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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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You Cannot Benefit From Country You Curse – Shettima Warns Nigerians

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Kashim Shettima has warned Nigerians against hauling curses on the country as a result of the hardship, stating that it would be impossible for abusers to benefit from a system they have abused.

He stated that there are a lot of opportunities in Nigeria and therefore urged Nigerians to count their blessings instead of putting the country down through words.

In his words, “Let us count our blessings. Let us not put our country down.

He emphasized that, “It cannot be tales of woes all the time. As bad as things are today and with all the inflation, there are sectors that are doing incredibly well. The health sector is doing very well.

The petroleum sector is doing well. The Agric sector is doing well, for those who are planting cassava.

“People buy it there on the farm. I am not saying that things are easy. The government has come with very tough reforms.

“However, you have to position yourself in the reform. If you go out and say Nigeria is a shitty country, forgive my French, you are going to get shitty results.

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President Bola Tinubu steps aside as ECOWAS Chairman as his tenure comes to an end today (Sunday).

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The 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority is holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he is expected to pass on the torch to another leader.

The Military leaders of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso rule out returning to ECOWAS even as President Bola Tinubu leads Heads of State of the 15-member bloc in a Summit in Abuja to persuade them to return.

“Westerners consider that we belong to them and our wealth also belongs to them. They think that they are the ones who must continue to tell us what is good for our states. This era is gone forever; our resources will remain for us and our populations,”
says Burkina Faso’s leader, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré.

“”Our people have irrevocably turned their back on ECOWAS,” Niger’s General Abdourahamane Tiani says.

“The attack on one of us will be an attack on all the other members,” insists Mali’s leader, Col. Assimi Goïta.

The trio signed a confederation treaty on Saturday, underscoring their determination to chart a joint course and exit the bloc which is urging them to return to democratic rule.

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Every girl needs you in their life” – Sharon Ooja pens touching note to Bisola Aiyeola for redefining friendship

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Nollywood actress and newly married Sharon Ooja has penned a touching note to her bestfriend and colleague, Bisola Aiyeola

In a lengthy post on her Instagram page, she stated that every lady needs a friend like Bisola in their life as she described her as a friend after her own heart.

Affirming her love for her, she appreciated Bisola for all she did for her during her wedding and for sticking close to her. Calling her a sister and best friend, she stated that she is strong because of her

She noted how Bisola always knew where her head was without asking her and appreciated her for helping her redefine friendship.

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