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Mile One Market Fire Disaster: Deputy Speaker Commiserates with Victims … Urges for Establishment of Fire Station there.


By David Amusa

The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Leyii Kwanee has commiserated with the victims of the mile one market fire disaster.

Addressing the victims in the company of other lawmakers today, the Deputy Speaker said that the Rivers State House of Assembly was touched by what befell them particularly at this yelutide period where they must have stocked their goods waiting for the Christmas sales.

He urged them to bear the loss as such is the vicissitude of life.

He assured that the Assembly will advise the State government to put in place a fire station for the mile one market to arrest such an occurrence in future.

He advised the public to be mindful of igniting fire anywhere during this harmattan period pointing out that such stands the risk of degenerating to fire disaster.

In his response, the executive chairman of mile one market, Kenneth Eze told the Deputy Speaker and his entourage that goods worth billions of naira were destroyed and commended the Deputy Speaker and his colleagues for their quick response to commiserate with them.

He urged the Assembly to liaise with the State government to come to their assistance.

In another development, the Deputy Speaker and his entourage inspected ongoing D-line area internal roads construction as part of their oversight function, having resumed legislative duties arising from the Federal High Court order.

Speaking to the Commissioner for Works, Chief Victor Giadom, Hon. Kwanee said that the  Assembly was committed to seeing all projects embarked by the government were completed within the lifespan of the present administration.

He commended the contractor on the quality of work being done and urged the contractor to complete the work as scheduled and according to specification.

Responding, the Commissioner for Works, Chief Victor Giadom assured the Assemblymen that the construction is on course and on completion will make the D-line area one of the best  residential neighborhoods in the country.

In an earlier development, the Rivers State House of Assembly had obtained an interim injunction restraining Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi from parading himself as the Speaker or performing the function of the office pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The order was given by Justice C.N. Wali of the Ahoada Judicial division holden at Ahoada.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has invited members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID),to sign an undertaken to conduct themselves in an orderly manner when they resume sitting.

On this development, the Deputy Speaker told newsmen that the letter from the police had been handed over to the Assembly legal advisers and that the outcome of the advice will determine the next line of action.

Hon. Kwanee assured that as soon as police conclude security inspection and sweeping of the entire premises of the Assembly, an inventory will be done to accertain the extent of destruction and damage to the property of the Assembly during the fracas.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Signed:
David Amusa
Media Assistant to the Deputy Speaker
Tuesday December 17,2013.

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PHOTONEWS: Jackboot Democracy, Police Chase Away Rivers Lawmakers With Teargas And Gunshots.


Tension Mounts Again In Rivers State As Police Chase Away Legislators With Teargas, Gunshots

Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly were today prevented by the police from gaining access to the Assembly to resume legislative functions.

This development comes barely 48 hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja restrained the National Assembly from taking over the legislative functions of the State Assembly.

Acting on the orders of the court to resume its legislative duties, the lawmakers, numbering about 25, at about 9am proceeded to the Assembly Complex in a white coaster bus but were suddenly stopped halfway by men of the Nigeria Police in the state headed by Mbu Joseph Mbu.

The Rivers State Police Command had barricaded the road leading to the Assembly Complex, causing a heavy traffic jam on the Moscow road axis.

When the legislators, led by Deputy Speaker Leyii Kwanne, accosted the police to ask why they were being prevented from performing their constitutional duties, the police said were yet to receive the court judgement ordering the lawmakers to resume duty.

Following the resistance of the police, the legislators resorted to seating in the sun to commence their preliminary session, presided over by Hon. Kwanee.  The police responded by firing several teargas canisters to disperse them.  Some gun shots were also fired.

A few minutes later, Police Commissioner Mbu drove by but did not stop.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

EFCC Press Release: Timipre Sylva’s Arraignment Stalled.


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By Wilson Uwujaren

The arraignment of the former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Marlin Sylva and six others before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not go on today as earlier announced.

Sylva was to be re-arraigned following fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering during his tenure as governor of Bayelsa State between 2009 and 2012.

The other accused persons are Francis Okuburo, Gbenga S. Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku, Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited and Haloween Blue Construction and Logistics Limited.

Though, the ex-governor was present in court, his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN objected to his client taking a plea on the grounds that they were not served with a hearing notice. He contended that the provision of the law which allows for 7 days before arraignment should be complied with.
Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs however urged his Lordship, Justice A.R Mohammed to proceed with the arraignment since the accused persons were already in court. Besides, he added that the defence already have a proof of evidence and the amended charge. Bur Fagbemi insisted on the defence’s right to a hearing notice.

At this juncture, counsel to the 4th accused person, Ajayi Olowo informed the court that he had filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter and asked for a short adjournment for the motion to be argued. Counsel to other defendants aligned themselves with his submission.

Jacobs however urged the court to take their arguments on the motion orally to save the time of the court and ensure speedy trial. He noted with concern, the antics of the former governor which he claimed are aimed at frustrating his trial and urged the court to do something in the interest of justice.
Consequently, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to January 23, 2013 for hearing on the notice of preliminary objection.

Sylva and the other accused persons are to be prosecuted on a 42-count amended charge.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media and Publicity
3rd December, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

EFCC Press Release: Three Fraudsters Convicted For 17,544 Rand Scam.


By Wilson Uwujaren

Three internet fraudsters who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 4-count charge that borders on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence were Monday December 2, 2013 convicted and sentenced to four months imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

The convicts are Okolie Emmanuel Emeka (a.k.a. Michael Eze, Roy), Nwakusor Stephen Reachi (a.k.a. Rowland Blount, Joel) and Olowu Segun (a.k.a. Travis Tade Johnson).

Emeka who is the arrow head of the syndicate was alleged to have obtained the sum of 17,544.59 South Africa Rand from one Elizabeth Gertrude Von through Western Union Money Transfer under the pretext that he was a representative of Continental Financial Loans and Associates Plc and offered the victim a loan facility. He proceeded to demand and collect from the victim what he claimed was processing fee for the said loan. The offence is contrary to section 1(1) b of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.

When the convicts were arraigned before Justice Lambo Akanbi on December 2, 2013 they pleaded guilty to the four count charge.

The defence counsel, Barrister O. Amabibi Nsirim however pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy since the accused persons were first offenders; more so as they had agreed to pay restitution to their victims.
Justice Lambo Akanbi consequently sentenced each of the accused to 4 months imprisonment starting from the dates of their arrest.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media and Publicity
3rd December, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Hezbollah Lebanese Kano Arms Cachebags life jail.


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The trial of three Lebanese accused of belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist group, and in ration the Kano arm find,

ended yesterday with a Federal High Court in Abuja jailing one of them for life.

Talal Ahmad Roda, who was arrested in the Kano house where the ammunition was found, got life to imprisonment having been found guilty of conspiracy.

Mustapha Fawaz, owner of Abuja-based Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park, both companies and the second accused person, Abdallah Thahini were freed.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi, in a judgment yesterday, held that the prosecution failed to provide concrete evidence linking them with terrorism.

The Federal Government had on July 29 arraigned that three men and the companies on a 16-count charge of terrorism.

While Roda was convicted on counts 8 and 9 relating to conspiracy, Fawaz, his companies and Thahini were acquitted on all the counts.

Justice Adeniyi held that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubts that the discharged persons are terrorists.

The judge was of the opinion that since the Hezbollah military group was not labelled a terrorist group under any Nigerian law, the court could not hold otherwise.

Justice Adeniyi observed that some aspects of the investigation were not properly conducted.

The judge also also observed that the prosecution failed by the evidence brought before the court to establish a case of terrorism against the accused persons.

He held that the prosecution was wrong by not producing before the court either the ammunition recovered from No 3, Gaiya Road, Kano or the photographer who took pictures of the ammunition.

The judge further held that the prosecution could have, as an alternative, applied to have the court visit the Kano house and see the ammunition.

Justice Adeniyi was of the opinion that the failure by the prosecution to take any of the above steps makes the the photo evidence of the ammunition tendered inadmissible.

The judge also noted that the witness brought by the prosecution who conducted the search confessed that he was neither a forensic or ballistic expert.

While the judge was about to sentence Roda, defence lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), pleaded him to be lenient and temper justice with mercy.

He said the convict co-orperated with the security agencies all through the trial and that he has lived his entire life in Nigeria.

Prosecution lawyer, Simon Egede, said though he shared the sentiment of the defence lawyer, the law must take its course, no matter what happened.

He said that the punishment for conspiracy is life imprisonment and he urged the court to follow the law in making its pronouncement.

The judge rose for about 45 minutes and when he resumed sitting announced the sentencing of the third accused person (Roda) to life imprisonment.

Justice Adeniyi held that the terrorism law, under which he was charged, provides for life imprisonment on conviction for conspiracy, and that the court has no discretion to vary it.

“I have listened to the allocutus of the defence counsel on the issue of sentencing.

“After I have read one or two authorities as to the provision where the accused was charged, it does not give room for judicial discretion.

“I, thereby, sentence the third accused person to life imprisonment on Counts 8 and 9 and both terms are to run concurrently”.

The judge ordered that both Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park be unsealed with immediate effect.

He added that the 61,170 US dollars seized from the second accused person (Thahini) be returned to him.

The judge also directed that all personal properties seized from the discharged persons and their relatives be returned to them forthwith.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigerian Judge Frees Two Lebanese Terror Suspects Accused Of Hezbollah Connection, Sentences A Third To Life imprisonment.


By SaharaReporters, New York

An Abuja  Federal High Court judge today sentenced Talal Ahmad Roda, one of the three Lebanese nationals  arrested in connection with  illegal possession of weapons and Hezbollah connection to life imprisonment which, the judge ordered must be run concurrently.

Two other co-accused person, Mustapha Fawaz, the owner of a popular Amigo Supermarket and Abdallah Tahini were set free by the judge.

Giving the ruling today Justice Ademola Adeniyi said that there was no room for judicial discussion as to the first and second accused persons, he subsequently ordered that they should be released immediately with their personal belongings  released to them.

Regarding the third suspect, the judge ruled that the he was guilty of all the five counts of illegal possesion of weapons and conspiracy as he was found at the location of the arm cache in Kano.

PHOTONEWS: The Fate Of Three Lebanese Hezbollah Suspects As Decided Today In Abuja.


The Federal High Court in Abuja today ruled on the case between the Federal Government and three Lebanese suspects arrested for illegal possession of weapons and connection with the Hezbollah.  The suspects are Talal Ahmad Roda, Mustapha Fawaz, the owner of a popular Amigo Supermarket and Abdallah Tahini

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano arrested the men on May 31 with a large cache of arms in a bunker during a raid on their residence. Weapons recovered were 17 AK 47 rifles, 44 magazines, four land mines and 12 RPG bombs, 14 RPG chargers, 11 66 mm anti-tanks weapons, one SMG magazine, one pistol and several magazines.

Also recovered were 11, 433 rounds of 7.26 mm special, 76 hand grenades, rocket-propelled guns, and 122 calibre artillery and anti-mine weapons.

The suspects, who were previously in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS), were later transferred to prison custody following an alarm raised by the suspects that their lives were not safe in the hands of the SSS.

The arrests also led to the closure of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Recreational Center, both of which are owned by Mr. Fawaz.

However today, Justice Ademola Adeniji of the Federal High Court in Abuja acquitted and discharged Mr. Fawaz and Tahini while sentencing Ahmad Roda to life imprisonment.

Our photographers captured the end of trial here.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

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