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#Panamapapers: Calls for Saraki to resign mounts; Court sacks Pinnick-led NFF board; Five female suicide bombers intercepted in Maiduguri; Court orders Olisa Metuh to open defence April 11 . . .

Saraki . In the Accused Box 3

#Panamapapers: Calls for Saraki to resign mounts

There are heightened calls for the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to resign. Nigeria’s no. 2 citizen is under immense pressure to resign his position over the exposure of his alleged secret offshore assets by #PanamaPapers.

Saraki dismissed the calls for his resignation as the handiwork of forces against his leadership of the Senate and a ploy by his detractors to circumvent the country’s judicial system. Saraki spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

The pressures came in the wake of calls for his resignation by the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL).

Both groups demanded his immediate resignation on account of the revelations in #PanamaPapers.

A fresh report yesterday by online publication, Premium Times, on the #PanamaPapers, suggests that the assets in Mrs.Toyin Saraki’s (Bukola Saraki’s wife ) name in tax havens are actually held in trust for him.

In a statement, TMG said inter alia:

“It stands in stark contrast that while the Prime Minister of Iceland who was mentioned in the Panama leaks has since resigned, Saraki and his fellow primitive accumulators in the Senate are waiting for the Nigerian people to forget and move on.”

In another statement, CACOL said inter alia:

“The Nigerian government’s attitude to the gruesome revelations from the Panama Papers leaks becomes worrisome and repugnant, as the attitude is apparently lackadaisical and indifferent,”

“With the addition of the Panama Papers indictment to his ‘multi-coloured coat’ of corruption, it is time for Nigerians to call for Saraki to step down as Senate President and as Chairman of the National Assembly pending when he has successfully cleared his name and clean the ‘smears’ all over him.”

NFF . Amaju Pinnick, new NFA Prez

Court sacks Pinnick-led NFF board

The Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board has been sacked by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos, the capital city of Plateau State.

ustice Musa Haruna Kurya, had granted the prayers of Mr Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba to relist the case which among others had sought to nullify the Warri General Assembly and subsequent elective congress that brought Mr Amaju Pinnick as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In his ruling, Justice Kurya also sustained all the previ­ous orders of the court, thereby effectively making Mr. Chris Giwa the head of NFF until the final determination of the suit on April 30th, 2016.

However, in a swift reaction to the judgement in Jos, the Nigeria Football Federation moved to file an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a motion for a stay-of-execution against the judgement of the Jos High Court, which on Friday decided to re-list a case brought by Am­bassador Chris Giwa against the validly –elected NFF administration of Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

The question of whether the court declared Chris Giwa as president of the football body is left to conjecture.

However, since an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a stay-of-execution has been filed, on the same day as the judgement, the status quo remains.

Boko Haram . Female suicide bomber vest with IEDs

Five female suicide bombers intercepted in Maiduguri

Five female suicide bombers were intercepted on Friday morning in Maiduguri by members of the youth vigilante group, popularly called Civilian JTF in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

Speaking to our correspondent on the incident, the spokesman of the youth vigilante group, Barrister Jubrin Gunda said the five suicide bombers were intercepted at about 5:20 am trying to gain entry into Maiduguri.

He said members of the youth vigilante group had prior intelligence that there would be suicide bomb attacks on Maiduguri and as such they had beefed up security around the troubled town.

He said the suicide bombers were sighted at the outskirts of the town around Polo and Giwa barrack areas and were shot dead by the youth vigilantes.

Gunda also revealed that they did not come in at once but different times and since they did not stop to be searched by the vigilante, they had to be shot.

He lamented that three of the vigilantes suffered serious injuries during the attack and had to be taken to the hospital.

He said: “Three of our boys had injuries from the attacks and are presently on admission at the hospital, we were happy that five female suicide bombers that wanted to sneak into the town to cause havoc were killed.”

Olisa Metuh. PDP man

Court orders Olisa Metuh to open defence April 11

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh,to open his defence in his trial for money laundering.

Justice Abang gave the directive after dismissing a number of Metuh’s applications, including one asking the judge to withdraw from the case and another asking for indefinite adjournment.

Metuh had requested an indefinite adjournment pending when the Court of Appeal would hear and determine his appeal against the court’s ruling dismissing his no-case submission and his motion for stay of proceedings of his trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his firm before Justice Abang on seven counts of money laundering including $2m cash transaction.

Part of the charges preferred against them also bordered on the N400m which the accused allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.

Another lawyer, Mr. Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), who took over the defence of Metuh’s firm on Friday, also made series of oral applications for adjournment which were all dismissed by the court.

The judge said Metuh and his firm were no longer entitled to any further adjournment having exhausted the five times such request could be granted to them under section 396(5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

NND | Nigerian News

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