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Sunday Igboho Not Caught With Forged Passport – Lawyer

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Contrary to reports, Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho was not caught with the forged passport of Benin Republic, his lawyer in the French country, Ibrahim David Salami has said.

BBC quoted Salami as saying Igboho was arrested with only the German and Nigerian passport, contrary to reports that he was caught with a forged passport of Benin Republic with which he wanted to travel out of the country.

Salami spoke to BBC after the activist appeared in court on Thursday.

Also, the case against the activist has been adjourned till Monday by Court d’Appel in Cotonou and not Friday as previously reported.

According to BBC, the prosecutors will take a decision on the international arrest warrant issued against Igboho by Nigerian government ahead of his reappearance in court on Monday.

It was learnt that the prosecutors may take a decision on the warrant today.

The court will also examine the international arrest warrant and if the warrant was found to be alright, the court can order extradition of Igboho to Nigeria.

But if the court says the warrant is defective in one way or the other, the case will be referred to the prosecutor because the activist did not commit any offence in Benin Republic.

Meanwhile, the Court has ordered the release of Igboho’s wife Ropo, as nothing was found against her.

The Federal Government had declared Igboho wanted after his house was raided in Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives of Department of State Services, DSS, on July 1.

Some of his aides were arrested during the raid while the secret police also claimed that it recovered guns and other weapons from the residence during the raid.

The DSS had accused the activist of gunrunning and declared him wanted.

The Federal Government had also issued an international arrest warrant for the arrest of the activist.

Igboho was subsequently arrested on Monday at Cotonou Airport alongside his wife, Ropo, a German citizen. They were on their way to Germany.

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After Meeting NGF Chairman, Akpabio Apologies To state Givernors Over N30bn Claim

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has finally apologised to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State over his comment on the N30bn allowance allegedly given to them to cushion the effect of inflation in food prices.

This was coming after the Senate President held a meeting with the NGF Chairman and some of his counterparts in Abuja yesterday.

Akpabio had, at a plenary sitting last Tuesday, said an “unverified report” indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to cushion the effect of inflation and the high cost of food prices.

The statement has generated controversies in the public space, with some commentators asking governors to come clean about the money they did not collect.

However, on Monday, Akpabio in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, retracted the statement, saying the SP held the governors in high esteem.

The statement reads below:

“During the session, the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about N30bn to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments.

“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment.

“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that state governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable stakeholders’ in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people.”

Eyiboh added that Akpabio has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance.

He, therefore, urged the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement.

He added, “The President of the Senate recognises and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”

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Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.

This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.

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PHOTOS: FG welcomes Super Eagles with breakfast

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The Super Eagles have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory after their second-place finish at the just concluded African Cup of Nations final.

Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.

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