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[ Masterweb Reports: Ronald Mutum reports ] - The Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai yesterday held an emergency security meeting with General Officers Commanding (GOCs) Divisions and other top operational commanders at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
 

Buratai, while describing the meeting as impromptu, said it was necessary because of prevailing security challenges in the country, shortly before going into a closed-door session with principal staff officers of the Army HQ and other top commanders.

 

Addressing Journalists after the meeting, the GOC 1 Division, Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade reiterated the army’s resolve to find out the origins of claims about a coup plot to overthrow the current civilian administration. He said: “This isn’t something that we’ll take lying low. We will deploy all resources, assets, efforts, to find out where this very dastardly speculation emanated from.”
 

“Most importantly we want to assure our people that the Nigerian Army remains steadfast, and loyalty is unquestionable to Mr. President Commander-in-Chief and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.
 
 
General Oyebade said: “We want to assure all citizens, that the Nigerian army remains apolitical, our loyalty and allegiance to the constitutional authority of this land, the three branches of government, Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief, is unquestionable.”
 

He explained that: “As far as we are concerned, we have decided long before now, since the beginning of the Fourth Republic to abide by our code of conduct and to remain subordinate to civil authorities, and that has not changed, and it will not change.”
 

He added that: “We want to assure our people, that they should be rest assured that issue of coup will not happen within the ranks of the army and within the ranks of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.”
 

Oyebade also said the commanders briefed the COAS on the current challenges and successes in the counter-terrorism operations in the North-East, noting that despite the challenges, the operations will soon come to an end. He further said they discussed the recent re-organization of military operations in the South-South region of the country to tackle militancy.

 
*Photo Caption - Lt. General Yusuf Burutai, Nigeria Chief of Army Staff

[ Masterweb Reports: Bade Adebolu reports ] -Recently, a coalition of anti-corruption civil society bodies petitioned the EFCC that the erstwhile Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Muhaamed Bello Adoke to account for the sum of $3.2 billion allegedly belonging to the 774 local governments on whose behalf one Mr. Joe Agi SAN obtained the judgment.
 
 
According to media report, “…none of the local governments benefited from the $1.6 billion said to have been paid to the plaintiffs.”
 
 
The question on the minds of many Nigerians is: Who really authorized the disbursement of the funds? 
I am not so good at mathematics, but I know for sure that a trillion is made up of several billions; and several millions makes a billion. If my knowledge of math is still with me, it is either this judgement is a sham or there is a deliberate distortion somewhere!
In a country with a reputation of corrupt judiciary doing the biddings of their pay master, one do not need to wait too long to buy “gbanjo” judgement using the Yoruba parlance language. We live in a country where the Judiciary that is supposed to be the last hope of the common man is providing no hope, but hardship. We all are witnesses to the fact that people like Justice Salami sold their conscience for their paymasters and were all ignominiously shown the way out of the famous institution.
 
 
 
At this point let us bring in former Minister of Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She has to be brought in because, going by conventional wisdom, she served as the custodian of the nation’s treasury at the time so she cannot be “insulated” from the news. More curiously we ask: would Dr. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala not have made the part payment of $1.6 billion? In her own case, did she collude with the Adoke because she too ignored the advice of the Debt Management Office? As the Coordinating Minister of the Economy at the time, did she not ought to have protected Nigeria by defending the position of the DMO instead of following Adoke's dubious directive to pay the sum of a judgment debt of $3.6 billion?
 
 
 
While I do not envy the former finance minister at all for having to serve in the same administration with people like Adoke, we must resist the temptations to assume that everyone that served under Hitler was evil. After all, President Buhari served under one of the worst administrations in Nigeria’s history- General Sanni Abacha. So why should Okonjo-Iweala be guilty by association if Buhari is not guilty of the Abacha’s crimes?
 
 
 
The role of Okonjo-Iweala as finance minister is not to question expenditures or vouchers. Those are roles purely of the Offices of the Accountant-General and the Auditor-General of the Federation. For God’s sake, why should I, for instance perform the duties of a nurse just because I am the physician?
 
 
 
That leads me to my nest point, even if the monies were misappropriated, why should we blame Okonjo-Iweala for that?
 
 
 
If we take this line of thought as gospel, then we come to an answer such as this: A young man started working with a Commercial Bank as a Financial Control Officer. He diligently focused on his job that other things do not bother about any other things going on in the bank. He closed his eyes on the fraudulent deals going on among the top brass of the Bank for not wanting to be seen as a whistle-blower since he wasn’t employed for that.
 
 
 
This man won several awards both within and without the organization, but he soon discovered his diligence was not enough to prevent the Bank from going bankrupt. Should we say this man was responsible for the organization’s bankruptcy? Should he have blown the whistle? Should he have resigned when he became aware of the bad deals his superiors are engaging in even though it all started before he took the job? Whatever your answer is to these questions, this was the case with Okonjo-Iweala.
 
 
 
On this issue, I believe the coalition of the civil society should turn the searchlight and the heat on the bureaucrats at the Ministry of Justice and the then Attorney General of the Federation, Mr, Adoke (SAN).
 
 
 
The Yoruba people have a saying that for a child not to commit crimes is the reason he was given a name. Mr. Adoke has his own name which is definitely not Okonjo-Iweala! Therefore, leave Okonjo Iweala out of this mess.
 
 
 
Bade Adebolu ( Email: badeadebolu@gmail.com ) is an accountant based in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
 
*Photo Caption - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

[ Masterweb Reports: Toyin Agbaje reports ] -  Emmanuel FC on Wednesday June 22, 2016 defeated the under 20 side of one of Ghana’s most respected club, Accra Hearts of Oak by 2 goals to 1. Hearts of Oat’s U20 side scored the opener in the 31st minute despite an impressive performance by their opponent.
 
Emmanuel FC’s central defender, Puis Baffour Awuah got his side back into the game through a powerful header in the 71st minute. The “Phobia” boys were left disappointed when Emmanuel FC striker Mohammed Zulkiplu scored the winning goal through another powerful header in the 82nd minute.
 
Coach of Emmanuel FC, Mr. George Essien said he is happy with his side’s performance but indicated that the team will still put in more work to ensure that they top their group.
 
Mr. John Odupong Wellington, chairman of Emmanuel FC, after the game stated that, the friendly match with Hearts U20 was part of their preparation towards the upcoming 2nd Division league which is scheduled to start on 2nd July, 2016.
 
Toyin Agbaje  ( Email: abgaje.toyin@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Soccer ball.

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[ Masterweb Reports: Abubakar Haruna reports ] - A 33-year-old teacher of Government Girls Secondary School, Minna, Abdullahi Shaba, has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly raping a 16-year-old senior secondary 2 student. The Police Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Niger State, ASP Bala Elkana said the matter was in court and that the suspect had been remanded in prison custody.

 

Elkana said that the teacher invited the victim to one of the offices, saying he had a message to deliver to her. “On entering the office, the teacher sat close to her and asked whether she had a boyfriend, to which she replied in the negative and thereafter the teacher started touching her to the extent that he removed her underwear and had sexual intercourse with her,” the PPRO said.
He said that after the encounter, the girl came out weeping, which drew the attention of her friends to whom she narrated the incident and who then reported the matter to the vice principal of the school.
 



He disclosed that the man, Abdullahi Shaba, who is married with three daughters, admitted having canal knowledge of the student but denied forcing her.
The PPRO said the teacher claimed that the victim requested N100 while she was in his office as transport fare.

 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - Mr. Ayodele Fayose, is one of the most popular political figures in Nigeria today. Not just because he is the Ekiti state Governor, but that he is one of the lone voices left to carry the cross of the erstwhile ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Mr. Fayose has taken it as his as his unpaid job to lead the opposition to the all Progressives Congress (APC) administration at the Federal level.
 
Since he took over his new role as the unofficial opposition leader, he has always been in the news, in many cases for the wrong reasons. If he is not insulting President Buhari, he probably is involved in not-so-noble activities like visiting China to speak to an imaginary audience on trade and investment. Even if the news does not find Fayose, Ayo will find the news. In some cases, Ayo will deliberately pay a full front page advertorial to celebrate the obituary of a living person. It can sometimes get go bad than Fayose, like the former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada, suddenly have a “dream” and go pay for a full page advert to release his “prophecies”.
 
Some days ago, Uncle Ayo, noticing his public ranking is on the low, caught the eyes of the media again. He went on strike, not because anyone owed him salaries, but because state workers are demanding their several months’ emoluments. To distract his people’s attention away from their problems, he saw that the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari is too quiet to comfort, decided to pitch a battle with her. Like his media team came up with a “medical report” from a fictitious Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital (not the one in Zaria, maybe the one in Ikogosi), that General Buhari was ridden with cancer, hence ineligible to run and to validate one of his “prophesies”. He told us that one Aisha Buhari Muhammadu who is wanted for her role in the US Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009. The rest, as they say, is history!
 
Mr. Fayose had on some days ago accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of acting illegally in the case of the freezing of his Zenith Bank account. His primary argument was that since he enjoys constitutionally-guaranteed immunity from prosecution, as a siting governor, he is “immune” from investigation or probe by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution. It only shows how things are improving for Governor Fayose. Let us forget that he once reportedly slapped a sitting Judge for daring to hear a case involving him!
 
Mr. Fayose’s supporters have gone all over to remind us that he has immunity. That appears to be their new national anthem. They recite it like nursery rhymes. But, what a minute. Where the Governor’s immunity starts, and where does it end?
 
Before I go one, let me be quick to admit that I am not a lawyer, but I have no difficulty in interpreting the sacrosanct provisions of the 1999 Constitution and documents written in the English language (not Latin).
 
Governor Fayose by virtue of being a state’s Chief executive and one of the four categories of people covered by the said Section 308, he enjoys immunity under the Constitution. But, can that extend to his wife, his children, his nuclear or extended family members or his bank account? The fact that Fayose has immunity does not mean, for instance, that if his wife commits murder by virtue of being First Lady, she enjoys a “constitutionally-guaranteed immunity. Is this the logic of that Constitutional provision?
 
Let us say that analogy does not convince some of us, because the question we are dealing with is the question of whether the EFCC can freeze Fayose’s account while he enjoys immunity as sitting state Governor. On this matter let us see what the Supreme Court decided in the case of Fawehinmi V. Inspector General of Police (2002). In delivering the leading judgment of the seven-man panel of the Supreme Court on Friday 10th day of May, 2002 on whether a governor can be investigated, Justice S.O. Uwaifo, J.S.C (as he then was), held inter alia: "That a person protected under section 308 of the 1999 constitution, going by its provisions, can be investigated by the police for an alleged crime or offence is, in my view, beyond dispute. To hold otherwise is to create a monstrous situation whose manifestation may not be fully appreciated until illustrated. I shall give three possible instances. Suppose it is alleged that a Governor, in the course of driving his personal car, recklessly ran over a man, killing him; he sends the car to a workshop for the repairs of the dented or damaged part or parts. Or that he used a pistol to shoot a man dead and threw the gun into a nearby bush. OR THAT HE STOLE PUBLIC MONEY AND KEPT IT IN A PARTICULAR BANK or used it to acquire property. Now, if the police became aware, could it be suggested in an open and democratic society like ours that they would be precluded by section 308 from investigating to know the identity of the man killed, the cause of death from autopsy report, the owner of the car taken to the workshop and if there is any evidence from the inspection of the car that it hit an object recently, more particularly a human being; or to take steps to recover the gun and test for ballistic evidence; and generally to take statements from eye witnesses of either incident of killing. OR TO FIND OUT (IF POSSIBLE) ABOUT THE MONEY LODGED IN THE BANK or for acquiring property, AND TO GET PARTICULARS OF THE ACCOUNT AND THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY; or of the property acquired? The police clearly have a duty under section 4 of the Police Act to do all they can to investigate and preserve whatever evidence is available.” [see Fawehinmi V. I.G.P. (2002) 7 NWLR (Pt. 767) 606] (Emphasis mine).
 
A simple look at this landmark Supreme Court judgement leaves me with two conclusions: 1) Immunity clause has its own limit(s) in relation to criminal investigations by a law enforcement agency, in this case, the EFCC. 2) Fayose’s Zenith Bank like his nuclear or extended family members are NOT covered by his immunity as a sitting Governor.
 
My candid advice to Governor Fayose and his advisers is to explore the possibility of a judicial solution, if he has any explanation whatsoever to do. Resorting to self-help, by creating a scene out the matter, leaves him only worse off than he was before. On its own part, the anti-graft agency must avoid all temptations for high-handedness in handling matters of such nature so as not to be seen to be too partisan. I simply submit!
 
Olalekan Waheed Adigun is a political risk analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns based in Lagos, Nigeria. Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com, adgorwell@gmail.com; Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
 

 
*Photo Caption – Governor Ayodele Fayose

[ Masterweb Reports: Olalekan Waheed Adigun reports ] - Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, with the result throwing into question the fate of the 28-nation bloc and Prime Minister David Cameron announcing he will step down by October. The official result which was announced on Friday saw a major victory for the Brexit campaign, which received 59.1 percent vote in Thursday's historic referendum.
 
Economic challenges facing nations has often led them to make some hard choices. German economic recession in the 1930s gave rise to Nazism. Italy made do with Facism in the face of rising unemployment and near economic collapse coming from the First World War. Spain produced Francisco Franco's dictatorship. Portugal fell to military incursion in 1974. Britain's entry into EU in 1973 in a dramatic way was seen as the Labour Government's desperation to have things to tell its supporters. Well, a conservative government will lead them out over 40 years after.
 
The rising profile of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) looks like the country may soon be facing the "Nationalistic" challenges. I won't be surprised to see English men displaying their xenophobic attitudes under the well-coordinated UKIP propaganda machine catching in on traditional British pride. The fact that Europe’s far-right parties hailed the UK’s vote to leave the European Union as a victory for their own anti-immigrant and anti-EU stance and vowed to push for similar referendums in their own countries attest to this point.
 
For instance, France’s Front National (FN) saw it as a clear boost for Marine Le Pen’s presidential bid next year and momentum for the party’s anti-Europe and anti-immigration line. The Dutch far-right and anti-immigration leader Geert Wilders called on Friday for a referendum on the Netherlands’ membership of the European Union. In Germany, Beatrix von Storch, an MEP for rightwing populist party Alternative für Deutschland, who was recently expelled from the Tories’ party group in the European Parliament over her “shooting refugees” comments, welcomed the result. UK referendum was proof the EU was “decaying”, saying that France had “a thousand more reasons to leave than the UK because we have the euro and Schengen [passport-free zone].” She had warned that the “strategy of terror” by pro-EU campaigners in the UK no longer worked. Are the lofty ideas of Globalization on the decline? Are we back to the era of “Nationalistic” parties in Europe?
 
With Brexit winning on Friday night, hopes of keeping the UK appears fading with the question of Scottish and Irish independence looking more feasible with Nicola Sturgeon former first minister (Scottish) looking certain he will call for a second Scottish independence referendum after the UK voted to leave the European Union. He is reported to have said the Brexit vote constituted a material change in Scotland’s position within the UK, telling BBC Radio Scotland: “This changes the whole context of Scottish independence.”
 
The decision of Britain to leave the EU is still being looked at and it is too early to predict the consequences of that choice. But politically, it is certain that things will not be the same again both in the larger European sphere and in British domestic politics.
 
Olalekan Waheed Adigun is a political risk analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns based in Lagos, Nigeria. Email: olalekan@olalekanadigun.com, adgorwell@gmail.com; Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
 

 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Odimegwu Onwumere reports ] -Bloodshed in the northern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, and Bauchi terrified residents to abandon their homes for safety across the 36 states of the federation and across borders.
 
Since 2009, killings and destructions in the mentioned states by members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram (BH), have affected about fourteen million people.
 
Boko Haram is a sect that has been fighting naively hard to establish an Islamic State and also end western education in the north-east region of Nigeria. The group has been engaging Nigerian security forces in severe warfare.
 
Many efforts made by the presidency to end the insurgency proved abortive with the group causing untoward mayhems in the towns and villages across the north east of the country and by extension in other parts of northern Nigeria.
 
The conflict became chiefly forceful in 2014, with the government gasping for help. Within the Lake Chad Basin, there was estimation that 250,000 people were in-search-of protection in Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.
 
The internally displaced people (IDP) were on the increase with Cameroon unaided, recording more than 90,000 dislodged people. The Federal Government of Nigeria requested assistance from the international community, especially the United Nations (UN), to review the requirements related to peace building and crisis recuperation in the troubled north.
 
From Nigeria’s presidency, Professor Joy Uche Angela Ogwu, a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria (and has been the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York since 2008), waited tolerantly for August 12 2015 to come by for a United Nations Security Council meetings, to discuss the issue.
 
The meeting was offered in harmony with the 2008 Joint EU-UN-WB Declaration on crisis assessment and recovery planning, geared towards discussing strategies in tackling terrorism.
 
The presidency was worried that if nothing was done, the number of malnourished persons affected in the north-east would be on the increase with estimation by the UN that there were 223,000 relentlessly malnourished children that could die if urgent measures were not applied.
 
UN Envoys To Nigeria
When the UN Special Envoy to Nigeria, Leila Zerrougui representing the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Children and Armed Conflicts, visited Nigeria, she found out that humanitarian crisis Boko Haram had brewed in northern Nigeria was intensifying.
 
The international body guesstimated that the number of internally displaced persons (IDP) was between two and three million. International Alert, a peace-building group, and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in different fora, accounted that those captured (especially women and children by the sect) and later freed by the efforts of security agents, were often rejected by their towns and villages, with the fear that they had been radicalized and might recruit others.
 
Zerrougui said that she witnessed people's shock and disbelief at the devastation suffered by their communities, and saw trauma in children's eyes. She further expressed that the scale of the suffering was way beyond what she anticipated to find; the people she met demanded and deserved urgent protection.
 
The UN envoy in addition uncovered that over 900,000 people, many of them women and children had fled their homes in the North-east; over 300 schools had been rigorously destroyed, and hundreds of children killed, injured or abducted from their homes and schools.
 
After Zerrougui Visit
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the UN, Stephen O’Brien arrived to Nigeria on May 18, 2016.
 
He was on a two-day visit, to assess the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram insurgency.
 
It was disclosed in Abuja by the Head, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Miss Kate Pond.
 
“The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, will be in Nigeria from May 18 to 19, to take stock of the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin.
 
“The crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, including Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, has continuously deteriorated over the last two years.  
 
“Insecurity and counter-insurgency measures have affected over 2.4 million people, making it the fastest growing displacement crisis in Africa,” Pond said.
 
Pond frowned that communities in the Lake Chad Basin “are already struggling with the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition.”
 
Kate harangued that the conflict has dramatically exacerbated their Internally Displaced Persons’ vulnerability. In the worst-affected areas, she said, almost half of the population of up to 9.2 million people need assistance; and more than three million of the Internally Displaced Persons were affected by food insecurity.
 
Hence, the UN vowed to make the crisis in the North east an international issue at the World Humanitarian Summit, which was intended to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23-24 2016.
 
$500m Appeal To Tackle Refugee Crises
On 25 January 2016, the United Nation High Commission on Refugee (UNHCR) had appealed for financial aid from the international community to the melody of $500 million.
 
The fund, as according to the UN, was to facilitate its effort in providing humanitarian aid to millions of people forced to flee due to conflicts in Nigeria and by extension, the Central African Republic (CAR).
 
The UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator for CAR and Nigerian situations, Liz Ahua, said, “These two humanitarian crises must not be forgotten; they are not going away. The suffering is great and the needs acute among both the displaced and host communities.
 
“Violence occurs on almost daily basis in north-eastern Nigeria and CAR, generating fear and new displacement in the region, citing suicide attacks, kidnapping, indiscriminate killings and massive human rights abuses.”
 
Assistance/Donation Of Food
The World Food Programme (WFP) was particularly troubled about the state of displaced persons, saying that malnutrition rate was higher than the disaster brinks.
 
The WFP was present in the three countries of the Lake Region of Chad. The body provided food and other assistance to “refugees, returnees, IDPs, and the communities that are hosting them”.
 
“Life-saving food assistance is being provided along with specialized nutritional food to treat malnourished children under five, and pregnant and nursing women.
 
“In March, WFP provided food assistance to more than 100,000 people in the three countries, and blanket supplementary feeding activities were launched in Cameroon and continued in Niger to prevent the nutritional status of children under five and nursing women from getting worse,” said a Nigerian official with the presidency who claimed anonymity.
 
Checks, however, revealed that the WFP had plans to reach close to 400,000 people each month with essential food assistance, even without burning funds. But it had vowed that with its efforts in making sure that the growing needs were met, the WFP was only 25 percent funded – with US$33 million needed at present to meet urgent needs over the next six months.
 
Odimegwu Onwumere ( Email: poet_25@yahoo.com Tel: +2348057778358 ), Rivers State based poet, writer and consultant reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Lake Chad Basin

[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - Contradictory statements from the Lagos State Government witness at the resumed hearing of the trial of the contractors who handled the construction of the collapsed building belonging to The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) marred events on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.
 
 
 
Consultant Urban Planner and former Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Adedamola Ayinde told the court that the CCTV footage showing the sequence of the collapse had been sent to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for analysis.
 
 
However, after admitting that he received a response from the aviation agency, he failed to state categorically its contents, leading several onlookers to suggest he was deliberately covering such information on the premise that it failed to corroborate with his own narrative.  
 
 
The presiding judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, tried severally to have the witness state the contents of the response without any success, casting further aspersions on the integrity of his witness. 
 
 
Ayinde continued by making contradictory statements concerning the distance of the aircraft that hovered over the building and the building itself.
 
 
Moreso, having told the court on Tuesday June 21, 2016 that he had observed an aircraft hovering over the building in the CCTV footage, the former commissioner told the court today that the aircraft did not directly fly over the building.
 
 

As the witness struggled to make articulate and categorical statements, Justice Lawal Akapo expressed his concerns, observing that due to the technicalities involved, it would be difficult to understand the witness who, rather than help the court in establishing facts, seemed to be confusing it the more.
 
 
All efforts by the prosecution counsel led by the Lagos DPP, Idowu Alakija to stampede the court into believing that the aircraft couldn’t have been responsible for the collapse of the building were vehemently rejected by the defense counsel.
 
 
E.L Akpofure, SAN had earlier raised an objection to that effect to which Justice Akapo concurred. The hearing is set to resume on Monday, June 27, 2016.
 

 
Nosa Osazuwa ( Email: nosa.osaz@gmail.com ) was present during the court proceedings.
 
*Photo Caption - Purported plane flying close to collapsed SCOAN building.