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Supreme Court Dismisses APM’s Appeal Against Rivers State Governor Fubara

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The Supreme Court, Monday dismissed the appeal lodged by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) challenging the victory of Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The five-member panel, headed by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, rendered the verdict, affirming Fubara’s triumph in the March 18 election.

During the proceedings, the counsel for APM and its candidate, Innocent Kere, chose to withdraw the appeal, leading to its subsequent dismissal by the apex court.

Meanwhile, the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Patrick Tonye-Cole, was reserved for judgment.

Tonye-Cole, in his appeal, contends that Governor Fubara failed to resign as the Accountant General of the state within the constitutionally mandated deadline and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The Supreme Court, after hearing arguments from the parties involved, decided to reserve judgment on the APC’s appeal.

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Philanthropist tasks Nigerian youths on literary works

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By Iyojo Ameh

Mr Dominics Akahan, CEO of Telesource GmbH, an IT company based in Frankfurt, Germany, has urged Nigerian youths to engage in literary works to help tackle unemployment.

He spoke at a book launch titled, “The Tree of Life”, My voyage of Bravery, Development and Acceptance, authored by Stephanie Zape, on Sunday in Abuja.

He said engaging in literary works including writing of books could fetch the youth some income without depending on government.

On the book launch, Akahan said that the author, an indigene of Benue, was his adopted daughter whom he took to Germany for treatment and has overcome her challenges.

“I followed her milestones, her obstacles, and how she was able to manage some of the things that she encountered in life. And then her illness.

“Stephanie is somebody I brought to Germany and I had a reason for bringing her to Germany and the reason is today justified.

“As you see a beautiful girl walking around here. She has encountered various obstacles in life but had managed to come out successfully.

“Stephanie is somebody that will go overboard to achieve her objectives.

And I have always cherished that in her, because looking at where she came from and what she has achieved today, you realise that this is a young girl that has actually crossed so many rivers, turbulent rivers.

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“And She swam through these rivers and wasn’t eaten by a shark. So whatever the case may be, I cherish her a lot. I admire her a lot as my daughter.”

Akahan said he has assisted over
200 Nigerians from this country to Germany for treatments of various ailments adding that when her issue came up, and he was approached that he should help, he didn’t waste any time.

He, however, urged the Nigerian Government to formulate programmes and policies that will alleviate the plight of citizens.

“Whatever the case may be, Tinubu should also think of human capital development just like the Europeans and the Americans do.

“It is just a little advice from my own perspective that some things should be done step by step and involve people, educate people.

“Let them know where we are going, because as of today, some people don’t know why the subsidy was removed.

“If you let people know where you are going, they will align with you. Because this is like a change; a transformation,” he said

On her part, the author of the book, Zape said that she had been through four brain surgeries that all had 50-50 chance but God delivered her from them all.

“I’m healed now and hence, I decided to put down my experience for others to learn.”

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The 310-paged book, unfolds the remarkable journey of a young orphan girl who hails from Gboko LGA in Benue

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DG Harps on Discipline, Patriotism as TAC Deploys Volunteers to S’Leone …volunteers thank FG for the opportunity to Serve …pledge Commitment

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Director General of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps,Rt.Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, has called on the Corps’ Volunteers to always abide by the laws of the country where they have been deployed to serve.

He said it is by so doing that Nigeria as a big-brother country will continue to retain the respect and admiration of their host countries wherever the Volunteers have been deployed.

The TAC DG, who made the call today in Abuja during the ceremony for the deployment of 18 Volunteers to Sierra Leone,thanked President Tinubu for his continuous support for the 37-year-old programme since assuming office in 2023.

Buba also added that the Volunteers were Ambassadors of the Nigerian nation and were, therefore,expected to exhibit the highest form of discipline,decorum and obedience to constituted authorities.

“Just as you have been informed,the Technical Aid Corps was established 37 years ago as a flagship programme for the advancement of our nation’s Foreign Policy goals through the deployment of technical support to our brothers and sisters in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The Nigerian Technical Aid Corps has deployed over 35 thousand professionals and experts in various fields of learning to these countries over the past 37 years.

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“The Government of Nigeria places great interest and value on this foreign policy tool. This is why you go out there with our official passports.And just as our Ambassadors,you are expected never to do the don’ts of the country in which you are going to serve.

You must keep in mind that what you are involved in is Volunteer service.So,no matter the opulence of your home,if you are quartered in a 1-room apartment,do not forget what took you there.

” Over the last 37 years,all those who have served everywhere in this Scheme,have done so with dignity and honour,and nothing less is expected of you.I congratulate you on being successful among the thousands of those who applied for this opportunity and wish you well in the journey ahead of you all.

“I also like to add that, while in Sierra Leone,the High Commission of Nigeria there remains your guardian,while we here are your parents.Whatever you want to do,please, remember to follow the rules in the Country Agreement and the tripartite agreement the Federal Government through TAC has signed with you and the Government of Sierra Leone.

Endeavour to study these rules and regulations in order not to fall foul of any of the provisions.For us,as an Agency,we will ensure that all responsibilities towards you are followed to the letter”

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Earlier speaking while presenting the Volunteers to the DG,Director of Programmes in the Agency,Amb.Zakari Usman, explained that the new Volunteers had arrived from across the country and had since undertaken various processes in the bid to prepare for deployment.

He thanked the DG for his support at ensuring that the processes were easy and seamless.

Among the 18 health professionals, who belong to the first batch of the Volunteers scheduled for Sierra Leone,are very experienced nurses and Medical Doctors that have served Nigeria in various communities and public institutions.

The Volunteers who also spoke to journalists during the exercise also expressed readiness to commit to the ideals of the TAC mandate and make Nigeria proud through hard work and obedience to the authorities of the host country.

It will be recalled that the Agency has since last month commenced the deployment of Volunteers to The Gambia,Uganda and now Sierra Leone. It is expected to carry out more deployments in the weeks ahead to different ACP countries.

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Ex Gov. Yahaya Bello, Again, Absent In Court, Wants Case Against Him moved To Kogi state

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The Immediate past Governor of Kogi state ,Yahaya Adoza Bello was absent today, June 27, at the Federal High Court in Abuja where he was to enter his plea to the charge on a case of alleged corruption when he was in office.

The charge was brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Instead of appearing in court to defend himself, the former Governor wrote a letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, pleading to be allowed to face his trial in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
Yahaya Bello, in the letter by his team of lawyers, led by Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN), said that only the Lokoja Division of the high court has the territorial jurisdiction to handle the allegations that were raised against him by the EFCC.

At the resumed proceeding in the matter today, June 27, one of the lawyers who announced appearance for him, Adeola Adedipe, (SAN), brought the attention of trial Justice Emeka Nwite to the letter his client wrote to the CJ.
Addressing the court after the matter was called, Adedipe said: “My lord, after the proceedings of the last adjourned date, I went back and gave a report of what happened in court to our team.
“However, I was made to understand that a letter had been written on behalf of the defendant to the honourable Chief Judge of the Federal High Court requesting in substance, that this matter be administratively transferred to the Federal High Court, Lokoja Judicial Division, which we believe have territorial jurisdiction to handle this matter.
“That letter was received at the Chief Judge’s Chambers and the office of the honourable CJ wrote the prosecution team through Mr.’s Iseoluwa Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), on June 13, notifying him that administrative steps has been activated, whereof he was directed to provide a response to the request for transfer of the matter.
“My lord, as of this morning, I am not aware whether there has been a response by the prosecution team in compliance to the directive of the CJ.
“We are also not in receipt of any decision that has been made on this request by the CJ.
“I am also aware that this administrative directive of the CJ has been formally communicated to this court.
“We have filed an affidavit wherein we attached two documents referencing the details that I have just highlighted.
“My duty is first to the court. As of the moment, I am not urging anything from the court, but just to present the facts as they were.”
On his part, the EFCC, through its counsel, Kemi Pinhero (SAN), urged the court to compel the defence lawyer to explain why the defendant was not in court, despite an undertaking he made on June 13 to ensure his presence in court for arraignment.
Pinhero,) prayed the court to dismiss “the story of the defence lawyer as dilatory and a further attempt to treat this court with scorn.”
He said that the letter to the CJ did not discharge the undertaking that was made by the senior lawyers representing the defendant.
The EFCC counsel argued that even where a petition is forwarded against a judge to the National Judicial Council, (NJC), it does not stop proceedings on cases pending before the judge.
Pinhero therefore applied for the court to invite the two senior lawyers representing the former governor to show cause why they should not be dealt with for contemptuous conduct.
Source: The Eagle Online

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