About 66 soldiers who were convicted at different times for various offences have sued the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Minister of Justice and the Controller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, demanding ₦20 million each. The separate fundamental human rights cases were filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos by Mrs. Funmi Falana. According to the applicants, they qualify for amnesty based on a directive given by the President Buhari on 9 April 2020, that certain categories of people, including those who have spent 75 per cent of their sentence after remission be released. The convicts are asking the court to declare that their continued detention at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Lagos, despite the amnesty granted them by the President, is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates their right to personal liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the Constitution. The applicants were all charged before a General Magistrate Court on six counts of mutiny, criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, attempted murder, disobedience to particular orders, insubordinate behaviour and false accusations contrary to the Armed Forces Act and sentenced to death in December 2014.
Autochek, the automotive technology company that aims to build solutions for the African market, has raised $3.4 million in a pre-seed funding round co-led by TLcom Capital and 4DX Ventures with inclusion from Golden Palm Investments, Lateral Capital, Kepple Africa Ventures, MSA Capital and a number of local angel/seed investors. The start-up will use the investment to grow its Nigerian and Ghanaian markets and will see further investment in technology and expanding its teams. The pre-seed investment announced today follows Autochek’s acquisition of the Cheki Nigeria and Cheki Ghana brands in September 2020. Combining technology and data to power every process of the automotive transactional ecosystem for millions of people, Autochek aims to transform the automotive buying and selling experience for African consumers by creating a single marketplace for all automotive needs. This will include everything from sourcing and financing transactions to after sales support and warranties. Etop Ikpe, Founder and CEO of Autochek, said, “This early stage investment allows us to get started with the work of developing technology products and services that will transform automotive trade on the continent, whereby we significantly improve transactions and after care support for car owners, dealers and other stakeholders across the African automotive industry”.
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the 2020 Finance Bill. Finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, said the 2020 Finance Bill was meant to support the 2021 fiscal year budget. Ms Ahmed said the bill will not lead to an increase in tax because the situation in the country does not warrant an increase in taxes. “This is not the time to increase taxes,” she said.
Three people died and at least 34 were injured, including with gunshot wounds, in protests that erupted after police arrested Ugandan presidential candidate and pop star Bobi Wine on Wednesday, according to Ugandan police and the Red Cross. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has emerged as the strongest challenger against President Yoweri Museveni, 76, in the country’s presidential election due on 14 January. Police said in a statement they had detained Wine while he was campaigning in the country’s east for violating anti-coronavirus measures. They accused him of involvement “in the massive mobilisation of unauthorised assemblies and processions amidst the threat of COVID-19” in the country. After news of Wine’s detention broke across the country, violent protests immediately erupted in the capital Kampala and several other major towns. In a tweet earlier in the day announcing his arrest, Wine said police had broken into his vehicle and forcefully detained him. “The price of freedom is high but we shall certainly overcome,” Wine said in the tweet.