Globaltimesnigeria.com had reliably obtained a reports that a court in Ankara on Wednesday sentenced 92 defendants, including former generals, to life in prison for attempting to violate constitutional order.
The trial was linked to the 2016 abortive putsch by a faction in the Turkish military.
The trial, focusing on the incidents at land forces headquarters in Ankara, started in 2017 with 132 defendants on trial.
Out of the 92 life sentences given, 12 were aggravated life sentences, state news agency Anadolu reported. Aggravated life sentences are the most severe terms possible in Turkey.
Twenty-eight people were given varying jail sentences, with some facing up to more than 19 years in prison. The charges ranged from attempted murder to membership in an armed terrorist organisation.
The court acquitted nine people of all charges, while trial will continue for three others, Anadolu reported.
Turkey blames U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen for the attempted coup on July 15, 2016 and has jailed thousands over alleged links to the cleric.
Once an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gulen denies any role in the failed attempt that left more than 250 dead.
Ankara has designated Mr Gulen’s movement, accused of infiltrating key state institutions for decades a terrorist organisation
Multiple accidents claim 17 lives in Kogi, 2 Police Inspectors involved
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Two ghastly motor accidents occurred separately along Lokoja — Ayingba road in Kogi state on Thursday claiming no fewer than 17 lives involving two Police Inspectors and 15 other persons
The first accident occurred near Ojudu village in the afternoon of the fateful Thursday involving two Police Inspectors who were on their way to a mortuary at Ayingba to pick the remains of their colleague sergeant who earlier died in an accident on the same road.
The deceased officers were in an ambulance with an empty casket when an articulated vehicle was said to have ran into them, killing all the occupants including the driver.
According to the Police Public Relation Officer,(PPRO) DSP William Aya, the two officers were sent to an Ayingba morgue to pick the corpse of their late sergeant who died in an earlier accident for onward movement to Adamawa state for burial when they lost their lives.
About 5 hours after Fourteen persons, including five children same day, Thursday, lost their lives in another ghastly motor accident which occurred on same Anyingba – Lokoja road in Kogi State.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure confirmed to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the multiple accident which happened in the evening of Jan. 14.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, hit the truck in its front.
The Sector Commander explained that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
Aghure disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.
The Sector Commander further explained that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky to have survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that while the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
While suspecting break failure as the cause of the accident, he, however, said that the Corps is carrying out investigation to ascertain its cause.
Bauchi Govt. Expresses Commitment To Rehabilitate Tafawa Balewa’s Tomb
Bauchi State Government has pledged to rehabilitate the tomb of Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Asma’u Giade made the commitment during the annual memorial lecture and prayers for the late prime minister organised by the state government in Bauchi on Friday.
The tomb’s complex was taken over by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) and converted to a national monument, jointly managed by the federal and state governments.
“The complex was neglected for decades by past governments. The present administration had set a plan to renovate the place so that it could attract more tourists from within and outside the country.
“I will not forget to also acknowledge First Bank of Nigeria Plc who declared interest to contribute toward the renovation of the tomb,” Giade said.
She added that the governor Bala Mohammed had last year declared January 15 as a day of prayers for the late Balewa, saying that the State House of Assembly had made a legislation to make the day official.
In a remark, Yakubu Balewa, the eldest son, commended the Bauchi State Government for the initiative to honour his father.
Nigerian Police Losses Top Officer As Kwara Governor Commiserate With Police Authorities
Yunana Baba, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, Kogi state, passed on.
News of his death came after a newly-promoted Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Omololu Bishi, who is in charge of Police Armament, Force Headquarters Abuja, also died.
Omololu Bishi died in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, reacted to Baba’s death on Thursday night as he described him as a perfect gentleman and a dedicated officer.
The Governor commiserated with the police authorities over “the sudden death”.
“I received the news of the death of AIG Yunana Baba with shock and sadness. It is one tragedy too many.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Kwara State, I condole with the entire police family, especially the Inspector General of Police and the immediate family of the top officer, on this devastating development.
“The late officer is a fine gentleman, a patriot, and a professional cop who was very passionate about his duty to his fatherland. I recall the gallant roles the late officer played in some recent security developments in the zone,” Governor AbdulRahman stated.
He also prayed God to repose his soul and comfort his family.
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