By Abdulmumin Giwa
Following the recent attack on the campaign convoy of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso that led to a bloody clash in Kofa village of Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano state that claimed not fewer than two lives, the state Police Command has arrested a member of House of Representatives, Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa and 70 other Political supporters and Leaders.
Kwankwaso was on a campaign trail around Kofa town on Thursday when an attack on his convoy led to violent clash with supporters of the APC, Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa resulting to the lost of lives.
Both parties pointed accusing fingers at each other as to who started the violence for which the House of Representatives member Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa said resulted in the burning down of his sixty campaign vehicles.
However the Police PPRO DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, told newsmen that they arrested 70 persons across the two political parties including party leaders and also invited Kofa for interrogation.
However, the PPRO noted that only two persons were killed in the clash while several others were injured. 20 cars were burnt and 18 other Political Campaign vehicles shattered.
More so, He added that a community clinic has also been burnt down but no house was either touched or put on fire.
“We invited Kofa for interrogation for the police to have more details as to what exactly happened” the PPRO said.
By Fatai Abdullahi
A Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, Lagos, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Okocha, a. k. a. Jay Jay Okocha for failure to appear in court severally to answer to why he has allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.
Okocha was dragged before the court by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice for failure to furnish return of his personal income tax.
On June 6, 2017 complain was filed before the court against the former Super Eagles Captain, the case came up for the first time on Oct. 5, 2017 but he failed to appear in court.
However, after several adjournments without him appearing in court when service have been served on him, the prosecutor urged the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, on Jan. 29 issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the ex-Supper Eagles Captain and adjourned until February 19, 2019, for him to be produce in court.
However, on February, 2019, the prosecution had not effected the arrest, the court then ordered that on the next adjourned date the order should have been executed.
Consequently Justice Akintoye adjourned the case till April 15, 2019 for the execution of the bench warrant and Okocha made to appear in court for trial to commence.
Okocha was alleged to have failed to furnish return of his income tax to the Lagos State Internal Revenue services, which indicates that he has failed to pay his income taxes.
The offences alleged to have been committed by Okocha contravened Sections 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No.8, 2006, and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
By Abdulmumin Giwa
Kano state High Court 11 of Justice Rabiu Sadiq has granted bail to Deji Adeyanji, an Abuja based human right activist on Monday.
He was granted bail on condition that he hands over his international passport and produces two sureties with landed properties verifiable by the state agency in-charge.
The counsel to Deji, Barrister Haruna Magashi told newsmen that he was charged for attempted murder by the Kano state government under section 229 of the penal code.
The activist was sued for murder in 2005 but discharged and acquitted by the court in Kano and the case was recently revisited.
He is accused of pointing a gun at someone, shooting at him but missing the target.
The bail conditions are yet to be fulfilled as at the time of writing this piece.
The Kaduna state government has appealed the judgement of the Kaduna High Court that sets nearly 100 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria free and acquitted them some months ago.
It will be recalled that the Kaduna State High Court presided by Justice Nyoms, sitting in Kaduna had on July 31st, 2018 upheld the “No case submission” in respect of an alleged culpable homicide against some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria arrested since December, 2015 following the brutal massacre of members of the Movement and therefore discharged and acquitted them.
This latest development means that the Islamic Movement will get back in court to defend its hard won victory.
Some observers believe that the appeal by the government is to foreclose premature termination of the case the government is currently pursuing against the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenatu Ibraheem, for aiding and abetting culpable homicide, the crime the discharged members were alleged to have committed before they were acquitted.
A similar case involving the rest of those arrested since December 2015 is currently ongoing at a different High Court, presided by Justice Gwada. During the last sitting in that case, the key prosecution witness had sought to change his testimony that nailed the case against them that he was told that Corporal Dan Kaduna, the alleged victim of the culpable homicide, was actually killed by “friendly fire.” However, he was reminded of what he had said under oath at the time and so could not change anything.
The government had hoped that this second court could assist their case, especially as their case against Sheikh Zakzaky and his spouse is hinged on this.
The dwindling prospect of getting anything favourable in that necessitated the appeal.
The appeal comes up for hearing on the 28th February, 2019 at the Court of Appeal, Kaduna.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said claims by Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that 66 persons were killed by gunmen in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state were false and intended to stir violence.
El-Rufai had in a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, announced the killings in the state on the eve of the initial slated date for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
However, in a statement on Saturday by Kaduna State CAN chapter chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, he said that the governor intentionally sent out wrong information to deceive Nigerians and the international community.
The statement by the state CAN president read, “The press statement by the spokesman for Kaduna State Governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, suggests that “the killings in Kajuru Local Government were carried out yesterday (Friday) 15/2/2019. This is false in its entirety.
“We are aware that the incident happened in the late hours of Sunday 10 February to February 12, 2019, at about 1am at Gindin Gada in the Maro Ward of Kajuru Local Government, Kaduna State where unidentified hoodlums went into the village and killed about 11 people in their sleep.
“The incident led to reprisals. Two of the suspects were said to have been apprehended and handed over to the Divisional Police Officer in the area. It was in the afternoon of the said date of the attack (as contained in the press statement) that the District Head of Kufana, Mr Titus Dauda, and four of his local chiefs were released after their invitation by the Department of State Services.
“We see this as an illogical intentional, premeditated attempt at stirring violence in the state for whatever expected gains. The incidence of raising false alarm by the Kaduna State Government should make Nigerians realise that some of our leaders are also guilty of hate speech and that makes them major actors in the game that has denied us peace and has claimed the lives of our love ones.”
This came just as Senator Shehu Sani, who represents Kaduna Central, where the affected community is located, has expressed worries why the incident which happened on Sunday was only made an issue on the eve of the presidential elections.
“What the people of the area told me was that the issue happened since Sunday and the security agencies waded in and resolved it immediately. There was no tension that can threaten peace in the area,” he said on his Twitter handle.
Chidi Odinkalu, human rights lawyer and former chairman National Human Rights Commission NHC, has described as false, the statement from the Kaduna state government that 66 people were killed in attacks on Kajuru local government area of the state.
In a related development, Ishaya Chonoko, Zonal Coordinator, North-West office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told SUNDAY PUNCH that there were no fresh killings in Kajuru LGA on Friday as claimed by the governor.
He said: “It is not true that 66 people were killed in Kaduna State. I am in Kaduna now and I can confirm to you that I am not aware of any 66 people that were killed in Kajuru Local Government Area by any unknown gunmen.
“There was an attack last week (Sunday), where 11 people were said to have been killed. It was the usual tribal clash between the Fulani and the indigenes. Anytime there is a clash between two tribes in Kaduna, there is usually reprisal.
“We made necessary contacts only to discover that it was merely a rumour to instigate violence. Please disregard it. It is not true at all.”
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has demanded Mahmood Yakubu to resign as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking through his media aide, ke Abonyi immediately after the elections were postponed by INEC, Secondus said his party was rejecting the new dates.
He said it was a “deliberate, pre-determined agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to cling on to power even when it’s obvious to him that Nigerians want him out”.
Secondus said the postponement was part of a “grand plan” by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to prevent the will of Nigerians “at all cost”.
He said the APC “in connivance with INEC have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act”.
“With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose,” he said in a statement issued to reporters.
According to the statement, “For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away.”
Secondus said the killing of over 60 persons mostly women and children in southern Kaduna on the eve of election “is a copious ploy by the APC to frighten the people away from voting knowing too well that they were not going to record any vote from the area”.
In a similar development, the APC has condemned the postponement of the elections by INEC.
This is contained in a statement signed by the campaign spokesman Justice Festus Kiyamo SAN.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and national assembly elections till February 23.
The governorship and state assembly elections will now hold on March 9.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced this in the early hours of Saturday.
He said the decision was taken after a careful review of the plan for the exercise.
“Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and the determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible,” he said.
“Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, 23 February 2019.
“Furthermore, the Governorship, State House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday 9th March 2019. This will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections.
“This was a difficult decision for the Commission to take, but necessary for the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy.”
He announced that the commission will meet key stakeholders to update them on the development at 2pm on Saturday.
INEC had summoned stakeholders to an emergency meeting on Friday night following logistics problem in some states.