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Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s N1bn suit against FG

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A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the federal government and Department of State Services (DSS).

In a judgment delivered on Monday, James Omotosho, the presiding judge, held that Kanu failed to provide credible evidence to back the allegation of violation of his fundamental rights by the defendants.

Omotosho said claims that operatives of the DSS denied Kanu access to his lawyers, and that the officials eavesdropped on his conversations with his lawyers, could not be established.

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The suit was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1633/2023 and filed on December 4, 2023.

Kanu joined the Federal Republic of Nigeria, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), DSS and its director-general as 1st to 4th respondents respectively.

He sought “a declaration that the respondents’ act of forcible seizure and photocopying of confidential legal documents pertaining to facilitating the preparation of his defence, which were brought to him at the respondents’ detention facility by his lawyers, amounted to denial of his rights to be defended by legal practitioners of his own choice”.

He also sought a declaration that the respondents’ act of preventing his counsel from taking notes of details of counsel’s professional discussions/consultations with him at the DSS detention facility was unlawful.

He further sought a declaration that the respondents’ act of eavesdropping on his confidential consultations/conversations with his lawyers amounted to denial of his rights.

Consequently, Kanu prayed the court for an injunction restraining and prohibiting the respondents from their act of forcible seizure and photocopying of confidential legal documents brought to him at the detention facility by his lawyers.

He also sought N1 billion as damages for the mental, emotional, psychological and other damages he suffered as a result of the violation of his rights.

However, the DSS denied all the allegations by the applicant.

The security service said the applicant is allowed access to members of his family and team of lawyers on his visiting days.

DSS averred that Kanu interacts and consults with his lawyers on his visiting days without any interference.

“Applicant’s counsel are allowed to moderate size notes or pads for the visit, but exchange of materials that promotes the IPOB ideals (subject matter of applicant’s criminal trial) were strongly resisted and refused,” the DSS affidavit reads.

The FRN and the AGF, in their counter affidavit, also urged the court to dismiss the suit for being “an abuse of court process”.

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Abuja man protesting hardship on mast released on bail

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The Federal Capital Territory Police Command said a man identified as Shuaibu Yushau, who was arrested on July 8 for attempted suicide, had been released on bail to his lawyer, Deji Adeyanju.

The FCT Police Command’s spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, in a statement on X.com on Friday, said Yushau’s release followed a mental assessment conducted by the FCTA SDS.

She said, although the assessment report indicated that he is mentally stable, symptoms of anxiety, persistent worry, and fears were observed in the course of profiling him.

Adeh added that the FCTA SDS recommended that the suspect be allowed to report weekly to their office for further psycho-social care and support, hence the reason for admitting him to bail.

She wrote, “On Thursday, July 18, 2024, the FCT police command released Alhaji Yushau Shuaibu on bail to his lawyer, Deji Adeyanju. Shuaibu who was arrested for climbing the Aso Radio mast. He was referred to the FCTA SDS for a mental assessment, which found him mentally stable.

“However symptoms of anxiety, persistent worry, and fears were noted during his profiling. The SDS recommended that he receive further psycho-social care and support, which contributed to the decision to release him on bail.”

Shuaibu was arrested for climbing the Aso Radio mast in protest against insecurity and hardship in the country. He said he had been observing the mast for about a week before deciding to climb it.

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Doyin Okupe praises Ooni for reportedly bringing down foodstuffs prices in Ife

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Doyin Okupe, the former Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign, has heaped praises on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, for “bringing down the escalating prices of foodstuffs in his domain.”

According to Okupe, the monarch went out of his way to negotiate with market leaders in Ife.

He said after much deliberations and negotiations, the market leaders agreed to bring down the prices of common foodstuffs in their markets.

Commending the monarch’s initiative, the ex-presidential spokesperson, described the move as ‘exponentially ingenious’, adding that the effort curtailed excessive profiteering by greedy traders.

He tweeted, “The Oonirisa , Oba Enitan Adeyemi Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has done something exponentially ingenious and commendable. He boldly and responsively intervened in bringing down the seemingly uncontrolled escalating prices of foodstuffs in his domain.

“He went out of his way to summon market leaders to meetings in his palace where after much deliberations and negotiations, traders agreed to bring down the prices of common foodstuffs in their markets.

“This way the excessive profiteering by greedy traders who wantingly exploited the masses was curtailed. In a chat with the Ooni this morning, he informed me that he is making serious efforts that this highly commendable initiative is replicated all over the southwest.”

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Lagos state government announces 90-day traffic diversion on Odo Iya Alaro Bridge

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The Lagos State Government has announced a 90-day traffic diversion for motorists on the Odo Iya Alaro Bridge, which will commence on Monday, July 22, 2024.

According to a statement issued on Thursday, July 18, 2024, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi stated that the diversion is due to the deplorable state of the asphalt pavement and expansion joints on the Odo Iya Alaro Bridge.

Osiyemi noted that the diversion would be done in two phases — the Ojota bound lane and the Yaba/Ojuelegba/Maryland bound lane, respectively. At the same time, alternative routes had been mapped out for each phase of the repairs.

The statement read, “For the first phase of the repairs, motorists heading to Ojota from Maryland/Yaba will be diverted into a counter flow on the lane inbound Maryland while motorists heading to Yaba from Ojota will continue their journeys on the same lane.

“Alternately, motorists from Berger, Magodo and Tollgate along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway are advised to go through the Alapere/Ogudu axis inward Gbagada/Anthony Oke Bridge to descend the ramp and access Ikorodu Road to continue their journeys.

“Motorists coming from Ikeja, Oregun and Kudirat Abiola Way are advised to use the Opebi Link Bridge to connect Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way inwards Sheraton through Maryland to access Ikorodu Road and navigate their ways.”

The statement also added that “motorists from Jibowu are advised to use the Ikorodu Road Service lane by Mobil Fuel Station/Bertola Engineering Equipment Company to access the Gbagada/Ogudu axis to continue their journeys.”

However, if the motorists “miss the turning by the Mobil Fuel Station and Bertola Engineering Equipment Company, they can also use Theodolite to link Anthony Oke Ramp and join Ikorodu Road again to access the Town Planning Way inward Gbagada/Ogudu/Alapere axis to proceed with their journeys.”

“Motorists from Jibowu heading to Ikeja, Magodo, Berger and Lagos Ibadan Expressway can use Maryland inwards Mobolaji Bank Anthony to link Sheraton/Opebi to Allen Avenue/Obafemi Awolowo Way and access Nurudeen Olowopopo Road to continue their journeys.

Alternatively, after going through the Opebi Link Bridge, they can also make use of Kudirat Abiola Way to access Ikosi Road inwards Mobolaji Johnson Avenue/7up to connect Nurudeen Olowopopo Road and access their desired destinations,” the statement read.

While explaining the second phase of the repair works, the commissioner noted that “motorists inward Maryland/Yaba from Ojota will be diverted into a counter flow on the lane inbound Ojota while motorists from Maryland will continue their journey on the same lane.”

For the alternative routes, motorists “from Berger, Magodo and Toll Gate can use Alapere inwards Gbagada to link the Anthony Oke Ramp to connect Ikorodu Road and access their desired destinations. Similarly, motorists coming from Ikorodu/ Ketu can utilise the Ojota Ramp Bridge to link Alapere and continue their journeys as explained above.

“Motorists from Ikeja, Oregun and Kudirat Abiola Way are advised to use the Opebi Link Bridge inwards Mobolaji Bank Anthony/Sheraton and come out at Maryland to enter Ikorodu Road and continue their journeys.”

“The aforementioned alternative routes for motorists heading to Ikeja, Magodo, Berger and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Jibowu during the first phase are also available during the second phase of the repairs,” the statement explained.

The Commissioner appealed to the public ” to cooperate with the interventions put in place during the repairs” as he assured that traffic management personnel would be on the ground to ensure a steady traffic flow.

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