Three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 15, 2019 at about 10.00 am arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises.
The EFCC officials, who came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.” They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely.
We do not understand the legal basis for this EFCC action. It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited appealed against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding. The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.
It is also pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated 22nd May, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court and advised to stay action in the matter pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal.
Again, it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited was not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others, so we do not see why the Judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.
Further more, we are aware that both Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig Limited have since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given.
We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct from Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Therefore, the recent Judgment against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of its innocent shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the Supreme Court.
In view of the foregoing, we call and appeal to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to urgently intervene and advise EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of its actions.
The Sun Publishing Limited
Policeman Shoots Driver In Imo After N50 Bribe Mistakenly Dropped On The Floor
A businessman and driver, Mr. Justice Eke, has escaped death by the whiskers when an officer of the Imo State Police Command has allegedly shot him for letting a N50 bribe offered to the officer drop on the floor.
The incident, which happened on Wednesday near Airport Junction along Owerri-Aba Express Road, saw the driver bleeding profusely as he lost control of the vehicle and skidded to a halt into the nearby bush.
While the trigger-happy police officer was escaping, he cocked his gun and threatened to shoot anyone who attempted to attack him.
It was gathered that the incident attracted other drivers, passersby and villagers and halted vehicular movement on the road for several hours before the team leader of the Mopol 88, Inspector Festus Omoruwa, was compelled by the passersby to take the victim to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
When The Nation correspondent visited him at the FMC, the victim, a native of Umuoye Enyiogugu in Aboh Mbaise council area of the state and fish seller, said he was heading to a nearby market when the tragedy struck.
He said the police team mounted checkpoint and usual demanded N50 bribe from him.
“I brought out the N50 and as my car was moving slowly, I handed him the money. Mistakenly, the money did not reach his hand before falling on the ground.
“To my surprise, this infuriated the policeman as he ordered me to come down and pick up the money.
“You know, many vehicles were on line and moving slowly. I expected him to pick up the money. But, instead, he shot me almost from close range at the back of my chest,” Eke said.
He added that what saved his life was his seat, as according to him, the bullet pierced through the seat before hitting him.
“I thank God for everything. Without that, I think I could have been a dead man by now because of my own N50 which I gave out to the policeman”
Speaking with journalists at the state police command headquarters, Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora, said the command under his supervision would take drastic approach against police extortion and other vices along major roads in the state.
He added that the command under his watch would ensure absolute respect for human right at all times, as his command would not condone any form of incivility to members of the public or other unethical or unprofessional act or misconduct.
JUST IN: Drama In Umuahia As Tigernut Seller Allegedly Steals Man’s P£nis [PHOTOS]
There was a mild drama on Thursday following the mysterious disappearance of a middle aged man’s penis in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.
The ugly incident reportedly happened around Oboro Street by Niger area of Umuahia.
According to reports, trouble started when the victim identified as Papa Ejima raised alarm, saying that his penis disappeared immediately after a Nigerien, a tigernut seller whose name could not be identified at the time of writing this report touched him in his manhood region.
It was gathered that this attracted the attention of other residents who threatened to kill the accused person if he fails to return the manhood.
He appealed to them to spare him, saying his father who is in Niger will return the manhood.
It took the intervention of men of the Nigerian police who came to whisk the accused person away to escape mob action.
Delivery Man Caught On Camera Spitting On Customer’s Pizza
A Turkish prosecutor called for a sentence of up to 18 years for a delivery man who spat on a customer’s pizza before handing it over, local media reported Thursday.
The incident — which happened in 2017 in the central city of Eskisehir — was captured by a security camera in the customer’s apartment block, according to news agency DHA.
The footage showed the delivery man, identified as Burak S., spitting on the pizza and recording the moment on his mobile phone. His motive was unknown.
The defendant has already been fined 4,000 lira (600 euros) for endangering a customer’s health, and prosecutors are now seeking a lengthy prison sentence for “poisoning food”, DHA reported.
The owner of the apartment building alerted the customer after watching the security footage, prompting the criminal complaint.
Even by Turkey’s often tough judicial standards, the requested sentence is heavy, given that “membership of an armed terrorist organisation” carries a sentence of up to 15 years.