The Supreme Court has scheduled judgment for January 20 (Monday) in the appeal challenging the last governorship election in Kano State.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, made the decision after lawyers in the case, comprising an appeal and a cross-appeal, adopted their processes and prayed the court to grant their prayers.
The main appeal marked: SC/1450/2019 was by Abba Kabir Yusuf and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While the all Progressives Party (APC) filed a cross-appeal.
Respondents in the main appeal are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Meanwhile, the court has reconstituted its panel. It has replaced Justice John Okowo, who took ill on Monday, with Justice Amina Augie.
Other members of the panel are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Uwani Abba-Aji.
The court has risen briefly.
BREAKING: IGP Scraps SARS Satellite Offices
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abubakar Adamu, on Tuesday, ordered the closure of all Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) satellite offices.
The directive followed Monday’s protests in Sagamu against SARS.
The people had marched against the killing of Remo Stars Football Club player, Tiamiyu Kazeem aka Kaka, in Ogun State.
Adamu announced the scrap when he accompanied Governor Dapo Abiodun, on a condolence visit to home of the deceased Vice-Captain of Remo Stars.
The IGP was represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police, in-charge of Research and Planning, Peter Ogunyanwo.
He ordered that all activities at the satellite offices should be handed over to Commissioners of Police in the state.
Adamu assured that everyone responsible for his death would be prosecuted accordingly.
Abiodun and the delegation also visited the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi.
The Governor said: “Today, I was on a condolence visit to the residence of Tiamiyu Kazeem’s parents.
“Tiamiyu, who was until his death, a vice captain of the Remo Stars Football Club died in an unfortunate encounter with some men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who were on an illegal mission.
“Kaka’s death is irreversibly regrettable because Ogun State has lost a man of unexplored talents.
“But this long-awaited, significant reform within the structures of the Nigerian Police assures us of an end to such anomalies,” the governor added.
Atiku Calls For Reform Of SARS
Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), days after a Remo Stars player identified as Kazeem Tiyamiyu (Kaka) was allegedly killed by some operatives of the security outfit deployed to Sagamu-Abeokuta road.
In his tweet, the former Vice President stated that the reform of the Nigeria Police especially the SARS unit, is long overdue.
He added that the police was created to protect the life and property of citizens and not to put them into harms way.
“The reform of the Nigeria Police, especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. The@PoliceNG is meant to protect the life and property of our citizens and not to put them into harm’s way. -AA”
BREAKING: Court Delivers Judgement In Olisa Metuh’s Money Laundering Case
The Federal High Court in Abuja is presently delivering judgement in a suit instituted against a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.
Justice Okon Abang is presiding over the suit filed against Metuh by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency accused the former PDP spokesman of money laundering to the tune of N400,000,000.
He was charged alongside his company, Destra investment, with seven counts bordering on criminal diversion of the money received from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Metuh was also said to have been engaged in financial transactions in the sum of $2 million without going through a financial institution, an offence the EFCC said was in violation of a provision of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.
During their arraignment in court in January 2016, the defendants, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.
More to follow…