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Court adjourns Mailafia’s case against IGP to Sept 29



Justice Arum Ashom of the Plateau State High Court yesterday fixed ruling on an application for the enforcement of fundamental right filed by Obadiah Mailafia against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for September 29.

Mailafia had approached the court for the enforcement of his fundamental right following his invitation by the police for criminal investigation presumably, on a matter he was already being investigated upon by the DSS.

When the matter came up yesterday, counsel for the applicant, Pius Akubo SAN said the application was brought pursuant to Section 206 of the fundamental human rights.

Counsel questioned the business of the respondents in a matter being handled by the DSS if there was no ulterior motive?

He said it was  ”evidently clear that the invitation by the respondents was not clear.”

He added:” They did not state anywhere that he committed any offense. They are taking refuge in section 4 of the Police Act to perpetuate their infamous Act because no criminal allegation has been raised against the applicant,” he said.

In his submission, Lukeman Fagbemi, counsel to the respondent, stated that he filed a counter-affidavit on behalf of the respondents urging the court to dismiss the applicant’s motion on notice.

Fagbemi said there was no law that supports a particular person to dispose of an affidavit citing section 115 subsection 3&4 of the evidence Act 2011.

He said that except the applicant placed something before the court, it would amount to mere speculation adding that section 4 of the Police Act stimulated how the police could conduct its investigation both within and outside the country.

He urged the court to dismiss the application as the court could not stop the police from the investigation.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit



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)



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



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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