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Court Rejects Orji-Kalu’s Request For Post-Conviction Bail

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Court Rejects Orji-Kalu's Request For Post-Conviction Bail

Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Federal High Court has dismissed an application for bail, filed by convicted former Abia governor Orji Kalu, pending the outcome of his appeal against his conviction.

Justice Idris held that there was no tangible ground for granting the application.

He discountenanced the ground of ill-health raised by Kalu that there is no proof the diseases he mentioned were contagious.

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On the grounds that the bail would enable Kalu to represent his constituency in the senate, the judge held that his constituents knew that he was on trial and still voted for him.

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Kalu had prayed the court to grant him bail from the Ikoyi custodial centre pending the determination of an appeal against his conviction.

Kalu had been sentenced to a concurrent jail term of 12 years for a seven-billion-naira fraud.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) opposed the bail application by saying it is not a right available to a convict because the presumption of innocence had crystallized into guilt and conviction.

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He said that such a bail could be granted in a situation where the term of imprisonment would have elapsed before determination of the appeal.

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Cultists Battle Each Other In Lagos

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Cultists are still carrying out their deadly struggle for territory and supremacy in Lagos.  The state’s police command has arrested some members of two confraternities, “aiye” and “eiye” during a battle for dominion over the weekend in Ijora-Badia area of the state.

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Police said five of the cutlass-wielding suspects were arrested after inflicting injuries on one another during a bloody confrontation in which other dangerous weapons were employed.

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Police also reported its Ikorodu precinct had arrested some other 12 members of the same cult groups who had attacked one another at Ladega area of Ikorodu.  Injured suspects have been taken to hospitals for treatment.

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Assange Extradition Hearing Gets Under Way In London

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Assange Extradition Hearing Gets Under Way In London

A London court has begun hearing arguments in the extradition hearings against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The hearing will last for about a week, with proceedings expected to resume in may for an additional three weeks.

A US grand jury indicted Assange last May with 17 counts under the US espionage act and one count of computer hacking. As each of the 17 counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, he could face a total of 175 years’ in jail should he be brought to stand trial across the Atlantic.

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The espionage charges refer to Assange’s activities with Wikileaks between 2010 and 2011, when the website published classified diplomatic and military documents exposing alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as more than 700 secret reports that revealed the ill-treatment and torture of detainees at the US military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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The information was made public in collaboration with selected media outlets including the Guardian, Le Monde and the New York Times.

Assange is accused of conspiring with former US army intelligence analyst, Chelsea manning, to obtain and disclose information.

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Minister Calls On Staff To Fast Over Borno Killings   

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Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq says the top management of the ministry has resolved to undertake a fast over the killings in Borno State.

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As a result, she has issued a statement on Monday asking the staff of the ministry to voluntarily embark on the fast on Monday in solidarity with the people of Borno State.

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She also encouraged the staff to pray for a quick end to the Boko Haram carnage in Borno and other parts of the north east.

Thirty persons were killed in a recent Boko Haram attack on Auno in Maiduguri, the state capital.

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