PASTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DEFILING 12-YEAR-OLD HOUSE HELP

A Pastor and Lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl.

Confirming arrest of the suspect, Spokesperson of the State’s Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, who did not disclose the identity of the suspect, disclosed that the suspect was currently making statement at the time he was contacted.

He assured that he will send the full detail of the incident to Journalists once it was ready.

A Source disclosed that Wednesday night, when the girl jumped down from the two-storey building they reside in, on Wednesday night to escape rape after the Pastor whom she was living with as a house help tried raping her.

“She is currently in the hospital receiving treatment as she fractured her leg, after jumping down from the height.

“We are calling for justice for the little girl, as she has been able to speak to some neighbours from her hospital bed, saying that from the very day she came to the man’s house, he started sleeping with her.

“The girl said on Wednesday, after taking care of the house chores, she was about to go to bed when the man came again. She excused herself that she wanted to ease herself, and while the man was making phone call, she used the toilet window to jump down,” the source stated

DEFECTION NOT ENOUGH GROUNDS TO REMOVE GOVERNOR, DEPUTY FROM OFFICE -COURT

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that defection was not one of the grounds stated in the Constitution for removing a Governor and his Deputy from office.

Hon. Justice Taiwo also held that Governors and their Deputies can only be removed from office in line with sections 180, 188 and 189 of the constitution which stipulated that elective office holders can only be removed from office on account of death, resignation or impeachment.

‘’The point must be made that it is not the duty of the court to make law. If a gap is disclosed, the remedy lies in amending the Act”.

“This court has no power to declare vacant the seat of the Governor and Deputy, ” Justice Taiwo said.

Earlier, Justice Taiwo directed the lead counsel to the PDP, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), to address the court on the position of the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division in respect of Governor David Umahi and his Deputy’s defection from the PDP to APC.

Ukala (SAN), argued that the subject matter, issues raised for determination, interpretation of certain provisions of the constitution in the cases of Umahi and Ayade were not the same because, Umahi’s prayers at the Abakaliki High Court were different from what the PDP were seeking at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

In his reply, Counsel to APC, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), submitted that the case decided at the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division was same with the instant case at the Federal High Court in Abuja, emphasizing that reliefs 12 and 13 in Ayade’s case are same with reliefs two of Umahi’s case in Enugu.

“The entire case boils down to defection and the issue is whether a Governor and his Deputy after being sworn in can be removed from office,’’ Ozekhome (SAN), submitted.

COURT THROWS AWAY ABBA KIYARI’S FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST NDLEA

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a fundamental enforcement rights suit filed by suspended DCP Abba Kyari against National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit after counsel for the NDLEA, Joseph Sunday, prayed the court that the matter be struck out.
When the matter was called, Cynthia Ikena, lawyer to Kyari, was absent.
Sunday, NDLEA’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, urged the court to strike out the suit.
Justice Ekwo said he was informed that Ikena sent a letter, praying the court for an adjournment.
But the letter was not filed by the lawyer and therefore not in compliance with the court rule.
The judge directed that the letter be shown to the NDLEA’s counsel.
Sunday, who expressed surprise with the development, said he was not copied in the letter in accordance with the rule of the court.
He prayed the court to strike out the matter.

After listening to NDLEA’s lawyer, Justice Ekwo struck out the case.
Also, the judge, after going into the substantive matter and seeing that parties had joined issues in the suit, went ahead to dismiss the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekwo had, on March 15, threatened to strike out the fundamental enforcement rights suit following the delay by Ikena to serve Sunday her further and better affidavit after being served with the counter affidavit since Feb. 28.
Justice Ekwo, in a short ruling, had threatened to strike out the suit if the lawyer was unprepared in the next adjourned date.
“Put your house in order before the next date of hearing and if you do not, I will assume you are frustrating this matter and the suit will be struck out,” he said.
NAN reports that Kyari had said that the NDLEA’s allegations against him were fictitious.
The suspended DCP disclosed this in an affidavit in support of his motion ex-parte marked: FHC/ANJ/CS/182/22 and filed before Ekwo.
The affidavit, dated Feb. 16 and filed Feb. 17, was deposed to by Kyari’s younger brother, Muhammad Usman.
Kyari, through Ikena, had filled the application to seek for his fundamental rights enforcement.
In the document, Kyari described the allegations against him by NDLEA as “trump-up.”
He said the agency had failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
He averred that the allegation linking him to an international drug cartel by the anti-narcotic agency was untrue.

He said since the Nigerian Police Force arrested him and handed him over to the NDLEA, he had been kept in custody since Feb. 12, without having access to his medical treatment.
He averred that his arrest and continued detention was an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
Kyari, a former head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), in an originating motion on notice marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, dated Feb. 16 and filed Feb. 17 demanded a N500 million in damages from the NDLEA over alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
He also sought for an order, directing the NDLEA to tender a written apology to him in two national dailies.
Kyari, who said that his fundamental rights would continue to be infringed upon by the NDLEA if the court did not intervene, urged the court to grant the application for bail in the interest of justice.
Kyari and his co-defendants, who are police officers, in the alleged drug trafficking charge preferred against them and two others before Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court, Abuja, are currently in Kuje Correctional Centre based on the order of the trial judge. (NAN)

SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR KILLING 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL, 6 OTHERS

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of a soldier who allegedly killed seven civilians, including a 3-year-old girl in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Intelligence Coordinator, Theatre Command of the Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Col. Obinna Azuikpe, disclosed this, on Friday, while briefing Newsmen on the military’s operations in the North-East.

Azuikpe disclosed that about 16 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Mafa market.

The Intelligence Coordinator, who attributed the incidents to ”post traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse” said, the injured victims had been hospitalised.

He disclosed that the soldier was arrested by the Military Police, adding that there was another incident of two police men killing soldiers in Maiduguri.

According to him, the Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, has set up a joint committee to review the existing codes of conduct in the operations and assured of commitment of the military authorities towards improving the welfare of the troops.

FIRST NIGERIA’S FEMALE VC PASSES ON AT 89

The first Nigerian female to obtain a Doctorate degree and first female Nigerian vice-chancellor, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, died on Friday at the age of 89.

The late Alele-Williams, a Professor of Mathematics was appointed Vice-chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in 1985 by the regime of former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

LAGOS FASHION STYLIST BAGS 2bYEARS BEHIND BARS FOR SHARING KEGS OF FUEL AS SOUVENIR

A Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Oshodi in the Ikeja Magisterial District, has sentenced Ogulu Chidinma Pearl, the Socialite and Fashion Stylist, who distributed gallons of fuel as souvenirs at a party in Lagos State, to two years behind bars.

The Fashion Stylist was found guilty by the Court after she pleaded guilty to the three count charge slammed on her for sharing the kegs of fuel to guests on March 5, 2022, at Havila Event Centre in Victoria Island during her installation as Erelu Okin Orile Kemta Foundation Party.

Trial Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare, held that prosecution proved its case against the socialite beyond any reasonable doubt as required by law.

Chidinma, initially, pleaded not guilty, but later pleaded guilty at the hearing of the case.

The Court, accordinglly, sentenced her to three months in prison or a fine of fifteen thousand naira (N15, 000), in count one, of and one year jail term or a fine of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) fine in count two.

The Court also sentenced her to one year in prison or a fine of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) in count three.

SUPREME COURT OF NIGERA UPHOLDS DE-REGISTRATION OF 22 POLITICAL PARTIES BY INEC

The Supreme Court of Nigera has upheld the de-registration of 22 political parties carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by the INEC against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko, consequently, set aside a judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja division, which had nullified the de-registration of the political parties.

The Apex Court held that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it, on its own, raised the issue of lack of fair hearing in favour of the 22 political parties, but declined to give an opportunity to other respondents to address it on the issue, before reaching a just conclusion.

Justice Eko also held that the Court of Appeal took the issue of fair hearing out of the contemplations of the notice of appeal filed by the political parties, emphasizing that proceeding to give judgment in such a situation, ran afoul of the pillar of the same fair hearing.

74 political parties were de-registered by the INEC on February 6, 2020, de-registered 74 political parties for failure to win any political office in the 2019 general elections, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and 21 other parties had later filed the action at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

COURT REMANDS SUSPECTED KILLERS OF OGUN TRADITIONAL RULER

12 persons, suspected killers of , Oba Ayinde Odetola, the Olu of Agodo, Ogun State, have been remanded in a Correctional Centre, on the orders of a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Itori, Ewekoro Local Government of the State.

The suspects are; Abiodun Sanyaolu, Fatai Ramon, Lukman Azeez, Femi Adeniyi, Adeniyi Samuel Akinjiyan and Monsuru Ramon, Segun Akinjiyan, Ojo Olatidebe, Adewale Odunayo, Saheed Ramon, Oladele Idowu and Ajinbosin Gbeminiyi.

The suspects and others now at large were arraigned before the Court on a 3-count charge of conspiracy and murder bothering on murder, punishable under section 319 of the Criminal Code.

They were alleged to have on January 24 burnt the Traditional Ruler to death in his Toyota Sienna car with Reg No. APP 55 GF in Agodo Town, where the monarch had gone to clear the grave of his brother on a piece of land in the village.

The Prosecutor, Saheed Yinusa, urged the court to remand the accused at the Oba correctional facility for 60 days, pending the advice from the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), in view of section 306 of the administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ogun State.

Presiding Magistrate O. F. Adeduntan, ordered their remand in Oba correctional facility and adjourning the matter to June 17, 2022.

UMAHI’S DEFECTION: INEC STAYS ACTION OVER CONFLICTING JUDGMENT, ORDERS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stayed action on court orders sacking Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, due to their defection.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, made the revelation, via a statement issued in Abuja, Thursday.

Okoye noteded that the commission decided to stay action on the matter, owing to conflicting judgements and orders served on the Commission from Courts of coordinate jurisdiction.

He added that the Commission is aware of pending Appeals and Motions for Stay of Execution of some of the judgements before various divisions of the Court of Appeal.

“It will be recalled that INEC met on Thursday, March 17 on the matter, and decided to defer its deliberation on the Ebonyi State cases.”

“INEC stepped down the listed Memorandum to enable its Legal Services and Clearance Committee to study the new processes served on it in the light of the previously served ones and advise the Commission comprehensively.”

“Since then, INEC has been served more court processes on the same matter, bringing the total to twelve,” Okoye said.

EDO COUNCIL ELECTORAL BODY FIXES COUNCIL POLLS FOR APRIL 9

The recently inaugurated Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC), has released timetable for the Local Government Councils election in the state.

Chairman of the Commission, Justice James Oyomire (Rtd.), in the Notice of Election endorsed by the Commission’s Secretary, Peter.O. Ojo Esq., stated that the commission would meet with political parties on Monday, March 28, 2022.

The EDSIEC disclosed that party primaries will be held between March 30 and April 6, 2022, while the publication of notice of polls at the ward collation centres will be on April 11, 2022 and the election will hold on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

According to the notice of election, collection and submission of forms by political parties is scheduled for 7th to 12th April, 2022, Electioneering Campaign will commence on 12th April, 2022.

The Commission also disclosed that sreening of aspirants contesting elective positions in the council polls, will take place between 13th and 14th April 2022, while names of candidates will be displayed on 15th April, 2022.

Submission of names of changed/substituted candidates and screening of substituted candidates is scheduled for 16th April, 2022, while final publication of listed candidates is billed for 17th April, 2022.

The EDSIEC further stated that the electioneering campaign will end on 18th April, 2022.