Court grants N40m bail to Kanu’s co-defendants Read more atCourt grants N40m bail to Kanu’s defendants

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, granted bail to four pro-Biafra agitators- Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi- who hitherto faced treasonable felony charge alongside the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

 

 

 

 

 

image-2-e1484227110295Trial Justice Binta Nyako granted the defendants bail to the tune of N10million each with two sureties in like sum. Justice Nyako directed that the money should be deposited in cash to the Chief Registrar of the Court, even as she ordered the defendants to surrender all their travelling documents and not travel without leave of the court. Aside asking all the surties to swear an affidavit of means, the court barred all the defendants from attending any form of rally, press conference or granting interviews. Justice Nyako who had earlier denied the defendants bail, said she reviewed her previous ruling, the nature of the charge as well as the prescribed punishment for offence the defendants allegedly committed. Observing that the offence attracts a maximum of seven years upon conviction, the trial Justice noted that the defendants have already spent better part of the years in prison custody. Besides, Justice Nyako said she took into cognizance, various affidavits that urged the court to release the defendants on health ground, likewise a high court ruling that previously gave bail to the 1st defendant, Chimezie. Neverthless, the court held that the 1st defendant must report to the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State every two weeks. While the 2nd and 4th defendants were ordered to report to the CP in Enugu, the 3rd defendant was directed to report to the CP in Anambra State every two weeks. “Go home and attend to your health”, Justice Nyako joking told the defendants who could not contain their joy. The case was subsequently adjourned till November 14 for trial. The quartet are answering to a three-count amended charge bordering on treasonable felony. It will be recalled that trial Justice Binta Nyako had on February 20, okayed separate trial for the four defendants, following the inability of both the prosecution and the defence lawyers to produce the IPOB leader whose whereabouts has remained unknown since September last year. The court had on the day it granted bail to the embattled IPOB leader, Kanu, held that the defendants should remain at Kuje prison owing to “seriousness” of charges against them. In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, FG, alleged that the four defendants, alongside Kanu (now at large) and others at large, “on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in Nigeria and London, United Kingdom, did conspire amongst yourselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, preparations being made by you and others at large, for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”. In count-two of the charge dated March 16, FG alleged that Chimezie and Kanu had between the months of March and April, 2015, imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L, which they concealed in a container that was declared as used household items, contrary to section 47(2) (a) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. FG alleged in count-three that Madubugwu had sometimes in the month of October 2015, had in his possession at his house in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State, one Emerald Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number TS 870-113-0046 and one Delta Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number 501, as well as forty-one cartridges/ammunition without lawful authority or licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 27(b) (i) of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

Culled from Vanguard online news

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May Ekweme’s Death bring Lasting Peace in the family, Oko ~ Obiano.

The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano yesterday received in audience the delegation from Oko Community, Orumba North LGA led by the Igwe, HRH, Prof. Las. Ekwueme.

The delegation which was received at the Governors Lodge Amawbia, has the representatives of the Ekwueme Family, the President General of Oko Community, Ndi Ichie and other major stakeholders of the community.

The leader of the group, Prof Laz Ekwueme informed Gov Willie Obiano that they were at the Lodge to appreciate him for standing by the Ekwueme Family, Oko Community and Orumba North LGA, during the burial of one of their Sons, brother and former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme. He took time to express their gratitude to Obiano for according the departed statesman a befitting burial.

Speaking further, Prof Ekwueme informed Gov Willie Obiano that the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has started work at the grade ‘A’ Oko, Nanka, Agulu gully erosion sites, which according to him is the biggest nightmare of the community and environs.

Igwe Ekwueme decried the activities of land excavators which according to him aggravate the level of gully erosion around the area and appealed to government to see to curbing or putting an end to the activities.

Responding, Gov Willie Obiano appreciated the delegation for finding time to visit the Lodge, pointing that the Late Dr Alex Ekwueme was a true statesman. Going down memory lane, Chief Obiano recalled his relationship with the late Vice President as cordial.

“I am aware that the Federal Government of Nigeria gave a support to the Ekwuemes, I am deeply grateful to them”. Gov. Willie Obiano also used the opportunity to appreciate, the Government of Enugu State, led by His Excellency, Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for receiving and according our late Sage the state burial he deserves.

Gov Obiano used the occasion to inform the delegation that he was happy that NEWMAP is now working in Oko, he equally told them that the Agency (NEWMAP) is currently working on 13 erosion sites in the state.

“A forthnight ago, we signed a partnership to work on 9 erosion sites in the state with environmental experts, that will help in managing erosion sites that dots the landscape of Anambra”, Obiano said

Speaking further, Obiano observed that the state is currently experimenting with a grass called Vertiva, which according to him helps in checking erosion. “We are encouraging our people to start planting some of these trees that help in checking erosion like Bambo, breadfruit trees and others. They are equally economically viable”, Chief Obiano opined.

Concluding his speech, Gov Willie Obiano informed the visiting delegation that even as Anambra has the highest number of ashphalted roads, work is ongoing in several sites across the state. ‘We now pay our PGs some stipends and have increased the stipend of ndi Igwes to help them administer their communities adequately. We will continue to ensure that we remain the safest state in Nigeria”, Gov Obiano submitted.

In his vote of thanks on behalf of the delegation, Chief Ezezika Isaiah appreciated Gov Obiano for his giant strides in all the facets of governance. He reminded the governor that as a community, they will continue to support him and his government.

You may recall that late Dr Alex Ewkueme died on 19th Nov, 2017, and was buried on 2nd Feb. 2018.

Culled from Obika Chidiebele Cy Facebook wall FB_IMG_1530012932980.jpg

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Super Eagles possible Lineup 

Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi (Etebo) – Iwobi, Obinna, Moses – Ighalo.

Argentina possible Lineup 

Caballero – Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico – Mascherano, Biglia (Lo Celso) – Dybala (Meza), Messi, Di Maria – Aguero.

Date :26/06 /2018

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