Hushpuppi to be sentenced in October –US court

The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California says that Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi, will be sentenced in October 2021.

The court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, disclosed this to one of our correspondents in an emailed enquiry on Friday.

Hushpuppi has recently pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.

The court also confirmed that it ordered the FBI to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and five others.

“A U.S. Magistrate Judge has issued arrest warrants for the defendants in the case, including Mr Kyari. This is standard operating procedure in nearly all of the criminal cases filed by this office.

“Hushpuppi is currently scheduled to be sentenced in late October,” Mrozek stated.

The court official, however, did not disclose whether Kyari must be in court with Hushpuppi by late October.

In a plea agreement document sighted by The PUNCH, Hushpuppi has since pleaded guilty to money laundering and internet fraud-related charges.

The document was signed by Hushpuppi; his lawyer, Loius Shapiro; and Acting United States Attorney, Tracy Wilkison, among others.
Source – Punch



Banking on Malami’s Rule of Law, APC Holds Ward Congresses Today

Rattled by last Wednesday’s minority judgement of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election, which punched holes in the legality of the actions of its National Caretaker Committee’s Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, members of the All Progressives Congress’ Caretaker Committee yesterday scampered to the Minister of Justice/Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for advice on whether to go ahead with today’s ward congresses.

On the same day, a chieftain of the APC from Abia State, Kalu Agu, asked a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the APC from going ahead with its ward congresses today, as well as subsequent local governments, states, zonal congresses, and the party’s National Convention.

As for Buni, sources said he was also distressed by the Supreme Court indictment, and “he is seriously weighing his options about either staying as party Chair or returning to his job as Yobe State governor.”
Another source said the decision to consult Malami on the issue was in conformity with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Of course, Malami, after an elaborate analysis, cleared the Caretaker Committee to proceed with the ward congresses, assuring that Buni’s continued stay as Chair would not portend any crisis for the party.

The sources said Malami told the caretaker members that the Supreme Court judgement did not render the committee illegal and that it still “has legal capacity to undertake any action on behalf and in the name of the party.”

Malami said further that the judgement did not question the legality of all the actions taken by the Buni-committee since inception.

A member of Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Prof. Mamman Tahir, who confirmed this development, while addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, said Malami assured that Buni’s stay was legal, and would not turn the congresses into a nullity.


Obaseki, Oba of Benin’s face-off: Protest rocks Edo

The face-off between Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, yesterday degenerated into a massive protest by members of the Association of Okaigheles (youth leaders) in Benin Kingdom, over the law recently put in place by Obaseki’s administration proscribing their existence.

The protest led to gridlock at the popular King’s Sqaure (Ring Road), Benin, the state capital, near the palace of the first-class monarch, and other link roads, with pedestrians, commuters and motorists groaning for hours.

The protesters were armed with banners and placards bearing various inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions included: “We are proud of our King”, “Governor Obaseki, you are not our spiritual father”, “We are Okaigheles to the Palace of Oba of Benin, not Government House, Benin City”, and “Arrest and persecute any Okaighele that’s involved in illegality.”

As the protesters were leaving Ring Road, they headed for the expansive palace of the Oba of Benin, in order to let him know of their grievances, while terminating the protest at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo Council, at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin, where they addressed reporters.

Okaigheles in Benin are youth leaders in communities in charge of land purchase and sale of landed property in Benin Kingdom.

Obaseki recently assented to a law that was passed by members of Edo House of Assembly, through a bill that repealed the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2017, thereby re-enacting the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021, which banned the activities of Okaigheles in the Southsouth state.

The Chairman of the association of Okaigheles, Glory Ikponmwosa, while speaking with reporters at NUJ Press Centre, declared that Okaigheles of Benin Kingdom were not political appointees, while they remained loyal and subjected to only the Benin royal stool.
Source: The Nation



2 dead after in plane crash near Southern California airport

A small plane crashed and burned Friday near a Southern California airport, killing both people aboard, authorities said.

The plane went down at around 9:30 a.m. in a vacant lot northwest of Banning Municipal Airport, east of Los Angeles.

Fire officials said the crash sparked a small blaze that was quickly doused.

Nobody on the ground was hurt.

There was no immediate word on what led to the crash or whether the plane was heading from or to the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Source – The Tribune