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17 Jun 2019

“How can a car be without a driver for 3 weeks and not crash?” Omokri slams Buhari over Cabinet delay

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to constitute his cabinet three weeks after his second term inauguration.

Omokri, who was Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan on New Media, stated this in a tweet on Monday,

According to him, the Nigerian economy is “tanking” because of the president’s delay.

The ex-presidential aide said, “General Buhari has not formed his cabinet 4 months after winning a rigged election and 3 weeks after being sworn in for a 2nd term. Yet, when asked why the economy is tanking, he will blame PDP and GEJ. How can a car be without a driver for 3 weeks and not crash?”

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Kano Emirate: Why court order can’t stop us from probing Emir – Anti-corruption body reveals

Kano State Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has said there is no court order restraining it from investigating alleged misappropriation of Kano Emirate fund.

The Commission, however, admitted that there is a court order issued, restraining it from executing a warrant of arrest on three Emirate Council staff and it is obeying by maintaining status quo.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commission Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado on Monday.

The statement said the Commission as a law-abiding organization will always operate within the rule of law and respect court orders.

It noted that no court of law is empowered to stop a statutory agency from performing their statutory responsibility, citing a case of Obiwusi vs EFCC & ANOR (2018) LPERLR-44536).

”The commission is a law-abiding institution, very interested in the moral path, doing the right thing and has never consciously broken in law to the best of its acquaintance. Hence, the commission will continue to obey the law as always, ”said the statement.

Court takes action on bricklayer for allegedly killing s£x worker in Ilorin

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered that a bricklayer, Sodiq Kazeem, who allegedly murdered a commercial sex worker, Yemisi Adekoya, be remanded in prison.

Magistrate Mary Bamidele ordered that Kazeem be remanded in Mandala Prison, Ilorin.

Bamidele adjourned the matter until June 28 for mention.

The defendant is charged with two counts of culpable homicide and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt Rodah Kayode, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 30 at the Coca Cola area of Ilorin.

Kayode said the defendant was arrested at the scene of the crime while attempting to escape with a stolen hotel wall fan.

She said that investigation revealed that a fight ensued between the defendant and the woman after he refused to pay her the N2, 500 he agreed to pay her.

”He claimed that he could only afford N2000 after the sexual intercourse,” the prosecutor said.

Kayode said that in the process the defendant hit the victim and her head hit the wall.

She said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 221 and 287 of the Penal Code Law.

NAN reports that Kayode urged the court to remand the defendant pending the completion of the investigation.

Drama as Lagos pastor ends marriage over wife’s refusal to go for deliverance

A 44-year-old pastor, Omotilewa Oke, on Monday secured a divorce at an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, over his wife’s refusal to go for deliverance.

Oke said that his wife of six years, Shola, with whom he had two children, behaves in an irrational way.

“She fights me everyday and also fights with neighbours over minor issues to the extent that people in our area know us for frequent fighting.

“I knew that something was wrong and I asked her to go for deliverance; when she refused, I stopped sleeping with her and eating her food because I don’t want any calamity to befall me.’’

NAN reports that the 44-year-old petitioner accused his wife of going out and coming in without his permission.

“Shola once told me she was going to Ekiti to collect her school certificate, and that she will not return that day but would spend the night at her aunt’s place.

“I told her to call me when she got there.

“She called to tell me that she had got to her aunt’s house, but when I asked her to give her aunt the phone so that I could greet her, she switched it off and I suspected a foul play.

“Shola has gone to many places, where she passed the night without my permission.’’

Oke prayed the court to terminate the union, saying he was no longer interested.

However, 37-year-old Shola, a civil servant, denied the allegations, saying that her husband was ungrateful.

“After I married my husband, I discovered that he does not have Ordinary National Dipoma as he made me to believe.

“He did not even finish secondary school but I decided to stay in the marriage.

“He does not have a house of his own; my mother rented a two-bedroom apartment for us after our marriage.

“When I got pregnant and told him, he got angry, saying it was too early to get pregnant. He refused to give me money for antenatal care,’’ she said.

She told the court that when she was delivered of the baby, he refused to pay the bills.

The respondent said that her mother paid the bills.

“He did not participate in the christening of the baby, my parent sponsored it.

“I once advised him to be sending money to his mother, but he told me that he received a prophecy not to send money to her; I send money to his mother monthly from my meagre salary.

“Yet, he is ungrateful,’’ Shola said.

The mother-of-two added that her husband was irresponsible.

“He does not give me money for food but will want to eat, he has money but just refused to release it.

“When I got pregnant the second time, he asked me to abort it. He threatened that if I refused, I would have to care for the baby alone as he would not want any babies.

“Whenever the children are sick and I ask him for money to take them to hospital, he will say, `God will heal them’, and refuse to drop a dime.’’

The respondent said that her husband refused to pay their house rent when it expired and left the house for two years and also refused to pick her calls.

“When our rent expired, he refused to renew it, we were given a quit notice and my husband disappeared for two years.

“My children and I went to stay with my parents and when my parents rented another apartment for me, my husband came back.’’

Shola consented to the dissolution of the marriage, saying that she was also fed up.

The Court President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, noted that the estranged couple were tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile them failed.

“Since both parties consented to the dissolution, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Pastor Omotilewa Oke and Mrs Shola Oke dissolved today; both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

“Each of you should go on his or her separate way unmolested; the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours.

“The two children, who are minors, should be in their mother’s custody, while the petitioner must be paying N10,000 monthly for their feeding and be responsible for their education and general welfare,’’ Koledoye said.

AA suspends Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu

The Action Alliance, AA, has announced the suspension of its Imo State Governorship candidate, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.

Nwosu was suspended over alleged insubordination, anti-party activities and mismanagement of party funds.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Kenneth Udeze, who disclosed this while addressing newsmen also threatened to dissolve all of its structures in Imo – from Ward to State.

Udeze accused Nwosu of ‘serially undermining the principle of party supremacy.

He said, “This is a crisis we have tried to manage in-house for a while now. We have tried to make Uche Nwosu sees reasons to keep faith with the CUPP pact. But he has refused. As a party, we are bound by morality and good conscience to honour our words. This is why the NWC has decided to suspend him and has recommended his expulsion to the NEC.

“It is absurd that Uche Nwosu has chosen to recruit a handful of our members in Imo State to disobey directives of the party. It should be stated in clear terms that any further acts that entail subversion of the will of the party shall have all the structures of the party from Ward to State -in Imo dissolved,” he added.

How 19-year-old Nigerian, Eniola Aluko was shot to death in London

Eniola Aluko, 19, was on Friday shot dead at Plumstead, London.

According to UK’s Metropolitan Police, Aluko, who is from Thamesmead, died after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene, a car park on Hartville Road, just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Aluko was found with critical injuries and died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest.

Already police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Four other people, all teenagers, who were arrested in relation to the crime have been granted bail pending the start of trial in early July.

Detective Inspector John Marriott, said, “I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.

“The shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to come forward. It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead Gardens; I need you to come forward.

“Although we have now made five arrests I am continuing to ask for your help to progress this investigation.”

Metropolitan Police has revealed that they had informed the next-of-kin of the deceased.

NYSC: INEC announces automatic employment for corps members

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised that members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who distinguished themselves during the 2019 general election will get automatic employment.

INEC says those who will participate in the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections scheduled for November will get the same reward.

INEC’s Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, spoke Monday in Abuja during the presentation of laptops and phones used by the European Election Observation Mission to 75 corps members who were selected by a panel of NYSC and EU delegation.

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Osun Governorship: Oyetola, others, urge Supreme Court to dismiss Adeleke’s appeal

Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressive Congress (APC) on Monday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss all four appeals filed by the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ademola Adeleke challenging his victory in the 2018 Osun Governorship election.

Adeleke had approached the apex court with appeals, marked: SC/553/2019; SC/554/2019; SC/555/2019 and SC/556/2019 aimed at upturning Oyetola’s declaration as winner of the election by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammad Tanko, leading six other justices fixed July 5 to deliver judgment on the appeal.

Tanko gave the date after Counsel for all the parties adopted their written addresses.

Dr  Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Counsel for Adeleke and the PDP  urged the apex court to grant prayers contained in his clients’ appeal by upturning the judgment of the Court of Appeal that affirmed Oyetola as validly elected governor of the state.

“My Lords we pray the court to set aside the judgements of the Court of Appeal and restore the majority judgment given in his client’s favour by the election tribunal,’’ he said.

On his part, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, prayed the apex court to dis countenance Adeleke’s prayer by affirming the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

Similarly, Mr Yusuf Ali, SAN, and Mr Olumide Olujimi, Counsel for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  and the APC, respectively aligned themselves with Olanipekun’s submission as they urged the court to summarily dismiss the appeal for want of merit.

In arguing the fourth appeal marked SC/556/2019, Ikpeazu urged the court to set aside the two concurrent judgments of the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

NAN reports that both courts rejected Adeleke’s request to void the supplementary election held after INEC declared the Osun governorship election inconclusive.

Ikpeazu said his client’s contention was that INEC lacked the powers to have cancelled elections in some pooling units and order a rerun.

He argued that the supplementary election was unnecessary because his client had won the election and met the constitutional requirement to be declared winner.

Ikpeazu prayed the court to set aside the Paragraph 44 of the INEC’s Guideline, on which basis the supplementary election was held, as according to him is in conflict with the Constitution.

Mr  Bode Olanipekun, SAN, who argued this particular appeal on behalf of his father (Wole Olanipekun) for the second respondent (Oyetola), urged the court to disregard Ikpeazu’s contention that the supplementary election was unnecessary.

He argued that Paragraph 44 of INEC Guidelines was not in conflict with the Constitution

Earlier in a motion, Olanipekun, Ali and Olunijmi faulted the competence of the appeals and urged the court to dismiss them for lacking in merit.

They prayed the court to uphold the May 9 judgments given in favour of the respondents by the Court of Appeal.

NAN recalls that the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal had on March 22 declared the PDP candidate as the duly-elected governor of the state, thereby setting aside Oyetola’s victory at the poll.

The tribunal held that the cancellation of results from seven polling stations across the state resulting in the conduct of the supplementary election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC violated the Constitution.

The state election tribunal therefore directed the electoral body to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to Oyetola and issue same to Adeleke.

Dissatisfied with the decision, Oyetola, APC and INEC approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja with separate appeals challenging Adeleke’s declaration as governor by the tribunal.

The appellate went ahead to upturn the decision of the tribunal in a judgment on May 9 which re-affirmed Oyetola’s victory as governor of the state.

Also aggrieved with the decision, Adeleke approached the apex court urging it to set aside the judgment of the court of appeal and to restore the judgment of the tribunal.


US Embassy speaks on Student Visa ban for Nigerians

The United States, US, embassy has reacted to viral report of the country banning student’s visa for Nigerians

Reports emerged over the weekend claiming that Nigerian students have been banned from receiving Student US visa.

Reacting to the rumour, the US embassy, in a post on its verified Twitter page on Monday, denied the report.

The tweet read: “Alert! Be advised, reports of Student Visa ban for Nigerians is false.

“If you have seen such manufactured item on Facebook and Twitter or received it via WhatsApp, please communicate that it is false.”

Tribunal dismisses petition challenging Sanwo-Olu’s victory

An Ikeja Election Petitions Tribunal on Monday dismissed a petition filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the Labour Party (LP), challenging the victory of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governorship election was held on March 9 this year.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice T. T. Asua, in a ruling, dismissed the petitions, due to the inability of the petitioners to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law.

The three-man panel noted that timely application for pre-hearing conference was a condition for the hearing of the petitions and that without the application for pre-hearing conferences, the petition cannot commence or get to the stage of judgment.

The panel noted that Section 285(4) of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution was inapplicable because the timely application for pre-hearing conferences was a precondition in election petition matters.

Dismissing the petitions, Asua said that inability to serve any of the respondents was not an excuse and that the consequence of failure to apply timely for pre-hearing conference was dismissal of such a petition.

Following the pronouncement, Mr Bola Aidi, the Counsel to AD and LP thanked the tribunal for a well-considered ruling

NAN reports that INEC, Sanwo-Olu, APC and INEC’s resident electoral commissioner were listed as respondents to the petitions.

Other respondents are the returning officer for the Lagos State governorship election, the commissioner of police and the Nigerian Army.

The Counsel to Sanwo-Olu, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko, (SAN) had via a motion filed on May 22, raised an objection, based on paragraph 18(1)(4) of the Electoral Act.

Owonikoko noted that the AD and LP had not filed applications hearings for pre-trial conference within seven-days after the close of pleadings.

However, Aidi in his response dated May 26 had said that Section 285(8) of the Fourth Alteration of the 1999 Constitution does not permit any electoral petition to be terminated at the interlocutory stages.

The gubernatorial candidate of AD, Chief Owolabi Salis and LP alongside Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi, the party’s gubernatorial candidate had in their petitions challenged Sanwo-Olu’s victory on the grounds that he is not competent to run as a gubernatorial candidate in the election.

The petitioners claimed that the March 9 polls was marred by violence, voting irregularities and that Sanwo-Olu cannot vote or be voted for as he has no valid voter’s card.
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