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Late President Yar’Adua’s son remanded in prison for allegedly killing four people



A Magistrate’s Court in Yola has remanded Aminu Yar’Adua, 36, the son of late former President Musa Yar’Adua  in prison for allegedly killing four people in an auto crash in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Mr Yar’Adua, a student of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, was charged to court for allegedly causing death by dangerous driving on 23 June, 2021.

According to the police First Information Report (FIR) tendered in court by the prosecutor, Insp. Zakka Musa, the accused, Mr Yar’Adua, had, while driving along Yola bye pass on 23 June, 2021 , crushed six people as a result of over speeding.

The court heard that four of the victims were killed and the other two were injured in the accident, with the victims all hailing from Sabon Pegi, Yola South Local Government Area.

”Those that died in the accident were identified as; Aisha Umar (30), Aisha Mamadu (32), Suleiman Abubakar(2) and Jummai Abubakar (30), while, Rejoice Annu (28) and Hajara Aliyu(27) sustained injuries,” according to the First Information Report (FIR)

The prosecuting officer told the court that the relatives of late Aisha Umar, Suleiman Abubakar and Jummai Abubakar had demanded the sum of N15 million from the defendant as compensation.

But, when the FIR was read to Mr Yar’Adua as prayed by the prosecutor, he denied committing the offence, describing the allegation as untrue.

At that point, the prosecutor pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter, to enable him duplicate the case file and forward to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

The Magistrate, Jummai Ibrahim, granted the prosecution’s request and adjourned the matter to 19th August, 2021, for further mention, and ordered that the ex-president’s son be remanded in prison custody until then.


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Three arrested over murder of South African Rapper, AKA



Three suspects have been arrested over the murder of South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA. Recall that he was gunned down on February 10, 2023 around Florida Road. Confirming the devastating development, the police in Durban said the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting on Florida Road by persons in two cars around 10 pm on Friday. It was reported that AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Reports, however, emerging in the last week of March, revealed that after investigations into AKA’s killing, the police in Cape Town arrested three people on Sunday after monitoring them during the week. According to reports, the suspects, now in police custody, would be brought to Durban, where they are expected to be charged. Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel André Traut, while addressing journalists referred questions about the arrest to the KwaZulu-Natal police. “It is a KZN case; should we get any information, it will be sent to them. You should contact them for information,” he reportedly told the local publication, The South African.

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Lawyer apologizes over CJN Ariwoola wheelchair picture post in internet



Amidst embarrassment a lawyer and Television analyst Dr Sam Amadi who posted the picture of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola on wheelchair at airport has tendered his apology.

The picture of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, he posted on Thursday has beet generating mixed reactions.

Online media had used and insinuated that the CJN went for a meeting with the country’s “president-elect”, Bola Tinubu in London.

The lawyer, who also works as a television analyst, in another tweet, on Friday, described his action as unnecessary, saying he had since deleted the photograph on his handle.

The photo of the CJN in a wheelchair about to board an airplane at an airport went viral on social media, with people, including some online platforms, speculating that he was on his way to meet with a popular political figure, alleged to be Tinubu.

He also stated that he did not post the photo or tweet to embarrass the CJN or anyone else, but was simply responding to a report on the issue by an online platform.

“Yesterday I posted a picture of an elder man on wheelchair who happens to be the CJN. I have deleted the tweet because, in retrospect, it is not necessary. The tweet was in reference to the PG story and not intended to embarrass. I apologise to all offended by the tweet,” the lawyer tweeted.

The Supreme Court on Friday also confirmed that the Chief Justice of Nigeria travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment but denied that he met with Tinubu in London.

The Director of Information Akande Festus told The Daily Times on Sunday that the CJN has been vindicated by the apology.

He said that it’s unfortunate that some persons have been carrying out vicious attacks on the judiciary and its head for sometime now for interior motives.

He said that contrary to the false report that Justice Ariwoola travelled out of Nigeria on March 11 to the United Kingdom, ” CJN has been in Nigeria and presided over meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) held on 16 and 17 March.”

He said that Ariwoola travelled to London on March 18, on held ground and accompanied by the Secretary NJC Gambo Saleh

Meanwhile , a senior advocate of Nigeria, Jibrin Okutepa, has said those promoting the news of the alleged meeting between the chief justice of Nigeria, Kayode Ariwoola and president-elect, Bola Tinubu are sick.

Reacting to the report in a Twitter thread on Friday, Mr Okutepa blamed the deteriorating state of the judicial arm for the embarrassing report.

He also bemoaned some legal practitioners who joined in spreading the report, describing it as a sacrilege.

“The legal profession is sick and on oxygen in Nigeria. The ethics and etiquette of the profession are gone. No sanctions. Otherwise, how do we explain the news making round even amongst lawyers that a whole Chief Justice of Nigeria disguises himself to meet a named politician.

“And some Nigerian lawyers are posting it. What a shame. So because CJN was seen on wheelchairs, means his lordship is disguising himself to meet politician. What a sacrilege. Why did the legal profession deteriorate to this level.

“Nobody is feeling bad that the CJN may not be well and had to be on a wheelchair. No empathy. But we can speculate on unfounded and unverified story. No reasonable person should promote falsehood. I think those promoting this news are sick. We must not destroy our judiciary,” Mr Okutepa wrote.

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FG: Census Will Commence May 3



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has revealed when the census will begin.The NOA says the population and housing census will commence on May 3.In an interview with NAN, Garba Abari, NOA director-general, said the exercise would commence on May 3 and end on May 5.In April 2022, the federal government announced that it would conduct the national census after the general election.Abari said the exercise would capture every person, household and structure for national planning and project execution purposes.He said the change in the date was due to the postponement of the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections.He described the census and the 2023 elections as major national events with significant importance.“That change by INEC made it mandatory for us to also adjust the date for the conduct of the exercise,” NAN quoted Abari as saying.“The census had to be put forward from the initial date of March 29 to April 2nd, now to May 3rd to 5th.“There are two things that informed the shift in date. First, in the course of our planning by the National Population Commission, it was so factored that INEC will also tinker with its own electoral timetable.“The gubernatorial election, as you are aware, had to be shifted by one week. This had a telling effect on the date of commencement of the census.“Just like election, the census is also a very long process, from the training, the sub-trainings, retraining leading uptill the very day of the actual house listing and numbering.“These will then be followed by the actual capture of the population.”On the level of preparedness, the NOA boss assured that the commission is ready to embark on the exercise.“Most of the information that have gone out to the public about the census like the awareness creation, sensitisation, enlightenment, advocacy around the census have all been taking place,” he said.“Perhaps, not on a scale that will make us feel comfortable to say every Nigerian is now census conscious, census aware, in spite of the very significant role that it has to play in our national life.“But, clearly, the census is absolutely important because it is for development, planning, security, infrastructure development, educational, health and other demographic considerations all encapsulating in one.’’

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