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Oganiru Enugu tackles South East Governors over Ekweremadu’s fate

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South-East Governors have come under attack over their alleged lack of concern in the continued detention of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by the United Kingdom government.

Ekweremadu has been behind bars following an order of a London Court after he was charged for alleged organ harvesting.

At a press conference in Enugu on Thursday, the President of Ndi Oganiru Enugu State, Engr. Jude Asogwa, called for an emergency meeting of the South-East Governors over Ekweremadu’s fate.

He equally urged other sons and daughters of the South-East to wake up knowing that Ekweremadu had been fighting for the Igbo cause.

“It baffles us that till now they have not called an emergency meeting of South-East Governors’ Forum and South-East stakeholders’ meeting to find a way of approaching the Federal government to bail an illustrious son and Igbo Senator.

“The check on the family is not enough, with all due respect, we need them to take the bull by the horn.

“We appeal to all sons and daughters of the South-East to wake up and know that Ikeoha have been fighting the cause of Igbo Nation,” Asogwa said.

He also called on the Attorney General of the Federation to intervene in the same manner the government did in the case of a Nigerian lady arrested for drug related offence.

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“We also call on ECOWAS as a matter of urgency to call on the UK to release its former Speaker in the person of His Excellency Prof Sen Ike Ekweremadu. Because it’s becoming clearer that he is being held in the UK for nothing.

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“To the UK government, it surprises us that you had a new law on organ donation and His Excellency Prof Sen Ike Ekweremadu wrote to your country through your embassy. It is expected that you guide him by either rejecting the visa or guide him on steps to get it right as your new law states.

“One gets more confused that you offered David the visa and when he got to the UK you now arrested Prof. Ike Ekweremadu. Were you not meant to guide or deny him Visa?

“We learnt that David went to the Police on his own to report and we ask who took him there? David is also asking the Federal Government through his lawyer not to release his data to Sen Ike Ekweremadu for defense, we ask who is using David against Prof. Sen. Ekweremadu because it is very clear there is more to the whole issue.

“Rumors have been flying that the UK government has been influenced to keep His Excellency Prof Sen Ike Ekweremadu till after the 2023 election or even kill him if possible.

“We expected the federal government through the office of the Minister of foreign affairs and the Attorney General of the federation to even request the transfer of the case to Nigeria.

“South-East governors, stakeholders, the Nigerian government, Africa in general needs to wake up and rescue one of their own,” he pleaded.

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86-year-old woman set ablaze by daughter over alleged witchcraft

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A 45-year-old woman simply identified as Abiodun and popularly called “Iya Sunday,” has set her mother ablaze in a bid to kill her.

Abiodun was told by a Pastor that she would be free from a spiritual bondage after the death of her 86-year-old mother.

Witnesses said the suspect poured petrol on her mother and set her ablaze on Friday morning around 5am.

The incident happened at Surulere, opposite Anglican Cathedral Church in Ondo West local government area of Ondo State.

Gory picture of the victim showed that she sustained severe burns all over her body and receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

An eyewitness, Sola Oladele, said the suspect came to her mother’s house in the early hours of Friday.

He said she called out her mother before pouring petrol on her and setting her on fire.

According to him: “What happened between them before the incident we don’t know, but the suspect has been arrested by police at the Enu-Owa division for further investigation.”

Abiodun said her action was because she was told that her mother was behind her predicament.

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She said: “I went to my mother’s house around 4 a.m. and sat outside. When it was 5 am, I called out my mother from the house. Immediately after she came out, not knowing what was happening, I poured petrol on her body and set her on fire.

“What started it is that I went to one Pastor for prayers and he told me that my mother is behind what is happening to me. I did not believe it at first. My mother also took me somewhere to see one woman. After my mother left, the woman also said the same thing.

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“I burnt my mother because of what I heard from the pastor and the woman, that I can only be freed from bondage when my mother is dead.”

Police sources said the case would be transferred to the Police headquarters in Akure for further investigation. (The Nation)

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Gunmen abduct Company MD, three foreigners in Lagos, demand $1.5m ransom

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Armed men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four Lebanese including the Managing Director of Fouani Company, a prominent representative of LG and Hisense.

According to credible sources, the victims were travelling by boat from Apapa to Victoria Island when they were ambushed near Falomo Bridge. The kidnappers, whose identities are unknown, have demanded an astounding $1.5 million ransom.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is ongoing.

He said, “Yes, we received the report and are investigating it.”
“We are currently working with their families and the Lebanese community to get them released,” Hundeyin explained.

However, the abduction has sparked outrage in the business community, with many calling for increased security measures to protect citizens.

The incident raises concerns about the safety of Lagos’ waterways and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in combating crime.

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ICPC grills woman who accused suspended Perm Sec of S*xual harassment

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 •Suspended Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa
Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, the woman who accused the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, of s*xual harassment, has been grilled and thereafter released by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

This is in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), following a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, in response to a petition written by Fajemirokun-Ajayi, against the permanent secretary.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust Saturday, an official of the ICPC said that Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was quizzed for hours by the crack detectives of the commission over her allegations.

The official, who did not want his name in print, said Fajemirokun-Ajayi arrived at the commission’s headquarters at about 9:40 am, on Friday, alongside her lawyer; responded to various questions posed to her.

“She wasn’t arrested. She was invited and she honoured the invitation to come and substantiate the s*xual harassment allegations against the Permanent Secretary of her ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa,” the official said.

The official said she was released after the interrogation on Friday, adding that she would still be called upon in future to make further clarifications if there is a need for her to do so.

Ambassador Lamuwa had responded to the query issued him by the head of service, denying all the allegations labelled against him.

The ICPC’s invitation letter inviting Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, requesting him to release her for questioning.

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The ministry received the ICPC letter titled: ‘Investigation Activities: Notice of Invitation’ on Thursday.

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It said: “In view of the above and pursuant to sections 28 and 40 of the said Act, you are kindly requested to release and direct Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi of the Ministry to appear for an interview before the undersigned at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, 14 June 2024 at 10:00 hours,” read the invitation letter dated June 11, and signed by Acting Director of Operations, S. Yahaya.

It is not immediately clear whose petition led to the ICPC investigation or what exactly the agency is investigating.

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