Appeal Court orders release of Dasuki on bail

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Apprehension has once again rent the air over appeal court order, granting the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, bail.

The apprehension arose from fears whether the federal government will obey the latest order.

The Appeal Court in Abuja declared that the detention of Dasuki since December 29, 2015 by the Department of State Security (DSS) was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

In the Certified True Copy of the judgment sighted by this reporter, the appellate court ordered his immediate release on conditional bail.

A fine of N5m was awarded against the secret police as compensation for breach of Dasuki’s fundamental rights from the long detention.

The appellate court held that the DSS and its Director General acted outside their constitutional powers.

In a unanimous judgment of a 3 – man panel of justices of the court led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe- Wilson, the court held that the fundamental rights of the ex-NSA had been brazenly and brutally breached by the prolonged detention without trial in any fresh charge or investigation, contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

Dasuki was subsequently admitted to bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties in the like sum.

The two sureties shall be serving public servants not below the status of level 16 in either state or public service of the federal or any of its agencies and shall produce a valid documents of his or her status to the registrar of the federal high court in Abuja.

Other conditions include, each surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the high court and other physical address must be verified by the court registrar and shall also produce two recent passport size photographs in addition to deposing to affidavit of means.

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Osun: PDP expresses shock over S/Court verdict

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is shocked at the ruling of the Supreme Court on the contentious Osun State Governorship election.

The party said that the fact that the Supreme Court had a split judgment also speaks volumes on the matter.

A statement on Friday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodinyan, said “Our study of the judgment however shows that the Supreme Court did not negate the position of the PDP and millions of Nigerians that our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, won the election, but based its verdict on reservations over issues of technicalities arising at the election petition tribunal.

“Nevertheless, our party stands with overwhelming majority of Nigerians on that undeniable fact that the people of Osun State, by the votes cast at the poll, preferred Senator Adeleke as their governor.

“The PDP, as a law-abiding party, however, urges the people of Osun state to remain united, calm and not lose hope in our democratic process and the quest for a government that truly represents their wishes and aspirations,” the party said.

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Airline operations seek FG’s support in international operations

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In a bid to protect domestic airlines going into international operations, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has asked the Federal Government to get more involved in international aero-politics.

Nogie Meggison, the AON Chairman, on Friday said that without the full involvement and support of the government, indigenous Nigerian carriers would not be as competitive as their regional and international counterparts.

“The government needs to join in the politics because we need support, from our ambassadors and every relevant government agency, we need to play this politics with our whole body,” he said.

Meggison, who spoke during a ceremony to mark Air Peace’s inaugural flight to Dubai, said the Federal Government had been supportive but added that a lot more needed to be done.

He said Air Peace should be given support as Nigeria’s flag carrier.

“The government has been supportive so far; we all want a flag carrier and Air Peace has also come this far but aero-politics will come in, which is where we need the government,” he said.

Sabiu Zakari, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, stated that the government would continue to support domestic airlines, especially with special tax windows.

“We have been supporting them but the next level is to assist them with operations into other countries,” Zakari, who was represented by an official of the ministry, Hassan Musa, said.

Allen Onyema, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace,  said Nigerians had been made to pay more than passengers from other African countries on international routes due to the hitherto non-existence of a formidable carrier from the country.

 

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Buhari makes more appointments

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved more appointments in the personal staff cadre.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Friday said the President appointed Mohammed Sarki Abba as Senior Special Assistant to the President (Household and Social Events), Ya’u Shehu Darazo, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties) and Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi – Personal Physician to the President.

Others include Lawal A. Kazaure – State Chief of Protocol, Sabiu Yusuf – Special Assistant (Office of the President), Saley Yuguda – Special Assistant (House Keeping), Ahmed Muhammed Mayo – Special Assistant (Finance & Administration), Mohammed Hamisu Sani – Special Assistant (Special Duties) and Friday Bethel – Personal Assistant (General Duties)

The President had earlier announced the appointments of Sunday Aghaeze – Personal Assistant (State Photographer) and Bayo Omoboriowo – Personal Assistant (Presidential Photographer)

The statement said all appointments take effect from May 29, 2019.

 

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