The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has finally dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and four others before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking enforcement of his right to contest the 2023 Presidential election without resigning from his current position.
His suit with No FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 instituted on his behalf by a Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has been fixed for hearing today, Monday.
Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed slated the case for hearing by 12 noon, along with two other matters.
As of the time of this report, followers of Emefiele have already jam-packed the court to witness proceedings.
COMMANDANT ALFADARAI PLEDGES CONTINUOUS SUPPORT TO JOIN NAPTIP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ATTENDS BOOK LAUNCH.
The Lagos State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Commandant of Corps Usman Ishaq Alfadarai, has on Thursday, pledged his continuous support, to join the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons ( NAPTIP ), in the fight against human trafficking in the state.
He made this renewed effort known, at the book launch of a literary work, titled, “We are PRICELESS,” authored, by Juliana Francis, a seasoned and priceless journalist.
Alfadarai was ably represented, by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Corps, Abolurin Oluwaseun, who joined, the former Inspector – General of Police and Chairman Police Service Commission, Dr Solomon Arase, Mr Femi Adesina (book reviewer), former Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to former President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, Commissioner of Police, Lagos Police Command, Deputy General of Police, Frank Mba, ably represented, CP Idowu Owohunwa, ably represented, by Superintendent of Police Matilda Ngbaronye, Divisional Police Officer, Ilupeju Division and a host of other dignitaries, who attended the book launch.
“The book, which focused on the plight of the girl child and how they were being used, for trafficking as well as rescue approach and ways, in which they can be re-integrated back to the society, couldn’t have come at a better time than this, as all hands must be on deck, to eradicate this despicable act in our society,” Oluwaseun Abolurin said, while he delivered a goodwill message on behalf of the NSCDC, Lagos State Commandant, Usman Alfadarai at the event.
He further re- reiterated the efforts of the Corps, in fighting this menace and encouraged everyone present at the event to ensure the book is given the publicity it deserves, so, people can be guided and know the appropriate authorities to contact incase of such ugly occurrence amidst others.
Ogun Tribunal: APC witness confirms over voting
Key witness of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abeokuta, on Wednesday confirmed to the Tribunal that there were over voting in some polling units during the March 18 election.
The Counsel to APC (the third respondent), Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) opened their defence at the ongoing Tribunal by calling four witnesses.
One of the witness, Yemi Adelani, who was the APC State Collation Agent during the governorship election while being cross examined by Gordy Uche (SAN) Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ladi Adebutu confirmed to the court that there were over voting in some polling units in State.
Uche, while cross examining Adelani showed him a certified true copy of INEC result of a polling unit and was asked to calculate the total vote cast with total rejected votes and compare with the number of accredited voters.
Adelani who had earlier denied that there was over voting and claimed that there was voting buying recanted his claim, confirming that there was over voting.
Adebutu had dragged Governor Dapo Abiodun before the three-man Tribunal alleging that the governor did not win the majority of votes cast during the March 18 governorship election.
PDP and Adebutu in the petition marked, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2023 accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the election.
The petitioners also alleged that elections were disrupted by thugs in over 99 polling units, disenfranchising over 40,000 voters from participating in the election.
The petitioners had closed their cases after calling 94 witnesses and tendering over 200,000 documents in evidence.
Meanwhile, the Tribunal adjourned its sitting till September 4 after all parties closed their cases.
The INEC, being the first respondent also opened and closed its case without calling any witness.
Abiodun who is the second respondent on Tuesday closed his defence after calling six witnesses.
Also on Wednesday, the ruling APC and third witness opened and closed its case after calling four witnesses.
Among witnesses who testified in support of APC’s defence are, Yemi Adelani, who was the APC State Collation Agent; Ifede Ifetayo, collation agent for Ikenne LG and Sulaiman Ayobami, who was Sagamu LG agent.
They were led in evidence by the APC counsel, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) and cross-examined by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) representing Abiodun, Gordy Uche (SAN), standing in for the petitioners and Olumide Ogidan who represented INEC.
In closing APC’s case, Oyetibo said “Having carefully examined the evidence tendered by the petitioners and the evidence adduced by the respondents, we are satisfied that we have covered the case.”
Justice Hamidu Kunaza-led panel adjourned proceeding till Monday, September 4, 2023, for the adoption of final written address.
Vmware Daiso: Lagos Govt Blacklists Hospital Facility Manager
Lagos State government has taken action against some of the stakeholders found to have been guilty in the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. Vmware Daiso who died last week in a tragic elevator accident at Lagos Island General Hospital, Odan.
Nigeria Updates reports the state government has sacked and blacklisted the facility managers in charge of the hospital.
Also, the general manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency has been asked to immediately proceed on suspension.
The steps taken are part of the recommendations of the panel set up to look into the likely causes of the accident, identify persons who might be culpable, and suggest ways of preventing any future occurrence.
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