Impeachment: Zamfara Deputy Gov Asks State Assembly To Respect Court Order

Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu.

 

Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu, has asked the State House of Assembly to obey the court order which restrained the parliament from impeaching him.

The House had earlier invited the deputy governor to appear before it in person on July 27, a move the deputy governor did not honour.

Similarly on Tuesday, the parliament issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the deputy governor appear before it over allegations of official misconduct levelled against him.

The invitation is unconnected with a recently conducted political rally on July 10, amid banditry attacks on Maradun communities within the same period under review.

But addressing reporters in Gusau on Thursday, Aliyu raised an alarm that despite the court order, the lawmakers went ahead by scheduling sitting to proceed with impeachment proceedings, thereby disobeying the directive of the court.

He said he is constrained to draw the attention of the public to what he described as an ugly situation, hoping that well-meaning citizens will call the state lawmakers to order and help them appreciate the need to obey subsisting court order.

“You will recall that the Federal High Court has granted an order directing the maintenance of the status quo ante bellum by the Court on the 19th day of July 2021. The Court Order was served on the Chief Judge of Zamfara State, Zamfara State House of Assembly, and the Governor of Zamfara State,” he said.

“Notwithstanding the service of the said Court Order, Mr Emmanuel C. Ukala SAN and Distinguished Life Bencher wrote a letter to the Honourable Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly drawing the attention of the Speaker and the House of Assembly to the Court Order and the Suit no.  FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021: PDP vs. INEC & 5 Others challenging the vires of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, as presently constituted, to commence impeachment or any other proceedings against the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, elected on the platform of the PDP.

“Despite the foregoing state of affairs, the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly and the House of Assembly have now embarked on steps and actions, to over-reach the pending suit, disobey the order of the court and render the effect of the suit nugatory by scheduling a sitting to proceed with impeachment proceedings on Thursday 29th July 2021 (today) against i the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State.

“I am of the honest view that action will be improper, indecorous, in appropriate and unlawful as it constitutes disobedience to court order and will be tantamount to a flagrant breach of the law as enunciated in a host of Supreme Court Cases such as the Supreme Court cases of Vaswani v Savallakh [1972] (PART 2) ALL NLR 438 and Ojukwu v Governor of Lagos State [1983] 2 NWLR (PART 10) 106 and Mohammed v. Olawunmi [1993] 4 NWLR (PART 287) 254.

“These cases have laid down the principle which has become time honoured and a settled law beyond peradventure that where there is pending application pursuant to an appeal before a court, no action aimed at or capable of foisting on the court a fait accompli and render it decision nugatory should be taken or entertain.

“In fact, the parties should not engage itself in speculation by concluding or assuming that the application before the Court will fail because an action before a court is the civilised way of enforcement and maintenance of legal rights and a person that take that course of action should not be silenced or forced to abandon or renounce his right to complain.

“I am constrained to draw the attention of the public this ugly situation in the matter in the hope that well-meaning citizens and people of goodwill will call the House of Assembly of Zamfara State to order and impress upon them the need to obey the subsisting order of the court and respect the judicial process to exercise restraint and await the outcome.”

I Have Fundamental Disagreement With Those Calling For Nigeria’s Breakup – Falana

Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

 

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has kicked against the breakup of Nigeria along ethnic lines.

Several groups including the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu and the Yoruba Nation agitators have campaigned for both Biafra and Oduduwa Republics.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, Falana said he has a fundamental disagreement with secessionist groups in the country.

“Personally, I am strenuously opposed to the campaign for the balkanisation of Nigeria because I believe the masses of our people are oppressed by the ruling class and imperialism.

“To that extent, I have a fundamental ideological disagreement with those who are calling for the breakup of the country along ethnic lines.”

Speaking further, the senior lawyer explained that amid the agitations in some quarters that the nation should split, the Federal Government owes it a duty to convince the agitators by reposing confidence on the corporate existence of Nigeria.

While noting that it is not a criminal offence for some persons to make separatists demands, Falana said the current administration should respect human rights in line with Article 20 of the African Charter on Human Rights.

He added, “If a group of people decides to fight for the breakup of the country, the duty of the government is to try as much as possible to convince them to repose confidence in the corporate existence of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the two major separatists – Igboho and Kanu – have been arrested and are facing trial both in the Benin Republic and Nigeria respectively.

Gov Emmanuel Commiserates NYSC, Parents Over Death Of Corps Members

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

 

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and families of prospective corps members from University of Uyo who lost their lives on their way to Camp in Katsina State.

Governor Emmanuel expressed his grief while receiving NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who was on a condolence visit to the Government House in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The governor was saddened by the death of the Corps members who lost their lives in an auto crash, noted that as a father, it is painful to lose a child after investing much in raising them educationally and otherwise.

“It is a very sad moment, and a black Wednesday. Well, we cannot question God when things like this happen. It’s God that knows everything and He’s in control of everything, but our heartfelt condolences will always and ever go out to the parents and the families of those corps members,” he said.

“I call them corps members because they’ve been called and the have their call-up letters, so I won’t say prospective I say those Corps members who were on their way to orientation camp and unfortunately this has happened. Our prayers will always go to these our beloved sons that lost their lives.

“I received with heavy heart because I could feel the pains as a father, not after you have finished sponsoring your child to primary, secondary and then up to university and then on his way to NYSC camp and this happened.”

He also thanked the NYSC boss for his prompt reaction to the incidence and condolence visit to the state and families of the corps members who lost their lives, describing him as a good shepherd who has demonstrated love and concern over the well-being of his corps members in the country.

READ ALSO: Five Prospective Corps Members Die In Abuja Road Accident

The governor vowed to clamp down on any transport agency that students at night on long distances, lamenting that such sad occurrence would have been avoided if the transport agency was not careless and the driver not fatigued on the wheels.

In his remark, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who led the NYSC delegation described the incident as a sad moment for the scheme and leaving the affected families devastated.

He prayed that God would console Akwa Ibom State and the families who lost their wards on their way to camp.

“The entire NYSC family was completely devastated and of course the good people of Akwa Ibom because we lost those corps members,” Shuaibu said.

“Having received the clarion call, they were patriotic Nigerians and were ready to put in their best to the service of the country but unfortunately we lost them. On behalf of the NYSC management, corps members and staff, please accept our heartfelt condolences.”

The affected prospective corps members are; Asuquo Miracle Effiong, Ekikoh Stella Sylvester, Ezuruike Coleman Chikwuado, Upere Innocent Peter and Akpan Victor Joseph.

Kano Govt Denies Plan To Ban Women From Driving

File photo of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House

 

The Kano State Government has denied plans to ban women from driving automobiles, amid reports trending on social media.

Some yet-to be verified reports claimed that the state government in collaboration with the state’s Council of Ulama have concluded plans to send the bill prohibiting women from driving, to the House of Assembly.

But making the clarification via a statement issued on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the government had at no time contemplated on such a matter.

Garba dismissed the report, saying it cannot be traced to any credible news platform.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,” the commissioner said.

READ ALSO: Despite Order, DSS Fails To Produce Igboho’s Detained Aides In Court

According to him, the report which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

Garba noted that Saudi Arabia which had for decades restricted women from driving, lifted the ban in 2018.

See the full statement issued by the Commissioner below:

Kano rebuts trending story on women driving ban

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Malam Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

MALAM MUHMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Kano State

Ondo Police Foil Armed Robbery Attack On Bullion Van

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The Ondo State Police Command has foiled a robbery attack on a bullion van belonging to a new generation bank operating in the state.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Thursday that the driver of the bullion van alerted the police division nearby, leading to the deployment of officers to the scene to dislodge the robbers.

The van which was said to be conveying an undisclosed amount of cash from Ondo town to Akure, the state capital while the incident happened.

READ ALSO: Kano Govt Denies Plan To Ban Women From Driving

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro also confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone chat.

He said the robbery attack was unsuccessful, noting that no one sustained injuries in the attack.

This is coming barely two weeks after a similar robbery happened in Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, in which three persons were shot dead by the armed men.

First Class Traditional Ruler Abducted In Kaduna Regains Freedom

The Traditional Ruler of Jaba Chiefdom in the Jaba local government area of Kaduna state, Gyet Maude

 

The kidnapped traditional ruler of Jaba Chiefdom in Kaduna State, Gyet Maude has regained his freedom.

He was released by his abductors on Wednesday evening after spending two days with his abductors

The 83-year-monarch of Jaba Chiefdom was kidnapped on Monday by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on his farm at Gitata community in Nasarawa State.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kidnap Another First Class Traditional Ruler In Kaduna

The kidnappers yesterday demanded a N100 million ransom before they will release the traditional Ruler.

Although the police authorities and Kaduna state government are yet to confirm the release of the first class traditional ruler, a source within the traditional council, Anthony Maude, told Channels Television that he returned to his palace along with some of his aides.

The source, however,  did not say if any ransom was paid or if the royal father was rescued by security operatives.

Alleged Contempt: Osborne Foreshore Residents Ask Court To Jail MD of Lekki Gardens

Alleged Bribery: Witness Testifies As Rickey Tarfa’s Trial Continues
File photo

 

The residents of Osborne Foreshore Ikoyi on Wednesday called on the Federal High Court, Lagos to jail the Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, Richard Nyong for alleged contempt.

They also want a project manager, Kehinde Dawodu to be commuted to prison for allegedly disobeying a July 9th order of the court.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo had granted an interim injunction restraining Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd and Foreshore Waters Ltd from carrying out any further construction, development, or building activities in Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The interim injunction was granted at the instance of the residents who were the plaintiffs and the same was duly served on the listed defendants, Lekki Gardens Estate, Foreshore Waters Ltd, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency and the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority.

But in a committal application filed through their lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), the residents claimed that the CEO of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong and the Project Manager, Kehinde Dawodu in total disregard for the order of the court have continued to work on the site.

They, therefore, sought an order of the court to commit the two men to prison.

READ ALSO: Anxiety Filled My Camp Days To Supreme Court Judgement, Akeredolu Admits

The residents association also asked the court for an order cordoning off the sites of the defendants in the Estate.

The sites are known and situated at Block II Plot 2, Plot 7 Block 7, Plot 5 Block 6, Plot 17 Block 9, Block 9 PIot 23, Block 9 Plot 17, Block 10 Plots 1A,1B, 1C, Block 6 Plot 19, Block 6 Plot 12, Block 6 Plot 9A, Block 6 Plot 14, and Block 11 Plot 2, Signature One on Royal Palm Drive, Signature two, Le Chateau, Insignia and Foreshore Towers on Acacia road, within the Estate or any other property currently being developed by the respondents in disobedience to the order of the court.

They also asked the court for an order directing the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, through his officers, to immediately arrest, detain and produce before the Court, any contractors and or workers, except for security personnel, found on the properties being developed by both Nyong and Engineer Dawodu within the estate or any other property currently being developed by the Respondents within Osborne Foreshore Estate II, Ikoyi, Lagos.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, all the defendants through their Counsel, Tola Oshobi (SAN), challenged the interim order issued by the court on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction to issue such orders.

After listening to arguments from parties in the matter, Justice Oweibo adjourned till August 10, for the ruling.

Anxiety Filled My Camp Days To Supreme Court Judgement, Akeredolu Admits

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu reacts to the Supreme Court verdict of July 28, 2021 at the Government House in Akure.

 

Hours after the Supreme Court ruled on the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has admitted that anxiety filled his camp in the build-up of the apex court judgment.

The governor, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, said when he got wind of information that the legal battle may not go in his favour, he resorted to prayers.

Following Akeredolu’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had asked the Court of Appeal in Akure to sack Akeredolu, saying his nomination form was signed by a sitting governor, Mai Mala Buni (of Yobe State), who doubled as the Acting National Chairman of the APC.

The appeal was filed in line with the constitutional provision that forbade a sitting governor from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

But the appellate court struck out the appeal for lack of merit – a decision which made the appellants seek redress in at the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, a seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court had upheld the re-election of Governor Akeredolu in a majority judgement of four against three.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Election

But Akeredolu reacted to the Supreme Court verdict, said he never envisaged a problem could arise that might make him forfeit his position as governor.

“The news we had later, few days to this judgement gave us a lot of anxiety. Is it possible for anyone to think otherwise, that the judgment of the Court of Appeal – five of them finding in our favour  – can anybody think he would turn it?” he said.

“When it came out that there was some problem that could happen, there was apprehension and I am not going to deny that fact. We were worried but trusted in the God we believed in.

“Some of us are strong believers; I am a man of faith. And because of that my belief, I trusted in my God. I resumed prayers and knew that God had heard those prayers.”

The governor later added that if the case did not turn out in his favour, he would have packed out of the Ondo State Government House, Akure.

Meanwhile, Jegede has congratulated Akeredolu following the judgement of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and PDP’s candidate in the election, made the gesture on Wednesday despite his loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the apex court.

“Now that we have explored the grievance procedure permitted by the constitution and the law, it is time to give glory to God,” he said in a statement personally signed by him.

The senior advocate added, “With this outcome, our respect and reverence for the judiciary and our justices of the supreme court has not diminished.”

He also thanked the legal team, led by Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), for their commitment, industry, and dedication to the cause, as well as for their sacrifice.

Jegede commended the people of Ondo for their steadfastness, saying the decision to approach the apex court was for service and the collective interest of the majority of the people.

Court Frees El-Zakzaky, Wife

A photo taken on July 28, 2021, shows the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky after a court acquits him of the charges filed against him by the Kaduna State government.

 

A Kaduna State High Court has freed the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.

In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife in an alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.

The judge in his ruling held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Victory

The duo has been standing trial for four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide,  disruption of public peace and unlawful Assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna State Government.

The defendants were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.

Their lead counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,  Mr Femi Falana, had on July 1,  argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.

Falana then prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them as there was no criminal case that has been established against them so far by the Kaduna State Government.

Long, Contentious Trial

Following El-Zakzaky’s arrest by the military on December 13, 2015, the IMN leader had experienced what may be described as a long contentious trial.

He marked his first appearance on May 15, 2018 where he was arraigned before a Kaduna High Court amidst tight security.

The Department of Security Services (DSS) had held the Shiite leader in detention despite a court order ordering his release.

However, the DSS complied with the court order and freed El-Zakzky who proceeded to India for medical treatment.

El-Zakzaky and his wife left Nigeria in August 2019 for India following a ruling of the Kaduna State High Court which granted them permission to be treated in the country.

On their arrival at the hospital where treatment was expected to commence, the trip turned controversial.

Upon his return to Nigeria in August 2019, he, alongside his wife were taken into custody, four days after they travelled to the Asian country.

 

 

Resign Or Be Sacked, Diri Warns Appointees Over Early Politicking

File photo of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri at the Government House in Yenagoa.

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has cautioned his appointees against early politicking ahead of the 2023 elections, saying he would not hesitate to sack any of them found wanting.

Speaking before the commencement of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Government House on Wednesday, Governor Diri frowned on the activities of some of his appointees, which he said were hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 elections, stressing that it was too early for open politicking.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that although people having the right to aspire to any political office, the time was not ripe for politicking.

READ ALSO: ‘I Appreciate Judiciary For Standing By The Truth’: Akeredolu Hails Supreme Court Verdict

“I find it very difficult to believe that appointees in this government have already started open politicking,” Diri was quoted as saying.

“Yes, it is the constitutional right of anybody to contest but even the Bible tells us that there is time for everything. At this time, we are trying to stamp our feet to meet up our campaign promises to our people.

“I hereby caution all those involved to immediately withdraw. If you are prepared to continue with this government, you must listen to the music of this administration. We are not prepared to start politicking from this year.”

The governor reminded his appointees that the administration lost considerable time last year due to COVID-19 and needless litigations, stressing that it was in a hurry to deliver on its campaign promises and cannot afford to waste time politicking.

He wondered why appointees would be involved in open politicking when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not even released a timetable for elections.

He urged members of his cabinet interested in open politicking at this time, especially those from Bayelsa West Senatorial District, to resign or be ready to be sacked.

He called on all those involved in the early politicking to immediately withdraw and follow the directives of his administration, saying his government was not ready for politics at this time.

‘I Appreciate Judiciary For Standing By The Truth’: Akeredolu Hails Supreme Court Verdict

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu reacts to the Supreme Court verdict of July 28, 2021 at the Government House in Akure.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has commended the judiciary for upholding his victory in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.

The Supreme Court affirmed Akeredolu’s victory on Wednesday, striking out the suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, for lacking in merit.

Reacting to the verdict at the Government House in Akure, the Ondo governor said the judiciary stood for the truth and did not yield to any influence.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Victory

“I have every reason to thank God and to appreciate our judiciary for standing by the truth and for not yielding to any influence. I believe that we can still be proud of our judiciary in this country,” he said.

“I just heard the news of the final decision of the final court on the election petition filed by my brother, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN. The supreme dismissed his appeal on a 4-3 basis and that in essence is that from the Tribunal up to the Supreme Court.

“The justices have affirmed that the petition was most frivolous. As you know 12 Justices have affirmed in our favour and only three supported that petition, three at the Tribunal, five at the Court of Appeal, and four at the Supreme Court.”

Akeredolu was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the October 10, 2020, Governorship election in Ondo State.

The PDP and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had earlier approached the appeal court to challenge the candidacy of Akeredolu, insisting that his nomination form was signed by a sitting Governor Mai Buni who doubles as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

The appeal was based on the constitutional provision which forbids sitting Governors from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

Five Prospective Corps Members Die In Abuja Road Accident

File photo of youth corps members.

 

Five Prospective Corps members have lost their lives in a car accident on the Abaji-Kwali highway in Abuja.

The Director of Press and Public Relations at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Adenike Adeyemi, confirmed the incident via a statement, noting that it happened in the early hours of Wednesday.

Adeyemi also commiserated with the government and people of Imo and Akwa Ibom states, where the deceased persons are from.

READ ALSO: Ondo Poll: Buhari Praises Akeredolu, Asks Opposition To Sheathe Its Sword

“It is with a deep sense of sorrow that the Director-General, Management, and the entire NYSC family commiserate with the families of five Prospective Corps Members that lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident at about 2 am Wednesday, 28th July 2021, along Abaji/ Kwali Expressway,” the statement partly read.

“Indeed, it has been a black Wednesday for the NYSC family. May God grant the families and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May their souls rest in peace.”

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim prayed that the families and loved ones of the deceased will be granted the fortitude to bear the loss.