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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)