Justice comes, at last – in today’s news round-up by Cheta Nwanze

The EFCC have evidently consulted their astrologers who informed them that erstwhile big boy, Wale Babalakin’s star is fading.

They say the wheels of justice grind slowly but surely. I used to dispute that with regards this country that I call home, but I am sure that John Eremi Azuma, Pastor Bassey Eyo Bassey, Eze Bassey Enya, Sunday Enya Egbe, Okorie John Odah, Joseph Odu Arreh, Henry Ofewa, Sunday Bassey Okpa, Bassey Anthony Aroke, Joe Anthony Aroke, Ekwor Riman Ekor, Benjamin Okorie, Douglas Egbe Ego and Aja Francis are in a better position to tell me how wrong I am. Apparently, they are going to get locked away for failing to comply with a court judgement issued in 1959!

It is this faith in the persistence of the legal system that is probably leading aggrieved persons within the Kogi state PDP to keep on in their dogged determination to unseat the sitting governor. Yesterday, Yunusa Omagada brought another such suit against Idris Wada who promptly responded using words such as locus standi to inform Mr. Omagada that he shouldn’t even contemplate it. As if to prove just how long it takes to find justice, the next scene of this drama will occur in 76 days time.

Time, appears to be what Bukola Alli, a trado-ruler in Ijesa is playing for in his trial over the rape of Helen Okpara, going on three years now. Mr. Alli has not denied having carnal knowledge of Ms. Opara, but the problem is that he insists that she enjoyed the act as well. He’s failed to tell us whether she agreed to the games before they commenced, but is instead trying to make himself sound like “the man” by repeatedly telling us that she actually enjoyed it. Alli’s lawyer on the other hand, would rather go down the well worn path of playing for time, since in the interim apparently, his client is still enjoying the monthly allocations due to a “monarch” in our rather interesting form of democracy. The case has been adjourned to an undisclosed date when the alignment of the stars are just right.

In the meantime, and still on the legal theme, the EFCC have evidently consulted their astrologers who informed them that erstwhile big boy, Wale Babalakin’s star is fading. So despite a court order that he should be left alone, our rather lazy corruption fighters have brought out the siege equipment, battering rams and all, and surrounded the Lagos University Teaching Hospital ward where Don Babalakin (is he still worthy of the title “Don”?) currently lies. But wait o, what kind of big boy goes to LUTH? He should be in Germany…

Maybe the German hospitals are sick of receiving Nigerian patients, but on the evidence of things, more may be on the way. However, before we begin to entertain any morbid thoughts of private jets, tummy tucks, cloak-and-dagger hospital escapades et al, we are duty bound to give a thumbs up to medical personnel at the ongoing National Sports Festival for rescuing Oyo state boxers, Rashidat Ganiyu and Tunde Yusuf. Rashidat was beaten up by Benue state’s Amina Amusat, and collapsed after the fight, while Tunde was brushed aside by elephant Fred Adejoh from Abia. Both are okay, and responding to treatment, we thank God.

Bits and bobs

Feeling left out from the current sharing arrangements, failed northern politicians, Jack Gowon, Atiku Abubakar and Ibrahim Shekarau are forming an unholy alliance in order to “win” the Presidency “for the North” in 2015. Conveniently forgotten is the fact that under the watch of Abubakar (as VP) and Shekarau (as Kano governor), living standards in the north plummeted while the country’s economy grew overall.

In yet another knee-jerk reaction to SLS’s comments about the civil service, Lagos based wig, Femi Falana has launched into a long-winded tirade about the person of SLS and well, some of his policies. No mention though, of the fact that our civil service is actually, and quite hopelessly, a lumbering beast that really needs to be trimmed down. Has Mr. Falana ever tried getting a Certificate of Occupancy?

For playing numerous sideways and backwards passes, Chelsea FC have seen it fit to reward Obi Wan Kenobi with a new 5 year contract. Eat your hearts out haters. In his years at Ch€£$ky, Mikel has won just about every medal that club football has to offer, and will soon be adding the Club World Cup to that collection. Oh, and he earns as at the last time of checking, the tidy sum of N20,239,654.26 each week!



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