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By Abdulateef Bamgbose

An aggrieved parents Mr. Alexander Adimanyi and Elder Ogwuche Adimanyi, has petition the Nigeria Police Command, Makurdi, the Benue State Capital to among other prayers investigate the state government over the gruesome murdered of their Son Ogwuche Adimanyi Jr. and his brother in – law in Adaka community in the outskirts of Makurdi on the 16 the December, 2022.

In a petition to the Police Command Makurdi, made available to Newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, dated 13 January 2023, signed by Alexander Adimanyi and Elder Ogwuche Adimanyi the deceased along with his in – law Raphel Enemari and a native of Adaka village , in Makurdi had gone to inspect and secure a farm land , on lease preparatory to the next farming season.

” Having received the information quite late in the evening that the deceased had not return, the parent decided to send one Enokela Idoko to Adaka village , the next day 17th December ,on getting to the scene of the crime the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO), ‘ D’ Division Makurdi and his Team along side the search party, went to the scene where my late son , along side , my son’ s brother in – law Raphel Enemari and a native of the Community who went to show them the land were discovered “

The petition futher stated that ” My Son was not only killed but stripped of all the Valuables on him. His blue Honda ACE 110 Motorcycle with Eng. No. JA4090KN 057449 with plate number WNN 586 US ride the Scene by the deceased, his Automated Teller Machine ( ATM) , Card”

” All these Valuables were stolen from him at the crime scene and other mentioned are yet to be found”

” The body was deposited at the Federal Medical center Makurdi Morgue on the same day it was recovered and have subsequently been buried on the 22December 2022, after obtaining a police permission at Aija You village , Otukpo Local government area, Benue state.”

The family in their petition prayed the police and other relevant Authority to use their offices to investigate this crime to bring it to logical conclusion and bring the murderer ( S) to book , recover all the Valuables that were removed from my late Son at the crime Scene” the Adimanyis demanded.

The petition apparently may have set the state Government on collision with the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom who in a statement by his media aide Terver Akase, claimed Fulani Herders were responsible for the gruesome murder of Ogwuche Adimanyi Jr and the two others.
Tervse Akase, had in a statement two days after the murderer issued an statement that ” The latest attack, coming barely two Months after similar, separate attacks in Gbeji and Ukohol Communities in Ukum and Guma Local government areas, that suspected Fulani Herders have again attacked Adaka community, about 20 kilometers on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue state Capital”
Akase stated in his press statement on behalf of the state State Government that ” The attack may be a ploy by the armed herdsmen to take over the Community and disrupt activities that would lead to smooth election in 2023″
He claimed in HS statement the the ” armed herdsmen invaded the village shot sporadically and wounded several persons with only the three deceased recovered with bullet wounds and multilated with matchet”

The Adimanyi family has described the haste with which the state Government issue the statement as mere diversionary tactics and politicisation of the gruesome murder of suspected Tiv community in Adaka.

” The state Government would do well to show the number they claimed were shot, because the area they were murdered is surrounded by villages. We leave that for the police” Alexander Adimanyi, decline futher comments.

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Lawyers, Bloggers, Others Dismiss Corruption Allegations Against FCT Chief Judge



…pass vote of confidence on Chief Judge Nigeria

Three non-profit organizations, Lawyers in Defence of Good Governance and Democracy, LIDOGG, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria, COCSON, and the Bloggers and Vloggers, Content Creators Association in Nigeria, BAVCCA, Wednesday, declared allegations of corruption and nepotism leveled against the Chief Judge of he Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf as baseless.

The CSOs made their declaration during a press conference held in Abuja in light of the allegations raised in a recent audit report, where they also passed a vote of confidence on Justice Baba-Yusuf.

The Conveners of the group, Comrade Adewale Ogunnoiki, Barr. Caroline Bello and Dr Ibrahim Abubakar, expressed pain as and described the unnecessary attacks on the judiciary as unfortunate, whereby subjecting the judiciary to ridicule in the course of their duty, hence the judges are not allowed to defend themselves despite the alleged media attacks they receive.

It will be recalled that an online media according to them without a verifiable address made a publication on February 4, 2024, where it alleged that the Federal Court in Nigeria paid the sum of N1.5 billion for vehicle contracts without any evidence to support these transactions. The audit report suggested a lack of proper documentation and transparency in the process of awarding and executing these contracts.

Meanwhile, Comrade Adewale Ogunnoiki, cautioned that it is imperative to consider Justice Baba-Yusuf’s proven track records which are devoid of any corruption before making hasty judgments based on allegations alone.

He said: “We, as representatives of LIDOGG, BAVCCA COCSON, have conducted our investigations into these allegations to ensure that we present a fair and balanced perspective.

“After careful analysis of the available facts, we reiterate our vote of confidence on the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory.”

Meanwhile, the groups highlighted Reasons for Vote of Confidence passed on Justice Baba-Yusuf; Integrity and Reputation: The Chief Judge has built a reputation for integrity, fairness, and professionalism throughout his career. It is crucial to consider this track record before making hasty judgments based on allegations alone.

“No Evidence: There is no evidence to back up this false and fabricated story. This is an unverified story concocted just to malign the integrity of the Chief Judge.

“Due Process: The legal system in Nigeria provides a framework for addressing allegations of misconduct. We encourage all parties involved to follow due process and allow investigations to take place unhindered.

“Commitment to Accountability: The Chief Judge has consistently demonstrated a commitment to transparency and accountability in the judiciary. It is essential to recognize and appreciate these efforts in ensuring an impartial justice system.”

He therefore urged all parties involved, including government agencies and the public, to allow a the Chief Judge to breathe and refrain from engaging in character assassination or spreading unverified information.

In a related development, the group also condemned the recent nepotism allegations leveled against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, which according to them, Justice Ariwoola never influenced the National Judicial Council, NJC, into appointing his relatives, who are heading diverse positions across the judiciary bureaucracy.

“The propagators of this fake news are disgruntled element, who are hell bent at looking for a bad name to tarnish and discredit the reputation of the CJN.

“We therefore call on Nigerians to discard this cheap blackmail from persons who are out to defame Justice Ariwoola, who has positively transform the judiciary and reposition it for high productivity.

“He (Justice Ariwoola) has been able, through his proactive and pragmatic steps to improve the sanity and independence of the judiciary”, they said.

Meanwhile, the groups pointed out that even members of the Bench and Bar including the Judiciary staff have showered encomium on his sterling performance, since he took over the helm of affairs of the Judiciary in the country.

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