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Senator Melaye ‘Refuses’ to Collect Recall Petition Letter from INEC

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Senator Melaye has been accused of playing a ‘hide and sick’ game with the electoral body as he evades being served the recall petition letter.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to file an application for substituted service after the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, refused to collect the petition filed against him by people in his senatorial district who wanted him recalled.
Sources at the Federal High Court said the baliff who went with INEC staff to serve Melaye through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome & Co, were told that the chamber was no longer representing the senator.
“They told us to go and serve the letter and the documents on the senator personally,” the source said.
Following the refusal of the chambers to accept the documents, the commission proceeded to the National Assembly to effect service on Melaye but found his office locked.
The team also went to his house with a bailiff to serve him but the gate man said he had instructions not to receive anything from anyone.
Frustrated, the commission instructed the legal team to file an application for substituted service today (Friday) at the Federal High Court.
After dismissing Melaye’s application to stop INEC from proceeding with the petition for his recall, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered INEC to serve him again with the petition and the schedule of signatures and the list of petitioners.
He held that the suit was hasty and premature since Melaye failed to exhaust all internal mechanism provided by the 1999 Constitution before rushing to court.
The commission, in compliance with the court order took the documents packed in three bags, popularly called ‘Ghana must go’ bags to Melaye’s lawyer chambers, his office and his home but was still unable to serve him.
When asked to confirm if the senator was evading service, a staff of the commission, not authorised to speak on the issue said: “Yes. We are surprised that the chambers of Ozhekome which claimed to have filed an appeal against the judgment of the high court would claim it has ceased to represent the senator. We have no choice other than to apply to court for substituted service. We are doing that tomorrow.”
Melaye filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to stop INEC from going further with the process of his recall from the National Assembly.
The Federal High Court had on September 11, 2017, in a judgment delivered by Justice Dimgba gave INEC the permission to go ahead with the recall.
Justice Dimgba gave the go-ahead after dismissing Melaye’s suit that sought to to stop his recall by INEC following a petition it said it received from the people of Kogi West senatorial district, whom Melaye represents at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
However, in a notice of appeal dated September 13, 2017 and filed same day by his counsel, Ozekhome, the appellant asked the appellate court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the first defendant/respondent or any of its agents from commencing or further continuing with the process or acting on the purported petition presented to it by the purported constituents of the plaintiff.
Melaye, who has expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment of Justice Dimgba, is asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the decision of the lower court on grounds that the court erred in law in taking the decision to allow INEC proceed with the recall process.

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Lekki Shooting: ‘I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital’ – Ideh Chukwuma

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Lekki Shooting: 'I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital' – Ideh Chukwuma

 

Ideh Chukwuma has shared his experience at the Lekki tollgate protest ground. The Nigerian filmmaker revealed that he took, at least, 13 endSARS protesters cum victims to the hospital.

Chukwuma made this known in an exclusive interview with Premium Times, an online newspaper based in Abuja. He, however, noted that he never saw any dead body at the massacre scene.

 

Lekki Shooting: 'I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital' – Ideh Chukwuma

He said;

What I will say is, I have been hearing people say “Lekki massacre, Lekki massacre.” I have to be honest with you if you Google the term “massacre,” massacre is a situation where a group of people were being killed by rebels or the military and going by that particular point, I would have been able to tell you that I saw a lot of dead bodies, this is how they killed them, there were a lot of dead bodies and so it was a massacre.

“But from the time I came, I didn’t see any dead bodies but I can certainly tell you that there was a shooting, an unauthorised shooting. I will call it a raid, I will call it assault. I am going to term it assault and raid. That is what I would use. It was an assault and I and I may be wrong but because I didn’t see those bodies, and I have not seen a family member that has come to cry and say one two or three persons have died.

If DJ Switch had seen that, she’s in the best position to say that because she was there. I cannot say she’s wrong. I was out of that circle. I was a few meters away. They were at the toll gate and I was a few meters away from them. I wasn’t there, I was at Lekki Phase 1. I can’t tell you what the military’s approach on their arrival was. So, I wouldn’t be able to tell you that they shot one, two, three, four, or five people. But I can certainly tell you that I took a lot of gunshot victims to the hospital.

If I took about 13 people to the hospital myself, minus the ones that the governor confirmed that were injured, he said about thirty, that is forty-something, DJ Switch might not be wrong. I took 13 to the hospital. So, if DJ Switch said she saw 15 dead people, by her own records, because she was there so she can speak on that part. I can’t speak on that and none of the thirteen people that I took to the hospital has died. They are still alive and some of them have been discharged.

He also recounted how the soldiers tried stopping him from helping victims of the shooting. One Soul added;

For the record, I was not at the protest ground with the crowd protesting when the military came around so I cannot tell you what guns they were shooting. But I knew I heard gunshots and people were running. So, what could have happened when I was not there, while I was in my car, I don’t know. It was when I came back I realised everyone was running helter-skelter and I saw people falling down. I saw blood, people being shot and it was all looking bad so I decided to keep going (driving) and I could see clearly this time that the army had surrounded the protesters.

“They were gathered together into a circle and the army surrounded them with their guns and they were still singing the national pledge while they were surrounded. They saw my car coming and I was waving the flag and one of the military guys was shouting “ Go back, go back” and I wouldn’t go back and I was like I want to check up on my friends and they shouted that I should “ Go back now!” and then I saw a lady that was shot on the leg and another guy who was shot in the hand.

Yes, and they saw me carry wounded people in my car. I saw another guy who was shot in the hand but the bullet did not go into his arm but bruised him so I carried the three of them and drove to Ajah. They rejected them. I got to the government hospital and they said it was only for mother and child. Then Doren Hospital, Ajah, accepted them and I was happy. I told the Director that I was coming back and I then I drove back to tollgate and they were still shooting and I came down from the car raising my hand up and the guy kept shooting and I told them I wanted to help people that were wounded and he said No I should go back and I said, ‘‘Sir, I cannot go back I have to check the wounded people, and he refused then I took off my clothes and I said “ Sir, you have to shoot me” then he cocked a gun and aimed it at me and I was like I will not leave if you don’t allow me to rescue these people. While he aimed his gun at me, his colleague brushed me and hissed then I walked in there and rescued four other people and rushed them to the hospital.

When I was coming back the third time, I came with an ambulance to rescue more people. While I was there, one of the guys told me that the military was keeping the wounded or dead people in their trucks. So what I was told was that the military took some people and that they thought they were taking them to the military hospital. I don’t know if it is possible that it is true or I don’t know. When I came back again, I told the man (soldier) that I wanted to carry more people in the ambulance and I helped more people in the ambulance and they were taken to the hospital.

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Hoodlums reportedly attack Actor Clem Ohameze in Uyo

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Hoodlums reportedly attack Actor Clem Ohameze in Uyo

Clem Ohameze, popular Nollywood actor was on Thursday reportedly attacked by hoodlums in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.

 

This was made known by a Twitter user who revealed that the actor was robbed of his personal belongings during the attack.

 

@simply_kemkem tweeted:

Veteran Nollywood actor Clem Ohameze was attacked in Uyo on Thursday by hoodlums. They injured him, took his money and phones. Quick recovery sir.

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

 

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, in his visit to the governor, stated that contrary to false news making the rounds, he did not travel to France, adding that he is still the Jagaban.

He also denied rumours that his son Seyi was kidnapped or chased out of his residence outside the country, emphasizing that nobody can chase him or his family out of Lagos.

The former governor’s visit comes after the infamous shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki area of the state.

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