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Plateau Central: Tribunal strikes out suit challenging election of Sen. Hezekiah Dimka

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The Plateau National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition tribunal has dismissed a petition filed by the PDP, challenging the election of Sen. Hezekiah Dimka of the APC as Senator representing Plateau Central in the Feb. 23 election.


Delivering judgment, Justice J.I. Nwoye, chairman of the tribunal, dimissed the petition filed by a former Immigration Boss, Mr David Paradang of the PDP.

Paradang had prayed the tribunal to declare him winner of the election following an alleged election malpractices that characterised the election.

But Justice Nwoye, held that the petitioners could not prove any of the allegations.

He held that the petition was incompetent.

The tribunal, therefore, expunged all evidence presented by the PDP from its record.

“This honourable tribunal has to expunge all the petitioners evidence because  they failed to proove all

“Consequently, this petition is therefore struct out and dismissed for lacking in merit, ” Nwoye held.
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NCDC announces 176 new COVID-19 infection in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 176  new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.

According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.

The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).

According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

It added that the  drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.

“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.

The NCDC said that the most common signs and symptoms reported by COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were cough and fever.

The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.

“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.

The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.

“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN

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Buhari congratulates Plateau Dep. Gov. Tyoden at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Deputy Governor of Plateau, Prof. Sonni Tyoden on the occasion of his 70th birthday.


The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday rejoiced with his family, friends, associates, the government and people of Plateau.

According to him, Tyoden has distinguished himself as a grassroots politician, former university teacher and Vice-Chancellor.

Buhari urged the deputy governor to remain committed in contributing to the development of his state under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and be a role-model to his numerous former students.

He prayed God to endow the septuagenarian with robust health and longer life as he continues to serve his state, country and humanity.

 

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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Commercial disputes: Stakeholders canvass for virtual Court hearings for speedy resolution

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Stakeholders on Tuesday called for the amendment of relevant rules and regulations to allow virtual Court hearings for speedy resolution of commercial disputes in Nigeria.


They made the call during a virtual dialogue organised by the Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP).

Participants also said that it would boost ease of doing business in Nigeria.

NICOP is an European Union (EU) co-financed initiative under the West African Competitiveness Programme, aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of Nigeria and to enhance it’s integration into the regional and International trading system.

Ms Katrine Thomsen, Head of Economic Section, EU delegate, said Nigeria is a leading trading partner with the EU.

She said that Nigeria’s partnership with the EU is highly cherished and had continued to improve daily.

“To support that improvement and trading partnership with Nigeria and West Africa in general, the EU has committed 125 million Euros to improving the competitiveness of West African economies,”she said

Thomsen said that the objective of NICOP is to stimulate and improve competitiveness of Nigeria in some selected value chains and to support the business climate in the country.

She said that a proactive legal system is critical to improving investment and business climate.

According to her, if we must diversify the economy and improve the country’s ranking in the ease of doing business, reforming the court system especially for contract enforcement and commercial dispute settlement is critical.

“We welcome NICOP and other stakeholders, joining voices with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo who recently advocated for new set of directives to enable virtual Court proceeding in the country.

”I am sure that the Supreme Court of Nigeria had ruled and confirm the legality of virtual Court hearing.

“To this end, Nigeria is demonstrating leadership in the new normal,”she said.

Also, the Head of Programmes, NICOP, Mr Markus Wauschkuhn, said that virtual Court hearing would strengthen Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and address key issues in business areas.

Wauschkuhn said that the idea is to improve the business environment and investment climate in the country.

According to him, NICOP had supported capacity development for commercial dispute resolution in focal states of Kano, Plateau, Ogun, Kaduna.

The Managing Partner, Law Future Partners (LFP), Mr Elvis Asia, said that the COVID-19 experience had presented an opportunity for Nigeria to fix the state of commercial dispute resolution which take almost forever.

In a paper titled “Opportunity for Contract Enforcement and Commercial Disputes Settlement Reform”, Asia said that it has serious negative effects on investors.

He said that transfer of Judges and calling off of hearing which contribute to the delay in serving justice would taken care off by virtual hearing.

Asia said virtual hearing would make recording easier, eliminate time wastage and corruption and fast-track quick delivery of judgment.

According to him, more members of the public can participate in any case of their interest from anywhere in the world.

He, however said that though there is no express provision for virtual Court hearing in the Constitution, it empowers Heads of Courts to make regulation for effective proceedings.

The legal practitioner said that there was need to amend the Evidence Act to clearly give credence to electronic copies of documents in the court.

He also called for the creation of a commercial Court division with requisite technology and skill acquisition for legal and paralegal practitioners.

In her contribution, Justice Olutoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State Judiciary, said that virtual court hearing had come to stay.

She recommended that virtual Court hearing should not be limited time-bound cases but should be expanded to cover all disputes.

Ipaye said that virtual hearing has tremendous advantages that will further enhance the justice system in the country.

Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mrs A. J Offiah, said that life is becoming more virtual than physical, saying that there is the need to address disputes virtually.

Offiah, who is the founder and principal partner of OBRA Legal, said that many heads of courts were already tilting towards virtual hearing.

She said there was need to create link between the database of all relevant government agencies with the Judiciary to enable easy access to authoritative documents.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Gov. Lalong celebrates Rochas @ 58

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the former Governor of Imo, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on his 58th birthday.


Lalong, in a congratulatory message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Tuesday in Jos, described Okorocha as compassionate.

He said the former governor was a kind and pragmatic politician who had deployed his resources and opportunities in life to serving the people.

He said Okorocha had endeared himself to the poor and vulnerable across the country, through his acts of generosity and sacrifices even before he got into public office.

The governor noted the contributions of the celebrant to the growth and development of Nigeria’s democracy, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) through his commitment and consistency with the truth.

He particularly commended Okorocha’s contributions to the development of Plateau in both economic, education and other sectors, saying he had continued to maintain his affinity with the State which he considers his home.

While wishing him well, Lalong urged Okorocha not to be deterred by challenges in the task of nation building, as his wealth of experience and knowledge would continue to be required.

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Source: NAN

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