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The Federal High Court in Lagos has granted the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, bail in the sum of N50 million.

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A Virginia man Patricio Salazar has been beaten to death after he tried to intervene to stop a sexual assault on a lady.

According to the Arlington County Police, the 54-year-old Salazar died at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, U.S., Thursday night after he was allegedly attacked by 27-year-old Michael Nash.

Investigators said Nash was walking with a woman he knew when he started to physically and sexually assault her.

Salazar witnessed the assault and tried to help the victim, only to be beaten by Nash, according to police.

A second witness, 27-year-old Brad Flood, told WUSA-TV he went to the scene after he heard the woman screaming.

“I saw a girl, unclothed, sitting there curled up in a ball. And she was the one screaming.

“He was like, ‘Don’t call the cops; you call the cops, I will end your world.

“He came enough into the light that I could see a bunch of blood on his fists,” said Flood, who added that Nash confronted and threatened him.

Soon after, Flood said he saw Salazar laying on the ground.

“There was a lot of blood; a lot of blood on his face, his head.

“I asked if he was OK, he said he was in a lot of pain. He said his back and his head hurt,” Flood added.

Arlington police said Salazar was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital.

“I was able to reiterate to him multiple times that he’s a hero. So, at least he heard that multiple times,” Flood told WUSA

Investigators said Nash took off from the scene of the assault and tried to steal a cell phone from two people, but they resisted, and he ran away.

He eventually stole a cell phone from another woman, police added.

Nash was arrested without incident later that evening and charged with abduction with the intent to defile, forcible sodomy and animate object sexual penetration.

Additional charges are pending.

A GoFundMe page created by Flood to raise money for Salazar’s family had raised nearly $5,700 of its $10,000 goal as of Monday night.

Flood wrote that if Salazar’s family declines the money, he will donate it to the victim or a charity that supports sexual assault victims.

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki  says  the National Assembly will continue to mount  necessary  pressure to get  presidential assent on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

Saraki spoke at a dinner as part of activities at the ongoing 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dinner which ended late in the night, was attended by trade experts, industrialists, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operators and financial experts among other dignitaries.

According to Saraki, the resolve by the legislature to mount pressure to ensure the bill gets presidential assent has become necessary, given its importance to development of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had withheld assent on the PIGB following its passage by the National Assembly.

The President had also communicated its decline of assent to the PIGB 2018, citing constitutional and legal reasons in the bill.

The Senate president said that it was unfortunate that the bill had not been assented to, adding “we took it as a responsibility to drive that bill to a level it has never been in a decade’’.

“That bill, a lot of people when we started said we cannot do it, but we demonstrated we have the political will and the commitment to do it.

“We passed the governance bill and it went to the executive.

“What I expected considering the kind of work that was done was for us both arms to seat down, because the issues that were raised are not issues that are not surmountable.

“Unfortunately, after so many months, the bill has come back with query that can easily be trashed out in a day session.

“Those in the petroleum sector will agree with me that they have never seen the engagement we saw in the governance bill.

“Secondly, we had the fiscal bill and we have taken it to the point that has never been archived, but I believe a lot of the operators will want to ask what will happen to the fiscal bill if the governance bill was not assented to.

“Our intention is to go back to the executive and seat down with them in the interest of Nigeria.

“This is a very good bill as most operators and the technical people in the sector commended it.’’

He said the observation made on the bill was not enough reasons to stop its assent because of the huge positive impact it would make in investments in the sector.

“Because as you know, there is no serious investment going in the oil and gas sector because people are not sure of what to expect.’’

On cost of governance, Saraki said it was huge but added that there were some wastage that could be reduced.

The Senate president said the fight against corruption must be transparent, and credible, adding that effort should also be made to prevent it.

“For example, the main area where we produce our major revenue is mainly in the oil and gas sector.

“But when you look at corruption cases, I am not sure you will find many of the cases in that sector, the fight is so selective.

“But if it is transparent, you should start from where you are producing your large source of revenue.

“Because if you can tackle corruption in the sector, there will be less leakages down the line.

“For example today, we are back to spending close to 3.6 billion dollars petroleum subsidy, so apart from the national assembly, which anti-corruption agency is looking at that?

“The point I am making is that there should be a transparent process and approach in fighting corruption.

“If we can make the petroleum sector most efficient which accounts for large revenue, government will be more efficient.

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A 72-year-old man Dharampal Singh, has died in India after a group of monkeys threw bricks at him from a tree. Singh had been collecting pieces of dry wood before the incident in Tikri, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday.

 

Police said monkeys rained bricks on the man from a treetop after collecting them from a nearby dilapidated building, the Times of India reported.

 

The elderly man later died in hospital from sustained head and chest injuries. Villagers have repeatedly complained about aggressive monkeys in the area, but the animals are a protected species.

 

Mr Singh’s family are said to have put in a formal complaint about the incident to police. The victim’s brother reportedly told the newspaper: “Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday.” He said they will now meet senior officials and request them to initiate action in this regard.

 

 

 

NAN

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The presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has described the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar as a throwback to Nigeria’s past.

In an interview with journalists in Lagos, Olawepo said Atiku would take Nigeria backwards if elected.

Some excerpts of the interview:

By all standards the Waziri of Adamawa is qualified to be the President of Nigeria, having been Vice President before. But, the 2019 election is a different election. I think Vice President Atiku missed his chance of being president in 2007 and talking about in 2019 is like talking about the future of Nigeria and at the same time racing and reasoning backwards. I think the choice before Nigerians is between Nigeria and the whole Nigerians.


A better Nigeria and the Nigeria that people like Atiku created before and most electorates from the polling that we have seen already are not talking about the maps that are been called up by some newspapers, I mean the polling's by those who have PVCs and want to vote. Eighty per cent of Nigerians want to see a new direction. They don’t want to go backward and Vice President Atiku Abukakar is a man of yesterday.

What competitive edge do you have over him going into this election?

Number one, I will be able to unite the country. I will be able to build a strong economy, given my experience and I’m that candidate that majority of voters, particularly first time voters and who are very significant, almost about 15 million of them who are not supporters of APC or PDP and then my friends in PDP and APC, who have made up their mind that when it comes to presidential election we will vote Gbenga. That’s an edge I have going for me I believe, no other candidate in this election has that.

I think the ANN as a party is not all that my political structure is all about. The Olawepo-Hashim Organisation, which is our political platform is presently in 36 states of the federation is bigger than the ANN. ANN comprises of the fathers of ANN and some of my supporters who agreed to migrate to that party, but the GHO is made up of my supporters and friends who are in APC, PDP, SDP, PT and ANN and it all these forces that we are going to be galvanizing for the next election and we have always known that we will come to this point when we started this campaign, 2019 elections is going to be a different election, you will find some states when it comes to presidency they will vote candidate A and party A, when it comes to governorship they will vote for party B so the results of the presidential election is not going to be measured by the strengths of the parties as they are established right now and because it’s not automatic that because someone’s in APC he will vote Buhari. We did an opinion polls 6 months ago, a survey of people who actually have PVCs. In Lagos for instance, Buhari scored 5 per cent, Atiku scored 3 per cent. majority of the people who are both APC and PDP said they are waiting for a new candidate.

The 2019 elections is a unique election, it’s not going to be that simple and this is not just a Nigerian trend, it’s a worldwide trend. In the last elections in the United States we saw that a lot of democratic supporters, the men for instance migrated and voted for trump even though they were in a Democratic Party and that’s the trend.

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, have commiserated with Nigerians over the death of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi.


Atiku, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party )PDP) in the 2019 election, said the death has robbed Nigeria and the judiciary of one of the best legal minds whose contribution to democracy could not be easily forgotten.

A statement in Abuja on Sunday by Mr. Paul Ibe, Media Adviser to Atiku Abubakar, said that Kutigi was a great Justice, who avoided controversy throughout his judicial career.


He said that late Kutigi was committed to law, justice and democracy and would be remembered for years to come after his death.

Atiku recalled that, as chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Kutigi demonstrated admirable wisdom and remarkable leadership in handling such delicate national assignment.

“By successfully chairing such gathering of Nigerians from diverse backgrounds”, Atiku said, Kutigi “showed a great capacity for leadership and broadminded disposition”.

The Waziri Adamawa prayed to Allah to bless and forgive the soul of the late Chief Justice of Nigeria and wished his family the strength to overcome this moment of great loss.

In his own message, Idris commiserated with people of Kutigi, Niger and Nigerians and Kutigi as humble and a complete gentleman.

IGP Idris said he was deeply touched when he received the news that Kutigi had passed on.

“His death is a huge loss not only to Kutigi people, Bida Emirate, but also to Niger state and the nation as a whole,” Idris said.

According to him Late Legbo-Kutigi was an elder statesman, an exemplary leader and a bridge builder who has contributed immensely to the peace and development of the country.

He joined the government and people of Niger, the Nigeria Bar Association and the National Judicial Council in mourning the erudite jurist.

The police chief noted that the deceased contributed immensely to the structuring of Nigeria’s jurisprudence.


He urged that his exemplary leadership in promoting peace, unity and progress in Nigeria should be remembered as his legacy to making Nigeria a better place to live.

“Even after his tenure as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, he continued with all his good attributes of ensuring justice, peace, unity and progress of not only the state but the country at large.”

Late Kutigi, born in December 1939, died on Sunday in London during a brief illness.

Late Kutigi was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from Jan. 30, 2007 until Dec. 30 2009.

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Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, 79, is reported to have died in a London hospital.

The Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Danjuma Sallau, confirmed on Sunday.

Late Kutigi was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from January 30, 2007 until 30 December 2009.

Kutigi graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University (both in Zaria, Kaduna State.) and also went to England, where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Gibson and Weldon, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos.

He was the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a high court judge in 1976.

He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and served for ten years before President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of Chief Justice to succeed the Salihu Alfa Belgore.

The news of the death of Kutigi has already hit the social media, especially the twitter.
Usman nagenu @Usmannagenu tweeted on Sunday: “Innallillahi wa inna ilayhi Raji’un. The death has been announced of Justice Idris Kutigi in a London Hospital a short while ago. May Allah in his infinite mercies forgive his sins and reward his good deeds with Aljannatul fir daus Aameen.’’

Aliyu Doma II @Aliyy_D said: “Allahu Akbar! A life well lived.

“May your soul rest in Jannatul Firdaus, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi.
Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un !!!’’

Shehu Liman Abdullahi ‏ @OgbeniShehu said: `I am getting news that former Chief Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi had passed away. May his soul rest in peace.’’

Details later …


(NAN)

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President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, expressed sadness over the death of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, and described him as a honorable jurist who spent his life in the service of his country and humanity.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, stated that the death of the jurist was a colossal loss, particularly coming at a time when his experience, dedication and knowledge were required in the service of the country.

He stated that the late Justice Kutigi would be remembered for his high sense of integrity, incisive judgements, reform-mindedness and immense contributions to national development.

“It saddens me that we have lost a vivacious, humane and tireless jurist who, even in retirement, was called upon by former President Goodluck Jonathan to chair the Sovereign National Conference in 2014. We shall all miss him,” Saraki stated.

The President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and urged them to be consoled by the praise-worthy lifestyle of the departed statesman.

He also condoled with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Nigerian Judiciary, the people and government of Niger State over the irreplaceable loss.

He prayed God to grant the soul of the former CJN a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his family and loved ones the grace to bear the loss.

End

Signed:

Yusuph Olaniyonu

Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, to the President of the Senate

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Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday night attacked Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the insurgents attacked the communities at about 8:30 pm; killed one person, set houses ablaze and carted away with food items.


The attack came barely 12 hours after the insurgents killed more than 10 farmers and abducted others at Kuwa-Yangeya village on Maiduguri-Damboa Road on Saturday.

An eyewitness, Goni Umar, said the insurgents attacked the communities on gun trucks and motorcycles.

Umar said the insurgents carted away food items from shops and houses before setting them ablaze.

He added that the villagers fled into the bush while some others ran to Maiduguri, adding that: “one person was killed by a stray bullet while trying to escape”.

“On our way to Maiduguri, we saw troops and police heading to the villages”.

Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, confirmed the attack.

In a Short Service Message (SMS) to NAN, Biu said that troops had successfully repelled the attack, adding that the insurgents fled into the bush.

“Troops have been deployed since 8:45 pm and they are still combing the area in order to apprehend the culprits,” he said.


(NAN)

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China will open the world’s longest sea bridge to traffic from 24 October. The 55-kilometer-long bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao took six years of preparations and eight years to build.

Construction began on 15 December 2009 and is expected to slash travel time from Hong Kong to mainland China from three hours to 30 minutes.

Major work on the bridge consisted of a 22.9-kilometer-long main bridge, a 6.7-kilometer-long tunnel and an artificial island off the bridge, which is considered the most technically demanding part of the whole construction.

Engineers and constructors have tested the coordination of the bridge’s various systems and equipment and the lighting fitted, according to Zhang Jinwen, project director with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Authority.

In the past 14 years, the regional economy and transport network have undergone tremendous changes, leading authorities to re-assess the utilization rate of the bridge, said Su Yi, assistant to the chief of the HZMB Authority.

But Su dismissed worries that the bridge would not have enough traffic, saying, “we have full confidence for the future.”

“We have a whole toolbox of policies at our disposal,” Su said. “It is like playing cards. We can adjust our moves accordingly.”

The bridge will slash travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes, further integrating cities in the Pearl River Delta.

The bridge recently withstood Super typhoon Mangkhut which caused much damage in Hong Kong and mainland China.


(NAN)

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