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VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau State, capital, has restrained the police from re-arresting the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, and four other members over alleged murder of Ayo Jeje and Juliana Adewumi during a political crisis in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Others granted relief are Faboro Ojo John, Aniramu Basiru, Falayi Busuyi and Owonifari Sefiu.
Defendants are the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Plateau State Commissioner of Police and Ekiti State Commissioner of Police.
In a motion under the enforcement of their fundamental right and fundamental rights enforcement procedure brought before Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, the plaintiffs in suit no. FHC/J/CS/102/2014 prayed the court to declare as unconstitutional the planned and threatened arrest, detention and arraignment in connection with the fact leading to their previous arrest and arraignment for the murder.
The plaintiffs argued that the offence for which they were being targeted for re-arrest had previously been heard by a competent court of jurisdiction and the case dismissed having been discharged and acquitted of all the offences relating to or connecting with the murder.
They also argued that they cannot be re-arrested, detained and re-arraigned for the offence having been previously discharged and acquitted over the murder charge.
Other reliefs sought include:
•an order of the court compelling and or restraining the respondents jointly or severally from arresting, detaining and prosecuting them for the offence; and
•an order restraining the respondents, their servants, agents and privies “whatsoever names called jointly and severally from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicants for the alleged offences”, the case having been earlier determined at a competent court wherein the applicants had been discharged and acquitted.

SULEIMAN ISAH, Minna

All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the appointment as permanent secretary of the leader of a political group who obtained a senatorial nomination form for the Governor some few weeks ago.
In a statement issued on Sunday dated 23 November 2014 and signed by Jonathan Vatsa the party public relation officer a copy of which was made available to Daily champion pointed out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) were quite amazed the governor could use the appointment of Permanent Secretary as a political patronage.
“The APC consider the exalted office of a Permanent secretary not a job for the boys, it is a position where qualified career civil servants are appointed to occupy through considerations of competence, competitiveness and experience.”
“The recent appointments of thirteen permanent secretaries is lacking in all these process, it is job for political loyalist and Jobbers, we believe that for the state to move forward appointment of unqualified people to such positions should be condemned and totally rejected,” the statement stressed
“We therefore condemned this appointment in its entirety and call for regards for excellence and competence in appointments such as the permanent secretaries.
The statement further stressed that the appointments is a deliberate move to destroy the state civil service which is the engine room of service delivery.
It is not a secret that one of those appointed led a political group to obtain a senatorial nomination form for the Governor some few weeks ago and today he is appointed a permanent secretary, he quarried
“On what basis did the Governor appointed him what is the record of service  and unique qualifications of those appointed, we in APC thought the Governor would have adopted the system of set up machineries to test all senior directors to be appointed as Permanent secretaries”.
“It is only Governor Aliyu who will hand pick Junior civil servants to jump the Directorate cadre to be appointed permanent secretary, this is sad and unfortunate for the state to be run as personal estate with no recourse to laid down rules and regulations”.

SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi

A 62-year-old man, Dotti Jumba, from Tumbarja in Kubdia Dstrict of Gamawa Local Government Area of the Bauchi State, has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi  for his involvement in the killing of one Ahmadu Wakili Guji.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Haruna Muhammed in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi, said Jumba was arrested by the detectives attached to Gamawa Division last Friday at about 1pm.

AS the World marks World Pneumonia Day yesterday, a global healthcare leader, Sanofi, has restated its commitment in the fight against pneumonia with the Pediatric Initiative tagged ‘Healthy Children, Happy Children’ in partnership with the Pediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN).
Speaking on this initiative, the Medical Director, Sanofi Nigeria and Ghana, Dr. Fifen Inoussa, said: ‘Pediatrics is a priority for Africa because one child out of four in the world is African and 50 per cent of the worldwide infant mortality occurs on this continent. The Sanofi Pediatric Initiative corresponds to the strong desire to reinforce our commitment to child healthcare.”

VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Monday discharged and acquitted  two lovers, Kenneth George and Evelyn Okechukwu, after being detained for six years for alleged robbery.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Isaac Akintayo, said the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the lovers actually involved in any robbery case.

NDU BARTH, Port Harcourt

Two men suspected to be the kidnappers of  Osiya Agama, the sister of Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani  Alison- Madueke,  have been apprehended by the Rivers State Police Command.
The suspects, Benjamin Bob Manuel  and Whokows Ekine, were said to have been arrested on Sunday, around Nembe waterfront in Port Harcourt at about 7:20 pm.  One locally-made pistol and their operation vehicle, Toyota Highlander, were also recovered.

AKOR SYLVESTER, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has won a landmark judgment securing an 11 years imprisonment against a middle-aged man who specializes in counterfeiting various alcoholic drinks.
The judgment was delivered by the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt Division, Justice R.M. Aikawa, who sentenced the accused person, Sunday Okeke, on a four-count charge of violating Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome processed Food Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI,Abuja

Senate yesterday summoned the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minnimah to give account on current security situation in the North East geo-political zone which has been under insurgency for several months.
The Deputy Governor of Borno state, Zanna Mustapha, had said in Yola last week that going by the ease with which Boko Haram was capturing territories in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the three North-Eastern states would soon be history.

MALACHY UZENDU,
Deputy Editor, Abuja

FORMER national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bamanga Tukur yesterday called for “restraint and caution” on the issue of insurgency and militancy in the country so as to ensure its total elimination.
Tukur expressed regrets at the killing of people and wanton destruction of public property associated with the current rate of insurgency, especially in the north east.
The Ambassador-at-large also promised to use all available means and contacts within his reach to ensure that government efforts aimed at wiping out insurgency and terrorism in the country yielded positive results.

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