FG Pledges More Support For Nigeria Police

policeThe Federal Government of Nigeria has assured the Police of continuous support in order to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners within the country.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, gave the assurance on Friday at the official launch of operational vehicles and commissioning of the law complex of the Nigeria Police.

Professor Osinbajo said that the Federal Government is exploring diplomatic channels for the training of men and officers of the force in order to strengthen their ‎capacity to curb crimes in the country.

He said that the law complex of the force would enhance the functional capacity of lawyers within the Police to effectively prosecute criminals.

The Inspector General, Solomon Arase, used the occasion to reaffirm the commitment of the force to a safer Nigeria just as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), that provided some of the vehicles, promised to partner with the force.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmoud Mohammed, called on lawyers within the  force to be diligent in the prosecution of cases while the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim, appealed for improved funding of the force.

The vehicles commissioned include: 200 Hilux vans equipped with Police communication gadgets and armoured personnel carriers, 15 Mercedes Benz troop carrier trucks, nine water tankers, 50 saloon cars and 20 Hilux armoured vans among others.

Kogi Governorship Tussle: Supreme Court Fixes Judgement Day

Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada and his challenger in the 2011 governorship election Mr Jibrin Isah will on February 21, 2014 know their fate on who was the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the poll.

Isah, a governorship aspirant and alleged winner of the January 9, 2011 Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Kogi State, is seeking court order to nullify the nomination of Governor Wada and declare him the governor of the state.

Justice Mahmoud Mohammed of The Supreme Court fixed Friday February 21 to give final judgment in the legal battle, after parties in the suit had adopted their final briefs of argument.

Adopting his brief for Governor Wada, Chris Uche submitted that the appellant, based on section 141 of the Electoral Act 2010, could not be declared governor by virtue of his failure to participate in the December 3, 2011 governorship election.

He argued that the aborted primary election of January 2011, being relied upon by the appellant, was rightly cancelled by the PDP, a position that was supported by both counsel to the People’s Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

However, in his argument seeking nullification of Governor Wada’s election, counsel to Jubrin Isah, Wole Olanipekun, canvassed that the election of Governor Wada cannot stand in law because it was conducted against the judgment of a Supreme Court.

Isah had lost both at the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal which separately dismissed his suit on the ground that they lacked jurisdiction to entertain a concluded election matter and that the litigant also lacked ‘locus standi’, to institute the case.