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Court fixes Tuesday for hearing of Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition case

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The Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia state has scheduled Tuesday to hear the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition suit filed before it in March.

Kanu’s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor revealed this on Thursday in a statement titled, “RE: Court to hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition case on 4th October.”

The statement said, “On 4th October 2022, the Federal High Court, Umuahia will hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s extraordinary rendition suit which I had filed before the court in March this year.

“The Suit is sui generis (of a special class) and it is primarily aimed at redressing the infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu, which is a clear violation of his fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution.

“In addition to the rendition, I am asking the Court to redress the myriad violations that came with the rendition, such as the torture, the unlawful detention and the denial of the right to fair hearing which is required by law before anybody can be expelled from one country to the other. I am also seeking to halt his prosecution and restore him to the status quo before he was rendition on 19th June, 2021.

“You will recall that on 19th January, 2022, the High Court of Abia State decided that portion of violation of Kanu’s fundamental rights that occurred in 2017. Even as I had made claims that bordered on rendition, the Court declined jurisdiction on grounds that rendition, being related to extradition, lies within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court. This is what informed my decision to initiate the suit before the Federal High Court.

“To be sure, the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu triggered myriad legal questions that cut across multiple jurisdictions in Nigeria and even triggered the international legal order, to boot. In other words, the rendition has expanded the matter of Kanu far beyond the realms of the Abuja trial and opened up new legal frontiers that must be ventilated to the hilt before other courts and tribunals within and without Nigeria.

“Thus, this very case before the Federal High Court, Umuahia is one of such that is aimed at seeking a definitive judicial pronouncement on the constitutionality of the extraordinary rendition. The ones in the United Kingdom, Kenya, African Union and the United Nations are in addition.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to the highly competent and hardworking team of lawyers that I am leading in the prosecution of this complex suit. Special mention must be made of Barristers Patrick Agazie, Ifeyinwa Nworgu, Tochukwu Arugbuonye, Franklin Amandi, Ohaeto Uwazie and Mandela Umegborogu.

“For ease of reference and avoidance of any doubt, the following are the specific reliefs that I requested in the Suit:

“1, A DECLARATION that the arrest of the Applicant in Kenya by the Respondents’ agents without due process of law is arbitrary, and the Respondents’ enforced disappearance of the Applicant for eight (8) days and their refusal to produce the Applicant before a Kenyan Court for the purpose of Applicant’s extradition is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

“2, A DECLARATION that the detention of the Applicant in a non-official secret facility in Kenya and the torture of the Applicant in Kenya by the Respondents’ agents is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right against unlawful detention, torture and to a fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter).

“3, A DECLARATION that, pursuant to Article 12(4) of the Charter, the expulsion (or extraordinary rendition) of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria by the Respondents without a decision taken in accordance with the law of Kenya is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to fair hearing and not to be expelled from a State Party to the Charter except by virtue of a decision taken in accordance with the law, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

“4, A DECLARATION that any criminal prosecution of the Applicant the purpose of which the Respondents unlawfully expelled the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.

“5, AN ORDER OF INJUNCTION restraining and prohibiting the Respondents from taking any further step in any criminal prosecution of the Applicant enabled by the said unlawful expulsion of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria.

“6, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to forthwith restitute or otherwise restore the Applicant to his liberty, same being his state of being as of 19th June, 2021; and to thereupon repatriate the Applicant to his country of lawful domicile (to wit: the United Kingdom) to await the outcome of any formal request the Respondents may file before the competent authorities in Britain for the lawful extradition of the Applicant to Nigeria.

“7, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to issue an official Letter of Apology to the Applicant for the infringement of his fundamental rights; and publication of said Letter of Apology in three (3) national dailies.

“8, AN ORDER mandating and compelling the Respondents to pay the sum of N25,000,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Billion Naira) to the Applicant, being monetary damages claimed by the Applicant against the Respondents jointly and severally for the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property and other damages suffered by the Applicant as a result of the infringements of Applicant’s fundamental rights by the Respondents.

“It is our humble expectation that, sooner than later, justice shall prevail for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

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Don’t Get Carried Away By Opposition’s Rhetorics-Gov AbdulRazaq

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend urged the people of the State not to be deceived by the antics of the opposition parties to take over power from his progressive administration at all cost.

Fidel Info reports that He said the achievements recorded by the APC-led government in the state are visible and verifiable, dismissing the PDP and other opposition parties for deploying falsehoods to achieve their mission.

The Governor was speaking in Babanloma (Ifelodun LG) on Sunday at the inauguration of Campaign Council and 5th Constituency Empowerment of APC House of Assembly Member and candidate for Share/Oke-Ode Constituency, Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaq.

“This is about evidence of good governance and physical projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. It is not about lies and propaganda which the oppositions are known for. Don’t let them deceive you,” the Governor said.

“The PDP government that could not pay salaries, I wonder what they are coming back to do. For instance, when talking about the track records of the performance of Hon Owolabi they are visible to all. There is impact. That is what the APC party stands for.”

AbdulRazaq commended Hon. Owolabi for evenly distributing dividends of democracy to his constituents through various empowerment programmes, adding that the lawmaker is one of the best lawmakers who prioritise the welfare of the people of his constituency.

“What Hon. Owolabi has achieved in the last three and a half years is so unique that we regard him as Mr. Empowerment. It is so far, so good. I urge you all to support him and other APC candidates, including our Presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the polls,” he added.

He described Hon. Owolabi as an achiever, given his impactful projects and programmes that cut across the Share/Oke Ode constituency which the lawmaker represents, and vowed to work for the success of his political ambition.

He urged the newly inaugurated Campaign Council to move from door to door to canvass for votes for Hon. Owolabi to enable him complete his good works.

The ceremony was attended by some cabinet members and other government officials; House of Assembly Service Commission Chairman Hon. Femi Yusuf; APC leaders and stalwarts; House of Assembly candidates for Ilorin East and South Constituencies under APC, Hon. Fatima Arinola Lawal and Hon. Mariam Yusuf Aladi; Prince Adeniran Johnson; women groups led by Hon. Nike Jibola; youths and beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, among others.

Hon Owolabi, for his part, said his empowerment programmes were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to the people of the constituency.

He urged the people of the constituency to vote en masse for all the candidates of APC, adding that APC remains the party to beat.

He said he was able to record great success in his legislative responsibility because of the existing good working relationship between the Executive and Legislative Arms of government in the State.

He commended the leadership qualities of Governor AbdulRazaq and Speaker of the House, Engr Yakubu Salihu Danladi.

Ba’asofin of Babanloma, Chief Olarewaju Falola, thanked AbdulRazaq for the construction of a 7km road project within the town, and for appointing Deborah Lawal, one of their daughters, as Special Assistant on SDGs for Ifelodun LGA.

Chief Falola said Babanloma community is one of the communities that benefited from this administration in many ways and will actively partake in the electoral process to give AbdulRazaq another mandate.

APC elders such as Elder Nicholar Agboola, Engr Buraimoh Job, and Mr Benjamin Ayansola, in their separate remarks, said the critics of the AbdulRazaq administration are those who believe in the sharing of Kwarans’ common patrimony at the expense of the masses.

They appreciated the excellent performance of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq through his people-oriented policies and programmes, saying that gave birth to developmental projects across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of a 67-member Campaign and Mobilisation Council for the re-election of Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaaq, as performed by Lawyer Danmegoro Ismail Ibrahim.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Rewards Best Kwara civil Servants With New Car, Other Prizes

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 Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend presented a car key to the star winner of the State’s Civil Service Award programme, Dr. Kazeem Lakadir, in appreciation of his outstanding performance and character in the service.

Fidel Info reports that the Governor, while congratulating the star winner and other awardees, promised to sustain his administration’s motivational programmes for the workforce in the state.

“We have come to the end of the civil service week, which is a well organized event. It is nice to see smiles on your faces,” the Governor said in Ilorin at the Kwara State Civil Service Dinner and Award Night on Friday.

Dr. Lakadir, a staff of the Ministry of Health, won the star prize following a painstaking screening and recommendation of the Award Presentation Committee.

“Let me congratulate the awardees of this event. It is truly well deserved.  It was only yesterday I was mentioning what the Ministry of Health did during the Covid19 pandemic and their outstanding performances. This award has come to show that I was not misplacing my praise for them,” he said.

AbdulRazaq commended the State Head of Service Mrs Suzan Modupe Oluwole for the initiative, which, according to him, was designed to make the workers happy.

“I congratulate the Head of Service for putting this event together. It is a good thing to make sure that the workforce is happy, to rally them together and make sure the right things are done for the State,” he said.

“On our part as a State we will make sure we always do the most responsible and sustainable things for you to make sure you have a conducive environment to work, and make sure your salaries are paid as and when due.

“We will do the needful to make you happy. Once you are happy you will deliver the service to the State.”

Other prizes doled out to the runners up and other categories of awardees included Plasma TV, Refrigerators, Power Generating set, and Fans.

“By the special grace of God this event will be bigger next year. As you know our government takes your welfare very seriously and we will always do that,” he added.

The event was also attended by the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; cabinet members and other government officials; serving and retired permanent secretaries; labour leaders; and other top civil servants in the state.

Mrs. Oluwole, for her part, thanked AbdulRazaq for prioritising workers’ welfare and for approving funds for the colourful event.

Civil servants who spoke at the event took turns to appreciate the Governor for being labour friendly.

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Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara

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Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.

Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.

Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.

The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.

They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.

People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.

They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.

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