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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Murtala Muhammed's family seeks justice for son’s murder 25 years after

Murtala Muhammed's family seeks justice for son’s murder 25 years after

- The family's of former Head of State, Murtala Muhammed, has sought justice for their son's murder 25 year after his death - Zackari Muhammed, late Murtala's son, was shot dead on August 13, 1993 in Abuja - It was gathered that he was 27 years old at the time of his gruesome murder The family of the late former Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, on Monday, August 13, called on the National Assembly to enact a victims’ rights law. The Punch reports that daughter of the late Head of State, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, who made the call in Lagos, said that this would give protection to future victims of heinous crimes. Information gathered that that she spoke at a special prayer organised by the family to mark the 25th remembrance of the murder of the late Zackari Muhammed, son of the late Head of State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the family members, including brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, among others, held special prayers for him simultaneously in Lagos and Abuja. NAN recalls that Zackari, a finance graduate of the University of Canterbury in Kent, was shot dead on August 13, 1993 in Abuja. He was 27 years old at the time of his gruesome murder. “In order to give protection to future victims of such heinous crimes and as a remembrance to our brother, we want to call for the enactment of victims’ rights legislation. “Such law will ensure that the rights of victims of all crimes are protected in criminal prosecutions,” Muhammed-Oyebode said. She decried the manner in which the case was handled, insisting that it left the family seeking justice. “The case was shrouded in confusion and the way and manner it ended is an obvious injustice. “Exactly 25 years ago today, our brother’s life was fatally cut short. “In spite of knowing who the perpetrators were, all efforts to prosecute the matter did not pass the initial investigation and arraignment. According to her, such law will ensure that the rights of victims of all crimes are protected in criminal prosecutions. “All around the world, victims’ rights have been acknowledged as a basic human right. “As far back as 1985, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Basic Principles of Justice for victims of crimes and abuse of power; so, it is time for Nigeria to adopt a victim-centric approach to criminal justice. “Until such legislation is enacted, many of such crimes will continue to remain unsolved, and it will encourage unlawful killings and criminal impunity in our nation. “In the crime of murder in particular, where the primary victim has been killed, the secondary victims must be able to have the legal support to seek justice and push the prosecution to its logical conclusion,” she further said. Muhammed-Oyebode, however, described the late Zackari as a kind and very considerate son and brother, whose passion for the family and for his nation was unquantifiable. “We miss his laughter too,” she added. Muhammed-Oyebode said that the 25 years remembrance include support to his Alma Mater, King’s College, Lagos, with academic resources in his memory. (NAN)
Why I visited Obasanjo in his home - Saraki

Why I visited Obasanjo in his home - Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has revealed why he visited Olusegun obasanjo in Abeokuta - Saraki said he visited to make up for his absence at the formal inauguration of the presidential library held last year Contrary to the rumour that Bukola Saraki may have visited the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, to talk about his presidential ambition, the senate president said his visit has nothing to do with politics. Saraki, who spoke with journalists after the meeting with the former president said he was in Abeokuta to make up for his (Saraki’s) absence at the formal inauguration of the Presidential library held last year, Punch reports. He said: “You know, I missed the official opening of the library and that is why I have decided to come and see the place and, honestly, it is beautiful. “We are very proud of what he has done here.” He, however, declined to comment on the crisis rocking the National Assembly when asked questions about it by the journalists Meanwhile, Saraki's meetig with Obasajo is coming less than a week after he met with former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. The meeting took at the Hilltop residence, of the former military ruler. Saraki landed at Minna International Airport at about 4.10 PM and drove straight to the hilltop home of the reclusive former leader.
Breaking: You must arrest INEC chairman Yakubu - Court orders IGP Ibrahim

Breaking: You must arrest INEC chairman Yakubu - Court orders IGP Ibrahim

The Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the Inspector-General of Police must arrest and produce the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, in court on August 16. Justice Stephen Pam gave the order following the absence of Yakubu’s team of lawyers in court and there was no explanation as to why they were absent. “At the commencement of proceedings, counsel to the applicant, Kanayo Okafor, informed the court that the Court of Appeal on Monday asked the court to stay proceedings in the matter. “The counsel to the respondent is not in court and no reason has been given for their absence. “The contempt proceedings and the bench warrant issued for the arrest of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman still subsists, the I-G is to carry out the order of the arrest of Yakubu. “This court being a court of record has nothing to prove that there was an order for stay from the Court of Appeal.” However, while the judge was delivering his ruling, a counsel on the team of Yakubu’s counsel walked into the court and made attempts to call the judge’s attention to his presence. This was, however, in vain as Justice Pam adjourned the matter until Aug. 16 for continuation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), gathered that the counsel was late because he was at the Court of Appeal making efforts to get the ruling to present to the lower court, but the ruling was not yet ready. The court had on Aug. 1, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Yakubu for “flagrant” disobedience of court orders. Also, the Court of Appeal vacated the arrest order on Monday and ordered a stay of proceedings pending the determination of the substantive case. The lower court, however, insisted that no such order had been communicated
Reekado Banks speaks on reported fight with Kizz Daniel

Reekado Banks speaks on reported fight with Kizz Daniel

- Following the rumoured beef between Kizz Daniel and Reekado Banks, the latter has spoken out - According to Banks' manager, they are not aware of anything and only found out about the supposed beef online - However, a source close to Reekado revealed that they don't know what went wrong and if there is an issue, it must be from Daniel's camp Earlier on, NAIJ.com reported the news about the supposed ongoing feud between Nigerian singers, Kizz Daniels and Reekado Banks. Their beef became even more obvious after singer Harrysong revealed that Kizz Daniel refused to work on his song when he discovered Reekado was also featured on it. Well, while Kizz Daniel is yet to speak on the issue, Reekado Bank's team seem to be throwing more insight on the situation of things between them. In a recent interview with GoldmyneTV, Banks' manager stated he had no knowledge of the beef and only got to know about it when it made headlines. However, a source close to Reekado Banks revealed more, stating that if there is any issue, it must be from Kizz Daniel's camp. The source stated that they found out about the issue when they wanted to shoot the video of ‘Selense.’
The source added: “We honestly don’t understand what went wrong. If there is an issue, it must be from Daniel’s camp. But I am still surprised. Daniel came to Reekado ’s ‘Thank You Concert’ at the New Afrika Shrine and Reekado went to his album launch as well. We got to know that there was an issue when Harrysong featured them on the remix of his song. Until Daniel comes out to speak, we don’t know what is wrong.” According to some reports, the genesis of their beef may have begun in 2016 when Reekado Banks won the Headies Next Rated award over Daniel, Korede Bello, and Lil Kesh. The 2016 award which was a source of controversy between a lot of fans and artistes alike including record label bosses, Olamide and Don Jazzy. Following the controversy, Reekado Banks had boasted that he is better than the other nominees in his category. Perhaps, this did not sit well with Kizz Daniel and he has refused to let go.
National Assembly bye-elections result in Bauchi, Katsina, Kogi is endorsement of Buhari - APC

National Assembly bye-elections result in Bauchi, Katsina, Kogi is endorsement of Buhari - APC

- The APC has congratulated its members who won the recently concluded bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states - The ruling party's national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said that the victory demonstrated the electorate's confidence in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government - Nabena, thanked the electorate for coming out en-masse to vote for its candidates in the bye-elections The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that its recent victory at the by-elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi states, demonstrated the confidence and trust of the people in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. APC's national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said this on Monday, August 13, in Abuja. The bye-elections were held in Katsina north, Bauchi south and the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency to fill in vacant positions in the House of Representatives. The party thanked the electorate for coming out en-masse to vote for its candidates in the bye-elections. It also congratulated its flag bearers, Ahmed Babba-Kaita (Katsina), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi) and Haruna Isa (Kogi) on their victories at the elections. “Since assuming office, President Buhari has demonstrated the political will and remains solidly committed to the task of building a new Nigeria,” Nabena said. This, he said, was in line with the APC change agenda and the party’s promise to the electorate and the progressive ideals it stood for. Nabena said the party remains genuinely committed to address the country’s challenges, reconcile legitimately aggrieved interests and emerge as a more united and stronger political fighting force ahead of 2019 general elections. “Like every other country, we have our challenges, but they are surmountable:we have an administration working day and night to surmount them and put the country on the right pedestal. “With the continued cooperation and support of Nigerians, we have good reason to look forward to the future with great hope,” he stressed. NEC's returning officer, Professor Rotimi Ajayi of the Federal University Lokoja, announced the outcome of the exercise in the early hours of Sunday, August 12, at the local government INEC headquarter in Lokoja.