S’Court: Kano NNPP holds prayer, Kwankwaso hopes for justice

 A former governor of Kano State and chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will deliver justice in the Kano State governorship election matter currently before it.

Kwankwaso made the remarks on Monday shortly after a prayer session held at his Miller Road residence in the Kano metropolis.

The prayer session was organised by the state government to ensure peace prevails in the state as well as to pray for the victory of Governor Abba Yusuf as the Supreme Court reserved judgment in the election case.

He said indications had shown that the Supreme Court judges were men of integrity who would do anything to ensure justice and fairness.

He said, “The unfortunate development over the governorship seat in the state will never deter them (the government) in any way but we will continue to pray for the right thing to be done at the court.”

Kwankwaso added that those at the helm of affairs must be reminded that justice is a panacea for progress while its absence will bring about chaos and disorder which will prevent meaningful development.

He added, “The mammoth crowd that poured out yesterday to welcome back Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is a clear indication that the people of the state voted for him, believe in him and are strongly behind him to deliver their mandate.”

He said the drama from the tribunal to the Court of Appeal was an embarrassment and a move to truncate democracy in Nigeria “which all and sundry must work hard to prevent.”

The former governor further applauded the NNPP legal team for doing a wonderful job, praying that the Supreme Court judges would be allowed to dispense justice without using the federal might and other apparatus to intimidate them.

(Punch)

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Demolition: Court freezes 24 Kano Government’s bank accounts

A Federal High Court has frozen the accounts of the Kano State Government due to its failure to comply with a court order to pay N30 billion in compensation to victims of the Filling Idi Demolition exercise.

The frozen order affects 24 Kano State bank accounts, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the state.

The presiding judge, Justice E.A Ekwo, has also directed the Kano State Government to appear before the court on January 18 to provide an explanation regarding the freezing of N30 billion in the affected bank accounts.

The funds are intended to be granted to the Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners.

(Daily Post)

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Fire razes Ahmadu Bello University’s senate building

The senate building of the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, was gutted by fire on Friday evening.

A statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the university, Awwal Umar, said the fire started around 4:15pm.

He said the incident started from a small room housing an electrical Distribution Board (DB) at the ground floor of the building.

The statement however said that the cause of the fire incident could not be immediately ascertained.

According to the statement “No injuries or casualties have been recorded, however, the Distribution Board and some obsolete public address systems have been consumed by the fire.

“The timely intervention of the University firefighters and security personnel saved the situation. In fact, power has since been restored to the building.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kabiru Bala, who was at the scene of the incident along with some management staff and hundreds of sympathisers, commended the University firefighters and security personnel for putting out the fire.

Meanwhile, the University Management has raised a team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Tension doused as APC, NNPP supporters suspend planned protest in Kano

Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC and New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP who planned to stage a protest in the ancient city of Kano on Saturday shelved the protest.

It was gathered that the supporters had planned to stage street protests on Friday 24th and Saturday, 25th November 2023 against the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict.

Our correspondent, who monitored the situation in the state gathered that none of the protesters embarked on any form of protest in the state.

Our correspondent also observed the heavy presence of security deployed in strategic areas of the state to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, officials of the political parties have disassociated themselves from the planned protest as they said they were not aware of the arrangement.

The NNPP party chairman in Kano, Hamisu Dungurawa said they were not aware and not party to any riot or protest in the state.

“We are the govt, we are in charge of security, we don’t have anything to harm the state because we don’t have any other place other than Kano. Our governor is peace-loving and law-abiding. You can see how the Governor is busy providing palliatives to ease lives, the health among others.

“We are doing everything to ensure the state is safe and calm,” Dungurawa said.

On the other hand, an official of the All Progressives Congress, APC said the police had banned the protest.

Efforts to reach the State Public Relations Officer, All Progressives Congress, Ahmad Aruwa failed as he could not be reached.

However, the spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna commended the organizers of the planned protest and supporters of the political parties for heeding to warning by the police not to embark on street protest that could trigger violence in the state.

SP Haruna said the police have embarked on rigorous patrol raid of hide out and visibility policing will continue throughout the state to ensure a serene atmosphere for all.

He also said the police will not relent in maintaining the momentum to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the residents in the state.

(Vanguard)

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Audit: Kano uncovers 13-year-old pupil, 3,233 other illegal workers

The Kano State Government said it has uncovered 3,234 workers illegally earning salaries in the state public service.

Similarly, the government said it discovered that a 13-year-old pupil and members of the National Youth Service Corps were among the ineligible workers recruited by the immediate past administration of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Abdullahi Bichi, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the report of the committee set up by the state government to investigate the illegal recruitment.

Governor Kabiru Yusuf had directed the immediate suspension of salaries of over 10,000 public servants who were recruited at the tail end of the administration of his predecessor.

According to him, the committee discovered that despite the hastened employment exercise, the former administration failed to capture the financial implication in the 2023 appropriation.

“It is sad to discover that the majority of those recruited did not go through the former screening exercise while some got the job with fake certificates,” he added.

 He revealed that part of the recommendations approved by the government included offering 9,332 with relevant qualifications and employment opportunities into the service.

He said appropriate sanctions would be meted out to those affected in line with civil service rules.

“Those that will be sanctioned include the mother of a 13-year-old girl who confirmed to the committee that she had been receiving salaries through the bank account of her mother who is a worker in the public service,” Bichi added.

(Punch)

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We won’t condone troublemakers, Police say as Kano APC, NNPP supporters set to protest

Troublemakers, unauthorised gathering organisers will be arrested, prosecuted – CP

Military, NSCDC, other security outfits on red alert, personnel deployed in hotspots

There was tension in Kano city on Friday as supporters of the ruling New Nigeria People’s Party and the All Progressives Congress vowed to go ahead with their planned protests today (Saturday) in defiance of warnings by the state police command.

The separate protests are for and against the Court of Appeal ruling, which affirmed the governorship election petitions tribunal’s judgment removing Governor Abba Yusuf of the NNPP.

The NNPP supporters are protesting against the judgment of the appellate court and the emergence of a conflicting written judgment that affirmed Yusuf as the duly elected governor, but the court later explained that the removal of the governor was valid as the conflicting written judgment was a clerical error.

On the other hand, supporters of the APC are insisting on their planned protest in support of the party’s governorship candidate, Dr Nasiru Gawuna.

The state police command, however, warned that it would not allow any unauthorised protest capable of snowballing into violence, adding that it would deal decisively with organisers of such and anyone caught fomenting trouble.

The warning was contained in a statement on Friday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna, on behalf of state Commissioner of Police, Mr Husaini Gumel.

The statement read in part, “Credible information at the command’s disposal revealed that some groups of people claiming to be political party supporters of both the NNPP and the APC are using various media platforms and mobilising people and planning to enter the streets on Saturday, 25th of November, 2023 to stage protests against the Kano State governorship Appeal Court’s verdict.

“The information further revealed that the intention of the protesters is to shut down the state and attack prominent political party opponents; an action which may likely result in violence.

”At this juncture, the police command is making it categorically clear that no formal notice was received from any of these political parties about the plan to conduct any protest or gathering.”

Haruna added, “The police command is issuing this warning to all residents of the state to be extra careful as whoever intends to conduct any protest or procession should do so only in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“Furthermore, the position of the law is very clear; whoever attempts to disrupt the peace in the state will be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.

“You will all recall that before and after the Court of Appeal ruling, the leaderships of both the NNPP and the APC had attended a peace meeting and signed an accord among themselves before the Kano State Police Command where both buttressed their stand of working with the security agencies for the promotion of sustainable peace.

“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Police Command, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, calls on all residents to maintain calmness and avoid any form of unlawful gathering, protest, or procession that may trigger violence as joint security forces have since been dispatched to strategic locations to safeguard peace and order throughout the state.”

Military on alert

The Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Kano, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Jamiu Are, during a courtesy call to him by the leadership of the Kano State Correspondents’ Chapel, gave an assurance that the military would collaborate with the state police command to ensure peaceful co-existence in Kano State.

Are said, “Kano is the commercial nerve centre of the North, and we cannot compromise its security, as it will disrupt the economy of the region in particular and the country at large.

“Kano is not only central, but the nerve centre of all activities in the northern part of the country and the commercial nerve centre of the region. Whatever happens in Kano will spread to parts of the North.”

He pledged that the military would continue to collaborate with other security agencies in the state, like the Department of State Services, the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to ensure that the security of lives and property was secured.

Are added, “We do not want anything to happen to Kano; that is why insecurity has been contained in Kano.

“This is possible because of so many factors, including the synergy among all the security agencies. Rest assured that all of us that are involved as security agencies are working as one in the way we work.”

 Govt blames opposition

When contacted for his reaction on the threat by both the APC and the NNPP to stage protests, the state Commissioner for Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, stated that the position of the government was that the protest was largely being organised by the opposition to discredit the government.

According to him, the opposition is staging a protest ostensibly to cause a breach of the peace.

“We are happy that the state government has called on the security agencies to ensure that they protect lives and property of the people,” the commissioner added.

Dantiye noted that the governor appealed to the good people of Kano to remain calm and have faith in the judicial process of the country.

He said Governor Yusuf called on the people to remain calm and maintain peace and not cause any harm or engage in anything that would cause the destruction of lives and property.

When contacted last night, the Vice Chairman of the APC in the state, Shehu Maigari, said he was not aware of any planned protest by members or supporters of the party.

According to him, the APC alongside its leadership and numerous supporters is a peace loving party that will never engage in any protest to destabilise the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in state.

“If anyone dares to intimidate or harass either its leadership or members, the APC will not fold its arms but will defend itself,” he added.

APC chieftain pleads

A chieftain of the APC in the state, Garba Yaryasa, advised supporters of the NNPP to allow peace to reign so as not to plunge the state into crisis.

Yaryasa, who is a former co-ordinator of the Tinubu Camping Organisation for Kano South, gave the advice in an interview with one of our correspondents in Kano on Thursday.

“Desperation and confrontation is not the best way of approaching issues. So, there is a need for the political actors and their supporters in the state to promote peaceful coexistence,” he said.

Yaryasa, who was reacting to the planned protest, urged the leadership of the NNPP to desist from heating up the polity and stop unguarded utterances on the Appeal Court judgment, and allow the Supreme Court to decide on what to do.

He added, “We are all brothers and sisters. So, I see no reason why people who are from the same family should engage in something that can create enmity among them.

“Kano has for long been enjoying peace, so why now, because of the Appeal Court judgment, will people begin to incite chaos?

citement can lead to public disorder. The events unfolding in the state call for great concern.

“We are calling on all our security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities for peace to reign in the state.”

On Wednesday, policemen were seen dispersing protesters in the Dan Agundi area of the state.

The protesters had attended a special prayer organised by residents of Kofar Nasarawa in Kano metropolis before starting the protest.

From pictures circulating online, one of the protesters was seen holding a “Justice for Kano” banner.

It was gathered that the protesters, who had set up bonfires along the road, were later dispersed by armed policemen deployed in the area.

‘You can’t correct errors’

Counsel for the governor, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, insisted that the appellate court could not correct what it claimed to be mere clerical errors.

He said the appellate court lacked the powers to effect any correction in the judgment, having become functus officio in the case.

In a letter to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court dated November 23, 2023 and titled: Re: Retrieval of certified true copy of judgment in appeal NO: CA/KN/EP/GOV/KAN/34/2023 – Abba Kabir Yusuf and All Progressives Congress & Ors, the lawyer stated that the 60 days allowed by law for the appellate court to hear and determine the appeal expired on November 18, and as such, the court no longer had the power to correct any perceived error in the judgment.

He stated, “As officers in the Temple of Justice, we believe we owe the institution, as well as the respected Court of Appeal, a duty to highlight and address some very pertinent issues arising out of your said letter, including, but not limited to.

“Timely disposal of appeal: The judgement of the lower Tribunal was delivered on 20th September 2023. By the imperative of Section 285(7) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Court of Appeal had only sixty (60) days to ‘hear and dispose’ of the appeal arising from the judgement of the Tribunal. Most humbly, the Constitution applies the word ‘within’ and not ‘from’ the date of the delivery of the judgement of the Tribunal.

“Constitutional mandate: Further to the above, the Court of Appeal, by the same constitutional dictate, had up until Saturday, November 18, 2023, to ‘hear and dispose’ of the appeal filed by our client (the appellant) to the Court of Appeal against the decision of the Governorship Election Tribunal, sitting in Kano. Several judicial precedents of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal itself abound in our Law Reports on this subject, which has now become trite.

“Function of the court: Assuming without conceding that the judgement has some errors, whether typographical or otherwise, we humbly and dutifully draw your attention to the fact that the Court of Appeal became functus officio in the matter on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

“Any application for correction of errors can only be entertained by the Supreme Court. Section 285(7) of the Constitution earlier referred to becomes very handy and imperative to the effect that the Court of Appeal cannot take any further step in the appeal or subject after the expiration of sixty (60) days.”

(Punch)

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Kano guber: Court of Appeal upheld Abba Yusuf’s Election, says Falana

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has contradicted the widely held belief that Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, was removed from office.

Falana asserted that the Court of Appeal in Abuja actually upheld Yusuf’s election, overturning the lower tribunal’s ruling.

Speaking on Arise News Primetime Show, Falana revealed that he examined the Certified True Copy of the judgment, expressing his dismay at the contradictions.

According to Falana, the majority judgment set aside the lower court’s decision, awarded costs in favour of Yusuf, and granted all the reliefs sought by the governor.

Falana, further called for a return to the recommendations of the Justice Uwais Electoral Committee, and emphasized the need for a common standard to ensure elections reflect the will of the people.

The lawyer also criticized the practice of holding individuals accountable for the errors of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, calling for the establishment of an Independent Electoral Offences Commission.

He proposed the unbundling of INEC to focus on conducting elections, with a separate commission for electoral offences and political party regulation.

(Daily Post)

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Kano election judgement: ‘Appeal Court to explain error in CTC’ – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it is not in a position to provide an explanation for the errors contained in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Kano governorship election judgement.

DAILY POST reports that last Friday’s verdict indicated that the appellate court upheld the decision of the tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State. However, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Isa-Dederi, argued that the CTC of the judgment showed that Yusuf’s victory at the poll was affirmed by the appeal court.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the National Legal Adviser of APC, Prof. Abdulkareem Kana, said the ruling party has not received the Certified True Copy of the judgement.

Kana noted: “We woke up this morning and we were confronted with media reports from different news outlets, mostly print media, and a few social media posts where the controversy was identified in the released Certified True Copy of the judgement of the Court of Appeal that was delivered on the 17th of November 223 here in Abuja.

“However, those of us who are lawyers know that typographic errors often occur in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of court judgements. Ordinarily, there wouldn’t have been confusion if it was probably not a political matter, because it will not be the first time such typographic mistakes will be seen in judgement, and as lawyers, we have been used to a situation like this. All that is done is to merely correct that mistake. The most important thing is a judgement that was read in open court.”

The legal adviser stressed that the onus lies with the Appeal Court to provide an explanation for the errors contained in the CTC of the judgement.

Kana added that they would write and get a copy, saying that if the copy that would be conveyed to them still contains an error, the party would take steps to ensure the correction is made.

He emphasised that the merits and other facts of the judgement of the tribunal, which was delivered on September 28, indicated that the appeal was upheld.

Kana noted: “And then, if you read through the entirety of the judgement from lead justice, my Lord analysed the submissions of different cited cases and the case and arrived at appropriate findings. It gives you an idea of what the conclusion should be. But that’s not all. If you read the concurring judgement by two justices because there are three judges who sat over the appeal, the two justices had explained and clarified their positions.”

Kana explained that in a situation like this, lawyers engage in what is called community reading of the entire judgement to see what exactly the court finds.

He stated: “So, I don’t think the explanation needs to come from us. But for us, we can only render our own perspective as a party to the entire uproar that is going on.

“But as to the explanation as to where the error happened in the cause of typing the judgement, it is for the court to provide an explanation and I’m sure the court will have done that by now by taking the necessary measures to issue a fresh CTC with respect to an appropriate judgement of the court.”

(Daily Post)

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Appeal Court clears air on Kano guber judgement controversy, cites clerical error

The Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Umar Mohammed Bangari, has cleared the air on the controversies surrounding the judgement delivered by the court on the Kano gubernatorial election dispute.

Bangari, in reaction to the controversies, said that what happened in the judgement body was a clerical error that did not in any way invalidate or change the findings and conclusion of the court.

The Chief Registrar assured that the clerical error would be rectified once parties in the matter file a formal application to that effect.

He drew the attention of the media to Order 23 Rule 4 of the Court of Appeal Handbook, which empowers the court to correct any clerical error once detected by the court or any of the parties in the matter.

He insisted that, contrary to insinuations, the judgement of the court remains valid.

“What happened in the part of the judgement is just a mere clerical error that ought not to draw any issue. The court is empowered to correct such clerical errors, which would be done as appropriate,” he said.

There had been misgivings and a series of interpretations into the judgement, which upheld the judgement of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that invalidated the election of Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) as the winner of the March 18 gubernatorial poll.

(Daily Post)

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A’Court verdict on Kano guber: ‘Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 now certain’ – Reno Omokri

Socio-political activist Reno Omokri has said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 is now certain, following the removal of Abba Yusuf as the Kano State governor.

NEWS FLASH reported earlier on Friday that the Appeal Court ruled that Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State was not a member of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) at the time the elections were conducted.

Yusuf won the election on the platform of the NNPP but the court upheld the position of the governorship election tribunal, which ruled that the governor is not qualified to contest for the seat.

The judges further stated that the tribunal was wrong not to have disqualified the appellant, Governor Yusuf.

Omokri wrote: “The sacking of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano by the Court of Appeals has made Bola Tinubu’s re-election in 2027 more certain.

“Why? Because Kano has the highest registered voters of any state and will give at least two million votes to presidential candidates in 2027. Sadly, whoever is governor tends to direct where those votes go.

“If the NNPP and Labour Party know what is good for them, they should merge with the PDP, as Waziri Atiku suggested. Because if they do not merge, then Tinubu will re-emerge. It is just common sense. Although common sense is not so common in Nigerian politics!”

(Daily Post)

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