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Court stops Amaechi, Malami, BPP from awarding cargo tracking system contract

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered relevant officials and agency of the federal government to stop the plan to award a sensitive international cargo tracking system contract to two firms – Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited.

The court order restrained all five defendants sued in the suit – the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the two firms – from taking any further steps concerning the appointment of an operator for the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN)

D.U. Okorowo, the judge, issued the order on December 17, 2021 following an ex parte application by a civil society organisation, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER), which alleged irregularities in the process of awarding the contract.

Mr Okorowo, after hearing the plaintiff’s lawyer, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, issued, among others, an order of interim injunction restraining the 2nd defendant (BPP) from appointing the 4th and 5th defendants (Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited) as the operators of the ICTN in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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The judge similarly issued another order of interim injunction restraining BPP “from giving further approvals and waivers to the 1st defendant (Minister of Transport) in the planned appointment of the 4th and 5th defendants (the two firms) as the operators of the ITCN.

He also issued a simar order restraining Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited or their agents “from parading themselves or functioning as the operators of the ICTN.

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Lastly, the judge ordered all the five defendants to suspend “taking any ffurther steps towards nominating any company or entity to be operators of the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The judge then adjourned till January 12 for the hearing of the plaintiff’s motion on notice.
Why we filed suit-CASER

In a statement announcing the court order, on Monday, the Executive Director of CASER, Frank Tietie, a lawyer,
said the group filed the suit to challenge “the ongoing process of appointing an implementing agent for the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) in Nigeria” due to “the manner the process is being carried out by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi”.

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“CASER instituted the case out of serious concern for Nigeria’s internal security following the massive inflow of small arms and light weapons (SALW) through Nigerian sea ports,” the statement added.

It said the organisation was concerned that “Nigeria loses huge billions of dollars following the improper tracking of cargo exports and imports.”

The overall goal of the case, according to Mr Tietie, “is to simply ensure compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) with international best practices and standards in procurement of such security-sensitive services.”
Background

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Amaechi approved the national security-sensitive maritime contract to a medical company in a process the BPP said was “embarrassing and illegal.”

The International Cargo Tracking Note is an electronic cargo verification system that monitors the shipments of seaborne cargoes and enables a real-time generation of vital data on ships and cargo traffic in and out of Nigeria.

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To get the contract going, Mr Amaechi obtained an anticipatory approval for the work from President Buhari. Although the president lacks the fiat to sideline procurement

laws, the BPP claimed the presidential endorsement forced its hand on the deal.

Before approaching the president, Mr Amaechi had brushed aside the BPP’s order that companies given the contracts be selected through an international competitive bidding. Mr Buhari approved his request to have the contract to Medtech Scientific Limited and Rozi International Nigeria Limited.

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Native doctor shoots his client dead while testing bulletproof charm in Enugu

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Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for accidentally killing his client while testing a bulletproof charm he prepared for him.

Odoh shot the deceased, identified as Onunze Benedict, with a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun in his shrine while testing the potency of the charm he made for him.

According to the Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed the incident in a statement released on Tuesday, November 29, the killing occurred in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state.

The statement reads,

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“On 16/11/2022 at about 11.pm, police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division of the Command, arrested Odoh Emmanuel (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in Ikem community of Isi-Uzo LGA, for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the said victim in his shrine at the mentioned location, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him

“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu.”

The suspect will be charged to court once the police conclude their investigation.

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Ogun: Yahoo-boy kills girlfriend for refusing to remit fraud proceeds

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A 27-year-old suspected internet fraudster, otherwise known as Yahoo boy, Obeta John, has allegedly killed his girlfriend, Idowu Buhari over claims that she refused to remit to him, a proceed of fraud paid into the girl’s account by a victim.

The victim, an HND 1 student of Mass Communication, Gateway Polytechnic Saapade, Ogun State, was reportedly beaten to death by the suspect.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, was arrested Tuesday following a distress call received at the Ode-Remo divisional headquarters.

The police were informed that the suspect, a resident at 3, Mojubade Compound, Eredu Ishara, locked his door and started beating the girl, hitting her head against the wall.

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Efforts by neighbours to persuade him to open the door did not succeed, DAILY POST learnt.

Acting on the distress call, Oyeyemi said the DPO of Ode-Remo division, CSP Fasogbon Olayemi, had quickly led his officers to the scene, “where they met the victim in the pool of her blood after forcing the door open.”

The police rushed the victim to the State Hospital, Ishara, where she was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

The suspect said to be an indigene of Enugu State, is presently in police custody.

“On interrogation, the suspect informed the police that he is an internet fraudster and that a certain amount of money from one of his clients was paid into the account of his deceased girlfriend which she refused to relinquish to him,” Oyeyemi explained.

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He quoted the suspect as saying that the fight over the said money had eventually led to the death of the girl.

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Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution by the homicide team.

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59-Year-Old Business Man Has Been Found Dead After Sleeping With Two Slay Queens In His Room

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A 59-year-old businessman has met ultimate death after having sex with two Slay Queen

Samuel Irungu, who is a businessman, went to a nightclub for a drink and have some fun.

He met two slay queens at the nightclub, he later came home to have intimacy with them in his marital bed in the absence of his wife.

The man had a lot of fun with them and also satisfied the two ladies by having hot sex with them, unfortunately he passed out after all these pleasure.

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The deceased found dead in his room

According to reports, the deceased was last seen at a nightclub having drinks with these two unidentified ladies.

It was reported that he bought drinks and a pack of condoms before heading home to sleep with the Slay Queens. But Samuel was later found dead after spending enough time with these ladies in his marital bed.

Police suspect that these Slay Queens drugged the deceased and stole his phone and Apple laptop.

The next morning, the deceased family noticed that he had come out of his room, prompting them to check on him. They were surprised to find the man’s body with no clothes on. Used condoms and pills were also discovered at the scene.

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