Supreme Court Affirms Bello As Niger State Governor

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja upheld the election of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

The court declared that the case by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mustapha Babangida, lacked merit.

In the judgement delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the appellant did not participate in the election, even though he is an APC card-carrying member.

Mr Babangida had asked the apex court to nullify the election of Governor Bello and called for a fresh election.

He earlier dragged the APC to the Federal High Court in Minna, claiming among other reliefs that the party was biased and that the governor’s emergence as the APC flag bearer was null and void.

Ruling on the case with Suit No. FHC/Minna/255/2015 and dated February 3, 2016, Justice Onnoghen said after considering the issues, citing the case of Audu and Nyako and Section 87 sub-section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010, the appellant did not participate, neither did he fail in the elections.

The CJN prepared the lead judgement and mandated the presiding judge, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, to read the judgement, saying the appellant had no right to take the matter to court.

Counsel to the appellant, Mohammed Mohammed, called for an amendment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act which denied his client the right to sue, while counsel to the respondent, Yunus Usman, hailed the ruling of the apex court.

Briefing journalists on the judgement, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam, said the legal battle is over.

The commissioner further called on Mr Babangida to join Governor Bello in moving Niger State forward.

Nigeria Custom seizes N5 million Indian hemp in Ogun

The Ogun State Custom Command has intercepted and seized 855kg of substance suspected to be Indian hemp valued at about N5 million.

Criminals previously arrested for transporting Indian hemp into Nigeria

Ogun State Area Controller, Mr Bamidele Akande while officially handing over the seized substance to the state controller of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mohammed Mohammed said the consignment was intercepted along the Imeko border post of the state.

The border patrol team however failed to make arrests as the suspects were said to have abandoned their wares on sighting officials of the Customs Service.

Mr. Bamidele said “The substance was neatly packed in bags, while others were compressed in a tablet form”.

Receiving the seized substance from its sister agency, Mr. Mohammed lamented the surge in the movement of narcotics from the neighboring sister state, Benin Republic, and the uncooperative attitudes of the authorities in that country towards reducing the menace to the barest minimum.

Both agencies called on dwellers of the border communities to provide useful information that will lead to further arrests of criminals involved in the act of transporting banned substances in to the country.

Meanwhile, the Oyo/Osun command of the Nigeria Custom Service also made a seizure of 5 vehicles fully loaded with fabrics.

Area Comptroller Oyo/Osun Command, Abdul Amade told channels Television that the smugglers tried to sneak into Oyo state through Ayegun, a border town in the Oke Ogun axis of the state.

Amade said his men had laid an ambush for the defaulting persons for two days after receiving intelligence reports on their intentions.

He also said the smugglers fled after a long gun duel with the officers from his command thereby abandoning the smuggled goods.

He further warned that only people who do credible and legitimate businesses will transact freely in the state as security along border towns have been tightened.