Embattled singer, R. Kelly decided not to show up for a court hearing on Thursday, August 15, after prosecutors assert he “declined transport” from his Chicago jail cell.
The 52-year-old was captured in Illinois a month ago on a few charges including tyke erotic entertainment, pressure or temptation and shipping for prostitution after examiners in a few states blamed him for utilizing his acclaim to enlist young ladies and young ladies into unlawful sexual action.
He should show up in court on Thursday, however investigators guaranteed he ‘rejected vehicle.’
At the meeting which continued without him, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez stated: “The litigant was to be brought to court today. That was altogether worked out. The sheriffs would have been bringing him over.”
“As I get it, he denied transport thus that is the reason the respondent isn’t before your respect today,” she proceeded.
In any case, R. Kelly’s resistance lawyer, Steve Greenberg, denied the charge, contending rather that the artist neglected to demonstrate in light of transportation issues.
“I would prefer not to talk about issues that I examined with the U.S. Marshals Service in open court,” Greenberg told Flood, as indicated by the report. “Get the job done it to state, the Marshal Service says that moving Mr. Kelly is a huge endeavor.”
R. Kelly faces 40 checks, including two state counts brought as a detriment to him prior this month in Minnesota, that convey a joined greatest jail sentence of over 500 years. He has argued not liable to with or without charges from the new ones. He has not been summoned on the new charges.
The 21 charges he faces in Illinois blame him for explicitly mishandling three young ladies and a lady over an about 10-year time frame beginning in the late 1990s. The two Minnesota charges, prostitution, and sales, blame him for welcoming a 17-year-old young lady to his lodging in 2001 and paying her $200 to move bare with him.
The 13 government includes got Chicago blame him for, in addition to other things, taping himself having intercourse with underage young ladies and of satisfying potential observers in his 2008 preliminary to get them to change their accounts.
He is additionally blamed for running a racketeering venture that orchestrated young ladies to engage in sexual relations him in New York.
The disfavored vocalist is expected to show up for another status hearing on Sept. 17.
Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has denied treatment from those he called obscure specialists set up to treat him in India.
The Shiites chief is demanding that he needs to be treated by those booked to treat him before he and his wife left from Nigeria.
An individual from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) made the exposure to PR Nigeria secretly on Wednesday.
The high ranking representative said the nation was going about just as El-Zakzaky was a typical criminal notwithstanding that no court in Nigeria had sentenced him.
The source additionally unveiled that the Indian government has given El-Zakzaky deadline to leave if he refuses to receive treatment from doctors available to treat him, who had been cleared by their government.
“I just received a very worrying news from the Indian government that ultimatum has been given to the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria to leave India if he does not agree to the Doctors specified to treat him.
“From the way this is going, he is being treated extremely bad”, the IHRC representative said.
“Under the current situation, it seems he has no choice other than to go back to Nigeria. He has been given some hours to respond to their ultimatum.
“This is to me is totally, utterly unacceptable by any standard, either international standards or Indian standards or that of humanity”, the IHRC top official said.
He further noted that “This is a man that has not been found guilty of anything to the extent that in his own country, the highest court has granted him permission that he should be treated.
“The Indian government by their behaviour depicts Sheikh El-Zakzaky as a criminal. This is really outrageous and those who stand for justice should please respond.”
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has claimed that the Nigerian government, is baffling the therapeutic treatment of their pioneer, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in India.
As indicated by a leave allowed by a Kaduna High Court, El-Zakzaky and his better half flew out of Nigeria on Monday
The Shiites head was joined by some relatives and security agents.
In an announcement on Tuesday, secretary of academic forum of the movement , Abdullahi Musa, affirmed that the national government and some “security agents working for the US” were scheming to ensure that the IMN pioneer would not be treated.
Musa said the administration of Madenta Hospital, New Delhi, had been compromised not to concede him for treatment.
“Reports reaching us from the hospital indicate that the security agents are colluding with foreign security agents believed to be working for American government.
“Even before the Sheikh arrived the hospital, we gathered from competent source that officials of American embassy in India instructed management of the hospital not to admit the Sheikh for treatment.
“The source added that even as the doctors were enthusiastically waiting to receive the Sheikh to save his life, the American secret agents have threatened the hospital officials not to go ahead to treat the Sheikh at the hospital,” the statement read.
The group, approached the international community and “people of conscience” to win on the Nigerian government and its “western bosses”, to quit playing with El-Zakzaky’s life.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been summoned to the Supreme Court for alleged perjury over the information he supplied to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the just concluded February 23, presidential election.
Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris are the appellants challenging the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari for the election and seeking the supreme court to retroactively nullify his candidacy.
This motion was premised on the dismissal of their suit at the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja on grounds that it was statute barred and as such cannot be heard.
The appellants specifically wants Buhari’s nomination and subsequent victory at the February 23 presidential election nullified on the grounds that President Buhari lied on oath in his form 001 he submitted to INEC for the purpose of clearance for the presidential election.
The appellants, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris in the Notice of Appeal marked: CA/A/436/2019, are asking the apex court for an Order to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and hear the matter on merit and grant the reliefs sought in the Originating Summons.
The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, had on July 12, held that the singular fact that the suit was filed outside the 14 days provided by the law robbed the court of jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
The suit was accordingly dismissed for being incompetent and lacking in merit.
In the Notice of Appeal dated and filed July 24, the appellants through their counsel, Ukpai Ukairo, presented 12 grounds for the setting aside of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, amongst which are; that the “Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in relying on a Preliminary Objection withdrawn and struck out by the Court of Appeal in striking out and dismissing the appeal.
He added, “The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law and breached the right of the Appellants to fair hearing by relying on a Preliminary Objection, withdrawn by the 2nd Respondent and struck out by the Court, thus being a case not made out or relied upon or abandoned by a party in entering a decision in a judgment.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that “the failure of the Registrar to sign the Originating Summons is fatal and goes to the issue of jurisdiction” and thereby struck out the Originating Summons.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that the cause of action for the purpose of calculating the 14 days provided for in Section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution, (4th Alteration) Act, 2017 within which to file an action under Section 31(5) of the Electoral Act arose on the day the 1st Respondent submitted his Form CF 001 to the 3rd Respondent.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that the Appellants did not put a date as to when the cause of action arose.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of appeal erred in law by denying the right of the Appellants to fair hearing by failing to decide on issue one argued by the Appellants which challenged the competence of the processes filed by the 1st Respondent.
“The Learned Justice of the Court of Appeal erred in law in relying for the purpose of determining the appeal, on the processes filed by the law officers in the Ministry of Justice.
“The Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal erred in law in holding that delving into the other issues raised in the appeal will be regarded as an academic exercise as the case has been held to have been statute barred by virtue of Section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 4th alteration and robs this court of its jurisdiction”.
According to Ukairo, the appellants in the brief of argument distilled two issues for determination, (i) Whether the Learned Trial Judge was right in relying on the processes filed by the 1st defendant through a Law Officer in the Ministry of Justice?
(ii) Whether the Learned Trial Judge was right in holding that the suit was statute-barred by computing the number of days from the 28th day of September, 2018 when the 2nd Respondent held its primary election wherein the 1st Respondent was elected as a candidate of the 2nd Respondent?
“The issue one was distilled from ground one of the notice and Ground of appeal which said ground of appeal was a challenge to the refusal of the trial court to uphold the challenge by the appellants of the competence of the process filed on behalf of the 1st respondent by a law officer from the Ministry of Justice.
“One of the processes that was the subject of the challenge to competence is the further affidavit of the 1st respondent filed on the April 15, 2019 to which is attached a written address which are the only processes wherein the issue of 14 days in Section 285(9) 0f the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (4th Amendment) Act, 2017 was raised.
“The Court relying on the documents assailed by objection to competence arrived at a decision and then held the challenge to the competence academic”, he said.
The appellants had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the Judgment of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court which declined to hear their suit instituted to challenge the educational qualification of President Buhari before the conduct of the 2019 general election.
But the appellate court in a judgement delivered held that the suit has been cut up by the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution which stipulate a 14 days time period within which an election matter must be filed.
Though the appellate court agreed with the trial court that the suit was statute barred having filed out of time, it however, disagreed with the trial court on the date the cause of action took place.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed had in his judgment held that the cause of action took place on September 28, 2018 when the APC held its primary election to select candidate of the party in the 2019 general election.
But the appellate court held that the cause of action took place on October 18, 2018, the date Buhari submitted his form 001 to INEC for the purpose of clearance for the presidential election.
The appellants had filed the suit on November 5, 2018, claiming October 25, the date INEC published the list of successful candidates in the 2019 general election as the date the cause of action arose, making the suit to be competent.
The three man panel of the justices of the Court of Appeal had also dismissed the suit based on the preliminary objection filed by the APC’s lawyer challenging the jurisdiction of the suit on the grounds that it is incompetent.
The judge held that the failure of the Registrar of the Federal High Court to transmit the record of proceedings was fatal to the originating summon and makes the suit incompetent.
The decision prompted the appellants to approach the apex court in their further quest for justice.
Among the reliefs sought are a declaration that Buhari submitted false information regarding his qualification and certifcate to INEC for the purpose of contesting election into the office of the President of Nigeria and that he should be disqualified.
Queen Wokoma’s EX-husband, Prince Kalada Allison, who shared a suicide note on his Instagram page, is currently on admission in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, after a failed suicide attempt.
Statement from his close firends, revealed that he attempted to take his life but was quickly rescued and rushed to the hospital where he is currently being treated.
Prince Kalada Allison friends say he became depressed after his one-year marriage to Queen packed up few months ago.
According to his friends, this will be the third time Allison is attempting suicide.
Channels Television reporter, Precious Owolabi, a Corps member, who died during the Shi’ites’ protest in Abuja has been buried amid tears from family, friends and colleagues on Thursday in Wusasa cemetery, Zaria in Kaduna state.
Precious Owolabi died after he was hit by a stray bullet, during the clash around the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
According to Channels TV, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and staff pf Channels Television were on ground to ensure that Owolabi was given a befitting burial. The Director-General of NYSC was also represented by a Director in the corps.
The outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May formally tendered her resignation letter to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday as her successor Boris Johnson prepares to take over the Prime Minister office from her .
May arrived at the palace after earlier urging Johnson to deliver Brexit “in a way that works for the whole United Kingdom”
Shortly afterwards, the Queen received in audience Boris Johnson and requested him to form a new Administration.
Boris Johnson accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed her hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.
President Muhammadu Buhari has included seven women in the list of ministerial nominees he submitted to the Senate on Tuesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has included seven women in the list of ministerial nominees he submitted to the Senate chamber on Tuesday.
Gistified had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari sent a list of 43 nominees to the red chamber on Tuesday.
Seven women drawn from Anambra, Kaduna, Zamfara, Bauchi, Kwara, Kogi and Plateau States made the list of 43 nominees.
- Zainab Ahmed – Kaduna
Zainab Ahmed is a Nigerian accountant. In 2015, she was appointed as the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning by President Muhammadu Buhari. Upon the resignation of the erstwhile Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun on September 14, 2018, Ahmed was appointed as Finance Minister in September 2018.She was the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning before her reassignment. Before she became a minister in 2015, she was Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for five years. She was born on June 16, 1960 in Kaduna State. She graduated from Queen Amina College, Kaduna, in 1977; obtained IJMB ‘A’ Level at the School of Basic Studies, ABU, Zaria in 1979; obtained a BSc Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1981 and also obtained an MBA from Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State in August 2004.
She did her NYSC primary assignment at Egunjobi, Suleiman & Co. Firm of Chartered Accountants in Kaduna in 1981-82.
She went to work as Accountant II in the Main Accounts Division of the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in 1982, and was promoted to Accountant I in March 1984. She resigned in 1985 and went to work as Senior Officer (Finance) at Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) in March 1985. She was at NITEL until 2009. She rose to become Deputy General Manager, Corporate Treasury in 2002
She moved to Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL) and was appointed Acting Chief Finance Officer in November 2005 and later Chief Finance Officer of MTEL. In 2009, she was appointed Managing Director of Kaduna Industrial and Finance Co. Ltd (KIFC). In 2010 she became Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of Nigeria EITI and was also a member of the Nigeria EITI board. She is a member of the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) representing 11 Anglophone and Lusaphone countries. She is also the Government Co-Chair of the Open Governance Partnership (OGP). As Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, she was responsible for Budget implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Donor Coordination and Managing the National Social Investment Program (NSIP). She is also the Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team, leading coordination of the Humanitarian Response of the North East Crises in Nigeria. The objective of the Team is to provide assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). She is a Fellow, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN); Fellow, Institute of Company and Commercial Accountants (ICCA); Member, Nigerian Institute of Management Taxation (CITN) and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). On September 14, 2018, President Buhari appointed Mrs. Zainab Ahmed as the Supervising Minister of Finance.
2. Sadiya Farouq – Zamfara
Sadiya Umar Farouq hails from Zurmi Local Government of Zamfara State. She was educated at the Federal Government Girls’ College Gusau, Zamfara State and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State where she graduated with a Bsc. in Business Administration (Actuarial Science) in 1998. She then went further to earn her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2008 and also her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2011 from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State.
Career: From 1999 – 2000, Faruk served with the Nigeria National Assembly, under the Senate Committee on Aviation and worked with the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
Between 2001 – 2003, she also worked as the Operations Manager at Pinnacle Travels and Tours Ltd (a Nigerian travel agency) before joining the National Assembly Service Commission as an Administrative Officer II in 2003 where she rose to the Position of Principal Administrative Officer before leaving the commission in 2010 to pursue her political ambitions.
Between 2011 – 2013, She became the National treasurer of the CPC , and then Interim National Treasurer of the APC from 2013-2014 before her appointment as Member, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council where she served in the directorates of election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fund raising, in preparation for the 2015 general elections which the APC won. In September 26, 2016, Sadiya was appointed the Honourable Federal Commissioner (HFC) of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI)
3. Sharon Ikeazor
Sharon Ikeazor was born into the family of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, of Obosi, Anambra State, the founder of the Legal Aid for the Poor Scheme in Nigeria.
After the merger of three political parties in 2013, she emerged the interim national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
She was appointed as Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.
4. Dr Gbemisola Saraki
Gbemisola Saraki was elected to represent the Kwara central Senatorial district under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in 2003. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Kwara State.
The younger sister to former Senate President Bukola Saraki is an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and backed APC in Kwara State to end the dynasty of Bukola Saraki in the state with the “O to ge” slogan.
5. Dr Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu
Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning. She also has an M.PA in Public Administration from Nasarawa State University, Keffi and a D.PA in Public Administration, Honoris Causa, from the Commonwealth University, London.
She served as the immediate past APC National woman Leader. She is the President of African Political Parties. She is a Princess from Lokoja and philanthropist.
6. Mariam Katagun
Mariam Katagun is Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a role that she has occupied since June 2009. A deputy director at the ministry of education, she occupied the office of the secretary-general of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO between 2001 and 2009.
The Ahmadu Bello university graduate is also the deputy chair of the board of governors of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and member representing Nigeria on the UNESCO executive board.
7. Pauline Tallen
Tallen is a native of Shendam born to the family of Kattiems. She got a degree in sociology at the University of Jos in 1982.
In 1999, she was appointed Minister of State for Science and Technology by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In 2007, she became the deputy governor of Plateau State, emerging the first woman to be a deputy governor in northern Nigeria. She also contested to be governor of the state in 2011 but lost to Jonah Jang.
She is a member board of trustees of All Progressive Congress, and was honoured as woman of the year for her contribution to Nigeria at the 10th African Icon of Our Generation Award. She is a board member of National Agency for Control of Aids(NACA)
The Management of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc is offering Rights Issue of N4.17 billion ordinary shares of 0.50k each at 0.50k per share on the basis of one new ordinary share for every two ordinary shares of 0.50k each held as at the close of register on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to existing shareholders on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
This statement was signed by the Managing Director, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr. Olaotan Soyinka, who urged all shareholders of the company to take advantage of the unique opportunity by maximally taking up their rights in the rights issue with a view to increasing their stake in the company and as well grow their wealth in the very near future as the company is poised to moving on to the next phase of its growth stage.
He said, the management has set a growth agenda which is aimed at positioning the underwriting firm as one of the top five in the insurance industry in Nigeria.
Mr. Olaotan Soyinka appealed to shareholders of the company that a very robust capital base is critical to the success of the set agenda; hence the need to call on shareholders to fully exercise their rights by subscribing fully to the rights issue and ultimately grow their investments in the company.
The company recorded a Gross Premium Written of N10.5billion representing a 23 per cent increase in 2018 over the N8.5 billion recorded in 2017. This leaves no one in doubt that the company is set for the path of profitability