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BREAKING: Court Orders, Sen. Abaribe, Others To Explain Kanu’s Whereabouts |RN

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

Kanu who was granted bail by the judge on April 24, 2017, was absent from court on Tuesday when his trial was billed to commence.

But his three co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials.

Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.

A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, appeared for Abaribe on Tuesday, informing the judge ‎that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety.

‎The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer on Tuesday.

‎But Justice Nyako said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.

The judge gave the senator three options.

One of the options was for Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety.

The other option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100m bail bond.

The third option ‎was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.

But Ogunna replied saying, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”

However the judge insisted tha‎t Abaribe must opt for one of the three options.

With the judge’s insistence, Ogunna opted to be given time to produce him.

The two other sureties were not represented I court on Tuesday.

Earlier, prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, noting that Kanu was not present in court, urged the judge to revoke defendant’s bail, order for his arrest, and direct the defendants’ three sureties “to show cause why the bail bond of N100m entered into by each shall not be forfeited or they be committed to prison.”

The trial was been adjourned until November 20.  (Punch)

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BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu Absent As Co-defendants Arrive Court |The Republican News

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Three of the co-defendants facing charges of treasonable felony against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, have arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were brought to court by prison officials at about 10am on Tuesday.

But Kanu, whose lawyers said was last seen on September 14, 2017 following a military operation in his hometown in Abia State, is absent from court as Justice Binta Nyako is now set to commence proceedings.

His co-accused already in court are the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.

But Bright Chimezie, who became a co-defendant in the case following an amendment of the charges was also absent.

Kanu was on bail before he was declared missing.

Announcing his appearance on Tuesday, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejifor, told the judge that the IPOB leader was still in the custody of the Federal Government.  (Punch)

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BREAKING: Obasanjo, Makarfi In Secret Meeting |The Republican News

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

National Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, is currently in a secret meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The meeting, which is taking place at the Green Legacy Hotel and Resort, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, started around 9.30a.m.

The meeting, Daily Sun gathered, was earlier scheduled to take place at the Hilltop Residence of Obasanjo, but was later shifted to the hotel.  (The Sun)

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Finland Involved In Car Crash In Abuja (Photos) |RN

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of a diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be at high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.

 

 

A Finnish diplomat sitting on the ground after the accident

 

Photo credit: Kelvin Okeke of Liberty Television, Kaduna (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Agbakoba Sues Buhari For Being Petroleum Minister |The Republican News

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President Buhari, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN)

By Uche Usim,  Abuja 

Foremost Maritime lawyer and former President, Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba has filed a claim at the Federal High Court, Abuja against the Federal Government of Nigeria via the Attorney General of the Federation, to determine the constitutional qualification of the President of Nigeria to also hold executive office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Agbakoba, according to a statement released by his Chambers, argues that on the basis of section 138 of the Constitution disqualifying the President of Nigeria from taking any paid employment or holding the executive office of Minister of Petroleum Resources, the President cannot hold office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

His other argument is that in any event, the President’s appointment as Minister of Petroleum Resources was not confirmed by the Senate of the National Assembly, as stipulated by section 147(2)of the constitution.

The affidavit supporting Agbakoba’s claim states the determination of the questions in the claim is of vital national importance, in view of the governance chaos at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He has requested the court to return answers that the President is not validly qualified to be Minister of Petroleum Resources and in any event, the President is also disqualified to be Minister of Petroleum Resources, not having been confirmed by Senate.

No date has been fixed for the hearing.  (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Pandemonium In Anambra As Citizens Refuse Free Military Medical Outreach

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By Ike A. Offor

There is pandemonium in Anambra state as pupils, students and market women and men ran for their lives and that of their wards in school as the Nigerian Army free medical attention cause serious concern among citizens.

The free medical treatment by the Nigerian army has gotten a very bad impression in South East Nigeria, where they are obviously not welcome. The Operation Python dance is ill-conceived and the people have refused it by all means

The Republican News can authoritatively confirm that the people of  Ekwusigo LGA, Nnewi, Onitsha and other towns have deserted markets, schools and other public places to avoid army medical outreach.

Children in schools ran for their lives at the sight of the Nigerian army medical group, who they called Hausa-Fulani killers who inject children with deadly diseases.

All schools in Anambra have closed at the time of this report.

Parents have taken their wards away from school to avoid medical attention by members of the Nigerian armed forces medical outreach.

Some of the children The Republican News interviewed in Omagba Primary School in Onitsha confirmed with hard breathing after running away from their school to avoid being injected.

They claimed that those who were injected by the’ Hausa people’ fainted on the spot after the injection. They said that Hausa-Fulani people were in the uniform of nurses and came to their school gate and banged on the gate. Their gateman refused to open but went to inquire from their head teacher and other teachers, who then came to the gate but refused to open for those uniformed nurses.

After this incident, the teachers reportedly ran away and they told their pupils to run away to avoid being injected. This caused a very big pandemonium in the Omagba primary school in Onitsha.

This very same news was confirmed in Nnewi, Ozubulu and other towns in Anambra state.

But The Republican News later learnt that it was the Nigerian army medical outreach, who obviously are not welcome in this region to conduct any medical outreach. The people do not want the Nigerian army and whatever they will give out whether free or not.

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BREAKING: Kachikwu/Baru Feud: Buhari, Minister In Closed-Door Meeting

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NNPC GMD, Dr Maikanti Baru and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu

 

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, are currently meeting behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This is the first one-on-one meeting Buhari will be having with the minister since a letter Kachikwu wrote to the President on the conduct of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, was made public.

Kachikwu arrived the Presidential Villa at about 11.40am for the meeting.

The minister had stated in the letter in which he accused Baru of insubordination among others that he resorted to writing the letter after several unsuccessful attempts to meet the President personally since he returned to the country.  (Punch)

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