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When the Lights Dimmed on KUK: My Elegy

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Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, FCIArb, Ph.D.

The ugly piece of news hit me like a sledge hammer.

The legal profession, academia and indeed the world of Excellence, has lost one of its shining stars and very best- Dr Krushvhev ( K.U.K ) EKwueme. What an an irreparable loss! What a stab of a deep gaping wound!! Why do the best always vacate this world market of vanity-on-wheels so early? I do not know. Or, do you?

I was not particularly close to KUK (as I fondly called him), in his lifetime,in terms of longtime friendship. No. But, we met at very close range in court on many occasions. We crossed legal swords in several courts in the last five years – very fiercely; near brutally. We became friends.He was one lethal court room Gladiator I never took for granted. Because he was thorough,scholarly and utterly combative. His well-researched written addresses were nullus secondus.They were laced with uncommon erudition and scholarship. I looked forward to them.His masterful and oratorical delivery, laced with flawless linguistic calisthenics could easily have inducted him into the pantheon of poetic heroes. His calm and harmless mien was but the thin veil of a venomous legal rattlesnake that bit with mortal deadlines. He was,oxymoronically, very luminous,incandescent and gregarious; yet very shy and tarciturn. He effortlessly combined opposites. He was urbane, debonair and cultivated. He never ceased smiling, throwing wits around like manure unto plants.

On one occasion before Justice A.R. Mohammed sat over one of our numerous contentious cases, EKwueme looked at me directly and asked me matter-of-factly, ‘Chief, we know you as an accomplished constitutional lawyer and leading rights Activist; what are you doing in our world of commercial practice and still ferociously threatening to devour us?”

My answer which readily sprang up, came prepared. It appeared ready- made,for the feeling of suspicion was mutual: KUK, you and your law firm of my Ife good friend,Prof Koyinsola Ajayi,SAN, are known for being first- rate commercial practitioners; so,what are you doing in my little world of advocacy? You brew all the money in boardrooms and ‘chop’ to your satisfaction with local and multinational companies; then you are coming here again to wrestle with me for the little crumbs that fall from the master’s table; why,KUK?”. Everyone in the court roared with uncontrollable laughter. We both joined.He was such a jolly good fellow and humour metchant that wore humility like a second skin.

Now,he has gone to join the faithful departed. Let me here borrow the immortal words of his bossom friend, cerebral Hon Justice ( Dr ) Nnamdi Dimgba, “A star on earth left to rejoin the galaxy”. Indeed, he did.End of discussion! Adieu, KUK. Continue ro be happy with the angels.Rest in the Lord’s bossom till we meet on resurrection day to part no more.

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Naja’atu Mohammed Accuses Aisha Buhari of Being Part of Aso Rock Cabal

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A former Director in the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Naja’atu Mohammed, has said that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, is part of the cabals in Aso Rock.

This follows the statement made by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, that some Aso Rock cabals were working to frustrate the victory of APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in the forthcoming elections.

She said this Monday morning while featuring on Arise TV Morning Show.

Mohammed said unlike El-Rufai, she was not afraid to mention names.

“Let me tell you one of the cabals is Aisha Buhari. Aisha that is talking is part of the cabals. We knew the cabals of the late Abba Kyari. When she started talking of the cabals, she didn’t have the guts to come and name names. For the first time in Nigeria, I started to mention names.

“She (Aisha) reinforced what El-Rufai said. El-Rufai said ‘the cabals in the villa’, she confirmed it. She is also part of the cabals. I am trained not to say the details. We are trained to leave names. You have to have the guts to give names,” she said.

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Supreme Court Affirms Lawan As Authentic APC Candidate for Yobe North

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

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Atiku Support Group Accuses Wike of Arresting Members in Rivers

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The Atiku Support Organisation has alleged that about 30 of its members were arrested by armed policemen during a meeting in GRA, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Sunday afternoon.

The National Publicity Secretary of ASO, Victor Moses, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and issued on Sunday.

In the statement titled ‘Release our members wow, Atiku Support Organisation tells Gov Wike’, Moses said the meeting was part of preparations for the the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally slated to hold on February 11.

He said some of those arrested were state and local government leaders of the organisation, alleging that the officers may have acted on the instructions of the state governor, Nyesom Wike.

The statement partly read, “Earlier today, Sunday, at about 2 pm, armed police officers in about six Toyota Hilux marked Intelligence Unit and acting on the instruction of the Rivers State Governor surrounded plot No 3 popularly called White House in Omerelu Street, by Salvation Ministries Headquarters, G.R.A., Port Harcourt, where state and local government leaders of the Atiku Support Organisation were holding meetings as part of the preparations for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally slated to be held on 11th February 2023.

“Realising the armed men were sent to stop the meeting, some members escaped through the fence, sustaining wounds caused by barbed wires.

“Over 30 of our members, state and LGA leaders, most of whom are women, were arrested and taken away in two white Hilux of the intelligence unit, while about four Hilux heavily armed with police have sealed up the meeting venue. The said No 3 Omerelu Street, GRA, is directly behind the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt.”

The statement added that none of the phone numbers of those allegedly arrested was connecting.

The group called on Governor Wike to release its members with immediate effect, adding that Wike must end “his do-or-die politics of bitterness and stop instigating violence in Rivers State against Atiku Abubakar’s supporters.”

The group also called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to order the release of its members and put a end to what it called “political rascality” in Rivers State, and “to avert Governor Wike’s instigated bloodbath in the state during the election,” adding that “Rivers people should and must be allowed to make their political choices freely.”

When contacted, the spokesman for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said she had not received such report.

Efforts to reach the state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, proved abortive as he did not pick several calls
put across to his mobile telephone.

He had yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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