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Xenophobia: Senate takes decision, reveals what Buhari govt must do

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The Senate Committee on the Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations has decided to invite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to seek an end to the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians by South Africans.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru, in a statement on Friday, said: “it has become very urgent to take decisive action in putting an end to brazen and fatal attacks on Nigerians in all parts of the world.”

Basiru, representing Osun Central Senatorial District, warned that “the incessant bloodshed could snowball into a conflagration with dire consequences for the two countries if the Nigerian and South African governments do not take prompt and urgent steps to end.”

He further said that there was the need for the Federal Government to take, “decisive actions to ease the tension of Nigerians at home and relieve the suffering of those in South Africa in the hands of local miscreants and hoodlums parading themselves as patriots to annihilate Nigerians.”

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FG vs Dino Melaye: What happened in court on Tuesday

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An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in the alleged falsehood suit filed against senator.

NAN reports that Melaye was charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police.

The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.

The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.

Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.

The judge said she was not pleased with the attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on fast track, day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.

” A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defence counsel ” she ordered.

The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of trial are stalled for failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.

Goodluck then adjourned the matter until Dec. 5, for continuation of trial

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mrs N.O.Ezra informed the court that her witnesses were not in court.

Ezra then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable them bring their witnesses.

Responding, defence counsel Olusegun Odubela, SAN, told the court that this was unfair to the defendant because the witness could not be more involved in Kogi election than the defendant who was a candidate in the election.

”The court should be guided by the provisions of sections 396 (4)(6) of ACJA and 36 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

”The prosecution have not adduced any cogent reasons why their witnesses are not available in court, in case the court grants them an adjournment, we will be asking for a cost of N250, 000, he said.

Odubela further told the court that since last sitting on July 4, the prosecution could have known and informed the court and the defence counsel who comes from another jurisdiction.

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PDP Woman Leader Set Ablaze In Kogi

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Salome Abuh, Peoples Democratic Party women leader in Ochadamu Ward under Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State has been set ablaze in her home, the police has said.

According to a report by Premium Times, Abuh was burnt to death by political thugs in the state on Monday.

Spokesperson for the command, William Aya, said the politician was sleeping in her home when political thugs set the building ablaze.

The politician’s remains, which were burnt beyond recognition, had been taken to a mortuary for autopsy.

Aya said, “It was a very unfortunate incident and the commissioner has ordered a thorough investigation to ensure that all those involved do not escape justice.”

Since the news of Abuh’s death, supporters of the PDP have accused the All Progressives Congress of being behind her death.

According to Aya, her killing was a reprisal attack for the death of an APC supporter in the community.

He added, “There was a misunderstanding between Gowon Simeon and Awolu Zakari, both members of the community.

“Mr Simeon stabbed Mr Zakari in the chest and he bled to death almost instantly.

“After Zakari was confirmed dead by a medical doctor, his associates gathered for a reprisal attack against Simeon.

“They arrived at his uncle’s house where they believed he was hiding and set it on fire.

“Unfortunately Abuh was sleeping inside the house and was burnt alive.”

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Insurgency: Fear grips village as terrorists allegedly regroup in Northern Borno

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Villagers around Gubio and Magumeri local governments of Borno state, in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, reported a mass movement of terrorist group, fearing that the terrorists are also carrying all sorts of sophisticated weapons.

This is coming barely 48 hours after an ambush on military vehicles along Damasak road leading to the death of 3 soldiers, the villagers said.

Malam Modu Gana, a resident of Magumeri, who spoke to Our Correspondent in Maiduguri, the said, the vigilante and members of the civilian joint task force could not confront them as they were in large numbers.

A member of the CJTF, Umar Ibrahim who spoke to our reporter said they have also received reports of ISWAP members mobilising around some villages in the northern Borno.

“The Soldiers are aware of that, and are also mobilizing to ensure that they (terrorists) do not have a field day in the event that they plan to attack any village or military base,” Umar said

Sources from international organisations operating in the northern Borno area also confirmed the report, however, there was no official confirmation from the military authorities.

Several attempts to get the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa to speak did not yield result as his phone could not be reached.

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