Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has called on the leadership and members of the National Assembly (NASS) to consider electoral reforms and constitutional amendment.
“As a matter of urgency NASS should consider starting the process of electoral reforms and constitutional amendments in the interest of the nation,” Tambuwal pleaded.
The Governor made the plea on Wednesday in Sokoto when he received the EU Ambassador and Head of delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Ketil Karsen, who visited him in Government House Sokoto.
Tambuwal said that the process would no doubt ensure that all the new innovations introduced in the current electoral process were captured constitutionally.
The Governor further said that the process would give legal framework that would go along in strengthening and deepening the nation’s democracy.
Amb. Karsen said he had come to dialogue with Tambuwal on various issues including security situation in the Northwest part of Nigeria.
He said that during their discussions Tambuwal informed him of the efforts being made by the Governors of the zone to curtail the menace of banditry and insecurity.
Karsen explained that peace effort provided opportunity for development pointing out that their discussions also focused on development challenges in Sokoto state and future support of EU to the state.
The Ambassador further said that they also discussed the need for early reform of the electoral act with discussions centered on how to deepen and consolidate the nation’s democracy.
He further said their discussions focused on general health, education, environment, women and gender streamlining among others.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
Gov Sani-Bello reiterates commitment to autonomy of judiciary
Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Monday reiterated his commitment to judicial autonomy.
Sani-Bello made the pledge at the opening of a two-day training for Magistrates’ and District Courts in Minna.
The training was sponsored by Department for International Development (DFID), Role UK London Judicial College London, African House London and the Niger Government.
He said this, would enable the judiciary to carry out its major responsibilities without hindrance.
”The state government had taken proactive steps to enhance the welfare of judges and and granted the judiciary the independence it requires to function optimally.
”The government has embarked on renovation of some courts builds across the state to provide conducive judicial environment.
”The government would continue to ensure that the judiciary gets its own share of FAAC allocation,” he said.
He added that the training would strengthen the rule of law and facilitate its progress towards Sustainable Development Goal.
In his goodwill message, Gov. Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, commended the state government for its synergy with judicial arm of government for effective performance.
He described the training of magistrates as “important”, adding that the training would improve their capacity and keep them abreast with judicial administration justice.
Tambuwal, who described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, called for adequate support to the judiciary and appealed to other state governors to emulate Niger, and give financial autonomy to the judiciary, in order to have an independent and corrupt free judiciary.
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Lagos court remands unemployed man over alleged robbery charge
An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a 27-year-old unemployed man, Sunday Ademola, in prison custody for allegedly stealing two phones worth N410, 000 at cutlass-point from two pedestrians.
Ademola, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.
The plea of the defendant was not taken.
The Magistrate, Mr B. I. Bakare, ordered that the case file be duplicated and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Bakare adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for DPP’s legal advice.
He, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison for the period of 30 days pursuant to Section 264 (1) (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Aug. 23, at 11.00 p.m., at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Igbo Efon in Eti-Osa area of Lagos.
He alleged that the defendant conspired with others still at large and robbed one Mr Ojivwe Bighero, of his Samsung phone worth N100, 000 at cutlass-point.
“The defendant also robbed another pedestrian, Mr Greg Ogunli, of his S9 Samsung phone worth N310, 000 at cutlass-point,” Mameh said.
He said the offences contravened Sections 297 (1) and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 297 (1) provides 21 years imprisonment as punishment for anyone found guilty of robbery.
PDP, candidate pray tribunal to order fresh election in Nasarawa State
Counsel for the PDP, Mr Wale Olanikpekun, SAN, while adopting his final written addresses, alleged that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.
He said that they had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding, “the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”
“If there is no compliance with the accreditation process, the law says that the election is invalid and should be declared as such.
“The election conducted on March 9 in Nasarawa state has not complied with the accreditation process, that is what we are holding unto.
“We want the tribunal to declare the election invalid and order a fresh election in the state,” he said.
Also adopting his final argument, Mr Hassan Liman and Mr Adebayo Adelogun, representing the APC and Sule, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.
They argued that the petitioners’ claims against the accreditation process were merely a figment of their imagination.
After listening to all arguments in the suit, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abba Mohammed, reserved judgment in the matter.
“The tribunal will communicate to all the parties in the petition the day the judgment will be delivered,” Mohammed said.
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Court remands driver, 33, for robbing man of jeep, phones with pistol
A 33-year-old driver, Nureni Kazeem, was Monday remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for alleged illegal possession of a pistol and his involvement in robbery.
Kazeem, a resident of Meiran in Lagos State, is being tried for conspiracy, robbing a man of his car and two phones valued at N3.3million.
The magistrate, Mrs S.K. Matepo, did not take the plea of the defendant.
She ordered that he should be kept behind bars, pending the receipt of legal advice from the Office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Innocent Odugbo, had told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offences on Feb. 13 at Meiran, Lagos.
He said that the defendant unlawfully had in his possession a pistol with which he robbed one Olufemi Essenyi of his valuables worth N3.3million.
“The defendant robbed the complainant of his Lexus jeep valued at N3million and two phones worth N300,000 ; totaling N3.3million.
“The complainant disembarked from his jeep to open his house gate when the defendant and others swooped on him.
“They pointed a gun at him, ordered him to surrender his car key and phones and threatened to shoot him if he should refuse to comply.
“The defendant and his accomplices forcefully collected the complainant’s car, phones and drove it away.’’
The prosecutor said that the complainant lodged a complaint at the policed station which made the police to arrest the defendant.
Kazeem added that the valuables stolen from the complaint by the defendants during the operation were yet to be recovered.
The prosecutor said that the offences violated Sections 287, 297 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 297 attracts 21 years’ imprisonment for robbery while Section 287 prescribes three years’ imprisonment for stealing.
The case was adjourned until Sept. 19.
Police arraign 2 men for alleged theft in Osun
The police on Monday, arraigned two accused persons, Jelili Raufu, 38, and Mutiu Adedeji, 19, at a Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged felony and theft.
The prosecutor, ASP John Idoko, told the court that the accused committed the offence on August 17 at about 5a.m. at Owode-Ilesa road, Osogbo.
Idoko said the accused did conspire among themselves to steal one motorcycle tyre with rim and 2 motorcycle absorbers, all valued N28,000 belonging to one Lukman Adedokun.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts against them.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 516, 390(9) and 430(2).
Counsel to the accused, Julius Akhigbe, prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.
The magistrate, Mrs R.A Olayemi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N10,000 each and two sureties in like sum with an affidavit of means with three passport photographs.
According to her, the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction.
The magistrate also ordered that the prosecutor should verify the address of the sureties and adjourned the case until Oct. 21 for hearing.