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AMAC Election: Court orders Stay of Execution

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AMAC Election: Court orders Stay of Execution

 

The Area Council Election Tribunal in the election to the office of the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Federal Capital Territory has ordered a Stay of Execution on the judgment delivered by the Tribunal between the AMAC Chairman, Hon Christopher Zakka Maikalangu of the PDP and his challenger Mr Murtala Karshi of the APC.

This followed a Motion on Notice brought pursuant to Section 143 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended and Sec285 Sub Section (7) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended by the Respondents, Hon Christopher Zakka Maikalangu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Subsequently, the Tribunal granted the Stay of Execution pending the determination of the Appeal filed against the said judgment at the FCT Area Council Election Appeal Tribunal.

The election tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday to look into the February 12 election in which Hon Christopher Zakka Maikalangu won the election with a total vote of 19,302 votes while Mr Usman Karshi secured 13,249 votes.

However, the Tribunal granted over 21,000 votes to PDP’s challenger, Mr Murtala Karshi of the APC, with the current AMAC Chairman Zakka still maintaining 19000 votes, making Murtala Karshi the valid Chairman of AMAC in the process.

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FCT Tribunal Judgement: Ominous Signs Of Violence, Violent Protests Set To Unfold By The APC In Attempts To Blackmail FCT Minister To Commit Illegality

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FCT Tribunal Judgement: Ominous Signs Of Violence, Violent Protests Set To Unfold By The APC In Attempts To Blackmail FCT Minister To Commit Illegality

 

 

 

The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abuja Municipal Area Council Chief God-I-Beg Egbeh has hinted that
the FCT Election Petition Tribunal judgement last Friday has resonated ominous signs of looming trouble to discerning members of the public especially, the People Democratic Party, PDP the APC’S insistence on the FCT Minister by marching through the city, is a dangerous move given their antecedents.

 

This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

 

The statement reads in bits; “It is with every sense of responsibility, unbridled patriotism and commitment to the maintenance and sustainance of law and order that I issue this media statement on behalf of my party at the local government level in the context of unfolding rumours capable of complicating the already tense and fragile security of the Federal Capital Territory and Abuja Municipal Area Council. This submission is made for relevant agencies of government to take urgent steps in nibbing it in the buds.

 

“The FCT Election Petition Tribunal judgement last Friday has resonated ominous signs of looming trouble to discerning members of the public especially, the People Democratic Party, PDP the APC’S insistence on the FCT Minister by marching through the city, is a dangerous move given their antecedents.

 

“It would be recalled that the recent judgement passed by the FCT Election petition Tribunal which swung to the APC against the sitting Chairman. We were not satisfied and went further, obtaining an order of stay of execution barring all concerned to implement it untill the matter is further thrashed at the Appeal Tribunal.

“In truth, the atmosphere is charged with widespread rumours of a planned “invasion” of strategic institutions and public places within the Federal Capital City and its environs, the Minister’s office and AMAC Secretariat by the APC mainly consisting of 1, 000 thugs and miscreants sponsored by some notable members of their party.

 

“Our second worry is for the safety of the entire territory not even the APC’s astute stance for the Minister to act out of order. The APC’s planned seige on Radio/Tv stations, FCDA, AMAC, FCT INEC and other public institutions, has been conclusively slated to hold as from Monday, August, 8th until the Minister and INEC swear-in their principal.

“The protest, which is their own way of forcing or prompting the FCT Minister to accede to their insatiable cravings of immediately swearing-in Murtala Usman Karshi as a substantive Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council without recourse to the Court Order and notice of Appeal obtained by lawyers to the sitting Chairman, Hon. Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, is to say the least, misplaced and irresponsible.

“As a law-abiding party and leader of the party at the grassroots level, I am concerned with the chain reaction this rumour has brought considering the ultimate act that no one has the monopoly of violence. Our members, mostly youths, say they are tired of the intimidations and babarism of the ever-combative, confrontational and contemptuous supporters of the APC in the FCT” .

The statement continued: “Our party is pertubed by their latest undoing as a result of their desperation and disregard to public peace. Last Friday, they swooped on AMAC secretariat as soon as they received the ridiculous and incredible tribunal judgement in their favour. Their supporters, who mainly consisted of blood-thirsty thugs, disrupted governmental and thriving businesses in the city when news of invasion of AMAC filtered and scared away people as a result of their outlandish attack on the PDP-led institution. They practically tore off posters and banners, chanting fiery war-like renditions that absolutely portrayed their penchant for provocative and destructive tendencies – Violence, so to say.

“Without mincing words, even the APC knows that the FCT is the stronghold of the PDP which is why they are busy recruiting mescrants mostly miscreants from neighbouring Nasarawa and Niger states to vote and rain violence on our elections.

 

“The APC should not tempt the PDP supporters to retaliate or to be modest, defend themselves in the event of their trademark provocation. As always, they being in the city is an obvious threat to public peace in the name of protests. Henceforth, we may not be able to restrain our supporters any longer; we might just fold our arms and allow our supporters to uncork their bottled-up anger in defense against the perennial intimidation if government fails to curtail the excesses of the APC.

“As lay men, we all know that once a judgement has been appealed and an order restraining the prayers of a judgement, no one has the locus to act otherwise. I will advise some of the few conscenteous or learned members of the APC to urgently speak to those inciting and recruiting miscreants to forment trouble sheathe their swords pending the determination of the case at a higher tribunal.

“APC supporters and leaders should stop feeding their members with falsehood especially, on social media platforms as this has also brought about “media” assaults and gross disunity and hatred against one another which doesn’t speak well for the very fragile peace serenity and progressive development of the territory.

The “deciders” and “moneybags” especially, in AMAC APC, must note that we will also not relent until we receive justice at the Appeal Tribunal. We won’t rest on our oars until we see that the rule of law is followed to the latter.

I wish to warn that the APC in AMAC should stop the futile celebrating a Phyrric victory that they know is ridiculously suspicious and does not reflect the true position of things.

On the whole, both the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello and security agencies must watch out for those “weaponised” protesters to stem the tide of violence giving the impressions they just painted in their latest attempts to blackmail FCT Minister into commit illegality”, the statement further stated.

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Zaura Vs Kano Court Of Appeal: A Flight of Fancy

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When I got the hint of the judgment of the court of appeal sitting in Kano that was held 13th of April, 2022, setting aside the judgment of the Federal High court, Kano on June 9, 2020, I knew it is an idea that is out of a touch of reality.

It was a nine-day wonder cooking recipes of interest to people only for a short time particular period, and nothing more than that. One can see this as a square peg in a round table!

Ordinarily, this statement of fact should not have been sacrosanct but was obliged, due largely to politicization, propaganda, negative image, and deformation of his Excellency’s hard-earned name, reputation, and personality.

Let’s reflect back. Sometimes in November 2018, in the build-up to the 2019 general elections, baseless allegations were leveled against the then GPN Gubernatorial Candidate – His Excellency AA Zaura, on 9 count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of 1.32 Million Dollar and were arraigned before Justice Lewis Allaguo of the Federal High Court, Kano.

Consequent to the allegations above, Zaura had consistently presented and defended himself before the court – taking on the pains of the entire litigation process even when the said nominal complainant had never appeared in the high court for once throughout the trial period. On the foregoing basis, his lordship Justice Lewis in his wisdom discharged and acquitted AA Zaura on a judgment delivered on the 9th of June, 2020.

The judge ruled “the prosecution EFCC Failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, adding failure of the commission to present the nominal complainant one Sheikh Jamal Al-Azmi a Kuwaiti Nationale to appear before the court for evidence over what transpired between him and Zaura rendered all testimonies by the prosecution witness null and void “ ruled judge Allaguo

But the last Wednesday’s judgment of the court of appeal did not mean an indictment or conviction – the judgment argument was premised on the fact that Zaura was not in the court at the material time the High Court Judgment was delivered, hence. The court of appeal ruled that the matter should be tried again in a Federal High Court. {Reason for his absence on the judgment day was due to the imposition of Nigeria’s government interstate travel ban due to the pandemic).

But without letting the cats out of the bag, Zaura’s legal have already swung into action, doing the needful, nevertheless, it is obvious to carry the millions of his enthusiasts along.
One could see this case as nothing but a saga motivated largely by politics. It is therefore necessitating to call on Zaura’s teeming supporters to stay calm and continue to take the humongous successes to its desired destination. We believe that no amount of politicking should make the hard-earned success be dragged back. There’s certainly no cause for Alarm because Allah the Almighty is in Incharge!

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COURT REMANDS FEMALE WHO ESCAPED FROM BOKO HARAM FOR KILLING BABY

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Barely one (1) year after escaping from Boko Haram captivity, a 20 year old mother, Amina Umar, has been remanded in prison custody after she admitted killing her 3 day old baby boy.

Amina Umar of Tasa Jabbe in Madagali Local Government Area, who was pregnant for Buba Musa, delivered on the 14th March, 2022 and exterminated the baby on the 17th March, 2022 with pesticide.

It was learnt that sometimes in 2013, when Amina was 12 years old was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists and married off to Bakura, one of the Commanders of the insurgents in Sambisa forest.

She was abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram while she was on her way to deliver food to her parents who were working in the farm.

NEWS PLATFORM learnt that for 8 years, the minor who lived as a bride to Bakura in the forest, witnessed how about 40 people (both men and women) were slaugthered by the insurgents in her presence.

She later took in for the Commander and delivered baby boy in 2020 and managed to escape from captivity with the baby along side a woman after the terrorists left for Bama, in Borno state in April 2021.

Since then, she has been living with trauma during which she took in for Buba sometimes in 2021 and delivered a baby boy whom she gruesomely murdered with pesticide at Tasa Jabbe in Madagali.

The incident precipitated her arrest and arraignment before Chief Magistrate Court I in Yola, where she pleaded guilty for culpable homicide.

She was arraigned before the court on Monday by ASP Precious Stephen and admitted killing the boy after the First Information Report tendered by the prosecution was read to her.

After her guilt plea, the court presided by Chief Magistrate Abdullahi Mohammed Digil, ordered her remand in prison custody and adjourned the case to the 5th May, 2022.

He also ordered the prosecution to duplicate the case file and send same to the DPP Ministry of Justice for legal advice.

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