not limited to the Nigerian Customs Service,
NCC, to place our Client on a watch list and to arrest him at sight
upon ‘suspicion’ that he might be attempting to flee the country. In
your exact words, we quote:  ‘The under listed suspect is under
investigation in connection with the above mentioned offences and
there is reasonable suspicion suggesting that he may likely leave the
country either through the land borders, airport, or seaport in order
to invade investigation. Hence, you are kindly requested to watch-list
and arrest him.’

“By these words, you have not only fallen foul of the clear provision
of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic which
grants our Client, as an incumbent Governor, immunity from any
criminal process/proceedings, you have also exposed our Client to
ridicule, opprobrium, odium and hatred in the eyes and opinion of the
ordinary man on the street and falsely and mischievously portrayed him
as a common fugitive, a run-away from the law who could/should be
arrested at sight like a dangerous criminal.

“By this act and words, particularly coming after our Client had by
his letter of 10th September, 2018 duly received in your office on
11th September, 2018 voluntarily without any prompting by you or
anybody else, offered to report in your office in Abuja on 16th
September, 2018, the very next day after his tenure as Governor, Ekiti
State would have ended and his immunity lifted, you have demonstrated
premeditated mischief, open hatred for our Client and contempt for his
office as Governor. This is even moreso when considered against the
background of your earlier threat on your official EFCC twitter handle
which was widely circulated on the social media and published in the
Punch Newspaper of 16th July, 2018 where you mocked our Client in the
following words to the whole world: ‘The parri is over, the cloak of
immunity is torn apart and the staff broken, Ekiti Integrated
Poultry/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off
the shelves. See you soon.’

“In the light of the above, our Client has directed that we demand of
you and we hereby demand as follows; a retraction and withdrawal of
the aforesaid request/directive to Security Agencies to place our
Client of the security watch list and arrest him at sight even whilst
he still enjoys immunity as Governor forthwith.

“A written apology to our Client published to all Security Agencies in
Nigeria and in 3 National Newspapers and the Social Media for the
flagrant mischievous and deliberate attempt to breach his
constitutional rights and malign him in the eyes of right thinking
members of the society.

“Payment of the sum of N20bn as damages to our Client for the
flagrant, deliberate, pre-meditated and reckless libel and unprovoked
attack on his character and reputation and breach of his
constitutional right/immunity as an incumbent Governor.

“Take notice that unless these demands are met within 72 hours of the
date of this letter, we shall not hesitate to carry out our client’s
firm instruction to proceed forthwith to institute legal action
against you to seek appropriate remedies before the law court without
any further recourse to you.”

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Aregbesola Insists On Digitalisation Of Security Agencies

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The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said for the country to get things right with the security challenges in Nigeria, digitalization of intelligence gathering and monitoring is the best approach.

 

He emphasized that the world had gone past the manual process of operation as it is still being done in Nigeria presently.

 

 

Responding at the IT Audit Presentation on the Ministry of Interior and its Agencies to the Minister by Mr. Folusho Philips, Chairman of Philips Consult, Aregbesola pledged that he would make sure his Ministry put the necessary efforts and tools in place to ensure maximum capacity building for digitalization in the Ministry and the agencies under his watch.

 

 

He said “What distinguished the individual is how he can challenge and overcome situations”. He advised that Nigerian leaders should put in all their best to overcome the security challenges facing the country to distinguish the country to meet world digital standard.

 

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, mentioned that significant efforts have already commenced to fully digitalize operations in the Ministry.

 

He stated that the Electronic Data Management System which would ensure digitalization of file records and implementation of the Human Resource Module of the IPPIS are set to take off in the Ministry. He however emphasized the need for more funding to be appropriated to further strengthen the Ministry’s Information Technology backbone.

 

 

The presentation identified that the Ministry and its agencies are yet to update in the digital world’s standard and needed to braze up to the world acceptable practices in the quest to curb insecurity and bring peace to the Nation.

 

 

The Directors commended the Minister’s initiative and efforts to see that insecurity is a thing of the past in Nigeria.

 

 

Present during the presentation are the Permanent Secretary, Directors in the Ministry, representatives of the agencies and the delegation of Philips Consultant.

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”Its Not Our Building” Senators Reject Ownership Of Leaky National Assembly Building

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has urged Nigerians to stop bashing the National Assembly management for the parliament’s leaky roof, even as it is being maintained that the building housing the National Assembly belong to the FCTA.

 

 

During Tuesday’s downpour, the roof of the White House, where the two chambers of the National Assembly are started leaking, resulting to the lobby being taken over by flood.

 

 

Many Nigerians and civic groups described the incident as a national embarrassment.

 

 

Reacting to the media reports on the incident, the Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, raised a point of order, saying the reports breached the privilege of the lawmakers.

 

 

He clarified that the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) was in charge of the maintenance of the complex and not the lawmakers against the belief of many Nigerians.

 

 

Abdullahi noted that the N37 billion earmarked for the renovation of the National Assembly complex in the 2020 budget was slashed to N9 billion in the revised one.

 

 

He said up till now, nothing has been done.

 

 

The Senate President said the roof leakage confirmed the position of the lawmakers that the building was due for renovation.

 

 

Lawan said: “The fact that there was a leakage to me is a clear testimony, confirmation and vindication of the position the national assembly took initially.

 

 

“Everyone knows that this place is overdue for rehabilitation. We went to see Mr President and he was gracious and he asked us to meet with FCTA, the owners of the building.

 

 

“Myself, the speaker, late chief of staff and minister of finance met to look for money for the rehabilitation of the national assembly.

 

 

“When the N37 billion was approved, it was not a National Assembly budget, it was an FCDA budget.

 

 

“If this place leaks, we are not holding our democracy with the respect it has. We expect the press to inform the people responsibly.

 

 

“This house is the house of Nigerians. It belongs to Nigerians and it deserves to be rehabilitated.”

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Guest Flees As Hotel Uncovers Murdered Female Companion

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The Kwara State Police Command has begun searching for a man who allegedly killed a lady in a hotel in Ilorin, the state capital, about three weeks ago.

 

 

The suspect, whom the police identified as Adegboye James of Okelowo Street, Ede, Osun State, was alleged to have murdered the lady whom he brought to the hotel on Adewole Housing Estate, Ilorin, on May 27, 2021.

 

 

The police, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the address given by the suspect was fake and could not be traced.

 

 

He called on members of the public whose daughter or female relation was missing since May 28, 2021, to check the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for possible identification of the corpse.

 

 

The statement read, “On May 28, 2021, around 7.30pm, we responded to a call from one  Olalekan Anafi, the supervisor of Premium Diamond Hotel, in the Adewole area of Ilorin that on May 27, 2021, around 2pm, one Adegboye James, lodged at their hotel.

 

 

“The said Adegboye James went out and came back with a lady.  The said Adegboye James later checked out of the hotel without the knowledge of any of the hotel staff.

 

 

“In the morning of the following day when nothing was heard from the room occupied by the said lodger, a spare key was used to open the room and the hotel was confronted by the dead body of the lady.

 

“Investigation into the incident is already at an advanced stage as ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Mohammed Bagega, to arrest the lodger whose name and address as reflected in the hotel’s logbook is fake.”

 

In another development, the Kwara State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said its operatives are searching for a motorist who allegedly cut off the hand of a seven-year-old Alimanjiri student, Usman Abubakar, of Malam Aliu Adamu School, Patigi, in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.

 

 

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, said the child was allegedly kidnapped together with his schoolmate by the unknown motorist, who promised to take them to where they would eat on Monday night.

 

 

Babawale said the suspect, who is now at large with the boy’s hand, later escaped into the bush.

 

 

He said the victim lost much blood and was treated at the Patigi General Hospital.

 

 

The PRO said the NSCDC had commenced investigation into the incident.

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