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Possession Of Fire Arms: Court Clears Gov’s Ex-Aide

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Justice Olayinka Fayi of Federal High Court, Yenagoa has struck out a case of illegal possession of firearms preferred against the Famous Daunemigha, a former special aide to Governor Sylva.

The court took the step sequel to the withdrawal of the charges leveled against the accused by the prosecution counsel, ASP Henry Ogbeiwi.

In withdrawing the charges, the prosecution counsel told the court that the case has been transferred to the Force Headquarters Abuja for further investigation.

Based on the submission, Justice Faji said he has no option than to strike out the case.  It could be recalled that the accused Daunenigha on June 10, his year was arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa for an alleged illegal possession of fire arms, a charge in which he pleaded not guilty.

The Charge No. FHC/YNG/16C/2009 reads in parts: “You Famous Daunemigha on the 6th Day June 20, 2009 at No. 42 Bay Bridge Road, Kpamsia had in your possession two pump action gums reasonably suspected of having been stolen or unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence punishable by law.

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Alleged $8.4m Fraud: Court Compels Ajudua To Get Tested For COVID-19

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A Lagos High Court yestersday ordered a socialite, Fred Ajudua, charged with  defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4 million, to undergo a COVID-19 test at the laboratory of the Yaba Infectious Diseases Centre, Lagos.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso gave the order following Ajudua’s failure to appear in court for his trial for three  consecutive times.
The defendant had cited contraction of Coronavirus.
In a ruling, Oyefeso said that in order verify Ajudua’s  claim, he must be tested in the presence of the representatives of both prosecution and defence.
She added that the result must be communicated to the court within 48 hours.
Earlier, defence counsel, Mr Akinwale Kola-Taiwo representing the Law Chambers of Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), prayed the court that though Ajudua was in the court premises, he should not be mandated to enter the courtroom because he tested positive for COVID-19.
Kola-Taiwo told the court that medical report of the defendant showed that he contracted the deadly virus for the first time on Jan. 8 and tested negative on Jan. 15 after he had undergone self-medication.
He said: “I am sincerely sorry for the absence of the defendant. He is downstairs but I don’t think he should be made to enter the court.
“An associate of the defendant met me and handed over these documents to me. They are medical reports of the defendant testing positive for COVID-19 virus.
“Your lordship, the defendant was tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time on Jan. 8. He did self-medication and he tested negative on Jan. 15.
“The defendant has an underlying health issue. He has been living with one kidney for a couple of years now.
“Around Oct. 14, while he was in his home town in Delta State, he also contracted COVID-19. The defendant has been medicating ever since but his condition is deteriorating.
Kola-Taiwo said that Ajudua tested positive again for COVID-19 on Dec. 12.
He asked the court to adjourn the trial to enable  Ajudua to seek treatment.
Responding, lead prosecution counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, queried the absence of Mr Olalejan Ojo (SAN),  lead defence counsel.
Atteh Seidu said that Ojo should not have been absent at the proceedings because prosecution and defence agreed on the trial date.
He urged the court to order that defence should make available to prosecution, all Ajudua’s medical records  so that an investigation would  be conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the authenticity of the documents.
Atteh said that in the alternative, the court should invoke Section 235 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2014, stating that a defendant could be tried in absentia.
“The court should invoke Section 235 of ACJL, 2014, because the defendant cannot continue to manipulate the court,” he said.

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SEAMATA Petitions CBN Over Banks’ Multiple Charges, Deductions

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Members of the South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) have sent a Save Our Souls (SOS) to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over alleged multiple and indiscriminate charges and deductions on customers by commercial banks.
It would be recalled that SEAMATA is the umbrella association of traders in all the markets in the South East geo-political zone and traders of South East extraction doing business across the states of the Federation and in the Diaspora.
The association made this known in an open letter addressed to the Governor of the CBN, Dr. Godwin Emefiele, on Monday and also made available to newsmen in Enugu.
President-General of SEAMATA, Chief Gozie Akudolu and the Secretary, Mr Alex Okwudiri, Jointly signed the letter respectively.
“We are directed to formally bring to your notice the indiscriminate act of financial oppression which our members and all depositors and operators of bank accounts experience on a daily basis from commercial banks through indiscriminate charges and deductions”.
The statement made it clear that most of the transactions are the social responsibility of the banks, adding that the banks make deductions and charges for virtually every transaction ranging from deposits to even confirmation of signature. in
“Part of the major responsibilities of the commercial banks, we know, is to accept money deposits from customers and keep safe custody of the same, and perform such other transactions for and as directed by the customer through various bank instruments.

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Nigerian Author Breaks American Record As Two Varsities Accept Book For PG

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A Nigerian writer, Obii Pax-Harry, has had her book, “Prophetic Engagement: Issachar Mandate,’ adopted as recommended text for Master’s degree course by two American universities.
The book was recommended as a text for Master’s degree programme in women leadership by Wagner University, Pasadena and Shiloh University.
A statement by Ugochukwu Uwajeh, Communications Consultant, Nehemiah Resource Centre, Abuja yesterday, said that it was the first book in the Christian genre to be adopted as a recommended text by the academia in America.
Uwajeh stated that the book had also won the Fred Grossmith’s award in 2006.
He added the recognition accorded to Pax-Harry’s book would further expand opportunities for Nigerians who wish to study in American universities.
“The book written in 2005, has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Portuguese as well as three Nigerian languages, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa.
“In addition, the School of Government and Politics (SOGP), an arm of the Nehemiah Apostolic Resource Centre, has entered into partnership with Wagner University and their partners, Shiloh University.
“The partnership will further expand scholarship opportunities for Nigerians who wish to pursue further studies in the USA,” he said.
Pax-Harry, a Nigerian trained lawyer, now clergy, was earlier invited by Wagner University as a visiting lecturer in April, in recognition of the book.
She was also a panelist at the student-driven Harvard Kennedy School of Government African Development Conference in 2018, alongside presidents of Ghana, Mali and Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
She is the founder of ‘Rebuilding Lives Project’, an NGO recognised by the American government.
“She leads Nehemiah Resource Centre, Abuja, a leadership development organisation that has trained and deployed several Nigerians into key areas of leadership.

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