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SERAP Sues Buhari, Wants Court to Declare Pardon for Dariye, Nyame Illegal

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Rev. Jolly Nyame and Senator Joshua Dariye

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, asking the court to declare illegal and incompatible with the oath of office and public interest the recent pardon granted to former governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame who are serving jail terms for corruption.

Dariye and Nyame were recently pardoned alongside 157 others convicted for various offences. The two men were investigated, prosecuted and convicted for stealing N1.16 billion and N1.6 billion respectively from their state treasuries, while they were in office between 1999 and 2007.

However, in the suit number FHC/L/CS/825/2022 filed last Friday, at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP wants the court to determine whether the exercise of the power of prerogative of mercy to grant pardon to Dariye and Nyame was compatible with the public interest, the oath of office, and constitutional duty to combat corruption.

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SERAP also sought  for an order setting aside the pardon granted to Dariye and Nyame in the public interest, and for the sake of the integrity, well-being and prosperity of Nigeria, and the country’s international obligations.
The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: “The pardon power, if properly exercised, can help to protect citizens against possible miscarriage of justice.

Section 15(5) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) provides that ‘The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power. Article 26 of the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party requires the government to ensure ‘effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions’ including criminal and non-criminal sanctions, in cases of grand corruption.

“Article 26 complements the more general requirement of article 30, paragraph 1, that sanctions must take into account the gravity of the corruption offences.
“The pardon for Mr Dariye and Mr Nyame is antithetical to the public interest, the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, and the country’s international obligations including under the UN Convention against Corruption.

“The pardon also constitutes an interference in the exercise of judicial power. Because the pardon appears to be arbitrary, it undermines the authority and independence of the judiciary, and access to justice for victims of corruption.”

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Horror as lovers bury their newborn baby alive in Jigawa

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Two lovers just blessed with a baby have done the unthinkable as they buried the innocent baby alive in Jigawa State.

The police have arrested the two suspects, Balaraba Shehu and Amadu Sale, and they are currently in detention, it was learnt on Sunday.

Spokesman for the state police command, DSP Lawan Shiisu, who confirmed the development said, Balaraba after delivering the baby out of wedlock conspired with Amadu to commit the crime.

Shiisu said the baby was exhumed from a grave the mother dug near a toilet within their residence.

According to him, “On 2nd December, 2022, at about 2350hrs, Intel at Command’s disposal revealed that one Balaraba Shehu, 30-year-old, of Tsurma village, Kiyawa LGA is suspected to have given birth and buried the newborn baby.

“On receipt of the report, a team of Policemen mobilized and proceeded to the scene of the crime.

“On arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the newborn baby from a grave dug near a toilet in their residence and where the suspected mother buried it. The baby was rushed to General Hospital Dutse, and certified dead by a medical doctor.

“The suspect was arrested and is now in Police custody.

“Preliminary investigation led to the arrest of one Amadu Sale alias Dan Kwairo, 25-year-old of Akar village in Kiyawa LGA.

“He (Amadu) was alleged to be responsible for the unwanted pregnancy to the said Balaraba and conspired to bury the baby after delivery,” Shiisu said.

The police image maker, however, said the state Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom, had directed that the case be transferred to the Investigative Department of the command, SCID Dutse, for discreet investigation.

“The suspects would be charged to court to face the full wrath of the law upon completion of investigation,” Shiisu stated.

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Eko Disco worker stabbed for disconnecting Lagos customer

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An employee of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has been stabbed while on duty and currently on admission in a Lagos hospital.

Spokesman for the company, Godwin Idemudia, in a statement, said the assault on Mr Sanmi Mathew Akanni, an EKDC’s worker with Ikate zone team of the company under its Orile district on November 29, 2022.

Idemudia said Sanmi was assaulted by one Mr Ayomide Oyebanjo after an illegal connection was discovered.

He said, “While in the process of disconnecting the illegal connection, bottles were broken by Oyebanjo and the driver Sanmi was stabbed severally, we have pictorial evidence to prove this.”

He said the case was reported at Itire Police Station by the company’s District Legal Officer and the culprit was arrested.

He was charged to court on Wednesday November 30th, refused bail and remanded at Ikoyi Prison.

Idemudia expressed his worry over the inhumane acts, adding that the company has a zero-tolerance policy on assault and would go to the full extent of the law to ensure that perpetrators were brought to justice.

According to the statement, the company is currently implementing initiatives to reduce the number of assaults on workers.

He urged customers to assist the company in its fight against assault and other unlawful activities. Idemudia urged customers to seek more diplomatic and efficient means of settling grievances.

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Aminu Adamu Mohammed apologises to Aisha Buhari, in new tweet

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Aminu Adamu Mohammed, a final year university student who just released from detention over his criticism of wife of the President Aisha Buhari has tweeted an apology to the First Lady.

“I would like to use this medium to express my sincere apologies to those I’ve hurt especially our mother, Aisha Buhari, it was never my intention to hurt your feelings and insha Allah I will change for the better. However, I’m also grateful for your forgiveness, thank u mama,” he stated in his latest tweet.

The Department of State Services (DSS), otherwise called the State Security Services, has locked up a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, over a social media post deemed defamatory against Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

According to Peoples Gazette, the student, Aminu Adamu Muhammed, had in June 2022 posted on Twitter that Mrs Buhari had suddenly added massive weight after taking part in plundering the nation’s meagre resources as the masses endured hardship under her husband’s brutal regime.

In the June 8, 2022, tweet, Muhammed chastised the First Lady in Hausa, stating in a tweet, “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi”, which could be translated as “The mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money.”

Muhammed’s friends said he made the post because he was frustrated about the prolonged strike by universities across the country.

The strike, which started in February 2022, ended in October after eight months of idleness.

Police detectives had arrested the young man, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, over the social media post deemed defamatory against Nigeria’s First Lady.

Muhammed, 23, was said to have been picked up on November 8 on the campus ground of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa.

The student was reportedly subjected to severe beating by the officers following his arrest at about 12 noon.

 

He was transferred to Abuja and briefly allowed to contact his father Adamu Shalele Azare about his location.

Condemnations had trailed the arrest of Mohammed. Notable Nigerians including social activist, Aisha Yesufu, knocked Aisha for allegedly using her power against the student.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, many human rights groups including concerned women/mother organisations spoke against the arrest and detention of the undergraduate.

NANS even threatened a protest before the First Lady withdrew the case against him and he was released on the order of a high court judge.

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