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Tragedy as FG director commits suicide after EFCC invitation

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An assistant director of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Mr Christopher Orji, has reportedly committed suicide in Abuja.

Orji’s lifeless body was reportedly found dangling with a rope tied to a ceiling fan in his residence at Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, at about 4pm on August 30.

Sources within NABDA told Daily Trust that police homicide detectives were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 59-year-old Orji.

Reports said he had been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to report at its Abuja office on the day he was found dead.

However, one of the workers at the agency, who pleaded anonymity, said Orji could not have killed himself as no suicide note was found at his residence.

When contacted, NABDA’s Acting Head of Communications and Protocol, Nkiru Amakeze, declined comment.

“So, what do you want me to tell you now? Please, I can’t speak on it,” Amakaeze said.

Until his death, Orji was the NABDA’s Bioresource Centre coordinator in Langtang, Plateau State.

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Gay Asylum Seeker to Be Deported to Nigeria From UK

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Adeniyi Raji, a gay man from Nigeria facing deportation from the United Kingdom for the second time, is expected to be on board a controversial British Home Office charter flight that would convey deportees to Nigeria and Ghana on Wednesday.

According to The Guardian, other immigrants that are expected to be deported to both west African countries are mothers and grandmothers who have lived in the UK for decades.

When Raji was first confronted with a possible deportation by the authorities in 2017, the 48-year-old Nigerian said he needed protection to avoid being killed in his country because of his sexual orientation.

“I’m in the UK because I need protection. If I’m returned to Nigeria, they will kill me,” Raji said.

He went on to share screenshots of death threats he had received from Nigerians before fleeing the country back then.

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“So after all that we did to you before, you are still a practising homosexual. Wait until we see you down here, that will be the end of you,” one of the threats he received read.

Raji fled Nigeria after his ex-wife caught him in bed with his former partner in their Lagos home. He claimed his ex-wife then raised the alarm, which led to people gathering to beat him severely.

He added that he was subsequently declared wanted by the Nigerian police and was also sacked from work by his former employer as a result of the incident.

However, the Home Office has declared that it was returning people that fall into Raji’s category because it had been deemed safe by the court.

“The UK only ever returns individuals to their country of origin when the Home Office and, where applicable, the courts deem it is safe to do so,” a spokesperson said.

In Nigeria, homosexual acts are punishable with up to 14 years in prison. Gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also outlawed. After Pakistan and Bangladesh, Nigeria is the country that produces the largest number of asylum claims based on sexual orientation.

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Ohanaeze, IPOB kick against court dismissal of Kanu’s bail application

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu in court

Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Indigenous People of Biafra have condemned court rejection of a fresh bail application sought by the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed the application for bail by the detained IPOB leader on the grounds that it was an abuse of court process, having being previously rejected.

Both Ohanaeze and IPOB attributed the court’s verdict to Buhari’s recent statement.

They in seperate interviews said the development was due to the body language of the President, who they claimed had ruled out bail option for the IPOB leader during his (Buhari) recent visit to Kigali, Rwanda.

The fresh bail application was filed pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge against him by the Federal Government.

Kanu, who is currently facing seven-count, had in the application he filed through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), also challenged the revocation of the bail the court earlier granted to him.

He asked the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a bench warrant for his arrest, but also gave the Federal Government the nod to try him in absentia.

Dismissing the bail request on Tuesday, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, said she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for continuation of his trial.

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While delivering her ruling in a motion on notice asking for revocation of the arrest warrant upon his re-arrest, Justice Nyako held that the motion lacked merit because Kanu had not explained his whereabouts for over two years when he jumped bail.

The judge dismissed Kanu’s claims that he was denied fair hearing because the order for his arrest was issued in his absence.

Justice Nyako held that Kanu was adequately represented in court when the Federal Government applied for the warrant of arrest and that his surety, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, was also in court.

The court said Kanu who jumped bail granted him on health ground cannot turn around to make allegations of lack of fair hearing.

Justice Nyako while dismissing the motion upheld the arrest warrant against the self and IPOB leader.

In an interview with The PUNCH after the court ruling, IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group was not surprised, having seen outcome through the President’s body language and utterances.

He said Buhari’s comment on the matter in Kigali was aimed at intimidating the judge to dismiss the bail application.

He said, “Buhari’s recent statement in Kigali, Rwanda was a testament that he has lost focus because he said he won’t interfere in the judicial process on Nnamdi Kanu, but was talking with both sides of his mouth.

“IPOB understands the body language of Buhari and his Federal Government that they will influence Justice Binta Nyako to drop bail applications for Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom.

“But we are ready to wait for them. We want to use this medium to inform humanity, particularly Biafrans to stay calm and that victory must come to us.”

The Secretary, South-East Zone of Ohanaeze, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, also attributed the court’s verdict to Buhari’s statement.

In an interview with The PUNCH, Okeke-Ogene said, “If you assess the President’s comments and utterances before today’s court sitting, you will understand that he was not interested in releasing the young man because he knows that doing so will bring happiness to the people of the South-East, who are longing for his release.

“Although, the court has adjourned the matter, but Buhari’s recent utterances in the build up to the court sitting greatly influenced the decision of the court and the President knows that keeping Kanu means that the insecurity in the South-East will continue because the people see him as their idol and they want him released.”

Also, the Coalition of South- East Youth Leaders has also expressed its displeasure over the court’s ruling.

The group’s President General, Goodluck Ibem, made its position known in a statement made available to The PUNCH.

The statement read in part, “The verdict of Justice Binta Njako is the same statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 23, 2022 during a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson, at the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kagali, Rwanda.

“When did the statement of the President become the verdict or judgment of the court?  Are we running a democratic government or a unitary system of government were only one man determines the fate of millions of Nigerians even when it is unconstitutional, undemocratic and inhuman?”

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Insurgency: Starvation hits IDP camp in Katsina.

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An IDP camp in Nigeria

The Chairman of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Jibia Camp, Katsina State, North Western Nigeria, Malam Salisu Sa’adu, says the victims are suffering from hunger, starvation and deaths in the camp.

Salisu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jibia Tuesday.

He said the IDPs, camped in Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Jibia, were mainly from Kwari, Zango, shimfida,Tsauni, Far faru, tsanbe and Gurbin magarya villages of Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, food that is provided to the refugees is not enough; hence, they are suffering from starvation, hunger and deaths.

He said there was not enough food for them, stressing that there were only two policemen guarding the camp.

“Most of us (IDPs) are sleeping without mosquitos’ nets and blankets, but we thank a non-governmental organisation, Medicines San Frontier, Doctors without borders that supplied drugs to us always at the camp.

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” In fact, let me tell you, in view of the hardship we are passing through,15 of us died, while 35 women gave birth under forced labour.”

Salisu appealed to the state government to take steps to relocate them to their villages, to enable them to farm, and get what to feed their families before the end of the rainy season.

“We are now almost three months here, we can’t continue like this; we really want to go back to our villages and look for what to eat with our families.

“So we are appealing to the government to take cogent measures and relocate us to our places,” he said.

When contacted, the Chairman of Jibia Local Government, Alhaji Bashir Mai-tan, said that the government was trying its best in feeding the refugees in the camp.

Mai-tan said apart from that, the local government released N200,000 daily for some of their needs.

Maitan said he had been having sleepless nights to ensure peace and security in the area, as well as paying ransom to secure release of people from bandits.

He said that currently, over 1,500 of his people were still held as bandits hostage, advising that the government alone could not fight banditry.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), observed, during a visit to the camp, that some of the IDPs looked worried, hungry and were in tears.

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