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BREAKING: EFCC arraigns Emefiele, Court fixes November 22 for ruling on bail application

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***to be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre, while trial commences Nov 28

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has on Friday arraigned a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele over alleged money laundering and abuse of office.

He was arraigned before Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on a six-count charges.

When the charges were read to him, Emefiele pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), told the court to refuse him bail as he would jump bail.

But his lawyer, Matthew Burkaa (SAN) asked the court to grant his client bail because he has suffered unduly.

He also made an application to the court on where Emefiele should be kept.

According to him, the court should use its discretion to grant him bail.

“We have placed evidence before your Lordship that the defendant will not jump bail. But the plaintiff has not given sufficient evidence that he would jump bail. We urge your Lordship to grant him bail”, he argued.

The judge in his ruling said the ex-CBN Governor should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre till November 22 for the determination of his application for bail.

Meanwhile, November 28 has been fixed for the commencement of his trial.

He will also appear before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of same FCT High Court for a fundamental human rights enforcement, having been illegally detained for 151 days.

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Kogi Security: Hunters Burst Kidnappers Hideout, Neutralized Many and Rescued Kidnapped Victims (Photos)

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The security architecture of the Kogi State Governor, Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo has started to deliver as several bandits were neutralized as local hunters stormed Kidnappers hideout in Yagba West acting on credible intelligence to rescue Kidnapped victims.

Last week, Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo distributed security kits to local hunters recruited by his administration, charging them to go after criminals and make Kogi safe.

The trained hunters were able to rescue all the three kidnapped victims at the camp and some of the bandits escaped with gun wounds.

Addressing newsmen at Odo Ere, the headquarters of Yagba West Local Government Area, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications said the resolve of the Governor to stamp out criminality from Kogi State is total. He thanked the hunters for their gallantry, assuring them of the State Government support.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Yagba West, Hon. Tosin Olokun said the hunters were able to achieve the feat with the help of credible intelligence.

He thanked the Governor for empowering and emboldening hunters across the state to combat crime, assuring the people of Yagba West of adequate security at all times.

The rescued victims also narrated their ordeals in the hands of the Kidnappers, thanking the Local Government Chairman and the Governor for prioritizing security.

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BREAKING: Three story building collapse in Jos, Many Feared Dead

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A three story building belonging saints academy has collapsed in Jos the plateau state capital with so many students feared dead and others trapped in the incident

The incident which occurred around 10.30 am this morning while the students where writing the examinations

Arise news crew which visited the scene saw the combined team of the armed forces. National emergency management agency and their state counter part on ground to help in the rescue effort.

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Court slams N10bn bail bond on Buhari’s ex-Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman

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Justice James Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has slammed a N10bn bail bond on the former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, in the N33bn money laundering offences brought against him by the federal government.

The bail bond must be endorsed by a reputable bank in Nigeria, while the ten billion naira would be forfeited to the federal government in case the defendant bolts away from trial.

The Judge issued the order on Friday while delivering a ruling in a bail application filed and argued by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Femi Ate on behalf of the former minister.

In the alternative, the defendant is to produce two sureties in the sum of N10B each who must have properties worth the minimum of N750M within Abuja.

The properties must have registered titles that would be verified by the registrar of the court, along with evidence of three years of tax payments.

Besides, the former minister and his two sureties are to deposit their international travelling passport with the court and shall not travel out of the country without the approval of the court.

Justice Omotosho ordered that the former minister be taken to Kuje prison pending the time he would perfect the bail conditions.

At the time of this report, the former minister, who was visibly ruffled by the bail conditions, was busy, along with his friends, seeking to meet up with the conditions to escape being taken to Kuje prison.

The EFCC, on behalf of the federal government, filed a 12-count money laundering charge against the Mamman and was arraigned on Thursday, July 11 but pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was alleged to have committed money laundering offences to the tune of N33 billion.

The former minister served under former President Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

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