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Center Harps on CSOs’ Participation in Legislative Processes

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategic and Development (Centre LSD), yesterday harped on the need for civil society organizations to be actively involved in all the legislative processes to ensure radical reforms especially as the country walk toward the 2023 generation elections.

The Chief of staff to the Deputy speaker and founding Executive Director Center LSD, Dr.

Otive Igbuzor said this at a one-day reflection meeting on the National Assembly (NASS) reformers project with other civil society organizations in Abuja.

Dr. Igbuzor noted that the need for civil society engagement in the Legislative processes has become imperative as there is urgent need to scale up in the 10th national assembly to address some nomacratic issues prevalent in the country.

According to him, there is a serious gap in civil society work in the national assembly, added that there are many bills that CSOs do not engaged in them at all.

Igbuzor, who lamented lack of monitoring of legislators and production of scorecard annually, stressed that more CSOs need to work with NASS in different sectors.

“This project had thought us that we need to scale up in the 10th national assembly to ensure that there is more engagement of civil society organizations with the Legislative process because we discovered that there are some nomacrtic issues in the society that does not interest government and does not interest private sector such as ethics and moralities, things about climate change, gender equality and women empowerment.

“Others are free/fair and credible elections, things about independence of institutions and so the reason is to peer the civil society in terms of capacity building, in terms of donor’s funding and support, and in terms of engagement with the CSOs so that what is done in the other claim such as scorecard of the legislators such as their performance and identifying legislators that are pushing for progressive laws as well as anti-people’s laws so that people can be educated to send progressive people to the national assembly,” he said.

The Deputy Executive Director, PLAC, Mrs. Omolara Akinyeye in her presentation titled “the 10th national assembly: sustaining the gains of the NASS reformers project and opportunities for continuous engagements”, identified one of the greatest challenge of working with the legislature as an external partner to be the issue of timing and the fluidity of the National assembly.

She added that political interests and wrangling also hampers implementation of projects which are usually time bound.

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Kogi: Appeal Court Vacates Inspection Order Granted to SDP by Tribunal

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, set aside the inspection order granted Murtala Ajaka, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Reports says that the tribunal had, on Nov. 25, 2023, granted an ex-parte order, allowing the SDP and its candidate in the Nov.

11, 2023 governorship poll to carry out forensic examination of all the Bimordal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the election, among other reliefs.

The three-member panel of justices led by Justice J.O.K. Oyewole, in a unanimous ruling, vacated the inspection order on the grounds that it went outside the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court held that while inspection is allowed under the Electoral Act, it must be jointly carried out with the respondents and the scope of the inspection should be within the strict limit allowed under the Electoral Act.

“The ex parte order made by the trial tribunal on the 25th November, 2023 at the instance of the 1st and 2nd respondents are within the jurisdictional competence of the said tribunal.

“However, paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ thereof are beyond the scope of Section 146 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022. The said paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ are hereby expunged.

“The inspection purportedly done pursuant to the said orders of the trial tribunal without the presence of the appellant violates paragraph ‘h’ of the said orders and it is hereby set aside,” the panel ruled

Reports says that while the SDP was represented at the Court of Appeal by Pius Akubo, SAN; Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi was represented by J.B. Daudu, SAN, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) was represented by Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN.

Other members of the Appeal Court panel include Justices A. I. Banjoko and A.B. Mohammed.(NAN)

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My Wife Attempted to Stab me, Husband Tells Abuja Court

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A businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday told a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, that his wife, Muyibat, attempted to stab him with a knife.

His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against the woman. 

“One night, my wife took the kitchen knife and attempted to kill me over a little misunderstanding.

“She boasted that she will destroy, kill or cripple me and reduce me to nothing and that when she finishes with me, my family will not recognise me,” he claimed in the petition.

The petitioner also told the court that the respondent is “so stubborn, disrespectful, mannerless, diabolical and unfriendly” with anyone around him.

According to him, the respondent’s constant fights have caused him to develop high blood pressure which he will be nursing for the rest of his life.

The petitioner further averred that he had to abandon his matrimonial home to save his life due to the intolerable behaviours of the respondent “who constantly threatens my life”.

He urged the court to dissolve his marriage and grant him custody of the children.

The respondent, Muyibat, also a businesswoman, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore avenues for amicable settlement for the sake of the children, and adjourned the matter until March 7, for hearing. (NAN)

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5 Docked for Allegedly Stealing 200 Bags of Cement Worth N2m

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Five men were, on Thursday, arraigned before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing 200 bags of Dangote cement, valued at N2 million.
The defendants, Sunday Asagunla, 19; Azeez Yisau, 19; Ayomide Oladejo, 18; Wasiu Kabiru, 25 and Raheem Yakubu, 42, are being charged with conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property.


The Prosecutor, Mr Philip Amusan, told the court that the defendants committed the offences at about 11.
30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan.
Amusan stated that Asagunla, Azeez, Oladejo and Kabiru stole the 200 bags of cement belonging to the complainant, Tunrayo Adeogun.

He further stated that Raheem received the bags of cement from them, knowing that they were stolen.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 516, 390(9) and 427 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The Magistrate, Olaolu Olanipekun, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
He, thereafter, adjourned the case till March 20 for hearing. (NAN)

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