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Drama As Atiku’s 57th Witness Weeps At Election Tribunal

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A mild drama played out, on Wednesday, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal when one of the witnesses called by the People’s Democratic Party and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, broke down in tears.

The witness, Mohammed Yahaya, who was the 57th to be called at the tribunal said he served as the PDP agent for Aboto Ward in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State during the February 23 election.

Before the emotional incident, he had told the tribunal in his evidence-in-chief how two persons were shot by thugs of the All Progressives Congress who stormed a polling unit in his ward on the day of the election.

According to his testimony, the two victims were rushed to the hospital, but one of them died much later.

Yahaya further narrated how he witnessed violence in the polling units where he voted and the others he visited during the election but could not tell of the situation in the ones he did not visit.

“I ran away for my dear life. Where I did not visit, our agents told me they ran away for their dear lives,” he said.

The witness, who said he was fondly called “Honourable” by his mother whom he said had pampered him before her death, insisted that Aboto Ward had always been the stronghold of the PDP.

He said the PDP would have won in the ward had there been no violence in the ward.

Yayaha stated: “It was House of Assembly election and they are challenging it in court.”

But while under cross-examination by President Muhammadu Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Yayaha shed tears and refused to be consoled.

Tears rolled out from his eyes when Olanikpekun stated that lives of people were being toyed with over politics.

He broke down in tears when Olanipekun repeated the question to extract a more satisfactory answer.

“You people are just playing politics with peoples’ lives. People died,” he said.

It took about five minutes for the head of the five-man panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, to pacify him.

However, reacting to the development, Olanipekun said: “We are used to people like him. My question had nothing to do with death.”

Under cross-examination by All Progressives Congress’ lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness confirmed that the APC won in 2015 elections in the ward.

(The Sun)

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Ambode’s Thugs Attacked Our Officers, We Had Valid Warrant To Search His Ikoyi, Epe Residence — EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claimed its operatives were attacked by thugs loyal to former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday.

The EFCC had gone to execute a search warrant on Ambode’s residence in his hometown, Epe.

Wilson Uwujaren, the agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the commission “had obtained a valid warrant to conduct a search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of an ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance.”

According to him, the operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe, by “irate youths” who injured three officers and damaged the EFCC official vehicle.

“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody.

“The Commission, therefore, frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor.

“It is also not true that the search was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor,” he added.

The agency had earlier denied carrying out a raid on Ambode’s residence, insisting that its operatives were on a legitimate duty.

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Kidnappers Collect N3.5m, 10 Tubers Of Yam, 30 Litres Of Palm Oil, Carton Of Schnapps To Release Victims In Ogun

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Facts have emerged on how the three victims of kidnappers in Ode-Omi in the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun state were released from their captors.

A family source told our correspondent on Monday that the kidnappers collected a sum of N3.5m, a carton of Schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil and 10 tubers of yam before the victims were released.

The police in the state had last Friday said they had rescued the son of the Chief Imam of Ode-Omi, Abdulazeez Sanni and two others – Adams Bamidele and Jelili Adams – who were abducted last Sunday.

The trio were reportedly kidnapped on the eve of the Eid-el Adha in Ode-Omi, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun states.

The state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had said no ransom was paid.

The source said, “The kidnappers collected N3.5m, carton of schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil, 10 tubers of yam and a five-litre keg of vegetable oil.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police command was not aware of the payment of any ransom.

Oyeyemi said, “The victims were rescued by policemen of this command. We are not aware of any ransom.”

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BREAKING: EFCC Raids Former Lagos Governor Ambode’s Country Home In Epe

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are raiding the residence of Akinwumi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state.

Tony Orilade, the spokesperson of the anti-graft commission, confirmed this development to journalists.

Orilade denied that they were at Ambode’s residence on a raid, explaining that they are only there for an investigation.

“It is not true, we don’t raid. An investigation is on-going in respect of the petition we have, that is why we are here,” he said.

This is a developing story.

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