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Ex-SARS Officer Sentences To Death For Killing Businessman, stealing N3m

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Ex-SARS Officer Sentences

Benin High Court has sentenced to death by hanging a dismissed constable, Joseph Omotosho, who was attached to the defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad, Edo State Police Command.

Other four, Henry Shobowole, Abena John, Oniyo Musa and Adeleke Adedeji,  who escaped in the twin jailbreak during the #EndSars protest last October, had their sentences suspended.

They were accused of killing a car dealer, Benson Obodeh, in 2015 and were found guilty on eight counts bordering on conspiracy to steal and murder.

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Omotosho also withdrew N330,000 from the deceased’s account through Automated Teller Machines, having obtained the PIN number from Obodeh before he was killed.

Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele described testimonies provided by the claimant as firm and almost unchallenged, adding, “Therefore, the judgment was based on absolute fact, which the court absorbed as presented by the prosecuting counsel and all witnesses that appeared before the court.”

Ovbiagele pointed out that the convicts could not substantiate counter evidence against the charges levelled against them.

Omotosho was also handed another seven years’ imprisonment for his role in the stealing of the deceased’s money from his bank accounts. The deceased was said to have been listed among suspected criminal gangs, who allegedly stole a Peugeot car.

The prosecuting counsel, Abraham Oviawe, said, “What happened today is a confirmation of the biblical position that says the wages of sin is death. So, when one conspires to take the life of another man, with overwhelming evidence, the court has no option but to reach the verdict it reached.”

On his part, the counsel for the convicts, Lede Pique, said the judgment would be appealed.

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FG Rejects Generalised Approach To Financial Reforms

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The Federal Government on Monday rejected a generalised approach for financial reform initiatives in Nigeria, stressing that it would rather prefer specific measures to reform the country’s financial management system.

Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, made this public in Abuja while playing host to the Partners of Ernst & Young in his office led by the Advisory Leader, West Africa, Ben Afudego.

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Idris lauded the credentials of EY Consulting and stated that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was open to value addition and with the firm on financial reforms but advised against a generalised approach.

He was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the OAGF spokesperson, Henshaw Ogubike, as saying, “The OAGF does not want a generalised approach; we want specifics. No more talking and meeting, we want to achieve results.”

Idris, whose office anchored the Federal Government’s financial management reforms, noted that the overall success of the initiatives was hinged on implementation of result-oriented ideas.

He called on stakeholders that could add value to the government’s efforts to come up and further advocated for strong collaboration between some treasury departments and EY Consulting to drive government reforms with the application of technology.

“We are open to new ideas; we are open to value addition. We believe if we get critical stakeholders, we can achieve even more successes in the reform initiatives,” the accountant-general stated.

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Ramadan 2021: Remember Nigeria in prayers, Lawan urges Muslims

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Muslims on Ramadan to remember Nigeria in their prayers as the country seeks to overcome the challenges it is facing.

He urged them to stress the messages of peace, love and national unity as the fasting period begins across the Islamic world.

He also urged them to use the period for sober reflection, self-discipline and sacrifice.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, titled ‘Senate President urges peace, national unity and prayers for Nigeria during Ramadan.’

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“I urge us to remember our dear country in our prayers as we seek to overcome the challenges we are facing as a nation.

“This is in the realisation that Allah is the Almighty, kind and greater than all human problems. “I enjoin us to stress the importance of peace, love, generosity and unity in our teachings during this sacred period.

“We should also not let down our guards in the observance of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical protocols in our spiritual and other activities during the Holy Month,” Lawan said.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs had yesterday announced    that Ramadan will start in the country on Tuesday, April 13.

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Slain Soldiers: Ortom Condoles Buhari, Apologises To Deceased Families

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The remains of the twelve soldiers killed by local bandits at Bonta Village in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State last week were on Monday committed to mother earth at the Military Cemetery, Wurukum in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Eleven soldiers and one officer, Captain Adeolu Adebayo were killed while on a peace mission to the troubled Bonta Village in Benue State on Easter Monday.

In his oration, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom condoled with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Chief of Army Staff over the death of twelve military personnel.

Ortom also apologised to the families of the slain soldiers.

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The governor vowed that his government would collaborate with security agencies to ensure that all the perpetrators of the act were apprehended and brought to book.

The governor regretted the soldiers had to die in the hands of the militias while trying to maintain peace in the troubled areas in the state.

“I condole Mr. President who is the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, the Chief of Army Staff and indeed the leadership of our security forces in the country.

“On behalf of government and people of Benue State, we condemn the killing of our innocent soldiers who were out there to keep peace in our state.

“It is unfortunate that this incident took place. I want the Nigerian army, the families of the deceased and indeed all Nigerians to know that the attack on security personnel is an attack on all.

“This attack was unwarranted, it was not needed because all these patriotic soldiers were there to keep peace and that was why they were ambushed. Otherwise, we all know what soldiers can do and the capacity they have to defend themselves.

“So we condemn this and we want to assure everyone that my government will join hands with the security forces to ensure that all those who perpetrated this sad act are brought to book.

“I equally want to apologize to the bereaved families. In the course of my trying to manage this challenge, if I said anything that was offensive to the families of the deceased, I want to say that I am sorry.

“As a leader, I needed to say something, the people needed to hear from me, and as at the time that I made the comment that it was two soldiers that were missing, it was based on the information that was made available to me.

“But all the same, please I am sorry. It is the responsibility of this government to also join hands with the leadership of the army to see how we can support the bereaved families. May God reset their peaceful souls,” Governor Ortom said.

Among those present at the burial were Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, the Commanding Officer, 72 Battalion, military personnel as well as family members of the deceased soldiers.

At the funeral service conducted by Chaplain of 73 Battalion, Major Ibrahim Mavisky and Imam, Captain AA Bashir, concurred that there was time for everything under the sun, “time to be born and time to die, we brought nothing to this world and we shall surely leave with nothing.”

They noted that the fallen heroes were peacemakers who went out not for evil but for peace and regrettably met their death in the process

“These people died innocently and without any offence. It is the promise of God that each of us has a stipulated time to go. We will all go back to God someday and explain how we lived our lives. God will console the entire Nigerian Army and the immediate families they left behind. “The slain soldiers were out to serve the nation but were cut short. We, therefore, pray for their souls and that God should grant them eternal rest,” they said.

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