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Imo State: Why Supreme Court Judgement Should Be “Interrogated” – Mike Ozekhome

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Imo State: Why Supreme Court Judgement Should Be "Interrogated" - Mike Ozekhome

A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has called on analysts to “interrogate” the supreme court ruling that sacked Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, and declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Hope Uzodinma, winner of last year’s Imo governorship election.  Uzodinma came fourth in that contest.

Ozekhome says the supreme court ruling should be checked to decipher if the judgment was delivered in accordance with the law.  The senior lawyer expressed amazement at how a fourth place finisher in an election could now declared winner by the supreme court.

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He said it is now time for legal pundits, analysts and academicians, to dissect the judgment thoroughly, to see if it met the justice of the case based on available facts.  He said it is important to ensure that the supreme court actually delivered justice according to law.

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Ozekhome also blamed INEC for the frequent intervention by the judiciary in electoral issues.  He said the judiciary’s constant role in settling electoral scores would have been greatly minimized if INEC had done its work correctly.  He said, “INEC is neither independent, impartial nor well-equipped to count the electorate’s votes and also allow such votes to count.”

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We Will Amend Electoral Act – Ahmad Lawan

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We Will Amend Electoral Act – Ahmad Lawan

Senate president Ahmad Lawan says the senate will amend the electoral act by reviewing the flaws of the 2019 general elections as well as subsequent elections and proffer solutions for future elections.

Lawan says going forward, Nigeria should be looking at where there are challenges and what we need to do to provide legislative interventions going forward.
President Muhammadu Buhari had declined assent to the electoral amendment bill three times. He cited drafting issues among other reasons for rejecting the bill.

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The ninth senate has reintroduced the bill which it has scaled first and second reading.

The bill sponsored by deputy senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, and Abubakar Kyari seeks to resolve issues surrounding INEC’s introduction of modern technologies into the electoral process, particularly accreditation of voters.

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FG Reacts To Speculated US Visa Ban Against Nigeria

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FG Reacts To Speculated US Visa Ban Against Nigeria

The federal government has reacted to the report that the united states intends to place a visa ban on Nigerians

The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was speaking with journalists in London says the federal government is advising the United State to have a rethink because any travel ban is bound to affect investment and growth in the country and those who will be affected are the most vulnerable people in Nigeria

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Mohammed says though the report is still speculative, but if it turns out to be true, the government will respond comprehensively

The minster says the federal government is working with international community including the EU and the U.S to totally eradicate terrorism

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The minister told also told reporters that Nigeria took the hard decision of closing the borders because Benin Republic and Niger Republic failed to respect the ECOWAS treaty on transit of goods and this has always sabotage the economy and security of the country

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Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death For Killing Husband

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Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death For Killing Husband

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT high court has convicted and sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Halilu says all available evidence proved Maryam is guilty by stabbing her husband to death two years ago

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Maryam was a nursing mother and also three-month pregnant when she was arraigned, she was delivered of her second baby girl during her two years and two months’ trial.

In 2017, the police had arraigned Maryam alongside her mother, her brother and their house help on two counts of culpable homicide and an ancillary offence.

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The three others were accused of causing the “evidence of the offence to disappear” by “cleaning the blood from the scene of crime with the intention” of shielding her “from legal punishment.”

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Justice Halilu dismissed her claim that her husband fell on the shards of a broken ‘Sisha’ bottle during a fight between them.

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