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



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.

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.

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.

” 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.



Foundation Trains 50 Women Farmers In Bauchi




A Bauchi based Non Governmental Organisation known as Al-Muhibah Foundation, has conducted a three-day training for 50 women farmers on fonio farming in the state.

The founder of the foundation, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed who is also the wife of Gov. Bala Mohammed, stated this at the end of the training for the women on Sunday.

According to her, the project was funded by the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) and aimed at empowering women in the area of farming fonio locally called acher.

She explained that 25 women were selected from Alkaleri and 25 from Tafawa Balewa local government areas of the state respectively.

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She said the decision to settle for fonio acher farming training was as a result of its nutritional value, adding that Bauchi state was among the states facing malnutrition problems due to the lack of adequate nutrition diet for children.

“It is on this basis that looking at the nutritional value of Acha fonio, are the opportunities in helping to reduce the cases of or curb severe malnutrition.

“We also key into the Islamic Development Bank policy to learn how to empower women through interventions that improve health, food security, economic opportunities, education, access to technology which would enhance women’s financial literacy and business skills.

“Today, the 50 women farmers have received farming tools, insecticide, fertilisers, farmland, seedlings, capacity building training as well as 20 water pumping machines to each of the two LGAs,” she said.

The governor’s wife further explained that the project was to also ensure that the productivity, sustainability and profitability of the Fonio-Acha value chains were sustained, developed and expanded in the two benefiting LGAs by empowering women groups in the local production of the crop.

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Earlier, the Finance and Administration Officer of the Foundation, Mr Stephen Goyit, explained that ISDB sponsored 70 per cent and Al-Muhibah Foundation sponsored 30 per cent of the project.

He said based on the project design, the 40 water pumping machines and accessories were distributed to the women farmers in a cluster for easy monitoring.

Goyit added that a total sum of N30,000 was given to each of the beneficiaries for feeding and transportation allowances.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Grace Yohana who expressed happiness to have received the training, appreciated Al-Muhibah Foundation for the ‘kind gesture’.

I’m very happy about this intervention. They gave us N30,000, we learned many things about fonio farming and the state Ministry of Agriculture has also promised to give each of us one bag of fertilizer,” she said.

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Pastor Adeboye Reveals How God Will Call Him To Glory




The General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A Adeboye has said if rapture fails to take place soon, he would die on a Sunday after eating pounded yam.

The Man of God, who made the assertion at the ongoing Holy Ghost Congress of the church in Ogun State, said he would die the way one of his uncles died after church service.

Recounting how the uncle died, Adeboye said he was in the house after dancing during a church service and gave up the ghost without being sick.

He said the uncle died inside a toilet while the wife was preparing his meal.

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“After she finished pounding the yam, she knocked at the door of the toilet, when they opened the door, my uncle was gone; no sickness, no ache, no pain.

“I know somebody will say if we are never sick, how are we going to die and go to heaven? You don’t need to be sick to go to heaven”.

“If the Lord tarries His coming, I will go on a Sunday after a good meal of pounded yam,” he said.

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Company To Pay Nigeria £20m In Compensation Over Judgement Debt Suit




A Court in the United Kingdom has ordered Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) Limited to pay Nigeria £20 million in damages and compensation following its victory in a $11 billion judgment debt heard in October, 2023.

The court ordered that the money be given to Nigeria within the next 28 days.

The award of £20 million in damages was revealed during a subsequent ruling on the subject in London to determine what happened after the October ruling.

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Reports said the hearing was also held to determine whether P&ID would be granted permission to appeal the decision, however, the court denied P&ID’s request to remand the case to arbitration.

It contended that the company’s conduct during the process was heinous, thus the judgment.

Nigeria had sued P&ID for at least £20 million in damages and legal fees but obtained significant relief in October when the UK court released it from entanglement in the $11 billion judgment debt previously issued in favour of P&ID Limited.

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In the lawsuit between the Federal Government of Nigeria and P&ID, Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales affirmed Nigeria’s claim that the gas processing contract was obtained by fraud.

In the judgment delivered after five years of legal battle, Judge Knowles said: “In the circumstances and the reasons I have sought to describe and explain, Nigeria succeeds on its challenge under section 68. I have not accepted all of Nigeria’s allegations. But the awards were obtained by fraud and the way they were procured was contrary to public policy.”

Recall that P&ID was contracted by Nigeria in 2010 to build a gas processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State, in the country’s south but the deal fell through because the Nigerian government did not keep its half of the bargain.

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