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Evans’ trial: Counsel seeks to call Femi Falana as witness

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The Lagos State Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Y.G Oshoala, in the trial of the suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, on Thursday, filed an application seeking to add Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, as a witness in the case.

Oshala told an Igbosere High Court, Lagos that an issue came up during trial within trial which required that “we call an additional witness.”

On Jan. 16, Evans, told the court that his confessional statement which he made to the police after his arrest in 2017, was made under duress.

Therefore a trial within trial was conducted to ascertain whether the defendant’s statement was actually made under duress.

Evans is currently facing two separate charges, bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder, before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.

In the first charge, Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, and Victor Aduba.

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In the second charge, he is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Oshoala told the court that during trial within trial Evans mentioned that Falana came to visit him while in police custody but was prevented from seeing him due to excessive torture which he was going through.

The prosecutor, therefore, said he would want to call the SAN as a witness for the interest of justice.

But the counsel to Evans, Mr. RB. Ekeh said that he has not responded to the application, adding that other defendants’ counsel said that they were not served with the application.

Oshala said that “The issue came up during trial within the trial of the first defendant (Evans) therefore does not concern the other defendants.”

Justice Adedayo Akintoye ordered that all the defendants be served, “those concerned will reply.

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After this argument, the third defendant’s counsel, Mr. S.E. Okeke, holding the brief of Mr J.C. Jiakponna, told the court that he had a bail application.

He informed the court that he has served the medical director of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, the order made by the court on May 23, in which the director was ordered to issue a medical report on the state of health of the third defendant (Linus Opara).

The counsel had claimed that Opara had a failed operation in prison which might require treatment at an outside hospital.

Okeke, however, said that the prisons “have not reacted to it.

“We will move our bail application after the prisons have reacted to the court’s order”.

All the proceedings above took place when the second charge was called, in which Evans is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.

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Earlier, the first defendant’s counsel adopted his written address in the first charge.

He told the court that it was the former counsel to Evans, Mr. O.I. Ajanuku that prepared the address, adding that he would adopt same as his argument to the trial within trial in this particular charge.

The Lagos State prosecuting counsel said he had filed a reply and would adopt it as his argument.

Justice Akintoye, consequently, adjourned the case until Sept. 18 for ruling on the first charge and hearing of bail application on the second charge.

The alleged kidnap kingpin was arrested on June 10, 2017, and was in August 2017 arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi at an Ikeja High Court for kidnapping.

He was also arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Ikeja High Court, Lagos, on different charges.

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Trinidad and Tobago premier claims election victory and second term

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley has claimed victory in general elections, a preliminary result that appeared to secure him a second term as leader of the energy-rich Caribbean island country.

Rowley’s People’s National Movement (PNM) “has been called to service in the government … for a second time,” the daily Trinidad and Tobago Guardian quoted him as saying after the elections held on Monday.

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The PNM took 22 seats against 19 seats for the opposition United National Congress (UNC), whose leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that it will ask for recounts in marginal areas, according to the daily.

“The fights are not over until the recounts are done,” she said.

Rowley’s government has been praised for its handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country which has reported 295 infections and eight deaths.

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But the premier has been criticized over the years-long contraction of the economy, which is largely based on petroleum and petrochemicals, and over the arrival of large numbers of Venezuelan migrants into the country.

Rowley said his party had lost votes from senior citizens who could not go to vote because of the pandemic.

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“This victory is largely the involvement of youths,” he said.

The former British colony of 1.4 million people is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, thanks to its reserves of oil and gas.

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90 per cent of men can cook but are just too lazy, Dr Toolz alleges

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Popular Nigerian twitter user, Dr Toolz, has shared her thoughts on the controversial issue of kitchen duties between husband and wife.

According to the young lady, men can cook but are just too lazy to do so.

“90% of men can cook but they are too lazy to cook”, the twitter influencer wrote.

See Tweet below;

See some of the reactions her post garnered;

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Olatunde Samuel wrote ;

Cus they grw up with the mentality that cooking is the duty of the women,that’s why the mothers in this present generation gats to change this perception by compelling their sons to help in the kitchen as they teach their daughters how to cook ,charity begins at home

Don Pablo wrote ;

We’re not lazy, ya’ll will just normalize it for us.
We hate that shii

Tanna wrote ;

I actually don’t think Men are lazy. It’s more like a societal orientation, an average man is giving the false sense of reasoning that cooking is meant for only woman.

They assume that only women wrapper men cook in their family. African men need serious Education

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Those stealing COVID-19 funds are cursed – Abiara

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Prophet Samuel Abiara

A former General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has said politicians and government workers who steal from COVID-19 funds are cursed.

In a statement released on Monday, Abiara commended the Lagos State Government for reopening worship centres and pledged the commitment of his congregation to keeping regulations on COVID-19.

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He, however, called on religious leaders in the country to intensify prayers for the end of the virus, saying only God could deliver the world from the pandemic.

“For those who are in charge of the donation of money, food items, etc, God said you must not steal anything from the money, food and all items donated for COVID-19 for yourself. If you do that, curses of the pandemic will be in the family of those who do this,” he added.

Abiara also asked Nigerians to go into agriculture, urging those with land, irrespective of the size, to cultivate them.

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He appealed to the government to support agriculture, diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil and gas.

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