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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu files fresh application for bail

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BY Francesca Hangeior

The embattled self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has filed a fresh application to be released on bail, pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

At the resumed hearing before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Alloy Ejimakor, brought the attention of the Judge to the motion for bail dated February 5.

This is just as the FG has engaged a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, to take over the prosecution of the case.

Awomolo, SAN, confirmed to the court that he was in receipt of Kanu’s fresh request for bail.

The IPOB leader, who was first arrested by security agents in Lagos on October 14, 2015, has been in detention since June 29, 2021.

Trial Justice Binta Nyako had on April 25, 2017, granted him bail on health ground, after he had spent about 18 months in detention.

Upon the perfection of the bail conditions, he was on April 28, 2017, released from the Kuje prison.

However, midway into the trial, the IPOB leader escaped from the country after soldiers invaded his country home at Afara Ukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, an operation that led to the death of some of his followers.

Kanu was later re-arrested in Kenya on June 19, 2021 and extraordinarily renditioned back to the country by security agents on June 27, 2021.

Following the development, the trial court, on June 29, 2021, remanded him in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, where he remained till date.

However, Justice Nyako, on April 8, 2022, struck out eight out of the 15-count charge that FG preferred against him on the premise that they lacked substance.

Likewise, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on October 13, 2022, ordered Kanu’s immediate release from detention even as it quashed the charge against him.

The court said it was satisfied that FG flagrantly violated all known laws, when it forcefully rendered Kanu

However, Justice Nyako, on April 8, 2022, struck out eight out of the 15-count charge that FG preferred against him on the premise that they lacked substance.

Likewise, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on October 13, 2022, ordered Kanu’s immediate release from detention even as it quashed the charge against him.

The court said it was satisfied that FG flagrantly violated all known laws, when it forcefully rendered Kanu from Kenya to the country for the continuation of his trial.

It held that such arbitrary use of power by the Nigerian government, divested the trial court of the jurisdiction to further try the Appellant.

Dissatisfied with the decision, FG took the matter before the Supreme Court, even as it persuaded the appellate court to suspend the execution of the judgement, pending the determination of its appeal.

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Soldiers Accuse Army Commander In Borno, Lt Col Ajiya Of Sending Them On ‘Death Errands,’ Refusing To Repair Unit Vehicles

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Some soldiers of the Nigerian Army have decried the activities of the Commanding Officer of 81 Division Task Force Battalion at Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, Lt Col SJ Ajiya, which have caused several deaths of their colleagues.

Some of the soldiers who spoke to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, stated that since Ajiya became their Commander, they have recorded several unwarranted deaths of soldiers because of his negligence.

According to the sources, few weeks ago, seven soldiers were killed in one day because of Ajiya’s negligence and refusal to carry the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle for patrol. “Two are still in critical condition as we speak,” one of the soldiers revealed.

Recounting some alleged unprofessional conducts of the commander, the soldiers alleged that “he sends soldiers on useless errands to Koibe” a development that led to one soldier “Pte Salako entering the mines and he died”. “In fact, for him to burry that soldier becomes a problem,” the aggrieved soldier narrated, adding that “the commander did not want to burry him,” despite the fact that he was the one who sent him to his death.

Narrating further, the soldiers lamented the death of Warrant Officer Charles Nwogu 93NA, the unit Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) that has few years to go on retirement and Pte Ugwu Daniel with so many others seriously injured because, Lt Col SJ Ajiya refused to fix the unit vehicles, which led to a fatal accident when they went to buy fuel.

“The CO has refused to fix the unit vehicles to the extent that our two trucks are down. As a result, he started to use Hilux to carry fuel from town and some soldiers had an accident. Unfortunately, we lost WO Charles Nwogu 93NA the unit RSM that has few years to go on retirement and Pte Ugwu Daniel. Some others with injuries were rushed to the teaching hospital in Maiduguri.

“Since he became our Commander, bad things have been happening in our unit.

“This CO (Commanding officer) has no value for soldiers’ lives. He is always risking our lives and he talks to everybody anyhow. Even the officers he insults them in front of soldiers,” the soldiers lamented, while calling for help.

SaharaReporters’ efforts to get the reaction of the Nigerian Army authorities were unsuccessful as the spokesman, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu could not be reached on telephone as of the time of filing this report.

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Just In: PDP Secretary shot dead in his residence ahead of Thursday NEC meeting

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The secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state, Alhaji Musa Ille has been shot dead.

According to Zagazola, the attackers stormed his resident at about 8pm on April 15, 2024.

A witness said the late PDP Scribe was killed him in front of his house.

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UNILORIN lecturer produces biodiesel from eggshells

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A Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Elizabeth Odetoye, has produced biodiesel through the exploration of chicken eggshell-derived heterogeneous catalyst.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, Odetoye said that the feat is in line with the efforts of UNILORIN to develop homegrown technology that would enhance the country’s socio-economic progress.

She explained that the feat was accomplished through a “transesterification experiment.”

The don Said the yield showed that eggshells were affordable potential catalyst sources for biodiesel production.

The scholar said, “The utilisation of eggshells can add value to the poultry production process and minimise waste in the poultry industry.”

Odetoye pointed out that biodiesel had been considered one of the sustainable fuel alternatives.

She noted that the high production cost of biodiesel when juxtaposed with fossil fuel, remains one of the major drawbacks of biodiesel production.

The don defined biofuel as fuel made from biomass, saying, “Biofuel is synonymous with biocrude, biodiesel, bio-oil, biogas, bioethanol, Bio syngas and Bio slurry fuels.”

The Professor of Chemical Engineering added that Nigeria has abundant lignocellulosic biomass residues that are waiting to be explored in more environmentally friendly ways.

Odetoye noted that the open burning of biomass residues led to environmental pollution, especially during the dry season.

According to her, biomass waste pyrolysis is a potential means of converting waste to wealth and will create opportunities for skilled engineers and technicians.

She added that when the ensuing fuel is deployed for massive usage, it will make the nation’s physical environment cleaner and more conducive to healthy living.

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