The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Portal Welby has reacted to the killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram insurgents.
Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram when they attacked Michika on January 3.
Initially, he was declared missing but later appeared in a video released by Boko Haram, wherein he pleaded with authorities to secure his release.
Joining voices with those who condemned the attack, Archbishop Welby described the death of Andimi as an attack on Christians.
While reacting via his Twitter handle, the Archbishop wrote: “Boko Haram’s murder of Lawan Andimi, a prominent Christian leader in Nigeria, is another attack on Christians, as we saw at Christmas.
“His last statement was of faith and hope. We must thank God for his witness and pray for his family, and for authorities to be effective.”
Meanwhile, CAN has rejected the reaction of President Muhammadu Buhari to.Boko Haram killing of Lawan Andimi.
At a World Press Conference, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, said it was now clear that Christians were endangered citizens in Nigeria.
The body said as long as the government continues to live in denial and fails to face the reality, the criminals will not stop their criminalities.
CAN further made ten demands and urged President Buhari to take immediate action.
JUST IN: Nasarawa Gov Okays Death Penalty For Kidnappers
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has assented to the Bill which prescribed death penalty for anyone found indulging in kidnapping in the state.
Sule signed into law the “Nasarawa State kidnapping Act Prohibition Law 2020” and “Child-Protection Executive Order” Bill.
“I need to state that the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law was extensively deliberated and passed by the State House of Assembly.
“This law spelt out various offences relating to kidnapping and prescribed stringent punishment for perpetrators, such as life imprisonment and death penalty,” the governor said.
Governor Sule added that the law stipulates forfeiture of any property used by kidnappers to the state while the owners of such property would be liable to 20 years jail term.
He listed various penalties ranging from death to imprisonment for those involved in Kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, attempt to kidnap, fake kidnap, false representation to release a kidnapped victim, and assisting in escape of kidnappers as various penalties.
The governor had also inaugurated a committee to reform the penal code in line with the modern realities.
Earlier, Abdulkarim Kana, Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of Nasarawa State, expressed gratitude to the governor for signing the law and the inauguration of the committees.
The Commissioner added that the action would go long way toward tackling criminality in the state.
He said that the ministry would ensure that kidnappers face the full wrath of the law.
In an interview with newsmen, Mr Aliyu Abubakar, Director General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria commended the Nasarawa State government for the bold steps to curtail kidnapping which has become a menace.
He also called on other governors to emulate the Nasarawa State Government toward ensuring that increasing insecurity in the country was tackle.
AMCON Takes Over Buba Galadima’s Residence, Company Over N900m Debt
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over the residence of a former chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Buba Galadima, as well as business and assets of Bedko Nigeria Limited.
Galadima is one of the nine signatories that signed the merger agreement between some political parties, including the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), to form the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Bedko Nigeria Limited and Alhaji Galadima owe AMCON nearly N900 million.
The loan was obtained during the first phase of Eligible Bank Assets purchase from Unity Bank Plc in 2011.
Since then, AMCON has offered the obligor a measure of olive branches and explored all avenues to resolve the matter amicably, but the obligor and his company, Bedko Nigeria Limited, have remained recalcitrant and unwilling to repay the debt.
The order, which was granted to AMCON by Justice A.I. Chikere gave the government recovery agency the power to take over some properties belonging to the politician. Among them are No. 15, Addis Ababa Crescent, Wuse Zone 4, FCT, Abuja and No. 4, Bangui Street, Wuse 2, also in the high-brow area of Abuja.
The enforcement on the properties of Bedko Nigeria Limited and Alhaji Galadima is one of the many others that would happen this year, given the additional powers AMCON received from President Buhari late last year.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Dismisses Lyon And APC’s Application, Upholds Diri As Bayelsa Gov
The Supreme Court has dismissed an application for review of the judgment which sacked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, David Lyon and his deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment on Wednesday, the application lacked merit and the decisions of the court are final.
She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.
The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.
“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”
She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.
Justice Augie added that the counsels of the APC and Mr Lyon are to each pay Governor Douye Diri, his deputy Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the PDP the same N10 million.