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Sowore’s new arraignment attempt to subvert court ruling – Ezekwesili

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A former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili has described the new arraignment of #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS) as a means to subvert a former ruling ordering his release.

Ezekwesili’s reaction was prompted by Monday’s court ruling ordering the remand of Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in the custody of the DSS pending the hearing of their bail applications on Friday.

The former minister advised President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to “pull from this precipitous approach at handling Voice of Dissension.”

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered their remand following their arraignment on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.

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Recall that on September 24, upon a request by Sowore’s legal team led by Femi Falana (SAN), Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted bail to him with the condition that he deposit his passport in the court’s registry.

Since the court ruling, the DSS is yet to release Sowore over claims that it is yet to be served with the court order for his release. Falana has since denied the claim, saying representatives of the agency were at the court on the day of the ruling.

Condemning the continued detention of Sowore against the court order and the manhandling of the activist at the court by the DSS operatives, the former Minister in a series of tweet via her verified Twitter handle wrote:

This new arraignment of @YeleSowore before another judge is obviously meant to subvert the ruling by Justice Taiwo that he be released on Bail. To see how he was roughly handled today in a video clip shows the FG of @MBuhari has declared WAR on our Democracy. It won’t win. Never.

How can what happened to @YeleSowore in this clip be right conduct by @NGRPresident @MBuhari -supervised DSS? Surely this @NigeriaGov has gotten carried away. It is a dangerous inflection point for governments anywhere in the world. Visit History books.

“All can now see that @NigeriaGov of @NGRPresident @MBuhari is even on the eve of our 59th Independence Anniversary abandoning all pretenses that they respect our Constitution by this brazen subversion of the Judiciary and suppression of a Citizen’s Rights.

President @MBuhari I advise you and your government to please pull from this precipitous approach at handling Voice of Dissension. It is not too late to recalibrate this totally condemnable and undemocratic conduct. Respect the Court Ruling of Justice Taiwo. #ReleaseSoworeNow.

President @MBuhari do the right thing by our Constitution which you swore to defend. Do not get carried away yet again. Respect the Principle of Separation of Power. Respect the independence of our Judiciary.”

 

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Professor sacked for saying ‘slavery was not genocide’

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Canterbury Christ Church University has bowed to pressure from students and labour unions to sack Historian David Starkey after the visiting professor claimed in an interview that ‘slavery was not genocide’ because ‘so many damn blacks live in Africa and Britain.’

The 75-year-old academic who is a visiting professor at the university made the comments during an online interview with Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes for YouTube channel Reasoned UK.

During the interview, Starkey said:

“Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there? An awful lot of them survived and again there’s no point in arguing against globalisation or Western civilisation. They are all products of it, we are all products of it.

“The honest teaching of the British Empire is to say, quite simply, it is the first key stage of our globalisation. It is probably the most important moment in human history and it is still with us.”

The interview sparked a backlash online, even British-Nigerian historian David Olusoga reacted, tweeting,

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‘This is truly disgusting. And by the same ridiculous, twisted logic the Holocaust would not be counted as a genocide.’

The university has now put out a statement announcing the professor’s sack while apologizing to students and staff of the school.

In a statement today Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College said:

“The Master has accepted Dr David Starkey’s resignation of his honorary fellowship with immediate effect.

“Fitzwilliam prides itself in leading the way in Cambridge in opening access to higher education for under-represented groups. Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism.

“Honorary fellows have the same responsibility as all members of our college to uphold our values.”

Vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Rama has also apologised.

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He said:

“Widely reported comments by historian David Starkey during a recent online interview are, in our view, completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our university and community. We have therefore terminated, with immediate effect, Dr Starkey’s visiting professorship.

“I would like to say sorry to colleagues and students who will have been offended and upset by such comments of this appalling nature, and in particular in these challenging and difficult times for us all.”

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My husband throws condoms used on his girlfriend in my face, wife tells court

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A 60-year-old Zambian woman has told the court that she would reconcile with her 89-year-old husband if only he undergoes an HIV test.

According to the woman, her husband throws used condoms in her face whenever he came back from having sex with other women.

“My 89-yr-old husband throws the condoms that he uses on his girlfriend in my face and tells me that I am a worthless person,” she said.

According to the Zambia Observer, the woman identified as Astridah Bwale testified that her 89-yr-old  husband, Rodrick Mwale told her that she stinks and that there were beautiful women out there who were better than her.

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She told the court that she never saw her husband’s salary and he does not buy food for the family.

Astridah alleged that Rodrick only spent money on his girlfriends.

The plaintiff narrated that her husband got his retirement package without her knowledge and that she had no idea how he used the money.

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She also complained that Rodrick had in the last four years been sleeping at his girlfriend’s house and that it was the reason that they did not have sex.

The plaintiff also said that she and her family lived in a house without a roof due to the failure by the defendant to buy roofing sheets.

She told the court that she was willing to reconcile with her 89-yr-old husband as long as he agrees to go for an HIV test.

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Problems between the couple who had nine children started in 1988 after her husband found a job.

Testifying earlier,  Rodrick told the court that problems in their marriage started in 2015 after his wife stopped washing for him.

He told the court that his wife also started starving him sexually and that the two have never had sex since 2015.

Ganerton senior presiding magistrate Nsama Banda reconciled the couple and ordered them to go for an HIV test.

 

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Man battles NCDC staff who came to take him to their center for Quarantine (Video)

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A video making rounds online, shows Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, officials battling with a suspected COVID-19 patient who was refusing to go with them to the isolation centre.

In the video, two officials of the NCDC dressed in their complete PPE can be seen dragging and carrying the man out of his gates while he cursed them out, shouting that he does not want to go with them.

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Turning deaf ears to his request, the officials continued to drag him.

 

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