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NHRC receives 733 complaints in Plateau in 2020

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said it had received 733 complaints of human rights abuse in Plateau in 2020.

The Coordinator of the commission in the state, Mrs Grace Pam, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos.

According to Pam, of the cases reported, 526 have been concluded, while the rest were still being attended to.

She said that the cases ranged from unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, inhuman treatment, domestic violence and child abuse.

Others, she said, included child abandonment, rape, denial of inheritance and forced marriage.

“A total of 733 cases of human rights abuse were reported in 2020 in Plateau, out of which 526 cases have been treated and concluded.

“Abuse of civil and political rights, which include inhuman and degrading treatment, unlawful detention and extrajudicial killings constitute 10 per cent of the reported cases.

“Children rights, which has to do with child Abandonment, child abuse among others, constitute 42 per cent.

“Women’s rights and Gender-Based Violence – 43 per cent which include domestic violence, rape, denial of inheritance, forced marriage, while economic and cultural rights take five per cent, ” she said.

Pam assured that the pending cases would be addressed in no distant time, and called on Plateau residents to report cases of abuse to the appropriate authorities for prompt action.

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Gov. Ododo signs 7 bills into law

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Gov. Usman Ododo on Thursday signed seven bills into law with a charge to the residents to embrace the new laws and be law abiding to move Kogi forward.

The seven bills signed into law include: A Law to repeal and Re-enact the Kogi Local Government Service Commission Law 2014 and for other matters connected therewith, 2024.

A Law to repeal and Re-enact the Kogi State Scholarship Board Edict, 1998 and other matters connected therewith, 2024.

A Law to establish the Kogi Electricity Market and the Kogi State Electricity Regulatory Commission to Regulate Electricity Generation, Transmission, System Operation Distribution, Supply and Promote Access to Electricity in the State through increased Private Sector Investments or Public Private Partnership in Grid, Multi-Grid and other Off-grid Electricity Option using Renewable and Non-renewable Fuel Sources in the State and other Purposes Connected Therewith, 2024.

A Law to Establish the Kogi State Anti Corruption Agency and other matters connected therewith, 2024 and Kogi State Commodity Exchange, Export Promotion and Market Development Agency Law, 2024.

The Kogi State Information Technology Development Agency Law, 2024 and the Kogi State Urban Planning Law, 2024.

Ododo, who signed the bills in his office at the Government House, Lokoja, described the laws as people’s laws.

He explained that his assent to the bills were in line with his promise to lead with transparency, accountability and fear of God.

“I believe that the new set of laws will serve as catalyst for the rapid social and economic development of Kogi State as they deal directly with critical aspects of the lives of the people.

“These laws combined together can be referred to as the people’s Acts. All the laws have direct bearing in the lives of our people and this is the reason why we are here.

“Let it be known that under my administration, nobody is above the law.

“This is in line with my promise to lead with the fear of God and to ensure that our resources work for the people of the state,” Ododo assured.

He, however, urge the people of the state, especially those in positions of authority to embrace the new laws and be familiar with their provisions.

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Court nullifies reappointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday nullified the reappointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.
Alhaji Aminu Babba-Dan’agundi, who holds the title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba, had, through his counsel, Ibrahim Aliyu-Nasarawa, filed a motion dated May 23, in which he asked the court to restrain the Kano State government from implementing the Kano State Emirate (Repeal) Law 2024.
The law had repealed the 2019 Emirate Council law that established five emirates from the original Kano Emirate.
With all Emirs sacked, the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, who had been sacked by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration in March 2020, was reinstated as 16th Emir to replace Aminu Ado Bayero, who was was consumed by the repeal of the law.
Disatisfied with the development, Babba-Dangundi took the matter to court to seek a reversal of the removal of Bayero.
The respondents were the Kano State Government, Kano State House of Assembly, Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of Kano State and  Commissioner of Police in Kano.
Others are the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Security Service.
Delivering a ruling, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad-Liman declared that all actions carried out by the state government following the passage of the Kano Emirate Council (Repeal) Law 2024 were null and void.
“I hereby order that every step or actions taken by the respondents in pursuant to Kano Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024 is null and void and is set aside.
“However, this order does not affect the validity of the law,’’ he said.
He also ordered all parties to maintain the status quo ante.
He held that the respondents were aware of the earlier order dated May 23, to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the case.
“I think it is a very serious matter for anyone to flout the orders of the court and go scot free with it.
“The catastrophic situation could have been averted if the respondents followed due processes by complying with the court order, which would still have allowed them to carry out their assignments.”
Muhammad-Liman granted the respondents’ application for stay of proceedings pending hearing and determination of their application at the court of appeal on jurisdiction.
“I hereby transfer the case to Justice Simon Amobeda, Federal High Court 3,” he said
Earlier, Counsel to the applicant, M. S. Waziri, had urged the court to nullify the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) law 2024.
Counsel to Kano State House of Assembly and Speaker, Eyitayo Fatogun, told the court that he had filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal and a motion on stay of proceedings.
Fatogun also applied to be recused from the matter, asking for an adjournment to enable his clients find another lawyer, and pending hearing and determination of his application at the court of appeal on jurisdiction.
Counsel to Attorney General of Kano State and the State Government, Mr A. G. Wakil, aligned himself with the position of Fatogun.
Also, Counsel to the Commissioner of Police Kano and Inspector General of Police, Mr Sunday Ekwe, told the court that the duty of the police was to maintain peace in the state, and that was why they did not file any response on jurisdiction issue.
The State House of Assembly on May 23 dissolved all the four newly created Emirate council’s in the state.
 Gov. Abba Kabir-Yusuf, on May 23, dethroned the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado-Bayero, and reappointed Muhammad Sanusi II, as the Emir of Kano, four years after he was dethroned by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
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Reps summon AGIP over failure to pay $80m owed indigenous contractor

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has summoned AGIP Oil Company to appear before it on June 26,  over  alleged N80 million owed to De Cooon Services Ltd.

Rep. Michael Etaba, Chairman of the Committee expressed displeasure over non-payment and  non-appearance of AGIP oil at its investigative hearing in Abuja on Thursday.

De Coon is an indigenous company, run by Prof Nelson Onubogu, the managing director and chief executive officer of the company.

He said that not paying an indigenous company for a job well done and patronising foreigners for the same job was unfortunate.

The committee added that the act was capable of frustrating indigenous contractors, adding that it would not augur well to drive Nigeria out of business while encouraging foreigners.

He stated that it was high time Nigerians began to take themselves seriously.

Speaking on the issue, a member of the committee, Rep. Matthew Nwogwu, said that the non-appearance of AGIP was disrespectful.

“It’s unfortunate that people who are supposed to be accountable to Nigerians are not.

“When a committee like this is mandated by the constitution to handle issues concerning the lives of Nigerians, it summons an organisation but the refusal should call for worry.

“I don’t know who is protecting who but no one is above the law; the only people who have immunity are the governor and President.

Onubogu, in his response, said the invitation was well advertised in the media, adding that AGIP deliberately shunned the public hearing.

He said  the matter started more than five years ago, adding that a situation where a Nigerian company is being strangled by an Italian firm was unfortunate.

According to him, they owe my company over 80 million dollars paid by NNPCL. The NNPCL has paid the money but it was diverted out of Nigeria.

“AGIP Oil Company used some cronies to take this money out of Nigeria, and they refused to pay the Nigerian company.

“AGIP took all my cancelled contracts and gave them to my own staff while they were working for me.

“All I am saying here is that AGIP should pay my money; AGIP should be mandated by the NNPCL to pay my money.

He, however, said that he would not settle for anything other than to get his full money.

“I don’t believe in middle ground; the right thing should be done; they are owing me, and they should pay my money and restore all my contracts as awarded to me.

“There are rules and regulations for terminating and awarding contracts.”

He said he was ready for a peaceful resolution of the impasse, provided AGIP obeyed, adding that no one could tell him to forgo his money.

Onubogu said that he believed that justice must be done in the matter.

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