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BREAKING: Court Jails Ex-Plateau Gov. Dariye, 14 Years For N1.16bn Fraud

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  Ex-Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, jailed for 14 years

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

 

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of overN1.16bn belonging to the state.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko  ‎in a judgment which took her six and a half hours to read convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.

The judge barely a fortnight ago, imposed 14 years’ jail term on ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on similar charges.

On Tuesday she sentenced ‎Dariye to two years imprisonment on each of the five counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and 14 years’ jail term on each of the 11 counts of criminal breach of trust.

The judge, however, ruled that all the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the convict would have to spend 14 years in jail.

The punishments imposed on the ex-governor for the two categories of offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation are the maximum as provided under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.

The judge threw out eight of the 23 charges on the grounds of either duplicity or lack of sufficient evidence.

‎Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had in opposing the defence lawyer’s plea for mercy, urged the court to impose the maximum sentence to serve as deterrence to others.  (Punch)

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BREAKING: Reggae Music Star, Ras Kimono Passes On |RN

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Reggae music legend, Ras Kimono

Reggae legend, Ukeleke Onwubya, popularly known as Ras Kimono, is dead.

The singer reportedly died on Sunday in a Lagos hospital after a brief illness.

In a recent chat with PUNCH, the reggae star said, he had been a vegetarian for over 37 years and neither smoked nor drunk alcohol.

He said, “I have never smoked and I don’t drink alcohol. I tell people I have been a vegetarian for 37 years. Even when my friends were having sex with two girls at the same time in those days, I didn’t join them. I have never done what these girls and boys call threesome despite being famous and I am sure there are other people who have never done that too.

“When people attribute recklessness to youthful exuberance, I get worried because I once passed through that stage too. I believe it is all about your upbringing. The fact that you are young doesn’t mean you should be wayward.” (Punch)

Details soon.

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JUST IN: Police Request Saraki To Respond In Writing, Cancel Summon |RN

By New Telegraph

JUST IN: Police ask Saraki to respond in writing, cancel summon

 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he would no longer need to appear before the police for questioning.

In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, @BukolaSaraki said he now has a formal communication from the police, but it was not for him to appear but rather to answer questions bordering on the robbery in Offa, Kwara State, in April.

The announcement comes minutes after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed-doors with Mr Saraki and police chief, Ibrahim Idris, as well as the head of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, at the State House.

The police say some of the suspects in the Offa robbery confessed to being sponsored by Mr Saraki.

Details later…

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BREAKING: Dino Melaye “Decamps” From APC To PDP |The Republican News

By Chukwu David

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Senator Dino Melaye, yesterday, alleged that the Nigerian Police made two attempts to kill him, while he was being prosecuted for alleged arms peddling and sponsorship of banditry in Kogi State.

Melaye, who was appearing in plenary for the first time since April when he was arrested by the Police and taken to court for prosecution for allegedly sponsoring criminals in his home state, made the allegation while expressing his appreciation to his colleagues, constituents and other Nigerians for standing with him during his travails.

According to him, the Police wanted to kill him first through a harmful substance, and second, through injection but noted that God protected him in the alleged attempts.

He also requested the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, to direct the Sergeant-At-Arms, to provide him with a comfortable seat at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wing in the Chamber, pending when he would fully recover.

The lawmaker said that his request was informed by the circumstance of his present condition of health, pointing out that he was not comfortable to sit at the All Progressives Congress (APC) wing of the Chamber.

He, however, did not categorically say that he was defecting to the opposition party.

Though some APC members fought to stop the traumatized senator from having his request granted, the President of the Senate, noted that since the demand was anchored on the health of their colleague, he had no option than to allow him to sit where he believed would facilitate his quick recovery.  (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: Dayo Adeyeye Decamps From PDP To APC, Vows To Help Fayemi Win |RN

By Agency Report

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Prince Dayo Adeyeye, an aspirant for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, has defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress.

Adeyeye, a former spokesperson of the PDP, announced his defection and those of his supporters to the APC on Tuesday.

Adeyeye, who was former Minister of State for Works during the PDP regime of former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lost the primaries of the party to the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.

He accused Governor Ayo Fayose of having given undue advantage to Olusola-Eleka.

Adeyeye’s defection is coming despite his promise before the primaries to support whoever emerges as the candidate.

The promise was made to the reconciliatory team sent by the party and headed by former President of the Senate, Dr David Mark, to ensure harmony.

Fayose also said he had called Adeyeye twice after the primaries but was insulted by the former spokesman of the PDP.

One of the aspirants for the primaries, Senator Biodun Olujimi, had also pleaded with Adeyeye not to leave the party.

Olujimi, who stepped down for Adeyeye during the primaries, said this was the time for the PDP to bond together and give the APC a good fight.

Adeyeye said he left to support the candidate of the APC, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the bid to rescue Ekiti State from the maladministration of Fayose.  (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: Obasanjo Berates Buhari In Response To $16bn Power Spending |RN

 

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President Buhari with former president Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo replies President Muhammadu Buhari on $16billion power spending:

“How can a president who has all the information at his beck and call degenerate to this level? Is it on account of a famed short attention span which precludes him from grappling with any serious reading beyond his self-confessed affinity for newspaper cartoons? Is it with this kind of levity that he attends to Federal Executive Council memos?”

“We are now beginning to see the reason why Nigeria is fastly disappearing into the abyss of primitive stone age leadership. It really is not too late for him to heed the well considered of his doctor to go home, eat more and sleep more.”

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BREAKING: Buhari Heads Off To London For Medicals, Says Presidency |RN

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Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday, undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. Buhari off to London for medicals.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the trip will be for four days and that he is expected back on Saturday, May 12th.

The Presidential Media Aide explained that “In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.

“The Doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.
“On his return, the President’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses, will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May.”

He had spent over 100 days in London for medical reasons and only returned to the country on August 17th, 2017.

President Buhari had left the country on Sunday, September 17th to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, had returned to the country on September 25th after a stop over in London. (The Sun)

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