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Oluwo of Iwo seeks death penalty for kidnappers

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To put an end to kidnapping in Osun state, the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has advocated for death penalty for kidnappers arrested in the state.

Akanbi made the call during a courtesy visit by the traditional rulers of Iwo land to Governor Gboyega Oyetola in Osogbo on Thursday.

The traditional rulers visited the governor to felicitate with him on his victory as the winner of the September 2018 Governorship election, as upheld by the Supreme Court.

The monarch said the issue of kidnapping in the state had become worrisome and demanded a harsh penalty for anyone that carried out such an evil act when apprehended.

“We traditional rulers want to beg the governor on behalf of other royal fathers to strictly enforce a harsh penalty for kidnappers when apprehended.

“If possible it should be death penalty instead of life imprisonment as the case may be,” Akanbi said.

According to him, when the death penalty is enforced, such an evil act will likely be reduced or stopped by the perpetrators who may not want to face such a situation.

I am convinced that when a death penalty is enforced, that will make the perpetrators to have a rethink and by that, the evil act might be reduced or stopped.’’ the traditional ruler said.

Akanbi further said traditional rulers were ready to support the current administration of Gov. Oyetola.

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He suggested that the government should create a synergy between the Chairmen of local governments and traditional rulers, especially in the area of tax collection among other things.

I want the success of this administration with the support of the royal fathers and the citizens.

“We want you to create a synergy between chairmen of local governments and traditional rulers in the area of Internally Generated Revenue through taxation, mining, among others,” he said.

The traditional ruler commended security agencies for their efforts toward making the state a safe place.

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Akanbi urged the public and key stakeholders to support the current administration to enable it deliver the dividend of democracy.

In his reaction, the governor appreciated the royal fathers for their visit, saying that the Judiciary is taking a deep look into the issue of kidnapping to know the penalty to be recommended for such an evil act.

Oyetola promised that once the judiciary had finished their assignment and taken to the public corridor for debate by stakeholders and accepted, he would not hesitate to pass such into law whether death penalty or life imprisonment.

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He urged the traditional rulers to collaborate with hunters in their respective communities to support the current administration in fighting crime.

These hunters know the nooks and crannies of the bush, especially where most of these kidnappers hide.

“I believe if they can work with the government, it would go a long way in putting an end to kidnapping and rituals in the state,’’ Oyetola said.

He noted that the government would look into the synergies recommended by the monarch in the area of IGR for the success of his administration.

Oyetola, however, promised the traditional rulers that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his administration would ensure that the state remained safe for people to stay without panic.

 

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Pastor who reportedly bought Dubai property for Magu, prophesied Buhari will retain him

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The pastor who reportedly bought Dubai property for Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had reportedly prophesied in the past that Buhari will retain him.

The pastor identified as Emmanuel Omale who is the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja was among religious leaders who prophesied in December 2019 for people to have a clue or spiritual understanding of the incoming year.

The pastor, Omale had reeled out a list of things he said would happen in 2020 and one of the things he highlighted is President Muhammadu Buhari retaining Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the pastor on December 31, 2019, “President Buhari has seen the great success of his war on corruption under Ibrahim Magu and he will submit his name for re-appointment and confirmation in spite of massive gang up,”.

Newsmen reported that the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) reveals.

Recall that Magu was arrested on Monday by a combined team of officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and force criminal investigation department (FCID) after failing to honour two invitations from the panel.

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He has been detained since then and the police authorities on Thursday withdrew his security.

In the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA), which probed assets recovered by the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020, Omale was said to have been used by Magu to launder funds.

He was reportedly uncovered during an investigation on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

According to the report, the clergy bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Below are some of the things Omale said in his end-of-the-year message:

1) The war on corruption will jail two ex-governors who are currently serving as Senators.

2) Let’s pray for the health of a former Nigerian president who may not make it to 2020

3) There are a lot of enemy arrows being shot at the first lady, and her immediate family. She requires special prayers to avert tragedy.

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4) The Nigerian security agencies should activate their intelligence gathering mechanism to avert a terrorist driver ramming into early morning commuters in Abuja.

5) A serving Governor from North-West Nigeria will experience tragedy in his family, but seeking the face of God will prove beneficial.

6 Governor Rotimi Akeredolu must pray against terminal illness.

7) So also, a prominent minister from the South East needs to get closer to God, to avoid calamity.

8 ) A retired general from the North East may be implicated in a coup attempt.

9) Two major markets will be engulfed in flames. Traders should insure their shops and goods.

10) The rains will be unusual in their pattern this year, and we will see severe flooding nationwide.

11) Kidnapping on major highways may increase around Easter period but this can be mitigated by security agencies’ diligence

12) I see a burning petrol tanker around lokoja engulfing several vehicles.

13) President Buhari may effect minor cabinet reshuffle.

14) The Deputy Senate President should pray against enemy’s attack on his health.

15) I see prosperity for a lot of Nigerians despite a severe dip in the econoy that will affect fixed salary earners.

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16) A major old generation bank will face serious challenge and may collapse except for Gods intervention.

17) Christians should be exemplary in their conduct, especially one of the largest churches in south west that may immerse in big scandal.

18) A telecommunication magnet from the South West should pray against stroke and eventual bedridden paralysis.

19) The Chief of Staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari is trusted by the president. He should, therefore, pray against a well-orchestrated set up that may result in his removal.

20) President Trump may still get re-elected unless the Democrats field Mr. Bloomberg.

21) A major airline will face a major crisis that will collapse it if they don’t seek the face of God.

22) Governor Obaseki will find it hard to get re-elected in Edo state, unless he seeks the hand of God.

23) The Naira will depreciate against major international currencies, we need God to intervene.

24) A former President of Ghana will win elections in Ghana.

25) The price of petrol will go up.

26) An ex-militant in Bayelsa will die in assassination and this may throw the region into turmoil.

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Tunde Braimoh: Sudden darkness overtakes our sun

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It has been over 24 hours, yet I am still in search of the right words to portray how I feel currently. It did not come like lightning. No. It hit like thunder. Maybe. Maybe worse than that. Or how best can one describe the blow death brought upon us with the sudden demise of Hon? Tunde Braimoh? How best can I understand that one backbone of the Lagos State House of Assembly has been expunged, not even like something taken away temporarily to be returned someday? How best can I pull myself together knowing that we will not see this scholarly politician whose meritorious service has added to the gains of Lagos?

As I sit quietly, ruminating about our journey on this earth, how we became close pals, the circumstances that brought us together, Briamoh’s unique voice, his brilliant arguments and postulations, his sequence and enviable use of words that sometimes got us bursting with laughter and respect, his gait, his carriage, then the reality that none of these would be heard or seen again, I melt with thick sweats on my forehead. Can our tears cease? Two times I have tried to put something together within the last 24 hours. Yet, same two times I have been at a loss for what to say.

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Tunde Braimoh was not just a lawmaker, he was an ally, he never had ‘no’ for an answer. He knew what to do even before such was brought to his attention. He had a ready answer for all questions. I remember the many times he would walk up to me to tell me about issues. A constant characteristic was that he solved most of them before I got to know.

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Yes, he was not perfect; he was a human being like all of us, but who can judge him when his good deeds, which are unquantifiable, are there before everyone? There is no doubting the fact that he touched lives personally and on behalf of the House of Assembly. He had feelings for the downtrodden – they benefitted immensely. In everything he did, he always placed himself in the shoes of the other person.

Hon. Braimoh had plans, great ones, for Lagos State. He had shared some with me. He also always had his constituents in mind constantly thinking of how best to reach them and give them reasons to be happy.

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This year 2020 has shown its troubling uniqueness. Between June and July, we lost two strong pillars. We were still grappling with the reality of the demise of Senator Sikiru Oshinowo, whose valedictory session Braimoh played a role in as the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy.

We will be consoled by the fact that the late two-term lawmaker served his State and the Federation of Nigeria with his might and intelligence and contributed immensely to their advancements. But, again, our hearts will continue to grieve. Rest on, dear brother and friend.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

 

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I didn’t receive N28m from Magu, Falana says

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Femi Falana

Lagos lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, on Sunday repudiated a report he was a loot funnel for suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

In a letter dated July 12 written to a media house over the said report, Falana, through his lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, a Silk, distanced himself from whatever alleged corrupt practices likely perpetrated by Magu whose tenure temporarily came to a halt last Wednesday when President Muhammadu Buhari approved his suspension.

The letter reads in part,

“The publication and the imputations it conveyed is damning, as you will no doubt agree with me. It is particularly damning against my client because his entire career as a lawyer has been devoted to fighting human rights abuses and corruption in high and low places (among the many public causes he has become noted for). So, to charge such a person with the imputations in your publication is not something that he can (in fairness to himself and the reputation he has worked for all his life) ignore despite that he is also a well-known advocate and defender of press freedom.

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“It is noteworthy that no attempt was made by you to contact and request my client to react to the allegation before publishing and circulating it to your worldwide readers. The impression my client gets from this is that you were well aware that you were publishing a planted story, hence there was no desire or need on your part to seek and balance it with my clients reaction. This speaks volume as to your professionalism, as well as your malicious intent.

 

“My client does not deny that he is a supporter and public advocate of the EFCC, and indeed of all agencies set-up to rescue our country and its downtrodden masses from the noose of corruption. He has been since the inception of the EFCC and the tenure of its first Chairman, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu.

 

“As a token of his support and public advocacy against corruption, he has, since the Commission was established in 2003 and up till now,  refused and rejected all approaches by the high and mighty (who are loaded with cash and able to pay for his services and thus save him from the indignity of having to criminally scrape around for =N=28m or any sum whatsoever from anyone in the EFCC) to take-up their cases or causes against the EFCC. He stands tall to also say despite his public advocacy for the Commission and its anti-graft efforts, all reports or allegations of human rights abuse of disobedience of court orders by the Commission or any of its officials that came to his attention were always taken-up by him with its Management.

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“My client acknowledges that just as his anti-corruption activism has won him friends, they have also bred enmity from those who see things from a different perspective and have therefore always tried to paint and present him (or anyone that strives or claims to be different) as someone that is also not free from the stains of corruption! Not long ago, these elements invented and spread through the media the lie that my client was a beneficiary of property purchase from the EFCC. When given the opportunity to prove the allegation, the publisher failed to take up the opportunity but apologised for the false publication. I am not too sure that your case will turn out different if you permit it to degenerate to the level of being sued.

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“In the circumstance, my immediate instruction is to demand that you acknowledge your wrongdoing, expressly admit that what you imputed against my client was false, and apologise for your unprofessionalism and the damage you have caused to him. I do hope that you will, within the next 48 hours, comply with this gentlemanly request by publication on the front page of your newspaper. Failing compliance, my instruction is to issue a Writ in the tort of defamation in other to afford you an opportunity to prove what you imputed against my client’s character.”

 

See the letter below;

 

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