Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers have abducted the President of Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation, Ambassador David Onoja, in Kogi State.
It was gathered that the 35-year-old victim, who is known for his philanthropic activities, was abducted at his residence at Wada road, Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday morning, March 31.
According to a family source, the hoodlums, who were dressed in police uniform and armed with AK-47 stormed his residence around 10:30am.
It Was learnt that the gunmen who also wore bullet proof vest, invaded the victim’s residence in a Sienna bus.
Nigerian Army Commander Who Led Several Operations Against Boko Haram Allegedly Commits Suicide 3 Days To Court-Martial Verdict
A former Battalion Commanding Officer who led the fight against Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria, Major U.J. Undianyede, is said to have committed suicide.
According to Daily Trust, the senior military officer killed himself less than 72 hours before the verdict of a court-martial trying him for alleged military infractions during the war against the terrorists.
He was said to have killed himself on Monday, on the premises of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, with his service pistol.
“I think he killed himself because of the judgment of the court-martial which has been fixed for tomorrow (today, May 19),” the source said.
“In prosecuting the war, the Major with some of his colleagues allegedly committed some infractions for which he was being tried at the 1 Division in Kaduna.”
The offences listed against the deceased officer by the court-martial in the 1 Division were misappropriation of funds, abandonment of military post, insubordination, and desertion, among others.
Another source attributed his death to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), noting that he had been in the North East for some time, battling Boko Haram terrorists.
The Major, a Course 55 Regular Officer and other members of his class, were said to be due for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel this September.
When contacted, the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that he had not been briefed.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the NDA, Major Bashir Jajira, dismissed the report, saying no officer of the academy was involved in suicide.
“No personnel of the academy was involved in suicide as reported, and in fact, our cadets are presently in Kachia for combat shooting training, they are not in the academy. So, no such training took place,” he said.
Defence Lawyer’s Absence Stalls Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky’s Suit Against Nigeria Immigration Service, Secret Police, DSS, Other
The absence of counsel for the defence in court stalled proceeding in a suit filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah.
The suit filed by the Shiite leader and his wife; Zeenah against the Nigeria Immigration Service suffered a setback on Wednesday as the absence of the defence counsel was noticed shortly after the matter was called for mention at a Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu.
Marshal Abubakar, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs (El-Zakzaky and Zeenah) was in court, but the counsel for the NIS, Department of State Services (DSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) were absent.
Abubakar, who held the brief of Femi Falana, SAN, therefore, informed Justice Egwuatu that the NIS lawyer called him on the phone earlier in the morning to apologise that he would not be able to attend the day’s sitting.
He said the lawyer sought a short adjournment.
After listening to Abubakar, Egwuatu adjourned the matter till June 1 for further mention of the substantive suit.
The NIS counsel, Jimoh Adamu had on February 14, 2022, approached the court with a motion for joinder.
Adamu prayed the court to join the DSS and NIA in the suit instituted by the leader of the IMN and his wife, Zeenah
Abubakar, however, disagreed with Adamu’s application, urging the court to dismiss it. But Egwuatu ruled in NIS’ favour.
The judge subsequently joined the DSS and NIA as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.
The couple had sued the NIS over its refusal to reissue new passports for them.
The duo, who listed the NIS and its Comptroller General as 1st and 2nd defendants, prayed the court to enforce their fundamental rights.
In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/22/2022, dated and filed by their lawyer, Falana, El-Zakzaky and Zeenah said they had the right to freedom of movement as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution and the African Charter of Human and Peoples Right.
They prayed the court to declare that the refusal of the NIS to process their travel documents to enable them to travel abroad is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
El-Zakzaky and Zennah had in another N4 billion suit before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a sister court dragged the DSS and the Attorney-General of the Federation before the court over an allegation bordering on the seizure of their passports.
El-Zakzaky and Zeenah were arrested in December 2015, after the Nigerian Army extrajudicially killed over 300 followers of the Shiite cleric in Kaduna. This followed a demonstration by members of the Shiite group in Zaria, during which they allegedly blocked the convoy of the former chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and other road users.
The Nigerian Army accused El-Zakzaky and his followers of attempting to assassinate the military chief, an allegation the Shiite group swiftly denied.