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Buhari, APC, INEC urge tribunal to dismiss Atiku, PDP petition

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Abuja, June 11, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar against his Feb.23 re-election.

Buhari made the prayer through his Counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in a motion adopted and argued on Tuesday before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel in Abuja.

Olanipekun submitted that the petition was fundamentally defective, adding that his client won the presidential “square and clear’’.

He explained that the allegations advanced by the petitioners were mere theoretical assumptions that could not stand the test of critical legal debate.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tribunal also entertained the president’s motion that sought to effect amendment on the identities and addresses of counsel representing him.

Another of Buhari’s application seeking to mandate the tribunal to entertain all interlocutory motions before the commencement of proper hearing of the main petition was also adopted and argued.

Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition brought by PDP and Atiku against a “flawless’’ election that won by Buhari.

Mr Yunus Usman, SAN, Counsel for INEC said that the electoral commission would standby the declaration of the second respondent (Buhari) as winner of the Fbe.23 presidential election.

Usman said the petition challenging the outcome of the exercise was “misguided’’, adding that the allegations of fraud made against the electoral body was “mischievous’’.

NAN reports that INEC’s application challenging the jurisdiction and competence of the tribunal to entertain the petition.

Usman further urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition as the petitioners failed to include the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as a co-winner in the election.

“ The failure of the PDP and Atiku to include Osinbajo’s name as party should not be overlooked because whatever affects the president affects his running mate,’’ Usman said.

NAN also reports that three other interlocutory motions filed by the All Progressive Congress were argued and dispensed with.

Chief Lateef Fagbemi, SAN,  Counsel for the APC had urged the tribunal to strike out 18 paragraphs of the petition with frivolous assumptions among other prayers.

He submitted that the competence of the petition was questionable, adding that it would soon become a mere “lame duck’’.

Meanwhile, Dr Levi Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the petitioners prayed the tribunal to discountenance all the arguments canvassed by the respondents, describing INEC’s position in the matter as “unusual”.

The presiding judge, therefore, fixed June 13 for the petitioners’ motions to be heard.

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Court sentences applicant to 1 year in prison for damaging AEDC transformer

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A Kabusa Grade I Area Court on Wednesday sentenced an applicant, Ibrahim Ali, to one year in prison for damaging a transformer belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC).

The Judge, Ibrahim Kagarko, sentenced Ali, after he pleaded guilty to mischief and theft.

Kagarko did not give the convict an option to pay any fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mahmud Lawal, informed the court Mr Effiong Etim, who works with AEDC,  reported the case at the Garki Police station, FCT on Aug. 20.

Lawal told the court that the complainant reported that on Aug.20, Ali removed a transformer panel door from the AEDC facility located at Arochukwu Street, Garki II,

Lawal informed the court that in the course of police investigation, it was discovered that the convict had caused inestimable damage to the transformer.

The convict, he also said, confessed to the crime when interrogated by the police.

The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of sections 327 and 287 of the Penal Code Law.

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Court remands 3 accused persons over alleged armed robbery in Kano

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A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that three accused persons, Namaska Haruna, 25, Wada Ibrahim, 30, and Abdulsalam Ibrahim, 20, be remanded in prison custody over alleged armed robbery.

The defendants, who reside in Kiru Local Government Area of Kano State, are standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, contrary to Section 97 and 398 of the Penal code.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, ordered the remand of the defendants in prison custody pending legal advice from office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Jibril adjourned the case until Sept. 5, for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Pogu Lale, had told the court that the defendants committed the offence on July 11, at about 2:30 a.m in Kiru local government area.

He alleged that the three defendants and six others now at large, armed themselves with dangerous weapons and stormed the house of 45-year-old Muhammed Kabiru, at Maska Village, threatened to kill or kidnap the victim and in the process robbed him of his valuables.

He listed the dangerous weapon the defendants used to attack their victim to include gun, pistol and sticks.

The prosecutor told he court that the defendants dispossessed their victim of N235,000, 38 pieces of peak milk valued at N47,000, six cartons of Maltina valued at N30,000.

Other properties collected from the victim are four Tecno handset valued N30,000, one radio valued N2,400 and five memory cards valued N7,000.

The defendants, however, denied committing the offence.

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Presidential Election Tribunal reserves judgment

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The Presidential Election Petition on Wednesday reserved judgement in the petition challenging the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

NAN reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, are challenging the election of President Buhari.

Buhari was declared the winner of the Feb. 23 presidential election, with over 15 million votes as against Atiku’s 11, 262,978 votes.

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Police arraign 2 drivers for allegedly stealing chemicals worth N1.1m

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The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendants and others  at large, committed the offence on July 20 at the Rock Foundation Logistic Limited, Ota, Ogun.

Mustapha alleged that the defendants being the driver in charge of a lorry with registration number AAA 777XG diverted the company’s chemical material valued N1.1 million to another place.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 390 (4(6) (8b) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of  N400,000  each with two sureties each in like sum.

He also ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.

Akinyemi adjourned the case until Sept.9 for further hearing.

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Security guard docked for allegedly defiling 10-year-old girl

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A 33-year-old security guard, Suleiman Mohammed, on Wednesday appeared in a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.

Mohammed, whose address was not provided, is charged with two counts of rape and threat to life.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Akpan Nkem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 27 and Aug. 11, at Awolola Str., Adele Era, Ijanikin area of Lagos.

Nkem alleged that the defendant defiled the minor and threatened to kill her using his charms.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 168 and 56 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomiya, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case until  Sept.16, for hearing.

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