Court Orders Akwa Ibom State Government to pay trader wrongfully jailed for 8 years N2million
Justice Ntong Ntong of the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene has ordered the State Government to pay N2million to a trader, Idaraobong Sunday Dickson for wrongful incarceration. The judge said 28-year-old Dickson should be paid the sum for his rehabilitation after suffering in prison for eight years over allegations of armed robbery and rape, which he knew nothing about. The case was between the state against Idaraobong Sunday Dickson and three others standing trial since 2015 on a six-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, robbery, armed robbery and rape. In his judgment, Justice Ntong who discharged and acquitted Dickson, having found him not guilty, however, convicted and sentenced the two other defendants, Nsikak Godwin to 20 years in prison and Christopher Sunday, to 16 years in prison, with jail terms to run concurrently from June 22, 2015. Justice Ntong said the evidence before the court showed that Dickson, a native of Ikot Ada Utor in Midim, Abak Local Government Area, had no case to answer, as there was no evidence linking him with the commission of the alleged offences. The court ordered the “Nigeria Police Force to apologise to Idaraobong Sunday Dickson either in a national newspaper or privately in a special letter addressed to the defendant for unlawful arrest.” The court also said: “Akwa Ibom State Government, particularly the Attorney General of the State and the Director of Public Prosecutions, should always supervise the activities of lawyers in the Attorney General’s Office and the Nigeria Police Force to caution its officers to treat civil populace with dignity and respect.”“The police or the state prosecuting a person suspected of committing a crime ought to be diligent and sure of their facts, before charging the person to court.“The life of Idaraobong Sunday Dickson, a phone battery charger (sic) and recharge card seller in Ikot Ekpene, who was toiling day and night to make ends meet, is truncated by police shoddy investigation.“If the state officials and officers of the Nigeria Police Force had done due diligence in their investigation, the ugly situation would have been duly averted.” Justice Ntong decried the situation whereby the accused was made to suffer unjustly, saying it was tantamount to unjust treatment of an innocent citizen who has wasted his youthful years in prison for an offence he knew nothing about, adding that his judgment was by virtue of his inherent powers pursuant to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution.
Tinubu vs Obi, Atiku: nothing has changed in Nigeria since 1979 – Fayose
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has said Nigeria hasn’t changed since 1979. He made the statement on Thursday following the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. Fayose spoke while fielding questions from journalists on Arise Television’s Morning Show. According to him, there is a lot wrong with Nigeria, adding that he blamed the majority of the problem the country is facing on stakeholders and politicians. Recall that the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently won the 2023 presidential election, beating close rivals Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi. Atiku and Obi have since headed to the courts to challenge the victory of Tinubu. Fayose said, “There is a lot wrong with Nigeria. Since 1979 nothing has changed. I blamed the majority of the problem on stakeholders and politicians. “When you asked Buhari in 2015 if you lose the election, would you concede defeat, he said I would win. He never conceived he would lose. “I told you the senators, House of Rep members are returning to the House of Assembly. The system is sick. Nobody is protecting it. “Rather than blaming INEC, we need to draw a red line like the army. Nothing was wrong in the election.”
People of Abia have spoken with votes – Orji Kalu Congratulates Alex Otti
The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu has sent a congratulatory message to Abia Governor-elect, Alex Otti. He said the people of Abia State have spoken with their votes by choosing the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the March 18 elections. He urged all Abians to close ranks and support the governor-elect “in rebuilding the state for the betterment of the people”. Sen. Kalu said this in a congratulatory message he sent to Otti on Thursday in Abuja. The senator applauded the political maturity demonstrated by candidates of all political parties during the election. According to him, the collective interests of the Abia people should be placed above personal ambitions. “I congratulate Chief Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP) who emerged victorious in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Abia state.“The people of Abia State have spoken with their votes and as such Abians regardless of party affiliation must rally support for the governor-elect.“Judging from his antecedents in the private sector, I am optimistic that Otti will bring to bear his administrative acumen in piloting the affairs of Abia State.“I urge Abia people to be steadfast, positive minded and peaceful during this period,” Senator Kalu said. The former governor of Abia wished Otti a successful tenure in office. Otti had won the governorship election in the state by a landslide. He polled a total of 172,386 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Okey Ahiwe, who garnered 88,174 votes.
Those arrested for Electoral Malpractices in Kaduna released without Charge – Shehu Sani
A former federal lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has raised an alarm saying some persons arrested for different offences during the just concluded elections in Kaduna State have been released without being charged to court. Sani made the revelation in a tweet on Thursday morning. Shehu Sani said a woman arrested with multiple Permanent Voters Cards and other men arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have all been released. He wrote, “The woman who was arrested with multiple PVCs and paraded by the EFCC during the presidential election.“And the men who were arrested for vote buying and paraded by the EFCC during the governorship election in Kaduna have all been released without charges and now at home”. Recall that the operatives of the EFCC had, on February 25, during the presidential and National Assembly elections, intercepted a woman with no fewer than 18 voter cards in a sting operation at the Badarwa area of Kaduna, Kaduna State. The woman, identified as Maryam Mamman Alhaji, who is a member of the support group of one of the leading political parties, also had in her possession a 17-page list containing names of eligible voters, their bank details, and phone numbers as accredited under Badarwa/Malali Ward 01 and 08, Kaduna North Local Government Area of the State.
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