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Muhammed‎ Audu arraigned for robbery, attempted culpable homicide

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Muhammed Audu‎ first son of the first executive governor of Kogi State late Prince Abubakar Audu was today arraigned for alleged robbery and attempted culpable homicide.
The junior‎ Audu who was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court II, Lokoja amidst heavy security was arrested Wednesday night after honoring the invitation of the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad at the ‘A’ Division Police Headquarters in Lokoja.
The son of the late APC candidate was charged with criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt, mischief, armed robbery and attempted culpable homicide, contrary to sections 97(1), 248, 327, 298 and 229 of the Penal Code Law.
The prosecuting Police Officer, Gabriel Otowu Esq. told the court that the late politician’s son allegedly committed the offense against his uncle, Prince Yahaya Audu on August 30, in the family house at Ogbonicha, Ofu Local Government Area.
Otuwo said the late Audu’s brother complained to the police that prior to his attack, Audu son, Muhammed promised to deal with him, calling him a traitor for daring to collect an award on behalf  of his late father; hence he fingered him (Muhammed) as the mastermind of the attack.
The prosecutor who said police investigation led to Muhammed arrest and subsequent arraignment said others who carried out the attack are still at large while investigation continues.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) read by Otowu, Yahaya Audu alleged that the junior Audu and one Ibrahim Imam were in the family compound at Ogbonicha for the eight days Fidau Prayer of late Dauda Audu when the alleged offence took place.
He alleged that hoodlums, heavily armed with guns, cutlasses and axe criminally conspired, invaded his compound pretending to be visitors.
Continuing he explained he ignorantly welcome them adding that they asked him to give them “something no matter how small.”
He said on walking towards his vehicle to give them money, he was attacked from behind with a matchet and was thoroughly beaten adding that they inflicted bodily injuries on him and shot sporadically.
He said that he fell to the ground and pretended to be dead and they attempted to carry him before he ran into the bush and escaped but the hoodlums, he added broke the windscreen of his Hummer Jeep and made away with his Samsung handset.
The complainant said that he and Imman sustained bullet wounds and were later rushed to the Specialist Hospital Lokoja for treatment as he further alleged that prior to the attack, the accused had threatened to deal with him.
In his submission, Okechukwu Ayewu, leading seven other lawyers for the accused urged the court to grant his client bail in line with provisions of 36(5) of the constitution and sections 341(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) 
Otowu however did not object to the bail application but left the matter at the discretion of the court.
Ruling on the prayer of the defense counsel, Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini, indicated that since the prosecutor did not oppose the bail application of the defense counsel, he would have no difficulties in granting to the relief sought by the accused counsel.

“I find merit in this application which ought to be granted. Accordingly, the accused person is admitted on bail in sum of N100,000 and a surety in like some.”
The magistrate subsequently adjourned the case to September 29 for further mentioning.
Muhammed Audu perfected the bail conditions and was seen driving out of the court premises.
Overzealous security operatives had earlier prevented newsmen from gaining access to the court room though they later softened their hard line posture as media men were later allowed access to cover the proceedings.

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#ENDSARS: Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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#ENDSARS Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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