Supreme Court Strikes Out Appeal Over Dissolution Of Kwara APC Exco

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The Supreme court has struck out an appeal filed by a former Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), over the dissolution of Kwara exco, for being incompetent.

In a unanimous ruling of a five-man panel of the Apex court delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwola on Wednesday, the court held that the transmissions of the appeal were done outside the 14 days envisaged by the rules of court.

He said that since rules of court are meant to be obeyed, the appeal having defaulted is incompetent and should be dismissed.

The appellant Mr. Isola Balogun-Fulani challenged the dissolution of his exco by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole on July 30, 2018.

He is contending that his exco has a four-year tenure which had not expired before the National Chairman of the party dissolved them and set up a caretaker community.

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Mr. Yusuf Ali on behalf of the appellant Mr. Isola Balogun – Fulani argued that their appeal should be heard because it is a pre-election matter that has a lifespan of 60 days at the apex court and will expire on Friday.

But counsel to the APC’s National Chairman, Mr. Akin Olujinmi opposed to the hearing of the appeal because it is not an election matter,  as such there is no urgency.

He added that the case of the appellant is the dissolution of the state APC exco in Kwara and has nothing whatsoever to do with the election.

Counsel to the APC,  Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, however, aligned himself with the National Chairman of the party that the appeal has nothing to do with the election other than challenge the powers of the Mr. Oshiomhole for dissolving the exco.

The presiding judge, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who presided over the five-man panel stood down to decide on whether it is a pre-election matter or not.

Delta Inaugurates Task Force To Check Cattle Rearers

Cattle RearersThe Delta State Government has set up a high powered Task Force headed by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, to check the influx, indiscriminate movement and activities of cattle and the herdsmen across the state.

While Inaugurating the task force at the Government House, Asaba, the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, observed that activities of cattle and cattle rearers have posed a new security challenge in the state.

The sudden influx of cattle rearers in the state, who in recent times have attacked farmers in their farms ,robbing them and even raping their women has sent fear down the spine of farmers who now dread the thought of going to their farms in their own communities.

The Delta State Government has taken a huge step to put a check on the activities of these cattle rearers and has set up a task powered force to do so.

This high powered task force has as its members, representatives of the Army, State Security Service, Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Immigration, Traditional Rulers, Members of the State House of Assembly, Commissioners of Environment, Justice and Local Government Affairs, Council Chairmen, Traditional Rulers, Farmers Council, and Northern Communities in the state.

The task force have been mandated to monitor the herdsmen and also; identify their origin; arrest anyone in possession of fire arms and other dangerous weapons; control the influx of illegal immigrants to the state and hand over identified illegal immigrants to the Comptroller of Immigration in the state; check activities of people who occupy uncompleted buildings; and ensure that periodic report of the activities of the task force is sent to the State Security Council meeting.

In an interview session, the Chairman of the task force, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, who is the Commissioner of Police, assured all Deltans of their safety, noting that the task force would not fail in its responsibility of making the state unsafe for people with sinister intentions.