The immediate past Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati died of cardiac arrest on Thursday evening in his Abuja home.
This was disclosed in a statement by the court.
It said the late jurist died around 7:30 pm of cardiac after observing the evening magrib prayer in Abuja.
The statement issued by the court’s spokeswoman, Catherine Oby Nwandu, quoted the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho as describing his immediate predecessor as “calm and gentle, but very courageous; extremely humble and forthright in all his dealings.”
Justice Tsoho added: “The pain of the exit of late Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati will be felt by the court and as well as the country at large.”
He prayed the Almighty God will to grant his immediate family, relatives and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Part of the statement reads: “With great sadness, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, regrets to announce the sudden death of the former Chief Judge of this honourable court; Honourable Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati who passed on last night at about 7:30 pm being 25th February, 2021 after his usual evening magrib prayer in Abuja.
“Born on the 25th of July, 1954 at Kwami, Gombe State, he was appointed to the Federal High Court Bench on 31st October, 1991.
“He became the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on 16th September, 2017 and was confirmed as the substantive Chief Judge on 19th June, 2018.
“The late Justice Kafarati retired from the Federal High Court Bench on the 25th July, 2019.
“The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Judges of the court, the entire Management and staff of the court commiserate with the family of the deceased.
“The burial arrangements will be done according to Islamic rites as follows: Funeral prayer: Salat Al-Janazah Prayers at the National Mosque Abuja at 2pm prompt.”
It added that internment is scheduled for the National Cemetery Gudu, Abuja.
The feud between cross dresser, Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, popularly known as Bobrisky and actress, Nkechi Blessing appears not to be ending soon.
The duo, on Thursday engaged in a heated exchange of words on Instagram, calling each other unprintable names and revealing dirty secrets about themselves.
The fight started when Nkechi Blessing wrote a post on her page apologising to the female fan, who drew her as tattoo that she earlier condemned.
A fan of Bobrisky commented under the post, insinuating that Nkechi Blessing wrote the apology out of fear of Bobrisky who had earlier advised “fans” to mind the celebrities they follow.
Annoyed by the comment, Nkechi Blessing fired back at the commenter asking her if she and Bobrisky were mad.
Nkechi replied saying: “Abi you and Bobrisky dey mad? You want make I swear for you?”
Bobrisky, while calling out Nkechi noted that he enjoys his peace and as such the actress should never have any reason to talk about him.
He however took to his page to reply Nkechi sharing a screenshot of her deleted post.
“Nkechi or whatever your names is called !!!! I like my space and peace a lot, that is y I don’t follow people here, but when you crossed your lane you are definitely waking a dangerous python up, I know you and clout are 5 and 6 and we are both SHAMELESS!!!! So let roll d dice. Never in your life mention my name on ur stupid page again.
“I repeat if u nor wan make Sango and Ogun strike your whole generation. If you have any issue with me be brave and face me let roll d dice. Na me say make you they do audio giveaway for your page?,” he wrote.
In another post he said: “My leaked ass hole has given me wat your generation can’t afford !!!!! I don’t blame you thou ! Let me quickly remind you how your mother use you to serve men when she was still selling beer at a beer parlour.
Nkechi accused Bobrisky of fighting with her because of a man and hinted on the strained relationship between him and his best friend, Tonto Dikeh.
Meanwhile, Bobrisky also called on the actress to personally reach out to him if she has scores to settle.
He also accused her of not being rich enough to appreciate fans who get a tattoo of her name on their bodies.
When President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the then Major General Tukur Yusuff Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), those who were familiar with him said his appointment could not have come at a better time. It was a time the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents had instilled horror in the mind of Nigerians while the military was losing its officers and men in large numbers. The Nigerian military regarded as one of the best in the world had become the butt of jokes even among Nigerians.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff in July 13, 2015, a large section of Nigeria was under the grip of Boko Haram. The insurgents were controlling a lot of local governments in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. They were so bold in their evil undertaking that, even the local government of the former Chief of Defence Staff, the late Air Marshall Alex Badeh, was under the command of Boko Haram and his hometown used as their command base.
Suicide bombings by Boko Haram were widespread in the northern part of the country particularly Kaduna and Abuja. The media was not spared either. The office of a national newspaper, This Day, was bombed by the insurgents.
Meanwhile, within three months of his appointment, General Buratai demonstrated his leadership capability by showing that he indeed understood the terrain of the North East, the epicenter of the insurgency, having been born in Buratai town in Biu local government area in Borno state, which also suffered brutal attack from Boko Haram. He took the war to Boko Haram and cleared the mess. As at September 2015, his soldiers had recaptured and pushed back the insurgents from Gamboru Ngala, the area’s commercial centre, and hoisted the Nigerian flag in the town. At that time, bombings by Boko Haram were common in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital city. Buratai was able to put a stop to that.
General Buratai did not just beat back any further advance on Maiduguri by the rampaging Boko Haram, the insurgents were chased to their Sambisa Forest hideout where troops of the Operation Lafia Dole proudly displayed vital insignias of the sect including a Holy Quran and flags of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, on national television to the admiration of Nigerians. That indeed was a big setback for the insurgents’ campaign of destruction, from which they never recovered as a whole.
In terms of projects, capacity building, training and welfare, throughout Buratai’s tenure as COAS, there was never a dull moment.
It is on record that Buratai’s leadership style did inspire the fighting soldiers, a record-breaking template his successors would also find suitable to utilize. When he became the Nigerian army chief, he made it a duty to identify with his officers and men as they launched a full-scale war against the Boko Haram fighters. As an officer well-grounded in military tactics, records show that he led his men to victories defeating the insurgents who not only bowed but surrendered their weapons in disgraceful defeat. Besides, General Buratai, while he headed the Army, personally identified with his soldiers in their trying times. He is said to be the first military chief to be so concerned about his men in the war front.
When he assumed office in July of 2015, General Buratai wasted no time in setting the machinery in motion to decimate the Boko Haram insurgency. However, the new Army chief met troops whose morale in the battlefield was dampened by poor or lack of arms and ammunitions to battle insurgency; a condition further worsened by poor welfare packages of troops in the battlefront; arrears of unpaid salaries and allowances of army personnel and zero initiative on incentives to fighting troops. Subsequently, he kick started a tour
of Army formations, got briefs and set to work almost immediately to right the wrongs by setting in motion processes to stabilize the psyche of the battle-weary troops.
He initiated a range of activities in support of developing the force, via intensive training, mentoring, partnering, monitoring and empowering. His enabling efforts in that regards include setting up the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Biu, Borno State; Command Secondary School (Boys & Girls) in Kebbi State; Nigerian Army Aviation hangar at Jaji Airstrip, Kaduna; Mine Resistance Amour Protected (MRAP); Activation of Divisions Training Schools; establishing Tinapa Post Housing Development Limited Estate, Calabar; Army Warrant Officers Board; the Nigerian Army Special Forces School; First Nigerian Army indigenous infantry patrol vehicle; Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command and the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company.
Other capacity building projects Buratai initiated are; the Supply and Transport Driving School; Nigerian Army Women’s Corps; Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association Hospital; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command; 20 Regimentation Battalion; 133 Special Forces Battalion; 123 Special Forces Battalion; Counter Terrorist and Counter Insurgency Museum; 109 Special Forces Battalion; 4 Special Forces Battalion, Counter Explosive Devices; 707 Special Forces Brigade; Motorcycle Battalion; Nigerian Army Agricultural Business Enterprise Limited; Army War College, Nigeria; Nigerian Army Bureau De Change; Nigerian Army Investments Account; Operation Lafia Dole Sectors 1,2 and 3; Homes Fit for Heroes; Otukpo Post Housing Development Limited Estate; Buffalo Engineering and Technical Services Limited, evolution of new operational concepts, establishment of 6 and 8 Divisions, Nigerian Languages Training Initiative, and many more.
Inspiring and effectively leading subordinates, especially through a military mission with life or death implications, is no small feat. It requires leadership, one that extends well beyond the battlefield. This trait, evidently, Retired General Tukur Buratai possesses with an undeterred drive to accomplish noteworthy goals in any field of endeavour.
It bears repeating that General Buratai did not joke with the welfare of his officers while he headed the Army. He always made sure they were in right frame of mind in their duty. He is a man that would go to any length to see and meet their needs at every point in time. Under his leadership, priority was given to the equipment used by the military to combat the insurgents, among other steps taking by him. The allowances and bonuses of the military were paid as at when due.
It was vintage Buratai who continually ensured that his troops continued to receive utmost attention in terms of welfare. It was also to his credit that the troops in the North East were provided with constant water supply to meet their daily needs and to stabilize them emotionally and psychologically. As part of efforts to encourage his men, General Buratai on Tuesday July 25, 2017 approved the promotion of 6,199 soldiers involved in the fight against Boko Haram under his watch.
In the basic responsibilities of a leader which include accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of the soldiers, Buratai was not found wanting. He established Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches, built and commissioned block of flats at Jaji, Khobe Cantonment, Jos in Plateau State and the Danjuma Chalets at 2 Division Headquarters. The former Army chief also renovated a lot of projects he met on ground and initiated water projects including the Supply and Transport Foods and new Command Guest Houses.
Buratai has always displayed the zeal to excel and set records in whatever he does. His vast contributions to national, regional and international peace have not gone unnoticed here at home and abroad, which, obviously, led to his being appointed a non-career ambassador after a successful military career.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has been sworn in for a second term in office.
Akeredolu was sworn-in alongside his Deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa after the oath of office was administered on them by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olarewaju Akeredolu.
The ceremony was held at the International Culture and Event Center, The Dome, Akure.
The event, which was planned to be low-key, became a mega celebration, as members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), family, friends and supporters of the governor and his deputy thronged the venue.
Notable among those who attended the event were Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, among other dignitaries.
Former Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd) is dead, The Nation has learnt.
Aikhomu, 65, passed on Thursday morning in Abuja allegedly from COVID-19 complications.
The deceased who was younger brother to former military Vice President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd), was until his death, chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.
Aikhomu was also a member of the investigative panel on arms procurement between 2007 and 2015 which was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari during his first tenure.
According to sources, his death has thrown the navy community into mourning as Aikhomu was considered a mobile encyclopedia on maritime operations and logistics in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region.
Former Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose has described Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde as a failed Governor, who does not deserve re-election.
He said the Governor had decided to betray party elders, who assisted him during the electioneering by turning his back against them.
The former governor ruled out any reconciliation with Makinde, saying that the Governor is an obstacle to dialogue.
Fayose told reporters in Lagos that Makinde had the effrontery to query the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) on critical party matters, thereby making a mess of party leadership.
He alleged that the Oyo Governor was behaving as a politician itching to run the NWC along with his state, adding he had evolved some strategies for division and polarisation of the party in the Southwest.
The former governor was reacting to comments by Makinde, who vowed to ensure that reactionary elements within the Southwest PDP would be fought and defeated.
Makinde also was reported to have warned the NWC against postponing the zonal congress of the party billed for March 6.
He said the zonal chapter will explore legitimate avenues to get the chieftains to do what is right for the party.
However, Fayose said the Makinde had deluded himself into thinking that he is the zonal leader because he is Governor.
He said: “Makinde is a failed governor. He has proved it by his inability to protect the people of Oyo State. He has demonstrated more than enough reasons not to be fielded as our PDP candidate again. He has betrayed trust and in our group, we will not sit with him in dialogue.”
Lamenting that the Governor is opening many battle fronts, Fayose added: “Majority of people Makinde is fighting today are the people who made him. He should stop his ranting. During the congress, we will teach him lessons; that becoming a Governor does not make him a leader. Let him continue to parade the failed politicians around him.
“He wants to run the NWC alongside Oyo State to assist his inordinate ambition to control the Southwest. He lacks the moral justification to criticise the NWC. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“Makinde must be rejected by the people of Oyo State. The young man is opening all fronts for war, barely one and half years in office.”
Wife of a Port Harcourt branch manager of a new generation bank, Blessing Oko Ikpor, has raised the alarm over the alleged bewitchment of her husband, Anthony, by a mistress (name withheld).
Mrs. Ikpor, a mother of four, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the husband is under a spell apparently cast on him by the mistress.
She alleged the mistress deceived him to abandon their 17- year- marriage without any known issues between them.
The heart broken wife accused her husband of holding a secret traditional hotel in a hotel in Umuahia, Abia State where the alleged mistress hails from.
She said mistress in question is pregnant for her husband.
But contacted by The Nation, the bank manager said he has been separated from the estranged wife for over two years.
The wife, he said, has their only daughter while the three boys are with him.
The wife was seen in a viral video fighting with the alleged mistress in the husband’s office before security guards intervened.
He said: “The video about this matter has fine viral in the last two three weeks and she has also done press statement and sent out, I have refrained from making comments because the matter is in court.
“I am aware that concerned friends and citizens have made response directly on those issues. The fact is that my children are involved in this and try to maintain some level of privacy for my own sake and that of my children.
“I do not think this what I should be stating on the social media at the moment. My first son is 15 and he has told me that he is not happy with what is going on and I should make sure I do not join issue with such, and that is where I stand in this.
” If she knows the appropriate way to do things, I do not think what she us doing is the right thing but she should know that a man in my level is not a mad man to wake up to do all those things.”
He added: “My children are living with me, my three boys are living with me and they have left for school and they are doing very well.
“Whatever petition she is sending to anyone, the truth is that I have seen worse than that on social media, just like I said earlier, I refrained from making comments on this, because I believe it is not the appropriate thing to do.
“We have separated for more than two years now but she still lives with my daughter. I am not going to say anything further on this until all issues are resolved. I do not see this as the best way to go about it, but since she thinks it is for her, I wish her the best.” he concluded.
However, Mrs. Ikpor maintained the matter is not yet in court because she has not been served writ of summons.
She narrated how the affair between her husband and the alleged mistress started.
“It all started when the woman came to do one year Industrial Training (IT) with the branch of the bank the husband heads.
“Friends and relatives of the family used to inform me of the closeness of the woman to my husband and their movements in hotels and other places but because of the level of trust I had in the husband, more so a serious Christian, who preaches on the pulpit, I refused to either believe them (rumour mongers) or confront him with any of those.
“One day I overheard my husband calling one of my uncles that works with NYSC here in Port Harcourt to plead on the girl to be posted to Rivers state for her youth service and my uncle asked him what his interest was in the girl that he made such request. I realised that it was not actually what I think
“One day my daughter felt sick I took her to hospital and before we came back my husband had changed all our house keys and locked up my three other children in a room upstairs.
“He left to God knows where, switching off his phones, efforts by our Pastor to intervene in the matter failed because he could not be reached.
“I thought of breaking the keys because my children were crying upstairs and all that but Pastor called me to say I should not break the doors and I stopped.
“I cannot pinpoint what actually the problems were. Before this time we were living happily. I supported him in thick and thin.
“There were no problems and with God on our side and prayers, he rose to where he is now and now this. I know that my husband is under a spell of the woman and unfortunately her parents are supporting her in this.”
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says he is afraid that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), will interfere in the duties of the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, and prevent him from succeeding.
Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday while reacting to Bawa’s confirmation by the Senate.
The PACAC chairman, who was a staunch supporter of former acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said Malami is a politician and must not be allowed to directly control the activities of the EFCC as this could derail the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.
The senior advocate, who had in 2019 led a delegation to the Senate to push for Magu’s confirmation, stated that Malami had become too powerful.
On the independence of the EFCC, Sagay said, “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same state of Kebbi and they may even be related. For me, that is not a very healthy thing because the chairman of the EFCC and the EFCC are supposed to be independent.
“They are not politicians, they are trained security officers. The attorney-general is a politician who has all the weaknesses and loads of a politician. He has people he is obliged to. He has people who are close to him. Some of them may be criminals who might have committed crimes. In fact, some of them may deliberately do things because they think they know the attorney-general.
“So, in such a situation, if Bawa is related to the attorney-general, then there will be a problem because he will not be able to do his job freely because the attorney-general will certainly interfere. He has already indicated his tendency to interfere in both the EFCC and the ICPC with the regulations he purported to make months ago. So, I am not comfortable at all that the possibility that they might be related.”
The PACAC chairman maintained that Malami had never been inclined to support the independence of anti-graft agencies.
Sagay argued that he had made his position known several times but unfortunately, Malami’s powers had continued to increase.
“Malami has never been inclined to allow the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely. He is always sitting on their neck one way or the other. I have complained about that several times and nothing has happened. In fact, he has become more powerful. So, I will not be comfortable if they are related. I don’t want any outside influence on the EFCC or the ICPC.”
While admitting that he did not know Bawa personally, Sagay said he was impressed by his curriculum vitae and background.
He said since Magu had been removed, it was time for all parties to move on and ensure that Bawa succeeds.
Sagay stated, “I don’t really know him. I have just read what has been said about him and he seems to have impressive credentials and a fairly good record from what I read apart from this issue of trucks which the EFCC has denied on his behalf.
“So, inasmuch as the removal of Magu to me looks unsatisfactory, we have to move on and if he is as good as his credentials indicate, then I think the future looks promising for the EFCC.”
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd) has expressed regret that the drugs abuse situation in the country is so bad that criminal elements especially kidnappers and armed bandits now ask for payment of ransoms in drugs.
Consequently, he warned that unless the nation gets to the root cause of the menace, we will only be scorching at the surface as the criminalities will continue to flourish.
Gen Marwa made this known in Abuja at the inauguration of the Special Purpose Committee of the NDLEA comprising 33 members and observers Dawn from the Academia, Civil Society Practitioners in Drugs Rehabilitation, Medical Professionals, Youth, Women Groups, Religious Bodies and Public Advocacy Groups among others.
He said, “The use of drugs in Nigeria is getting to epidemic proportions with about 15 million approximately, nearly thrice the global prevalence.
“Unfortunately, drug use does not show in the face, so you won’t know if your next-door neighbour is doing drugs.
“However, we all know somebody or someone who knows somebody doing drugs.
“No wonder we have so much criminality everywhere in our land. And it is increasing instead of abating, starting with kidnapping, insurgency, banditry (North West), then moving to Niger. Now it has upgraded to rape and assassinations.
“Behind it all is drug use. Criminals all use drugs, even kidnappers now ask for ransom in drugs.
“Unless we get to this root cause, we will only be scorching at the surface as the criminalities will continue to flourish.
“I should also add that criminalities involve selling of drugs to fund their nefarious activities.
“It is for this reason that President Mohammadu Buhari inaugurated PACEDA in 2018, with the mandate to bring to him recommendations on how best to tackle and eliminate the drug scourge within the shortest possible time.
Emphasizing that “No President before him (Buhari) has shown so much passion in the drug scourge” Marwa said, “I should take this opportunity to recognise the interventional efforts of our esteemed First Lady, Dr Aisha Buhari towards the creation of PACEDA and her personal participation in PACEDA and that of the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Osinbajo who also has demonstrated commitment and zeal.
“Today I am deployed to serve with the patriotic officers and men of the NDLEA, the lead Agency for controlling, coordinating and taking charge of the war against drugs throughout Nigeria.
“The fight cannot be ours to fight alone. It must be a collective fight.
“We need the collaboration of every segment of the Nigeria society. The Committee being inaugurated today is the first step in involving our society in this fight.
“With your membership coming entirely from outside the Agency, you will serve as our Think Tank.
“You will be involved in public policy discourse on drugs with us in the NDLEA, you will help us with advice and suggestions and may even participate in the implementation of some of your own suggestions as situation warrants.
“Of course, you are an internal mechanism of NDLEA and will not speak for the Agency. Your job will be to support us quietly, internally as our advisory partners and Think Tank.”
Coordinator of the Special Purpose Committee, Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho, assured that the committee will help in the turn around being witnessed at NDLEA under the headship of General Buba Marwa.
A High Court sitting in Owerri presided over by Justice F. Njemanze has granted an application filed by Louis Alozie (SAN), seeking interim forfeiture of all properties allegedly illegally acquired by immediate past Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The suit, with case No. HOW/191/202, had the former Governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, Incorporated Trustees of Rochas Foundation and Senator Rochas Okorocha as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively against the Attorney-General of Imo state.
Okorocha, who governed Imo from 2011 to 2019, is representing Imo West Senatorial District.
In a motion ex-parte brought pursuant to Section 472(1) of the Imo State Administration of Criminal Justice Law No. 2 of 2020, Louis Alozie (SAN) applied for interim forfeiture of the following properties allegedly acquired by Okorocha illegally: Eastern Palm University, Ogboko; Royal Spring Palm Hotels and Apartments ; IBC staff quarters illegally acquired for the purpose of Rochas Foundation College, Owerri; Magistrate Quarters, Orlu road/Cooperative Office/Girls Guide illegally converted to private use housing Market Square, Kilimanjaro eatery; public building plot B/2 Otamiri South Extension Layout given to the Ministry of Women Affairs for establishing a skills acquisition centre for women illegally acquired for the benefit of Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha’s All-In Stall, Aba road.
Others include Plot P5 Naze Residential Layout initially part of Primary School Management Board but now annexed to All-In Stores, Aba Road belonging to Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and all the properties contained from pages 226 to 272 of the Government White Paper on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Land Administration in Imo state from June 2006 to May 2019.
The application was, among others, based on the ground: “These public properties were converted to personal use by the 1st-3rd respondents and their cronies for which the applicants now intends to recover them in line with the White Paper by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry’s report”.