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Court to rule on Akingbola's bail application on June 13 From ~bdullahl Dare Akogun, Lagos

Oblaalso told the court thattheMrs. Akingbola, who is one of the accused persons had JUSTICE Habbeb Abiru of the Ik.eja High disappeared to an unknown destination, Court, yesterday said he would rule on the bail . prompting the prosecution to slrike out her application filed by former Managing Direc- name from the infurmation. tor ofIntercontinentaI Bank PIc, Mr. Erastus He argued that Akingbola reluctantly Akingbola and an associate, Bayo Dada, on returned to Nigeria after discovering that the June 13. The duo are standing trial for alleg- EFCChadmade arrangementswith the British edlystealing N47,1 billion from the bank. Government for his extradition. ' . "The charges the accused persons are facDuringyesterday's proceedings, counsel for the Economicand Financial Crimes Commis- ing before this court are different from what sion (EFCC) Mr. Godwin Obla opposed the they are facing at the Federal High Court The bail application dated May 31, 2011, filed by first count is very obvious, stealing of 8.5 milthe counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Deji lion Pounds Sterling. This attracts a severe Sasegbon. punishment of up to 20 years imprisonment

before this court while the 'alleged offences at . the Federal High Court attracts between two to five years, whim makes them completely different;' he said He further argued that the accused persons wouldjwilpbail ifitwasgrantedand asked the court to strike out the application. Earlier, counsel to the accused persons, Saseghon, urged the court to 'grant the accused persons bail. pending the hearlIig and determination of the information brought against . them. He argued that his clients were facing. similar dJarges before Justice Charles A,chi-

bong of the Fed~ High Court in Lagos, who' had earlier granted them bail. "They have been abiding by the conditions. ofbail without breaching them. The applicants did not engage in disruptive or dangerous belJaviour and I am certain that theywill show up for 'interrogation' or any necessary court . appearance," he said He maintained that the offences brought agamst the accused persons was bailable, and therefore urged thecourt to be lenient by granting them bail on the existing conditions given to them ~y the Federal Hi&b Court.

Fuh:lni group expresses concern over·killing of members From Mahmud Lalo, Jos A Ful:mi socio cultural group. ti,e Miyetti Apall Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), Plateau State brandl,hasexpressedconcems over what it described as continuous attack and killing ofils membersinthestate,calIingon ti,e Federal Government and security agencies to intervene. The group. whim was reactingtolastSunday'skilling ofAbdulhakirn Allyu, 16, who was allegedly attacked and killed at Jol in Riyom District, lamented fuat all efforts to retrieve the body was unsuc-

cessful "The body of the boy was dumped in a well and natives ofthe area refused to allow the relatives ofthe deceased to take his bodY,' Plateau State mairman of MACHAN, Malam Mullanlffiad Nura told our correspondent yesterday on phone. Nura further alleged that, on FridayJune3, 2011. one 13 year old Adamu Idris wasalso attacked and killed in Gora in Fursun District, Jos Eastwhile 12 ofhiscowswere taken away by his attackel~. He added that security agents pursued the attacl<ers and that though

they did not apprehend anyone, they were able to retrieve the cows. "These attacks and killings are becoming too rampant The Federal Goverrunent and security agencies should please do something about it;' he said Effurts to get corrunents from the Plateau State Commissioner of Police Abdulrahaman Akano failed as his orderly, who answered our . correspondents call said the police boss was in a meeting. The Police Public Relation Oflicer,JacobApevonhispart, said he was on leave and could not speak on the matter.

Textile workers reject judgment on entitlement From Maryam Ahmadu-Suka, Kaduna TIiE National Union ofTextile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) has rejected the -judgment of the Federal High Court Kaduna led by Justice M.L. Shuaibu on thecase instituted by the union against ilie management 'of Finetex and Norte.-, Limited. seeking settement ofdebts owed them.

The General Secretary of the union, Comrade lssa Aremu, in a statement said that the fight was not over and that the union would not relent until justice is attained "The two companies are indebted to the textile wOlkers to the tune ofN2.8 billion being wlpaid salaries and other entitlements. Unremitted union dues is about N74.4 billion in the case of Finetex Limited and NI.2 billion in

the case of Nortex Limited: he said He Urged the· members not to be discouraged by the judgmen~ adding that the leadership of the union would pursue the case to its lOgical conclusion. "With tllis judgment, the judiciary has pushed labourto seek justice beyond the court rooms, and this will include protests and mass action~ he added

Small scale farming Linder threat in Nigeria, says group From Andrew Agbese, Jos

small scale farmers are responsible for over 90 per cent of the agricultural output, theyare SMALL scale farming is under threat in being deprived oflands. He maintained that Nigeria as farm lands are being been taken if the trend is not checked. it would adversely over b)' elites, other nationals as well as inter- affect food production in the country. national corporate organizations for comHe added that small scale farmers are also . mercial purposes, President of the National battling with other kinds of threat ariSing from govemment poliCies, including condiAssociation of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Mr. Ken Ukaoha has said. tions attamed to loans by the Federal GovUkaoha in a speech at a capacity build- ernment 'Uk3oba also callca o il tl1eC';htrarBarikof - ing workshop for small scale farmers in jos, resteraar l"!nented that despit~ tlle fact that . Nigeria to'iissist small scale farmers.

NBTT translates bible .i nto 21 languages From Mahmud Lalo, Jos

week intensive consultant-checking work-

THE Nigeria Bible TnUlslation Tmst, (NBTT) Jos. Plateau State has tra nslated ti,e new testament of the bible into 21 different languages from the Northern part of ti,e COWl try, Executive Director ofNBTI, Sule Auta has said. Auta. who said this at the end of a tllIee

shop, which brought together 80 participants and foreign consultants in Jos, at the weekend, said renowned religious scholars and translation consultants attended the workshop. He added that the body is training future indigenous consultants to achieve its desire to translate the bible into 515 languages.

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Small scale farming under threat in Nigeria, says group