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Nigeria’s former President Jonathan subpoena’d as witness in N400 million Metuh trial

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Nigeria’s immediate former President Goodluck Jonathan has become the target of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court order to its bailiff to ensure the service of its subpoena on Jonathan within five days from today, Wednesday.

He is summoned as a defense witness in the ongoing trial of former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisah Metuh — for Metuh’s alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is also called by Metuh through the subpoena for appearance as his witness.

Justice Okon Abang ordered that “The bailiff is hereby given five days from today to serve the former President, after which the law will take its course. If it is impossible, the use of substituted means is allowed. For that, the bailiff is an agent of the first defendant. If the bailiff is unable to serve the former President, the first defendant should make the application for the bailiff. The bailiff cannot apply to court because he is not a party.”

“It is on record that it is the first defendant that applied to have Dasuki and Jonathan in court”, he underscored.

“As regards the absence of Dasuki, this will be addressed administratively. There is no reason for the absence of Dasuki in court. The learned counsel for government must convince its client to produce Dasuki in court. Failure of which it will be difficult for the matter to continue,” Mr. Abang said before he adjourned the case to October 31, at the request of Metuh’s lawyer.

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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WInnie Mandela’s burial on Saturday; 3 presidents attending

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Three presidents will pay their respects at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday.

EFF leader Julius Malema is also expected to speak, while Fikile Mbalula will speak on behalf of the ANC as will Bathabile Dlamini in her capacity as leader of the ANC Women’s League.

Another politician, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, will deliver a tribute on behalf of the extended family. Gauteng Premier David Makhura will welcome the mourners at the ceremony.

The AbaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo will deliver a royal address and Zukiswa Madikizela will pay tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

Among the expected musical performers are Thandiswa Mazwai and Sipho Hotstix Mabuza.

The funeral service at the Orlando Stadium is scheduled to start at 09:00 and is expected to finish at 13:00, after which a military ceremony will take place before the procession moves to the Fourways Memorial Park. By Jane Gerber/News24

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USAfrica BrkNEWS: Trump orders missile strikes against Syria for use of chemical weapons

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USAfrica BrkNEWS: Trump orders missile strikes against Syria for use of chemical weapons.

The U.S is joined by Britain and France in “precision strikes” at Syria’s chemical facilities. “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said in remarks from the White House, where he called on Iran and Russia to withdraw their support for Syria’s “barbarism and brutality…. What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?”

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