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A F.C.T High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) during his re-arraignment on allegation of $2.1bn arms fund diversion. The former security chief was docked on 32 counts amended charges along with Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital.

The four defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the 32-count charge.  Apart from the dropping of former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of the NSA, Salisu Shuaib from the amended charge list, the charges were almost the same with the old 18 count charges brought against the defendants by the federal government in 2015.

Shortly after taking the plea of the defendants, the issue of bail was raised and Counsel to Dasuki, Adeola Adedekpe, pleaded with the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal terms in view of the fact that the defendants have been attending trial since 2015.

Counsel to the federal government, Oluwaleke Atolagbe did not oppose the bail application.

The trial Judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, however, ordered that Dasuki and other defendants be allowed to continue to enjoy the bail he granted them in 2015 when they were first arraigned before his court.

It will be recalled that, although other defendants were allowed to enjoy the earlier bail, Col. Dasuki, was however, re-arrested in 2015 at the Kuje Prison shortly after perfecting his bail conditions and has since been kept in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Meanwhile, Justice Baba Yusuf has fixed July 3 and 5 for the trial of the defendants in the new charges.

The federal government had on April 30, filled the new 32 amended count charges to replace the initial 18 count charges brought against 5 defendants in 2015 before the same court.

Among top Nigerians alleged by the federal government to have collected money from the former NSA are the current National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, former Chairman Board of Trustee PDP, Chief Tony Anenih; former PDP Spokesperson, Chief Olisa Metuh; Publisher of Thisday, Nduka Obaigbena, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Chairman AIT Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Mouftah Baba-Ahmed, Bello Abba Mohammed, Dr. Bello Mohammed, AVM M. N Umar, Otunba Jonah Ogunniyi among others.

Apart from individuals, corporate organizations were also named as beneficiaries in the new charges and they include AMP Solar Service, Afro-Arab Investment, Bam Project and Projecties Limited, Bob Oshodin Organization Limited, WEHSAC Farms Limited, Wehsac Limited, Dimaris Mode Coolture Limited, First ARALAC Global Limited, Stellavera Development Limited, Jawaz Multi-purpose Venture Limited, Little Italy Global Services Limited, Belsha Nigeria Ltd and Syvan McNamara Limited among others.

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Zenith Bank Christmas Lights Set To Switch On This Saturday

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You know #Christmas is here when the Zenith Bank lights come on!

Don’t miss this year’s ‘switch on’; happening on the 17th of November, 2018 at 6pm.

Who else is #excited?

 

 

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Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: Young Strikers On The Rampage, As LG Stage Draws To A Close

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Youthful strikers competing at the ongoing Principals’ Cup competition for Secondary Schools in Delta State are making headlines with their beautiful displays.

The competition sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc is still at the stage whereby schools are jostling to pick the sole ticket to represent each of the 25 Local Governments in the state.

It was three years ago that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration of Delta State revived the tournament which was in limbo for over 25 years in a partnership with Zenith Bank.

The results so far in the Local Governments indicate that more goals are being scored in the current edition of the annual tournament. In the Aniocha South LG match between Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogwa and St Anthony Secondary School, George Favour was on the rampage with four goals in the 4-1 victory recorded by the Ogwa team.

While fans of the game were still expressing delight about the feat achieved by Favour, Lucky Obiego also achieved similar feat in the final match of the Oshimili North LG decided only yesterday.

Lucky scored three goals within 15 minutes for Thomas Ibusa Secondary school in their 5-0 thrashing of Ugbolu Secondary School. He registered the 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals for his team in the 25th, 26th and 40th minutes respectively.

His feat was enough to earn his school a place in the zonal stage of the competition which is scheduled for January. It will be recalled that the highest scorers in the past two editions of the tournament were rewarded handsomely during the closing ceremony of the event.

Eyiyemi Stanley also recorded a brace for Beach Secondary School in their 3-1 win over Christ The Saviour International School.

Meanwhile, many of the LGs have fixed their final dates to conform totally with the schedule of the organizers.

For example, Ughelli South LG and Isoko North LG are expected to stage their finals on November 15 (Thursday) respectively.

The ongoing LG stage of the competition ends next week.

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Gov. Ahmed Raises Alarm On By-Election

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The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has raised the alarm over the influx of suspected political thugs into the state as the by-election for Ekiti, Irepodun and Isin Federal Constituency approaches.

Ahmed, who declared that the state is under siege, said this on Tuesday when he received Concerned Kwara South Youth at the Government House, Ilorin.

The Governor expressed fear over the redeployment of Divisional Police Officers in Kwara South Senatorial District by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleging that the IGP’s actions at this critical period called for serious concern.

Ahmed further explained that ordinarily government should have been excited with the police action of restrategizing to ensure free, fair and credible election, but past experiences have shown that the police was not sincere and faithful with the move.

According to him: “Past experiences in both Ekiti and Osun States had proven that the police force is trying to support the opposition to manipulate the by-election.

“Credible information reaching us proves that the police are conniving with the opposition to cause mayhem and intimidate our people and get them disfranchised in the by-election.”

The Governor warned against threatening of the country’s democracy with the actions of the IGP and appealed to the Presidency to call Idris to order.

Speaking earlier, leader of the protesting youths, Comrade Felix Alaba, threw their weight behind the Governor and praised him for the developmental projects across the state.

Alaba also expressed concerns over the influx of strangers into Kwara South Senatorial District as the by-election is fast approaching, explaining that the rate at which strangers are arriving their communities calls for concern.

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