The Senate has indicated that it will appeal the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court that set aside its warrant for the arrest of erstwhile chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Adamu Bello, who delivered the judgment Wednesday, said due process was not followed when the Senate summoned Maina.
Making the Senate’s position known yesterday, chairman of the committee that investigated Maina, Senator Aloysius Etok (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-West), described the judgment as an infringement on the principle of separation of powers.
“Well, that is their judgment, and I am sure and I can assure you that the leadership of the Senate will appeal the judgment,” he said.
“The judgment on Maina is an infringement on the principle of separation of powers because as a parliament. We’ve the constitutional right to issue warrant of arrest and Sections 87, 88 and 89 give us the powers to compel appearance of any public official. The warrant of arrest is on a public official who had refused to appear before us to account for the N195 billion pension fund that was diverted. So, if the court says our power to summon individuals is subject to the fundamental human rights of the individuals as provided for in the constitution, the question is: In what way has the warrant of arrest on Maina infringed on his rights?”
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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