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VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Monday discharged and acquitted  two lovers, Kenneth George and Evelyn Okechukwu, after being detained for six years for alleged robbery.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Isaac Akintayo, said the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the lovers actually involved in any robbery case.

NDU BARTH, Port Harcourt

Two men suspected to be the kidnappers of  Osiya Agama, the sister of Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani  Alison- Madueke,  have been apprehended by the Rivers State Police Command.
The suspects, Benjamin Bob Manuel  and Whokows Ekine, were said to have been arrested on Sunday, around Nembe waterfront in Port Harcourt at about 7:20 pm.  One locally-made pistol and their operation vehicle, Toyota Highlander, were also recovered.

AKOR SYLVESTER, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has won a landmark judgment securing an 11 years imprisonment against a middle-aged man who specializes in counterfeiting various alcoholic drinks.
The judgment was delivered by the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt Division, Justice R.M. Aikawa, who sentenced the accused person, Sunday Okeke, on a four-count charge of violating Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome processed Food Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI,Abuja

Senate yesterday summoned the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minnimah to give account on current security situation in the North East geo-political zone which has been under insurgency for several months.
The Deputy Governor of Borno state, Zanna Mustapha, had said in Yola last week that going by the ease with which Boko Haram was capturing territories in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the three North-Eastern states would soon be history.

MALACHY UZENDU,
Deputy Editor, Abuja

FORMER national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bamanga Tukur yesterday called for “restraint and caution” on the issue of insurgency and militancy in the country so as to ensure its total elimination.
Tukur expressed regrets at the killing of people and wanton destruction of public property associated with the current rate of insurgency, especially in the north east.
The Ambassador-at-large also promised to use all available means and contacts within his reach to ensure that government efforts aimed at wiping out insurgency and terrorism in the country yielded positive results.

MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja

Following a failed attempt to oust him as Speaker of the Ebony State House of Assembly on July 21st, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku has stated that his is still in charge of the State’s legislative body, despite attempts by State governments sponsored politicians and thugs to remove him at all cost.
The embattled Speaker who was purported to have had an agreement with the Governor, Martin Elechi not to run for any higher office in the 2015 polls stated this at a press conference held by eleven members of the Assembly including himself in Abuja to re-iterate their support for a united and independent Legislature.

VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti

The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. AdewaleOmirin, has raised the alarm over the alleged freezing of the Assembly’s accounts by Governor AyodeleFayose.
A statement by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media, WoleOlujobi, said the latest allegation of demanding N135 million for the screening of Governor AyodeleFayose’s commissioner-nominees was a propaganda taken too far and went against the grains of decency in a fledgling democracy.

EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin

THE leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday in Benin faulted the proposed plan by the federal government to set up a special force to fight the dreaded Islamic group, Boko Haram which has been terrorising north east of Nigeria just as they termed the President a ‘liar’.
Chief AuduOgbe, who spoke during a rally to mark the seven years anniversary of Governor Adams of Edo in Benin said it is unfortunate that the PDP led federal government would degrade to such levels.

MALACHY UZENDY, Deputy Editor, Abuja

PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday boasted that toda’ declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election is an immeasurable boost on the collective aspiration of millions of members of the party.
The parry also stated that “the champion, the best of them all is on the stage”, inviting the opposition to a free, fair and non-violent contest.

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