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Reps give Police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has directed the police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja which has been sealed by its operatives since February 28, 2017.
The panel gave this directive at a public hearing on Tuesday, after deliberating on a petition written to the House of Representatives last month.
A group, known as the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity, had on January 25, 2018, petitioned the House, accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of flagrantly disobeying subsisting court orders in favour of the Peace Corps.
This made the House to mandate its committee on public petitions to interface between the parties concerned.
In November, the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the police to unseal the headquarters of the Corps.
At the hearing, the Peace Corps boss, Dickson Akoh, told the committee that his organisation had secured 12 court judgements against the Police from various courts of competent jurisdiction.
He noted the most recent judgements by a judge, Gabriel Kolawole, on November 9, 2017 and another, John Tsoho, on January 15, asking the police to vacate his office.
Mr. Akoh affirmed that, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation had written five different letters to the office of the IGP, advising that outstanding judgements in favour of the Peace Corps be obeyed, “but the IGP always pays deaf ears to the advice”.
He also tendered video evidence where the IGP Idris reportedly vowed to frustrate the Peace Corps and make sure the bill establishing it did not receive the assent of the President.
“There are 11 court judgements in favour of Peace Corps on this issue. There are also five letters from the AGF advising the police to comply with the judgement of the court,” he said.
An assistant commissioner of police in charge of legal affairs, Henry Njoku, who represented the Nigerian Police, said the Force had instituted an appeal against the recent judgement of Mr. Kolawole, urging the lawmakers to disregard the petition by the group.
When asked whether the claim of Mr. Akoh concerning the AGF’s issued letters was true, he replied: “I cannot confirm that right now.”
Mr. Njoku also told the committee that his office needed time to study the documents, especially the annexes exhibited by the petitioners, saying he was only making “conditional appearance” on behalf of the Force.
He then argued that the said letter is ‘conditional’ as it refers to ‘if there is no subsisting court judgement on the matter’.
“There is a subsisting court judgement in the court of appeal. So, there is an appeal for stay of execution of the judgement before the court of appeal,” he said.
Members of the committee, however, argued that “the presence of an appeal does not nullify an existing court order”.
Mr. Uzoma-Abonta further asked him: “Are you not supposed to protect the court and justice? Is the police above the law? Apart from court orders on this, the attorney general has written to you and you still haven’t obeyed.
“This is wickedness for not obeying court orders. We shall be leading Peace Corps into possession of its headquarters,” he added.
The committee subsequently directed the IGP and AGF to appear before it within seven days.
“We want the IGP and AGF to appear before us within seven days and tell us why the court judgement has not been implemented. We want the AGF to also tell us why he hasn’t taken further action on this.
“For now, the police should vacate the place within 48 hours. We want Peace Corps to take possession of its headquarters, in compliance with the court order,” Mr. Uzoma-Abonta said.

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THROWBACK: I see no reason to demolish Yinka Ayefele’s station – Governor Ajimobi

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THROWBACK: I see no reason to demolish Yinka Ayefele's station - Governor Ajimobi

THROWBACK: I see no reason to demolish Yinka Ayefele’s station – Governor Ajimobi

Two year ago in a radio broadcast, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said he had no reason to demolish Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.

In the broadcast, obtained by journalists Sunday morning, Mr Ajimobi also revealed how he was allegedly told to demolish the building shortly after he was elected governor of the state.

GREEN PARROT reported how the building, which houses Mr Ayefele’s radio station, Fresh FM, was partly demolished Sunday morning.

But in the 2016 broadcast, aired by Fresh FM, Mr Ajimobi revealed that he was asked to demolish the building during his first term as governor because the radio station and the owner were not in support of his political aspirations.

He said, “When we contested the first and won, a lot (of people) told us to demolish the radio station because your programmes and broadcasts are against my government. Your boss, Yinka Ayefele, was also using songs to insult us.

“I didn’t see any reason why I should demolish the studio. If Ayefele is not for us today, he (will) support us later in future. Ayefele is beside me now and I pray the business will keep flourishing.”

Commenting further, Mr Ajimobi described the radio station as the best in Oyo State.

“Without any equivocation, I must confess that this radio station is the best in Oyo State,” the governor said.

But on Sunday, a part of the Music House was demolished.

The location of the building has generated controversies in recent weeks, with the Oyo State Government alleging that it contravenes urban and physical planning laws of the state.

The government said the building violated the originally approved building plan because it is “structurally defective (and) poses danger or constitutes a nuisance to the occupier or the general public”.

Toye Arulogun, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, said the state government had also received petitions detailing about three accidents that took place around the building.

The government had served the management of the building a notice of demolition which expired August 15, but Mr Ayefele was reported to have headed to the court, alleging victimization.

Reacting to the demolition exercise Sunday morning, Mr Ayefele took to his verified Facebook page to lament the incident. The musician, who arrived the scene of the demolition shortly after the exercise began, wrote: “Oyo state government did at last……my pains my sweat ….So help me God.”

The Oyo State Government is yet to comment on the incident as at press time Sunday morning.

The Music House, is said to be valued at N800 million.

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Chibok parents: Abati lied, Jonathan didn’t rescue any of our girls

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Chibok parents: Abati lied, Jonathan didn’t rescue any of our girls

The Chibok Parents’ Association says former President Goodluck Jonathan did not rescue any of their abducted girls as claimed by Reuben Abati, his former aide.

Daily Trust reports that Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the association, said the claim could only make sense if the Jonathan administration kept the supposedly rescued girls away from their parents.

Abati had said the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, advised Jonathan against publicising the release so as not to reveal the girls’ identities.

“There was headway. We rescued many of the girls but the advice from the NSA at the time was that we should not publicise it because of the identities of those girls. I witnessed it on many occasions. Those girls were brought to the president,” he said on Arise TV.

Commenting on the development, Nkeki said: “Does he mean they rescued some of the Chibok girls and are keeping them somewhere? If that is what he means, then they should immediately release the girls to us.

“What we know is that the Buhari regime negotiated for and secured the release of all the girls we have with us now. Soon after their release, I was called to Abuja to identify them. These girls are currently at the American University of Nigeria, Yola under federal government’s full scholarship.”

Florence Ozor, chair, #Bring Back Our Girls strategic team, said the group is not aware of such a development.

“All we know is the number of girls that have been released under Buhari administration and we are not aware of this development,” she said.

“I really don’t understand what the motive would be. How would you secure children from terrorists and the parents and the nation are not aware and you just sent them abroad? There is more to what they are telling us. It will be good if they can make it public because the parents and the nation need to know.”

At present, 107 girls have been released with 112 still in captivity.

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‘More thieves will be jailed’ — Buhari talks tough as he resumes office

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‘More thieves will be jailed’ — Buhari talks tough as he resumes office

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is going to jail “more thieves” who looted the nation’s treasury.

He said this on Saturday in an interview with NTA upon return from his vacation in London.

Buhari said his administration is not going to let those who stole the country’s funds escape prosecution.

“We are going to jail more of the thieves that brought the economic problems to the country,” Buhari said, adding: “I think that is being expected of me and I will do it.”

On the recent defections in the country, the president said it is good for democracy as people should be allowed the choice of any party they want to belong to.

He said: “I think that should be appreciated, it is the beauty of democracy. Let people choose what party they want to belong to.

“But let them make sure they have empowered their constituents by educating them on voter registration and making sure they get their permanent voter cards. And that they use their rights to vote whoever they want across religion and ethnicity.”

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said Buhari has written the national assembly leadership, informing them of his return from vacation.

“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), I write to intimate the Senate, the House of Representatives that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from today, Saturday, 18th August, 2018, after my vacation,” Buhari told the lawmakers in the letter.

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