We Are Under Pressure To Release Kidnap Kingpin, Evans – Police

Police authority in Lagos said that the force is being pressurized to released billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans.

Evans was arrested penultimate Saturday from his mansion at Magodo Estate, Lagos for multiple kidnappings. A reward of N30 million was placed by the force for any useful information that could lead to his arrest. The notorious kidnapper has been on the police wanted list for over seven years.

Acting Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Galadanshi Dasuki while addressing news men on Saturday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, said that the Police were not in a hurry to release Evans , inspite of calls from different quarters to do so.

He said : “ Evans has been a kidnapper for a long time and has been on the wanted list of the Police in Anambra, Abuja , Enugu, Edo and Lagos states. He also has a criminal gang, some of whom have been arrested in Enugu and Lagos. But there are still more out there. Therefore, this needs a painstaking investigation

Besides, we need to under study him as well as debrief him . By so doing, we intend to use his tactics to get others. He will eventually be charged to court after investigation is concluded” .

Source : Daily Trust

FAAC: Kwara Govt Releases Details of June Allocation

The Kwara State Government has released its federal allocation figures for the month of June, 2017.

In a statement issued on Friday, the State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu disclosed that the State government received a total of N2, 484, 424, 334.43 as allocation for June.

Banu said that the sum was made up of statutory allocation of N1, 377, 946, 516.95, Value Added Tax (VAT) of N740, 466, 876.53 and Exchange Difference of N366, 010, 940.95.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the 16 local governments in the state got a total of N1, 821, 214, 308.6 as allocation for the month of June.

Giving a breakdown of the allocation figures, Banu said that the local councils received statutory allocation of N1, 159, 758, 726.52, Value Added Tax (VAT) of N420, 046, 556.56 and Exchange Difference of N241, 409, 025.47, totaling N1, 821, 214, 308.6

Taraba Violence: Top Military Chiefs, Security Officers Relocate To Sarduana

Following the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s directive on the deployment of an extra military battalion to Sardauna Council of Taraba State, security chiefs, including the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 3 Division of the Nigeria Army, Brig-Gen. Benjamin Ahanotu, Commandment of the 23 Brigade, Yola in Adamawa State, Brig-Gen. Bello A Mohammed, Commandant of the 20 Battalion in Sarti, Lt-Col. Abdullahi Anwar and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yunana Yakubu Babas, have temporarily relocated to the area.

Chairman of the council, Mr. John Yep, disclosed that the genesis of the crisis, which led to wanton destruction of lives and property, was the arrest of a Mambilla man and Wakili of Ngoroje.

He admonished security chiefs on the need to establish a motor circle unit in the area because of the difficult terrain.

Mohammed urged the state government to as a matter of urgency fashion out measures that would put to rest the incessant clashes in the area.

Responding, Yep explained said the council was living no stone unturned to prevent further crisis that could led to the displacement of persons.

At the time of filing this report, all the security chiefs, along with journalists, were on a visit to the affected villages.

October 1 Ultimatum: Defence Headquarters Urges Nigerians Not To Panic

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has admonished Nigerians to stay calm over the quit notice issued to Igbos residing in the North.

This was contained in a statement released to the media by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche.

According to him, the reassurance of the military came against the backdrop of series of enquiries from some members of the general public following recent threats to the country’s corporate existence.

The statement reads: “There has been so many requests in the recent past, to know from the Military about the safety of Nigerians living in parts of the country, other than their aboriginal habitats.

“As such, it behoves on the Defence Headquarters to reassure the general public that all lives and property in Nigeria are secured and safe at any location they reside.

“Thus, the Armed Forces of Nigeria are constantly on surveillance and in collaboration with other security agencies to curb acts capable of distorting the peace.

“Members of the general public are requested to immediately report suspicious movements and any act that points to creating any situation of insecurity to lives and property to the nearest security agency.

“Other means, such as the Nigerian Army Call Centre, short-code 193 and email: na.callcentre@army.mil.org should be readily utilised.

“The Armed Forces hereby reaffirms its commitment to protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians living in any part of the country.

“Therefore, all should go about their normal life wherever they are living without fear or intimidation.”

Policemen Don’t Harass Anyone, We Are Doing Our Work, Says Spokesman Jimoh Moshood

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, has denied claims that policemen are out on the streets harassing youths in the name of hunting for “Yahoo yahoo” boys.

In an exclusive chat with The Punch, Moshood stated that rather than harass innocent Nigerian youths, policemen are on the field doing their work.

“Nobody is harassing them, policemen are not harassing anyone. We are just doing our work. In the course of our job, we are careful not to violate the rights of innocent Nigerians,” he said.

Moshood further noted that the conduct of our policemen has improved. This he said has appeared in the way they carry out their duties professionally.

Speaking on manhandling of suspects by the Nigerian Police, Moshood mentioned that t is natural for a suspect facing arrest to resist, and as such, the law permits the use of minimum force in ensuring the arrest, detention and prosecution of the suspect.

His words in part: “Detention is not a punishment, it is not punitive, it is to ensure that we have the opportunity to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter at hand. So when suspects are taken into custody, it is to ensure that we get them to court at the appropriate time so that they don’t interfere with the course of justice. So, nobody is man-handling the “yahoo boys,” they should desist from criminal activities.”

The Polices spokesman also touched on the issue of bail.

“Bail is free and that is why we encourage the public to report to us or report to the senior officer at that station. That is why the IG has instructed that “bail is free” should be written at every station, in the investigation room, at the counter, in the DPO’s office. So if any policeman asks you for money, just point at the wall,” he said.

Pressed further on why policemen still demand for bail when these announcements are reinforced into the ears of the officers, Moshood said: “You don’t allow anybody to corner and extort you in the name of bailing somebody; bail is free.

“Report to us immediately; we would take appropriate action against the bad eggs who want to tarnish the image of the Force and we would not allow them. Quite a number of officers have been dismissed for involving themselves in corruption.”


Junaid Warns Against Arrest Of Arewa Youths

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, an elder statesman and a second republic lawmaker has said that any attempt by the security agencies to arrest Arewa youths will lead to problems.

Junaid stated this in a chat with pressmen on Friday.

According to him, the Federal Government demonstrated irresponsibility in its selective handling of the threats from the southern and northern regions of the country.

He said, “The threat to arrest the youth, in my opinion, is not only counter-productive but also inappropriate.

“This is because ideally, with the position of things, every Nigerian has the right to live and conduct their businesses in any part of the country.

“But the Federal Government left their toes behind when they allowed the IPOB, which is being financed by the Igbo political and business elites both in the country and in the Diaspora to be issuing statements freely.

“Therefore, any attempt to arrest Arewa youths will lead to problems. I am resident in Kano State and the last time the Kaduna State Government brought up the issue of arrest, there would have been violence if an attempt to arrest anybody by the police had been made.”

Standing with Mohammed’s submission, the Chairman of Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, blamed the Federal Government for not tackling the threats by the IPOB on time, pointing that it led to the present crisis.

He said, “I believe that the Federal Government was somewhat late in addressing the threats issued by the Igbo.

“These threats by both the North and South are unconstitutional and illegal because every Nigerian has the right to live and work in any part of the country he or she chooses.

“I think the Igbo should not allow a man, who was not even born during the civil war to incite violence in the country. Both the Hausa and the Igbo are well travelled traders and if this country splits today, that opportunity is gone, a market of 180 million people. All the regions will suffer for it.”


Body Strips Senior Nigerian Lawyer Of SAN Title

The Nigeria’s legal practitioners privileges committee has stripped a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, B. I. Nwofor, of his title as senior advocate.

The decision which was taken at the committee’s 126th general meeting held on June 22 was contained in a letter from the privileges committee signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Salleh.

“The legal practitioner’s privileges committee at its 126th General meeting held on June 22nd 2017, considered extensively the complaint filled by the court of appeal of Nigeria against B. E . I. Nwofor, Esq. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria with his response to same and all material facts and have decided that B. E. I. Nwofor Esq; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria conducted himself in a manner unbefitting of a holder of the esteemed rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“By reason of the foregoing, the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (including all its privileges) has been withdrawn from B. E. I Nwofor, forthwith,” the statement said.

It was not immediately clear what the allegations were against Mr. Nwofor.

Budget 2017: Fashola Should Stop Spreading Half-Truths, Says Senate

The Senate has cautioned Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to stop spreading wrong information and half-truth about the 2017 budget as the legislators worked to ensure equity across the country on all new and outstanding projects.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate noted that Mr. Fashola did not give members of the public full details about the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which has been on a private finance initiative from the beginning because he would prefer an arrangement that allows the Ministry to continue to award contracts and fund the project through Government budgetary allocation at a time when the nation’s revenue is dwindling and at an all time low.

Abdullahi stated that the Bureau of Public Procurement, and the Federal Executive Council in 2013, approved the reconstruction, rehabilitation and expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as a Public Private Partnership project using the Private Finance Initiative, with the Federal Government providing about 30 percent of the funding while the balance shall be provided by the private sector. The project was on course for completion by end of 2017 when the private finance initiative was being implemented, with over 30 percent completion rate attained as at early 2015.

Abdullahi further noted that in a blatant disregard for existing agreements, constituted authorities and extant laws,  Fashola on assumption of office got Government through the Ministry to start voting money for the implementation of the project.

“Even as at last year the 2016 Appropriation Act voted N40 billion for the project on the insistence of the Ministry and only N26 billion was released. If we had known, the rest N14 billion could have been allocated to other critical roads across the country”, he said.

“In the spirit of consensus building and effective stakeholder engagement, the Leadership of the Senate met with key relevant stakeholders, including the Ministries of Works and finance. It was agreed that we should give the Private Finance Initiative a chance to complement Government’s resources in the delivery of critical infrastructure assets across the country. Hence, in this year’s budget, we have engaged with the Government and private sector groups who have assured that they will resume funding of the project. So, we only provided the fund in the budget that would ensure work does not stop before the funds from the private sector start coming in .What we reduced from Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the 2017 budget estimate was spread on Oyo-Ogbomoso road in the South-west, Enugu-Onitsha road in the South-east, and two other critical roads in the North-east and North-west; and this was done to achieve equity. The Minister should realise he is Minister for the entire country and not just that of Lagos State.

“It is our view that the Federal Government cannot fund the reconstruction and maintenance of all the 34,000 kilometres of roads under its care. We are looking for private funds for some of these roads, particularly those with high potentials of attracting private investors. These include the Enugu-Onitsha road, Kano-Abuja road and Abuja-Lokoja road. It has been our hope that the Lagos -Ibadan road would be a model for private sector funding of infrastructure in the country”, the spokesman stated.

He added that Fashola knew that Federal Government cannot fully fund this road for completion by 2019 as he is promising Nigerians. “It’s deceit of the highest order. Just going by the last two years of funding where an average of about N30b per annum was released then the nation would have to wait for the next six years for completion of the work .But with Private sector Finance Initiative, this project can be completed on time because full funding will be provided and there will be more certainty”, he stated.

Abdullahi noted that since Government did not have enough money and/or unlimited resources to provide all the needed road infrastructure on a sustainable basis, the use of funds from the private sector to complement Government’s resources would ease pressure on the annual budgetary provisions for infrastructure provision, as more money will be spent on less commercially viable roads that would not ordinarily attract private sector investment as well as other social services like education, health and human capital development.

“The Minister’s statement is in bad taste and we believe he has been quoted out of context as an experienced public servant with over 15 years of high level responsibility will not be uttering such statements. He should desist from spreading half-truths. When he said the National Assembly imported projects into the 2017 budget, he did not mention that these include the 26 projects which the Federal Government approved in the 2016 budget, awarded contract for them in January 2016, but totally omitted them in the 2017 budget. One of them is the Abuja-Kaduna road. These ones would have become abandoned projects. We reduced funds across board to make provision for these omitted projects that  are of critical importance to the socio-economic development of the country in line with equity and fair play.

“Mr. Fashola obviously wants the Federal Ministry of Works to have many construction projects it can award contracts for and that is why he would always oppose any attempt to allow the private sector financing initiatives through Public Private Partnerships or other levels of Government to fund construction of roads under the control of the Federal Government. That was why he waited until he was arm-twisted on the Lagos Airport road before he allowed the Lagos State Government take up the reconstruction, using private funds. Same thing happened to the proposal for the Apapa Wharf road, which was frustrated for over a year before the stakeholders reined in the Ministry to grudgingly approve that Dangote and Flour Mills should take over the project.

“It should also be explained that nobody introduced budgetary provisions for the sinking of boreholes and construction of clinics under the budget of the Works division of the Ministry. However, the Housing division would ordinarily have provision for such facilities in its estimate, so as to meet the Sustainable Development Goals as provided for by the United Nations . This is aimed at reducing slums and improve the well-being of our citizenry.

“The National Assembly already have an agreement with the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, that if for example, the Private Finance Initiative does not materialize to provide the needed funds for the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, just as in other areas where government has issues with the budget, the instruments of Virement and supplementary budget can be used. This is as a result of our belief that it is one Government and we all share the gains of the successes and pains of the failure. However, with all these blackmail game and backbiting going on, they are already laying the foundation for the failure of the agreement with the Executive”, he stated.

Abdullahi added that the National Assembly acted in the national interest to ensure equity and fairness is achieved in the distribution of projects and to ensure that all sections of the country have representation in the national budget as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.


DSS Foils Boko Haram’s Plan To Bomb Three States During Sallah Festivities

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has foiled a Boko Haram plot, to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Borno states during Sallah celebrations.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, an agent of the service revealed that they have arrested one Bashir Mohammed, who is believed to be a Boko Haram explosive? expert.

“In the past few weeks, this service has uncovered a sinister plot by terrorist elements to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives in different cities across the country,” the agent said.

“Consequently, the service wishes to announce that the planned terrorist attacks in Kano and aforementioned states have been nipped in the bud. This followed the arrest of Yusuf Adamu and Abdumuminu Haladu in the early hours of today in Sokoto. However, the service had earlier arrested the facilitator of the Kano attack, an explosive expert by name Bashir Mohammed.”

Ag. President Osinbajo Decries Hate Speech, Says Nigeria Is Worth Preserving And Protecting

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has charged Nigerian military to devote resources and talent to new battlefields which includes internet, which has now become a platform where mindless verdicts on the continued unity and existence of Nigeria are daily being delivered.

Osinbajo said this in Jaji, Kaduna, on Friday while attending the graduation of the 2017 class of Senior Course 39 of the Armed Forces Command & Staff College.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Acting President reiterated that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, saying “We can build  a new nation; a new nation  built on trust, consensus and love for one another and  love for our country is possible.”

The Acting President observed that the elite is largely to be blamed for the festering negative narratives, saying “I would like to emphasize the fact that this was essentially an elite phenomenon, unity and disunity are promoted by the elite which the vast majority of the Nigerian people are only later conscripted.”

He cautioned against the misuse of democratic right of freedom of speech saying, “while we must remain irrevocably committed to freedom of expression and the tenets of a free press, we must draw the line between freedom that conduces to healthy democracy and that which threatens and endangers the entire democratic enterprise . It is an important balance, that we must strike. Failure in any way will be tragic.”

He also observed that the problem is exacerbated by the influence of the internet and hate media emphasizing that “today a great deal of the threats facing Nigeria are being nurtured and cultivated in the vast spaces of the Internet. The rumblings of secession, the dangerous quit ultimatums to ethnic groups, the radio stations and blogs that spew divisive speech and exploit our fault lines; all of these are now to be found online.”

The Acting President noted that though the days of military rule are now behind the nation, and charged the military, its officers and men to devote resources and talent to these new battlefields, including the internet, “where mindless verdicts on the continued unity and existence of Nigeria are daily being delivered.”

Continuing, he said “the battle is not just to defeat the terrorists, the greater battle is to defeat the ideology and mindset that feeds the madness and to cut off its oxygen, money and publicity.”

Prof Osinbajo however expressed optimism stating that “the truth is that our nation and national unity is worth preserving and protecting. We are the preeminent power in Africa today in terms of population, size of our markets , natural resources and economy.  We are a factor in the geopolitics of the world, no one can ignore a nation state that is home to one in every four black persons. Smaller is weaker not stronger today.”

He charged the nation to rise above unproductive ethnic and religious sentiments and advised that “we must develop the emotional intelligence required to cope and adapt in a swiftly and constantly changing world. We must adopt a global mindset, that seeks to learn from the experiences of other countries, far and near, so that we do not waste valuable time repeating mistakes that we should have learned from and learned to avoid”.

In his welcome address, the Commandant of the College, Air Vice Marshall S. A. Dambo, announced that 187 persons graduated comprising officers from the nation’s Armed Forces, paramilitary and Ministry of Foreign Affairs including 10 international officers from eight countries, namely Liberia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun, Niger, Mali, Rwanda and Gambia.

Dignitaries who attended the graduation ceremony included representatives of Service Chiefs, very senior military officers, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni and members of the diplomatic corps.

Arewa Liberation Movement Warns Against Implementing 2014 Confab Recommendations, Backs Igbo’s Secession

Arewa Liberation Movement (ALM) has issued a stern warning against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recomendations, saying that it was drafted to favour a particular group.

The group exressed this  in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Usman A. Usman   and National Secretary  Kabir Haruna Alfa, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday.

“ALM is against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recommendations as agitated by the South-South leaders before October 1st, 2017 during their parley with the Acting President. Our members are of the opinion that the last National Conference was convened in the interest of a few rather than all. We therefore recommend a more sincere and all inclusive national conference,” it said.

The statement which was titled: ‘Re-Three Months’ Notice to Ndigbo  Resident in the North issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths’ said that the notice to Igbo was capable of distracting President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Following the notice issued by the Coalition of the Northern Youths in reaction to the Biafran agitation which has generated needless heating of the Nigerian polity capable of diverting the attention of the Buhari government, Arewa Liberation Movement (ALM), as stakeholder in nation building finds it imperative to make the following declarations:

1. ALM is not against the secession of Ndigbo from Nigeria. However, it preaches for a democratic approach towards the actualization of Biafra;

2. ALM calls for the immediate restructuring of the nation’s economy;

3. ALM is against the implementation of the 2014 Confab recommendations as agitated by the South-South leaders before October 1st, 2017 during their parley with the Acting President. Our members are of the opinion that the last National Conference was convened in the interest of a few rather than all. We therefore recommend a more sincere and all inclusive national conference;

4. That all religious organizations such as CAN and JNI should stay off  politics of this country as their meddlesomeness in national issues is capable of and almost always, undermining the good intentions of  government;

5. That the federal government should intensify efforts towards identifying and deliberating sincerely with leaders of the North with proven integrity. The last engagement of the presumed Northern leaders by the federal government was a sham. Those engaged were individuals with divergent personal interests not that of the North.

6. ALM supports in totality, the sincere intention of the Coalition of Northern Youths, but implores them to make wider consultations in their future engagements.

7. ALM takes strong exception to the position of the Kaduna state governor, Mal. Nasir El-Rufa’i on the directive to arrest and persecute members of the Coalition of Northern Youths, an attempt that will not achieve meaningful result as regards conflict resolutions.

8. ALM calls on the Northern governors to pay sincere attentions towards actualization of the Buhari government’s dreams on poverty reduction through agriculture, health, education and unemployment, and more importantly, security. It is our members’ candid observation that most of them have erformed below average that informs the unending problems in Northern Nigeria; and

9. That ALM neither supports nor encourages violence for the attainment of whatever political goal (s) or aspirations held by any group of people including secession by any section of the country.”

Saraki Unperturbed By FG’s Appeal Against CCT Ruling

Following the decision of the Federal Government to file an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which upheld the plea of no case submission he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki wishes to reiterate his earlier position that he remains unperturbed by the development.
Dr. Saraki is confident that the verdict at the appellate court would not be different from that of the tribunal as the facts of the case remain the same and the grounds on which the decision of the CCT was based remain unassailable.
Anybody who has been following the proceedings and the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses during examination in chief and cross examination would know that if presented before any court of Justice and law, the same outcome as in the CCT would be arrived at. Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the Tribunal and criticizing it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the details coming out of the trial.
That is why Dr. Saraki continues to wonder how desperate some people in government and their collaborators outside have become to pull him down at all cost and by all means up to the point that they do not care if they destroy the institution of the judiciary in the process. That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of  bribery in an online publication against the Tribunal judges. The Senate President seizes this opportunity to call on security agencies to immediately commence investigation on this bribery allegation. It is his views that those who made the allegation should be invited to substantiate their claims.
This same desperation made a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) to appear on tape admitting in a foreign country that he interfered with the process in the Tribunal when in an unethical manner he was instructing the judge on how to conduct the trial. Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money. When an official interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieving personal objectives, that is corruption.
We hear the same desperate people say there was so much evidence

?and that ?

they are surprised at the verdict of the tribunal. But they forget to mention that this was a case that the prosecution counsel amended charges thrice. If as it is being portrayed to the public it was a straightforward case following investigation how come everytime their case was dismantled during the process they went back to amend charges just in desperation to get a conviction?

The Senate President notes that another sign of desperation by those who want to get him convicted at all cost was the failed antics of the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacob who in collusion with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sought to manipulate evidence at the tribunal.  On realising the fundamental flaw in its case as it did not invite the defendant to make any statement at any point in the investigation, the prosecution brought in an agent of the EFCC to tender old statements Saraki made in a totally different and unrelated matter that had nothing to do with false asset declaration. The prosecution forgot that the letter inviting Saraki to make the tendered statements explicitly mentioned the matter being investigated. However, the tribunal, as it is obvious in its ruling, saw through the dirty trick. It therefore disregarded that piece of evidence and described it as irrelevant and of no value to the case.
If not desperation by the prosecution, why is the EFCC so involved in a case of false asset declaration which is an exclusive preserve of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)? All the evidence presented during the trial were from the EFCC. That is why the only CCB witness presented by the prosecution gave what the tribunal referred to as ‘hearsay evidence’. The CCB chief prosecutor testified that he got his instruction to investigate the case orally. He made his report from the investigation orally. Even the directive to ‘collaborate with EFCC’ on the investigation was given orally, a development the tribunal found strange and unknown to law. ?
All these antics aimed at perverting the course of justice were obvious throughout the period of the tribunal’s sitting. Though, one is conscious of the fact that the anti- graft agency and its ally bodies are frantically looking for a poster-case to sell its anti-corruption campaign and there is the hunger for conviction in a celebrated case to advertise in the international arena government’s determination to pursue the anti-graft campaign, we implore them to achieve this aim by allowing Justice to take its normal course.
This Appeal against the CCT ruling is nothing but another attempt to grandstand and embark on another media trial without any substance. This is why the Senate President is sure it will be another exercise in futility.
Dr. Saraki has demonstrated his unflinching belief in and respect for the judicial process and its ability to resolve issues relating to fundamental rights of Nigerians. That belief in the judiciary is the basis for his assurance that the position of the CCT that he is not guilty of the charges preferred against him would be  sustained in the higher courts.
Yusuph Olaniyonu
Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President

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