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Court sets aside order jailing EFCC chairman for contempt

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The federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Abuja has set aside its earlier order jailing Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for contempt.

TheCable had reported how the court ordered that the EFCC boss be remanded over the failure of the anti-graft agency to comply with its initial order.

Chizoba Oji, the presiding judge, ordered the inspector-general of police (IGP) to ensure that Bawa is sent to prison for disobedience.

The judge gave the order in the motion on notice filed by Adeniyi Ojuawo, air vice marshal (now retired), against the federal government.

The judge held that Bawa is in contempt of the order of the court after the commission failed to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to Ojuawo.

However, reacting to the court verdict in a statement on Tuesday, the commission explained that it had released the Range Rover to the applicant on June 27 and was in the process of releasing the N40 million.

Consequently, it filed an application dated November 10.

In the application, Bawa cited relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution and procedural laws of the court, praying the judge to quash his conviction.

Ruling on the application, the judge said she was satisfied that the EFCC chairman did not disregard the court’s orders, asking him to release seized assets belonging to the retired air vice marshal.

The judge held that the evidence before her showed Bawa had complied with the court’s order directing the EFCC to return the vehicle and money to Ojuawo.

“I hereby set aside the entire contempt proceedings in Suit No. FCT/HC/CR/184/2016 between the federal republic of Nigeria v AVM Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo,” she ruled

“That I further set aside the conviction of the applicant, the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for contempt unconditionally.”

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Gridlock builds as trailer overturns on Otedola bridge

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A trailer carrying a crane on Thursday overturned on the Otedola bridge near the Alausa secretariat in Lagos causing traffic to build in the area.

Our correspondent who passed by the bridge noticed that security operatives consisting of the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army, Lagos State Traffic Mananagement Authority were present at the scene

All vehicular movement from secretariat have been diverted from the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to CMD-Magodo road to link underneath Otedola bridge back to Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to reports, there was no death recorded but the driver of the trailer sustained an injury on his right ankle

The accident occured while the driver of the trailer was trying to avoid collision with a broken-down vehicle.

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‘Cars, computers missing’ — Adeleke gives ex-appointees 48 hours to return state properties

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Ademola Adeleke, the Osun governor, has asked former appointees of the state to return all government properties in their possession.

The directive was issued on Wednesday in a statement by Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to the governor.

The directive comes hours after Adeleke revoked the appointments of some appointees of the previous administration, and dissolved all non-statutory boards of ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

According to Rasheed, the governor said any affected official who fails to comply with the order will face the wrath of the law.

“The Government of Osun State has directed former appointed officials to return government properties in their possession within 48 hours,” the statement reads.

“The directive was sequel to large scale diversion of government assets by top officials of the immediate past administration.

“Several official vehicles are missing while official records indicated that two third of former state officials left with fleet of car in their office.

“Most Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) were stripped of operational assets like vehicles, computers and even residential fittings. Residences of some top officials were equally pillaged even to lamp fitting.

“Any former official who refuses to comply with the directive will face the full weight of the law.”

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I did not sack 12,000 workers and 3 monarchs, says Adeleke

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Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state has denied sacking 12,000 workers and dethroning three monarchs in the monarchs.

Speaking on Rave FM in Osogbo during a talk show programme, “Frank Talk,” the spokesperson of the governor, Olawale Rasheed, said Adeleke has neither sacked 12,000 workers nor dethroned any monarch.

According to Rasheed, the appointments and employment by the administration of Oyetola will be reviewed to ensure due process.

According to him: “There was never sack of any worker or traditional ruler. We only set up a review panel. It is impossible to sack and put a review panel in place.

“The review panel is to look at the numbers of the people that were employed, due processes of the employment, and qualification among other things.

‘’Before our taking over, there were issues of backdating of employment, even till last year. So order 1-5 will be operationalized by order 6 which are the panels.

“Those that were employed from July 17 till our takeover are still at work presently, they have not been sacked. The staff audit will review the employment. Within 4 hours, Adeleke has dismantled the illegality of 4 months, all the bobby traps he has dismantled them.“

Recall that Adeleke signed Executive Orders 3, 4, and 5, nullifying all employment and appointments by his predecessor Gboyega Oyetola from July 17 till his inauguration on Monday.

He issued another Executive Order dethroning three of the monarchs installed by Oyetola.

He explained that executive order one to five shows the intentions of the administration to review, nullify, and set aside, and the instrumentality to effect the orders was order six which is the composition of the panel.

The order states: “All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17th, 2022 be and are hereby nullified.

“All appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after 17th July, 2022 be and are hereby reversed.

“Executive Order number five on Chieftaincy Affairs and appointment of traditional rulers. All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after 17th July, 2022, are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies.

“In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review.

Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.”

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