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We have recorded modest gain in judicial reforms, says Malami



The Federal Government Tuesday declared that the achievements recorded in the Justice sector was worth relishing, saying it has expounded the legal jurisprudence.

Speaking at the day two of the body of Attorneys General conference held in Abuja, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN stated that the Judiciary has recorded modest gains in terms of law reforms through legislations and judicial decisions.

Malami who praised the AGs from the 36 states of the Federation added: “With dedicated public servants and some of the best legal minds present here in this room. I can say with all sense of responsibility, that we have strived within humanly possible limits to discharged meritoriously the onus and duties of the position of leadership which providence bestowed on us as Attorneys-General,”

“We have been able to guide our principals and shape public governance towards advancing the course of justice, rule of law and deepening our democratic practices. Over the years,

Accordingly, the AGF noted that over time salient issues which includes payment of pension for judicial officers, sharing of Stamp Duties collections, Value Added Tax, NFIU Guidelines, regulation of the mining and gaming industry and other issues relating to policing and security have been addressed and will continue to get government attention.

Other areas of mutual evaluation and collaboration mentioned are combating and prosecution of terrorism and other violent crimes.

Making a remarks, the President Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN described the legal body as the bedrock of nation’s existence, charging stakeholders to continue to extend their dexterity and sagacity for a better Judiciary sector.

In a short speech, Mr Emeka Ngige, SAN observed that the future of legal education has become a topical issue, saying all stakeholder including NBA must come together, raise the standard and salvage the situation.

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G5 members lobby Tinubu for Post



President Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with a group of aggrieved politicians within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) known as the G5 or the Integrity Group who are lobbying for post in his government.

The group whose actions one way or the other helped to secure Tinubu election victory during the February 25, 3023 general election are desperate to secure appointments for those who lost out at the election.

In attendance at the meeting at the Aso Rock are one serving governor and four former governors within the party. They are Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo) as well as former Govenors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

The current governor of Enugu State, Peter Mbah was also present.

G5 Long Battle With Atiku, Ayu
The G5, who were all two-term governors before four of them handed over on May 29, 2023, formed an alliance after the party’s presidential primary in May 2022 to demand that the then PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu step down for a southern replacement as a precondition to support the presidential ambition of the party’s flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar in the February 25 poll. Both Atiku and Ayu called the then governors’ bluff and did not succumb to their demands in the just-concluded elections.

Interestingly, Ortom, Ikpeazu, and Ugwuanyi attempted to cross over to the Senate which has been described as a ‘retirement home’ for former governors but the trio lost their senatorial bid in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections. Only Makinde won an election among G5 members.

For a number of times, Tinubu met with Wike and Makinde before the elections.

For the presidential election, Atiku lost in all the G5 states while Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi won Enugu and Abia, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) raked in Oyo, Benue and Rivers.

Tinubu, 70, came out tops in 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states, and secured significant numbers in several other states to claim the highest number of votes — 8,794,726, almost two million votes more than his closest rival, Atiku.

Atiku, 76, who has now run for president six times, got 6,984,520 votes, while Obi, who, in less than a year, galvanised young voters in a manner some have described as unprecedented finished the race with 6,101,533.

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Katsina Deputy Accountant General, Sani arraigned for N289m fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Saadu Maiwada and Sani Lawal BK before Justice Musa Danladi of the Katsina State High Court on a five count charge of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

The defendants, in their capacity as then Sub Treasurer and Deputy Sub Treasurer in the office of Accountant General of Katsina State, allegedly conspired and converted the sum of N289,000,000 (Two Hundred and Eighty Nine Million Naira) from the coffers of Katsina State.

Investigation revealed that the defendants laundered the stolen funds through the account of Integrated Gas Services Limited, a company where the first defendant (Maiwada) is a Director.

The sum of N49, 000,000 was also allegedly transferred from the account of Integrated Gas Services Limited to the personal account of the second defendant (Lawal BK) who is now the Deputy Accountant General of the state.

One of the charges reads, “That you, Saadu Miawada and Sani Lawal BK sometime in 2017 at Katsina within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court while being entrusted with dominion over money belonging to Katsina State Government dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N120,790,942.86

The sum was transferred from Katsina State Government Sub -Treasury Expenditure Account number 1012424374 domiciled in United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC to Integrated Gas Services Company Limited’s Fidelity Bank account no 4010693761 (CO1717299)

That by the act he “committed an offence punishable under Section 297 of the Penal Code Law of Katsina State 2021”.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

In view of their pleas, counsel for the prosecution, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court for a trial date.

Counsel for the defendants, J B Israel made an oral bail application on behalf of his clients but the prosecution objected, demanding for a formal application as the court is a court of record.

Justice Danladi, however, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N5, 000,000 (Five Million Naira) each. The court ordered that each defendant must provide a surety with a landed property within Katsina and present letters of introduction from a traditional ruler.

The matter has being adjourned to July 24, 2023 for trial.

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Bandits release three abducted Women in Niger State



Three women who were abducted by bandits in Kafin Koro and other adjourning communities in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State have regained freedom. Recall that bandits stormed the communities in large numbers last month and abducted over 50 persons. It was gathered that some of the victims earlier regained freedom after paying various sums as ransom, while the remaining ones are still in captivity. A member of the community, Umar Farouq Akike, confirmed the release of the three women in a Facebook post on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

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