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GTBank: Innoson Admits Misleading Public On N14b Court Ruling

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Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing (IVM) has accepted that it erred on information concerning the recent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court between the company and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank).

Admitting the error on the company’s official twitter handle, @Innosonvehicles, the company blamed the “error” on the staff of the agency managing its social media accounts.

Last week Thursday, Innoson caused a social and online media storm by falsely claiming that the Supreme Court had ruled in his favour for GTBank to pay him N14 billion in 14 days. However, original records of the court proceedings showed no such ruling. GTBank had also advised the public that Innoson’s claims were false, mischievous and malicious.

As facts on ground became clear very quickly, Innoson first of all moved to delete his declaration on social media that the apex court has ordered GTBank to pay him N14 billion within 14 days.

As facts became clearer to the public, the embattled businessman silently deleted the false tweet from the company’s Twitter account. GTBank had also advised the public that Innoson’s claims were “false, mischievous and malicious”, emphasizing that there was no directive or order issued by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the bank to make any payment to any of its debtor customers, calling for Nigerians to disregard the statement in its entirety.

“The management of Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing want to bring to the attention of the public to the caption: Supreme Court Orders @gtbank to pay 14b to Innoson made on its official twitter handle @Innosonvehicles,” the company stated.

Continuing, it said: “The caption was a slight distortion of the information. When the information came to our notice, we had to correct the error made by the staff of the agency managing our social media accounts. We apologise for that misleading information.”

GTBank had also advised the public that Innoson’s claims were “false, mischievous and malicious”, emphasizing that there was no directive or order issued by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the Bank to make any payment to any of its debtor customers, calling for Nigerians to disregard the statement in its entirety.

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Derek Chauvin, The Officer Involved In The Death Of George Floyd, Has Been Arrested And Charged With Murder

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After being sacked, Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin who knelt on George Floyd’s neck till he died, has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder.

While the other 3 officers who stood by and watched are still under investigation, but no charges have yet been filed.

Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Tuesday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday and faces charges of 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.

3rd-degree murder is a crime committed without premeditation or intention to kill and involves killing another person through inherent dangerous actions and with no regard to human life.

Freeman said he expected more charges to come, possibly against some of the other three officers.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Freeman said, “We felt it was appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator. This case has moved with extraordinary speed.”

Just a day earlier, Freeman had said the case still needed more investigation. However, by Friday, Freeman said enough evidence had been gathered.

“All of that has come together and we felt, in our professional judgement, it was time to charge,” Freeman told reporters during a news conference.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are both investigating Floyd’s death.

In a video shared online, Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe,” as Chauvin knelt on his neck for about nine minutes on Monday night, May 25.

The police department initially said Floyd “physically resisted” the officers and that he died after “suffering medical distress.” However surveillance footage showing the onset of the arrest shows this wasn’t the case.

Security footage from a nearby restaurant showed some of the events leading up to Floyd’s arrest. The video captures two officers arriving at the scene around 8 p.m., removing Floyd from a car parked on the street, handcuffing and questioning him before eventually walking him across the street as another police car arrives.

Floyd didn’t appear to struggle in the video as claimed.

Before the death of Floyd, Derek Chauvin had harmed other civilians and was the subject of over a dozen prior police conduct complaints that resulted in no disciplinary action and one that led to a “letter of reprimand” during his career.

After Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Chauvin’s arrest, he was asked why the former cop was not arrested and held before charges were filed.

Freeman replied: “This is by far the fastest we’ve ever charged a police officer.”

He added that normally it takes 9 months to investigate.

Freeman wouldn’t say if the protests in any way accelerated the arrest. He would not comment on what specific piece of evidence led to Chauvin’s arrest but said that his office had reviewed footage of Floyd’s death and the officer’s body-worn camera, spoken to witnesses and obtained a preliminary report from the medical examiner.

“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we didn’t have all that we needed,” Freeman said.

Freeman said he would not speculate about the three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest but said he anticipates charges.

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Pastor To Die By Hanging For Murder

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An Ondo State based Pastor, Kolawole Samson, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing one Ayo Olaniyi at a village near Okeigbo area of the state.

The late Olaniyi was said to have in March 2016, gone to hunt frogs alongside three others at a fish pond owned by Pastor Kolawole.

Pastor Kolawole was sentenced to death by an Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure presided over by Justice Ademola Bola.

Kolawole was found guilty of inflicting injury on the deceased’s head with a cutlass.

The deceased later died to at a hospital he was admitted.

Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Olusegun Akeredolu and Mrs Omotola Ologun, argued that the offences contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).

Mother of the deceased was one of the witnesses called to testify during trial

Pastor Kolawole however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Bola however uled that all evidence before the court showed that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of killing Olaniyi.

The judge held that Samson Kolawole should die by hanging.

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COVID-19: 325 Chinese Nationals Evacuated From Nigeria

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325 Chinese Nationals have been evacuated from Nigeria in a plane headed for Shanghai, due to the lingering Coronavirus pandemic.

China has evacuated 325 of its citizens from Nigeria via an Air Peace flight that was scheduled to depart at 10:05 pm on Thursday.

The Nigerian government has also evacuated some Nigerians from other countries back home.

France, the UK, and the US are among the countries that have also evacuated their nationals from Nigeria since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Samir El-Khodari, a Lebanese living in Nigeria, has revealed that 25 out of the recently evacuated Lebanese nationals from Kano state have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to him, of the 125 Lebanese transported to Beirut from Kano, 25 tested positive for COVID-19.

The number represents one-fifth of those evacuated from the northwest state by the Lebanese government.

As of Thursday evening, Nigeria had reported 8,915 cases of the novel coronavirus with 259 deaths.

However, the virus was first reported in China in December 2019 and the country has reported at least 82,000 cases with more than 4,000 deaths.

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