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Raid On Justice Odili’s Home: Malami Denies Engaging Suspect As Consultant

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Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, has denied engaging one of the suspects arrested for invading the home of Justice Mary Odili, a justice of the Supreme Court, as a consultant.

Malami made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the police paraded 14 suspects arrested in connection with the raid of Justice Odili’s home on 30 October.

Security operatives — made up of soldiers and police officers — had on that fateful day stormed the Abuja residence of the supreme court justice over an allegation that illegal activities were going on there.

One of the suspects, Lawrence Ajodo, who identified as a chief superintendent of police, in his confession before journalists on Thursday said he is not a police officer, but an impersonator.

He, however, claimed to be attached to the AGF’s office, saying he was engaged as a consultant for Malami.

But reacting, Malami described the claim of Ajodo as “a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner”, adding that it is “an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies”.

The AGF challenged the suspect to produce documentary evidence that his office contracted him as a consultant.

The statement read: “The attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to a confession of a suspect during interrogation in the investigation of the recent invasion of the residence of the highly respected Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice  Mary Peter Odili.

“With all the competent, high-level professionals and capable human resources available at the disposal of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, it only takes the imagination of the evil minds to assume or think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will descend so low to engaging a quack or fake police officer to serve as his consultant.

“This is a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner. We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

“It is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute.

“This is an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies and public apprehension.

“We asked the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now.

“Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which worked has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?

“We boldly and unequivocally challenge the fake consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.

“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice superintends over and respects the rule of law and will not do anything to undermine the sanctity of his office and that of the entire judiciary and Justice sector.”

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#EndSARS: Lagos govt releases Judicial Panel of Inquiry reports online

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The Lagos State Government has released the online version of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry reports.

A statement signed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said the reports submitted by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry titled: “Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and “Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality” both dated November 15, 2021, and submitted to Mr. Governor on the same date are now available to the public.

Members of the public can view and download the certified true copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/

Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice through [email protected]

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Dowen Assures Parents Of Safety, Swings Into Collaborative Investigation With LASG

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The Board and Management of Dowen College, Lagos, have assured parents of safety and security after tragedy hit the school following the death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni, who was reportedly beaten to death for refusal to join a cult.

According to the statement signed by the Board and Management of Dowen College, was titled, ‘Dowen College speaks: Commiserates with Sylvester Oromoni’s family, the school commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased.

The school noted steps and investigation are currently ongoing in collaboration with the Lagos State government.

Statement read: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of one of our beloved students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr. He was dearly loved by his teachers; fellow students and he was a beacon of light for the school.

“The tragic unfortunate incident which transpired this past November, and Sylvester’s untimely death requires thorough and proper investigation. Dowen College is fully committed to this. We are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of this heart-breaking incident. The first step taken by the school, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, has been the immediate closure of the school to aid the investigation.

“Understandably, at this time of intense grief and suffering, emotions are raw and tensions are high. We pray that God, who alone knows how to comfort the sorrowing, will comfort Sylvester’s family and all those who loved and knew him.

“We commiserate with the Oromoni family and the students of Dowen College who have lost a friend and fellow student. This is a traumatic experience. We assure our parents that the school is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their children and wards. This is paramount. Every child is valued at Dowen College and their health and well-being is of utmost priority to the school.”

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BREAKING: Idris Bello Dambazau arrested

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The Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), General Idris Dambazau over allegations of economic Sabotage.

Reports according to close source of the Operatives said that the DSS accused Gen. Dambazau rtd of unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.

has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS over ‘Economic Sabotage’.

Dambazzau, who is currently the Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) was picked up by the operatives over the unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.

All efforts to make Gen. Dambazau open the filling stations fell in deaf ears as the move was an ‘illegal assignment’ which was beyond the powers of his office.

Citing section 48 of the Nigerian Constitution which clearly states that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstream or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.

This according to the section is prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, which a security source emphasized that Dambazzau disregarded.

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