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IYC: Fresh Crisis Brews As Omare Prepares Contempt Suit Against Oweilaemi

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Fresh crisis seems to be brewing in the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) following Eric Omare’s directive to his lawyers to file a contempt suit against Peretubo Oweilaemi for allegedly flouting the declarations contained in a judgement delivered by the Bayelsa State High Court.

Omare was recently declared the authentic President of the IYC by the State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The court ended a prolonged leadership crisis in the judgement that stopped Peretubo Oweilanmi from parading himself as the president of the radical IYC.

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Oweilaemi, however, in one of his statements said he had appealed the judgement.

Oweilanmi had in the statement said, “I am pleased to inform the general public especially the numerous Ijaw youths at home and in diaspora that we have successfully appealed against the said judgment in Appeal No: CA/PH/ /2020.

“Those who want to ferment trouble in the Council should be informed that the legal battle has been drawn. I appeal to Ijaw youths to maintain peace at all times, while we take this necessary step to correct the legal blunder. Like I said before, there is no cause for alarm”.

However, IYC Spokesman, Henry Iyalla, in a statement confirming that Omare was prepare a contempt, faulted the claims of Oweilanmi that he had successfully filed an appeal against one of the judgements delivered by Justice E.G. Umukoro.

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He said by his utterances, Oweilaemi implied that one of the two Bayelsa State High court judgements aganist him had been set aside by the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt.

NATION quoted Iyalla as saying, “The statement demonstrated a crass ignorance of law and legal procedures and it is amazing that it came from a lawyer. It calls to question the quality of legal education in Nigeria.

“In the first place, it is important to note that the court in the two different cases to wit: YHC/37/2017: Eric Omare & Ors v. Pereotubo Oweilaemi & Ors and SGA/04/2017 declared that the election that was done at Okrika where Oweilaemi and 10 others emerged as National Officers of the IYC was null and void. In law, when an action is said to be a nullity and of no effect, it means that it never existed abinitio.

“It therefore means that in all these three years Oweilaemi and co have just being wasting their time moving from one place to the other in the name of IYC. The court in the second judgement delivered on Tuesday March 17, 2020 also declared all their actions null and void.

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“This point is also implied in the first judgement. The implication is that all Clan, Parliament, chapter and zonal structures set up by Oweilaemi and his Exco are null and void.

“Their participation in any activity of the IYC in their status including the ongoing electoral process would vitiate the process and the electoral committee headed by Bekewei Ajuwa, who is a Lawyer must take special note of this fact.

“Mr. Oweilaemi in the said publication claimed that he has appealed one of the judgements with a non-existing appeal number. For the records PHC/../2020 which Oweilaemi quoted is not an appeal number. It is the height of legal ignorance for Oweilaemi to quote the above as appeal number in his statement. And if i may ask, which judgement did Oweilaemi appeal against? Is it the one in Suit No. YHC/37/2017 or SHC/04/2017?

“Let Ijaw youths and the general public know that Oweilaemi has not even started the process of filing appeal against any of the judgements not to talk of filing an appeal. The appeal procedure involves filing a Notice of Appeal at the court that delivered the judgement.

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“Then parties would be invited to compile records of appeal. After compilation of records, the records would be transmitted to the court of Appeal. It is at this point that an appeal number is given by the court of appeal which may take months. So if I may ask, which one has Oweilaemi done? I state without doubt that Oweilaemi’s appeal only exist in the figment of his own imagination”.

He, however, said even if Oweilanmi filed an appeal as he claimed, it would not change the fact that he was never a president of IYC, adding that a mere filing of an appeal would neither stay the judgement of the court nor reverse it.

He continued, “Therefore, it amounts to contempt of court for Oweilaemi to be signing documents and parading himself as President of IYC.

“This is the reason the President of IYC, Eric Omare, Esq has directed his Lawyers to file contempt charges against Oweilaemi and some of his Exco members who are still parading themselves as IYC Exco members. The IYC is not a lawless organization neither a banana republic, so Oweilaemi as a Lawyer must respect the rule of law.

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“I wish to also advise Oweilaemi very strongly, first as a kinsman and secondly as a professional colleague that he is risking his professional bar certificate as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by his consistent disregard for the judiciary.

“In one of Oweilaemi’s statements, he referred to the first judgement as a ‘black market judgement’. Mr. Oweilaemi may soon go and explain to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) what that meant in a case that he was represented by a Lawyer from beginning to conclusion.

“I advise Ijaw youths to completely disregard Oweilaemi’s imaginary appeal. It doesn’t exist anywhere and even if he appeals, it doesn’t change the legal position that he doesn’t and never existed until the two judgements are set aside. It would take a minimum of four years for any of such appeal to be heard.

“However, I am confident that all the judgements would be upheld on appeal because Oweilaemi has no case. It was a clear and obvious case, that is the reason why in one of the cases, for complete two years, he couldn’t call a single witness.

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“There is no appeal that can be heard and determined before the end of the tenure of the 7th Leadership of he IYC; hence Eric Omare is the Sheriff and Captain of the IYC ship. Swallow your pride, Mr. Oweilaemi and work with President Omare”.

(NATION)

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JUST IN: Tinubu Names New Heads For NCC, Galaxy Backbone, NIGCOMSAT

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of 10 executive heads across the Nigerian Communications Commission, Galaxy Backbone Limited, and Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, all agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, announced the latest appointees in a statement he signed Thursday titled, ‘President Tinubu reconstitutes management teams in agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.’

At the Nigerian Communications Commission, he appointed Abraham Oshadami as Executive Commissioner of Technical Services, Rimini Makama as Executive Commissioner of Stakeholder Management, and Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi as President and CEO of the Digital Bridge Institute.

At Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, he named Abiodun Attah as Executive Director of Technical Services; Aisha Abdullahi as Executive Director, Finance & Administration; and Jaiyeola Awokoya as Executive Director, Marketing & Business Development.

The President also appointed Ibrahim Adeyanju, Managing Director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, alongside three executive directors.

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They include Mohammed Ibrahim, Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services; Olusegun Olulade, Executive Director of Customer Centricity & Marketing; and Olumbe Akinkugbe, Executive Director of Digital Exploration & Technical Services.

With the reconstitution of the management teams in these agencies, President Tinubu expects the new appointees to “deliver excellent service to elevate the impact of the digital economy sector on the socio-economic development of the nation,” said Ngelale.

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JUST IN: Kwara Varsity Students Cry Out Over Alleged EFCC, NDLEA Raids

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Operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Police Force have reportedly raided and arrested some students of Kwara State University, Malete.

In several videos sighted by our correspondent on Thursday, the students were seen running for safety while gunshots were heard in the background.

A student of the university who spoke with our correspondent Thursday night disclosed that EFCC operatives were in the school on Wednesday while operatives of NDLEA and police officers visited on Thursday and arrested some of the varsity students after raiding the student community.

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Yesterday, EFCC raided the school. Today NDLEA and police came and arrested boys (students) anyhow,” the source disclosed to our correspondent.

Meanwhile, a tweet from an X user (@babyygirlfl0) read, “EFCC came to raid in the middle of the night, two days ago, arrested over 30 students, NDLEA came in today to do the same, students tried to stop them, they joined forces with the police and started throwing teargas at students, even started shooting gun, I saw with my own eyes.

“One student is dead, another is fighting for her life! Helppppp! Tag all the handles that can help please! The network here is really bad I’m so scared mannn. Gunshots and Teargas everywhere.”

Another user with the handle @thatgoodbae posted, “This school is a mess mahn!! I don tire!! Because how in God’s name is EFCC supposed to shoot at a student’s car??? Come to raid at 2am??? Taking students that have exams in the morning???”

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The students, however, stormed the school gate to protest the act and arrest of their colleagues.

In November, the EFCC chairman placed a ban on sting operations at night following the outrage that ensued after operatives arrested suspected internet fraudsters in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

EFFC operatives had invaded the off-campus hostels of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Efforts by our correspondent to get the reactions of the trio of EFCC, NDLEA, and the police spokespersons proved abortive as calls made were not answered and text messages sent are yet to be responded to as of the time of filling this report.

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FAAC: FG, States, LGs Share N1.15trn For January

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The total revenue accrued to the coffers of the government increased to N2.07trn in January 2024 out of which N1.15trn was disbursed to the Federal Government, states, and local government areas, the Federation Allocation Accounts Committee disclosed on Thursday.

FAAC, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting in Abuja, said the revenue was shared to meet the needs of the subnational governments.

According to a press release by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Bawa Mokwa, the amount shared is N29bn less than the N1.44trn disbursed in January 2023.

The communique said the N1.45trn total distributable revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N463.1bn, distributable Value Added Tax revenue of N391.8bn, Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue of N15.9bn and Exchange Difference revenue of N279.03bn.

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It also added that a total revenue of N2.07trn was available in the month of January 2024 while N200bn was kept as savings.

“Total deductions for the cost of collection was N78.4bn, total transfers, interventions, and refunds was N640bn and savings was N200bn.

“Gross statutory revenue of N1.15trn was received for the month of January 2024. This was higher than the sum of N875bn received in the month of December 2023 by N276bn,” the communique read.

The communique further stated that from the N1.15trn total distributable revenue, the Federal Government received a total of N407.267 bn, the state governments received N379.407 bn and the local governments received N278.041bn.

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It added that VAT collection was reduced by N71.7bn to N420.7bn in the month ending.

The statement added, “The gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax in January 2024 was N420.733 billion. This was lower than the N492.506 billion available in the month of December 2023 by N71.773 billion.

“From the N1,149.816 billion total distributable revenue, the Federal Government received a total of N407.267 billion, the State Governments received N379.407 billion and the Local Government Councils received N278.041 billion.

“A total sum of N85.101 billion (13 per cent of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

“From the N463.079 billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N216.757 billion, the State Governments received N109.942 billion and the Local Government Councils received N84.761 billion. The sum of N51.619 billion (13% of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

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“The Federal Government received N58.768 billion, the State Governments received N195.894 billion and the Local Government Councils received N137.125 billion from the N391.787 billion distributable Value Added Tax revenue.”

Also, the N15.922 billion Electronic Money Transfer Levy was shared as follows: the Federal Government received N2.388bn, the state governments received N7.961bn and the local governments received N5.573 billion.

“The Federal Government received N129.354 billion from the N 279.028 billion Exchange Difference revenue. The State Governments received N65.610 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N50.582 billion. The sum of N33.482 billion (13 per cent of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

“In January 2024, Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties increased significantly, while Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies decreased considerably.

“The balance in the ECA was $473,754.57,” the statement concluded.

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