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Today's Headlines: Tinubu, Atku, Obi Parade 51 SANs For Legal Battle; IG directs CPs to protect voters, electoral process

Tinubu, Atku, Obi Parade 51 SANs For Legal Battle

The legal tussle between the Labour Party, Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress over the outcome of the February 25 presidential election took a new dimension following the report that a combined team of 51 Senior Advocates of Nigeria had been engaged by the trio.

Sources within the camps of the warring political parties said that the array of legal luminaries, drawn from different chambers, were presently being furnished with materials that could be tendered as evidence in court.

The PUNCH reported that the President-elect and candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu, was announced the winner of the keenly contested election last Wednesday.

The former Lagos governor polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the LP flag bearer, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes respectively.

But Atiku and Obi rejected the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, with each claiming at separate press conferences that the election was fraught with violence and massive rigging.

IG Directs CPs To Protect Voters

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has directed all Commissioners of Police and strategic commanders posted for the governorship and state Houses of Assembly election duties to mobilise all resources at their disposal to defend the electorate.

Baba also directed the police personnel deployed for election duties across the country to protect officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, sensitive materials as well as the electoral process during the conduct of the elections slated for March 11, 2023.

This was in furtherance of the meeting earlier held with strategic police managers to discuss and review topical issues and strategies for a more secure electoral process, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.

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Police Arraign Rivers Rep Nabbed With $498,100

About 13 days after he was arrested with $498,100 in Port Harcourt, a member of the House of Representatives, Dr Chinyere Igwe, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Federal High Court sitting in the Rivers State capital.

Igwe, an ally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, represents Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 2 in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly.

He was arraigned by the police on a one-count of money laundering.

At the beginning of proceedings, prosecution counsel, M. N. Nweke, said Igwe on February 24 accepted that he received a cash payment of the said sum which he neither reported to the CBN nor reported its transportation to the Nigeria Customs Service.

He said the act contravened sections of the Money Laundering and Prohibition Act 2011.

Most Wanted Nigerian Woman Extradited To Italy

A 48-year-old Nigerian woman, Jeff Joy, who was one of the few women on Italy’s 100 most wanted criminal list, has been extradited to Italy.

Joy had been on the list of the 100 most dangerous fugitives since 2010 and had a leading role in the illegal transporting of Nigerian girls to Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain so they could be initiated into prostitution.

According to reports, she employed the use of violence and threats to keep her victims in line.

Joy had been sought after since 2010 for charges of criminal conspiracy, enslavement, trafficking in people, exploitation of prostitution and other offenses. She had been sentenced to 13 years in prison in absentia by the Italian authorities.

The successful extradition was made possible due to the excellent collaboration between both countries, with the Italian Immigration expert providing support to the local police forces.

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