We all have busy schedules. Whether it’s work or play, we get busy sometimes and do not have the time to read up on events that took place during the week.
At WESTERN POST, we are committed to keeping you in the loop so you don’t lose track of major events that shaped the week.
Here’s a sneak peep into the 9 events that made the news in the week just gone by.
1. Ex-Governor Lamido, Sons Remanded In Prison Custody; Ohakim Gets Bail, Court Reserves Ruling In Sylva’s Case
On Wednesday, former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his two sons – Aminu and Mustapha – joined the list of big names in Nigeria’s political space, who are being docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a renewed war against graft.
A Federal High Court in Kano remanded Lamido and his two sons in prisons custody for two months after they were arraigned before Justice Evelyn Anyadike on 28-count charge bordering on corruption and money laundering. The ruling was the fourth in EFCC’s arraignment of former governors, including Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu State), Ikedi Ohakim (Imo), Murtala Nyako and son (Adamawa).
Ohakim was arraigned on Wednesday in Abuja before Justice Adeniyi Ademola on a three-count charge of money laundering involving $2.29 million. Ohakim was later granted bail by Justice Ademola.
Nyako and his son, Abdulazis, appeared before the same division of the Federal High Court. Their bid to be admitted on bail, based on an application filed by their counsel, Chief Kanu Godwin Agabi (SAN) failed yesterday. Nyako and his sons are accused of converting huge sums of money, including N240 million of state funds to develop the Hill View Estate in Mpape, Abuja, between October 2011 and June 2012, among other charges.
If the accused are found guilty, the offences are punishable under Section 15 subsection 1A of the money laundering Prohibition Act, 2011. While Ohakim, Lamido and Nnamani served as governors under the auspices of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyako was one of the aggrieved PDP governors that jumped ship to form the New PDP, which formed the bedrock for the merger that birthed the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On Tuesday, Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos ordered the forfeiture of multi-billion naira assets allegedly belonging to the former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani. He was charged along with his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six firms – Rainbownet, Hillgate Nigeria, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nig Ltd, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.
Justice Yunusa later split Nnamani’s trial from his co-accused, as he was abroad receiving treatment. All the accused were charged for violating some sections of the Money Laundering Act (2004) in some identified transactions while Lamido was governor of the state. The former Jigawa governor, his two sons and one Aminu Wada Abubakar, were brought to the court at 10 a.m.
They all pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the 28-count charge, involving some N1.3 billion. According to the EFCC lead counsel, Chile Okoroma, Lamido was principally charged for engaging in private businesses, as a public officer, allegedly with an aim of concealing the origin of the said amount listed in the charges.
The action violates the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended. In his prayer, the lead defence counsel, Effiong Effiong, appealed to the court that his clients be granted bail in line with their rights to freedom and liberty. Lamido, his sons and one Abubakar were arraigned alongside four companies where the Lamidos are believed to have interest.
2. Mastermind of Kano And Jos Bombings Captured
In a swift response to the recent bomb attacks in Jos and Kano, me of the Nigerian Army put up concerted efforts to find those behind the attacks. On Wednesday, their search yielded fruits as they claimed to have captured the mastermind of the bomb attacks. The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, gave details on the arrest:
“Please recall that on Sunday 5th July 2015, suspected Boko Haram terrorists carried out coordinated bomb and gun attacks on worshippers at Ýan Taya mosque, Dillimi Street, off Bauchi Road, Jos where the holy month of Ramadan tafsir was holding, and Shagalinku Restaurant, along Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State which led to death of over 48 persons, injuring several other persons and destruction of property.
“Similarly, the terrorists carried out another bomb attack on hapless workers undergoing verification exercise at Sabon Gari Local Government Secretariat, Zaria Kaduna State which resulted in the death of over 25 people including a two-year-old child and destruction of property.
“Consequently, security cordon was established in the general areas especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the North Eastern part of the country by troops of 3 Division and Special Task Force, as well as the Department of State Services. This culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa, Gombe State. The terrorist kingpin and his colleagues who disguised in a trailer while trying to evade checks were fished out by troops of Nigerian Army.
“The arrested terrorists are currently being processed for further action and would soon face the full wrath of the law.
“The general public are hereby please requested to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and facilities to the security agencies.”
3. Iyaloja of Ijebu Assassinated
Tragedy struck in Ijebu-Ode as unknown assailants reportedly hacked the Iyaloja-General of Ijebuland, Alhaja Sadiat Elewuju to death.
The deceased, 82, was reportedly attacked by six unidentified men at her residence in Sabo-Molode area of Ijebu-Ode in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of the state at about 3.00pm.
It was gathered that, the attackers inflicted several machete cuts on her and left her in the pool of her blood.
Attempts by some members of her family to rescue her proved abortive as she reportedly died in hospital.
She was allegedly rushed to three hospitals including Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching hospital and Lagos State Teaching hospital before she gave up the ghost.
When contacted, the Ogun State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed that suspected assailants macheted the woman to death.
Adejobi said,”She was attacked by suspected assailants and found in the pool of her blood. Someone informed the police, we rushed down to the area, we found mama in the pool of her blood. She was taken to hospital in Sagamu for treatment. She was later referred to another hospital in Lagos, where she was confirmed dead.
On Tuesday, Former President Goodluck Jonathan returned from his vacation to the UK and Nigerians started the Twitter hashtag #GejWhileYouWereAway, stating some of the things that happened in the country while he was away from Nigeria. Get on Twitter, search for the hash tag and give yourself a realistically good laugh.
5. Keshia Sacked, Oliseh Appointed Super Eagles Coach.
Coach Stephen Keshi was on Sunday shown the way out of the Glass House. His second stint as Head Coach of the Super Eagles has been fraught with silent jabs exchanged between his and the NFF. It was gathered that their squabbling came to its peak when Keshi reportedly applied for the Coaching job vacancy at Ivory Coast.
As the new trend of having Nigerian coaches installed at the helm of the affairs of the Super Eagles, a former Captain of the Super Eagles – Sunday Oliseh – was appointed replacing Stephen Keshi who was Captain of the Super Eagles too.
6. Nigeria’s U-20 Women Thrash Liberia’s U-20 Women 7 – 1
A 10-man Under-20 FEMALE National Team of Liberia was trampled 7-1 by their Nigerian counterparts Sunday at the ATS in the first leg of the 2016 FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifiers.
An Oluwatosin Abeboyejo’s hat-trick and Chinaza Uchedu brace coupled with one goal each from Chinonso Sunday and Veronica Ihezuo were enough to seal a well -deserving win for the falconets. Kanties Sayee scored the lone goal for the hosts.
7. Schweinsteiger Moves To United
Bayern Munich confirmed over the weekend that Bastian Schweinsteiger had agreed to leave the Bavarian Giants to ply his trade in England with Manchester United. By doing so, the German Captain becomes the first ever German player to play for the English football giants.
He brings discipline and strength, depth and options to the midfield at Old Trafford. Something that has been lacking in the last couple of seasons.
8. Wimbledon 2015 Ends In Style As Serena and Djokovic Shine Brightest
Serena Williams beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to win Wimbledon for the sixth time and complete the ‘Serena Slam’ as the holder of all four major titles.
The 33-year-old American won 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to claim her 21st Grand Slam title and third of 2015.
Williams withstood a late fightback from 20th seed Muguruza, 21, to come through in one hour and 23 minutes.
Her win on Saturday takes her Grand Slam total tally to 21 from 25 final appearances. Legendary.
For the guys, Novak Djokovic went one better than Roger Federer when he outlasted the Swiss master in 4 sets 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Congratulations to them.
9. Rita Dominic Turns 40
Award winning Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic became a member of the 40s elite club on Sunday July 12 and to mark it, the Mbaise-born star shared photos of her beautiful self from a movie location.
Happy birthday to her.
See photos here: http://goo.gl/TTkshU