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Court Orders DSS To Charge Tukur Mamu To Court Immediately

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Kaduna State High Court has ordered the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to “immediately” charge Tukur Mamu to Court for alleged offences bothering on ransom negotiation on behalf of terrorists.

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The Presiding Judge, Justice Edward Andow, of court 12 gave the order during the court session on Monday in Kaduna, over his arrest and continued detention by DSS without trial.

Tukur Mamu, the media consultant to the popular Islamic cleric, Dr Ahmed Gumi, in Kaduna, was arrested in Cairo, Egyptian capital on September 6, 2022, regarding his alleged roles in ransom negotiation on behalf of terrorists in Nigeria.

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Mamu, the main negotiator of Kaduna train abductee’s release
was arrested while on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, and detained in Cairo airport before he was later moved to Nigeria.

Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after Court session on Monday, the lead Counsel to the plaintiff, Muhammad Sani Katu (SAN) said he was satisfied with the court order, and expressed the belief that the DSS will obey the order.
Barr. Katu explained that “When the matter came up today (Monday), we served the DSS and the Attorney General, we started the processes, and the Judge gave the order, directing them to charge him to court immediately for any offence, if any, they may have discovered.

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“That is our target. The word used by the Judge is immediately, immediately differs from soon”, he said.

The counsel also said “Don’t be surprise if by tomorrow or next or within the week he is being charged to court if there is any offence, but let me come in here by telling you that one must commend the DSS for the manner that they have been handling this matter.

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“We have gone to see our client severally, he has some health challenges, but they have been taking care of that.
“They have taken him to hospital, they made so much payment towards his health. But our position is not about his health, just about not holding him there.

“The law is very clear, the essence of his arrest is the belief that he had committed an offence, and how do you know that he had committed an offence is to commence an investigation.

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“And once you finished the investigation and you did not find him wanting, you release him, and if you find him wanting, the law says don’t keep him in detention, charge him to court, that is just the fundamentals.

“As far as we concern the order to keep him for 60 days elapsed in October last year. They have the right to renew, but as it stands now we are not aware as to whether they have renewed or not.

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“They’re seeking detention, they can go on their own, but the second time there is the need to have the permission of the Attorney General. They can do that without us on notice.
“But the fact remains that in an attempt to protect the system we are operating, once you obtain an order against somebody you notify him. If you have contact with the persons you notify them, or at least the general public because this is a matter that certain persons are being concerned.

“When they did that of the 60 days they came out to tell the whole world that they have obtained detention order. Which is okay. Now the 60 days has elapsed, nobody knows whether they have gotten additional extension or not.

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“That is why we say the best we could do is to go to court. We are not saying they must release him. Take him to court for determination. After court determination we will know whether he will go to jail or be freed”, he stated.

He also noted that “If you recall, there was an arrest of our client, Tukur Mamu in Cairo on his way to Saudi Arabia with some members of his family. He was moved to Abuja and since then he remains under detention.
“We got to know that there is an order by the DSS to detain him for 60 days. At the expiration of the 60 days we thought the next thing they should do is to charge him to court for any offence.
“As it stands now he has not been charged. And the best we can do for the system is to file legal enforcement wherein our plea which is very clear; “release him on administrative bail”, if there is anything call administrative bail.

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“Alternatively if you found out that he has committed any offence, charge him to court”. Katu said.

Earlier, in the Motion of Notice dated 22nd Day of November 2022, through their Counsels M S Katu SAN, Solomon Utuagha Esq, Auwal Muktar Surajo Esq and Aisha Musa Esq, solicitors to the Applicants sought for “An order enforcing the Applicants Fundamental Human Rights as guaranteed, enshrined and protected by sections 34,35,36 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic ,1999, as amended.
“Order 2 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009 and Articles 3,5 and 6 of the African Charter on human and People’s Rights, as same being breached or likely to be breached by the respondents, their agents, privies or assigns.

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“An Order of this Honourable Court directing the respondents to immediately arraign and charge the Applicants before a court of competent jurisdiction for any offence(s) as disclosed from their Investigation (If any).

“Alternatively an Order directing the Respondents to admit the Applicants on bail pending the conclusion of their investigation.

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“And for such further or other Orders as this Honourable Court may seem fit to make in the circumstances of this case”, he said.

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Speaker Tunis Pledges Support For ECOFEPA

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By Gloria Ikibah

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Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis, has pledged his unflinching support for the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association Network ECOFEPA in its attempts to increase participation for self-development in politics and entrepreneurship.

Speaker Tunis who stated this at the formal opening of ECOFEPA Women and Youth Leadership symposium, on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Guinea Bissau, with the theme: Unleashing the potentials of Women and Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship; asserted that the meeting epitomizes the action stage for women’s involvement in decision-making bodies.

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He also commended ECOFEPA for always beaming their search light on issues that affect women and youth in the ECOWAS Sub-region and for firmly reinforcing the need to mentor the next generation of decision makers to bridge existing gaps and bestow sound political and decision-making legacies to them, reaffirming that until they as Members of Parliament replicate ourselves in the younger generation in multiple dimensions to deliver a democratic system that is anchored on good governance and societal growth and development, they cannot credit themselves for success.

Dr. Tunis acknowledged that the event amplifies ECOFEPA’s deliberate resolve to consistently pursue the dreams of its founding Members and recommend for members of Parliament to track generational transfer of knowledge, skills and all it takes to tackle the challenges of the future ahead.

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In her address, the 2nd Vice President of ECOFEPA, Madam Gabriella Fernandes, commended the ECOWAS Commission for its outstanding support in enhancing the activities of the association to achieve its goals for women’s integration and empowerment in politics.

She said that the resources mobilized by the ECOWAS Commission will allow the association to host its upcoming symposium in Togo March 2023.

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Hon. Fernandes reiterated that the symposium will spark the beginning of efforts to launch their projects and synchronize activities in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship, which have the propensity to boomerang and catapult women’s advancement into decision-making in the ECOWAS region.

Earlier, the Youth Representative for the West Africa Youth Assembly, Mamadu Djalo, said everyone is aware of the social pressure and barriers that women and youth face daily, in trying to climb up to the political power, and employed men in Africa who control the political powers, to ensure that such power is balanced.

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According to Djalo, Women and youth are very isolated for too long, and that there is need for the men to work together with both youth and Women to fill the sense of belonging, as the deliberation cannot be realistic without the participation of the youth and women.

She therefore called for the creation of a youth parliament in order to give them a voice.

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Again, one injured as container crushes bus in Oshodi

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A 20-ft container crushed a commercial bus in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a commercial bus driver.

It was gathered that this is the latest container-related accident experienced in the state in the space of three days.

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Eye witnessed confirmed that Wednesday’s accident at Oshodi was caused by a brake failure.

While the passengers in the bus were said to have escaped without an injury, the same could not be said of the bus driver whose degree of injury could not be ascertained as of press time.

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Eight people were crushed to death by a 20-ft container that fell off a truck in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos on Sunday.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Ojuelegba tragedy, a 40-ft container fell off another truck in the Dopemu area of the state on Monday, causing traffic on the road.

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Breaking: Chairman, MiddleBelt Forum Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead

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Chairman MiddleBelt Forum, Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead.

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A source close to his family revealed to Naijablitznews.com that the Commodore suddenly fainted in his house and passed on.

Details shortly…

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