Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled.
A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister’s move.
The decision overturns an earlier ruling from the court, which said last week Johnson had not broken the law.
But it will not immediately affect the current suspension of Parliament, which started in the early hours of Tuesday.
This is because no order has been given by the court to cancel the suspension ahead of a full hearing at the Supreme Court in London which starts on Tuesday of next week.
In a summary of their findings, the Court of Session judges said they were unanimous in their belief that Mr Johnson’s decision to suspend was motivated by the “improper purpose of stymying Parliament”.
They added: “The Court will accordingly make an Order declaring that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”
MPs are not currently scheduled to return to Parliament until October 14, when there will be a Queen’s Speech outlining Mr Johnson’s legislative plans. The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31.
The group of more than 70 largely pro-Remain MPs and peers behind the legal challenge were headed by SNP MP Joanne Cherry, who has called for Parliament to be immediately reconvened following the ruling.
They appealed to the Inner House of the Court of Session after their original challenge to the suspension of Parliament was dismissed by judge Lord Doherty last week, reports the BBC.
Lord Doherty said Johnson had not broken the law by proroguing Parliament, and that it was for MPs and the electorate to judge the prime minister’s actions rather than the courts.
But the three Inner House judges said they disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling because this particular prorogation had been a “tactic to frustrate Parliament”.
Sanitising Abuja’s transportation system
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) recently moved to redress the distortions in the transportation and traffic management system of Abuja. CALEB ONWE reports
It all started at a top management meeting during which the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, expressed dissatisfaction with the chaos in the transportation system across the city of Abuja.
He reportedly lambasted top officials of the Directorate of Road Traffic Service (DRTS) for their apparent failure in the discharge of their responsibilities.
It is the duty of the DRTS to ensure that motorists and other road users adhered strictly to the Transport Policy of the FCTA vis-a-vis the Abuja Master Plan.
Bello, according to those privy to the meeting, was particularly disturbed with the presence of tricycles, popularly known as KEKE NAPEP on major highways across the city. He was also alarmed at the gradual return of motorcycles also known as okada to some parts of the city.
The minister, who noted that these were clear distortions to the transportation policy, directed the DRTS to swiftly halt the flagrant abuse of the system by ensuring that these transport service providers adhered to the rules.
Although the resolutions of the meeting were not made public, the impact was felt almost immediately as the KEKE NAPEP operators suddenly disappeared from their illegal terminals in the city.
Under the Transportation Policy, these tricycles were not to be seen on the major highways in Abuja. They were restricted to less busy routes in the rural communities and internal roads within the housing estates. In these places, commuters could board them in order to access designated bus terminals on the major highways.
However, Inside Abuja observed that these rules have long been jettisoned and the tricycles have been competing for space with fast moving cars and buses on the highways. The result has been avoidable chaos, traffic gridlocks and fatalities on some of these roads.
It was gathered that those who were supposed to have ensured that the restrictions order were implemented, had gone to sleep and abdicated their responsibilities to the detriment of the people.
They had to return to the streets to fully enforce the restrictions based on the marching orders of the Minister who has declared a total war on these crawling automobiles.
Though, he said that restoring sanity to the system and making it more efficient won’t be done without a human face, he assured the people that no stone would be left unturned.
The Minister, who is bent on achieving the desired results, has also refused to take the excuse that the population upsurge was responsible for the brazen distortion of the transportation system.
He noted that as much as Abuja was becoming one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world, the developmental standard could not be compromised for any individual or group.
It was equally gathered that at that meeting, he ordered officials of DRTS who want to keep their jobs to sit up or be shown the exit door.
A few days ago, the Minister demonstrated his determination to getting the system working efficiently when he incorporated the Federal Road Safety Corps, ( FRSC), Nigeria Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, ( NSCDC) , Department of State Security( DSS) and other security agencies to collaborate with the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services ( DRTS) in sanitizing the transportation system.
The Minister said that the reinvigorated road traffic policy was intended to save lives on the roads and not to inflict hardship on residents of the FCT.
According to him, the collaborative measures of the various security agencies in the FCT were geared towards ensuring that all traffic regulations were followed to save lives and ensure a safer city.
“Journeys that ought to take a short time, because of the available facilities, take much longer, simply because many road users decide not to follow basic rules of traffic within the city. It is manifested through parking on areas that are meant for pedestrian walkways, ignoring pedestrian bridges, ignoring zebra crossings, driving against traffic, overloading and parking in undesignated car parks. People have to learn to respect zebra crossing. Motorists must respect paedestrians and school children at zebra crossings,” he said.
The minister explained that while there was no ban on commercial tricycles and commercial motorcycles in the Federal Capital City (FCC), the law does not permit them to ply expressways or drive against traffic as they are inclined to do, as there are designated areas for each of them to operate.
“What we are saying is that the laws are very clear. There are designated areas allowed for motorcycles. There are designated areas allowed for tricycle.
“Our objective is to save lives; to make the human life valuable the way it’s supposed to be. And how can we do that? We have to make sure that all traffic regulations are adhered to and the advantage we have is that all these is covered by law and we are going to use the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, the laws of the highway code, the FCT Transport Regulations, the National Road Traffic Regulations and other traffic laws and regulations.
“We are going to back that with a robust support from the judiciary, so that all those that violate traffic regulations and protocols are made to pay for it because that is the only way we can guarantee the safety of lives of our people,” he said.
Inside Abuja gathered that part of the palliative measures the administration was putting in place was the effort to facilitate the arrival of additional coaches for the Abuja light rail. According to the minister, 10 additional metro stations will be opened on the Abuja Airport line before the middle of next year to ease the traffic on the roads.
“On our part as an Administration, we are doing our very best to provide additional high capacity buses. We are also making much easier the process of registration of companies or persons that want to provide taxi services, as long as the vehicle meets the minimum standard that is required by law.
“I would also want to mention that as you know, the Abuja light rail is already operational. By the middle of next year, a substantial number of coaches that are under construction now would have arrived and about 10 additional stations on the metro stations to Abuja airport line would have been opened and then we would have train probably moving almost in intervals of 30 minutes”, he said.
Bello also called on investors in the transport sector to partner with the FCTA to help cushion the effects of enforcement of the traffic rules and regulations, adding that requirements for the registration of taxis/cabs have been made easy to encourage more participants.
Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has deployed about 20 patrol vans and 350 personnel to support the FCT in its efforts to sanitize the transportation system.
Oyeyemi, who pledged the commitment of the FRSC to working very closely with the FCTA for the success of the safe, functional and efficient traffic management policy of the FCTA, noted that road safety is everybody’s business.
Inside Abuja learnt that some private sector players were already showing interest in the fight to making Abuja’s transportation functional and efficient.
Managing Director of MTI Taxi Limited, Alfred Ajagbe, said his company had made plans to key into the new transportation system of FCT and would help to harness the values in the sector.
Ajagbe noted that his company has a scheme that allows graduates of higher institutions, who desire to be self-employed to come into the transportation business.
“We are operating like Uber. We have our app, so that ordinarily, people could subscribe to it. But what we have done in the first instance is that we bought 23 brand new cars for our graduate scheme and the idea is to encourage graduates to become self employed.
Day protesters stormed Yellow House
Last week, protesters braved all odds and stormed the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) to demand the release of journalist and politician, Omoyele Sowore, from custody. CALEB ONWE reports
The headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) located by Aso Drive, Maitama, is fondly called Yellow House because of the colour of the buildings.
For any casual visitor, you do not need to be reminded that you are in a high security zone. The high-walled perimeter fence stretches for as far as your eyes can go and is fitted with barb wires, camera, lighting and other security features. It is a well guarded fortress with multiple check points along the exclusive route leading to its gates.
Although the gates are wide, they are not open except to authorised visitors. Around this vicinity, movement is restricted and unfettered access, merely a dream. There are several armed and masked security operatives at strategic points and one must have to undergo a thorough check before gaining entry.
Therefore, it must have been a calculated high risk for members of the Concerned Nigerians, who chose to go there for a protest, calling for the release of the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore. The detainee is the publisher of Sahara Reporters as well as the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) during the 2019 presidential elections. He is facing a seven-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering.
The protesters, who were led by civil rights activist, Mr. Deji Adeyanju, want Sowore released from the custody of the DSS, based on an earlier order made by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
But acting on a tip off, security was beefed up at the Yellow House just before the protesters arrived the scene. More armed security personnel were deployed to the Aso Drive intersection road, apparently to forestall any security breaches.
As soon as the protesters arrived and were about to commence the march to the gate, security operatives fired teargas canisters towards them, forcing the protesters to scamper in different directions.
Many of the protesters were said to have sustained various degrees of injury while the journalists who accompanied them were allegedly manhandled by security operatives.
In an interview with journalists after the encounter, Adeyanju alleged that the security operatives fired live ammunitions at the protesters. He accused the DSS of disobeying a court order on the release of Sowore and described the situation as an affront on the rule of law and democracy.
“We were attacked in a barbaric manner. This can only happen in a nation where the rule of law means nothing. For the umpteenth time, the DSS has failed to release Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, despite two valid court orders served on them to do so.
“Despite the embarrassing and unprofessional statement credited to the DSS, Nigerians, comprising activists, lawyers, families, friends and citizens came out on Saturday morning to receive the duo. As expected but quite unfortunate, the DSS yet again failed to release them, under the excuse that we came on a weekend.”
It could be recalled that the DSS had told Nigerians that necessary steps were being taken to comply with the court order.
In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya, the DSS had said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to confirm that it has received the Court Order for the release of Omoyele Sowore.
“It is important that the public notes that since the receipt of the Order, no person has turned up at the DSS to take delivery of him. This becomes imperative for reasons of accountability. The Court has been properly briefed on this development and the steps being taken to ensure compliance with its Order.”
The DSS also debunked claims that it was holding a former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), as well as leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, illegally.
The secret service said Dasuki and El-Zakzaky had, during separate court rulings, pleaded to be left in its custody, rather than being remanded in correctional centres (prisons). Afunanya, said the detained convener of #Revolution Now, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, had chosen a similar path.
According to Afunanya, the decisions by the trio to be held in the intelligence agency’s custody, was eloquent testimony to the claim that the “Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards”.
To buttress the position, Afunanya said the service allowed them access to their families, choice of foods, telephone calls among others.
“There has been outcry about alleged illegal detention of some notable persons undergoing trials at the Courts and disobedience to Court Orders by the Service. To put the records straight, the Service wishes to avert public attention to the circumstances that warranted the custody of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in its facility.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the duo had appealed to the Courts to be left in the custody of the Service instead of being taken to the Correctional Centres. Well meaning Nigerians are equally witnesses to the case of Omoleye Sowore, who, on a similar order of the Court, was to be remanded at the Kuje or Suleja Centre, but preferred to be kept at the DSS.
“Everyone, also, saw what eventually played out with El-Zakzaky, when he opted to be returned to the custody of the Service even as the Court had granted him leave to seek medical care in India. These were choices these personalities made on their own volition.
“Since their stay, the Service has continued to extend the best courtesies to them. They are allowed access to people and use of other facilities like telephones, gymnasium, TV, newspapers and medical facilities.
“Among others, their families and trusted persons bring them food of their choices on daily basis. There could not have been better treatments than these”, Afunnaya said.
He stated: “Against the wrong perception that the Service held these persons in defiance to Court Orders, it is obvious, by the above explanations, that they rather chose to be looked after by the DSS.
“The reason for such choice is not farfetched. It is simply because the Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards”.
While assuring of its readiness to conduct affairs within the confines of the rule of law, the service reiterated its commitment towards continuous partnership with the media and other relevant stakeholders.
“It is not in the character of the DSS to join issues with persons or groups. Yet, silence should not be golden at a time like this. For its compliance to democratic norms, the Service owes the Nigerian public a duty to explain some of its activities. This is more so that these are oftentimes grossly misunderstood or misrepresented.
“Once again, the Service restates its commitment to a strong partnership with the media and other stakeholders, including opinion leaders. It is not averse to criticisms and therefore welcomes constructive engagement from all and sundry.
“It will continue to conduct its operations within the bounds of the law and importantly be guided by that time tested axiom of Usman Dan Fodio that conscience is an open wound and only the truth can heal it”, the spokesperson stated.
Checking them for hepatitis, yellow fever
The Nigeria Air Force recently conducted awareness lectures and screening of its personnel and families for some health conditions. EMMANUEL ONANI reports
In a bid to prevent the spread of viral hepatitis among its personnel and their families, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) last week, held an awareness lecture on Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) at Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) in Abuja. Apart from the awareness lecture, personnel were also screened and those who tested negative to the virus were vaccinated. The lecture, which was themed “Empowering Personnel to Eliminate Hepatitis out of the Nigerian Air Force”, was delivered by Professor Adamu Samaila, a professor of Gastroenterology/Hepatology from Bayero University, Kano State.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who declared the lecture open, said that the programme was aimed at adequately sensitizing participants on the viral diseases which are capable of degrading the capacity of the Service to deploy affected personnel for necessary trainings and operations.
Abubakar, represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, disclosed that the Service had since discovered that there was no better way to fight hepatitis than to prevent its spread through regular screening and sensitization programmes.
He recalled that the reasoning behind the upgrading of NAF Medical Services from a Directorate to a Branch status was to ensure enhanced healthcare delivery for NAF personnel, their families as well as host communities of the NAF. This, he said, was borne out of the realization that the combat readiness of the NAF does not only depend on the employment of sophisticated aircraft or advanced weapon systems but also on sound mental and physical fitness of the personnel who operate the various platforms and equipment.
According to him, this had also necessitated the upgrading of existing NAF Hospitals and Medical Centres as well as the construction of new Reference Hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to provide better preventive and curative medical services.
In terms of preventive services, Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the NAF had put in place measures to ensure that hepatitis and similar diseases do not pose a challenge to NAF operational readiness.
According to him, such measures included rigorous screening to ensure that only medically fit individuals are recruited into the Service. In addition, he said, NAF units conduct regular enlightenment campaigns, while the Service continues to build the capacity of its Medical personnel and improve facilities in various NAF Hospitals to screen, detect, treat and manage Hepatitis and other ailments.
He pledged that the Service would continue to enlist more medical professionals, provide better infrastructure and procure more advanced equipment.
In his welcome address, the Chief of Medical Services (CMS), Air Commodore Gideon Bako, stated that, despite the tremendous strides made in public health, infectious diseases control and preventive medicine during the past century, infectious agents remain a significant threat to the operational capacity of military forces. This, he said, underscored the need for continuous sensitization to prevent the spread of causal viruses. He reiterated that the provision of relevant information as well as preventive measures, such as vaccination and treatment, when necessary, were valid ways of empowering personnel to eliminate Hepatitis from the NAF. The CMS used the opportunity to thank the CAS for his immense support and investment in the Medical Services Branch, stating that the Branch would continue to reciprocate by ensuring enhanced professional performance and excellent service delivery.
He urged all personnel and their families to endeavour to present themselves for screening and vaccination at any NAF Medical Facility.
A lecture delivered by Professor Adamu Samaila, addressed the causes of hepatitis as well as the risk factors, clinical presentations, management and prevention of the disease. The highlight of the event was the screening of participants at the HQ NAF Clinic.
Similarly, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has stepped up its campaign on Yellow Fever awareness by holding a sensitisation lecture on the ailment at the 211 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Owerri, Imo State.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the awareness lecture, which held last week was to ensure that the healthcare needs of personnel of the Service and its host communities were at optimal level.
The event, which took place within the premises of the NAF Hospital in Owerri, witnessed a large turnout of community heads and members of not less than four communities surrounding the Unit, namely Umuotuke Umowa, Nekede, Agbala and Naze. The lecture majorly addressed the causes and mode of transmission of the disease as well as the risk factors, clinical presentations, management and prevention.
In his remarks at the event, the Commander 211 QRG, Group Captain Elisha Bindul, stated that due to the increasing spread of the disease in other parts of the country, it became necessary to enlighten personnel and their families as well as host communities on necessary preventive measures, which include vaccination as well as maintenance of high levels of hygiene and elimination of conditions amenable to the breeding of mosquitoes.
He noted that the awareness programme, which also featured the distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets to over 300 participants, would facilitate the design of appropriate control strategies. Meanwhile, the United States Military has trained Nigerian Air Force medical personnel on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) as part of a four phased Aerial Patient Movement Program. The rigorous two-week training, conducted at the Nigeria Air Force Base Hospital Abuja, will enable the Air Force to recover wounded soldiers from the battlefield more effectively.
The personnel acquired lifesaving first-aid skills to be used in the field, in addition to familiarizing themselves with techniques to both properly load patients on helicopters and care for them in-flight. Nigeria Air Force helicopter pilots were also trained by U.S. instructor pilots on how to effectively plan and execute a Casualty Evacuation Mission. The training, which is the second phase of the program, was conducted and funded by the United States Air Force and the California National Guard.
These trainings, Inside Abuja learnt, we’re designed to increase of the medical capability of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The training provided patient evacuation tactics, techniques, and procedures to reduce casualty mortality rate at the point of injury and increase patient survivability during transport.
NGO to hold talks on trauma management in Lagos
A conference that would provide a platform for debate and stimulation of inter-disciplinary discussions in the fields of trauma care and emergency response management in the country will hold in Ikeja, Lagos today. Director of the convening Non governmental organistion (NGO), Trauma Care International Foundation (TCIF), Dr. Deola Philips said it had become imperative to find ways to address the menace of trauma which had become a public health burden in Nigeria. The theme of the conference is ‘Trauma Care: The Way Forward’.
World Toilet Day: WaterAid preaches dignity of sanitation workers
Anew report on sanitation has raised the alarm on the absence of a framework for faecal management in Nigeria.
To this end, WaterAid has called on the three tiers of government to ensure the health and dignity of sanitation workers by establishing the right policy framework for faecal sludge management as well as back such policies with action.
The call was contained in the new report, which was issued to commemorate the World Toilet Day, marked globally today, November 17.
The report is jointly authored by the International Labour Organisation, WaterAid, World Bank and World Health Organisation to raise awareness on the de-humanising working conditions and to push for change.
The report revealed that millions of sanitation workers in developing countries like Nigeria were forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and lives.
Despite providing an essential public service, sanitation workers were often the most marginalised, poor and discriminated against members of society who carry out their jobs with no equipment, protection or legal rights, often violating their dignity and human rights.
According to the report, rapid urbanisation was also putting further strain on an already inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.
Sanitation employees are the men and women who work at any part of the long sanitation chain that begins when we go to the toilet and ends when waste is disposed of or reused.
Their jobs can include cleaning toilets, emptying pits and septic tanks, cleaning sewers and manholes and operating pumping stations and treatment plants.
Sanitation workers often come into direct contact with human waste, working with no equipment or protection, which exposes them to a wide variety of health hazards and disease.
Buhari pledges more investment in education
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday promised Nigerians that the current administration would use education to fast track transition of the nation to a modern society capable of favourably competing with other nations. The President, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this during the 2019 convocation, and 71st Foundation Day ceremony, award of doctorate degrees and conferment of honorary degrees and Fellowship on some prominent Nigerians at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. At the event which took place at the International Conference Centre of the university, Buhari said that his administration would continue to substantially invest in education to make the country a knowledgebased economy. He nevertheless urged the graduating students to contribute to nation building and be good ambassadors of the university.
Buhari said: “I charge you to make meaningful contribution for the development of the nation in particular and humanity in general. It is my belief and prayer that the recognizance of these prominent Nigerians especially Aare Afe Babalola (one of the awardees) will spur the graduating students to cultivate selfless service to humanity. “One of the main purposes of the university education is nation building. “To achieve this noble objective, you have to be good ambassadors of this school by deploying your skills for national growth and development.
“The university and government at all levels have invested for you graduates to be useful for yourself, your parents, community and to the larger society. Here today we are celebrating an important milestone in your life. “I therefore urge you all to justify the investment in you. We will continue to invest substantially in education and government has not relented in its efforts to ensure that education is used to fast track Nigeria’s transition to a modern society.” A total of 343 candidates from various disciplines were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
The Faculty of Education led the pack with a total of 70, followed by the Faculty of Science with 60 PhDs and the Faculty of Agriculture with 44. Five distinguished Nigerians were given honorary doctoral degrees and Fellowship awards. Among them was the Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
Three of former teachers of the university made the prestigious list. They included the ninth Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ayodele Falase, who received an honorary Fellowship; the foundation Dean of Technology, Prof. Fola Aboaba and the former Dean of the Social Sciences, Professor Emmanuel Edozien. Similarly, Prof. Alex Chika Eze, an alumnus received an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.). Speaking on behalf of other awardees, Aare Babalola (SAN) called for autonomy of public universities in Nigeria to attain a world-class standard. Babalola said: “I wish to utilize this auspicious occasion to address an issue that worries me day and night which is the autonomy of public universities in Nigeria
EU-UN blames child marriage for obstetric fistula
The European Union United Nations (EU-UN) Spotlight Initiative has blamed child marriage in the country for an increased in obstetric fistula as 43% of girls marry before the age of 18 and 17 % of them were married off before age 15.
This, it said had given rise to 20,000 new cases of obstetric fistula which occurred every year as a result of child marriages in the country.
This was disclosed by EU-UN Spotlight Initiative during a two-day media engagement on violence against women and girls for southern journalists in the country.
According to the Initiative, violence and other forms of harmful practices against women and girls were on the rise in the country despite the war against the menace.
UNICEF child protection specialist, Mrs. Olasunbo Odebode described violence against women and girls as a silent killer that had taken the lives of scores of victims which the health outcome had gone beyond direct result of physical, psychological or mental health issues.
She said: “The social context of violence against women and girls is based on the traditional patriarchal structure that defines gender. It is the belief in Nigeria being a patriarchal society that women are subordinate to men and when married, they surrender to their husbands
“Women do not have a say in decision making, issues concerning their lives are decided upon and determined by others usually men and older women in the family, and violence is prevalent in the society.”
Okigwe Constituency deserves better representation, says APC candidate
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming rerun election in Isiala Mbano/Onuimo/Okigwe Federal Constituency of Imo State, Princess Miriam Onuoha, has urged the people of the constituency to come out en masse and vote for the APC on an election day.
Speaking in a reaction to the Appeal Court’s nullification of the election of Kingsley Onwubuariri, in Owerri, the APC candidate said she dedicated the victory to God, her supporters and the judiciary, which she said remained the last hope of the common man.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri had at the weekend upheld the judgment of the electoral tribunal that sacked Onwubuariri and also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the entire federal constituency within 90 days.
While dedicating her victory to God and the people of the constituents, the APC candidate enjoined all to capitalize on the golden opportunity to vote her again in the rerun election, so as to enjoy the remarkable dividends of democracy like never before in the history of Okigwe North Federal constituency.
Frowning at the state of total neglect and current poor representation of Okigwe North at the Green Chambers, Onuoha pledged to effect sound and productive representation to the people of Okigwe North when elected.
The APC candidate also added that her performance as SURE-P representative which earned her the title “Mama SURE-P” in the last administration is proof of serving the people judiciously.
She urged all registered voters in the zone to come out en masse in the soon to be scheduled rerun election and vote her again.
Court restrains NAFDAC from deploying banned chemical for public use
Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of a Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from deploying a banned chemical, methyl bromide, allegedly imported into the country by a firm, Toon Consolidated Company Limited, for public use.
Other defendants affected by the order are: the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Justice.
NAFDAC and the other defendants were dragged to court by a retired judge of the Osun State High Court, Justice Olamide Oloyede and an NGO, Virtues Unlimited Restorative Justice Initiative (VURJI), over alleged illegal importation of the banned chemical.
The restraining order, which was made Monday by the judge, was sequel to a request by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Olukayode Enitan (SAN).
In his submissions, the silk drew the court’s attention to a motion for interlocutary injunction seeking to stop the defendants from deploying the chemical for public use pending the determination of the suit.
However, his motion could not be moved because all the defendants’ lawyers present in court asked for time to respond to it.
Following the development, Enitan urged Justice Oguntoyinbo to issue an interim order to preserve the ‘res’ of the suit.
Court hears army’s objection to Falana’s suit on OPI
Justice Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos will next week Thursday hear the preliminary objection filed by the Nigerian Army against the suit filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, to challenge the controversial Operation Positive Identification (OPI).
The judge had at the last hearing of the matter on November 5, ordered the army to suspend the operation pending the final determination of the suit.
At Monday’s proceedings, the lawyer representing the Army and the Chief of Army Staff (1st and 2nd respondents), Mrs. Olayemi Badewole, drew the court’s attention to a motion dated November 14, 2019, seeking to regularize her clients’ notice of preliminary objection.
In the absence of any opposition from other parties in the matter, she moved the motion and her request was granted by the court.
The Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), who represented the Attorney General of the Federation (3rd respondent) had earlier informed the court that necessary processes in respect of the suit has been filed and served on the plaintiff.
Responding, a lawyer from Falana’s chambers, E. E. Olawale, while acknowledging the receipt of the processes, sought for an adjournment to enable him respond appropriately.
Justice Aikawa subsequently adjourned the matter to November 28 for the hearing of all preliminary objections to the suit.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen.Tukur Buratai, the Army and the Attorney-General of the Federation were joined as co-respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1939/2019.
In the suit, Falana argued that the planned nationwide operation which was scheduled to run from November 1 to December 23, 2019, by which Nigerian citizens would be required to move about with means of identification is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.
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