From Laiatu Bamaiyi -Solomon, Kebbi
Kebbi State, Dr Nasir Idris, has attributed his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal to the will of God Almighty, who gives power to whom He pleases and at the time He pleases.
He stated this while addressing mammoth crowd who converged at Government House Birnin Kebbi to rejoice with the governor over his victory at the tribunal .
Gov.Idris said: “Let me say sincerely that the judgement of the tribunal is not only for us, not only for the people of Kebbi State but it is a victory for democracy. The judgement has further affirmed the will of God Almighty and at the same time the will of the people of Kebbi State.
“We have two messages to carry away from the verdict of the tribunal, it has shown that power belongs to God and only He can give it to whoever He wants, where He wants and when He wants.
“Secondly, it has shown us that the people voted for us and we must redouble our efforts to serve the people who gave us this mandate and we must do so with fear of God.”
While giving gratitude to the Almighty Allah who upheld the will of the people through the verdict, Gov. Idris pledged to continue to pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and protection in the discharge of his responsibilities to his creator as well as the peop.nyle.
The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration towards fulfilling the campaign promises, insisting that it was his desire to make Birnin Kebbi the state capital of Kebbi, “a city of pride to our people is coming to fruition as we build, rehabilitate and re-plan our roads in the city.”
He assured that the new ultra modern state secretariat at Gwadangwaji would soon be completed, adding that the education sector was facing revolution as the healthcare system faces the most decisive actions ever in the history and for the benefit of people.
Gov. Idris assured that major cities across the state would soon answer their names as cities, while promising to take agriculture to next level of advancement for the benefit of farmers and the economy.
The governor extended a hand of fellowship to opposition as he advised them to sheath their sword and join hands with him to take Kebbi State to next level of development, saying that it was part of democracy to go to court and seek redress when not satisfied with the outcome of elections.
He, however said it was also the beauty of democracy to join, brace, accept and assist the winning party to build the state and provide the dividends of democracy.
Gov. Idris pledged to change the security architecture of state to ensure safety of all, assuring that his administration would not rest until people feel secured.
Surety Faces N500,000 Bail Bond Forfeiture Charge
A 47-year-old man, Ogbonna Anoka, who allegedly stood surety for a church member, but failed to produce him in court as required, on Tuesday appeared before a Sabo-Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Anoka, whose house address was not given, entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea to a charge of perversion of justice.
The Prosecutor, Insp.Magaji Haruna, told the court that Anoka committed the offence on Jan. 26, at the State Criminal Investigation Department, M.A.K Smith St., Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
Haruna alleged that the defendant conspired with one other person to obstruct and pervert the course of justice.
“The defendant stood as a surety for one Nonso Onyekwelu, a church member, who was involved in a case of conspiracy and receiving stolen property reported at the station.
“Onyekwelu was granted bail and released to the defendant, who promised to produce him at the station until the case is finally disposed off.
“The accused is hereby called upon to show cause why the sum of N500,000 bond executed by him should not be forfeited,” the prosecutor said.
The offence, Haruna said, contravenes Section 97 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Reports says that the Section 97 provides seven years imprisonment for perversion of justice, while sub section (3) provides two years imprisonment.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. Y. Adefope, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned until Feb. 21 for mention (NAN)
Court Discharges Sowore, Bakare, Orders DSS to Release Seized Items
A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, discharged Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare of alleged treasonable felony charge by the Attorney-General.of the Federation (AGF), Mr Lateef Fagbemi, SAN.
Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling after counsel for the AGF, A.R. Tahir, withdrew the charge, struck out the matter.
Justice Nwite also ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to immediately release three phones and the sum of N10, 000 seized from Sowore during his arrest.
The judge also ordered the DSS to release a phone belonging to Bakare and the sum of N1, 500 confiscated from him during his arrest.
Justice Nwite equally ordered that Sowore’s international passport be released.
The orders followed an application by lawyer to Sowore and Bakare, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, to tye effect.
Reports says that Sowore and Bakare were earlier arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in 2019 before the matter was reassigned to Nwite.(NAN)
3 Docked over Alleged Theft of Maggi Seasoning Worth N50m
Three men were on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing 3,000 cartons of maggi seasoning valued N50 million.
The accused Emmanuel Akpan, 38; Tasiu Aliu, 27; and Usman Hassan, 48, are being charged with conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp.
Odugbo said Akpan, a logistics agent, contacted a truck to convey 3,000 cartons of Terra Maggi seasoning belonging to TGI Distribution Company to Kaduna State.
The prosecutor added that Aliu, a driver and Hassan his motorboy, brought the truck for the conveyance of the goods.
”After their departure, all calls made to track their location failed, their cell phones were switched off .
”The goods were neither delivered to the agreed destination nor returned to the company,” he said.
He said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs M. O Popoola, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sureties in like sum.
Popoola adjourned the case until March 20 for trial.(NAN)
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