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Abuja High Court, awards N10.6m against NNPC for blocking road

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday awarded the N10.6m damages against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for unlawfully blocking part of the highway in front of its Corporate Headquarters in Abuja which led to a motor accident.

The amount was awarded in favour of a veteran journalist, His Royal Highness, Eze Geo Anika, whose Peugeot 406 with registration number, DP 41 EKY, was damaged in 2012 as a result of the unlawful blockage.

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The accident happened before the retirement of Anika, former judicial editor of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, now the monarch of Ata Kingdom in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.

Delivering judgment, Justice Babatunde Quadiri agreed with the plaintiff that the NNPC was negligent in blocking the highway without road signs as required by law.

tendered to support his claims were not faulted by the NNPC or its witnesses.

The Judge rejected the claim of the NNPC that the Federal Government through the National Security Adviser was responsible for the placing of the concrete barriers around the NNPC towers without road signs.

According to him, “throughout the proceedings, no single witness was invited to substantiate the claim.”

Justice Quadri also rejected another claim by the NNPC that recklessness and speeding on the part of the plaintiff was responsible for the accident.

The judge awarded N5.1m in favour of the Eze Anika as the cost of the damaged vehicle, another N5m as special damages while N500,000 was granted as the cost of litigation.

The former FRCN veteran journalist had dragged the NNPC to court for illegally blocking the highways within its multi billion Naira Towers in Abuja without notifications or road signs or warnings. The traditional ruler in the suit instituted on his behalf by his counsel, Malachy Nwekpe had prayed the court to compel the NNPC to pay him a sum of N50m as damages for allegedly causing the accident.

The broadcaster in an amended statement of claims, sought N44.1m as special damages, N5.1m as cost of his damaged car and another N.5m as cost of prosecuting his case against the NNPC.

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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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