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Defamation: Obasanjo Sue Punch For 1 Billion

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Erstwhile President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has sued  Punch newspaper and columnist, Sonala Olumhense for defamation.

According to the suit, the defamatory publication was published on January 27, 2019.

Obasanjo is praying the Federal High Court in Abuja to award him N1 billion as damages from the newspaper and the columnist.

The article was “false, malicious, unjustified, injurious, scornful, distasteful, unsavoury, and exposed him to public odium, ridicule and disdain,” the statement of claim said.

The article titled “This is the Best Contribution Obasanjo Can Make”, said: “Obasanjo was no anti-corruption champion either, although nobody harangues corruption better than he. Yes, he launched the EFCC and ICPC, but they fought only the fights he allowed them to and wrote the reports he wanted.

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“His real motivation was the largely retaliatory drive to recover the so-called (Sani) Abacha loot against the man who had thrown him behind bars. At the end, he could not account for the billions of dollars recovered.”

Olumhense, who has Femi Falana, as his counsel, also wrote: “So abominable was Obasanjo’s performance on electricity that he lavished at least $10 billion he could not justify. The House of Representatives said Obasanjo often paid money to companies that had not cleared space for the projects.”

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Obasanjo also wants the court to issue an order directing the defendants to retract the “defamatory words via a publication on the front page of two national newspapers within three days from the day of the delivery of the judgment of the court.”

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Protests Will Not Make Me Release El-Zakzaky, Buhari Tell Shiites

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President Muhammadu Buhari has told protesting Shiites that no amount of protest will make him order the release of El-Zakzaky.

The President made the revelation while warning shiite members to desist from their protest.

Buhari also appealed to the Shiite members to desist from unnecessary violent protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.

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The President spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Shehu who spoke on the issue of El-ZakZaky said since the issues was before the court in Kaduna, supporters should focus on the on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.

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According to the presidency, it is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.

Members of El-Zakzaky’s spiritual group have been protesting the of their leader who is facing trail for alleged breach of public peace.

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DESOPADEC Appointment: Protesters Close NNPC Flow Station 

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Protesters have shutdown Batan flow station in OML 42.

The station operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC was shutdown by angry indigenes of Diebiri and Batan communities in Delta State citing wrongful appointment into the board  of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC) by the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

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The protesters also alleged the state deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro of ‘cornering’ the DESOPADEC’s appointment slot for his cronies in Gbaramatu Kingdom with disregard for the interest of the people of Diebiri Kingdom.

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SANWO-OLU’S WIFE ADVOCATES SPECIAL CARE FOR DOWNTRODDEN, VULNERABLE PERSONS

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…Lauds Senator Tinubu’s Vision To Lift Widows Out Of Poverty

 

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Friday called for special care for downtrodden and vulnerable persons in the society especially the widows, with the view to lift them out of poverty and make them live comfortable lives.

Speaking at the commissioning of Patience Home, a facility built to address the plight of widows by New Era Foundation established by Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Chief (Mrs) Oluremi Tinubu, Dr Sanwo-Olu said it was important for people to show love to the needy in society and help them to overcome their challenges.

According to Dr. Sanwo-Olu, “We need to love our neighbours as ourselves. There are quite a number of vulnerable and downtrodden in society. I used to be a Medical Doctor and I am still one and so I have seen a lot of people come to the hospital and as small as N200, N500, they can’t even afford to pay for the cards.

“Women, widows, physically challenged, mentally challenged to come to the hospital without relations and people to help them out. I have also been to some orphanages and I found out that there are people out there that have a calling.

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“Each and every one of us has a calling and we pray as much as possible that we don’t miss our calling. By the time we are finding ourselves in particular positions, I pray that we will continue to be a vessel of honour, a vessel of blessings to our people out there. The bottom line is that we need to reach out and help the needy in the society.”

Besides, Dr. Sanwo-Olu commended Senator Tinubu for taking it upon herself to cater to the plight of the widows, just as she urged people to emulate her and try as much as possible to be a solution to the challenges confronting others.

“We need to do three things about positioning to be a solution. We must find something to offer and we must love each other. I want to commend our dear Senator, Chief Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu for the vision that she has; for building upon the vision; for not giving up; for being a solution to the various widows out there; for finding something to offer and for not being selfish by keeping all the money to herself.

“We are grateful that we have someone like her in our midst who is always finding something to offer to the people. We are very happy to have her in Lagos State. We thank you for the vision, thank you for keeping the vision, thank you for believing in the vision to take care of our windows,” she said.

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Earlier, Senator Tinubu said it was gratifying that her vision to cater to the plight of the widows, especially the childless ones, had become a reality with the formal unveiling of Patience Home.

She said the facility, which would be administered in partnership with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Throne of Grace Parish, Region 1, would offer temporary accommodation to childless widows for a period of six to 12 months during which they would learn various vocations including fashion designing and dressmaking, catering and hotel management, hairdressing and cosmetology, hats, beads and craft making, among others.

She also said in furtherance of her passion to take care of widows, 1430 widows have so far been empowered through her Constituency Project tagged “Widows Economic Empowerment Scheme”, while the widows of Patience Home would be trained at the Skills Acquisition Centre of Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

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