Ganduje Slams Daily Nigerian in Court for defamation, Seeks N3bn

Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano

Kano state Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has filed a suit against the publisher of Daily Nigerian, an online news medium demanding damages of N3bn for alleged defamation.

In a Writ of Summons, Counsel to the Plaintiff Nuradeen A. Ayagi tendered before the High Court dated 13th November, 2018 demanded the defendant for an appearance to be entered for him before 14 days.

The Counsel prayed the court to declare as follows, “a declaration that the act of publishing and circulating libelous statements, false and doctored video clips attacking and impugning the character and integrity of the plaintiff amounts to defamation of character of the plaintiff by the defendants and thus wrongful” it reads.

Ganduje’s Counsel equally urges the Court to further outrightly declare that unqualified imputation of theft, fraud, corruption and dishonesty which are all criminal offenses by the defendant’s publication against the plaintiff without any conviction by a court of laws, is slanderous, libelous, injurious and wrongful.

Ganduje wants the court to further averred that and order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further publishing the said defamatory story and sharing the said doctored video clips howsoever to whichever type of audience.

“An order compelling the defendant to pay the plaintiff the sum of N3bn as damages for the defamation of the plaintiff character and standing.
“An order compelling the defendants to write a public apology to the plaintiff and broadcast such apology through their online platforms and news media with global accessibility”.

Daly Nigerian had published stories and videos alleging that the Kano state Governor collected $5m as bribe from contractors.

“We ‘ll Resist This Tyranny” -Dr Sani Adamu

By Mike O

The Chairman of Project 774 For Atiku 2019, Dr. Sani Adamu has charged youths all over the country irrespective of their political or ethnic beliefs to take back their country and get it working again.

He said, the call has become imperative in view of the looming hunger, anger and dictatorship Nigerians are witnessing today .

He said that over 15 million Nigerians have become unemployed since 2015 and more people have been murdered or killed since President Muhammadu Buhari took over.

Dr. Adamu spoke at the last day of his two days enlightenment visit to Kaduna .

Speaking to journalist in a separate meeting yesterday Dr Sani also said that getting Nigeria to work again is a must and a reality

He further stressed that Abubakar Atiku has already perfected and mapped out ways to reintegrate the youths back into the system by getting them back to work and gainfully employed.

“I am a youth and today I am working with His Excellency Abubakar Atiku” he declared.

He explained that a survey has shown that all the firms owned by the PDP presidential aspirant Atiku are staffed by the youths to prove his commitment to them.

“Atiku means well for the youths and Nigerians in general” he explained.

Speaking on the ethno-religious crises bedeviling the country, he promised that under Atiku, there would not be any form or ethnic or religious bigotry .

Dr Sani Adamu also spoke on the recent search of Atiku’s aircraft suitecasesy operatives asking whether President Buhari was looking for his missing WAEC certificate in Atiku ‘s plane or the N200, billion naira swallowed by a snake.

“Imagine, the security operatives broke the padlocks of suitecases in the plane instead of asking for the for keys” he lamented.

He declared that the 1983 Buhari is back and Nigerians will show him the way out come 2019.

He finally warned that if Buhari repeats such a costly mistake, he will feel the wrath of over 1million Nigerians on the streets.

“We ‘ll Resist This Tyranny” -Dr Sani Adamu

By Mike O

The Chairman of Project 774 For Atiku 2019, Dr. Sani Adamu has charged youths all over the country irrespective of their political or ethnic beliefs to take back their country and get it working again.

He said, the call has become imperative in view of the looming hunger, anger and dictatorship Nigerians are witnessing today .

He said that over 15 million Nigerians have become unemployed since 2015 and more people have been murdered or killed since President Muhammadu Buhari took over.

Dr. Adamu spoke at the last day of his two days enlightenment visit to Kaduna .

Speaking to journalist in a separate meeting yesterday Dr Sani also said that getting Nigeria to work again is a must and a reality

He further stressed that Abubakar Atiku has already perfected and mapped out ways to reintegrate the youths back into the system by getting them back to work and gainfully employed.

“I am a youth and today I am working with His Excellency Abubakar Atiku” he declared.

He explained that a survey has shown that all the firms owned by the PDP presidential aspirant Atiku are staffed by the youths to prove his commitment to them.

“Atiku means well for the youths and Nigerians in general” he explained.

Speaking on the ethno-religious crises bedeviling the country, he promised that under Atiku, there would not be any form or ethnic or religious bigotry .

Dr Sani Adamu also spoke on the recent search of Atiku’s aircraft suitecasesy operatives asking whether President Buhari was looking for his missing WAEC certificate in Atiku ‘s plane or the N200, billion naira swallowed by a snake.

“Imagine, the security operatives broke the padlocks of suitecases in the plane instead of asking for the for keys” he lamented.

He declared that the 1983 Buhari is back and Nigerians will show him the way out come 2019.

He finally warned that if Buhari repeats such a costly mistake, he will feel the wrath of over 1million Nigerians on the streets.

Islamic Movement Accuses Yobe CP Of Concocting Lies Against It, Blackmail

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has issued a statement condemning the Yobe Commissioner of Police accusing him of concocting lies against it to deliberately defame and blackmail it in the eyes of the public.

The media early in the week reported the CP Sunmonu Abdulmalik alleging that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, popularly called Shi’ites, plans to relocate its national headquarters to Potiskum in Yobe state. He also removed the Shias from the fold of Islam describing them as non Muslims. The CP further alleged that they caught members of the Movement with arms and drugs which the Movement describe as outrageous lies.

This is contained in a press statement issued by the President Media Forum of the Movement, Ibrahim Musa on Teusday 13th November, 2018. Below is the press statement in full:

RE: Shi’ites Plan Moving National Headquarters To Yobe Town – Police

The attention of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been drawn to a statement by the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki, reported to have said that security reports reaching him have indicated that the leadership of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is planning to relocate the Shi’ite national headquarters to Potiskum town. He also made a false allegation that whenever our members are arrested they are found with drugs and arms.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria wishes to inform the CP and general public that ‘the security reports’ about us with the Police command in general and that of Yobe state in particular are concocted lies made by our detractors within and outside the force with deliberate intention of blackmailing us and tarnishing our public image as a mass movement committed to justice and fairness to all irrespective of diversities.

The Islamic Movement is not an association that has a national headquarters, talk less of moving it around from place to place. Even when the Islamic Centre built by our illegally incarcerated leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was destroyed by Kaduna state government, our Islamic activities have not stopped in the state, talk less of other states. We are at best, practicing Muslims living peacefully with other citizens.

Therefore we find it strange and outrageous when the CP is linking us with drug abuse and violence. It is on record that no member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has ever been convicted of such offenses in Yobe in particular and in the country in general. We dare the CP to disprove our claim especially as it concerns Yobe state.

We have observed that we have been at the receiving end of the various security agencies in Yobe state, Potiskum in particular where several of our members have been extra judicially killed by security agents unprovoked. In the past three years we have lost close to 30 members to the brutalities recklessness of the security agencies in Potiskum alone.

Certainly this is the birth month of the Holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad SAWA and obviously a lot of gatherings of merry makings should be expected and are not in any way course for any alarm. The Islamic da’awah activities championed by various Islamic groups during this month of Rabi’ul Awwal and the one after it are peaceful and rewarding spiritually.

We also condemn the recklessness of the CP in joining his boss the IG to distance us from Islam. It is outright hate speech, a display of extremism and act of impersonation unfortunately displayed by the police. It is also an act of religious profiling, that can lead to discriminatory treatment and phobia against us as a sector of the Nigerian society on the ground of our religious belief.

We wish to remind the police command that it is indubitably clear that the fundamental human rights guaranteed by The Constitution and the African Charter Act are not for the exclusive preserve of the bourgeoisie but for the enjoyment of all Nigerian citizens.

We implore the Yobe state CP to remember that Sokoto state police command made a similar outrageous claim of the Islamic Movement moving its headquarters to Sokoto in 2016, but it became a laughing stock when it proved that there is no inkling of anything of that sort happening. One wonders who the Yobe State CP is trying to please, perhaps he may be looking for cheap popularity by his scandalous statements.

INEC Reiterates Partnership With CSOs

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Functions of the observer organizations during the coming 2019 general elections have been highlighted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Commissioner, Mrs. Antonia Okusee Simbine in Kano during an event for dialogue between INEC and Civil Society Organizations, CSO of the Northern Zone in Kano on Monday.

Speaking to Vanguard at the event, she described the CSOs as partners with a wide reach out in communities that could help in identifying problems from the side of the electorate as well as the effective and efficient service delivery from the side of the INEC.

She explained that their duty is to observe the election and how it is going on and report back to the commission as well as advising on what to do to improve the efficiency. She added that it is not part of their function to give any instructions on the field, support any party or identify with any.

She called on the Civil Society Organizations to support the INEC whenever it is doing things rightly and to also enlighten the political parties on the right things to do at all time to achieve a successful election outing.

The INEC Commissioner also called on the CSOs to use their outreach to sensitize the electorate on the need to come out to vote and to observe the regulations set aside such as, shunning political violence and other negative acts that are detrimental to the elections.

Speaking on the adjustments about the process of elections she explained that there is no more going to be a separate process of accreditation of voters before the casting of votes for which the system now allows for one to be accredited and allowed to vote at the same time.

Mrs Simbine also stated that special provisions have also been made for vulnerable people like the aged, pregnant women and people with disabilities who would be given preference during the elections.

Another progress she added is that of an improved smart card reader that could capture more finger prints during accreditation. It will record the accreditation, the numbers of those that voted, store the information and transmit it to a central server where the electronic data is stored before the manual ones will be brought to verify.

She dismissed claims by some sectors of the society that the processes introduced were meant to give an upper hand to the ruling party stating that they are introduce only to make the voting processes efficient and more transparent.

In a goodwill address delivered by the Senior Legal Expert of the European Center for Electoral Support, ECES, Maria Teresa Mauro expressed gratitude for INEC’s commitment towards strengthening their partnership with CSO’s across the country.

She said ECES is proud to be part of the initiative and assures INEC of its commitment to continue to support its engagements with critical stakeholders within the context of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria

ASUU Strike: BUK Branch Complies

By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Bayero University Kano (BUK) branch has complied with the union’s call for indefinite strike.

This was made known to newsmen by the BUK ASUU chairman Dr. Ibrahim Barde recently.

“We also decided to go on the strike because government did not also meet our demand on the Memorandum of Action MoA signed between the two parties” he explained.

ASUU in BUK told newsmen early in October while rejecting the introduction of Education Bank that it is calling on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the government to meet with the MoA demand of the Union to avoid industrial action.

“To ASUU strike is always the last option to make government responsive because it appears they don’t understand the language of negotiations” he declared then.

Meanwhile, students have vacated the campus especially the undergraduates, having concluded their examination. However, the post graduates are yet to finish their examinations.

To some of the students, it is a right time to go on the strike because they are through with their examination and are also in support calling on the authorities to take the issue of education serious.

The usually busy areas of the new sight of BUK are now empty as most students have left.

Court dismisses bail application on Sheikh Zakzaky

Abdulmumin Giwa

One of the lawyers to Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Barrister Haruna Magashi told newsmen after the case today that the court has dismissed the bail application for the Sheikh and his wife Malam Zeenat who are being charged for murder, culpable homicide and unlawful assembly among others.

Addressing newsmen outside the court premises after the case, as they were not allowed into the court, he added that the judge ordered that a speedy hearing will be done however.

He explained that the preceding judge of the Kaduna High court, Justice Gideon Kurada said he is going to continue with the case even in the absence of the third and the forth accused as there were no records before him showing that they have received any summons from the court.

Speaking on the reaction of the accused persons, he further said that the team will study the court’s decision dismissing the bail application with the Sheikh to determine what step to take next.

In his response Barrister Dari Bayero, the counsel to the state government, said the Sheikh has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and the court has asked them to bring their evidences to prove the charges against him.

In a swift reaction to the refusal of the court to grant bail to the Sheikh, Mr. Ibrahim Musa, President Media Forum of the Islamic Movement said, “We are disappointed with the courts’ decision, because it should have considered his failing health.

“Secondly it shows that the government is not ready to listen to us, well-meaning Nigerians as well as the international community that our leader should be set free as ordered by the Federal High Court.

“Therefore we will keep on with our protests in Abuja and other cities Insha Allah.”

The court announced January 22nd 2019 as the date for the next sitting.