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A/Court verdict: Delta APC chairman extends hands of fellowship to opponents

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The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta, Mr Jones Erue, has urged the Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the party in the state to join hands with him in rebuilding the party.


Erue made the plea at a press briefing on Sunday in Warri, while reacting to the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City.

The Appeal of Court had on Friday, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Shaibu, held that the Federal High Court in Asaba lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit because it was an intra-party issue.

The appellate court had confirmed Erue as the authentic APC chairman in the state.

The Federal High Court had on March 18 declared the Ogodo-led faction as the elected state executives of the party, a decision that prompted the Erue-led faction to seek legal redress at the appellate court.

Erue said the appellate court judgment was a victory for the people, noting that it would ensure return of normalcy into the party.

He added that verdict would enable the APC in Delta to forge ahead for a healthy political party to perform its primary assignment of winning elections.

“This press briefing is acting as an anchor of hope to beckon on those who have the interest of the party to come together after the judgment had confirmed me as the authentic APC chairman in Delta.

“I am passionately appealing to those who were in court with me to forget the past now that the leadership of the party has been confirmed by the Appeal Court.

“We are saying that there is no victor, there is no vanquish; it is a victory for all the party members.

“I am stretching my hands of fellowship to all who were in court with me to come; this is time to rebuild; rebuilding is a necessity that takes a group of people forward,” he said.

Erue cautioned the social medium experts not to insult any political leader, adding that this was the right time to use it to redefined the party.

“We should leave the old culture of using the social media to insult those that means so much for the party.

“It is only unity that can take us to the promised land,” he said.

On plan by the Ogodo-led faction to challenge the Appeal Court judgment at the Supreme Court, Erue said they should not waste their resources on things that would further divide the party.

“The money spent to seek legal redress without looking at the internal mechanism of the party could have been used in developing our party.

“Everybody has right to seek legal redress, but there is always an end to litigation; so, what we are asking is put an end to litigation and move the party forward.

“If Supreme Court reaffirms me as the chairman, we will still come to a roundtable and find a political solution to our problem.

“So, my passionate appeal to those threatening to go to the Supreme Court is that we should make good use of our time and resources.

We should use them for the progress of the party, rather than wasting them on those things that will not bring good result to us as a party,” Erue said.

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United States court allows publication of John Bolton’s book, in blow to Trump

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A United States court on Saturday ruled that the publication of a tell-all book by former national security adviser John Bolton can move forward, denying an attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to prevent its release.


In his decision Judge Royce Lamberth said that the government failed to prove “irreparable harm” by halting the book’s publication, since much of its contents have already been disclosed through media reports.

“With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe – many in newsrooms – the damage is done,” Lamberth said in his decision. “There is no restoring the status quo.”

But Lamberth also slammed Bolton saying he “gambled with the national security of the United States” and has exposed himself to possible forfeiture of profits and criminal liability in future court proceedings for failing to fully comply with the government’s classified information review.

The book, titled “The Room Where It Happend,” is scheduled to be released this Tuesday. It depicts Trump’s foreign policy as feckless and driven by personal interest.

Bolton says Trump asked his Chinese counterpart to purchase United States agricultural products to help his re-election bid.

He also told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he could intervene in a law enforcement probe to aid a Turkish bank, according to experts published in media reports.

The court’s decision will likely ensure a wider readership of the bombshell book, which comes roughly four months before the US presidential election.

Trump called the decision a “BIG COURT WIN against Bolton” despite losing the injunction request and referred to Bolton as a warmonger who “likes dropping bombs on people, and killing them.”

“Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay,” Trump said. “Now he will have bombs dropped on him!”

Lamberth said Bolton’s allegation that the White House classification review process was politically motivated did not hold up and he should have allowed more time for review of his 500-page manuscript.

“Many Americans are unable to renew their passports within four months, but Bolton complains that reviewing hundreds of pages of a National Security Advisor’s tell-all deserves a swifter timetable,” Lamberth said.

In his conclusion, Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that Bolton had also “exposed his country to harm and himself to civil [and potentially criminal] liability.”

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Court sentences businessman to 5 years imprisonment for forgery, cheating

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Tuesday sentenced a businessman, Eze Solomon, to five years imprisonment for forgery and cheating.


Chief Magistrate, Baba Shani, sentenced Solomon to three years for forgery and two years for cheating, without an option of fine.

Shani also ordered the convict to pay N3 million as compensation to a businesswoman, Ms Julkart Dangin.

He said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the convict and others from committing such crime in future.

” The convict also misled the court by lying about being ill and forging a fake hospital report to that effect which during investigations revealed was not true,” he said.

Shani said that the prosecution counsel, Emeka Ihekoronye, has proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

Ihekoronye told the court that Solomon forged documents of two shops located in Wuse market and had been collecting rent from 2005 to 2011.

He said that the shops originally belonged to Dangin, who thought that the said shops have been revoked by the Federal Capital Territory Administration all this while.

He said Solomon deceived the occupants of the said shops with forged documents claiming to be the caretaker of the said property and has so far collected N6 million from them as rent.

The prosecution counsel said that the occupants of the shops, Mr Ikechuchwu Ebowusi and Leonard Ogoli, reported the matter to the police when their shops were sealed by the FCT Administration for not paying ground rate.

He said that when the occupants approached Solomon on why the rate was not paid, he promised to pay but never did.

The prosecution counsel said police investigations revealed that the convict was never the caretaker or given custody of the shops by the owner.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 320 and 364 of the Penal Code.

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Alleged fraud: Court admits taxi driver to N2m bail

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Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court Nyanya on Tuesday admitted a taxi driver, Paschal Chijioke, who allegedly swindled a businesswoman too bail in the sum of N2 million.


The police charged Chijioke with two counts bordering on armed robbery.

The police alleged that the defendant, with others who are  at large, on Sept. 2, 2019 in Karu , FCT while armed with dangerous weapons robbed Ms Christiana Ogundipe N200, 000.

The police also alleged that the defendant stole a techno cell phone value at N45,000.

The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of sections 6 (b) of Robbery and firearms special provision Act, Laws of the Federation.

 

Kekemeke admitted the defendant to bail following an application for bail moved by defence counsel, Mr J.A. Mustapha.

The prosecution counsel Mr Chukwuemeka Ugwuanya did not object to the bail application.

“I have taken a careful notice of the complaint of the complainant,  the evidence is not such that can warrant the refusal of his bail.

 

” The weight of the evidence seems light,  the defendant is deemed Innocent until proven guilty,  in the circumstance of this case I shall exercise my discretion in favour of the defendant.

 

” The defendant is hereby granted bail in sum of N2 million and two sureties in like sum, one who must be owner of certificate of occupancy within Abuja ” he ordered.

 

He then adjourned the matter until  Sept. 28 for trial.

Earlier,  when the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty but the judge admonished him to tell the court the truth.

 

” The court is not the place to lie, it will not help you,  did you do these things? the judge asked .

 

The defendant then told the court that on that faithful day ‘we took the victim to Mararaba , we were three in number’

 

“One of us claimed to be a foreigner who brought goods like iPhones and gold necklaces for sale.

 

“He said he doesn’t have Nigerian currency, so we then agreed that we are going to help him get Nigerian money.

 

“We then went to where we can do that ,on getting there we told him that we have a film, It is the film that we will wash in a chemical and it will  turn to money” he said.

 

He told the court that when that was done, it turned to money  and they asked how they can get the chemical.

 

He added that they were directed to a laboratory scientist.

 

” We all were able to contribute certain amount, after the process, and the victim promised to contribute N200, 000 which she did after  four days.

 

The Judge said ,  “now that you have said the truth, it will go a long way to help you.” (NAN)

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Court remands driver over alleged rail track vandalism

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State on Tuesday  ordered  a  23-year-old driver, Haliru Jibrin, to be remanded in a correctional facility over alleged vandalism.


The police charged Jibrin wity criminal consiparcy, mischief and theft, contrary to sections 317, 275 and 327 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

The state counsel, Mathias Joseph, told the court that the defendant was arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps  (NSCDC) on June 6.

Joseph alleged that the defendant and two others, now at large, went to the railway tracks along Katul crossing in Kachia and damaged some rail facilities.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution thereafter prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the state call its witnesses to prove its case against the accused person.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Abdulaziz Ibrahim, ordered that the defendant be remanded in  Kafanchan correctional centre.

Ibrahim adjourned the matter until June 25 for further mention.

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