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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

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He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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Mohbad: ‘I’m not the father’ – Oba Elegushi clears air on late singer’s son

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The Elegushi of IkateElegushi Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has refuted allegations of being the father of Liam, the son of the late singer IleriOluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad. Oba Elegushi dismissed these rumors as a malicious attempt to damage his reputation.

Following Mohbad’s death, questions regarding paternity arose, with the late singer’s father calling for a DNA test to confirm Liam’s lineage. On TikTok, a user named Oloriebimusicproduction2 made multiple posts suggesting possible involvement of the monarch in Mohbad’s demise, alleging that Oba Elegushi was using his influence to obstruct justice.

In response, Oba Elegushi denounced these claims as unfounded accusations intended to tarnish his character. He revealed that a petition has been filed against those spreading these falsehoods.

A statement issued by his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, addressed the situation, clarifying that the allegations are baseless and orchestrated by specific individuals on TikTok and other social media platforms. Oba Elegushi has taken legal action to protect his rights and reputation from cyberbullying, expressing confidence in the Nigerian Police to address the matter.

While extending condolences to Mohbad’s family, Oba Elegushi urged the public not to involve the traditional institution in the paternity dispute. He emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and swift justice for Mohbad’s death, emphasizing that he shares the nation’s sorrow over the loss of the singer. The statement concluded with a plea to refrain from tarnishing Oba Elegushi’s integrity and the esteemed traditional institution he represents.

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Electricity tariff hike: AEDC not supplying 20 hours power in Abuja – Imole

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Renowned public analyst and lawyer, Dr. Charles Imole, recently revealed that despite a hefty 235% tariff increase, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has failed to provide its Band A customers in Abuja with the promised 20 hours of power supply.

Imole made this disclosure via his official X account on Thursday. He pointed out that since the new tariff regime was implemented for Band A customers on April 3, 2024, consumers have only been receiving an average of 5 to 9 hours of electricity daily.

Expressing his disappointment, Imole emphasized that the government should have mandated the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to demonstrate their ability to deliver the promised power supply before approving such tariff hikes.

He shared personal observations, stating that despite being a Band A customer himself, the longest duration of power supply he experienced in a day was merely 9 hours, with an average of 5 hours over the past three days. This, he noted, led to continued reliance on diesel generators.

Imole criticized the apparent lack of improvement in power supply despite the substantial tariff increase, questioning whether the DISCOs were set up to fail or if they knowingly agreed to service level agreements beyond their capabilities for financial gain.

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Expressing concern about the potential nationwide crisis of confidence if the situation persists, Imole stressed the importance of transparent communication from AEDC and other DISCOs. He emphasized the need for proactive measures and honesty about their current capabilities to rebuild customer confidence.

Imole concluded by stating his intention to monitor the situation for a few more weeks and, if necessary, request a downgrade of his meter classification to Band B if there is no improvement.

It’s worth noting that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a N225 per kilowatt-hour electricity tariff for customers on April 3. However, this decision has faced significant opposition from Nigerians and organized labor unions who have called for its reversal due to the prevailing economic hardships.

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Court admits Emefiele to N50m bail

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In a session held on Friday, the Ikeja Special Offences Court granted bail to the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in the amount of N50 million. Emefiele faces charges of abuse of office and fraud totaling $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his decision, approved Emefiele’s bail with two sureties posting the same amount. Oshodi stipulated that the sureties must hold gainful employment and have a documented history of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government. Additionally, they must present proper identification and be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The judge also acknowledged the bail conditions of N1 million previously set for Emefiele’s co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoil, who is facing a separate charge before Justice Olufunke Sule-Hamzat at a Yaba High Court. Oshodi mandated that the bail documents be transferred to the special offences court and be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Emefiele on April 8 on a 23-count charge related to abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demands, receiving fraudulently obtained property, and conferring corrupt advantage. His co-defendant faced a three-count charge for accepting gifts as agents. Both defendants pleaded not guilty.

As of the time of this report, counsels were seeking expedited hearing and trial.

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