In a letter addressed to the chairman of the caretaker committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni and seen by our reporter, Lukman stated that delaying the convention would be dangerous.
The top echelon of the APC recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, where February was fixed for the convention, but the Buni committee is yet to roll out a programme to that effect.
Lukman in the letter stated that there should be internal negotiation to enhance the process of reorganising the structures of the APC, which would be concluded with the national convention of the party in February 2022.
Part of the letter reads: “Your Excellency, I want to strongly appeal to you to expeditiously begin to discharge this responsibility and conclude the mandate given to the CECPC by the National Executive Committee meeting of June 25, 2020.
According to the letter, the ability of APC leaders to begin to effectively prepare for the campaign of 2023 is dependent on how fast the CECPC can discharge the responsibility of reorganising the structures of the party at all levels.
Nigerian Businessman Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Defiling And Impregnating His In-Law
Ofure Siakpere, a 38-year-old businessman, was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old in-law (name withheld).
The NaijaOnPoint Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye sentenced Siakpere after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Delivering judgment, Soladoye said that the prosecution had proved every ingredient for the offence of defilement. She described the prosecution witnesses as “compelling and convincing”.
She said, “This is contrary to that of the defence which was rather shallow and full of fallacy. The evidence of the defence witnesses were merely self-serving.”
The judge admonished parents to stop sending their children to stay with relatives and advised that they should plan their families by giving birth to the number of children they can afford.
“The defendant maltreated the victim (his wife’s niece) by defiling her. The conduct of this so-called in-law is hurtful and demeaning. Where is the defendant’s humanity and moral compass?
“This case is a reflection of sexual lawlessness that occurs within the family circle.
“The defendant must be duly sanctioned in the hope that this will serve as a deterrent to others to not toe the line of sexual misconduct.
“The defendant Ofure Siakpere, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of fine.
“His name shall also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register as maintained by the Lagos State Government,” she said.
According to the Lead State Prosecutor, Funke Adegoke, Siakpere committed the offence on or about March 2018 at his residence located at No. 10, Salaudeen Imam Street, Lagos.
The convict was 35 years old when the offence was committed.
During the trial, two witnesses; the survivor and a medical doctor, Dr Aniekan Makanjuola, from Women at Risk International Foundation testified on behalf of the prosecution.
The survivor in her evidence said that she was overpowered and defiled on at least 15 occasions by the convict while living with him and his wife who was her aunt.
She said that anytime she resisted his advances, he beats her up.
The survivor said that she became pregnant as a result of the abuse.
At the time of her testimony in court, she had been delivered of a baby.
The convict and his wife, Adebimpe Siakpere testified for the defence.
Siakpere in his testimony, denied the allegation, describing it as false.
Four Abducted UNIPORT Students Regain Freedom
According to a report by The PUNCH, about four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were kidnapped over the weekend, have regained their freedom.
Reports indicate that the students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State before their abductors struck.
It was also gathered that the victims had escaped from the kidnappers, on Wednesday morning, when a team of security operatives invaded the hideout with heavy firepower and engaged the kidnappers.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the release of the four victims, said the students have since reunited with their families.
Kpenu noted that the students had, as part of their academic exercise, gone to the Orashi area (Ahoada) to conduct vegetation sampling for their final year projects but were apprehended and whisked away while returning to the school.
He said, “Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
“Gbaa Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie, and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.”
Kpenu hinted that while the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Owunari Georgewill, received the four students in his office, he (the VC) commended the men of the Nigerian Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the University and his men and the entire security agencies of Rivers and Bayelsa states for their timely and prompt intervention which led to the freedom of the students.
The spokesman quoted the VC as saying, “We are happy that you are back unhurt and now reunited with your family and friends. We sympathise with you for what you went through at the hands of your abductors. We are glad to inform the public that two PhD students and two undergraduates, who were kidnapped, have regained their freedom.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor urged all staff and students to be security conscious at all times, reiterating the resolve of his administration to always put at the front burner the safety and well-being of all students of the institution.