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NDDC insists on completion of projects



Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has restated its determination to complete all ongoing projects across the Niger Delta region with the funds available at its disposal.


NDDC Executive Director Projects, Dr. Samuel Adjogbe, an engineer, reiterated the commission’s commitment when he led a team of directors and engineers on inspection of the emergency repair work on Umuelemai-Agbaja Road in Isiala Mbaino Local Government Areas of Imo State.


Meanwhile, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, had last week in the company of other directors of the Commission, inspected the construction project of internal roads in Umueze 1, Ehime Mbano, including the road connecting Obolo in Isiala Mbano to Ehime in Mbano LGA.


Underscoring the economic benefits of community roads, Adjogbe, however, reaffirmed the commitment of the NDDC management to construct quality roads that would enable rural dwellers evacuate their farm produce to the urban centres.


He expressed satisfaction with the performance of the contractors handling the road project, adding that NDDC would continue to encourage indigenous firms to progressively improve on their capacity to deliver quality projects for the benefit of the people.


The Executive Director urged the community leaders in the area to cooperate with the contractor by ensuring that there is no hindrance in meeting NDDC’s target timeline for the completion of the project.

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JUST IN: Ex-Plateau governor Jonah Jang granted bail



Jonah Jang

A Jos High Court has granted the immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jang and the Former Cashier office of the Secretary of the Plateau State Government Mr Yusuf Pam Bail.

Counsel to the accused persons, Robert Clarke (SAN) had on 16th May, 2018 in a written application during the arraignment prayed that the court should grant his clients bail based on self-recognition, after both accused persons, Sen. Jang and Yusuf Pam pleaded not guilty to the crime.

While Responding, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, had also prayed that the court should not grant the accused persons bail stating that section 341 (2) of the 1999 constitution states that an offence which attracts an imprisonment of more than 3 years was not bailable.

But the presiding Judge, Justice  Daniel Longji in his ruling on the bail application said the first accused and former  Governor Jang was to provide two sureties with the sum of 100 million naira only, among which one must be a first class traditional ruler within the jurisdiction of the Court.

While on the Second accused Mr Yusuf Pam a former cashier in the office of the Secretary of the State Government, Justice Longji also granted him bail to provide two sureties in which one must be Permanent Secretary in a Civil Service or anybody of that Rank.

Justice Longji also directed the first and the second accused to submit their international passport to the chief Registrar of the court.

The judge has however adjourned the case to 17th, 18th and 19th of July, 2018. for definite hearing.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Monday May 7, preferred a 12 count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation on Jang.

The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos had on Wednesday 16th May, 2018  remanded Jonah Jang in prison custody pending the ruling of his bail on the 24th, May, 2018.

Sen. Jang who currently represents Plateau North Senatorial District, is alleged to have misappropriated over N6 billion two months to the end of his tenure as governor of Plateau State in 2015.

According to the charges, Jang is also said to have embezzled over N4 billion from the state coffers through a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, one Yusuf Pam, who is also charged along with Jang for also personally enriching himself with N11 million.

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What I want from FG at 60 – Falana



Femi Falana

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, on Thursday thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his birthday wishes and prayers as he turned 60 on May 20.

Falana expressed the appreciation in a message he copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said that he was humbled by the love shown to him by Buhari on his birthday.

Falana, however, requested release of Nigerians detained `illegally’ across the country, as a special birthday gift from the Federal government.

“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wishes and prayers for me, but the birthday gift which I humbly ask from the Federal Government is more commitment to respect for human rights and rule of law.
“In particular, all Nigerian citizens, who are being detained illegally in the country should be freed without any further delay,” he said.

NAN reports that Buhari had on Saturday, in a press release signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, hailed Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years.

The president prayed that God would grant the human rights campaigner longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country. (NAN)

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JUST IN: Sporadic gunshots as court grants Shekarau, Wali bail




There was sporadic gunshots at a Kano Federal High Court as a Former Governor of Kano State Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Ambassador Aminu Wali and a former Commissioner Mansur Ibrahim were granted bail over their involvement in a N950million 2015 election campaigns funds.

Shekarau, Aminu Wali and Mansur Ibrahim are facing a six Count charges that bothers on the collection of a N25 million Naira individually and collectively N950 million campaign funds allegedly from a former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison Madueke.

Pandemonium ensued the Court premises as hundreds of Shekarau supporters thronged the gate trying to break it but were met with heavy resistance of armed mobile police who open fire sporadically.

Subsequently, the armed mobile police after dispersing the shouting supporters of Shekarau and Aminu Wali with heavy gunshot went ahead to released canisters that sent Lawyers and big shot politicians running helter-skelter.

The Federal High Court presided over by Justice Zainab B Abubakar granted the former Governor of Kano State Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Ambassador Aminu Wali bail on the sum of N100 million in a N950 million alleged campaigns funds case.

The presiding Judge Justice Zainab who considered a 10 Paragraph affidavit and a written address filed by the defence counsel, Barrister Sam T Olugunorisa, SAN, said the case in the first place is a bailable offence.

She said the case attract a three years jail terms, or N10 Million fines or both, explaining while granting the bail to the accused persons that they should deposit N100 million each, two sureties of a Federal and State Director’s.

Other bail conditions slammed on the accused persons included that they should own properties of a N100 million equivalence within the Court premises and to deposit their international passports with the Court Registrar.

All the six Count Charges are culpable to a jail term under section 16 (2) (B) and section 15 (1) of the money Laundering act 2011.

The three accused persons were remanded at the EFCC Custody pending their fulfilment of bail conditions.

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