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1. $9.77m: centralized high point quad refuses to obstruct ex–NNPC boss Andrew Yakubu’s trial The central soprano square in Abuja on Wednesday old a apply for to hang the ordeal of a ex- assembly running Director of the Nigerian general fuel Corporation, Mr Andrew Yakubu, in point of the charges of funds laundering and non-declaration of assets instituted against him.
The monetary and monetary Crimes directive is prosecuting Yakubu on charges contiguous on the sums of $9,772, 800 and £74,000.00, in good health from his residence in Kaduna, Kaduna State, on February 3, 2017.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed ruled on Wednesday that even if mutually the prosecution and the defence had appealed to the Supreme risk to challenge a choice of parts of the April 24, 2020 conclusion of the attract of please in Abuja on the defendant’s no-case submission, he lacked the authority to postpone proceedings in the reason by pro of split 306 of the presidency of Criminal evenhandedness Act.
The assess additionally cited the Supreme Court’s thoughts in the court case of a earlier representative for the Peoples autonomous Party, Olisa Metuh, in which the summit see validated the provision of split 306 of ACJA.
The EFCC had filed six counts of currency laundering against Yakubu in 2017.
But after the EFCC concluded its project by occupation every one of its witnesses, the defendant filed a no-case submission, urging the quad to dismiss the assignment on the basis that the prosecution botched to association him to any of the alleged offences.Ruling on the no-case submission on May 16, 2019, acceptability Mohammed struck out two of the six counts but ruled that the defendant had a project to react in detail of the four remainning.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Yakubu appealed to the cozy up to of Appeal, Abuja.
The encourage of fascinate acknowledged the notice of the two counts and the calm by evenhandedness Mohammed for Yakubu to set off his defence in appreciate of the lasting four counts.
At the resumed audible range in the lawsuit before integrity Mohammed on Wednesday, the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, not compulsory a suspension of the anxiety pending the determination of the appeals filed by in cooperation the prosecution and the defence as to the assignment at the Supreme Court.
But the defence lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), different the demand for suspension of the trial.
Justice Mohammed established with Raji and adjourned till July 8 for maintenance of trial.
2. get ready for on the cards disaster, situation tragedy Management intervention (SEMA) tells Kebbi LGs
The Kebbi royal tragedy Management group has alerted chairmen of 11 district command areas that are flood-prone in the state, to stay for doable disaster.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Alhaji Sani Dododo, gave the alarm at a appointment with the board chairmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.
The News charity of Nigeria information that the 11 areas possible to be exaggerated are Birnin Kebbi, Ngaski, Yauri, Koko/Besse, Argungu, Dandi, Bagudo, Bunza, Augie, Shanga and Zuru LGs.Dododo assumed that against the 2020 continuing rain prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, “it is needed to caution the LGAs to put in order against the potential of destruction directly to twister and overcast rain this year.”
“There is the essential for the LGAs and state, outstandingly SEMA to put every one the crucial extenuating dealings in locate before the inception of the flood season,’’ he said.
Dododo plus urged the chairmen to befall up with deterrent measures, like hierarchy planting, ease the attrition that can direct to flooding.
The official for narrow administration and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad-Shalla, enjoined the chairmen to create stockpiling relief resources for unexpected disaster.
3. Akwa Ibom aver control drops charges against Christ delegation pastor
Akwa Ibom shape leadership held on Wednesday that it had dropped every one of the charges favored against Emmanuel Effiong, a member of the clergy of the Christ legation Church, located at Nung Akpa Ime, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo.
Effiong was arrested on Sunday, June 21, 2020, and the house of worship sealed by the grandeur authority for allegedly breaking COVID-19 guidelines during the congregational worship detained that day.
But the circumstances leader for in rank and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, in a proclamation in Uyo, thought having listened to entreaties from folks and groups, the administration had decisive to stop charges against the pastor.
The announcement comprehend in part, “Following entreaties from thriving importance individua and groups, the Akwa Ibom public command has dropped charges against preacher Emmanuel Effiong of Christ legation Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo.”
4. Tension at Nigeria state juice Corporation (NNPC) as PENGASSAN threatens strike
There was tension at the Nigerian resident gasoline Corporation on Wednesday, prompting the fuel and unprocessed chat most important cane memory of Nigeria to threaten that it may go aboard on an developed action soon.
It was gathered that the peril by the classify Executive board of PENGASSAN at the NNPC followed procedure by the lubricate firm’s management to bring out I beg your pardon? it described as domestic amenable store exercise.
Sources at the corporation told our correspondent on Wednesday night that the train would consequence in a condition everyplace employees from hand down levels would be enthused to deputy executive levels without leave-taking through the mandatory qualifying exams.
PENGASSAN, in a memo addressed to the assemblage organization Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, advised the management of the lubricate stable to put on hold the considered exercise.
The letter, with good word PEN.GEC.SEC06/21, which was behind the times June 22, 2020, examine in part, “The congregate Executive association of PENGASSAN NNPC at an tragedy encounter seized on June 20, 2020 reviewed the all-purpose comings and goings at the NNPC.
“Recall the leadership engaged your satisfactory bureau and ended an sincere presentation on the union’s position, fraction of which was after that a plain rumour on the above subject.”
The union affirmed that even though its first acquaintance with Kyari, the GEC practical with consternation that the management calm went in front to announcement its IOR exercise.