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Assets declaration: Charges against me laughable, malicious – Ekweremadu

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday said his attention has been drawn to an attempt by the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Ofem Obono-Obla, to smear his name in midst of the current political activities.
Ekweremadu described the suit filed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on behalf of the SPIP over his refusal to declare his assets to the panel, contrary to the Constitution, as laughable and malicious.
He said: “Let me re-affirm to Nigerians and my supporters that I have no assets declaration case to answer. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requires public office holders to declare their assets every four years, a requirement which I fulfilled. The Panel requested and obtained copies of my Assets Declaration Form from the Code of Conduct Bureau where everything is stated in black and white.
“For emphasis, all my assets were fully and comprehensively declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
“What is at issue here is that the SPIP had forwarded fresh assets declaration forms to me to fill contrary to the position of the 1999 Constitution, a demand I refused to oblige because it is clearly unconstitutional. It is this refusal to disobey the Constitution that I am now being charged for.
“I am aware that the Chairman of that Panel wrote the same letter to some serving Honourable Judges of the Federal High Court, who also declined to fill them.
“I am also aware that the affected Judges petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mallam Abubakar Malami, who immediately withdrew the provocative letters and fresh asset declaration forms with apologies.
“I am further aware that the Office of the AGF had also intervened in a similar case involving the Obla Panel at the Federal High Court, Lagos and I believe all these culminated in Obono-Obla’s suspension in November 2017 before his recall.
“It is, therefore, left to Nigerians to see the politics of the so-called charges in my case. The Office of the AGF should not allow itself to be used in filing malevolent and unconstitutional charges that destroy our democracy and make mockery of our judicial system.
“I expect the Attorney-General to channel his energy to prosecuting Obono-Obla Panel over his established case of forgery of his Senior School Certificate result instead of this politically-motivated prosecution and smear campaign.
“My position is that the Public Property Special Provisions Act, CAP R4 LFN, 2004, otherwise known as Decree No 3, 1984, which Obono-Obla has relied on to charge public officials to court had become obsolete and power to investigated non-asset declaration vested in the Code of Conduct Bureau by the 1999 Constitution. Only the Code of Conduct Bureau can receive asset declaration forms from public officers.
“It is obvious that this is part of the desperate and panic measures to cripple the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections. Every opposition candidate and leader should, therefore, be ready for such smear campaigns and onslaughts, but rest assured, however, that they would ultimately triumph where their hands are clean.
“I insist that my hands are clean. Anybody, who knows any undeclared assets of mine, should feel free to avail the public of such information.
“Nigerians and the international community should, therefore, disregard this latest campaign of calumny and witch-hunt.”
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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Tears flowed, tributes poured in as the remains of Tiyamiyu Kazeem a.k.a (Kaka), assistant captain of Remo Stars FC of Ogun State were buried on Thursday at his family house in Ajaka, Sagamu, Ogun state, according to Islamic rites. The Witness reports.

The footballer was allegedly pushed out of a vehicle by an operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Inspector Olaniyi Ogunsoro, who had mistaken him for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), before he was hit by an incoming vehicle on Saturday.

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem

 

Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

During the candle light ….on Wednesday

Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

Murtala Anas Jos, an indigene of Plateau State and staunch supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has trekked from Calabar, Cross River State to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital to celebrate the victory of Bayelsa Governor Diri.

The Witness reports that Jos, who arrived Yenagoa on Wednesday, February 26, said it took him eight days to complete the journey, adding that he undertook the task to mark the victory of his party and Governor Douye Diri at the Supreme Court.

Jos said having followed the political trajectory of Diri, he was happy that the senator against all odds later emerged as an incumbent governor of Bayelsa.

The PDP supporter claimed that the main opposition party remained the only party that understood the problems of the country and knew how to address the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Bayelsa Governor Diri

His words: “I came from Calabar to Bayelsa State. It took me like eight days trekking to reach Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“I decided to do this because of the love I have for my party, the PDP and to celebrate with Senator Douye Diri over his victory at the Supreme Court and subsequent swearing-in as the Bayelsa State governor.

“This act is to show how I love and cherish my party, PDP, and to encourage the distinguished gentleman, who has come to work for prosperity, growth and development of Bayelsa State.

“I have never had any interaction with the governor not discussed with him but I’ve been following him since his days in the House of Representatives and Senate, and I know he is the type of leader Bayelsa needs at this moment.

“Though some hoodlums attacked me between Akwa Ibom and Rivers, they snatched my phones but I was not discouraged, because I was eager to celebrate my party’s victory in Bayelsa State”.

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

A suit by a former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, seeking to stop the State House of Assembly from probing him, has been dismissed by a High Court sitting in Ikeja, the Lagos capital.

The Witness recalls that State Assembly had in August 2019, set up a nine-man ad-hoc committee to probe Ambode’s administration over the purchase of 820 buses for public transportation in the state.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, February 27, Justice Yetunde Adesanya held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to stop the lawmakers from investigating the ex-governor, stressing that the investigation is not an indictment.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted. An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.

“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” the Judge ruled.

Ambode loses in court

The former Lagos State Governor instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and the Clerk of the House, Mr A. Sanni.

The Witness understands that other respondents to the suit are Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of an ad-hoc committee, as well as eight members of the committee. They are Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, Mr A. Yusuf, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, Mr M. Makinde, Mr Kehinde Joseph, Mr Temitope Adewale, and Mr Olanrewaju Afinni.

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