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I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome
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I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and constitutional lawyer has asked why the National Assembly is afraid of ‘referendum’ and ‘a people’s constitution’. The senior lawyer in an interview on Channels Television, recalled how he took on frontally the Deputy Senate President, Senator Omo-Agege on this issue penultimate Friday June 11 at the International Conference Centre. Ozekhome said he explained on a blow-by-blow account how to bring about what we call a people’s constitution, after a referendum. He said;   “In trying to restructure this behemoth, this elephantine, this very unwieldy, unitary federation, which passes for a federal system of government, how do we go about it? That has always been the question. And I have never underrated the role of the Nation...
Go beyond Twitter ban, suspend, dissolve Nigeria, Ozekhome begs FG
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Go beyond Twitter ban, suspend, dissolve Nigeria, Ozekhome begs FG

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has asked the Federal Government to go beyond the suspension of micro-blogging site, Twitter, and “dissolve the Nigerian people which it has become so allergic to and no longer wants to see or hear about”. The senior advocate also said the government is trying to cover its atrocities from global exposure with its decision to suspend the operations of Twitter in the country. He made this known in a statement titled, ‘When A Tottering Government Twiddles Twitter’. Reacting in a statement, Ozekhome said, “Well, I am not surprised that the Federal Government has suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria. Are you? I have always said that this Government has a very thin skin for criticism. It is a government that cannot take punches, but delights i...
Pantami Contracted Islamic TV To Cover FG Event – Mike Ozekhome
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Pantami Contracted Islamic TV To Cover FG Event – Mike Ozekhome

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), says the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, is unfit to oversee critical digital and telecommunications agencies of government because “his antecedents are quite worrisome”. Ozekhome, in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘Isa Patami: The Leopard And Its Unchanging Spots’, said though the communications minister recently renounced his radical pro-Taliban comments, he hasn’t really changed as a “fanatic, fundamentalist and supporter of extremist Islamic sects”. “Has he really changed? What has changed? Can a leopard ever change its spots? Ozekhome asked. The senior advocate said last month, Pantami contracted an Islamic TV to cover a Federal Government event. He said, “In saner climes, Pantami should have resig...
Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks
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Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says with the spate of kidnapping during the Buhari-led administration, he wonders when Nigeria itself will be abducted. According to Ozekhome, compared to 214 Chibok schoolgirls missing under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the situation has worsened with 807 school pupils kidnapped by criminals under the Buhari administration. The human rights lawyer while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, said “What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption...
Supreme Court Reserves Judgement on Zamfara Election
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Supreme Court Reserves Judgement on Zamfara Election

The Supreme Court has reserved its judgement on an appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which sought a review of its judgement on Zamfara election. While ex-Governor Abdulazeez Yari’s faction of the APC, through their counsel Robert Clarke (SAN) brought the application seeking a review of the consequential order of the apex court which voided the total votes polled by the APC in the election over the conduct of the October 3, 2018 primary of the party, Counsel to the Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the APC, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) asked the court to dismiss the application with punitive costs. Ozekhome argued that the decision of the Supreme Court is final and cannot be reviewed, and further backed his argument by citing recent cases in Bayelsa and Imo states and ...
Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome
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Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the latest Supreme Court rulings, how to improve the electoral process and the controversy trailing the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, which has been declared illegal by the Federal Government. Excerpts: The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state. As the lawyer to General Jeremiah Useni, the candidate of the PDP, what is your take on that judgment and others granted by the Supreme Court? I must say that I am surprised by the governorship ruling on the Plateau governorship election. We had a very good case but the Supreme Court being the final court of law, once they have finished their judgm...
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Libel: Atiku Sues Lauretta Onochie, Demands N2.5 Bilion In Damages

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday showed up at the registry of the FCT High Court in Maitama where he signed his witness deposition on oath in a libel suit against Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari. Atiku was accompanied by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who filed the suit on his behalf, to the office of the Commissioner for Oaths where he signed the deposition in the suit asking for a N2.5billion in damages. Daily Trust reports that Atiku, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the February 23 poll, sued Onochie for her alleged libelous tweet via her Twitter handle on May 7. The post allegedly suggested that Atiku was on the watchlist of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had travelled to shop for ...
Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome
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Obasanjo Didn’t Succeed With 3rd Term, Buhari Will Also Fail – Ozekhome

Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, on Wednesday described the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari promising to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years as a slip of tongue. The organisation, while reacting to the suspicion among Nigerians that the President may be planning to elongate his tenure in office and the denial by the presidency, said it was a contradiction for Buhari to be talking about a 10-year programme when he has a four-year mandate. The president, in his opening speech during the inaugural June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja, had said: “In face of these challenges, our government, elected by the people in 2015 and re-elected in March, has been mapping out policies, measures, and laws to maintain our unity and at th...
At 59, Nigerians Now Live Like Corpses, Walking Dead — Mike Ozekhome
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At 59, Nigerians Now Live Like Corpses, Walking Dead — Mike Ozekhome

Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has lamented the sorry state of affairs in Nigeria, saying that at 59 years of age, Nigerians now live like walking corpses or the walking dead due to the poverty and hunger in the land. Noting that Nigeria, once upon a time the biggest economy in Africa and the 3rd fastest growing in the world, Ozekhome said: “Parents now sell their children to survive and the children do like wise. Husbands kidnap wives and wives kidnap husbands’ for cheap ransom.” The Senior Advocate of Nigeria made the disclosures in a statement titled, “Tears, Sorrow, Blood, Lamentation for Nigeria at 59” Ozekhome said: ‘Tears. Sorrow. Blood. Pains. Pangs. Anger. Hunger. Melancholy. Dejection. Hopelessness. Haplessness. Disillusionment....
Presidential Tribunal: We Have Enough Evidence For Buhari’s Sack – Atiku
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Presidential Tribunal: We Have Enough Evidence For Buhari’s Sack – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his party have called on the tribunal to sack President Muhammadu Buhari when it finally delivers its judgement on their petition. They called on the Tribunal to determine the petition on its merit rather than technicalities and ensure substantial justice. The PDP and Atiku insisted that Buhari was not qualified to have contested the election and as such should be disqualified. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, one of the senior lawyers in Atiku’s legal team, said it was the expectation of his client “that the judiciary, as the last hope of the common man, will be dauntless in addressing the substance of the petition by the peoples’ candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in ...
The proscription of Shiites movement is illegal and unconstitutional ― Mike Ozekhome
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The proscription of Shiites movement is illegal and unconstitutional ― Mike Ozekhome

Constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome has kicked against the proscription by the Federal government of the Shiites religious group under the umbrella of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, describing it as “highly discriminatory, unconstitutional, as was the case of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.”   This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday in a reaction to the ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court which described the group on Friday as a terrorist organisation.   According to him, “what group could be more terrorist than the herdsmen and their known anchor, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that has held Nigeria down by the jugular for years, killing, maiming, burning, raping, turning Nige...
Court Orders Service Of Processes On Magu Over Detention Of Lawyer, Ex-Senator.
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Court Orders Service Of Processes On Magu Over Detention Of Lawyer, Ex-Senator.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja has ordered substituted service of processes be effected on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over contempt proceedings initiated by a lawyer, Monday Ubani and former Christopher Enai. Ubani, a former national officer of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and Enai, an ex-senator from Bayelsa State were said to have been detained by the EFCC since March 19 this year when they honoured the commission’s invitation. Ubani and Enai are  ‘standing surety’ for Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), who the commission is investigating for alleged corruption. On March 26, upon listening to Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who a...
Recently Freed Deji Adeyanju Visits Mike Ozekhome
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Recently Freed Deji Adeyanju Visits Mike Ozekhome

An activist and Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju who just gained his freedom after somedays in prison took to his twitter account to share some photos as he visited ,  Chief Mike Ozekhome. He tweeted this photos with caption saying.... Comrade @AriyoAristotle and I visited Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN yesterday. He defended me pro bono “free of charge” and has vowed to always do so anytime and anywhere. In his words “God has transferred the baton of leadership of the civic space to you and we must protect you”.
Ozekhome Lists 9 Reasons Why CCT Arrest Order For CJN Onnoghen Is A ‘Vendetta’
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Ozekhome Lists 9 Reasons Why CCT Arrest Order For CJN Onnoghen Is A ‘Vendetta’

Foremost lawyer and Legal Luminary, Mike Ozekhome as listed 9 reasons why the bench warrant issued against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal is a 'Trivialization of the judicial process'. In a statement made available to PoliticsNGR on Wednesday titled 'THE CCT'S BENCH WARRANT FOR THE CJN ONNOGHEN'S  ARREST: CARRYING THE JOKE TOO FAR ', the senior advocate of Nigeria(SAN), argued; "It's quite saddening and abhorrent to hear that the CCT has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of CJN Walter Nkanu Onnoghen. For God's sake, this is bordering on the vendetta, the ridiculous and trivialization of the judicial process. I condemn this unwholesome step which puts the CCT in the public domain as being on a vengeful and extra-legal missi...
CJN: Ozekhome Calls For Mass Protest, Shut Down Of Courts, NASS
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CJN: Ozekhome Calls For Mass Protest, Shut Down Of Courts, NASS

A constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has described the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as illegal and unconstitutional. Ozekhome in a statement on Friday he said the provisions of the constitution on appointment and removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was clear and was not followed by President Muhammadu Buhari. “The provisions of section 292(2) of the 1999 Constitution are quite clear on how the CJN can be removed from office. Aside sections 153,158 and parts 1 and 2 of the 3rd schedule to the Constitution, which provide that a judicial officer can not be removed from office until he has first been tried and dealt with by the National Judicial Council (NJC), Section 292(2) makes it clear that the president can only remove the CJN from office before the age of h...
Close Down Courts Until Buhari Madness Against Judiciary Is Reversed – Ozekhome
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Close Down Courts Until Buhari Madness Against Judiciary Is Reversed – Ozekhome

One of Nigeria’s senior lawyers, Mike Ozekhome, has called for a total shutdown of courts across the country to protest President Muhammadu Buhari’s “onslaught against the judiciary.” Mr. Ozekhome also urged Nigerians to defend the nation’s democracy, adding that a strong judiciary is one of the fundamental platforms for any meaningful constitutional government. According to him, the Buhari administration is setting the stage to scuttle the nation’s democracy by using strong hand and brute force. He argued that the government has been consistently intolerant of dissenting voices and had invaded the homes of judges, laid siege on the National Assembly and the residences of Senate president and his deputy. “It is clear that this government, which protects its own members, how...
Linda Ikeji, Her Mum, Chairman Daily Times, Others, At The Office Of The Governor Of Georgia
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Linda Ikeji, Her Mum, Chairman Daily Times, Others, At The Office Of The Governor Of Georgia

Africa’s foremost blogger, Linda Ikeji is getting her honorary doctorate degree today in Georgia. The pregnant media entrepreneur shared pictures of herself, her mother, lawyer Mike Ozekhome, chairman of Daily Times, Fidelis Anosike and MD of Keystone Bank, Obeahon Ohiwerei at the office of the Governor of Georgia. She wrote... ‘@officiallindaikeji With renowned lawyer Mike Ozekhome, my mum, chairman of Daily Times, Fidelis Anosike and MD of Keystone Bank, Obeahon Ohiwerei at the office of the Governor of Georgia. #DrLindaIkeji ???’
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How Youths Boo Mike Ozekhome At Gani Fawehinmi Lecture

There was drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants. The youths blocked the path of Ozekhome, who arrived the venue of the lecture at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja at about 1.10pm, insisting that the SAN would not be allowed into the lecture hall. Ozekhome’s arrival was greeted by youths who were calling the SAN unprintable names and abusing him for allegedly defending suspected looters in the law courts. The youths also disrupted the lecture which was already underway. Much earlier in his welcome address and while acknowledging the members of the high table at the event, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, which was the organiser of the lecture, Mr. Adesina O...
EFCC Urges Court Not To Reverse Guilty Plea Of Four Companies
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EFCC Urges Court Not To Reverse Guilty Plea Of Four Companies

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to refuse an application by four companies praying to reverse their guilty plea to laundering of $15,591,700. The companies are Pluto Properties and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited. The companies are praying for an order setting aside their conviction by Justice Babs Kuewumi on November 2, 2016 after they pleaded guilty through their representatives. According to them, their trial and conviction were done “in gross violation of their right to fair hearing.” The companies, in the application filed on their behalf by Chief Mike Ozekho...
Senate Recalls Senator Ali Ndume
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Senate Recalls Senator Ali Ndume

The Senate has recalled its former leader Mohammed Ali Ndume, following the expiration of his suspension. Also, some Senators have disagreed with the chamber’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) for proceeding on appeal against the High Court judgment that declared Ndume’s suspension illegal without the resolution of members. Ozekhome has filed a notice of appeal against Friday’s judgment of Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Ndume’s suspension as illegal, null and void. According to a letter by Clerk to the Senate Nelson Ayewoh, Ndume is expected to resume in plenary tomorrow. But barely 72 hours after the reinstatement of Ndume by the Federal High Court, Abuja, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who is the counsel to the Senate filed a notice of appea...
INEC Officials Storm NASS To Serve Melaye Recall Notice
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INEC Officials Storm NASS To Serve Melaye Recall Notice

The Independent National Electoral Commission has served Senator Dino Melaye with recall notice at his office at the Senate wing of National Assembly. Sen. Dino Melaye on Monday, denied claims that he was evading the service of petition and timetable for his recall from the Senate, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Melaye made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday. The senator, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, is facing a recall by his constituents who in a petition on June 23, 2017, called on INEC to recall him. He was accused of poor of representation of the constituency at the Senate. But, Melaye told newsmen that accepting any “purported’’ petition from INEC would amount to breaching the 1999 Constitution (Amended). A...
INEC Releases Fresh Timetable For Melaye’s Recall
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INEC Releases Fresh Timetable For Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released another timetable for the recall of Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district. Augusta C. Ogakwu, the commission’s secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. According to the new timetable, the recall process will commence on October 3, 2017, with the notice of verification. The last day for the submission by observers will take place October 5, while the publication of the list of accredited observers will commence October 9. The conduct of verification will take place on October 14 in all polling units in the district. The commission had issued a timetable for the recall on July 3, but the lawmaker went to the court to challenge the bid to eject him from the upper legis...
Melaye’s Recall: We’re Studying Court Order – INEC
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Melaye’s Recall: We’re Studying Court Order – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has been served with the ruling of a Federal High Court on the process to recall the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye. The INEC spokesperson, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission received the court papers on Monday but was yet to study it. “We have a copy of the court ruling now, so we have to study it and make a decision, and that will take a while,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday. Mr. Oyekanmi had told this newspaper on Friday that the commission would proceed with the process because it had not been served with the ruling. An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had last Thursday ordered parties involved in the planned recall of Mr. Melaye to maintain status quo. Th...
Osinbajo May Be Impeached Over Magu – Ozekhome
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Osinbajo May Be Impeached Over Magu – Ozekhome

Human rights activist and lawyer Mike Ozekhome has said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo risks impeachment over his retention of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Ozekhome explained that the continuous retention of Magu as the Chairman of EFCC was an impeachable offence which was provided for in the constitution. In a statement he signed and issued on Tuesday, the constitutional lawyer said, “For the Acting President to continue to retain Magu in office as acting chairman amounts to “gross misconduct” as defined by Sections 143 of the 1999 Constitution. “This is because a deliberate breach of the Constitution or violation of extant laws is an impeachable offence. “The provisions of Section 2 (3) of the EFCC (Establishment) ...
Walter Onnoghen Meets With Buhari Behind Closed-Door At The Presidential Villa
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Walter Onnoghen Meets With Buhari Behind Closed-Door At The Presidential Villa

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, met behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. Fielding questions from State House correspondents later, the CJN said the anti-graft war was not losing steam despite major corruption cases recently lost by the Federal Government. Onnoghen, however, parried a question on the alleged "gang-up" by the judiciary against Buhari's administration, saying the system was designed in such a way that anyone who loses at a lower court can appeal the ruling. The Federal Government had, in the last one week, lost four major corruption cases. The first was lost by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday when Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos lifted ...
Ozekhome Petitions Magu Over N450m Enugu PDP Campaign Funds
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Ozekhome Petitions Magu Over N450m Enugu PDP Campaign Funds

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Ozekhome, has asked the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to take over the on-going investigation into the disbursement of N450 million, allegedly, sent to the Enugu State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party by the party’s national headquarters during the 2015 presidential election. Ozekhome, who is counsel to the secretary of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Committee in Enugu State during the presidential election, Hon. Rita Mbah, expressed dismay at the handling of the matter by the Enugu Zonal office of the EFCC. There are insinuations that the fund may be part of the $2.1 billion arms procurement money that was diverted during the Jonathan administration. In a nine-page letter to Magu titled, ‘A ...
Mike Ozekhome Vs Femi Falana On Ndume’s Suspension
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Mike Ozekhome Vs Femi Falana On Ndume’s Suspension

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Mike Ozekhome, has stated that the Senate has the right to summon it’s members to order at anytime. “The Committee of the House or the House, can summon any person. it says any person, and it didn’t say some people. “It didn’t say whether those elected or not elected. Any person; to bring papers, memos, come with evidence, and that if such a person is summoned to come and testify or to come and answer questions and he refuses to come, under Section 5, the Branch of the National Assembly can order the Police to arrest and bring such a person.” He added that “the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives if satisfied that the person has entered into recognizance, they can release the person but if not satisfied, they can tell th...
Rivers Rerun Violence: Why Wike Is Desperate To Stop Probe – IGP
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Rivers Rerun Violence: Why Wike Is Desperate To Stop Probe – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has said the suit by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike challenging the probe into the violence the rerun election is intended to cover his tracks. The IGP said the decision by Wike to investigate the violence, for which he is being investigated, was a desperate move to pre-empt outcome of the probe by the Special Investigating Panel (SIP), constituted by the IGP. The police boss spoke through the notice of preliminary objection against the suit filed by Wike at the Federal High Court in Abuja. In the objection filed for him by Femi Falana (SAN), the IGP argued that the Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by Wike had no power to investigate the crimes committed during the rerun election in Rivers and prosecute the culprits. H...

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