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CDHR Urges Oborevwori To Withdraw Touts,VIOs From Delta Roads Over Alleged Extortion



Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has been urged by the state chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) to withdraw touts including Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) of the Vehicle Inspection Unit from roads.

According to CDHR, VIOs have been masquerading as “task force” officers for illegal collection of revenue
for both the state and local governments from all roads in the state.

The CDHR chairman in Delta State Comrade A. P. Edariese, told journalists at Owhase Town, Udu, Delta State that the Sheriff Francis Oborevwori-led Delta State Government should be aware that the touts are using the name of his government to extort motorists plying roads in Delta State.

According to the septuagenarian, the touts impound all types of vehicles including tricycles owned by law-abiding citizens of Nigerians resident in the state and those from other states in the federation plying the roads in Delta State.

Edariese said the touts subjects their victims to untold hardship every day in addition to the traumatic experience they are exposed to every day as a result of the fuel subsidy removal imposed on them by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government.

He said that most of the tricycle riders being harrassed and extorted pay for their tricycle owners in instalments. He said that they had not been able to pay the real owners of the tricycles which eventually leads to their forfeiting them and losing their means of livelihood.

“Upon impounding a vehicle, the touts carrying out the operation will usually demand the papers of such a vehicle and they are surrendered to them. If the owners cannot identify one particular from another, the touts impound such a vehicle even if the owner has every necessary particular the vehicle needs to have while plying the roads”, he said.

He referred to two particular incidents in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday, 24th July, 2023, when he led members of his executive committee to demand the release of the vehicle of one of them, Comrade Omavuaye Amrevuawho, which was unlawfully impounded by members of the Udu Taskforce Unit on Sunday, 23rd July, 2023 on the excuse that he was unable to produce his licence. The licence was not readily available on him as at the time of the demand and as such the touts imposed a fine of #20,000.00 on him to be paid before he could take home his vehicle.

The touts did not stop there, they went on to deflate the tyres of the vehicle and forced him to leave it at the Udu motopark with all the risks of possible theft and vandalization involved.

“When my team and I got there, Comrade Omavuaye Amrevuawho who is the owner of the impounded car produced the driver’s licence to the leader of the Task Force Unit in Udu to enable him to release the vehicle , insisting that as long as he could not produce the driver’s licence upon demand, he had to pay the fine of #20,000.00 already imposed on him before he could get the car back”, Edariese said.

The development led to a hot argument which forced Edariese and his team to leave the car with the touts.

It took the intervention of a legal practitioner consulted by Edariese to get the car from those holding it illegally and not without the touts extorting #4,000.00.

“In the course of treating the issues involving the vehicle of Comrade Omavuaye Amrevuawho with the Task Force Udu Unit Chairman, a lady came into the office with a complaint of her car being impounded by some of the task force officers who were operating on the road as field officers.

“The lady stated that she was accosted by members of the illegal task force with a demand for her vehicle particulars which she readily produced to them and upon receiving them, the official claimed that one of the important documents was not available but the lady insisted that all the necessary particulars were available. The lady then protested to the office to place her complaint before the boss in the office who quickly intervened and then found out that the lady’s particulars were all intact and ordered the immediate release of the vehicle to the lady and apologised to her before the eyes of all of us including our lawyer, T. O. Ajekweneh,” he said.

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BREAKING:Chicago State University Unable To Grant One Request By Atiku As It Releases Tinubu’s Academic Records



Senator Withdraws Support For Tinubu Over Choice Of Muslim Running Mate
President Bola Tinubu

The Chicago State University (CSU) was unable to meet one request by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar as it finally released to him the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.

Atiku requested the documents to back his allegation of forgery of CSU certificate against Tinubu. It would mean Tinubu was not qualified to run for the election, which he won, if the allegation is successfully proved against him.

The university, on Monday, presented to Atiku’s legal team, a cache of documents connected to Tinubu’s education at the institution and copies of certificates with redacted names issued to other persons about the same time the Nigerian president finished from the school in 1979.

It also contained Tinubu’s admission records, and a letter dated 27 June 2022 confirming that he attended the university from August 1977 and June 1979 majoring in accounting. The letter said Tinubu was awarded Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with Honours on 22 June 1979.

The District Court in Northern Illinois, had in its judgement delivered on Saturday, given the university up till 12 noon on Monday to deliver the documents to Atiku.

The judge, Nancy Maldonado, gave the other after dismissing Tinubu’s objection in the judgement.

Ms Maldonando dismissed Tinubu’s objection to the 20 September decision of a magistrate judge of the court, Jeffery Gilbert.

The judge fully affirmed Gilbert’s ruling, ordering the CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records as requested by Atiku. She insisted Atiku had the right to have access to the records.

Complying with the court order on Monday, the university produced four sets of documents copies which went viral online on Monday.

In a deposition detailing its compliance with the court order, the university confirmed it was able to grant three of Atiku’s four requests.

Responding to one of the requests it granted, the university said, “after diligent search”. it was able to locate and produce seven different certificates for Bachelor of Science degree it issued in 1979.

Atiku had apparently requested the documents to compare and contrast them with the one presented by Tinubu as his for the 2023 presidential election.

The university also handed to Atiku’s team, documents relating to Tinubu and certified by an official of CSU, Jamar C. Orr, a lawyer.

The university similarly produced, “after diligent search”, copies of three other diploma certificates issued to other students other than Tinubu in 1979.

This was in response to Atiku’s request for “true and correct copies of any diplomas issued by CSU (other than to Tinubu) that contain the same font, seal, signatures, and wording (other than the name of the recipient and the specific degree awarded)”. Atiku sought these documents to compare and contrast them with the one Tinubu claimed to have obtained on or about 22 June 1979.

But the university said it was unable to locate “a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Tinubu in 1979” as requested by Atiku.

This was the kernel of Atiku’s request which is at the heart of the issue he intends to use the documents for in his legal challenge of Tinubu’s victory at the 25 February presidential election.

The university said it “does not in the ordinary course keep copies of student diplomas, and after diligent search cannot locate a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Mr. Tinubu in 1979, hence has no documents responsive to this request.”

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Group Commends Ogun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s Verdict



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

A Civil Society Organization, Advocacy for Peace and Good Governance, has commended the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for its verdict on  the March 18, governorship election in the State.

It would be recalled that the tribunal, on Saturday, unanimously validated the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun, as it dismissed all the grounds canvassed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Ladi Adebutu in their petitions.

The group stated that the verdict was a victory for democracy and affirmation of the people’s choice.

The group, in a statement signed by it’s National Coordinator, Waheed Sulaimon, on Saturday in Abuja, described the judgement as explicit without any ambiguity, saying it was a true reflection of what happened across Ogun State on March 18, 2023.

The group noted that the tribunal delivered its verdict based on the facts and evidence presented before it, as well as the credibility of the electoral process.

It lauded the judiciary for its impartiality in the ongoing election petition-related cases across the country, adding that Nigerians have always reposed their confidence in that arm of government.

The group, therefore, urged all parties involved to accept the decision of the tribunal and join hands with Governor Dapo Abiodun, to work towards the development of the state.

It also called on all stakeholders in the Ogun State project to rally round the governor to make the Gateway State among the best in Nigeria in terms of economic prosperity, political stability and social cohesion.

The group also lauded Governor Abiodun for his commitment to good governance and efforts at ensuring the security of lives and property, as well as his unwavering political will to speedily develop the state.

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BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Nasarawa Governor Sule, Declares PDP’s Ombugadu Winner



Nasarawa State Governor Abudullahi Sule

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday declared David Ombugadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the state’s last election.

This was after the tribunal nullified  the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Delivering the judgment virtually, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, declared Ombugadu as the lawfully elected governor of Nasarawa State.

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