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Court Postpones Judgement On Sacking Of Ayade As Governor

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A judgement by the Federal High Court in Abuja to determine whether Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade should be sacked from office has been postponed.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had sued Ayade and 20 state legislators over their defection from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in May 2021.

Last Monday, March 21, the judge, Taiwo Taiwo, sacked the Cross River State House of Assembly Speaker and 17 of his colleagues alongside two members of the House of Representatives for defecting to the APC, when “there (were) no justifiable reasons” for their action.

The judgement on Mr Ayade’s defection was slated for Friday, March 25, triggering uncertainties as to the fate of the governor, after another federal judge, Inyang Ekwo, about two weeks ago, sacked the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi for ditching the PDP for the APC.

Taiwo’s cause list, the list of the day’s scheduled cases, showed that the judgement has been shifted to April 6.

“We were only informed of the postponement of judgement on Governor Ayade’s defection suit on Thursday afternoon,” a lawyer to one of the parties in the suit told our correspondent on Friday.

The lawyer, who asked not to be named because he was not given the authority, to talk to the press about the matter added, “I had called the court registry to find out about the time that the judge would be delivering judgement, only to be told that it had been shifted to April 6,” the lawyer told this reporter on Friday morning.”

READ ALSO: Court Rules On Friday Over PDP’s Bid To Sack Ayade As Cross River Governor

During Monday’s proceedings, lawyers and litigants waited for about two hours before Mr Taiwo resumed sitting for the day at about 2:00 p.m.

The judge apologised for not delivering the lawmakers’ judgement at noon on Monday as he had promised.

Taiwo while ruling on the lawmakers defection last Monday, said “the lawmakers wined and dined under the umbrella of the PDP,” but ditched the party even when there was no justification for their action.

“The defendants’ court documents were contrived and filled with loopholes. The papers are manifestly defective,” the judge said while granting all the reliefs sought by the PDP.

In a stern reprimand to elected officials who dump the political parties on whose platforms they rode to power, the judge said, “we cannot continue to sin and pray for grace to abide,” referring to a biblical verse.

Taiwo went on to say, “A day must surely come when elected officials, must ask the people who voted for them before defecting to other political parties.”

 

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Police Arrest ESN, IPOB Members, Uncover Shrine With Python

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Seven suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as a live python they used to fortify themselves before attacks have been arrested.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri, said “the Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilized when it received credible information that the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for group has returned after fleeing the community.”

Narrating how the Police raided the camps, the police said, “with the positive revelations made in the course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned-off the area and tactically went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes had been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. ”

He gave the names of the arrested suspects as “Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years, Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years.”

The police said on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered: one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live python, eight locally made pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, a pair of police camouflage uniform belonging to the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’, who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

READ ALSO: 107 IPOB Members Arrested In Ghana

While coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg, the police spokesman said.

The police further said the suspects confessed to have murdered the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

The suspected hoodlums further stated that they were the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them, which they also sell to robbers and kidnappers.

“The command wishes to use this medium to appreciate the good people of Imo State for their undaunting support and assures them of the command’s commitments in sustaining the already improved security architecture in the State,” he said.

 

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers’ Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers' Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

The Supreme Court on Monday approved the request of Rivers State to join as an interested party a suit by President Muhammadu Buhari against the National Assembly on the Electoral Act 2022 .

The court has subsequently fixed Thursday, May 26, 2022 for the hearing of the suit.

Rivers State is to be represented in the suit by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state.

READ ALSO: Lawan Defies Court, Continues With Electoral Act Amendment

Justice Muhammad Musa Datijjo, who led a panel of seven justices of the court, adjourned the matter till Thursday following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state be joined as parties in the suit.

Justice Dattijo then ordered the parties to file and exchange necessary processes latest next week Wednesday and return to the court on Thursday for hearing.

 

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

The accountant general of the federation Ahmed Idris has been suspended indefinitely by Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning.

This is coming two days after his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N80 billion fraud.

READ ALSO: EFCC Arrests Accountant-General Over Alleged N80bn Fraud

In a letter dated May 18, 2022, Ahmed said the suspension “without pay” was to allow for “proper and unhindered investigation” in line with public service rules.
He is not expected to come to office or contact any official in his office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.

 

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