Today’s Headlines: Protest Rocks Abuja Over Alleged Plan To Arrest Emefiele, 28 Killed In Kaduna

Protest Rocks Abuja over Alleged Plan to Arrest Emefiele

Massive protests have hit the streets of Abuja following the discovery of a suit allegedly filed by the Department of State Service (DSS) wherein it accused Mr. Godwin Emefiele of terrorism financing as well as other crimes it described as economic crimes of national security dimension.

The protesters comprising Buhari Legacy Defenders, Arewa Youth Consultative Movement, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Movement, African Centre for Justice and Human rights, Ethnic youth Leaders, Political Parties Chairmen Forum, Lawyers in Defence of Economic rights and Justice marched to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) where they submitted a petition against the action of the DSS and called for the sack of the DG, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

They also submitted similar letters to the office of the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and Inspector General of Police (IGP) among others. The groups which rose from a press conference before they embarked on the march alleged that the DSS embarked on this plot to remove the CBN governor for political and pecuniary reasons.

28 killed in fresh southern Kaduna attack

Terrorists on Sunday night reportedly killed over 28 people in separate attacks in Malagum 1 and Sokwong communities of Kagoro Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Council Chairman, Hon. Mathias Siman, who confirmed the incident to The PUNCH on Monday, said he could only confirm seven people were gruesomely killed in Sokwong Community. The attack is coming barely five days after an attack was launched in Malagum 1 killing three persons.

According to him,m all the houses in Sokwong Community had been completely razed down by the terrorist adding that he is yet to confirm the killings in Malague. Mathias urged residents in the area to remain calm as security agencies were being deployed to carry out investigations in the area.

INEC to tackle use of the money during elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has reiterated its commitment to address the negative role of money in the electioneering process.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja on Monday at a stakeholders summit aimed at addressing the influence of money on the 2023 general election.

In his welcome address, Yakubu lamented the activities of money bags whom he said, were desperate to compromise the will of the people at every election cycle, adding however that in collaboration with security agencies, the Commission would do everything possible to ensure that money would not be used to subvert the will of the people in the 2023 elections.

EFCC has no authority to probe Kogi’s finances

Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has no constitutional right to probe how a state spends its money.

Agbakoba, while speaking with journalists in Lagos on Sunday, said only the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and state assemblies have the responsibility to probe state expenditure.

“Like the current trending case where the EFCC arrested some people in Kogi state on allegations of money laundering, I believe that case should not be the business of the EFCC, at all,” the senior advocate said. “Is it their business how Kogi spends their money? Even if it is their business, is it their lawful business to make that inquiry?

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