DSS frees Sowore, Bakare after 142 days

After 142 days in detention, the Department of State Services has released rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 general elections, Omoyele Sowore. His co-detainee, Adebayo Bakare, was also freed. They were freed hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had given the DSS 24-hour ultimatum to release the two men. Their lead defence counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), confirmed they were released about 7 pm on Thursday. He said “they were released about 30 minutes ago. They…

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Show of bra, ancient and modern, as women of Kiribo storm Abuja for Sowore

A mild drama took place at a Federal High Court in Abuja as a group of half-naked women from Kiribo, the birthplace of detained activist, Omoyele Sowore, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, stormed the Court to protest the continued illegal detention of their son by the Department of State Service. Most of the women numbering about 30 were decked in white wrappers and bra of different colours and shapes with no clothes covering the rest of the upper parts of their bodies. Sowore and his co-detainee, Adebayo…

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Embattled Orji Kalu begs “Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.”

Former Abia State Governor,  Orji Kalu, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, reportedly begged prison warders not to handcuff him in public. The embattled former governor was heard asking prison warders, “where are you taking us to?” after the judge read the sentence. Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip also begged the prison warders not to handcuff him in public. The former governor, who appeared shaken, begged “Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.” Kalu’s associate,  Udeogu,…

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Kalu jailed 12yrs for N7.1bn fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has convicted a former governor of Abia State and chairman SLOK Nig. Ltd, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was charged with N7.1bn fraud. The court found him and his co-defendants guilty of the entire 39 counts filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Justice Mohammed Idris sentenced Kalu to 12 years’ imprisonment while he ordered the winding up of Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, charged as the third defendant in the case.

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Access Bank to reward loyal customers in N50m DiamondXtravanganza

In its usual way of rewarding customers for their loyalty, Nigeria’s leading retail bank Access Bank Plc has unveiled DiamondXtravanganza – a reloaded Diamondxtra reward scheme specially packaged to reward customers this yuletide season. DiamondXtravaganza will feature three different draws; Senior citizens draw, Women’s draw and the National quarterly draw this December. According to Adaeze Umeh, Group Head, Consumer Banking, Access bank Plc, “As we approach the season of giving and receiving, we at Access Bank also want to recognise our loyal customers and reward them for being with us…

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