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Abacha obeyed court order when I represented Sowore in 1993, Adegboruwa says



A human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has condemned the re-arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is worse than past military dictatorships.

Adegboruwa, who represented Sowore during the clampdown on June 12 activists by the military government of Gen. Sani Abacha in 1993, said as dictatorial as Abacha was, the late military dictator never disobeyed court orders.

The senior advocate told The PUNCH that when the court ordered the release of Sowore during Abacha’s time, the military obeyed immediately without hesitation.

He said,

“Abacha obeyed court judgement in Sowore’s case. In fact, most military regimes always obeyed court orders. Never in the history of Nigeria was the military able to sack the court the way we are seeing today.

“Under Abacha and even Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the respect for the courts was known. The constitution talks of separation of powers and there ought to be respect for each arm.

“So, what we are seeing today is worse than the Abacha regime. What we are witnessing in Sowore’s case is worse than Babangida’s regime. There was never a time that soldiers went into a court during proceedings. If they wanted to arrest anyone, they would wait at the gate.

Adegboruwa said during the military era, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) and Rotimi Williams (SAN) obtained court judgements against the government and they were obeyed.

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He, therefore, said what Nigeria is witnessing under Buhari is not democracy but dictatorship.

The activist said even though military governments usually suspended the constitution in order to function, they obeyed court orders but it was tragic that the same Buhari who swore to uphold the constitution could desecrate it in such a manner.

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Adegboruwa added,

“I don’t think we ever had it this bad even under the military. During the military era, they respected court orders and if they wanted to have their way, they would issue a decree such as Decree 2 which was to arrest people and then Decree 4 which was against the media.

Chief Rotimi Williams challenged Decree 4 through the court under the military and he succeeded. Chief Gani Fawehinmi challenged Decree 2 and he succeeded through the court.

“So, how can the court lose its power in a democracy?”


JUST IN: Air Peace sacks 70 pilots



Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace has fired over 70 pilots across its fleets.

According to a leaked statement obtained by our correspondent, the management of the airline linked the disengagement of the pilots’ contract to the devasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can be recalled that the Pilots on July 22nd protested a major pay cut after negotiations with the management over pilots’ remuneration broke down.

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The management of Air Peace denied the reports by issuing a statement that its pilots were not on strike as insinuated in the social media.

Notably amongst those affected are those who were signatories to the agitations.






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Sanwo-Olu pays debt of 45-year-old man who attempted to commit suicide on third mainland bridge (Photo)



The Police in Lagos state recently rescued a 45-year-old man, Adeyinka Abiodun, who attempted to jump into the lagoon on July 31.

A statement by the state police command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, says Adeyinka was rescued and taken to Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing.

According to Bala, Adeyinka who is married with two children, said sometime in March this year, he took a N390,000 loan with a monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.

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Bala said Adeyinka who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, told the police that the loan was collected with the intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost.

The Police spokesman said the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, moved with compassion, came to the rescue by repaying Adeyinka’s loan which has been confirmed at the microfinance bank.

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Bala said this would be the 8th suicide attempt successfully foiled by the Police in Lagos, in the last two months.

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It’s shameful educated Yoruba youths are dying in desert, sea in bids to enter Europe – Prof Banji Akintoye



The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye,

The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, has decried the trafficking of Yoruba youths to some European countries and other parts of the world for prostitution and modern-day slavery.

Akintoye blamed the massive migration of Nigerian youths abroad on poverty and the absence of youth development programmes.

“Nigerian young men and women are dying in droves in the desert trying to reach Europe. It is happening all the time and the government of Nigeria knows it,” he said in a TheCitizenNG report.

“Yoruba people are known for their love for education and an average parent in Yorubaland can do anything to send their children to school up to the university level.

“But it is wrong that we do not have plans for youth development and youth empowerment. We have identified that as a problem and that is why the Yoruba World Congress is doing something about youth development. A state government in the South-West has partnered us.

“The next step after education is youth development but we have failed to do that. That is why we have a big problem on our hand now. It is a shame that Yoruba youths, after obtaining university degrees, are dying in the desert and in the sea while trying to cross to Europe. It is also a shame that Yoruba youths are being used for prostitution and slaves in Europe and other countries.”

Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.

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According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said this while being briefed by the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, on the plight of Oyo State indigenes trafficked to Lebanon.

The governor said,

“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them.”

Sarumi-Aliyu said 40 female indigenes of the state had been identified in Lebanon while the state was going ahead with identification of others to know the actual number of Oyo State indigenes being used as slaves in Lebanon.

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