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Again Kano Election Tribunal Stops PDP’s Witnesses

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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji, Kano.

Kano state Governorship Election Petition tribunal, on Tuesday dismissed the application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) requesting for a leave of the court to amend the list of the petitioners’ witnesses.

The counsel to the petitioners, barrister Adegboyega Awomolo(SAN) filed a motion requesting for a Leave of the court to align the initials on the list  to tally with the names of witnesses, he further urged the tribunal to permit for the streamlining of the names of 68 witnesses.

Awomolo in a affidavit filed on 31st July 2019, supported  with a  affidavit deposed to by Sadiq Sabo Kurawa, the PDP  and its gubernatorial candidate  in the 2019 elections, Abba Kabiru Yusuf  prayed for the permission to cross match   the names of their  witnesses against acronyms, initials and their exact names.

The counsel representing Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Offiong Offiong(SAN) objected to the motion, he said the request was an attempt to sneak in new witnesses before the tribunal

Offiong told the court that the respondent had filed a counter affidavit urging the court to dismiss the motion.

Counsel  representing, the All Progressive Congress (APC), Barrister Alex Iziyon  said the party was adopting the position of the first respondent and informed the court that the second respondent had a counter affidavit to puncture the demands made by the petitioners.

The tribunal presided over by Justice Halima Shamaki in its ruling dismissed the application, noting that the petitioners by their action  were yearning to enlist new witnesses.

Shamaki stated that the enlisting of witnesses, in election matters was time bound, explaining that the period within which fresh names could be enlisted had elapsed.

The three – man tribunal held that the application by the petitioners seeking to make an amend on the list of witnesses was simply an abuse of court process.

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Court Adjourns Alleged Forgery Suit Against Ex-NIRSAL MD

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A Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned a suit filed by the police against Mr Aliyu Abdulhameed, former Managing Directing, Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Plc, over alleged document forgery until June 8.

Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the case after prosecuting counsel, CSP Celestine Odo, sought an adjournment to enable them out their house in order.

When the matter was called, Odo said though the matter was slated for trial commencement, the prosecution was constraint to ask for further date.

Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, counsel for Abdulhameed and his co-defendant, Babangida Abdullahi, did not oppose the application for adjournment.

Justice Ekwo subsequently adjourned the matter until June 8, June 9 and June 10 for trial commencement.

Reports says that Abdulhameed and Abdullahi were arraigned on March 13 on a 10-count charge before the judge but pleaded not guilty to the counts.

They were, however, admitted to terms of administrative bail earlier granted to them by the police.

NAN reports that the criminal charge, dated and filed Nov. 28, 2023, was marked: FHC)ABJ/CR/555/2023.

In the charge signed by Odo, Legal/Prosecution Section of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, the defendants, and others now at large, were alleged to have, about Oct. 23, 2023, conspired among themselves to commit an offence of forgery.

In count two, the defendants, and others now at large, sometime in Oct. 23, 2023, were alleged to have conspired among themselves to commit the offence.

The offences are said to be contrary to Section 3(6) and punishable under Section 1(2){c} of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

NAN reports that former President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Dec. 1, 2022, fired Abdulhammed on allegations of corruption bordering on agric loans.

NIRSAL, a $500m non-bank financial institution, is a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.(NAN)

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 I Wasn’t in my Right Mind when I Made Divorce Pronouncement, Man Tells Court

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A businessman, Kabiru Musa, who was dragged to an Upper Shari’a Court ,Tudun Wada, Kaduna State by his wife , Murja Abdullahi has denied making three divorce pronouncement on her.

Musa denied the divorce, saying he was not in his right mind after two of the couple ‘s neighbours testified that they heard him make the pronouncement.

One of the witnesses, Hauwa Umar, a housewife said that the couple was arguing in the compound when the husband made the three divorce pronouncement.

Earlier, the complainant had brought the matter to court for divorce confirmation.

The Judge, Malam Iliyasu Umar adjourned the matter until May  26 for ruling.(NAN)

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Businessman  Arraigned for Allegedly Obtaining N22m  Under False Pretences

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A 44-year-old businessman, Abiola Afunwape, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining N22 million under false pretences.

The police charged Afunwape on three counts  but pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, SP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in October 2023 at No.

  15A Oduduwa Crescent, GRA, Ikeja.

The prosecutor said that the defendant obtained the amount on the pretext of remitting same to one Chief Akinola Disu.

The prosecutor added that the defendant converted the sum to his personal use.

He said that the defendant pretended to an agent of Disu with the aim of extorting Sagelife Laboratories Ltd.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287,  380 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs  Ejiro Kubeinje, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of three million Naira with two  sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and provide proof of tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Kubeinje adjourned the case until June 25 for hearing. (NAN)

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