Tribunal Dismisses PDP’s Forgery Case Against Governor Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Niger State has dismissed the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Umar Nasko against Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The PDP and its candidate are challenging the Bello’s victory in the recently held governorship election stating that he submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal, led by Justice John Igboji, while dismissing the petition said it constitutes an abuse of court process because it had been heard and decided by a Federal High Court.

Consequently, the Tribunal upheld the Preliminary Objection of the 2nd Respondent (APC) against the Petition of Umar Nasko and the PDP on the allegation of Certificate Forgery made against Governor Abubakar Bello, saying for the same reason.

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Niger IDPs Reject Government’s Relief Materials

 

Internally Displaced Persons in Niger State taking shelter in some temporary camps have rejected relief materials donated to them by the state government.

According to them, the government has handled their plight with levity.

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They, therefore, insist on getting a permanent solution to the incessant security challenges in their communities.

Over 5,000 persons are currently taking shelter in five camps provided by the state government after bandits attacked several communities including Rafa and Shiroro.

PHOTOS: IDPs Protest In Niger, Demand Security In Camps

Some aggrieved Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), on Thursday, blocked Tegina-Minna road in Niger State.

The IDPs, mostly women, and children were protesting over alleged negligence and lack of adequate security in there IDP camps.

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They also blamed the state government for abandoning them since they have sought refuge at the camp after banditry attacks sacked heir communities.

Over five thousand persons are currently taking shelter in five IDPs camps provided by the Niger State government after bandits attacked several communities in areas including Rafa and Shiroro in the state.

 

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Three Killed In Niger Boat Accident

APC Candidate Wins Niger East Senatorial Seat

 

Three persons have died in a boat accident which occurred on the River Kaduna at Wuya village, along Bida-Mokwa road.

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency confirmed that the incident occurred around 12:00 pm on Friday, however, the agency only received the news on Saturday morning.

According to the NEMA Public Relations Officer, Mr Ibrahim Audu, a man and his two children from Edati local government lost their lives in the incident and only the peddler of the boat survived.

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He further stated that their corpses have been recovered for burial.

Boat accidents have gradually become a regular occurrence in Niger State especially at the peak of the raining season.

Weeks prior to this recent incident, over 15 persons were reported to have died in a similar accident on River Malale in Borgu Local Government Area of the state.

Tanker Explosion: One Killed, 19 Vehicles Burnt In Niger State

APC Candidate Wins Niger East Senatorial Seat

 

One person has been killed and 10 others injured in a tanker explosion that occurred in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State.

The State Emergency Management Agency who confirmed the incident said the explosion occurred around 10 pm at Dilko Junction, along the Abuja expressway.

According to SEMA, men of the state and federal fire service were deployed to the area to contain the fire but were not unable to until about 4:30 am.

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Nineteen vehicles were also destroyed in the inferno.

However, those who sustained injuries were immediately taken to the Umar Musa Hospital, Sabon Wuse.

Army Kills 24 Bandits In Kaduna, Kano, Niger States

 

Troops of the Operation Harbin Kunama of one Division Kaduna of the Nigerian Army, have killed 24 suspected bandits in Kaduna, Kano and Niger States and arrested 61 others during operation.

The General Officer Commanding 1 mechanised Division, Major General Faruk Yahya said this during a press briefing at the Headquarters of the Division, on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to him, 20 kidnapped victims were also rescued from the kidnappers’ den and reunited with their families during the operation.

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Speaking further, he explained that the incessant kidnappings, armed banditry, and other criminal activities that bedeviled the North West region of the country necessitated the activation of Exercise Harbin Kunama (III) by the Chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai on April 1, 2019.

He, however, called on the public to avail the troops with credible and timely information instead of only reporting when bandits and criminals have inflicted their victims and fled.

Security Challenges: Governor Sani-Bello Calls For Extra-Vigilance

APC Candidate Wins Niger East Senatorial Seat

 

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has called for extra-vigilance among stakeholders as a necessary measure to stem the tide of the growing insecurity in the country.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, the Governor stressed the need for collective security and extra-vigilance from all stakeholders in order to address the situation.

According to him, security agencies can not handle the increasing insecurity alone, hence the need for a functional collaboration with traditional and religious rulers as well as community participation in addressing the challenges.

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Governor Sani-Bello advised communities, especially within the borders of Zamfara and Kaduna states where military operation is currently ongoing to flush out the miscreants, to be vigilant, cooperate with security agencies and report suspicious persons who might be lurking around their villages.

“There is high probability that some of the fleeing criminals may find their way into neighboring state, so we must all be vigilant and proactive in order to identify, isolate and apprehend them”.

The Governor, however, advised all the citizens not to take laws into their hands by carrying out ‘jungle justice’ on the criminals stressing that any one apprehended must be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

Confusion In PRP As 21 Political Parties Back Gov Abubakar Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

A total number of 21 political parties under the aegis of the United Political Parties in Niger State have endorsed Governor Abubakar Bello for a second term.

They declared their support at an event put together by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s secretariat in the state on Wednesday.

Presenting the endorsement letter jointly signed by the political parties, the leader of the group and state chairman of the Democractic Peoples Party (DPP), Mohammed Babakashi, said the move was based on the governor’s performance since assumption of office in 2015 and is for the progress of the state.

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The decision, however, appears not to go down well with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Yahaya Daudu, whose running mate was among those who endorsed governor Abubakar Bello.

Contrary to the claims of the running mate, Daudu believes the party’s hierarchy was not duly consulted.

Speaking to Channels Television at his office in Minna, he stated that the party is not aware of his decision and therefore, accused him of engaging in anti-party activities.

Sabi, Bima, Declared Winners Of Niger North And South Senatorial Seats

APC Candidate Wins Niger East Senatorial Seat

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)) has officially declared the Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi of the APC as the elected Senator for Niger North Senatorial District.

Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi of the APC polled 161,420, while Hon Muhammad Sani Duba of the PDP polled 77,109.

The returning officer at the constituency collation centre, Prof Musa Matthew Kolo declared the results at the Senatorial Collation Center FCE Kontagora.

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Meanwhile, Bima Mohammed Enagi of the All Progressives Congress has been declared the winner of the Niger South Senatorial election having polled a total of 160,614 votes ahead of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Shehu Baba Agaie who polled a total of 90,978 votes.

Similarly, Mohammed Sani Musa of the All Progressives Congress has been declared winner the Niger East Senatorial District Election having polled total votes of 229,415 ahead of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate who polled a total of 116,143 votes.

The declaration was made by the Returning Officer for the Niger East Senatorial District election, Prof Audu Jiga.

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.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Jos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his campaign to Jos, Plateau State, ahead of next month’s general elections.

The President was accompanied by the Director-General of his campaign team Rotimi Amaechi and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among other top officials.

Earlier today, he made a stop in Niger State where he commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port after which he held a rally in Minna, the capital.