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Kanu’s Lawyer Debunks Claim Of IPOB’s Leader Transfer To India

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Kanu's Lawyer Debunks Claim Of IPOB's Leader Transfer To India

Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has debunked claims of his client being transferred to India by the Federal Government.

Ejiofor revealed this in a statement issued on his social media handle, stating that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is still in DSS’ custody. 

The lead counsel described the alleged rumor as “Fake News” disclosing that he had paid a visit to Kanu Last week, and have a pre-trial briefing scheduled for Thursday.

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“Please Umuchineke (children of God), and teeming followers of Our indefatigable Client-Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, this time should not be for any form of distraction. 

“You all should rather be intensifying in your prayers and supplications to Almighty Chukwuokike Abiama as the D-Day gradually approaches. 

“Do not give in to mischief makers who are currently parading FAKE NEWS that Our Client Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been transferred to India for whatever mischievous purpose they are insinuating.  

“We were with him on Monday for pre-trial briefing and will still be with him tomorrow

“Please your eyes should always be on the ball, do not be distracted at all. “Remain strong in spirit, and continue in your prayers and supplications. 

“The Federal Government has no choice but to bring Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to court on the 21st Day of October, it is an explicit order of Court.

“Thank you all and remain blessed.

Nnamdi can still remain in DSS custody as the Service failed to present him to the court on his trial day which was previously scheduled on July 26th at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Government lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, had blamed the inability of the DSS to produce the Defendant in court on what he termed as “logistical difficulties”. 

The defendant had accused DSS of denying him access to good health care stating that “He said he might die in custody if nothing was done to urgently address his deteriorating health condition”.

FG had in a four-paragraphed counter-affidavit dated July 9, FG, opposed Kanu’s application to be transferred to a Correctional Center. 

“That there is an ongoing investigation as to other offenses committed by the Defendant/Applicant while jumping bail.

“That the alleged offenses borders on National security

“That transferring the Defendant/Applicant to the Correctional facility will jeopardize the investigation of the offenses. 

“That the Defendant/Applicant does not place anything before this Honourable Court that suggests the medical facility available at the DSS detention is not capable of handling his health issues. 

“That the Defendant/Applicant’s application is capable of delaying the proceedings in this case”.

“On or about the 28th April 2015 in London, United Kingdom did in a broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu state and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a pedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”. 

He was alleged to have committed a treasonable felony, an offense punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. 

FG alleged that Kanu and the other pro-Biafra agitators were the ones managing the affairs of the IPOB which it described as “an unlawful society”. 

Kanu was alleged to have illegally smuggled radio transmitters into Nigeria, which he used to disseminate “hate broadcasts”, encouraging the “secession of the Republic of Biafra”, from Nigeria.

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EEDC Connect: DisCo launches New App For Customers

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), says it has newly launched its “EEDC Connect’ app for enhanced electricity customers interface, meant to ensure timely and superior service delivery.

EEDC’s Head of Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that the multi-functional application (mobile App) is designed to allow customers to have access to the company’s services with ease.

Ezeh noted that some of the services the ‘EEDC Connect’ App would offer included: payment of bills, prompt request for support, viewing of payment history, registering complaints, and viewing your logged complaint to ascertain its current status.

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According to him, the company has embraced information technology as a tool to make its operations efficient and transparent, both for the company and its customers.

He said: “To get started, customers are expected to download “EEDC Connect” on their mobile phones from “Google Play Store”, register, and obtain a One-Time Password (OTP) which should be keyed in, to complete the process.

“The launch of “EEDC Connect” is coming barely two weeks after the company introduced its “Online Bill Download Portal”, a service that allows its customers conveniently view/download their energy bills right from the EEDC website and make payment without necessarily waiting to receive the physical copy of their bills”.

Ezeh reiterated that the introduction of these initiatives is part of the company’s ongoing automation processes aimed at achieving efficiency and improving customer experience.

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Osinbajo Task Nigerians On Unity

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, says Nigeria needs not just achievers, but men and women who are bridge-builders and unifiers.

The vice president said the nation needs people who will see its ethnic diversity as a source of strength, and not as a point of difference.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the turbaning ceremony of some prominent persons in Bida Emirate, Niger State.

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In Bida, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji  Yahaya Abubakar, in a show of goodwill and appreciation, conferred on the vice president the

“Garkuwan Yamma Nupe”, which means – the Defender of Nupe Kingdom.“I am short of words to express our gratitude to the vice president.

It shows the concern you have for all Nigerians irrespective of who they are and where they come from,” Abubakar said.

The traditional ruler turbaned four prominent public officials including  Musa Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives, who was made the Gwarzon Nupe, and another member of the lower chamber, Bako  Kasimu, who became the Zarman Nupe.

Others were Engr. Muhammed Haruna, who was turbaned as the Dan Turakin Nupe – he is a member of the Niger State House of Assembly, and Dr Suleiman Sheshi, the Chairman of the Bida Local Government Council, who was given the title, Maina Nupe.

Osinbajo expressed his appreciation of the traditional ruler’s goodwill and congratulated all who were honoured at the event.

The Etsu Nupe has wisely chosen today to celebrate excellence and selfless service.

“They have all brought competence, commitment and character to the positions of responsibility entrusted to them.

And this is evident from all we know and what has been said about them.”

In his remarks afterwards, Osinbajo said that the conferment of the titles was a fresh call to service to the Bida community and the nation.

He restated the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing security nationwide.“Our country needs men and women who understand that all men and women, regardless of race and faith, deserve to be treated equally, fairly and justly.

“We will continue to work with key stakeholders and the people to effectively tackle the current insecurity challenges in order to achieve a peaceful and prosperous society.

“This we promise to do to the glory of the Almighty and for the benefit of the people who elected us into office.

“Many sons and daughters of Nupe land have risen to prominence in Nigeria in both the pre-and post-independence era, making significant contributions to national development.”

The vice president said that that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration recognised the strategic importance of Nupe-land in national development.

According to him, a few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council approved the reconstruction of key roads in Niger State.

He said the administration understood that in order to sustainably improve the standard of living of the people, it must address the persistent socio-economic inequalities by ensuring that people are gainfully engaged in legitimate economic activity.

The vice president celebrated the culture of the Nupe people and their contributions to national development over the course of the nation’s history.

“That is why we have and will continue to prioritise agricultural growth and development. Between July and September 2021, agriculture contributed almost 30 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP. 

Nupe-land, with its vast farmlands and extensive farming activities, is key in delivering this figure.

Nupe kingdom is a land that is steeped in the splendour of tradition.

“Indeed, this occasion provides us with a platform to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe people, a proud and distinguished people with a unique history and looking around Wadata Palace here, we can see some of the vestiges of the battles, symbols of Nupe bravery and heroism.

“We are very fortunate to have one of its great sons, who had an illustrious career in the Nigerian military and rose to the rank of a General before he answered the call of service to his people, to take the seat of his forefathers as the 13th Etsu Nupe.

“His Royal Highness, Abubakar, our host today; is easily one of the most respected traditional leaders in Nigeria today,” he said.

Osinbajo was welcomed to Bida by  Gov. Abubakar Bello and was also accompanied on the trip by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger East).

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PDP National Secretary Visits Orji Kalu, Begs Him To Return To Party

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PDP National Secretary Visits Orji Kalu, Begs Him To Return To Party

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, appealed to the Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu to return to the party.

The National Secretary of the Party, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, made the appeal when he led a delegation of members of the PDP to visit Kalu in his Abuja residence.

The appeal is coming barely two weeks that the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu visited the former governor of Abia in Abuja. Anyanwu, shortly after a one-hour closed-door meeting with Kalu, said that their meeting centred on what would be profitable to the country.

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According to him, we came to visit a friend, a leader in the South-East and one of our own and to acquaint him with the developments in our party.

“And to let him know the reason why he should move over to our party. We had a good discussion and this is just the beginning,’’ he said.

Anyanwu noted that the visit was part of efforts by the PDP to bring their members back and reposition the party.

“We are talking about bringing people back to the party because the more the merrier.

“This is a place he started, so you have to leave where you are and go back to where you started,’’ Anyanwu stressed. Kalu, an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and a reliable member of the APC left the PDP in November 2016.

Though he has not openly declared interest in the 2023 presidential election, his presidential posters flooded major cities in the country recently. 

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