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Husband of ex-Appeal Court President, Sen Bulkachuwa loses bid to stop ICPC, DSS investigation



A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa the husband of former President of Court of Appeal who had sought to stop the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) from investigating him over indicting comment he made during the valedictory session of the 9th National Assembly (NASS).

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, in a judgment, held that the suit lacked merit and was outrightly dismissed.

The judge said that Bulkachuwa, being a lawmaker, ought to understand the implications of the statement he made on the floor of the Senate.

According to him, the legislative immunity the plaintiff (Sen. Bulkachuwa) claims in this case does not avail him.

“It is the duty of every law-abiding citizen to assist and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their quest to carry out their statutory function.

“It is only where a law enforcement agency breaches the fundamental right of a citizen in the process of carrying out their statutory function, then a cause of action could be said to have arisen,” the judge said.

Bulkachuwa had sued the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the NASS clerk, the State Security Service, ICPC and the Nigeria Police Force as 1st to 5th defendants, respectively.

He asked the court to declare that he “is covered, privileged and protected by the parliamentary immunity as enshrined in Section 1 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act 2017 and freedom of speech and expression made thereto is privileged.”

The Bauchi Senator also prayed the court to declare that without exhausting the internal disciplinary mechanism, recommendations and approval of the 9th Senate, no other law enforcement agent of the Federal Government, including the defendants, can invite any member of the Senate for questioning/interview.

However, Justice Ekwo held that the utterance made by Bulkachuwa on the floor of the Senate on June 10 , 2023 was not covered by Section 39(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

“The provision is that every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference,” he said.

According to the judge, the clear words of Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) cannot be interpreted to mean that a person can say anything he likes.

“In a formal setting like that plenary session or committee proceedings of the Senate, It is not expected of a person who is privileged to voice any expression will utter words or express opinion or impart Ideas or gives’ Information that cannot be defended under the constitution.

“Upon studying the provision of Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), it Is my opinion, that the words uttered by the plaintiff on the floor of the Senate on Saturday, 10th June, 2023 was a confession of doing an act that is prohibited by law.

“When a person confesses that he influenced a judicial officer to help his friends and colleagues, such a person has gone beyond the limit of freedom of speech that is reasonably covered and protected by the provision of Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“A person who has used the opportunity given to him by the constitution to express himself freely and uses the opportunity to expose his actions or conduct which the law of the land criminalises, has unwittingly invited law enforcement agencies to question him.

“This is what the plaintiff did in this case.

“I therefore find that that the speech of the plaintiff on the floor of the Senate on June 10, was a confession of an illegal act and Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) cannot be invoked to cover such and I so hold,” the judge said.

In a viral video clip on June 12, 2023, Senator Bukachuwa said his wife, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab, assisted his colleagues at the National Assembly as a serving judge.

He had said, “I look at faces in this chamber who have come to me and sought for my help when my wife was the President of the Court of Appeal.

“And I must thank particularly my wife, whose freedom and independence I encroached upon while she was in office, and she has been very tolerant and accepted my encroachment and extended her help to my colleagues.

“I did my best and in most cases I succeeded,” Senator Bulkachuwa had said, while the then Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, interjected and quickly stopped him from going further in the public confession of some shady deals

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Sam Larry in Police custody over Mohbad death



Sammy Larry

The police in Lagos have confirmed that music promoter, Balogun Eletu, aka ‘Sam Larry” was in custody and currently assisting with the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 27-year-old singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, a.k.a Mohbad.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known on his verified Twitter handle@BenHundeyin.

Hundeyin did not disclose whether Sam Larry was arrested or he turned himself in.

”He is currently assisting with ongoing investigation,” the image-maker said.

NAN reports that Mohbad died on Sept. 12 and was buried on Sept. 13, but was exhumed on Sept 21 for autopsy.

Many fans and celebrities in some states took to the streets in protests following Mohbad’s death.

They demanded that justice be done as they suspected that there was more to Mohbad’s death than met the eye. (NAN)

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Troops engage violent extremist groups across Nigeria – military



Nigerian troops

Defense headquarters said on Thursday that the military will continue with its aggressive operations against violent extremist groups in the country that are seeking to undermine the security of the country through violence.

Director of Defence Media Operations (DMO) Major General Edward Buba said that in pursuit of military core functions, troops of Operation HADIN KAI laid an ambush and arrested Boko Haram / Islamic State of West Africa Province (BH/ISWAP ) terrorists in Gwoza and Tarmuwa LGAs of Borno and Yobe States on August 25, 2023.

He recalled that troops had earlier on August 21 and 23,2023 in two separate operations ambushed BH/ISWAP terrorists at Pulka and Firgi in Gwoza LGA of Borno State in encounters that led to firefight and troops neutralization of 4 terrorists while others fled.

One AK47 rifle with 9 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo was recovered while in a different location on August 25, 2023, troops responding to a tip-off conducted a raid at Mafa Village in Tarmuwa LGA of Yobe State.

The raid resulted in the arrest of 4 BH/ISWAP terrorists’ combatants and items recovered from them include; one HK 21 gun, one AK 47 rifle, one empty magazine, and 17 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammo, he said.

While troops on fighting patrol apprehended 5 terrorists comprising 3 male terrorist combatants and 2 children in Gwoza LGA of Borno State.
“Troops recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 10 AK47 rifle magazines, 9 rounds of 7.62 mm Special (refilled ammo), one Bandelier and the sum of Five Hundred and Nine Thousand Three Hundred Naira (₦509,300.00) only.”

“On August 28, 2023, troops in conjunction with Hybrid Forces conducted a fighting patrol at DIKWA LGA of Borno State where troops made contact with BH/ISWAP terrorists and neutralized one terrorist while others fled. Troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one magazine, 16 rounds of 7.62 mm Special (refilled ammo) and other sundry items.

While air interdiction was deployed following active terrorists’ activities at Wulade. The air component of Operation HADIN KAI acquired and engaged the targets at the location. The outcome is being continuous monitored, he said.

Similar air interdiction was deployed in the North West Zone of the country by air component of Operation HADARIN DAJI particularly on targets in Sububu Forest in Kankara LGA of Katsina State that in recent times has become behaved of terrorist activities.

On it part, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN conducted raid and recovered arms in Jos North LGA of Plateau State. The operations resulted in neutralized terrorists, arrest of notorious armed robbers and rescue of kidnapped hostages in Jema’s LGA of Kaduna State.

On 21 August 2023, troops raided a suspected criminals’ hideout at Gwash Village in Jos Nort LGA of Plateau State. Troops made no contact with the terrorists and exploited the general area, recovering one fabricated pistol and one cartridge.

Troops on fighting patrol arrested 2 suspects in Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State one of them a notorious armed robber .

Major General Buba said preliminary investigation revealed that the notorious armed robber is on wanted list of security agency meanwhile 2 fabricated rifle, one pistol and one dane gun was recovered.

The troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI continued to clamped down on terrorists’ activities in the general area of it operations, neutralized terrorist and recovered arms and ammunition in Talata Mafara, LGA in Zamfara State, as well as Danmusa and Mutazu LGAs in Katsina State.

Troops also foiled kidnapped activities in Faskari LGA of Zamfara State and rescued hostages in Bukuyyum LGAs of Katsina State.

In the South South zone where criminals are engaged in illegal refining of crude oil troops discovered and destroyed 71 dugout pits, 36 boats, 83 storage tanks, 5 vehicles, 4 motorcycles, 58 cooking ovens, 5 pumping machines, 3 generators, 3 speedboats and 34 illegal refining sites.

Troops recovered 569,400 liters of stolen crude oil, 486,000 liters of illegally refined AGO and 59,500 liters of PMS. Troops also arrested 16 suspected oil theft.

On 22 and 23 August 2023, t
Troops intercepted vehicles loaded with illegally refined AGO in Ughelli and Eleme LGAs of Delta and Rivers States . Troops moved the vehicles to safe place and subsequently destroyed.

Air component of the Joint Task Force conducted air interdictions over active illegal refining sites at Abisse and Idama. The targets were engaged with cannons and rockets destroyed the equipment and reservoirs.

“Additionally, air component destroyed a boat fully loaded with illegally refined products sighted within the gen area. The boat was attacked with rockets,” the director of Media Operations disclosed.

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EFCC arrests 5 persons for forging ONSA, AGF’s Letterhead



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on August 24, 2023 arrested five people for allegedly using forged letterheads of the Offices of the National Security Adviser and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice.

The suspects used the forged letterhead
to fraudulently obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public .

The suspects are Mr. Yakubu Hamza Mohammed, Mr. Bashir Ladan, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, Mr. Steven Anom and Mr. Mohammed Bello.

They allegedly conspired and used the letterheads to produce fake employment and recommendation letters for a fee, to unsuspecting members of the public.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded of the public.

The suspects are Mr. Yakubu Hamza Mohammed, Mr. Bashir Ladan, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, Mr. Steven Anom and Mr. Mohammed Bello.

They allegedly conspired and used the letterheads to produce fake employment and recommendation letters for a fee, to unsuspecting members of the public.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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