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Court grants suspended UNICAL dean, lawyer bail



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon.

His lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu, who was arraigned with him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, was also granted bail.

The professor and his lawyer are currently standing trial on amended four counts of alleged sexual harassment and an attempt to perverse the cause of justice.

While Ndifon was granted bail in the sum of N250m with two sureties, Anyanwu was granted N50m bail with two sureties as well.

Ruling on their bail application on Friday, the trial judge, Justice James Omotoso, said, “Bail is granted to the first defendants in the sum of N250m with two sureties who own properties within FCT with a minimum valuation of N150m.

“The first defendant and his two sureties must submit their bank statements.

“The first defendants must submit his International passport to the court.

“The second defendant is granted bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties who will submit their bank statements.

“The defendants must file an undertaking not to interfere with the case, readiness to attend trial and not to cause delay.”

Justice Omotosho adjourned the matter till Monday for continuation of hearing.


Akpabio succumbs, apologises to Senator Natasha over ‘nightclub’ comment




The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has publicly apologised to Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan following his remarks during last week’s plenary session.

The incident, where Akpabio told Akpoti-Uduaghan not to speak without his recognition and likened the Senate to a “nightclub,” sparked outrage on social media, with numerous women’s groups criticising his comments as sexist and insulting to women.

In his apology during Tuesday’s plenary, Akpabio expressed regret and emphasised his respect for women.

“I will not intentionally denigrate any woman, and I always pray that God will uplift women,” Akpabio stated.

He then addressed Akpoti-Uduaghan directly, saying, “Distinguished Senator Natasha, I want to apologise to you.”

Akpabio acknowledged the backlash on social media, noting, “The interest shown in the social media shows that we have enemies. I felt I should tender a public apology to you. I do not mean any harm. People should concentrate on things that will move this country forward.”

He also called for responsible use of social media, stating, “Social media handlers should practice with decorum. We won’t, out of anger, regulate social media.”

Additionally, Akpabio dismissed claims circulating on social media about his personal life, asserting, “I have only one wife, and she is enough for me.”

The apology comes as an attempt to quell the controversy and redirect focus towards constructive national discourse.

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NDLEA warns youth against drug abuse, trafficking




Retired Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) has cautioned youths against illicit drug consumption and trafficking.

Marwa, advised the inauguration of the agency’s new Zonal Office in Ayingba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi on Tuesday.

Marwa, who was represented by the Zonal Commander Zone C, Mr Hassan Sakaba, said that the establishment of the zonal office at Ayingba was to help the agency in it’s activities to checkmate the prevalent drug abuses and trafficking in Kogi and North Central.

He called on the residents of Kogi to join the agency in its fight against illicit drug consumption and trafficking to save the youths from destruction.

“As patriots and concerned citizens of our dear country, we should rise to the occasion to ensure that we fight against the menace to keep our youths safe and sound.

“Illicit drugs are cutting short lives of our children, very promising children, who are our future leaders. We must therefore not allow that to happen, ” he said.

The NDLEA boss commended Gov. Usman Ododo for his unalloyed support to the agency in the state.

Inaugurating the Office, the EJE of Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje, commended NDLEA for its resilience at fighting the illicit drug war in Kogi and the entire nation.

The traditional ruler said: ‘the quantum of seizures and arrests of drug traffickers in recent times speaks volume of the enormous works your agency is doing to protect the citizens from destruction.”

Earlier, in his welcome address, the NDLEA Kogi Commander, Alhaji Umar Yahuza, said that the opening of the zonal office was to ease the activities of the agency in tackling drug abuse and trafficking in the state.

He urged the people of Ayingba and environs to we endeavor to report any suspicious moves by drug peddlers for immediate action.

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Couple found dead after trying to cross Atlantic ocean on sailing trip




The bodies of a couple, Briton Sarah Packwood and her Canadian husband Brett Clibbery have been discovered on a washed-up life raft nearly six weeks after they embarked on a sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

The couple, who set off from Nova Scotia in their 13-meter (42-foot) eco-friendly yacht, Theros, were last seen on 12 July when their life raft was found on Sable Island near Nova Scotia.

Sarah Packwood and Brett Clibbery were reported missing on 18 June, having departed Nova Scotia a week earlier with plans to sail to the Azores, approximately 3,228 kilometers away. The journey was expected to take 21 days.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Clibbery’s son, James, confirmed the couple’s deaths, expressing the profound grief felt by their family.

He wrote, “There isn’t anything that will fill the hole that has been left by their, so far unexplained passing.”

The circumstances surrounding the couple’s tragic end remain unclear, and an investigation is currently underway, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the BBC on Sunday.

One theory being explored by investigators is that the yacht may have been struck by a passing cargo ship that did not notice the collision.

According to Canadian news website Saltwire, an anonymous source suggested that the sailboat crew might have been unable to avoid the collision or could have been below deck with Theros on automatic pilot.

The Canadian coastguard and military aircraft have not located any wreckage or signs of the boat, Saltwire reported.

In a video posted to their YouTube channel, Theros Adventures, the couple detailed their ambitious “Green Odyssey” trip, which aimed to demonstrate sustainable travel using sails, solar panels, batteries, and an electric engine repurposed from a car.

“We’re doing everything we can to show that you can travel without burning fossil fuels,” Mr. Clibbery said in the video from 12 April. Ms. Packwood added, “It’s probably the biggest adventure of our lives so far.”

The couple’s journey began with a chance meeting in London in 2015, when Ms. Packwood was preparing to donate a kidney to her sister, and Mr. Clibbery, a retired engineer, was visiting the city.

They married a year later on their yacht in Canada and reaffirmed their vows in a traditional handfasting ceremony at Stonehenge in 2017, as detailed in Ms. Packwood’s personal blog.

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