CPC confiscates bags of adulterated hibiscus in Jigawa



The Jigawa Consumers Protection Committee on Wednesday said it had confiscated 12 bags of adulterated hibiscus valued N48, 000 from a trader at the Maigatari market in Hadejia, Jigawa.

Alhaji Faruk Abdallah, the Committee’s Chairman, told the Nigeria News Agency in Hadejia that the trader mixed seeds and sand with hibiscus in the bags to add to their weight.

He said the trader had been arraigned before a mobile court and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with an option of N50, 000 fine.

According to him, the court also ordered that the adulterated hibiscus be destroyed.

Abdallah said that another hibiscus seller was arraigned before the mobile court for tampering with a scale to short-change customers at Gumel Market.

“The trader was found guilty of dubiously over weighing hibiscus to make customers pay higher than the value of the commodity sold to them.

“He was also found guilty of overcharging customers at N140 per kilo of hibiscus instead of the approved N130 per kilo,” Abdallah said.

The chairman said the court also sentenced the trader to 12 months imprisonment with an option of N50, 000 fine.

“The magistrate warned the convict to desist from the act or risk being detained for three months before his case would be heard if he is arrested for similar offence in the future,” he said.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Grace Yussuf


APC chairmanship: It’s up to party to decide — Yari



Former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari says it is up to the All Progressives Congress (APC), to determine the geo-political zone that will produce its next chairman.

Yari fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

He said he was ready to join the race for the chairmanship of the party if it was handed to his zone.

APC, at present, is run by a 13-member National Caretaker Committee chaired by Yobe State Gov. Mai Mala Buni.

“I have said it several times that I know from the grassroots how the chairman is picked, either in the PDP, ANPP, CPC, I know how the chairman is picked.

“It is not picked by okay, here I am, Yari, pick me; the party will sit down and critically look at which zone will produce the  chairman, which zone will produce the secretary, which zone will produce the deputy.

“If they say the zone where I come from is favoured to pick it, of course, whole-heartedly, I will go for it.

“So, I know how the game is being played and I am ready to do it if I am trusted. So, there is no issue there.’’

On the reconciliation going in Zamfara, he said it was all about peace in Nigeria and APC.

He said there were many areas where reconciliation was needed, adding that the committee was doing a fantastic job.

“I think effort is being made by the party to see that reconciliation is made and also that the party can come back to its track.

“ You know the accident that happened in the state, which we are managing and then to ensure that we avoid it in the future.

“ So, I welcome any reconciliation that will be of benefit to my party in the state and at the national level.’’

Yari urged politicians to be ready to grant concessions and maintain party loyalty.

He said that the most important thing was to be loyal to the party and try as much as possible to drive the manifesto of the party and work for it at all levels.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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Edo Elections: ZLP wants Mike Igini as REC



The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has endorsed Mr Mike Igini, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Resident Electoral Commissioner (Akwa Ibom) to oversee the Sept. 19 election in Edo.

The Chairman of the party, Mr Dan Nwanyanwu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said that Igini should be sent to Edo.

He made the call while reacting to allegations by some All Progressives Congress (APC), chieftains claiming that Igini had been compromised by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo.

Nwanyanwu said that Igini was reputable for conducting credible elections acceptable to winners and losers and should be sent to Edo for the Sept. 19 elections.

“I will say INEC should send Igini to Edo; we are also contesting in that election; the election in Edo is not only APC and PDP; ZLP is the third option in the state and we are saying we need Igini there.

“There are plans to carry ballot boxes, hijack electoral materials with youth members; Igini will cancel the election, he will never allow bad behaviour to be rewarded, he has done that several times and that is their fear.

“Let us redo it as many times as possible until we get it right; we cannot continue to reward bad behavior and that is why we are calling in INEC to make sure that appropriate directives are given to officials,” he said.

Nwanyanwu recalled that in 2011, Igini conducted elections in Cross River and insisted on credible elections and the then The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), won a ward each in the state for the first time.

The chairman recalled that Igini was seconded to finish the second phase of the 2011 governorship election in Imo and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), won and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost.

Nwanyanwu said that in the Anambra 2012 senatorial elections, Igini was there and PDP won the election and APGA lost.

The ZLP chieftain said that the then governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi, congratulated Igini for the transparent manner he conducted the election not withstanding that his party lost.

He recalled that in 2015, there was another inclusive election in Imo when Rochas had moved from APGA to APC and APC won and PDP accused Igini of manipulation.

“You can see that when Igini is involved, PDP won some, APGA won some, APC won some CPC won some and they all lost some.

“In Edo, when Oshiomole was governor, Igini insisted on the people’s might, PDP did everything to get majority in the State House of Assembly but APC got the Majority.

“Oshiomole congratulated Igini for his transparency; it is only in that election of the 11 states that make the South East and South South that Buhari won 46 per cent of the votes, this time APC.

“Now in 2020, it is the same APC that is accusing Igini,” he said.

Nwanyanwu urged Edo electorate and residents not to allow themselves to be provoked by anybody.

He urged Edo people not to be violent, saying that they should go out, get accredited, vote, wait and defend their vote.

The chairman also raised alarm over intelligence reports claiming that thugs had been armed to disrupt the elections.

He called on the security agencies to be on red alert and challenged the Inspector General of Polce to ensure there would not be fake policemen or military men on duty on the day of elections.

Nwanyanwu charged President Muhammadu Buhari to send a clear signal to the security agencies to ensure that the election must be free, fair and credible.

The chieftain said that the Sept. 19, Edo election was an opportunity for Buhari to leave his legacy behind.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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Judicial reforms: Buhari wants 12 months timeline for criminal trials



President Muhammadu Buhari says there is need to put in place rules stipulating that criminal trials up to the Supreme Court must end in 12 months.

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement on Wednesday in  Abuja, said Buhari virtually declared open Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA)  Annual General Conference.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Virtual 2020 Annual Conference with the theme, “Step Forward’’, coincides with the NBA”s body’s 60th anniversary.

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said that such reforms had become necessary given the current and pre-existing challenges confronting the system.

“Why can’t we have time limits for all cases?

“Why can’t we put in place the rules that will say that a criminal trial all the way up to the Supreme Court must end in 12 months, and that a civil trial must not exceed 12-15 months? I think that, for me, will be stepping forward.

“Step forward means taking responsibility. It may also mean making progress, boldly taking on the challenges of the future.

“I believe we need to step forward and resolve some of the nagging problems of our systems of administration of justice.”

The president referred to his experience at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunals in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2019.

He said until recently, court trials had been “terribly slow” and capable of frustrating genuine efforts aimed at promoting general progress of the society.

“I am not a lawyer but I have been both a casualty and a beneficiary of the judicial process. I was before the courts for two and a half years- 27 months from 2003 in the now famous case of Buhari and Obasanjo.

“ It took me two and a half years to fight for a four-year Presidential mandate.

“In 2007, I was again in court for 20 months, almost two years, also as petitioner and later then appellant in the case of Buhari and INEC.

“And in 2011, again as petitioner in the case of CPC and INEC. I spent another eight months in court. At the end, I lost all three cases. I wondered then why it needed to take so long to arrive at a verdict.

“In 2019, my status improved, I was now no longer petitioner, I became first respondent in the case of Atiku and Buhari and the whole process took barely six months.”

Buhari said that his second concern was the multiple and sometimes conflicting orders of courts.

He said that recently, his party had an internal crisis, adding that in the six-week period he chaired meetings to resolve the crisis, there were at least 10 different conflicting rulings of the courts across the country.

“Again, I am not a lawyer, but surely these sort of multiple and conflicting rulings of courts sometimes ex parte, really make a mockery of the judicial process.

“Third issue is the seeming bias towards technicality over the clear common sense justice of cases.

“If justice is to be seen to be done, then the outcomes of cases must make sense to the average person and not just to the refined minds of learned persons alone. Justice must make sense to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

“My fourth issue is on the appointment of judges. I believe that we must continuously improve on the selection processes for appointment of the men and women who serve as judges.”

According to him, there is need to cast the nets wider in search of judges, especially at the appellate level.

He said that primarily merit-based selection processes including mandatory tests and interviews for all applicants for judgeships must be put in place.

“While our Constitution urges Federal character for balance, this is not an excuse for mediocrity.

“ If a particular zone is to produce a judge why can’t we find the best talents in that zone; our country has excellent men and women everywhere.

“Reform is urgent because the fabric of our society is stitched together by our system of justice and law enforcement; we cannot afford to have the stitches come undone,” he said.

Buhari  urged stakeholders in the sector to further leverage technology.

Earlier in his remark, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, restated the commitment of the judiciary to adapt to changes within and around its environment, citing the adoption of virtual court proceedings as an example.

He said the judiciary under his watch would not condone practices that had, over the years, negatively impacted the image of the justice sector.

Muhammad added that abuse of court processes, among others would no longer be tolerated.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
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President Buhari tasks NBA on speedy Justice delivery



President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, underscored the importance of an enhanced Justice delivery system, in a bid to keep the Nigerian legal system in tune with global best practices.

The President made the call at the opening ceremony of the 60th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

The 2020 NBA AGC tagged ” Step Forward” is holding both virtually and physically from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29 in Lagos and Abuja.

Buhari, in his opening remarks, felicitated with the leadership of the NBA on her 60th AGC and urged that the Bar takes congnisance of its role in the Administration of Justice.

The president who was represented virtually by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, SAN, noted that Law and Order is crucial to the sustenance of the country’s Democracy adding that the legal profession must ensure it plays its role.

“The theme you have selected “Step Forward” is so apt and this means, taking responsibility, and it may also mean making progress.

“There are areas where I believe we need to step forward and resolve some of the problems of our system,” he said

He outlined some of the areas as:

The slow pace of trials in our Courts, multiple and conflicting orders of court, seeming bias towards technicalities, appointment of judges, security, law and order, as well as Rape and Sexual offences.

Harping on the issue of slow pace of trials the President said:

“I was before the court for two and half years from 2003 to 2005 and it took me two and a half years to fight for a four-year -Presidential mandate .

“In 2007, I was again in court for 20 months, almost two years, as petitioner, and later as appellant in the case of Buhari Vs INEC and in 2011 again as petitioner in the case of CPC Vs INEC and at the end I lost all three cases; Then, I wondered why we had to take so long.

“If I had I won the case then some one who did not legitimately win the election would have occupied office all the while.

“I was in court again in 2019; I was no longer a petitioner but a respondent in the case of Atiku Vs Buhari and the whole process took barely six months; Now what was the difference?

“.The law had changed since my ordeal in 2003, 2007 and 2011; You had now introduced time limits for election petitions.

“Why can’t we then put a rule that will say that a criminal trial up to the supreme court must not exceed 12 months in duration.?

“I think that for me, will be. “stepping forward” he said

According to the president, the speed of our legal institutions and processes, must match with the global base

Meanwhile in his remark, The Attorney General of the Federation Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,  also commended the NBA on its 60th AGC and urged its leadership to keep in tune with the evolving ICT.

Malami who was also represented virtually by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Adedayo Akpata (SAN), said that at the onset of the pandemic the office of the A-G took it upon itself to adopt the use of ICT.

He said ICT saw the introduction of virtual court proceedings which helped to keep the courts open and also set the pace for a post COVID-19 Justice system.

“My office will continue to drive the much needed legal reforms in promoting the rule of law, and publishing full financial autonomy for the state legislator and state judiciary and re-invigorating the office of the A-G as the Chief Law officer,” he said

According to him, the foregoing will continue to serve as a catalysts to the things being recovered by his office which includes about 201 million dollars loot, which he said is being plunged into some critical infrastructure.

He said that measures are also being put in place to prevent mismanagement and reoccurrence.

Malami stressed the need for the NBA to rise above circumstances and “Step forward” to positively enhance the law making process.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NBA 2020 AGC has over 22,000 registered delegates

Physical attendance at the Conference is holding at both the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, as well as the NBA Headquarters in Abuja, with not more than 30 persons allowed at the venue.

The conference is to showcase over 28 law sessions to be anchored by renowned Nigerian legal practitioners

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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