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Court strikes suit seeking dissolution of APC’s caretaker committee

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Two separate suits was Tuesday struck out by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The suits is challenging the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and appointment of a National Caretaker Committee for the party

While the first suit was filed by a chieftain of the party, Hillard Eta, the second suit was instituted by a lawyer and former Youth leader of the party in Abia state, Kalu-Kalu Agu.

In the two suits, they specifically prayed the court to make a pronouncement on the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020, National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC which dissolved the NWC and appointed a National Caretaker Committee, led by Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State.

But in his judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the two plaintiffs that filed the separate suits do not have the legal right (locus standi) to institute the legal action against the party.

Ruling on the preliminary objections filed by the defendants, who are Buni led Caretaker Committee members, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show nor prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020, by 16 out of 20 members of APC NEC infracted on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.

“There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action”, the court held and noted that the plaintiffs did not follow condition precedents of exhausting the internal mechanism for resolving issues before filing the legal action.

The court found out also that for the APC to be a plaintiff in the suit, there must be an existence of a faction and, “In the affidavit deposed to by the 2nd plaintiff, there was nowhere he claimed to belong to a faction.”

Consequently, the judge struck out the name of APC as a party in the suit and held that the issues raised in the suits of the plaintiffs are internal affairs of the party and are, therefore, not justifiable.

After ruling on issues raised by the defendants in their preliminary objections, the court subsequently struck out the case, affirming that it would be a waste of time to look into the substantive matter.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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