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Cynthia: Court threatens to revoke defendant’s bail



Irked by the seeming delay tactics employed by defence counsel in the ongoing trial of alleged murderers of Cynthia Osokogu, Justice Olabisi Akinlade of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, has threatened to return the fourth defendant, Nonso Ezike, to prison.

Justice Akinlade who frowned at the unavailability of Ezike’s lawyer, C.J. Ajakona, in court during Tuesday’s proceedings, noted that the lawyers were deliberately frustrating the trial.

‎She vowed to revoke Ezike’s bail at the next adjournment if his lawyer fail to file ‎his “no case submission” application before her.

‎Ezike, a brother to the second defendant, Olisaeloka Ezike, is being tried for selling the late Osokogu’s BlackBerry Phone.

Justice Akinlade said: “I tell you at the next adjourned date if nothing is filed, I will revoke your bail and send you back to prison. Then your lawyer will know what to do.

“It is because you have been on bail that is why your lawyer is wasting the time of the court. It is a deliberate act.

“The court is already on vacation but I left the comfort of my home, thinking that the case will go on today, only for my time to be wasted.”

According to Ezike, he was informed his counsel had a fatal accident when he called his telephone on Monday.

The fourth defendant also told the court that he has a feeling his lawyer was not serious with the matter, recalling how the counsel told him he had forgotten about the matter when he called him before the last adjournment.

‎He notified the court of his intention to appoint Chris Obiaka, counsel to the third defendant, Osita Orji (Pharmacist) to take over his representation.

‎Adjourning the case to October 26 for adoption of “no case submission” of the third and fourth defendants, Justice Akinlade held that Ezike’s lawyer must file and serve his application for ruling by the next date.

‎Osokogu, 25, was drugged, assaulted and ‎murdered on July 22, 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel in Lake View Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.

The primary suspects in her murder – Okwumo Nwabuifo (34) and Olisaeloka Ezike‎ (25) were said to have picked her from the airport on her arrival from Abuja, after meeting on Facebook.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme



The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer




A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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