Kogi House Crisis: Kwara Speaker Asks Buhari, Oyegun To Interfere

Kogi-house-of-AssemblyThe Speaker of  the Kwara State House of assembly has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, to urgently wade into the crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly before it degenerates into a larger crisis.

Dr. Ali Ahmed on Saturday, wondered how the national leadership of the party and the President could keep silent over the issue.

Dr. Ahmed noted that no one could stop the House of Representatives from taking over the affairs of the Kogi Assembly since the constitution allowed it.

Giving his opinion on the issue in another interview with Channels Television, the House of Representatives member representing Kaima Baruten, Honourable Zakari Muhammad, agreed that section 11(4) of the Nigerian Constitution empowered the House of Representatives to take over the functions of any House of Assembly facing crisis that had affected its plenary.

The crisis began when some five members of the Kogi State House of Assembly sat and impeached the Speaker, Honourable Momojimoh Lawal, claiming that he had not carried the members of the House along in his decisions.

After he was purportedly impeached, the House of Representatives set up a committee to investigate the crisis and proffer solution.

After the committee members visited the state last week, the embattled Speaker expressed optimism that the State House would hold plenary in coming days.

But on March 2, the crisis reached a boiling point, with the house holding its plenary session with the factional speaker presiding.

States Lawmakers Discuss How To Domicile Criminal Justice Act

Yobe State House of AssemblySpeakers of State Houses of Assembly are meeting in Ilorin the capital of Kwara State to deliberate how to domicile the Criminal Justice Act in their respective states for fairness, orderliness and quick dispensation of justice.

The two-day conference holding at the banquet hall of Kwara Hotel had Speakers or their representatives from different States in attendance.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmed, explained that the conference would amend areas of flaws that had been observed with the Federal Act.

He said that they would agree on a single model administration of Criminal Justice bill that would be enacted by each state within an agreed time frame.

Dr Ahmed hoped that the conference would lay the road map to fast track legislative steps towards state level adoption of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act.

Management Of Criminal Justice

Addressing the lawmakers at the opening of the occasion, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocated for a more dynamic constitutional amendment process to enable the legislative arm modify existing laws while retaining the safeguards necessary to maintain their sanctity.

According to him, a sound criminal justice system is imperative for economic growth, political stability and social equilibrium.

Governor Ahmed called for solid foundation of good laws that could curb anti-social behaviours and other disruptive tendencies in the society.

Also at the event was the representative of the United Nations office on Drugs and Crimes, Dr. Belachew Fikre.

He said the body would continue to support the administration of Criminal Justice Act in order to promote effective management of criminal justice, quick dispensation of justice as well as protection of the rights of suspects.

The law, when fully operational, will ensure that a criminal trial begins and ends within four to six months instead of the former practice of between 12 to 15 years.

House of Assembly Speakers Meet Over Criminal Justice Act

States’ Speakers Meet Over Criminal Justice ActSpeakers of state Houses of Assembly have met on how to domicile the Criminal Justice Act in their respective states for fairness, orderliness and quick dispensation of justice.

The legislators gathered at the Banquet Hall of Kwara Hotel in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for a two-day conference of Speakers to deliberate on the need ensure that states implement the Criminal Justice Act.

The Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmed, said that the conference would amend those areas of flaws that had been observed and agree on a single model administration of Criminal Justice Bill that would be enacted by each state within an agreed time frame.

Dr. Ahmed expressed hope that the conference would lay the road map to fast track legislative steps towards state level adoption of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act.

In his address, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocated a more dynamic constitutional amendment process to enable the legislative arm and the whole country respond to critical needs to modify existing laws while retaining the safeguards necessary to maintain their sanctity.

According to him, “A sound criminal justice system is imperative for economic growth, political stability and social equilibrium”. Governor Ahmed called for a solid foundation of good laws that could curb anti-social behaviors and other disruptive tendencies in the society.

A representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, Dr. Belachew Fikre, who was at the event, promised that the body would continue to support the administration of Criminal Justice Act, in order to promote effective management of criminal justice, quick dispensation of justice as well as protection of the rights of suspects.