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Court nullifies PDP’s expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman



Court nullifies PDP’s expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman

A high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja has nullified the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dismissal of Buruji Kashamu, a senator of Ogun East and the party’s state chairman, Adebayo Dayo.

Following his 30-day suspension which elapsed on January 9, the PDP on July 24, announced the expulsion of Mr Kashamu and his key supporters from the party.

But Mr Kashamu said that his expulsion from the PDP by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party would not stand since they did not have the right to take any disciplinary action against him.

In his ruling on Wednesday, the judge, Valentine Ashi, held that the purported expulsion of Mr Kashamu and his supporters was unlawful because it was done in flagrant disobedience of a subsisting order of the court made on December 7, 2017, which was restated on January 9, 2018.

It directed parties not to do anything to jeopardise the hearing of the pending case.

Mr Ashi while restating the court order of January 9, 2018, added that the PDP must not carry out any disciplinary action against the defendants without first, having recourse to the court.

Mr Ashi, who nullified the expulsion, also set aside the PDP’s letter, dated August 1, 2018, conveying the expulsion to Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo.

Mr Ashi therefore ordered the PDP’s chairman, Uche Secondus to show why the court’s disciplinary measure should not be deployed against him for aiding his party to violate a valid court order within 48 hours of his receipt of the court order,

Mr Ashi also ordered Mr Secondus to show why he should not be referred to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice for prosecution before the magistrates’ court of the FCT, for obstructing the course of justice.

However, Mr Ashi’s ruling was on an application filed by Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo, which was argued for the applicants by their lawyer, Charles Ndukwe.

The PDP had, on December 4, 2017, sued Mr Kashamu and four others. It sought among others, order restraining Mr Kashamu and the other defendants from preventing it from carrying out its legitimate activities, including its national convention that was slated for December 9 and 10, 2017.

Meanwhile the court on December 7, 2017 granted PDP’s ex-parte motion and ordered parties to maintain the status quo and asked them to refrain from doing anything that is capable of jeopardizing the hearing of the pending interlocutory application and the substantive suit.

On January 9, 2018, the court, upon complaint by Messrs Kashamu and Dayo, set aside their suspension by the PDP. The court said the suspension was carried out by the PDP while the case was still pending.

In the ruling, Mr Ashi agreed with Mr Kashamu and Mr Dayo that the order made on December 7, 2017 and restated on January 9, 2018 was still binding on PDP and all parties despite the party’s abandoning of the case, which led to it being struck out.

Mr Ashi noted that even when the main suit was struck out, the counter-claim filed by Mr Kashamu and other defendants was still pending. He therefore rejected PDP’s objection to the suit and held that the suit Mr Kashamu filed against the party before the Federal High Court, Abuja was different from the one before his court.


N500 healed my friend of depression — Reno Omokri




Reno Omokri on Twitter Saturday narrated how N500 healed his friend of depression.

He said this while trying to enlighten his followers on depression and how someone will know if he/she is depressed.

He said in series of tweets:

“Depression is REAL. But BEFORE you take anti depression drugs, try this. Stop thinking about YOU. Think about the less privileged. Take 24 hours to FORGET YOURSELF and do something for them. Then see if you are still depressed after the experience.

I met someone who thought he was depressed. I sent him money. He received the bank alert and got INSTANT HEALING. My point isn’t to trivialise depression. But before taking anti depression drugs, make sure you are really depressed and not just broke.

Many people are LONELY, HEARTBROKEN, BROKE, DISAPPOINTED, DISILLUSIONED, REJECTED & JILTED. But they have allowed MODERN SCIENCE to deceive them that they are DEPRESSED. Don’t allow a one time temporary EVENT become your life long permanent DESTINY.

When I was in university, a friend of mine was depressed. I traveled to Benin to tell his dad. His dad said there has NEVER been depression in their family, but I should take this ₦500 (it was 94). Behold, that ₦500 healed my friend of depression.”

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Taiwan legalises Same Sex Marriage, first in Asia




In what has been touted as the first in Asia, Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.

Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.

The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.

But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.

“The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically.

The law does not bring full equality with heterosexual couples — it only allows for biological adoption, for example, and marriages with foreigners are not recognised.



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EFCC arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta




Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Advance Fee Fraud Section, Abuja Headquarters in collaboration with men from the Benin Zonal Office in an operation on Friday 17, 2019 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Sapele, Delta State.

Working on intelligence reports, the suspects, who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years, were smoked out from their hideout in an early morning operation.

A day earlier, the operatives from Abuja had arrested two suspected internet fraudster in Ughelli, Delta State.

Items recovered from the suspects include lap top computers, iPhones, phones, ATM cards and three exotic vehicles. The cars are Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.

The raid on the internet fraudsters is one in the series by operatives of the Commission in line with the directive of the acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to rid the entire country of internet fraud and cyber crime.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.


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