Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday night said that the legal team of the Nigerian-British activist is “not one bit perturbed” by the position taken by President Muhammadu Buhari over deploying political solution to resolve the issue of the prominent detainee.
POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that President Buhari had few weeks ago promised to consider the request to release Kanu when a delegation of Igbo elders led by nonagenarian first Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi visited him. But the President, in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday night, said emphatically that he would not release the IPOB leader, insisting he must defend his actions and utterances in court.
The President said there was a possibility of political solution for the pro-Biafra separatist leader, but he would not interfere with the judiciary.
“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticise us here. Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him”, Buhari had said.
Ejiofor in his reaction via his known Facebook page, described the President’s position regarding the release of Kanu as a “stereotyped response” even as he demanded that the Nigerian leader refrain from interfering in the judicial process.
Read the full post by Ejiofor below:
UPDATE ON OUR ROUTINE VISIT TO OUR INDEFATIGABLE CLIENT – ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) ABUJA, TODAY BEING THE 6TH DAY OF JANUARY 2022:
We visited our most revered Client today as routinely guaranteed by the Court protocol at the DSS. Interestingly, a number of engaging developments were discussed including yesterday’s stereotyped response by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), on issues relating to political solution in our Client’s case.
We were not one bit perturbed by his response knowing fully well that they have no case against our Client.
What we are earnestly asking for is nothing else, but for the executive arm of Government led by the President of the FRN, to desist from further interfering in the judicial process. We can authoritatively confirm to the World that the executive arm of the Government of the FRN, ably led by the President is gravely and effectively interfering in our Client’s judicial proceedings.
To demonstrate good faith and impartiality, we beckon on the President of the FRN to first caution the DSS which answers solely to him, to obey all Court Orders as it relates to the management of this case.
Our Client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should not be detained in solitary confinement (which is an act of torture) in the custody of the same Agency accusing him of committing sundry offences and expect fair hearing. Hence, there is no independence of the judiciary as far as this case is concerned, and the President of the FRN is fully aware of this.
If it is the position of the President of the FRN to allow fair hearing, he should follow up and ensure its reality, most promptly.
In view of the ongoing and incessant abduction and/or disappearance of numerous innocent citizens in the south east, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, admonished all and sundry, particularly his followers/supporters, to be wary, vigilant and circumspect at all times, particularly as it relates to calls and contacts from unknown persons.
Onyendu as usual, sends his appreciation to all his ardent followers who have remained undaunted and defiant against all odds.
Thank you and remain blessed, UMUCHINEKE.
Six Internet Fraudsters Secure Conviction
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters on charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation.
Five of the convicts – Ahmed Oguneye Abiona, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobiloba, Usman Adams Shehu, and Waris Adegoke Adeyemo – were prosecuted before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Oshogbo, Osun State, while David Fatunla Taiwo (aka Jeff Wood), was prosecuted before Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
They pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges and were convicted accordingly.
Abiona, Adeyemo and Shehu bagged four months each, Owoade three months, while Oriade was sentenced to five months imprisonment. Taiwo was slammed with twenty months imprisonment.
The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.
Oriade is to restitute his victim the sum of $590USD (Five Hundred and Ninety United States Dollars). He was equally ordered to forfeit an iPhone XR, one Samsung S5 mobile phone and one Acer Laptop to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Ahmed is to restitute to one Michael Johnson the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) and further forfeit the sum of Three Million, Thirteen Thousand, Seven Naira, Thirty-nine kobo (N3, 013,007.39) found in his United Bank of Africa Account, an iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone and one Toyota Camry car to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of his crime.
Adeyemo was ordered to return the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred United States Dollars) to one Peter Decker and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro Max to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Shehu is to restitute his victim the sum of $400USD (Four Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit one Samsung Galaxy S8 to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Owoade was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit an iPhone 6 mobile phone to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Taiwo was ordered to restitute his victim, one Joanne K. Thornhill, the sum of £450(Four and Hundred and Fifty Pounds) through the Federal government of Nigeria.
Three Bag Jail Terms For Internet Fraud In Lagos
The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, secured the conviction and sentencing of the trio of Raheem Sodiq Morenikeji, Adetunji Stephen Ademola and Okpala Samuel for internet fraud before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convicts were arrested sometime in May 2021 at the Sangotedo, Alagbado and Meiran areas of Lagos State, respectively.
Raheem was charged with an amended count in which he was accused of defrauding his victim through deception to the tune of $2,000 and another N54, 000 as a picker.
Under interrogation, he admitted to have purchased a Toyota Camry 2013 model in the name of his mother, which was recovered from him. An iPhone 7x was also recovered from him.
On his part, Ademola who was also charged with an amended one-count charge, following a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution, was accused of posing online as “Tina Moore” and “Jessica”, to defraud his victims to the tune of $2,000.
Upon arrest, an iPhone 11 Pro Max was recovered from him.
Okpala, who also approached the EFCC for a plea bargain, was charged with a one-count amended charge in which he was accused of posing on Facebook as Jane Michelle Gregor living in Texas, through which he professed love to one Roberto, who was actually living in Minnesota, United States.
He lured Roberto into a romantic relationship and was able to receive $600 from him purportedly for feeding and payment for school fees. An iPhone 11 and bontel phone were recovered from him upon arrest.
They all “pleaded guilty” to the charges, and also pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy.
Subsequently, Justice Solebo found the defendants guilty as charged and sentenced them to one year in prison.
While Raheem was given an option of N500,000 fine, Ademola got N1million option of fine, and Okpala was given an option of N400,000 fine.
In addition, they are all to sign a bond with the EFCC upon their release to be of good behaviour and not to engage in any form of economic and financial crime.
Raheem and Ademola were also ordered to serve 500 hours of community service, while Okpala got 400 hours.
They were also ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government all the items recovered from them.
EFCC Arraigns Businesswoman For Alleged N57.6m Dud Cheque In Lagos
The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, arraigned one Oluremi Philips before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
Philips, alongside her company, Omritas Energy Limited, is facing a five-count charge bordering on stealing and issuance of dud cheques to the tune of N57, 690,000.00
One of the counts reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, sometime in 2016 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently converted and stole the sum of N57,690,000.00, property of AYM Shafa Limited meant for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), which you failed to supply.”
Another count reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, on or about the 10th of April 2017 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly issued a Diamond Bank cheque for the sum of N14, 298,075.00 payable to AYM Shafa Limited, which when presented for payment was dishonoured because no sufficient funds were standing to the credit of the account.”
She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
In view of her plea, the prosecuting counsel, T.J. Banjo, prayed to the Court for a trial date and the remand of the defendant.
Defence counsel, Akin Olatunji, however, informed the Court of the bail application of the defendant, which he said had also been filed and served on the prosecution.
Responding, Banjo confirmed receipt, noting that, “we intend to react to same and to file a counter-affidavit”.
Thereafter, Justice Solebo adjourned till February 14 and 15, 2022 for “trial and ruling on the bail application”.
The defendant was also ordered to be remanded at the Correctional Centre till the next adjourned date.
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