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Plateau: Tribunal affirms Sen.Gyang’s election, dismisses Rep. Golu’s petition



The Plateau National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday affirmed the election of Sen. I.D. Gyang of the PDP as the duly elected Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District.

Mr Sanusi Mohammed-Inuwa of the APC, filed a petition challenging the return of Gyang by INEC.

The tribunal also dismissed the petition of Rep. Timothy Golu (PDP) against the victory of Mr Yusuf Gagdi of the APC for the Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau.

Delivering judgment, Justice Theophilus Nzeugwu, Chairman of the Ist Panel declared Gyang winner of the Feb 23 election.

Nzeugwu described the petition filed by Mohammed-Inuwa against Sen Gyang as incompetent and lacking in merit and dismissed it forthwith.

“The petition of the petitioners has woefully failed as they (petitioners) couldn’t prove all the allegations raised and it’s hereby dismissed, ” the chairman declared.

In the other petition filed by Mr Jonathan Dabo of the PDP, challenging the victory of  Mr Maitala Haruna of the APC for Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency, Nzeugwu dismissed the petition and upheld Haruna’s election in the March  9 re-run.

Tribunal Chairman also described Dabo’s petition as incompetent and lacking in Merit.

Similar, the Chairman of the 2nd panel, Justice J.I. Nwone, dismissed Rep. Golu of the PDP’s petition for want of diligent proof to all the allegations raised in the petition.

Golu had alleged that he was short-changed of 1097 votes in Kanke LGA while there were election malpractices in 14 polling Units in Kanam LGA.

He pleaded for annulment of the election in Kanam and an order for a fresh election in Kanam

But the tribunal said it discovered that only nine polling Units and not 14 polling Units that allegedly had issues in Kanam LGA

Justice Nwone said, “no proof of over voting in all the alleged 14 polling Units has been provided by the petitioners nor show how they were short change of 1097 votes in Kanke.

“Going by section 53 of the Electoral Act over voting only occurs when number of votes cast is well above the number of registered voters in a polling Unit.

“Unfortunately, the petitioners have failed to prove the allegation of over voting in all the alleged 14 polling Units in Kanam,” She declared.
Nwone said, “the failure of the petitioners began right from their pleadings.”

“We therefore hold that this petition lacks merit and has failed and is hereby struck out and dismissed,” the chairman declared.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after judgment, Chief Sunday Odey, Golu’s counsel said, ” we will study the judgement with our clients and see the next line of action to take.”

Also responding, Chief Garba Pwul SAN, lead counsel to Gagdi, described the judgment as “very sound” and “fair to all parties.”

Pwul frowns at politicians who make frivolous and vex allegations after they loosing Elections.

He advised politicians to always take the out comes of Elections in good faith and stop going for”wild goose chase” in the courts.

MrJohnson Usman, Counsel to INEC commended the tribunal for doing Justice to all that all the parties involved in the matter presented to it and arriving at a sound judgment.

“I have never seen a detailed and sound judgement like this. It’s well founded in law,” Usman stated.

He observed that the Golu’s petition failed right from it’s reliefs “particularly para 22, 23 and 24 which the tribunal struck out by our (INEC) request.”

“Although the right to seek redress is a constitutional right, you must first look at the merit if the case before you go. Don’t go to court just to show ego.

“People should learn how to accept defeat where it’s apparent you are defeated in a contest,” he advised.

edited by Sadiya Hamza


Aluminum fabricator docked for allegedly stealing generators



An aluminium fabricator, Tajudeen Ademola, 27, on Thursday, appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing two generators belonging to residents of an estate.

Ademola is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 20 at about 2:30a.m., at Happy Land Estate, Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos.

Ekundayo said that Ademola and one other, still at large, conspired to steal two generators, valued at N170,000, which belonged to Isa Humphrey and his neighbour (name not provided ), both residents of the estate.

The prosecutor alleged that a security guard sighted the defendant and his accomplice as they were carrying the generators inside a vehicle.

“As the security guard approached the duo to question them on the ownership of the generators, the accomplice, who was also the driver of the vehicle, zoomed off and left the defendant behind,” he said.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for theft, while Section 411 prescribes two years imprisonment for conspiracy.

The Magistrate, Mrs A. M. Olumide-Fusika, granted the defendant N100,000 bail, with two sureties in like sum.

Olumide-Fusika adjourned the case till Dec. 12 for mention.

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(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Court remands man pending sentence for stealing 2 phones



A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Thursday, remanded a 29-year-old man, Yusuf Adebayo, in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, after pleading guilty to stealing two mobile phones, valued at N12,000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, remanded Adebayo, pending the review of the facts of the two-count charge of stealing.

Elias adjourned the case till Dec. 19 for facts and sentence.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Edet Okoi, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 29 at 1, Engineering Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Okoi said that the defendant stole a Tecno mobile phone belonging to Cardinal Security Service and another Itel mobile phone belonging to Mr Daniel Abada.

He said that the mobile phones were valued at N6000 each.

Okoi said that the defendant entered into the premises and stole the phones from a drawer at the security post.

“A security guard sighted the defendant at the parking lot, trying to force open one of the vehicles packed in the company’s premises and raised the alarm, and the defendant was subsequently caught,” the prosecutor said.

He said the offences contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing.

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Man, 40, docked for allegedly assaulting police officer



The police, on Thursday, arraigned a 40-year-old man, Olatunji Anjorin, before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, for allegedly assaulting a police officer while performing his lawful duties.

Olatunji, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of assault and disobeying court orders.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawerence, told court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 27 at 1.00 pm., at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta.

Lawerence said that the defendant assaulted the complainant, Sgt. Osawaru Festus, by fighting and biting him on the chest and shoulder when he went to arrest him for failing to appear in court for his case.

“The complainant, who is attached to Magistrates Court II, was ordered by the court to go and arrest the defendant for failing to appear in court.

“On getting to the defendant’s place, the officer was trying to arrest him but which he violently resisted, thus leading him to inflict serious injuries on the complainant,” he said.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 356, 197 and 133 of the Criminal Law of Ogun State,  2006.

The Magistrate, Mr Olakuleyin Oke, granted the defendant bail in the sun of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Olakuleyin said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and with evidence of tax payments to the Ogun Government.

He then adjourned the case till Dec. 24 for mention


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Mixed reactions trail Kalu’s conviction over N7.65 bn fraud



Mixed reactions from two political party chieftains in Abia greeted Thursday’s judgment of a Lagos High Court, which sentenced the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, said in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency that he was disappointed and angry with the judgment.

Nwankpa, who was a member of the Abia House of Assembly when Kalu was governor, said that the judgment was not fair.

“The party will meet to take a position on the judgment but as an individual, I am very saddened by the judgment.

“I am not convinced that judgment was given,” he said, adding that the court’s verdict sustained his doubts about the integrity and objectivity of the nation’s judiciary.

Nwankpa said that he never had the confidence that Kalu would get judgment, “considering the utterances of the judge.”

“I’m highly convinced that something went wrong. The judgment is not fair,” he said.

Conversely, the Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council in Abia, Mr Ceekay Igara, described the judgment as “good precedence.”

According to him, “if Kalu was found wanting as governor of the state, he should face judgment.

“It is a normal thing and goes to prove that nonody is above the law.

Igara, who is the state Chairman of the Labour Party, said that the judgment was supposed to teach two lessons.

He said, “The first lesson for those who are in government and second for others who intend to take over is that whatever they do, there is always a judgment day.”

Mr Maduka Okoro, the South-East Media Aide to Kalu, told NAN that Kalu would appeal the judgment “to allow other judges and a higher court take another look at the case.”

Okoro said that Kalu was not bothered by the judgment but considered it as one of the travails that every leader must experience “before becoming what God wants him to be.”

He expressed optimism that the judment would be reversed by a higher court, adding that Kalu would be acquitted at last.

He said that as governor, Kalu administered Abia transparently and never defrauded the state.

Kalu was Abia governor from 1999 to 2007 and won election to the Senate in the 2019 election, after three attempts.

(Edited & Vetted By: Sam Oditah)

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Son accused of strangling father to death remanded in correctional centre



An Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday remanded 32-year-old Ibrahim Isiaka in Agodi Correctional Centre for allegedly strangulating his father to death.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs T. B . Ogunkanmi, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in custody pending receipt of legal advice from the state Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ogunkanmi, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Feb. 13, 2020 for mention.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ibrahim of Alagbagba area, Ashi , Ibadan was in court on a one – count charge of murder.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Ojeleye, told the court that Ibrahim on Nov. 8, at about 10.00am, allegedly caused the death of his 72-year-old father, Busari Isiaka, by strangling   him to death.

Ojeleye said: ” The defendant was alleged to have pushed his father to the floor in the process.

” The incident was said to have occurred at Alagbagba area, Ashi Bodija , Ibadan.”

He said the offence contravened Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Surety docked, forfeits N200, 000 for failure to produce defendant



A surety, Patrick Okechukwu, on Thursday appeared at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State following his failure to produce his friend charged with fraud.

Okechukwu was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, said that Okechukwu stood as a surety for his friend, Victor Amos, on July 20, at the Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.

He said that Okechukwu failed to produce Amos when he was billed to have appeared in court.

Ihiehie told the court that Amos had obtained N550,000 under false pretences from a complainant on the pretext that he would rent  a two-bedroom apartment for the complainant with the amount.

The prosecutor said that the surety signed an undertaking to produce Amos in court on July 24 but he failed.

He also said that he would present Amos on any other date his presence might be required in court until the end of the case.

The prosecutor said that Okechukwu agreed that he would forfeit N200, 000 to the Lagos State Government if he failed to produce Amos in court.

He said that Amos had been absent in court on three different adjourned dates, adding that a bench warrant had been issued for his re-arrest.

“My Lord, Okechukwu has refused to produce Amos or lead the police to effect his re-arrest.

“ On Nov. 21, he failed to produce the defendant. He has to prove to the court why he should not forfeit the N200, 000,” Ihiehie said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice contravene Sections 97 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

NAN reports that Section 97 provides seven years’ imprisonment for attempt to pervert justice, while Section 411 provides for two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.

The magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Kubeinje ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 18, for mention.

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