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Appeal Court rejects Kanu’s move to challenge IPOB’s proscription

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leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu with some of his lawyers

Appeal Court rejects Kanu’s move to challenge IPOB’s proscription

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has rejected an application by detained leader of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu seeking to be allowed to challenge the order proscribing the group.

In a judgment, the Court of Appeal upheld the argument by lawyer to the federal government, Oyin Koleosho, that the application filed for Kanu by his lawyer, Alloy Ejimakor, was inappropriate.

Kanu had, in the application, sought to be allowed to appeal, as an interested party, the January 18,  2018 ruling by Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja (now late) affirming his earlier ex-parte order of September 20, 2017 proscribing IPOB and designating it a terrorist group.

It was part of Kanu’s contention that, since the Fed Govt allegedly capitalised on the IPOB proscription order to charge him with belonging to, and leading a terrorist group, he was qualified as an interested party, who should be allowed to part of a pending appeal filed by IPOB against the order proscribing it.

In the judgment delivered on May 30, a certified true copy (CTC) of which The Nation saw on June 12, a three member panel of the Court of Appeal held that it was inappropriate for Kanu to have filed his application directly at the appellate court.

Justice Hamma Barka, in the lead judgment, held that, as an applicant seeking leave to appeal as an interested party, Kanu ought to first file his application before the Federal High Court, Abuja, whose decision he sought to appeal.

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Justice Barka further held that Kanu’s failure to first file his application before the Federal High Court was a violation of Order 6 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal Rules 2021.

He said: “In the instant case, it is apparent that no such leave was sought from the court below, thus, an affront to the provisions of Order 6 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal Rules, 2021.

“This knocks off the present application as being incompetent, not capable of being granted.

“The consideration of all other issues canvased to my mind will amount to an academic exercise for which courts are enjoined not to embark upon, and for this singular reason, the application being incompetent is accordingly struck out.”

Upon an ex-parte motion by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), marked: FHC/AB)/CS/871/2017, Justice Kafarati had, in a ruling on September 20, 2017 ordered as follows:

*That an order declaring that the activities of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South east and South-South regions of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals, amounts to acts of terrorism and illegality is granted.

*That an order proscribing the existence of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South east and South-South regions of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals by whatever name they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies, is granted.

*That an order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) under any other name or platform however called or described, is granted.

IPOB later applied to the court for it to set aside the orders, and in a ruling on January 18, 2018, Justice Kafarati dismissed IPOB’s application and affirmed his earlier orders proscribing the group and designating it a terrorist organisation.

IPOB subsequently lodged an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja against the January 18, 2018 ruling.

It is the appeal, marked: CA/A/214/2018 that Kanu applied to be given permission to join as an interested party.

Appeal Court rejects Kanu’s move to challenge IPOB’s proscription

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NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

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Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye

NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

Embattled Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, claims she is being targeted by government cabals for refusing to sign a $500 million World Bank loan request.

In a phone interview with THISDAY, Kennedy-Ohanenye asserted that her refusal to sign the loan, which included an earlier $100 million case, has led to significant pressure and threats against her.

Kennedy-Ohanenye revealed that World Bank staff in Nigeria allegedly take back 40 percent of such loans as consultation fees. She stated, “All the loans they collect, including World Bank loans, are you aware that the same World Bank staff in Nigeria takes back 40 percent and calls it consultation fees? These are things you people should look into. You people should focus on where the problem is and let them leave me alone.”

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She emphasized that her life is now at risk due to her stance on the loan, mentioning the potential personal financial gain she turned down. “If I sign that loan today, I am entitled to five percent of the money, but I refused to sign it. It is part of why the National Assembly and all of them are after me.”

The minister highlighted the alleged misuse of the loan, suggesting the funds could be better utilized directly to support women rather than on consultations. She questioned the necessity of spending $100 million on teaching women how to save money, arguing for a more direct allocation to the women in need.

This controversy follows a tense interaction on July 10, 2024, between Kennedy-Ohanenye and the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development over the alleged diversion of N1.5 billion meant for contractor payments.

NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

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Reps probe missing crude, contaminated fuel

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Reps probe missing crude, contaminated fuel

The Joint Committee of the House of Representatives, which is conducting a forensic inquiry into the difficulties facing the downstream and midstream petroleum industries, has begun looking into claims of the importation of contaminated Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as fuel, into the country. 

The committee’s chairman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, announced this at the panel’s formal inauguration in Abuja on Monday.

The investigation team will also examine reports of crude oil theft at local refineries, distribution disruptions, and favouritism in the pro forma invoice regime, among other issues.

Briefing reporters at the event, Ugochinyere said, “The committee will conduct a legislative forensic investigation into the presence of middlemen in crude trading, the indiscriminate issuance of licenses, and the alleged unavailability of international standard laboratories to check adulterated products.”

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He mentioned that the panel would also probe the possible influx of contaminated products into the country and “the allegation of non-domestication of profits realised from crude marketing sales in local banks, abuse of the PFI regime, and importation of products already being produced in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the panel plans to visit petrol stations around the country to collect samples of their products for laboratory testing to ensure their purity.

The mandate of the joint committee follows the approval of a motion on July 9, 2024, on the “urgent need to carry out a legislative forensic investigation into the challenges affecting the downstream and midstream petroleum sectors in Nigeria and other related matters to find out a lasting solution to all challenges” affecting the petroleum industry.

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Hardship: FCT police begs residents not to join protest

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FCT Police Commissioner, Benneth Igweh

Hardship: FCT police begs residents not to join protest

As the date for proposed protest against economic hardship in the country by unnamed groups draw near, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Benneth Igweh has appealed to residents of Abuja not to join the protest so as to prevent the destruction of new infrastructure recently put in place by the FCT administration and President Bola Tinubu.

This is just as the CP paraded the mastermind of the armed robbery gang that killed retired Brigadier General Uwen Harold Udokwerre in Abuja on June 22, 2024

Speaking on the proposed strike, Igweh said, “Lions do not destroy their den. We have toiled so much to ensure and provide security for the FCT. In the cause of this, we have gone to Kaduna, we have gone to Kogi, we have gone to Nasarawa to fish our criminals who came to disturb the peace of Abuja.

“In this process, we have lost officers. Last week we lost two officers, the previous week, we lost one officer over efforts at providing security and safeguarding residents. We dont want to lose any more person.

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“So please dont allow the destruction of what the minister, what Mr President is doing. We have been in this FCT, we know when there is changes, roads, infrastructure. I am pleading with residents, do not join this protest

“We don’t want miscreants to come from outside the FCT to come and start destroying them. We will go back to square one where we were before. I plead, I beg of you, do not join this protest.

“Let us continue collectively to make FCT safe. Let them go and do what they want to do. But not with us. Act maturely. Act maturely. Act like people who appreciate. Even the loss we have been losing to ensure your safety. Use it to appreciate us. If you give it to us, we will be very happy. We will continue to provide security for you.

On the arrest in the mastermind, CP Igweh said, “Last time, I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that went and killed Brigadier General Uwem Harold Udokwerre retired. Today, I will show you the organizer of the killing and the robbery.

“We have also recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewelry which they all robbed from the general’s house.

“The organizer is here and we have arrested him. He is Alhaji Ashiru. He has had been arrested before for crime and jailed in prison and escaped during the jail break.

Hardship: FCT police begs residents not to join protest

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