Friday, 22 March 2019

See What Family Of Civil Defence Officer Killed By Policemen Did To DPO During Condolence Visit

The family of Ogah Jumbo who was beaten to death by policemen attached to the Nyanya Police Division, walked out the Divisional Police Officer of the station, Igbekele Ogungbemi, when he paid a visit to their home on Thursday.

Our correspondent, who witnessed the drama, learnt that the DPO arrived at the residence of the deceased along with the Head of the police homicide department around 3.30pm.

Mr. Igbekele, while condoling with the family, asked them to keep faith in God as Christians.

Also speaking, the head of the homicide department, said the two policemen who clubbed Mr Jumbo to death were in detention.
However, the family immediately rejected the plea of the DPO, accusing him of having a hand in the death of their son.

A relative of the deceased, Isaac Otokpa, said it was disgusting that the DPO had the effrontery to pay a condolence visit to the family despite contributing to his death.

“The family insists that the DPO must also be detained. When my brother was being beaten to death, they claimed to be following orders. When the matter was taken to the station, the DPO refused to allow my brother to get treatment. He should leave here immediately,” Otokpa said.

As tempers began to flare, the DPO and the head of the homicide department quickly jumped into their patrol vehicles and sped off.

The wife of the deceased, Ada, alleged that when her husband was dragged to the police station after being beaten with batons, he began to show signs of weakness and slumped but the DPO was mocking her husband, insisting that he was only pretending until he died.

The widow said, “At the police station I began calling my husband’s friends, telling them that my husband was lying down lifeless. The DPO said ‘who is lifeless? The man is pretending. Get a syringe and prick him with it’.

“I begged the DPO and his men at the station to please let my husband go to the hospital but they refused. However, one of the traffic warders who got injured was allowed to go get treatment.

“They left my husband to die. When they finally agreed to take him to the hospital, they said there was no fuel in their patrol vehicle. I remained there with my children. It was when I started crying that they agreed to take my husband to the hospital but by then he had died. They killed my husband.”

Prediction Ahead Of Tomorrow

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudy to partly cloudy weather conditions over most parts of Nigeria on Saturday, including sunny and chances of thunderstorm activities over some parts.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook on Friday, in Abuja, predicted partly cloudy to cloudy conditions, over the region during the morning hours, with day and night temperatures of 36 to 40 and 21 to 24 degrees Celsius.

It also predicted chances of localised thunderstorms over southern Abuja, Makurdi, Lokoja, Lafia and Jalingo axis, during the afternoon and evening periods.
The agency predicted that northern states would experience partly cloudy to sunny conditions, with day and night temperatures of 40 to 42 and 22 to 25 degrees Celsius.

It further predicted likelihood of thundery activities over Yelwa axis during the afternoon and evening periods.

According to NiMet, southern states will experience cloudy condition with chances of localised thunderstorm over Ikom, Calabar, Warri, Portharcourt, Ijebu-Ode and Lagos, in the morning hours.

“Later in the day, localised thunderstorms are expected over the region with day and night temperatures of 32 to 37 and 21 to 26 degrees Celsius.

“Partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected to prevail over the north, partly cloudy to cloudy conditions.

“There are chances of localised thunderstorm over the central states and southern parts of the country within the next 24 hours,” NiMet predicted.

(NAN)

Osun State Government Finally Reacts To The Ruling Of Election Tribunal

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State says the judgment of Election Petition Tribunal that sacked him has been put on appeal.

Oyetola, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Wole Oyebamiji, on Friday in Osogbo said justice will prevail.

The statement read: “The Government of the State of Osun wishes to appreciate the teeming support of the majority of the people in all things essential for mutual progress.
“As it is, the administration of His Excellency, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor, State of Osun, wishes to assure the people that the judgment of the Election Tribunal has been put on appeal.

“This is to further assure all the residents of the state of adequate security of lives and properties, as the Government of the State is still the only legitimate government having the authority to govern the State.

“We assure all our people that justice will prevail at last, and the law enforcement agencies have been instructed to maintain law and order across the state.

“We therefore urge all the residents of the state to go about their lawful duties without any hindrance.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, declared Adeleke winner.

The three-member panel held that the rerun election that held on September 27, 2018, was illegal.

The tribunal, therefore, deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun after declaring the rerun illegal.

The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22 and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.

“The declaration of Oyetola is null and void,” the tribunal ruled in a majority decision with one member dissenting.

(NAN)

Buildings Collapse: Buhari Assents Engineers Registration Amendment Act

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented the Engineers Registration Amendment Act 2019, to address the menace of collapsed buildings and other cases of engineering failures in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, the Act also establishes the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infractions, regulating industrial training of Engineers, capacity building of local content in the engineering industry.
He said that the new law granted COREN power to prosecute, “Any person or firm that contravenes the provisions of this Act in a court of competent jurisdiction; regulating industrial training schemes in engineering practitioners and students:

“Ensuring capacity building and monitoring local content development in the Nigerian engineering industry through

“Mandatory attachment of Nigerians to expatriate engineers on major projects to understudy them from inception and ensuring that all foreign engineering firms establish their design offices in Nigeria

“Granting of compulsory attestation to all expatriate quota for engineering practitioners; including key projects that there are no qualified and competent Nigerians for the job in question at the time of application;

“Ensuring that, before being allowed to practice in Nigeria, such foreign engineering practitioners must be granted work permit, register with the council and obtain such licenses as may be required from time to time.’’

The presidential aide said that the Act further admitted into the council  the following; “Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering, Nigerian Society of Engineering Technicians, and Nigerian Association of Engineering Craftsmen.”

(NAN)

REVEALED: How Election Petitions Tribunal Reached Its Verdict On Osun Governorship Poll

In a split judgement, the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo, on Friday, nullified the election of the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola; and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to him as winner of the September 2018 election.

However, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, upheld the whole election.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Peter Obiara, the tribunal set aside the rerun election conducted on September 27, 2018 for being unlawful.
Justice Obiora held that the poll conducted in the seven units is unknown by law because INEC has no power to conduct it.

The tribunal declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party’, Ademola Adeleke, in the governorship election as the duly elected governor and ordered INEC to immediately issue him the Certificate of Return.

The tribunal agreed that PDP and Adeleke established beyond reasonable doubt that INEC did not comply substantially with the Electoral Act in 17 polling units.

Consequently, over 2,000 votes credited to the All Progressives Congress and Governor Oyetola by INEC were deducted by the tribunal, while over 1,000 votes said to have been scored by the PDP and its candidate were also removed from their total votes.

The majority judgment held that the returning officer who cancelled the result in the affected units after the announcement had no power to have done so.

NAN reports that Prof. Joseph Fuwape, vice chancellor of the University of Technology, Akure was the Returning Officer for the Sept. 22 election

Fuwape said the election was inconclusive because 3498 votes were cancelled as a result of ballot box snatching that occurred in some polling units during the election.

The affected polling units were Ife North, (one polling unit), Ife south, (two polling units), Orolu,( three polling units) and Osogbo, one polling unit.

According to Fuwape, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 254,698 votes, while Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, scored 254, 345 votes. He thus called for rerun elections at the polling units where results were cancelled.

The majority judgment after deductions of the votes recorded in the rerun poll gave Adeleke’s score as 253,777 and Oyetola’s as 253,476.

In the minority judgment, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, Chairman of the tribunal, held that the petitioners, PDP and Adeleke failed to prove how the non-compliance of non-recording in the columns of accredited votes and account of ballots in the result sheets substantially affected the final results.

He further stated that even when non substantial compliance affects the outcome of the election, the tribunal, by virtue of Section 140(2) of the Electoral Act, does not have the power to subtract the votes affected by the non-compliance from the scores of the candidates and announce a winner.

According to him the tribunal only has the power to nullify the results of the Polling units affected by the noncompliance and order a supplementary poll.

He concluded that even if the non-compliance was substantial, it was not proved by the petitioners

Earlier, in a ruling on an objection filed against the petition by APC, Oyetola and INEC, the tribunal held that the objection was misconceived and that the tribunal has jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

The objection was consequently dismissed by the tribunal.In a split judgement, the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo, on Friday, nullified the election of the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to him as winner of the September 2018 Election.

However, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo upheld the whole election.

In the majority Judgment delivered by Justice Peter Obiara, the tribunal set aside the rerun election conducted on September 27, 2018 for being unlawful.

Justice Obiora held that the poll conducted in the seven units is unknown by law because INEC has no power to conduct it.

The tribunal declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke in the governorship election as the duly elected governor and ordered INEC to immediately issue him with Certificate of Return.

The tribunal agreed that PDP and Adeleke established beyond reasonable doubt that INEC did not comply substantially with the Electoral Act in 17 polling units.

Consequently, over 2,000 votes credited to the All Progressives Congress and Governor Oyetola by INEC were deducted from the tribunal, while over 1,000 votes said to have been scored by the PDP and its candidate were also removed from their total votes.

The majority judgment held that the returning officer who cancelled the result in the affected units after the announcement had no power to have done so.

NAN reports that Prof. Joseph Fuwape, vice chancellor of the University of Technology, Akure was the Returning Officer for the September 22 election

Fuwape said the election was inconclusive because 3498 votes were cancelled as a result of ballot box snatching that occurred in some polling units during the election.

The affected polling units were Ife North (one polling unit), Ife south (two polling units), Orolu (three polling units) and Osogbo (one polling unit).

According to Fuwape, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Part scored 254,698 votes, while Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, scored 254, 345 votes. He thus called for rerun elections at the polling units where results were cancelled.

The majority judgment after deductions of the votes recorded in the rerun poll gave Adeleke’s score as 253,777 and Oyetola’s as 253,476.

In the minority judgment, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, Chairman of the tribunal, held that the petitioners, PDP and Adeleke failed to prove how the non-compliance of non-recording in the columns of accredited votes and account of ballots in the result sheets substantially affected the final results.

He further stated that even when non substantial compliance affects the outcome of the election, the tribunal, by virtue of Section 140(2) of the Electoral Act, does not have the power to subtract the votes affected by the non-compliance from the scores of the candidates and announce a winner.

According to him the tribunal only has the power to nullify the results of the Polling units affected by the noncompliance and order a supplementary poll.

He concluded that even if the non-compliance was substantial, it was not proved by the petitioners

Earlier, in a ruling on an objection filed against the petition by APC, Oyetola and INEC, the tribunal held that the objection was misconceived and that the tribunal has jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

The objection was consequently dismissed by the tribunal.

(NAN)

3 Million Britons Sign Petition To Stop Brexit

A petition calling for the British government to revoke Article 50, which governs Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, reached three million signatures on Friday, parliament’s official petitions committee said.

The official website crashed on Thursday morning as the petition gained the highest-ever volume of sign-ups, the committee.

Many celebrities and lawmakers tweeted support for the petition, one of the most popular ever submitted to parliament’s website.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: “An issue as big and important as Brexit should not come down to petitions – that said, if you are frustrated that the (prime minister) is just not listening, you can sign here.”

Downing Street suggested that Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to ignore the petition, saying she “will not countenance revoking Article 50.”

Andrea Leadsom, May’s leader in parliament, told lawmakers on Thursday that “should the petition reach more than 17.4 million signatures, there would be a very clear case for taking action.”

Leadsom was referring to the 17.4 million votes, or 52 per cent, for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Colin Talbot, a professor of government at Manchester University, said the Twitter-led surge in support for the petition was “quite extraordinary.”

“It clearly shows the increasing power of social media… and of course it will be a massive morale boost to Remainers of all stripes,” Talbot wrote in a blog post.

“There is no corresponding mobilisation on the Leave side,” he added.

“MPs will notice,” Talbot said. “The petition allows them to see what the response is in their areas. They know that this level of activity about anything is significant.”

More than 17 million Britons voted in favour of leaving the EU in a 2016 referendum while 16 million voted to remain, with May serving notice of the UK’s intent to leave under Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty the following year.

The “Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU” petition on the parliament website had attracted signatures backed by support on social media, although the site appeared to be regularly crashing due to the large numbers trying to sign.

“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’.

“We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU,” the petition said.

Parliament must consider holding a debate on all petitions that gain more than 100,000 signatures.

Supporters wrote on Twitter that the petition showed the strength of feeling against May’s strategy while backers of Brexit said it needed to attract more signatures than the 17.4 million people, who voted to leave the EU three years ago before anyone should take any notice.

More than 1.8 million people signed a petition calling for U.S. President Donald Trump to be prevented from making a state visit to Britain, leading to a debate in parliament in 2017.

More than four million people signed another petition in 2016 which called for another EU referendum in the event that neither the remaining or leave camps achieved 60 per cent of the vote.

Mrs May has asked European Council President Donald Tusk to delay Brexit from March 29 until the end of June.

According to her, she is preparing for a third vote in the British parliament on the exit deal she arduously negotiated with the EU.

(dpa/NAN)

‘Never Underestimate The Power Of Dancing’ - Nigerians React To Senator Adeleke's Victory At Tribunal

The election petition tribunal on Friday declared Ademola Adeleke as winner of the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.
But the tribunal held that the rerun election conducted in the state after the initial poll was illegal.

Social media is currently buzzing on the judgment which was in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Below are reactions from social media:



Nigeria Defeats Seychelles To Qualify For African Cup On Nations

The Super Eagles on Friday defeated Seychelles national team 3-1 to round off their African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Odion Ighalo scored a first-half penalty kick, while Henry Onyekuru and Moses Simon scored in the second half for the Super Eagles. Boby Melaine had drawn the visitors level in the 41st minute.

The Super Eagles now lead Group E of the Nations Cup qualifiers with 13 points from six matches.

Atiku Is Relying On Whistleblower Website To Prove His Case In Tribunal Spokesman Reveals

Atiku Abubakar would partly rely on an anonymous website holding documents purportedly obtained from internal computers of the Independent National Electoral Commission to prove his case of election fraud at the tribunal, his spokesperson has said.

Mr Abubakar formally approached the tribunal at the end of last week to make his case of widespread irregularities and manipulation of votes against the INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Amongst the grounds for which Mr Abubakar sought to be declared winner of the election was a claim that internal compilation of results by INEC showed that the Peoples Democratic Party ‘scored’ 1.6 million votes more than Mr Buhari’s All Progressives Congress after all results had been collated from all but only Rivers, of the 36 states.
The claim has drawn widespread ridicule of Mr Abubakar, and some pro-APC commentators online accused the PDP candidate of ”walking himself into a hacking trap”.

They accused Mr Abubakar of admitting to unauthorised access of INEC data, an act considered criminal by under the Cybercrime Act, 2015.

Paul Ibe, a spokesperson for Mr Abubakar, shrugged off the criticism and accusation by sharing a link to a website purportedly built by a rogue INEC official.

The website was emblazoned on its front page with ‘The Truth Cannot Be Hidden’, and additional messages said it was put together by an INEC official who felt Mr Abubakar was cheated by the commission in declaring Mr Buhari winner of the election.

“What is in the public domain cannot be hacked. To hack is to breach defences & exploit weaknesses in a computer system or network. For your info, this is the site hosting the data submitted by Atiku & PDP. If you know, you know,” Mr Ibe said in response Yekini Nabena, a spokesperson for the APC who had posted one of the typical attacks against Mr Abubakar.

Mr Ibe then shared the link to ‘Facts Don’t Lie Nigeria’ website.

The website contained external links holding PDF files, including screenshots of alleged INEC computers and voter accreditation data.

Mr Abubakar’s lawyers, who recently boasted that they had enough evidence to overturn the presidential election in their client’s favour, have said they would call in forensic experts to analyse the information published on the anonymous website at the tribunal, alongside other materials from INEC.

PDP Makes Resolution As APC Vows To Appeal Declaration Of Adeleke As Osun Governor

The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State said since the All Progressives Congress has vowed to appeal the tribunal ruling declaring Ademola Adeleke winner of the 2018 governorship election, it would await the appellate court’s final verdict.

The party commended the judiciary for what it called a “landmark judgment,” as the Osun Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja declared Ademola Adeleke winner of the state’s 2018 governorship election the winner.
Osun PDP chairman, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, in his reaction, said the victory was for the people of the state.

Adagunodo said the judgment shows that “we still have men of impeccable character in the judiciary.’’

“Kudos to the Nigerian judiciary and this shows that we still have men of impeccable character in the judiciary.

“Truly, the judiciary is the last hope of common man,’’ Adagunodo said.

Adagunodo said since the APC had decided to appeal the judgment, PDP would await the outcome at the appellate court.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja had, on Friday, declared Adeleke winner.

The three-member panel said during its ruling that the rerun election held on Septembr 27, 2018 was illegal.

The tribunal, therefore, deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun after declaring the rerun illegal.

The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22 and that the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.

“The declaration of Oyetola is null and void,” the tribunal ruled in a majority decision with one member dissenting.

(NAN)

BREAKING NEWS: Raymond Dokpesi Arrested At Abuja Airport

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent television (AIT), was on Friday arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

The media mogul was returning to the country, after seeking medical treatment in Dubai, when he was picked up around 4pm.
AIT confirmed the arrest via its Twitter, saying no reason was given for the arrest.

“Breaking: Chief Raymond Dokpesi has been arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport on return from medical treatment/operation at the American Hospital Dubai.

“Reasons have not been given yet for the arrest,” the tweet read.

More to follow..

Issue Adeleke Certificate Of Return Now - Tribunal Orders INEC

The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return as duly elected governor to Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 election.

The three-man tribunal upheld the petitions filed by Adeleke and the PDP, challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress and Gboyega Oyetola at the September 2018 governorship election.

The tribunal had earlier dismissed the objections of the APC and Oyetola, insisting that Adeleke’s petition had merit.
The tribunal also declared the rerun election as illegal.

NAN reports that the PDP and Adeleke had filed a petition asking the tribunal to declare that Adeleke polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.

But Oyetola, APC and INEC had filed their notices of preliminary objection, contending, among others, that the petition was incompetent and that the court lacked jurisdiction.

The tribunal also held that the supplementary election held by INEC in seven cancelled units on September 22, 2018, was null and void.

The tribunal ruled that the Returning Officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.

(NAN)

APC Finally Reacts To Tribunals Ruling On Osun Election

All Progressives Congress in Osun has rejected the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal verdict that declared Adeleke the winner of the 2018 governorship election in the state.
APC, in a terse message sent to our correspondent by the party’s spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said, “‘The verdict cannot stand superior legal scrutiny. Therefore we will appeal against it.”

Davido Drops Gospel Song As His Uncle Is Declared Governor Of Osun State

Senator Isiaka Adeleke was a few hours ago declared the winner of the 2018 Osun State elections by a three-man election tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Davido who reacted to this via posts on Twitter also took to his Instagram Story to share a video of him singing a popular gospel tune.

Watch below


Read Full Text Of Buhari's Speech As He Inaugurates Committee on State Autonomy


President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary.


During the inauguration held at the State House, Abuja on Friday, President Buhari said his administration was committed to strengthening democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of government.

Here is full text of President Buhari’s speech…

I am delighted to welcome you all to the formal inauguration of the ‘Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary’. The setting up of this Committee is necessitated by the realisation that Legislative and Judicial autonomy are necessary pre-conditions for our democracy to endure.
We are committed to strengthening our democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of Nigerian Government, even at the State levels. Furthermore, we have identified the need to sustain our constitutionally guaranteed Federal system of government by building capabilities not only at the Federal level but at all the Federating Units.

This Committee has therefore been set-up, as a major reform of this administration, to ensure that the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the State levels is maintained, pursuant to Section 161 of the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).

The Committee is thus expected to foster effective implementation of the autonomy constitutionally granted the State Legislature and Judiciary under the 1999 Constitution (as amended). It is my hope that when this is done, there will be proper checks and balances, and the State Legislature and Judiciary shall be genuinely empowered to carry out their respective Constitutional duties without fear of dominance and or marginalization.

The Legislature, being the closest arm of government to the people, and the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man, must both be seen to be sufficiently independent to perform their respective constitutional roles without any interference, let or hindrance. In this regard, ensuring that these organs of government enjoy financial autonomy will further enhance their efficiency and independence.

In executing this important national assignment, the Committee, as constituted, is expected to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with the Constitutional provisions granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary, without deviating from its approved Terms of Reference which are as follows:

a) To assess and review the level of compliance by all the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended);

b) To monitor, ensure and cause the implementation of Financial Autonomy across the Judiciary and Legislature of the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and other applicable Laws, Instruments, Regulations, and Conventions howsoever providing for financial autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary at the State tier of Government;

c) To consult and relate with the appropriate Federal and State MDAs, including but not limited to the Governors Forum, Accountant General of the Federation and those of the States, the National Economic Council and other institutions of State to ensure and where necessary, enforce the implementation of Constitutional provisions;

d) To come up with appropriate modalities or model to be adopted by all the States of the Federation for implementation and/or compliance with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended);

e) To advice on other measures that are deemed necessary or incidental to the fulfilment of the aims of the Committee to attain the full purport of this assignment.

The Committee as constituted is chaired by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, as Secretary. The Committee is expected to complete its deliberations and submit its report and recommendations within three (3) months from today.

It is now my pleasure to formally inaugurate the Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary. I urge members of the Committee to be meticulous and diligent in the discharge of their duties and to ensure compliance with their approved Terms of Reference. I wish members of this Committee success in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Thank you all, and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

See Senator Adeleke's Reaction To Being Declared Governor Of Osun State


Senator Ademola Adeleke, who contested the Osun elections last year on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, has spoken for the first time, since the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal declared him winner of the controversial state election.

“To God be the glory,” Adeleke simply tweeted.

The tribunal declared the September 27 rerun election in the state illegal.
The three-man panel of the Tribunal gave the judgement on Friday following the petition filed by Adeleke, against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The Tribunal also ruled that PDP and Adeleke proved that it was the state Returning Officer who cancelled the results in 7 Polling Units, adding that the petitioners also proved that the Returning Officer has no power to cancel election results of a polling unit.

The Tribunal also deducted 2,029 votes from APC scores and 1,246 votes from PDP votes in 17 polling units where there was non-compliance.



JUST IN: Charlyboy Sacked From Our Mumu Don Do Movement Over Bribery Allegation

A civil Rights group, Our Mumu Don Do Movement has sacked Co-convener, Charlyboy over allegations of receiving money from President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Director, Festus Keyamo to attack Atiku Abubakar.

247NNU reported a video on Friday which had Charlyboy confessing to have collected money from Keyamo to promote his song which was against Atiku Abubakar. http://dailypost.ng/2019/03/22/keyamo-allegedly-paid-millions-attack-atiku-charlyboy-video/

But in a swift reaction, the movement in a statement sent to DAILY POST issued Charlyboy 24 hours ultimatum to resign as the co-covener of ‘Our Mumu Don Do’
The statement reads: “Following an Emergency General Meeting which held today, 22 March 2019, to address the slew of scandalous materials attributed to you, and your subsequent public avowal to have engaged in amoral pecuniary dealings with the spokesperson of General Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Festus Keyamo, whom the OurMumuDonDo Movement has been publicly and completely critical of, the management of the OurMumuDonDo Movement, in a bid to save the movement from public ridicule, unfortunate collapse and also reinstate public confidence, has decided on the following:

1. That your amoral and illicit dealing with the oppressors during a period when one of our fearless comrades, Deji Adeyanju, was banished to a hellish hole in Kano State for his fearless criticisms of the oppressors, represent a flagrant violation of the Foundation’s moral, ideological and constitutional focus.

2. That your unscrupulous hamartia has not only affected the credibility of the OurMumuDonDo Movement but also the myriads of conscientious and genuine Activists, Right Groups and Civil Society Groups in Nigeria.

3. That we have come to the doleful conclusion that you step aside as a Trustee of the Foundation and as the Convener of the OurMumuDonDo Movement within 24hours starting from the moment you receive this letter today, 22 March 2019. Failure to comply with this recommendation shall leave us with no other option but to ask members of the public to cease any further dealing and interface with you, and we shall not hesitate to take all necessary lawful steps to ventilate our remonstrance and ensure that the credibility of this Foundation is protected.

“We must mention that this decision is not borne out of any personal vendetta but rather a fervent commitment to salvage the OurMumuDonDo Movement from public ridicule and imminent collapse.Your honorable compliance will be highly welcomed.”

See How Atiku Reacted As Tribunal Declares PDP’s Adeleke Winner Of Osun Guber

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted the ruling of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, declaring Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, as the winner of the controversial state election.

The tribunal also declared the September 27 rerun election in the state illegal.
The three-man panel of the Tribunal gave the judgement on Friday following the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleka against the All Progressives Congress, APC and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The Tribunal also ruled that PDP and Adeleke proved that it was the state Returning Officer who cancelled the results in 7 Polling Units, adding that the petitioners also proved that the Returning Officer has no power to cancel election results of a polling unit.

The Tribunal deducted 2,029 votes from APC scores and 1,246 votes from PDP votes in 17 polling units where there was non compliance.

Atiku tweeted: “Truly, the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the defender of our democracy. Congratulations Sen. Ademola Adeleke, @IsiakaAdeleke1”


We Got Nine-Figures And Adeyanju Wanted His Share - Charly Boy Breaks Down Bribe Details In New Video

In a new video that has emerged, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has admitted collecting millions of naira from Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign organisation.

In a video interview published on Friday by ROOTS TV, an Abuja-based television station, Charly Boy said Keyamo paid him money in “nine figures” in the build-up to the country’s presidential election.
However, he claimed the money was payment for a song he was working on at the time, in which he was “dissing Atiku”.

“When Keyamo came to discuss Deji’s matter, he heard my new song that I was working on, and I know his head was calculating what he was going to do with the song. Now, I don’t care. But if you want to use my work, you pay for it. Of course, he paid for it. And he paid heavy for it.”

When asked the amount, Charly Boy hesitated but later admitted the amount was in “nine figures”.

When asked if Deji Adeyanju wanted some part of the money, Charly Boy said: “Everybody wanted a part of that money, including Deji and for me; I don’t mind sharing...”

The face-off between the self-acclaimed human rights crusaders has generated a lot of concern in the public, particularly among their fans.

‘How I was deceived after policemen killed my husband’ — widow of slain NSCDC official speaks

The widow of Ogar Jumbo, an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), allegedly killed by unidentified police officers in Abuja, has narrated how the first hospital they took him to did not open up that he had died.

In a video trending online, the woman said he was referred to another hospital.

On Tuesday, TheCable reported how Ogar was brutalised by some policemen near a military check point close to a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) around Nyanya market.

The deceased was conveying his two children to school in company of his wife when policemen ordered him to stop.
Ogar was said to have made a U-turn at a wrong location to enable him get to the school on time before the police officers, who were on duty in the area, stopped him for failing to comply with traffic rules.

In the video, the woman was seen in a police van sitting beside the remains of her husband.

“We took him to a hospital in Nyanya. Later they said I should go and get card and they eventually referred him to another hospital. They didn’t want me to know that he had died,” she said as she broke down in tears.

People rallied round the woman and her two sons who wept uncontrollably.

Watch the video below:

The Cable