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Buhari’s Aide Says Deceased Farmers Had No Clearance To Operate

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President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has said the farmers who were killed in Borno State by Boko Haram, did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when the insurgents attacked them.

Recall that on Saturday, November 28, 2020, dozens of farmers were killed in cold blood at Kwashebe in the Jere Local Government Area of the state.

Following the incident which attracted strong condemnations from members of the public, the United Nations (UN) claimed that no fewer than 110 farmers were massacred.

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However, speaking with BBC, Shehu said while not blaming the victims for the incident, the truth must be said.

Shehu said, “The government is sad that this tragic incident has happened. 43 or thereabout of innocent farm workers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People need to know what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area.

“Much of those areas have been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are a number of spaces that have not been cleared for the return of villagers who have been displaced. So, ideally, all of these places ought to pass the test of military clearances before farmers or settlers resume activities on those fields.”

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When asked if he was not blaming the farmers for going to the area, Shehu responded, “Not exactly but the truth has to be said. Was there any clearance by the military which is in total control of those areas? Did anybody ask to resume activity? I have been told by the military leaders that they had not been so advised and certainly, therefore, it was a window that the terrorists exploited.”

The President’s spokesman added that terrorists had planted land mines in several places in Borno State and nobody ought to go to these places until the military has cleared such places.

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“The military is not present in every inch of space in that area. Even if the people are willing to go back, a lot of those areas have been mined and mine clearance needs to be carried out and those areas must be cast as being ok for human habitation or agricultural activity,” he explained.

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Electoral Act: Supreme Court Strikes Out Buhari’s Suit

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The Supreme Court has struck out the suit by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami seeking to void the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

In a judgment on Friday, June 24, 2022, a seven-member panel of the apex court, headed by Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammed, was unanimous in holding that Buhari, having participated in the making of the law by assenting to it, could not turn around to fault its provisions.

The court, which upheld the objections raised by the National Assembly and other defendants against the suit, declined to determine it on the merit but declared that the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to hear it and that the suit was an abuse of the court process.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, in the lead judgment, held that it was an attack on the democratic principle of Separation of Powers for the President to seek to direct/request the Legislature to make a particular law or alter any law.

The President lacks the power to direct the National Assembly to amend or enact an act..it violates the principle of separation of powers.

There is no part of the Constitution that makes the exercise of legislative powers subject to the directive of the President,” the court stated.

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Organ Harvesting, Fraud, Forgery, List Of Ekweremadu’s Ordeals

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Organ Harvesting, Fraud, Forgery, List Of Ekweremadu's Ordeals

These are not good times for former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu as he has been arrested in the United Kingdom for organ harvesting.

It was reported by NEWSRAND, that Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, conspired to arrange the travel of a child in a desperate bid to harvest organs.

Disclosing this incident, Metropolitan Police said the duo was arrested following an investigation by the force’s specialist crime team.

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This will not be the first time the serving Senator will be appearing in the press for bad reasons, here are three other times the former Deputy Senate President appeared in headlines for bad reasons.

  1. Alleged N7.75bn Fraud: In 2015, an investigation revealed how Nigerian federal lawmakers, led by Ekweremadu, allegedly withdrew N7.75 billion of public funds in four years to purportedly review sections of the 1999 Constitution.
  2. Forgery: In 2016 when he was the Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu was tried before an FCT high court for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Rules 2015. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery when the charges were read to him before Justice Yusuf Haliru.
  3. Attacked in Germany: In 2019, Ekweremadu was physically attacked by a mob while attending a cultural event in Germany. Ekweremadu, who confirmed the attack in a statement, said the attackers were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a South-East secessionist group.

The couple is still in custody for alleged organ harvesting, as they have been denied bail.

Although a letter that emanated revealed that Ekweremadu informed the UK authorities that he was taken Ukpo abroad for a kidney transplant in favor of his ailing daughter.

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Why Nnamdi Kanu Can’t Be Granted Bail Again -Buhari

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Why Nnamdi Kanu Can't Be Granted Bail Again -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) would not be granted bail considering his history with that.

Speaking at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, Buhari said Kanu had previously jumped bail, adding that he can no longer be granted such privilege.

On notions that Kanu was not allowed to see his lawyers privately, the President said the detained separatist is being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.

He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court. Let him defend all that he said there.

“His (Kanu’s) lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?

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