The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that contrary to the “insinuations and phantom claims” that the Commission is “prosecuting” Senator Shehu Sani, because he is a known critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, he is being accused of obtaining $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, the ASD Motors boss in a fraudulent manner.
The anti-corruption agency said “The Commission wishes to state that Senator Shehu Sani is currently facing criminal investigation, and he is being detained by the EFCC in very conducive environment, based on a valid court order.”
“Invariably, claims in some quarters of the breach of his fundamental human rights, is merely in the imagination of the purveyors of such claims.”
” Let it be stated clearly, that Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer as regards the alleged involvement in name-dropping, and particularly that he obtained $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, the ASD Motors boss, in order to help shield him from investigations being carried out by the EFCC.”
“For certain people to brazenly come out to defend a suspect, who is being probed for a serious offence as the one committed by Sani shows that they are not really conversant with his offence.”
” It is unfortunate that certain people are ready to do anything to support evil for pecuniary gains. This is quite unfortunate!”
Senator Abbo to pay woman N50m over assault at sex-toy shop–Court
The Federal High Court in Abuja had on Monday ordered Senator Representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo to pay a sum of 50 million Naira as damages for assaulting Osimibibra Warmate at a sex toy shop mid 2019.
Abbo who was captured in a viral video in July 2019, had assaulted a nursing mother Warmate in a sex toy store, slapped and rough handled her while his police escort looked on.
The release of the video online in July led to an outrage from Nigerians beckoning on the prosecuting agencies to address the situation and ensure justice was served.
After several probes, court sessions and an apology by the senator to the woman and her family, the case seemed not to have been forgotten despite the ruling of the magistrate court in Zuba in July 2020 which dismissed the charges against Senator Abbo for lack of diligent prosecution on the part of the Police, saying all the evidence given to the court didn’t prove Senator Abbo was guilty of the allegations against him.
Warmate after the judgment of the Magistrate court had thereafter consulted a human rights lawyer to bring a civil suit against Senator Abbo at the Federal High Court in Abuja. She had initiated a civil claim for damages which brought about the judgment in her favour today. The court awarded her 50 million naira in damages against the defendant Senator Elisha Abbo.
PETROAN Calls for Truce on Proposed NLC Strike over Petrol Price Hike
President Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN), Dr Billy Gillis-Harry has called on the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to consider dialogue as against the nationwide strike action billed from Monday, September 28, 2020
PETROAN is the second organized section in the oil and gas sector to take a position considered as capable of pulling the artery off the proposed strike action by the NLC and TUC. Last Tuesday, the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) surprisingly suspended the two-day warning strike which it commenced on Tuesday.
Although the protest of NARTO, an umbrella organisation of all commercial vehicles owners in Nigeria engaged in the haulage of petroleum products, general cargoes, and movement of goods and passengers nationwide, was unrelated to hike in petrol price hike, observers said the suspension of their strike, after a brief meeting with officials of government, was in order to ensure that their members will not participate in the NLC proposed strike.
Dr Harry said a dialogue Hon minister of state for.petroleum,Hon minister of Labour and organized labour between Saturday and Sunday, which he believes, the regulatory organs of government will be open to, will achieve a sustainable truce that will be in the interest of the common Nigerians in the street, than a mass action that will be largely destructive and worsen the hardship already inflicted by the Covid19 pandemic on Nigeria.
PETROAN is the umbrella body of over 400,000 members nationwide, who are petrol station owners and marketers. “Our members occupy the last stratum in the petrol distribution value chain. We have direct contact and final interaction with users of petroleum products. We have inflammable assets that are freely accessible to a possibly rampaging group. So, we are of the opinion that dialogue will achieve middle ground that will be favourable to the masses than a strike action,” the PATROAN President stated.
According to him, while PATROAN does not support the hike in petroleum pump price, and other tariffs, it believes that a strike action will only end up worsening things for Nigerians. “We want the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, NUPENG and all sister unions and associations to consider this dialogue option in the interest of the ordinary Nigerians. Let us exhaust all possible avenues of peaceful solution. We believe the authorities will definitely shift,” the PETROAN boss said
The NLC’s Central Working Committee handed down a two-week ultimatum to the FG to reverse the price hike or face industrial action after the National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Abuja. The federal government through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, on July 1, raised the pump price of petrol to between N140.80 and N143.80 in July, one of the highest price movements in the last few months.
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