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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been dragged before a High Court in State by popular celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha.

Mompha instituted a fundamental rights enforcement against EFCC for detaining him beyond the constitutionally stipulated days without charging him to court.

In the suit filed by his lawyers, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Ademola Adefolaju, Kolawole Salami and four others, the businessman is demanding the sum of N5m as damages from the anti-graft agency.

The self-acclaimed Bureau-De-Change operator also sought a court order directing the EFCC to release him unconditionally forthwith from its custody.

Mompha is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining EFCC or any person whatsoever acting for or on behalf of the agency from arresting and detaining him in relation to the subject of the suit without recourse to due process of law.

He is also seeking a court declaration that his continued and further detention by the EFCC on the basis of the remand order granted on October 22, , by Court 6 of Ikeja Magistrate Court, Lagos, vide a form for request for remand pursuant to the Administration Of Criminal Justice Act and which elapsed and or expired on November 4, , without being charged and arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction is unlawful, unjustifiable, unconstitutional and constitute gross violation of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing as contained in section 35 (4) (5) and 36 of the 1999 constitution (as amended)

The lawyers also stated that on October 19, 2019, their client was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and thereafter detained by the EFCC on account of alleged money laundering and other related offences. ”

They added that on the same day, he was transferred to the agency’s detention facility in Ikoyi, Lagos from Abuja, before obtaining a remand order from the Magistrate’ Court of Lagos for a period of 14 days and that since October 19, 2019, he has been held in detention beyond two days as stipulated by Sections 36 and 35 of the Constitution respectively.

The court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Kogi election: Police protest alleged non-payment of allowances in Ekiti

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Some policemen deployed to Kogi State from Ekiti state police command for the conduct of the November 16 , Governorship election have expressed displeasure over alleged refusal of the authorities to pay their allowances.

The policemen, numbering 225, said their names were allegedly expunged on the list of those that were due for payment despite risking their lives day and night to ensure adequate security during that volatile election.

They said it was appalling and shocking that the police authorities have refused to pay them a month after the election, while others have received theirs, which gave room for suspicion that the fund must have allegedly been embezzled by some high ranking police officers at the state or zonal level.

The aggrieved police officer, who briefed journalists under anonymity for fear of retribution, appealed to Inspector General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the cause of the delay.

The sources said a sum of N90,000 were paid for senior officers above Sergeant rank, while their men within the rank and file got N40,000, revealing that most of the victims were the lower cadre policemen.

A Sergeant, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved policemen, said : “Two batches were deployed for the election in Ekiti. The Ekiti Command was expected to mobilise 500 policemen, but there was a shortfall.

“The police Commissioner , Mr Asuquo Amba, deployed 300 policemen about 10 days to the election. When there were complaints, another 150 were drafted to Kogi on the order of the CP five days to the election.

“Our investigation indicated that half of those who were deployed from Ekiti, numbering over 200, were excluded from payroll.

“We were curious to ask why must we be excluded from benefiting from the payments after discharging the national assignment?

“You could all attest to the fact that the Kogi Governorship election was the most volatile and tension-soaked in recent times. We risked our lives for the success of the poll only for us to be paid this way.

“We appeal to the Inspector General of police, Mr. Adamu to investigate this matter and mete out proper punishment to whoever culpable. Those behind this are the ones responsible for the bad image in the ”, he stated.

But when contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu, denied the allegation.

The Police spokesperson said all the entitlements due to the police that were deployed for the Kogi election had been paid.
“I am not aware of this. To the best of my knowledge, all the entitlements regarding Kogi issue had been paid.
“Let me also say that there was no protest anywhere, nobody had protested and whoever has any issue should follow the normal channels”, the police spokesman said.

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Buhari reacts as Punch changes President’s title to ‘Major General

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The Presidency has reacted to the decision by Punch Newspaper to henceforth refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as General Buhari.

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration.

However, in reaction to Punch’s decision, Femi Adesina, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the newspaper’s decision to call Buhari ‘Major General’ is not out of order.

Adesina on his Twitter page @FemiAdesina added that Buhari has earned the rank ‘Major General’

According to him, Punch’s publication is proof of press freedom under Buhari’s administration.

Adesina wrote: “If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order.

“The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.”

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