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Edo: Court Nullifies ‘Unlawful’ Removal Of Elected Etsako West Council Chairman

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An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City and Presided over by Hon. Justice V.O Oviawe, has declared “invalid, null, void and unconstitutional the purported suspension,” and removal of chairman of Etsako West Council in Edo State.

In the judgement delivered with suit no B/204/2019, the learned trial judge declared the purported removal of Hon. Yakubu O. Musa by Edo State Governor as null and void.

Hon. Justice V.O Oviawe granted all the prayers contained in the originating Summons except prayer i which is already overtaken by event because the tenure of the office had lapsed, The suit was filed on behalf of Hon. Yakubu O.Musa by the Law firm of West-Idahosa & Co.

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The learned Judge held that Edo State Governor and the Government failed to comply with the Provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of Edo State Local Government Law, 2000 (as amended) in failing to with consult the Edo State House of Assembly and the grounds of suspension as provided by Law before suspending Hon. Yakubu O. Musa was did not follow the extant law.

The Court further held that since the purported suspension was void in law, every other action predicated on it was invalid. And held that the 1st-4th defendants lacks the power to suspend and remove the Claimant on ground of fraud without given him fair hearing

The Court awarded the sum of N100,000 as costs in favour of the Claimant.

READ ALSO: Edo: CSOs, NANS Protest Against Obaseki’s Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination

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The case was conducted on behalf of the Claimant by

Famous Osawaru Eremwanarue Esq., of West Idahosa Law Firm stood in for the claimant as counsel.

 

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Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]

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Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.

Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.

He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.

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As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.

He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.

The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.

He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.

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Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.

READ ALSO: Ortom Vows To Drag Akume To Court Over Allegations

DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.

Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.

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The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President

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A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

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Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.

READ ALSO: Varsity Graduate Awaiting NYSC Mobilization, Allegedly Raped To Death

When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.

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Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man

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A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.

In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.

Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.

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However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.

Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.

One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).

On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.

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A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.

The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.

READ ALSO: State Of The Nation: Clergy Berates FG For Hoarding Truth from Nigerians

Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.

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