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Amnesty International says a total of three hundred and seventy-one people have been killed in attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State over the past seven months.

 

Amnesty also disclosed that dozens of villages have been sacked, with thousands of inhabitants displaced due to escalating insecurity in the north-western state of Nigeria.

 

In a statement obtained by our correspondent, the United States-based rights group described the situation in Zamfara as Nigeria’s forgotten conflict due to failure by the authorities to act decisively.

 

The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, noted that inhabitants of several Zamfara communities have been left at the mercy of armed bandits, who have killed hundreds of people over the course of two bloody years.

 

Ojigho said when Amnesty officials visited the region, they were told by villagers that they had pleaded with the government to help them after receiving warning letters from the bandits ahead of attacks but had received no protection.

 

He despite repeated claims by the authorities of tackling the situation, including a recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari for the deployment of one thousand-strong military force in Zamfara, it has not translated into protection for remote, vulnerable communities.

August 01 2018 0
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Justice Constance Green of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has withdrawn from the one billion naira defamation lawsuit filed by former Niger Delta militant leader, King Ateke Tom against eight chieftains of the All Progressives Congress for administrative reasons.

 

The case initiated by the Amayanabo ot Okochiri Kingdom was slated for ruling on all pending motion today, but Justice Green informed the parties about her transfer to another jurisdiction, which also required the transfer of the matter to another judge.

 

Following the development; Justice Green adjourned the case to the 25th September for mention when a new judge takes over the matter. 

 

Speaking with newsmen outside the court, counsel for claimant, Chief John Kalipa, said in spite of the delay caused by the administrative changes, his client would be patient.

 

Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports heavy presence of armed security personnel at the court complex in Port Harcourt earlier today.

 

 

As usual, the group of traditional rulers and young people loyal to King Ateke Tom were also seen at the court in a show of solidarity.

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 Former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, has been discharged and acquitted of corruption charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

Bafarawa and four others were first arraigned in 2009 before the Sokoto State High Court on a twenty-two count charge of conspiracy, criminal misappropriation, theft and receiving of stolen funds.

 

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, and were yesterday discharged and acquitted of the charges by Justice Bello Abbas.

 

However; the EFCC has frowned at the ruling, which it described as shocking and unacceptable, and promised to appeal against it.

 

In another development; former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has failed in his bid to quash the three point two billion naira corruption charges against him.

 

Orji Kalu alongside his former Commissioner for Finance and Account, Jones Udeogu, and a company, Slok Nigeria Limited, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on an amended thirty-nine-count charge bordering on money laundering.

 

Kalu had entered a no-case submission in the matter the EFCC filed against him before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, but Justice Muhammed Idris struck out the motion in his ruling.

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Details are merging on the circumstances surrounding the defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

 

Senator Saraki said to leave the APC was not a decision that he made lightly, stressing that he had waited for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

 

In a lengthy statement detailing his reasons for leaving, Senator Saraki mentioned that certain elements and forces within the APC had ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist within the party.

 

Saraki recalled that when he joined other politicians in 2014 to leave the PDP for the newly formed APC at the time, it was in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; which the PDP then had deviated from.

 

But looking back four years after, the Kwara State-born politician said it was now evident that the PDP had learnt more from its defeat in the 2015 elections than the APC appeared to have learnt from its victory.

 

Senator Saraki said while presiding over the Senate as President and Chairman of the National Assembly, he had ensured that the tension between the arms of government did not escalate in such a way as to encumber Executive function or undermine the independence of the legislature.

 

Senator Saraki defected to the PDP with some of his allies, including the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

 

However; the fate of the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Bolaji Abdulahi, who was also purported to have joined Senator Saraki to defect to PDP, remains unclear.

 

Reports’ emerging indicates that the National Working Committee of the APC was considering the expulsion of Senator Bukola Saraki before the Senate President announced his defection to PDP yesterday.

 

Part of steps already taken by the APC’s NWC to prepare the ground for Senator Saraki’s expulsion was the dissolution of the Kwara State Executive Committee of the party.

 

It was also gathered that the Senate President had been served a query yesterday over alleged anti-party activities, of which he was required to respond to within forty-eight hours.

 

According to report citing a resolution signed by the National Secretary of APC, Mai Maila Buni, Saraki was alleged to have breached Article Twenty-One of the APC Constitution and required to explain why disciplinary action should not to be taken against him.

 

The accusations against Senator Saraki include the delayed screening of nominees for appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari and allegedly sponsoring a public rally where his supporters urged him to decamp to PDP.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

 

President Buhari was elected as he joined other African leaders in Togo for the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional bloc.

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the development in some post he made on his Facebook page, including pictures of President Buhari in the company of other heads of government in attendance at the summit.

 

President Buhari is also seen on one of the pictures exchanging compliments with the newly appointed President of ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude-Kassi Brou and the also newly sworn-in Judge of ECOWAS Court Justice, Dupe Atoki.

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