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National/State Assembly Polls: Tribunal Begins Sitting In Imo

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court-sessionThe National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri on Monday commenced proceedings by handling five motions filed before it.

Out of the five motions, the tribunal ruled on two ex parte motions, while the three other motions were adjourned till May 13, for hearing.

The two ex parte motions entertained were a motion filed by Accord Party versus four others and another motion filed by Donatus Ozoemena of the All Progressives Congress against Goodluck Opia and six others.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Judge A.Y. Sanya, after listening to the argument by the counsel to Mr. Ozoemena, granted three of the reliefs sought by the petitioner and struck out two others.

Mr. Ozoemena, had through his counsel, urged the tribunal to allow him withdraw the fourth and fifth reliefs which seek to direct INEC to issue him with the certified true copies of the documents in her custody.

The other relief was for the tribunal to deem the processes filed as being properly filed.

The reliefs allowed by the tribunal were the ones sought by the petitioner to call additional witnesses, to amend his petition and to file additional documents.

The second motion filed by the Accord Party seeking relief for the tribunal to allow a pre-trial date and to serve notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission, and Athan Achonu of the Peoples Democratic Party was granted.

Earlier in his introductory remarks, Mr. Sanya appealed to parties before the tribunal to co-operate with members of the panel by respecting all the ground rules.

He also warned the public against any unruly conduct, adding that anybody identified for contempt would be punished.

The Secretary of the tribunal, Adamu Mohammed, said it has a so far received a total of 37 petitions.

Mr. Mohammed said that eight came from those challenging the outcome of the March 28 Senatorial election, 18 for the House of Representatives, while 11 were for the state assembly poll held on April 11.

(NAN)

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

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.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

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.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

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.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

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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