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JUST IN: Fire Guts ECOWAS Secretariat In Abuja

A part of the ECOWAS Commission Secretariat in Asokoro, Abuja, has been gutted by fire. The commission's director of communication, Oghogho Obayuwana, confirmed the fire incident to THE WHISTLER on Tuesday night but didn't give details about what led to it. Obayuwana, however, told our correspondent that officials of the Federal Fire Service had put out the fire. This website gathered that the fire affected the floor accommodating the Department of Finance and Account of the Commission. More details

Rivers Gov’t Wins Case On Ownership Of University Land

Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ruled in favour of the state government in a land dispute involving Ignatius Ajuru University of Education and 213 others in Rumuolumeni community, Rivers State. In his ruling on Monday, the trial judge, Justice George Omereji, held that the 213 claimants were the same people that were involved in the judgement delivered in 2012. Justice Omereji also said that the land was validly bought by the Rivers State Government for Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.

Yoruba Lawyers Forum Rejects NBA Election, Claims Process Marred By Malpractice

A South West Lawyers Forum called "Egbe Amofin" has rejected the results of the recently conducted Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) election which produced Olumide Akpata, who hails from Edo, Benin. The association alleged that the just concluded election was marred by sharp practices including "unlawful inflation of the number of voters." This was disclosed in a statement obtained by THE WHISTLER, dated August 1, signed by the forum's Chairman, Steering committee, Chief Adeniyi Akintola SAN. "In clear terms, the Egbe

Wike Has No Plan To Control NDDC – Aide

The Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Niger Delta Development Commission Matters, Erastus Awortu, has dismissed insinuations that his principal has plans to control the NDDC. Erastus was reacting to claims on social media that Wike asked a court of law to order the commission to seek the state government’s consent before executing projects. A State High Court presided over by Justice Adolphus Enebeli had ordered the NDDC to consult the state government before embarking on projects in

Cyber Criminals Reported To EFCC By Neighbours Bag Jail Terms

Six internet fraudsters, convicted for scamming members of the public, have been sentenced to jail by different Federal High Court Judges in Abuja. They were convicted on charges bordering on internet frauds following their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The fraudsters, who specialised in Business E-mail Compromise (BCG), internet fraud, and other related offences are: Chisom Emmanuel Odom; Isajimi Joshua; Tafa Basit; Adeleye Oladele Benjamin, Chukwu Simon and Amoo Tunmise. Dele

Oil Thief To Spend 3 Months In Jail

One Mustapha Tijani, convicted for oil theft in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has bagged a three months jail term. Tijani's conviction by Justice H.J.O. Oshomah of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, followed his prosecution by the state Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on one-count charge of dealing in petroleum products without appropriate licence, to which he pleaded guilty. The count reads: "That you, Mustapha Tijani, being the driver on board Mack Tanker with Registration

Gunmen Kill Nigerian Journalist

Gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom. The killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state. On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state. The traditional ruler of Aren-Akun community, Alhaji Usman

EFCC Re-arraigns Adoke And Abubakar, Amends Charges Against Them

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohamed Bello Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar, were on Tuesday, re-arraigned before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 14-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of over Six Million United States Dollars ($6,000,000). They were re-arraigned by the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Count one of the new charges against Adoke reads: “That you Mohammed Bello Adoke, sometime in September

JUST IN: FCT High Court Judge Okeke Dies

A judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Justice Jude Okeke, has passed on at age 64. Spokesperson for the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr ,Tayo Haastrup, confirmed that the judge died on Tuesday. Justice Okeke had died after battling with chest pains among other things, court officials told Punch. According to the FCT High Court website, Justice Okeke is from Idemili North Local Government Area of Onitsha, Anambra State. He was called to Bar in 1985 and was in active private practice of

Insecurity: Buhari To Restructure Nation’s Security Architecture, Says NSA

...President Asks Security Chiefs To Sit Up A major restructuring of the country’s security architecture by President Muhammadu Buhari is in the offing, according to the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno ( retd.). This is as a result of the worsening insecurity in the country, particularly the resurgence in attacks by Boko Haram, banditry and kidnapping. The President also gave more marching orders to heads of security agencies to devise workable solutions to the security situation urgently.