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BREAKING: FG Finally Obeys Court Orders to release Sowore, Dasuki

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The federal government has directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow movement, and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA).

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, gave the directive in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Malami said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the duo by the court.

“The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore. Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015,” the statement read.

“However, my Office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.

“In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.

“The two Defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.

“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my Office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria. This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.”

While Sowore has been in DSS custody since August 3, Dasuki has been in detention since 2015.

Sowore was released temporarily after 124 days but rearrested at a federal high court in Abuja less than 24 hours after.

-The Cable

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Edo 2020: Okaijiesan pledges support to Ize-Iyanmu

….extols Oshiomole’s giant stride

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By Joshua Timi
The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu,  the 2nd, have called on all Esan electorates to rally aronud the Apc candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate Audu Gani in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo state.
The Okaijiesan recieved Comrade Adam Oshomole led members and the director General of POI and Audu campaign organisation, Rt major General Cecil  Esekhaigbe at the palace  on Thursday, during  a rally at Irrua, Edo state.
The Okaijiesan, momodu reminded the former Governor Adam Oshomole of his commitment toward bring good governance to the people of Esan, he also stressed on how the former Apc National chairman helped in construction of access roads that is being used by farmers and traders in the community, he assured the oshomole of his lasting support for Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu and Apc in the election ahead.
Adam Oshomole, in his remark, explained why the party need to field a better candidate in the Governorship election, beside Godwin Obaseki, according to him, “the party with it ideology of continuity pinched on better life for the people ahead, i have built schools for the children as a governor which has being abandoned by Godwin Obaseki, also, constructed road that have giving access to farmers to take their products to the markets, tell Obaseki to show you the project he has done in Esan land?, he asked.
The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu prayed for the POI/AUDU campaign team and wishes them success in the election.
The campaign train moved to the open field at the Director General house, where Oshomole addressed both youth and women.

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EDO 2020: Education Board chairman, others resign from Obaseki’s government

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Chairman of the Edo State Post Primary Education Board, Pastor Gabriel Oiboh and the first member of the board, Osanyemwere Osawe, have resigned their appointments from the Godwin Obaseki Government as the state inches towards the 2020 governorship election.
Oiboh, who spoke on behalf of the team regretted the pressure mounted on him to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said “I have tendered my resignation from the board due to unduly pressures from my former boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki over decamping with him to the PDP. The presure is too much and it is now leading to threats. I stand with my party, the APC and will be loyal to the party candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu”
Meanwhile the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in that election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has applauded effort of the team in retaining their ground as a member of the party. He assured them of the party victory toward the forthcoming Elections

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Magugate: Buhari names Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman

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After days of different names flying all over the media space, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally named Mohammed Umar as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Umar takes over from Ibrahim Magu whose suspension has just been confirmed by President Buhari and who is still being investigated for several allegations ranging from conversion of recovered funds to personal use to insurbodination.

READ ALSO: 1 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

The new acting chairman was until his appointment, the director of operations at the EFCC and was next to the chairman, Magu in hierarchy.

Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, media aide to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. Gwandu added that pending the appointment of Umar as acting chairman will stand pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation of Magu by a presidential panel.

Gwandu said Magu’s suspension is to allow for “unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws”.

This finally brings to rest, the debate on who takes over from Magu as the chief of the Anti-graft agency.

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