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Ebonyi: Ex-commissioner drags gov Umahi to court, seeks N20m in damages

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Chief Abia Onyike, former Commissioner for Information and Orientation has dragged Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi before a Federal High Court, seeking N20 million in damages.

Onyike in the motion filed on July 3, with number FHC/AI/CS/59/2020, is seeking for an order for enforcement of his fundamental rights to; Dignity of human person, Personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to private and family life.

The former commissioner was also seeking for the enforcement of his fundamental right to freedom from discrimination.

Other respondents are the Ebonyi Department of State Services, Commissioner of Police, Chief Austin Umahi, HRH, Ezeogo Charles Azuenya, Chairman Afikpo South Local Government Area Council of Traditional Rulers are respondents to the motion.

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The originating summons was brought pursuant to Order 11, Rule 1 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rule 2009, sections 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended.

The originating motion was further hinged on the provisions of the Article 5, 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

The appellant said the motion was also brought pursuant to the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction of the honorable Court as preserved by section 6 (6), (A) – (C) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended.

The applicant sought five reliefs including; a declaration that the plot, plan and attempt by the respondents to arrest, rearrest, detain, interrogate, torture, intimidate, harass and embarrass him by the respondents was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

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The appellant said that the stated actions if taken would amount to flagrant infringement of his fundamental right to dignity of human person; personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to private and family life and freedom from discrimination.

A declaration that the plot and plan by respondents to ostracise the applicant and banish him out of his village, local government area and state was manifestly illegal, unlawful and unconditional.

He alleged that the action if taken amounted to gross contravention of his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of movement and right to private and family life among others.

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The applicant is seeking for the award of N20 million in damages against the defendants jointly and severally for bodily, mental, emotional, psychological trauma, social embarrassment, humiliation and ridicule suffered as a result of the unlawful plot to arrest him.

The plaintiff is seeking for any such order or further orders as the honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.

No date has been fixed for hearing in the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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PDP State Congress: Smooth sail for all contestants in Bauchi

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Contestants in Saturday’ s State Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi are having smooth sail as all of them are vying unopposed, reports the Newsmen.
No fewer than 2,153 delegates are expected to cast their votes, in spite of the lack of opponents that will slug it out to produce 39 officials to occupy various positions in the State Executive Committee of the party.
In his remarks before the commencement of proceedings, the congress  Returning Officer,  Amb. Umar Damagun assured that the process would be free and fair.
He said that all the positions being contested were unopposed but for justice and fairly, votes would be cast to enable the contestants and party delegates to exercise their franchise.
He assured that the committee would adhere to the provisions of the party constitution and standing rules.
Also speaking, Malam Ibrahim Shira, a chieftain of the PDP,  commended the party for ensuring proper organization of the congress.
NAN reports that the voting commences at about 2:00 p.m,  under tight security and in the presence of stakeholders, such as the representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant bodies.
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Buhari Felicitates with Ngige at 68

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President Muhammad Buhari has felicitated with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as he clocks 68.

The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, commended him for his contributions to the government/organised labour relations.

“President Muhammadu Buhari warmly rejoices with Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige OON, as he turns 68 on August 8, 2020.

“The President joins the medical community, labour fraternity, the legislature, where the celebrant served as Senator, and people of Anambra State, whom he served as Governor, to salute Dr Ngige for his meritorious stewardship to community, state, country and humanity, wishing him greater health, strength and sound mind.

“As he serves as conciliator-general between government and organized labour, President Buhari wishes the Minister well in all his endeavours,” the statement said.

Also, Pensioners under the aegis of Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association (FEPPAN) have hailed Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige as he turns 68 Saturday.

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The pensioners urged the minister to maintain the existing cordial collaboration between his ministry and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, which facilitates the regular and prompt payment of monthly Pensions of Federal Pensioners since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power.

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