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SIM card: DSS fails to stop N10m judgment enforcement

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A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba on Wednesday struck out an application by the Department of State Services seeking to stop a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was awarded N10m damages from enforcing the judgment.

Okolie was detained for 10 weeks without charge for owning a SIM card previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in May 2020 ordered the DSS to pay him for illegal detention.

Okolie’s lawyer, Mr. Tope Akinyode had threatened to institute contempt proceedings against the Director-General of the DSS over non-payment of the judgment sum.

When the DSS filed the application for stay of execution, Akinyode who is also the National President of Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum said that the application would be “vehemently” opposed.

He described it as “a frivolous ploy by the SSS to delay payment”. He said at best, he would urge the court to compel the DSS to pay the money into an interest yielding account pending the outcome of the appeal.

However, on Wednesday, when the matter came up, Justice Dimgba struck out the application of the DSS, saying the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

The judge said an appeal had been entered at the Court of Appeal. He said by virtue of Order 4 Rule 11 of the Court of Appeal Rules only the Appellate Court could hear the case.

The judge, therefore, struck out the application.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm

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School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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A three-story building belonging to a private school in the Ejigbo area in Lagos state collapsed on Saturday, September 19.

The affected school, Excel College, which is located at 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus-Stop, collapsed at about 8.15 am. So far, there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate the structure before the collapse.

 

School building collapses in Lagos (photos)School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

by Linda Ike

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Edo election: I’m disappointed, says Obaseki after voting

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission should have prepared better for the election.

Obaseki spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

The governor lamented that he stayed for over one and a half hours in the queue.

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election said he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and a half hours in the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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