Supreme Court Sacks Niger-East Senator David Umaru

Supreme Court Strikes Out APC's Appeal On Exclusion From Rivers Elections

 

The Supreme Court has set aside a judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which declared Senator David Umaru as the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the Niger-East Senatorial District of Niger State.

The Apex court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, held that Mr Umaru was not validly nominated by the party.

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However, the court affirmed the February 7, 2019 judgment by Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which declared appellant, Mohammed Musa, winner of the primary election, having scored the highest vote at the election.

Accordingly, Justice Muhammad ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to, without delay, issue a certificate of return to Mr Sani as the Senator representing Niger East.

INEC Replaces David Umar With Mohammed Musa As Niger East Senatorial Candidate

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has replaced David Umar with Mohammed Musa as the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger east on its final list of candidates for the elections.

The development follows the decision of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on February 7, 2019, which sacked Umar and declared Mohammed Musa as the bonafide candidate of the party.

INEC, however, did not immediately replace Senator Umar’s name until the eve of the postponed elections (February 15).

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The document containing the development which was seen by Channels Television on Monday showed that Senator Umar’s name had been struck out by INEC and replaced with the name of Mohammed Musa using a pen.

The letter by INEC to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Niger State, (INEC/LEG/DR/COR/32/1/391/T/11) dated 15th February, 2019 and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oririawon-Anthony directed the REC to update the record of the list of final candidates earlier forwarded.

Speaking to Channels Television on the development, the REC, Professor Samuel Egwu, said INEC is bound to respect the decision of the court on the matter and that at the state level, they can only comply with whatever directive is given from the national office of the commission.

Meanwhile, Senator David Umar had filed an appeal challenging the decision of the Federal High Court.

He has also continued to affirm himself as the bonafide candidate of the APC for the election into Niger East Senatorial District despite the court ruling.

According to the Resident Electoral Commission in the state, should the appellant court rule in favour of Senator Umar, INEC would also replace Mohammed.

Musa’s name with the former, saying it would continue that way until the matter is laid to rest.

2017 Budget: Analysts Task Nasarawa Govt. On Proper Implementation

2017 Budget: Analysts Task Nasarawa Govt. On Proper ImplementationPublic analysts have called on the Nasarawa state government to put modalities in place for proper implementation of 2017 budget by ministries, agencies and parastatals.

They bared their minds in separate exclusive interviews in Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of Nasarawa state.

They noted that if the budget is not fully implemented, it would not meet the yearning and aspirations of the people of the state.

The 2017 budget of 67 billion Naira was presented on the December 15 by the Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, to the House of Assembly tagged: “budget of reformation”.

The budget is expected to be worked on, as soon as the House members resume sitting on January 15, 2017, before it will be assented by the governor and become a law, to pave way for the government to carry out it’s mandate of implementation for the benefit of electorates.

To this end, the analysts have called on the government to put adequate measures in place to monitor it’s implementation by Ministries, agencies and parastatals.

The analysts, Mohammed Musa and Attahiru Abdullahi, both appealed to ministries, agencies and parastatals not to operate outside the box when the budget becomes a law.

“They should consider the economic recession currently being experienced and they should make use of whatever is going to be made available to them judiciously”

“Getting a smaller figure than that of 2016 means that we are more focused on what we want to do now, we are focused on some set targets”

“If we align to the items that aggravate all of these and focus on them, I think that will definitely move the state forward,” they said.

They however scored high the performance of the 2016 budget and expressed optimism that if the 2017 budget is implemented accordingly, it will reposition the state to enviable heights.

Head of Department, Public Administration, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Ahmad Sani Yanga, gave a blue print to the state government on how to record success in the implementation of the 2017 budget.

“Government should not run on a deficit revenue because that is the area where we have problem, as far as government is concerned.

“By the time government runs on a revenue deficit, it means that it must increase taxation, so government must have to adhere strictly and must caution all ministries and agencies to implement the budget properly” he said.

The polytechnic don disagreed with the view that the decrease in the 2017 budget will not meet up the yearning of the people.

Yanga is of the view that the success of a budget lies on the implementation strategy and not the volume of the amount proposed.

He also called on the government to prioritise agriculture in order to boost food production in the state, adding that a hungry state is prone to social ills.

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor’s Wife’s Kidnap

Police Arrest Runaway Mastermind Of CBN Governor's Wife's KidnapThe Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested one Umar Abubakar identified as the 10th gang member in the kidnap saga of the CBN Governor’s wife, Mrs Margaret Emefiele in September 2016.

According to a Police statement, Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on December 9, 2016 “consequent upon several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community”.

“Umar Abubakar, one of the arrow heads of the dare devil kidnapping gang led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.

“The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife.

“The original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed,” the Police stated.

The Police promised that with the assistance and the support of the people, it would ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, reassured members of the public of the readiness of the Police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services.

He further urged all citizens to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the Police for prompt response.

Nine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margaret Emefiele, were paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja in October.

Those paraded were two serving and one dismissed soldier, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who was said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom.

Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers Of CBN Governor’s Wife

Police parade, Police ARREST, 419 syndicate, Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoNine suspects linked to the kidnap of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mrs Margret Emefiele, have been paraded in the nation’s capital Abuja.

Those paraded in connection with the crime are two serving and one dismissed soldiers, Lance Corporal Musa Maidabra, Lance Corporal Edwin George, and Anthony Uduefe.

The others are Mohammed Abubakar, who is said to be the gang leader, Mohammed Musa, Mohammed Sule, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Aliyu Musa and Mohammed Yusuf.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that over 14-million-naira cash, three vehicles and one AK-47 magazine and two cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

Mrs Emiefele and three of her aides were kidnapped on September 29 at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road, in Delta state, but were all rescued the following day unhurt.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom before they were smashed by the Police at 1.30 am by the Police while combing the forest around Agbor.