Kashamu Loses Bid To Stop Extradition

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused the application by Senator Buruji Kashamu, seeking an order to restrain the Department of State Services from extraditing him to the US to face drug charges.

The vacation Judge, Justice Okon Abang, refused the application on Tuesday after Counsel to Kashamu, Mr Godswill Mrakpo, argued the application in favour of his client.

Abang granted only one prayer of the three sought by the applicant, an order to serve the third respondent outside jurisdiction of the court.

The judge directed the applicant filed and serve all the respondents with the motion on notice

They are the Director-General of DSS, Inspector-General of Police and Mr Oladipupo Adebutu.

“ It is my view that the court should give the respondents opportunity to show cause why restraining order should not be granted against them.

“ The court shall give them time to respond, I want to hear from the respondents,’’ he said.

Abang also refused another prayer seeking to serve the respondents through a substituted means.

According to him, the applicant did not placed any material before the court to show he made any effort to serve the respondents which did not yielded any result.

He, therefore, struck out the first and second reliefs sought by the applicant.

NAN also reports that the Senator was asking the court to an order of perpetual injunction restraining all the respondents and their agents from arresting and detaining him.

Abang adjourned hearing in the suit till Sept. 8 to enable the applicant to serve all the respondents with motion on notice.

The extradition of Kashamu has been a protracted legal issue since last year, when the senator made efforts to secure a perpetual injunction against the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

In February, the Senate intervened to get the assurances of the NDLEA that the Ogun East Senator would not be extradited, without due process in the court.

This followed the petition by  Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, claiming that NDLEA operatives had perfected strategies to forcefully take him to the US in order to answer alleged drug related charges.

“The Senate, AGF, NDLEA have unanimously agreed to stop further harassment, intimidation, abduction and extradition of Kashamu until the conclusion of the matter at the law court.

“We had also agreed that the rules of law and due process must be followed in the case,” Senator Samuel Anyanwu said.

Kashamu  is wanted in the US state of Illinois over drug offences.

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Don’t Misinform Electorates In Ondo State -Abraham Cautions Akeredolu

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The controversial anointed gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Hon. Segun Abraham, has admonished his counterpart in the party primary election, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to be cautious of whatever he says on media, saying if care is not taken the chances of the party winning the general election in the state may be narrowed.

Abraham made this known to newsmen who accosted him in Abuja on Tuesday before the commencement of the meeting between the national leadership of the party and all the APC governorship aspirants in Ondo State.

It will be recalled that Chief Akeredolu was on Adaba FM, Akure last week Wednesday where he accused the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of having plans aimed at looting the treasury of the state under Segun Abraham if eventually emerged as Ondo State governor by November 26.

Responding to what Hon. Abraham described as “excessive expression of anger and aggressions”, he franked at the way his name was in the news over allegation of imposition and treasury looting; adding that such utterances coming from a so-called Senior Advocate connotes extreme of desperation to attain governorship position.

“Human being can never be predicted; not even in political settings now. You can imagine when a SAN vituperates like a new wig who was just called to Bar all in the name of politics and power!

“Akeredolu is not new in this race and I want to believe he could still recollect how his emergence as standard bearer of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2012 was orchestrated and influenced by this same set of people who tagged looters today. He should even remember that I stepped down for him then to emerge.

“If favour was by his side in 2012 and he contested but couldn’t lead his party to electoral victory either due to candidature error or error due to political parallax, and now the favour seems to favour another credible candidate, as a statesman and a peaceful man indeed, he was not expected to complain or be annoyed.

“He supposed to have weighed the gravity of what he said on Adaba FM before pouring out aggression on air; calling Asiwaju all sorts of unprintable names as if the man he was accusing had never favoured him for once. That was neither politics nor politicking in any sense. It was absurdity of the highest order.

“Today is not to join the defence team of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu because I know he has defended himself beyond a reasonable doubt. But I will like to caution my colleague in the race to stop casting aspersions on the integrity of the leaders. APC needs Ondo State and the only way to have it is to win the November 26 guber poll,” Abraham said.

He later urged the good people of Ondo State to remain steadfast in supporting APC, saying all the crisis rocking the party in the state shall soon become a thing of the past. He solicited the supports of the delegates who will participate in the party’s primary slated for September 3, and promised everyone adequate security of lives and properties before, during and after the exercise.

Herdsmen Found With Arms In Ekiti Shall Be Convicted -Fayose Declares

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Eki­ti State has sent a strong message to marauding Fulani herdsmen that any of them caught with firearms while grazing in the state will be treated as a ter­rorist.

Governor Fayose spoke on Monday at the Govern­ment House, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, when he signed the “Ekiti State Grazing Con­trol Bill” into a Law.

He said that any herds­man caught grazing with arms or any weapon in Eki­ti will be charged with terror­ism and prosecuted accord­ingly.

The Ekiti State House of Assembly recently passed the

bill, which prescribes a pris­on term of six months, with­out an option of fine, for of­fenders.

The new law prohibits cat­tle grazing on the streets of Ekiti cities and communities.

Before Fayose signed the bill into law, it was read to all the traditional rulers drawn from the state’s 16 local gov­ernment areas, by the Ekiti House of Assembly Speak­er, Rt Hon. Kolawole Olu­wawole.

The chiefs were invited by the Governor to the ceremo­ny held at the Osuntokun Hall of the Government House.

Oluwawole said the state government was working with local government offi­cials to apportion land for grazing in their domain.

On the highlights of the law, Oluwawole said that “grazing activities must be from 7am to 6pm daily. The government shall allot certain portion of land to each local government area for grazing.

“Anyone caught grazing on portions of land or any farmland not allotted by the government shall be appre­hended and made to face the law.

“Any herdsman caught with firearms and any weap­on whatsoever during graz­ing shall be charged with terrorism. Any cattle con­fiscated shall be taken to the government cattle ranch at Er­ifun in Iworoko community.

“Any farm product de­stroyed by the activities of any herdsman shall be estimated by agricultural officers and the expenses of the estimate shall be borne by the culprit. Any herdsman who violates any of these rules shall be impris­oned for six months without an option of fine”.

Thereafter, Fayose signed the bill into law before the tra­ditional rulers, explaining that the meeting with them was due to the important role they play on security issues, the de­velopment of the state, the an­ti-grazing law, among others.

Fayose said that he rec­ognised the need for his gov­ernment to work with the monarchs to give valuable information on activities of those who plunder state re­sources such as trees, farm­lands and others.

On the anti-grazing law, Fayose said: “My government took the bill to the House af­ter what happened in Oke-Ako a few months ago. The House has passed the bill and I have to assent to it; it becomes a law from today (Monday) that if you do any­thing to the contrary you will be punished by the law. Any herdsman caught with firearms or any weapon while grazing in Ekiti will now be charged with terrorism.

“I solicit your support to help this government succeed. This is not about party politics and Ekiti should be our pri­mary concern. I’ll continue to call you for this kind of meet­ing every three months to give accounts of governance.

“We want to involve stake­holders in the preparation of the budget, a bottom-up ap­proach; we want to maintain the lead of being ranked first as performing best in budg­et implementation as we did last year.”

The governor also received questions and contributions from the chiefs.

Fayose Signs Bill As State Govt Forbids Herdsmen Carrying Arms In Ekiti

Fayose Signs Bill As State Govt Forbids Herdsmen Carrying Arms In Ekiti

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Gov. Fayose just signed the Ekiti State Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into  law in the presence of over 3,000 Traditional Chiefs in Ekiti.

Under the law, herdsmen are forbidden from carrying arms and movement of cows and other animals from one location to another is prohibited.

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The law prescribes six months imprisonment without option of fine for any herdsman who violates the grazing prohibition while any herdsman found with arms will be charged with terrorism.

Ondo APC Secretariat Turned Shrine Ahead Party Primary

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Controversy rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has taken another dimension completely as aggrieved members who sacked Mr. Isaac Kekemeke as the state party chairman, have turned the party Secretariat along Oyemekun road Akure, the state capital, to Ogun (god of iron) shrine with symbols of palm fronts and the likes tied across the length and breadth of the sealed Secretariat.

It was gathered that the aggrieved party members have made up their minds to keep the Secretariat under lock and key until the wish and decision of the majority in the party is allowed to stay.

The latest look of the Secretariat caught attention of the passersby early hour of today as the god of iron was well placed in front of the locked gate of the party Secretariat.

Speaking with one of the onlookers who refused to mention his name to our correspondent, he said, “Ondo APC can no longer trust Kekemeke. He has betrayed us already and we are ready to this protest to any length to seek redress. He cannot come back here as the party chairman.

“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is our leader but there is a limit to how far he can poke nose to the affairs of the party here in Ondo State. Enough of imposition every time. Why must Kekemeke remain in power after he had sold us to slavery? Why? This is just a tip of an iceberg compared to what we have in stock to display as long as this protest continues.

“If the national body of the party truly want APC to take over the affairs of the state by November 26, then it is high time the needful which is listening to the voice and yearnings of the majority is respected.”

Fayose Lauds Ekiti Rep, Adekola On Community Development Programmes

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has lauded the Ekiti Southwest/Ikere/Ise/Orun Federal Constituency Representative at the green chamber, Abuja, Hon. Segun Adekola, on the timely developmental projects so far embarked upon in his constituency to collaborate the efforts of the state government.

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Gov. Fayose, who expressed satisfaction on the leadership style of the Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, while commissioning water project in Igbara Odo-Ekiti on Sunday, has directed the managing director of the State Water Corporation, Mrs. Bosede Ojo to fix the damaged pipes that supply water in the town and its environs before the end of the week to ensure free flow of potable water.

He said his administration had decided to tackle water challenge in the state in line with his approach to issues concerning the critical sectors of Ekiti State’s economy in terms of ensuring standard infrastructure.

The governor maintained that his vision was to ensure that the impact of good governance was felt by every citizen, communities and villages in the state, emphasising that every necessary infrastructure meant to serve the people of the state must be fixed.

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He further applauded the loyalty and faithfulness of Hon. Adekola who hailed from the community for his collaborative efforts in the state, and for delivering in his electioneering promises as a good representative.

He also thanked the people of Igbara Odo-Ekiti for the support they have been given him and his government, promising to address other challenges facing the town, particularly electricity.

Tinubu Describes Aketi’s Anger As Public Rant Of An Ingrate •Says He Can’t Influence His Emergence Twice

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The national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had debunked the rumour making round by one of the prominent APC governorship aspirants in Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Aketi), that Hon. Segun Abraham had been penciled down as the anointed candidate of the party for the November 26 gubernatorial election in the state.

Tinubu, who responded to Aketi’s media claim that he (Tinubu) was already having plans in the pipeline to loot the state treasury after installing Abraham as the state governor, said the claim was not only untrue but immaterial for the situation at hand.

“It amazes when I read in the news that Akeredolu said I wanted to siphon Ondo State treasury through the imposition of Abraham as the party’s standard bearer. Definitely the same Akeredolu must have agreed to the same plan with me in 2012 when his emergence as party candidate was influenced above other aspirants.

“For as many Nigerians that care to listen to the truth, I will tell. Our party cannot field Akeredolu twice. I can’t again influence his emergence the way it was done in 2012; not even now that he relies solely on god-fatherism against the unanimous wish and decisions of our great party.

“We are not unaware that his media vituperations were paid for and orchestrated by the duo of the former governors of Lagos and Rivers States, Raji Fashola and Rotimi Amaechi, the present ministers of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“Akeredolu can claim he was not imposed, yes, we never imposed him on other aspirants in 2012. His emergence was only influenced and that was why he could make it as the standard bearer of the party, not that he was extraordinary or have the financial strength to wrestle with other aspirants,” Asiwaju explained.

He further called on Ondo State residents to beware of desperate leader who wants to be governor by all means including selling off the natural resources in the state to earn political backing of his godfathers.

“I can only describe Akeredolu’s claim on Adaba FM as “public ranting of an ingrate” who believes so much in himself than others, and who thinks personal interest with supports of external forces can and should supersede that of the party,” Tinubu maintained position on Aketi.