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THE ATTEMPT OF THE EFCC OFFICIALS LED BY ROTIMI OYEDEPO, ESQ TO INCRIMINATE THE EX GOVERNOR MR AKINWUNMI AMBODE WITH FOREIGN CURRENCY; RESISTED BY YOUNG LAWYERS IN EPE.

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At early hours of today, we were duly briefed that some officers of the EFCC invaded the apartment of the Former Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode with the intention to search the premises.

We got to the scene and met with the officials of the EFCC to inquire whether they have a search warrant to search the premises of the Ex Governor.

Having confirmed the Search Warrant, the EFCC officials told us that nobody will follow them in as they will only go in alone. We resisted as young Lawyers and stated expressly that the principle of search is that the owner of the premises of his representatives must be present to observe the search.

They succumbed to our superior argument and allowed us and the people who has the key to the Ex Governor’s house into the apartment with them. Before they entered, we searched all the officials of the EFCC who intended to go in to effect the search.

There was a blue bag which they were holding with them, we requested to see the content of the bag before they could take it in. They got angry and said we cannot see the content. Having said that, we strongly resisted them to take it in since they cant allow us to see it, which they later agreed. We later got to know that the bag contained foreign currency which they brought to plant in the house of the Ex Governor to incriminate him.

It is important to inform the public that before the entered the house, we all submitted our phones to them as they requested that the only person required to go in with phone is one of them who will record the whole process.

All documents, including the State Executive Exco Meetings Vol 1 – 16 in the personal study of the Ex Governor and His Luggage room which they intended to take along with them for further investigation was resisted by us as we told them that failure to take records of all the documents from A-Z, they cannot go out with anything and they agreed with us.

Flowing from the aforesaid, they searched the nooks and crannies of the Ex Governor’s house and they couldn’t find any incriminating documents or materials. We authoritatively assert that, they did find anything in the house and they didn’t leave the house with anything.

We followed them as they entered from one place to the other, when our presence was intimidating them, they said we should sit down while they will do the search. We resisted that we must follow them to observe every of their activities in the premises.

To our greatest consternation, the officials of EFCC led by Rotimi Oyedepo, Esq held on to our phones and told us to follow them to their office in Ikoyi to get our phones. All efforts to get back our phones was abortive as the EFCC officials led by Rotimi Oyedepo, Esq rushed into their white Hiace Bus with our phones and instructed that since we have resisted their efforts to take “the said blue bag” into the main premises of the Ex Governor, they will hold on to the phone. Thus, almost six (6) phones were forcefully taken away, iPhones inclusive.

It is our happiness as Young Lawyers in Epe to be part of the process to legally and successfully resist the EFCC from incriminating the Ex Governor with the blue bag they brought with them from an unknown destination, and we also compelled them to conduct the search within the ambit of the law. Hence, the success.

We are sincerely elated that our presence really helped a long way to legally and successfully expose the intention of the EFCC to incriminate the Ex Governor. To this end, we are ready to challenge the search as they have gone beyond standard and the search warrant in this regard successfully whisking our phones away.

Thank you for listening and God bless you.

Signed.

Fatai A. Adebanjo, Esq.

Busari M. Olanrewaju, Esq.

#GodOfAmbo
Samson K. Okuneye, Esq.

Source: Dan Asabe

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NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT TO COMMENCE PAYMENT OF THE N30,000 NEW MINIMUM WAGE THIS MONTH

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed that the state government is to commence the payment of the new National Minimum Wage this January.
The Governor made the disclosure when he received Chairmen of the 25 Local Government Areas on a solidarity visit over the recent Supreme Court verdict affirming his election as the duly elected Governor of the state.
Governor Bello said that a committee has been set up already and considerable progress has been made in an ongoing negotiation to begin the implementation of the new minimum wage.
“At the moment our top priority is to address those that have been affected directly by the minimum wage and what it means is, anyone who is below the minimum wage policy”.
“I have given the directive that it should be implemented this January, so that those that are entitled or fall within the class of minimum wage will get”, he said.
According to him, those that are not directly affected by the N30, 000 minimum wage will be taken care of in the next phase which is the consequential adjustment.
“If you implement the new minimum wage, then you find out that there will be the need for consequential adjustments for all”.
The Governor noted that paying salaries is not the only function of government, adding that, at the moment, 80 per cent of the state’s income goes into salary payment.
He expressed concern over  the state civil servants who were not enjoying the as they should, stressing that, with a workforce of no fewer than 27, 000, and the state population of over 4 million, executing capital projects and paying salaries regularly have been extremely difficult.
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ABIODUN LAUDED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SPORT SECTOR, EXTOLS PS’S VIRTUE

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been lauded for various achievements recorded in the sport’s sector, since inception in May, 2019.

Commending the Governor during the sent-forth ceremony organised by the Management and Staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in honour of the former Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Fun turf ground in Abeokuta, the Director Administration and Supplies, Mr. Adetunji Kanimodo, said the State government has invested greatly to the development of sport in the State.

He listed some of the achievements to include; renovation and general beatification, procurement of office equipment, installation of intercom for effective communication in the departments within the Ministry among others.

The Director noted that the successful hosting of the Ultra Race in Sagamu and the 10km race in Abeokuta had open up all the stadia to gain more attention, saying, the recent renovation of the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode was a great achievement.

Kanimodo revealed that all the achievements were made possible through the efforts of the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, describing him as a purpose driven leader, who has brought improvement to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the Ministry.

Speaking, Mr. Fagbohun said all the achievements would not have been possible without the moral and financial support of the present administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun, adding that ‘’the service we render to humanity is the rent we pay in our lifetime as we meet to part and part to meet”.

While appreciating members of staff of the Ministry for their supports and cooperation, he charged them to extend same hand of fellowship to the new Permanent Secretary, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun, assuring that he is forging ahead to continue in his service to the development of the  State’s Civil Service.

In his address, the newly Permanent Secretary, Engr. Abiodun said he was surprised at the level cooperation and understanding between the outgoing Permanent Secretary and the Staff, saying that the cordiality should be maintained for further development of the Ministry and the sport sector.

The event witnessed presentation of gift to the outgoing permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun by members of staff and management of the Ministry.

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OGUN CJ PROMISES TO BRING JUSTICE CLOSER TO PEOPLE

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The Ogun state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has promised to bring justice closer to the people of state, saying that ignorance of the law was not an excuse and as citizen, it was a collective responsibility to abide and obey the law.

Justice Dipeolu made this known at the public presentation and launching of a book, titled “The Law At Your Fingertips”, held at Ogun state Judiciary Complex, Kobape, Abeokuta, the state capital.

She said the idea for the simplified version of the law series was a culmination of the mustard seed that was sown by her administration’s desire to bring laws to the doorsteps of the common man.

“The law at your fingertips initiative; its an initiative, geared towards aiding the common man’s access to the law, and justice in general”, she said

She added that the initiative was also aimed at simplifying all laws of the state to ensure compliance in order to make the state work for everybody, and not only just a selected few.

She said the book came at a time where various reforms, initiatives and innovations geared towards a better and more efficient administration of justice were being carried out within the state judiciary.

She noted that these various reforms, initiatives and innovations would not only create a conducive environment for the efficient administration of justice, but it would more importantly, bring justice closer to the entire people of state.

She said that the state’s Judiciary also identified the need to establish a sex offenders’ registry in the state, especially in line with the incessant number of sexual offence cases within society, where a sex offender would be convicted, noting that the name and conviction of such a convict shall be inputted on the sex offenders’ register.

She said that all the laws of the state were considered within the context of length, technicality, desired audience relevance, frequency of offences and other socio-economic factors, noting that she would not only simply the laws to make it understandable to the common man, but would also transcribe same into Yoruba language and Pidgin English.

She then implored and pleased with everyone to familiarize themselves with the “Laws at your fingertips”, especially the Kabiyesis, Iyalojas, Religious leaders, to also bring these laws to the attention of friends, relatives, neighbours, church members, townspeople, villagers and brethren, saying lowering the spate of crime, would go a long way in creating a better and more conducive society for all.

Meanwhile, the state judiciary has proposed a total of N3.24B for the fiscal year, this was made known at the Budget defense before the Ogun state lawmakers, held at House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,

Presenting the Budget analysis before the lawmakers, the Deputy Chief  Registrar, Ogun state Judiciary, Mrs. Adeola Adelaja, explained that personnel cost would gulp N1.65B, while the overhead cost and capital expenditure estimated to N987M and N657M respectively.

The House of Assembly Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobukanla, charged the state judiciary on quick dispensation of justice, so as not to slow down the administration of justice in the state, saying that they should also put more effort on training and retraining of their staff.

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