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The trial of Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike over the murder of eight-year-old Victory Chikamso around Eliozu resumed yesterday at the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

 

Our correspondent Victor Ezeama reports that for the second time since the murder trial began about six months ago, Ifeanyi Dike put up a strange behaviour in court when he raised his voice to complain about the increasing number of witnesses testifying against him.

 

Dike claimed that enemies of the state were after his life, adding that most of the testimonies were lies, but he was informed by Justice Adolphus Enebeli that he would have enough time to express himself..

 

The outburst by the prime suspect came after Justice Enebeli ruled against a statement tendered by the tenth prosecution witness, which was made by Ernest Mmezuoba, who is the father of the slain eight-year-old girl.

 

However; the defence counsel alleged that the statement was fabricated to ambush the matter in court and indict his client, after which Justice Enebeli ruled against it, saying it was brought by a wrong person at the wrong time.

 

Meanwhile; the court has adjourned the matter to 9th July for continuation of hearing in the murder trial.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dismissed claims that one of its operatives, Abubakar  Madaki was involved in four-million naira alleged extortion.

 

Reports in some national dailies had claimed that MADAKI acted as an aide to EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, but the spokesman for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said that was not true.

 

Madaki is alleged to have obtained the sum of four million naira in a bid to secure bail for one Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari, who is being investigated by the agency for alleged money laundering.

 

However; the EFCC spokesman said there was no truth in the media report, which he said was contrived to malign and impugn the reputation of Madaki.

 

Wilson Uwujaren noted that as an operative of EFCC, Madaki has handled several high profile investigations without blemish.

 

 

Uwujaren claimed that the damning publication was part of a vengeful script by Zari and his cohorts to impugn the integrity of EFCC agent and bring him to public ridicule.

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Ceremonies are taking place in Abuja and Lagos to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the June 12 presidential election in 1993, which was presumably won by late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

 

These events a holding in grand style this year, with direct involvement of the Federal Government, after President Muhammadu Buhari declared June Twelve as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day, instead of 29th May that had been celebrate previously.

 

At the Abuja event, late Chief M.K.O. Abiola would be conferred with a posthumous national award as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, while his running-mate in that election, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, would receive the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON.

 

Also to be conferred with posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, is foremost human rights advocate, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi; in recognition of the role he played in trying to actualize the June 12 election mandate.

 

Representatives of families of the awardees are already in Abuja and were treated to a special dinner last night, which was hosted by former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari would be presiding over the main ceremony in Abuja, after returning home from Morocco where he spent two days on official visit.

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Italian authorities have refused permission for a rescue ship carrying six hundred and twenty-nine migrants dock.

 

The move was based on the orders of Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who had promised during recent general election to take a tough stance against migration.

 

Malta has also declined to accept the Aquarius and the migrants on board, many of many of whom are children, thereby leaving it stranded in the Mediterranean.

 

Meanwhile; the ship has been instructed by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre to stand by in its current position, between Italy and Malta.

 

A German charity organization known as SOS Méditerranée said the migrants on the stranded ship were picked up in six different rescue operations off Libya's coast.

 

Among those saved are one hundred and twenty-three unaccompanied minors, eleven younger children and seven pregnant women.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has so far signed into law five constitution amendment bills that were recently passed by the Eighth National Assembly.

 

You will recall that President BUHARI had during his Democracy Day broadcast declared his resolve to sign the “Not Too Young to Run” legislation on the reduction of age limits for elective positions, which he did a few days after.

 

President Buhari has additionally signed another constitution amendment bill that restricts the Vice President or the Deputy State Governor who completes the tenure of a President or Governor from contesting for the same position more than once.

 

This was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, while briefing newsmen at the State House in Abuja.

 

Senator Enang said President Buhari also signed another Constitution Amendment Bill that grants financial autonomy to the judiciaries and legislatures of the various states.

 

Another Constitution Amendment Act that provides sufficient time for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct bye-elections from seven to twenty-one days was also signed by the President.

 

 

The President equally signed the Act that reduces the date and time of determining pre-election matters.

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