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Edo Guber: Drama As Journalists Barred From Covering Court Case Challenging Ize-Iyamu APC Membership

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Journalists were on Thursday, June 4, barred from covering court proceedings challenging Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Claimants, Pastor Kenneth O Asekhomhe, Mr. Benjamin Oghumu, Mr. Matthew Ogbebor and Mr. Unweni Nosa in suit no HAB/05/1/20, had approached Edo State High Court sitting in Benin to know if the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (defendants) have not breached the party’s constitution for giving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu waiver to contest in the forthcoming governorship elections in the state.

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Their originating summons stated thus whether article 31(2) of the All Progressives Congress constitution (as amended) is not in conflict with section 177 (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) as it relates to the qualification for election to the office of a governor of a state.

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More so, whether having regards to the provisions of section 177 (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the 1st defendant (APC) can validly grant a waiver to the 3rd defedant (Ize-Iyamu) to make him eligible to contest the 1st defendant’s (APC) primary election with a view to nominating and/or sponsoring him as its candidate to contest the 2020 governorship election of Edo State of Nigeria.

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And whether having regard to the provisions of articles 31 (2) and 31(3) (ii) of the Constitution of the APC 2014  (as amended), the 2nd defendant (Oshiomhole) can validly grant a waiver to the 3rd defendant (Ize-Iyamu) without the approval of the National Executive Committee of the 1st defendant (APC) and without the 3rd defendant (Ize-Iyamu) formally applying for such waiver through his claimed ward, local government area, state and zonal committee of the 1st defendant.

In addition, whether a waiver purportedly granted by the 2nd defendant to the 3rd defendant on or about 21/5/2020 or any other date, in gross violation of the provisions of section 177(c) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (as amended) and article 31 (2) and 31(3) (ii) of the extant 2014 amended constitution of the 1st defendant, is not null, void and of no effect.

Speaking to journalists, one of the legal team to the defendants, Barr. Famous Osawaru, said the judge having listened to both counsels, adjoined the case to June 17, 2020.

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He said, “What they are actually asking the court to interpret is whether he (Ize-Iyamu) is qualified to contest the governorship election. 

“They have an ex parte injunction. They also filed interlocutory as well as originating process by way of originating summons but after several arguments, because counsel had already entered defense for the defendant,  the court now said there is no way they can take interlocutory injunction or interim injunction restraining anybody anymore.

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” The best thing the court will do is to go into the main matters; to look at the merits of the case. 

” So, for now, the matter is adjourned to June 17, at that time we must have filed all processes, nothing like order for injunction or restraining anybody. Let us look at the substance of the matter. So, we’ve been giving 10 days to file our response while the claimants were given two days to reply. 

“So, on the 17th is for us to come to court to come and argue the substantive matter before the court. And the court will adjourn for rulings.”

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The High Court presided over by Justice Emmanuel O. Akhamiogie therefore adjoined the case till June 17, 2020 for further hearing.

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Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom

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The monarch of Oso Ajowa Akoko in in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Jimoh, who was kidnapped, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free by the bandits after he had spent seven days in their den.

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According to a family source, the monarch was freed on Wednesday evening and he had been taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

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Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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