The Deputy Comptroller General (DCG), Health and Social Welfare, Nigerian Correctional Service, H.B. Kori, yesterday, appealed to the Federal High Court, Abuja, to give him a week, to respond to the court order on the true health status of Abdulrasheed Maina, former pension reform boss.
Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Abubakar, made this known to Justice Okon Abang at the continuation of trial of former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Maina.
Justice Abang, therefore, adjourned till November 21 and November 22 for continuation of trial.
Justice Abang had, on Tuesday, adjourned till November 7 for continuation of trial.
Maina is being charged with 12 counts bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud”, was stalled on Tuesday, due to his ill-health.
Maina was wheeled into the court by Correctional Service officers.
However, the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, failed to deliver ruling on Abdulrasheed Maina, chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTM)’s bail application.
Justice Okon Abang, who stated this, said the date for the ruling would be made known at the close of work.
The judge attributed the reason to the heavy workload on the court.
“On account of the heavy workload on this honourable court, the court shall reserve ruling on the bail application.
“The ruling is not ready. The court will give another date at the close of work today,” Abang said.
Maina, whose trial was stalled on Tuesday due to ill-health, was, on Thursday, wheeled into Court 6, where his bail application was expected to be taken.
Two officers of the Kuje Nigerian Correctional Service wheeled Maina into the courtroom at 9:30 am, armed with two first aid boxes.
Youth Leader Tasks Andoni Elites On Security Summit
Following the rising cases of insecurity in communities across Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, a youth leader, Hon. Amon Nkpon Ijongama, has called for a stakeholders summit on security in the area.
Ijongama who is also the President of Obolo Youth Coalition told newsmen at a media briefing in Port Harcourt that communities in Andoni were living in fear following the rising spate of insecurity in the area.
The youth leader particularly regretted the alleged silence of the Andoni political class on the spate of insecurity in Andoni and called on them to rise up and show concern on the threat to lives of their people.
The youth activist particularly criticised the Andoni Local Government Council for its alleged silence over the maiming and killings by hoodlums in the area, regretting that the council chairman and his councillors were yet to speak out against the activities of hoodlums in the area.
He condemned the recent exchange of gunfire between the police and hoodlums along the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Unity Road which led to the death of one Dr Patricia Obomanu, the Principal of Community Secondary School, Nkoro.
Ijongama also condemned the recent attack on the medical doctor in charge of Ngo General Hospital, headquarters of Andoni Local Government Area as well as the looting of the constituency office of the federal lawmaker representing Andoni/Opobo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
He used the occasion to call on the chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Paul Lawrence Paul to partner with his Opobo/Nkoro counterpart to ensure security along the Ogoni-Andoni/Opobo Unity Road.
Fani-Kayode Tasks FG On National Security …As Trump Appoints New Security Chief
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has advised the Federal Government to do more in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism and national security.
He said this in reaction to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell, as the acting United States Director of National Intelligence.
The former presidential aide expressed delight at the appointment and advised the Buhari administration to brace up and be ready for Grenell.
Fani-Kayode stated that Grenell is now the most powerful man in America in terms of intelligence-gathering, espionage and security matters.
The outspoken critic said the envoy recognises the strategic importance of Nigeria to the United States and fully appreciates “what we are being subjected to by the present administration”.
“He has a deep interest in our affairs, he cares for us and he knows the mess that we put ourselves in by electing Buhari and allowing him to steal his mandate both in 2015 and 2019.
“Needless to say, the events of the last five years have vindicated him and proved him right. They have vindicated and proved yours truly right as well,” he added.
In 2015, Grenell in an article titled “Nigeria On The Brink” published on Washington Times, warned Nigerians against electing General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) as President.
The current Ambassador to Germany noted that “Buhari had spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram”.
Grenell declared that Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa.
The verdict rattled the All Progressives Congress (APC). The ruling party called the new US Intelligence chief a paid agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Garba Shehu, who was then APC Presidential Campaign media director, labelled Grenell’s opinion “provocative”.
He described it as an” advertisement by a failed President (Goodluck Jonathan) and his ruinous party, the PDP, to tarnish the hard won credibility and integrity of Buhari”.
After Buhari assumed office in 2015, he appointed Shehu as his senior special assistant on media and publicity.
The president retained Shehu, a former media adviser to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the same position in 2019.
Buhari Meets Security Chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting followed Buhari’s vow to wipe out insurgents operating in the country.
Buhari said that in the coming weeks, Nigerians would witness an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram.
He assured that security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services.
“I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country,” Buhari added.
Our correspondent reports that the yesterday’s security meeting with the president was attended by all the four service chiefs namely; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Others are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
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