N1.6bn Fraud: Ex-President Jonathan aide, Dudafa, other plea not guilty to amended charge

The former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, today, pleaded not guilty to the 22 counts amended charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N1.6bn fraud. Also, Dudafa’s co-defendant, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, equally pleaded not to the amended charge. The plea of the two defendants were retaken on the amended charge dated November 9, 2018, after Justice Mohammed Idris, had ruled that the prosecution can amend charge before judgment of any case. Delivering ruling either…

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Shipping firm tells court how 661 pump action rifles were smuggled to Nigeria

A prosecution witness in the trial of two former customs officers and four others businessmen, today, narrated to the Federal High Court, Lagos how the defendants smuggled 661 pump action rifles  into the country. The witness, Mrs. Blessing Ebri, a staff of Merks Line Nigeria Limited, who is the eighth prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by Mr Julius Ajakaiye, a deputy director with the Federal Ministry of Justice, told Justice Ayotunde Faji led- court, how the guns illegally got to Nigeria. Ebri in her testimony before the court…

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Looters’ list: Court dismisses contempt suit against Lai Mohammed

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today dismissed a contempt application filed by a former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman, seeking to commit the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to prison for the inclusion of her name in the ‘looters’ list’ he released to the public. Justice Aikawa described the application as a distraction which could interfere with the speedy determination of the matter. Mrs. Usman, who is facing allegations of money laundering brought against her and a former Minister of Aviation,…

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NDLEA seizes additional 241 million tablets of tramadol at Apapa Port

The search of the suspected 62 containers continued yesterday November 15, 2018 as eleven new containers already searched were found to contain 241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tons. This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within two days of the search operations at Apapa sea port. On the first day of the search operations, the Agency discovered 340 million tablets of tramadol from 12 containers. The tablets which are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams are above the permissible threshold…

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FAAN refutes terminal access charge claims

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has refuted a trending notion that its security officers demand bribes before allowing airport users access into the terminal. FAAN in a statement signed by the general manager, Corporate Affairs), Yakubu Henrietta (Mrs.) noted that the airport is a public facility and no charge is required from any genuine user to access the facility. While the Authority confirmed that access might be restricted or controlled some times in order to safeguard Civil Aviation against Acts of unlawful interference in our Airports.  FAAN advised that…

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Med-View Airline dismisses misleading report about operations

The Management of Med-View Airline has dismissed a misleading report about its operations, describing it as false. Med-View Airline while reacting to reports on Thursday, said most of the issues raised  in it were tainted with falsehood. In a statement by the executive director, Business Development, Alhaji Isiaq Na-Allah, the airline said the story which loomed large on reorganisation, maintenance and staff welfare fell short of ethics of journalism, which entails reflecting both sides of an issue. The statement said that any reasonable organisation with business model will react to…

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23 countries arrive Abuja for INAC 2018

No fewer than 23 countries are set to arrive Abuja for the 2018 International African Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) which has been expanded to an intercontinental affair. The International Arts and Crafts Expo is slated for 17th to 24th of November in Abuja. Briefing journalists at the FCT exhibition pavilion which is the venue for the expo, the director-general, National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe said everything is now in place to align the exhibition with global standards. Taking the journalists on a facility tour, Runsewe…

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