Medical report, others delay Igboho’s bail application

The legal team of the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, is awaiting an official medical report, among other documents, to file a bail application on his behalf, The PUNCH has reliably gathered.

One of the 11 lawyers expected to represent Igboho said members of the legal team had resolved to put up a strong bail application that would not be rejected by the court.

The lawyer, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak, said, “Preliminary reports that we are getting from the medical team show that Igboho needs medical attention. They said he appears strong physically, but his state of health is not getting better. He was limping during Monday’s proceeding.

“We are awaiting an official report. That is part of what we will be presenting for his bail application.”

Igboho and his wife were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, on their way to Germany. His wife was later released, while Igboho has been in detention since.

He was declared wanted by Nigeria’s Department of State Services when he fled during a raid on his Ibadan residence on July 1 and was put on the Interpol’s watch list.

When contacted, the coordinating counsel for the Yoruba Nation agitator, Olasupo Ojo, said lawyers were considering different options on the Igboho matter.

He, however, refused to give a definite date for the submission of the bail application for the activist, who is facing fresh charges.

Ojo told The PUNCH, “The initial allegations are dead. We have achieved the purpose that we set out to achieve in the first place – to stop the illegal extradition of Sunday Igboho.

“We have different options that we are considering apart from applying for bail. I cannot disclose those options now.

“He is alright. The medical doctors have seen him. His wife is also taking food to him. His right as a detainee is being respected. His lawyers also have access to him. We have no problems.”

On Igboho’s state of health, the lawyer said, “He has no complaint now. He is being taken care of.”


Source: Punch



NYSC mourns five corps members killed in auto crash

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has expressed sadness over the death of five prospective Corps members on Wednesday. The five prospective corpers lost their lives in a motor accident along Abaji/Kwali Expressway. They were traveling to the NYSC orientation camp in Katsina State. NYSC commiserated with their families and described the incident as ‘black Wednesday.’

A statement issued by NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said “It is with a deep sense of sorrow that the Director-General, management and the entire NYSC family commiserate with the families of five Prospective Corps Members that lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident at about 2 am today, Wednesday, 28th July, 2021, along Abaji/ Kwali Expressway.”

Ibrahim also condoled with the governments and people of Akwa-Ibom and Imo states over the tragic incident that has left the scheme devastated. The scheme prayed God to grant the families and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.


Source: Dailypost



APC moves to douse tension over 2023 presidential race

Indications have emerged that there are underground moves by some forces within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to prevail on the National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to cede his yet to be declared presidential ambition and step down to a younger candidate come 2023.

A former member of the National Working Committee, who did not want his name mentioned, warned that the party would have to “navigate the Tinubu bend tactically due to the role the former governor of Lagos State played in the merger of APC and election of President Buhari in 2015 and 2019 respectively.”

It was also gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari was being very careful not to take any action that would amount to embarrassment to Tinubu. RELATEDLY, there is also a strong indication that the Presidency has set up a team of credible personalities to look out for an acceptable successor of Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the ruling party. The Guardian gathered that the move was aimed at ensuring cohesion within the party having realised the likely problems the issue of who succeeds the incumbent might create for the country, if not appropriately addressed.

The Presidency was said to be seriously pondering the Lagos declaration by the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) that the Presidency must come to the South in 2023 just as it is also ruminating over the possible consequences of demand by some in North-Central and North-East. It was also said that the Presidency had enlisted fact-finding groups to carry out background checks on gladiators ahead of the next general election. Impeccable sources said Buhari was determined to ensure that his successor is capable of ensuring the unity and security of Nigeria.

Another source, which is privy to one of the teams, disclosed that many interest groups had been visited to sample their opinions on the qualities the next president should possess. The Guardian gathered that the move was to ensure that APC presents a candidate that is acceptable to the electorate. Besides, the presidential team was said to be currently meeting religious, traditional, and political leaders across the country, saying their findings will “guide President Buhari and the party in making good decisions ahead of 2023.


Source: Guardian