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Fani-Kayode has heart disease, lawyer tells court

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The trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, for an alleged fraud of N4.9bn was stalled on Wednesday due to his absence from the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Counsel for the ex-minister, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), told the court that his client was unable to make it to court as he had been hospitalised for a heart disease.

 While praying the court to grant him an adjournment, Quakers promised to furnish the court with a medical report to back Fani-Kayode’s claim of ill health.

The adjournment prayer was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

But the prosecutor urged the presiding judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa, to observe the provision of Section 396(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which stipulated that no party, in a criminal case, could have more than five adjournments.

Oyedepo noted that already, the case had been adjourned twice at Fani-Kayode’s instance.

After hearing the parties out, Justice Aikawa adjourned the case till February 28 and March 1 and 2, 2018.

The EFCC arraigned Fani-Kayode on 17 counts of money laundering alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, who was listed as the first defendant in the charge.

The third and fourth defendants in the case are one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited.

The charges border on alleged conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering.

Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation for the 2015 election, was accused of conspiring with the others to, directly and indirectly, retain various sums, which the EFCC claimed they ought to have reasonably known were proceeds of crime.

In one of the counts, the defendants were accused of conspiring among themselves to “indirectly retain the sum of N1,500, 000,000.00 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”

The four were also accused of indirectly retaining N300m, N400m and N800m, all proceeds of corruption, according to EFCC.

Fani-Kayode was accused of directly using parts of the money at various times, including a N250,650,000.00, which he allegedly used between March 20 and 25, 2015.

Fani-Kayode was also accused of making a cash transaction of N24m with one Olubode Oke, said to still be at large, on February 12, 2015 “to Paste Poster Co of 125, Lewis Street, Lagos Island.”

The duo were said to have made the transaction without going through any financial institution, an act the EFCC claimed was contrary to sections 1(a) and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty.‎

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Men’s Basketball Team 90-87 in a Scrimmage Matchup

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Basketball Team

Nigeria’s D’Tigers stunned the US Men’s Basketball team 90-87 in an exhibition game played on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

 

D’Tigers who lost 156-73 to the US team at the London 2012 Olympics put up an incredible performance despite the sterling performances of Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard.

Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent put up a tremendous performance as he hit six three pointers of the 20 Nigeria recorded in the match.

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D’Tigers who won the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia continue to intensify their preparations under the tutelage of Mike Brown ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has disclosed that the state currently has 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this to newsmen when the Victims Support Fund made an assessment tour of the Gwada IDP camp in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to Inga, the burden of taking care of the IDPs is taking a toll on the state government because of the dwindling resources of the state government, stressing that the government resources can no longer sustain the displaced people for long.

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Inga further explained that the majority of the displaced persons are still in the camp because their communities are not safe for them to return.

He expressed concern over the fact that it is only the state government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that have reached out to the displaced persons in the camp, calling on other humanitarian agencies and development partners to reach out to the people.

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Uber driver, and two other suspected traffickers with different quantities of cocaine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, export shed of the airport on Tuesday, June 8.

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He added that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

According to him, when the package was searched, 150grammes of cocaine, concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

He further noted that investigations have so far confirmed that the suspects were behind two seizures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.

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