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.

POLICE ARRESTS YOUNG MOTHER FOR POISONING HER 3-DAY-OLD BABY TO DEATH

A 20-year-old divorcee, has been arrested by men of the Adamawa State Police Command for allegedly poinsoning her 3-day-old baby to death.

The young divorcee, Amina Umar, confessed to killing the baby with a rat poinson because, the 22-year-old man she had the child for, identified as Baba Musa, could not live up to his responsibility for the child.

Sources disclosed that Amina, who was divorced by her former husband, met Buba Musa, with whom she had the baby for on the 14th of March, 2022 and killed the child with rat poison on 17th March 2022.

It was gathered that after administering the child with the poinson, Amina told her neighbours that her baby was sick, unknowing become sick, her neighbours was suspicious of her moves, having overheard her sending a boy to buy her rat poison.

Spokesman of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, said the suspect was arrested by Officers of the Madagali Police Division, adding that will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

TAINTED PERMIT: ERRANT POLICE OFFICER IDENTIFIED

The Acting Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has disclosed the identity of a police officer who illegally arrested a man for not having a tinted glass permit.

A Policeman, who demanded money from a driver without tainted permit, in a viral video, has been fished out by Police authorities.

A viral video on Wednesday reveals a Police Officer demanding a fine from a driver and calling him a suspect for not having tinted glass permit.

The driver, consequently, posted the video on his Twitter, experience further claiming that the Police Officer demanded N20,000 from him as fine.

Acting Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a tweet,
announced that the police officer had been identified, nothing that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, had taken over the matter.

In his words, “My people, this policeman has been identified as Insp Dele Ruben, attached to Area F, Ikeja, Lagos State.”

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State has taken over the matter for necessary action. I believe in his action and judgment on the matter. Let’s wait for the feedback. Thanks,” Adejobi disclosed.

Inspector Dele Reuben, allegedly damned consequences to demand tainted glass permit from the driver, despite the Police authorities order to their personnel across the country to stop demanding customs papers and tinted glass permits from drivers.

The FPPRO, had issued a Press Release on Twitter that,  “No Policeman should demand your customs papers. except they are on joint operation, but not just on mere routine checks.”

“We have suspended the issuance of tinted glass permits, so we don’t expect our men to disturb Nigerians on this.”

“We are to stop any vehicle with tints, search the vehicle, and its occupants, but not to delay him for not having tinted glass permits.”

“Report them if you are so delayed so that we ask them (the personnel) questions,” the FPPRO tweeted.

COURT REMANDS MAN FOR DEFILING 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL



A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna on Thursday, ordered that a 32-year-old man, Masaoudu Abubakar, should be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl.

The police charged Abubakar, a resident of Pambegua Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State, with defilement.


Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel, who did not take the plea of Abubakar, ordered the police to duplicate the case file and send it to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.
Emmanuel adjourned the case until May 15, for mention.


Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chidi Leo, told the court that Abubakar, committed the offence on Jan. 28, at Layin Sarki Fawa Pambegua.

The prosecutor said Abubakar lured the girl into an uncompleted building close to his house and forcefully had canal knowledge of her.


He said the defendant was caught and handed over to the police by neighbours who heard the girl while crying.


The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2020 (as amended). (NAN)

POLICE DECLARES TERRORISM SUSPECT WANTED FOR ESCAPING FROM COURT PREMISES

A 34-year-old Terrorism Suspect, has escaped from the Court premises in Akwa Ibom State, where his Terrorism trial was billed for continuation.

The Police Akwa Ibom state Police Spokesperson, Odiko MacDon, disclosed in a statement that the suspect, Etiene Malachy Akpan, is facing trial for alleged terrorism, serial murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

“He is wanted by the police in connection with series of armed robberies, kidnapping, murders and terrorism in the (Akwa Ibom) state.”

“The suspect who was on trial for the above offences escaped within the court premises when brought for the continuation of his trial,” MacDon said.

According to the Police, the suspect, also known as Anthony Malachy Akpan, hails from Atan Midim in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He is dark in complexion and 1.6 metres tall.

The PPRO appealed to members of the public with useful information on the whereabouts of the suspect to contact the nearest police station or any security agency.

NON-SERVICE OF PROCESSES STALLS ABBA KIYARI’S EXTRADITION SUIT

Hearing in the extradition to the United States proceedings against the suspended DCP Abba Kyari, was stalled owing to the non-service of the application by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Kiyari’s Counsel, Nureni Jimoh, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo, that he was yet to be served with the AGF’s processes.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Pius Akutah, counsel to the government said, the case was slated for a preliminary hearing.

Akutah, who admitted non-service of the processes, said it was as a result of the time taken by a sister case of alleged drug trafficking filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against Kyari and six others before Hon. Justice Emeka Nwite.

Counsel to the Federal Government, who said he had within 14 days to effect the service under the law and, however, promised to serve Kyari’s counsel the application by Thursday.

Ruling, Hon Justice Ekwo said, having listened to the Prosecution’s reasons for the delay in service, the Court was inclined to give the Prosecution extra days to put their house in order.

Hon. Justice Ekwo ruled that upon service of the processes, the respondent had 14 days, within which to respond and gave seven more days for the parties to put their house in order.

The matter was adjourned to April 27, 2022 for hearing.

The Federal Government had filed the suit seeking Kyari’s extradition to the United States over his link with Instagram celebrity Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

AUNT REMANDED FOR ALLEGEDLY INSERTING STICK IN NIECE’S GENITALS

Mercy Oba

An Isiokolo Magistrate court in Delta State has remanded one 35-year-old Mercy Oba who allegedly inserted a stick in the genitals of her 12-year-old niece, in the Sapele Correctional Centre.

Mercy Oba, who is Aunt to the victim, was alleged to have on the 17th March 2022 at Ikumeje village, Okpara Inland, Ethiope West Local Government Area, committed the offence after accusing the victim of stealing her garri and fish.

The Defendant is slammed with a four-count charge of assault, infliction of bodily harm on the child and her visually impaired mother as well as destruction of their properties worth N200,000, punishable under relevant sections of the law.