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Tuesday Twists: Are Kashamu, Okomoyon extradition cases in jeopardy?

Judge shocks all and hands off extradition case indefinitely. It is a bribery scandal case. Also NDLEA failed to produce Kashamu in court today. Senator-elect Kashamu is an alleged drug baron in the US. Nigerians may begin to see more twists to extradition cases in the country. Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, ‎handed-off the extradition case against the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Security, Minting and Printing Company, NSMPC, Mr. ‎Ehidiamhen Okoyomon. The trial Judge, who earlier ordered the federal government ‎to within 30 days, extradite Okoyomon to the United Kingdom to face corruption charges pending against him there, ‎said yesterday that he was constrained to hands-off the matter since a higher court is now seized of the facts. Consequently, he yesterday adjourned further hearing on the matter sine-die (indefinitely). This is a big shame to both the judge and our judiciary. With all the ‘gra-gra’ that NDLEA and the Attorney General Mohammed Adoke are doing regarding Buruji Kashamu’s house arrest, court judgement (or is it hearing?) expected tomorrow and his possible extradition to the United States on drug related allegations, we may soon hear yet another Okomoyon-twist. Let’s not turn extradition into pure monkey business.

DON’T BRIBE MY MEN, IGP ARASE CRIES OUT
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, on Tuesday appealed to the public not to corrupt personnel of the police by giving them bribe. Arase made the appeal while fielding question from newsmen during a meeting with senior officers on the issue of whether or not, bail was free. “We have a zero tolerance for payment of money to free suspect). I am appealing to members of the public, not to corrupt my men; It takes two to tango. “If they ask you for bribe and you refuse to give, and you have avenues where your grievances can be ventilated, I do not see any reason why you should give them bribe. “The Commissioner of Police is there; the Area Commander is there; the DPO is there; and the technical platform (to report corrupt policemen) is there.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION DROPS BY 2000MW
The Federal Government said yesterday that the nation has recorded a loss of over 2,000 mega watts in the national grid due to shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants and only five out of 23 power plants are currently generating electricity, said  the Chairman of the National electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi. This has led to loss of over 2,000mega watts in the national grid. Are Nigerians meant to empathise with outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and his staff likle Amadi over their acceptance of mismanaging our resources and infrastructure? If under you an institution or nation doesn’t work, you should resign. May 29 beckons.

EX-NIMASA DG NOW FACES 27 COUNT-CHARGES
The embattled former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye, on Wednesday May 20, 2015, told a Federal High Court that the purported Omorodion audit report which was used to indict him is missing from the court documents. He said that it is based on that report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hinged his arrest and current trial. Also missing, according to him, are documents which led to the final purchase approvals in the agency under his watch. Omatseye is facing an amended 27 counts charge bordering on contract splitting and bid rigging to the tune of about N271 million. The EFCC had amended the charge filed in 2010, and on which proceedings commenced in early 2011 on few occasions. Should EFCC sue NIMASA DG, Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, over allegations of fraud, some folks swear that his charges would dwarf Omatseye’s. This may be why he resigned and exiled himself.

I WILL PROBE AMAECHI, OTHERS – NYESOM WIKE
Is Wike going to be wicked? Rivers State Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, has indicated his readiness to probe the Rotimi Amaechi administration after being sworn in as the chief executive of the state. Wike, who gave this hint while receiving the interim report of the Transition Committee in Port Harcourt on Monday, declared that his administration would carry out a forensic audit of all government accounts. He explained that the measure would enable him to recover funds that might have allegedly been stolen by top officials of the outgoing administration in the state. Wike specifically said that those who participated in the use of N4.5bn to conduct a local government election by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, even when the court had stopped the exercise, would be made to account for their actions. Rivers State get ready!

NANS TO ZUMA: STAY AWAY FROM NIGERIA, MAY 29
The National Association of Nigerian Students has advised South African President, Jacob Zuma, to stay away from the inauguration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. The organisation also threatened to storm the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, should Zuma step into the country’s airport. According to the association, Zuma should keep off as his visit will be an insult to the sensibility of Nigerians over his alleged poor handling of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other migrant foreigners in South Africa. A statement by NANS President, Tijani Usman, noted that Zuma’s inability to “apologise to Nigerians like he did to Mozambique”, despite the sacrifices the country made for South Africa, was unfortunate.

REIGNING AFRICAN QUEEN, OSHOALA, EYES HISTORY
Super Falcons and Liverpool striker, Assisat Oshoala, may mark another historical moment today, as the football world waits to know who will become the first BBC Woman Footballer of the Year. Oshoala is one of the nominees in the maiden BBC Woman Footballer of the Year award. Other nominees include Spain’s Veronica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, Scotland ‘s Kim Little and Brazilian forward, Marta. The young Nigerian, who won the MVP award at the last FIFA U-2O World Cup, has become one of the best-known names in women football following her sterling performances since joining Liverpool of England this season.

Sources: THISDAY|PUNCH|VANGUARD|GUARDIAN|NATION|

Have a pleasant Tuesday, May 26, 2015 and enjoy our other news and views of today – HAMILTONSTYLE.

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