Kanu’s continue detention: S’Court hears FG appeal against his release Sept.14
The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed September 14, 2023 for definite hearing of the appeal filed by the Federal Government challenging the release of Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,who was taken into custody from Kenya in November 2021.
The hearing of the main appeal which was scheduled for yesterday, Thursday May 11, 2023 could not go on as scheduled as the federal government insisted it want to file it’s response to an objection raised by Kanu counsel Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN in his brief of argument.
Recall the apex court had at the last adjourned date , April 27, 2023 gave the federal government six days to file all her processes and serve same on Kanu.
When the court reconveyed on Thursday, Tijani Gazali,SAN, the federal government lawyer told the court that he needed time to respond to the objection raised by Ozekhome in his brief of argument that was served on him on Wednesday
In his reply Ozekhome said that the appellant could respond orally to the objection contained in his brief of argument, and allow the main appeal to be heard.
Ozekhome passionately appealed to the panel to grant a short adjournment if the appeal is not heard, in view of Kanu’s worsening health conditions or alternatively hear his bail application.
“If this is not possible, my Lords kindly hear the respondent’s application seeking to transfer Kanu from the custody of Department of State Service, DSS,to the National Correctional Center” Ozekhome told the court . The senior lawyer said he made plea because Kanu will die in DSS custody.
Moved by the senior counsel plea, the Presiding Justice, Justice John Inyang Okoro said Kanu will not die and called for the court diary.
He explained that the only available short date is September 14, 2023. According to him, “it would amount to an exercise in futility if any of application is taken because there is no time to write the ruling and deliver it in three months time particularly as the court would proceed on vacation soon. He also said that the apex court is occupied with political cases which are time bound.
Meanwhile the apex court on Thursday granted four separate applications brought by the federal government for extension of time and to deem as properly filed and served on respondents the processes it filed out of time.
Recall that the Court of Appeal Abuja Division had on October 13, 2022, cleared Nnamdi Kanu of alleged treason and terrorism charges against him and dismissed the remaining six count charges levelled against him by the federal government.
Court of Appeal faulted the processes adopted by the federal government in rendition of him back to Nigeria from Kenya on the grounds that it breach all known International Protocol.
Another panel of the same court however, on the October, 28, 2022, granted federal government prayer for a stay of execution of the court earlier decision pending hearing and determination of the instant appeal at the supreme court.
APM’S petition against my election is dead , it died May 26, Tinubu tells Court.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja informed the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that the petition filed by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) against him and his Vice, Kashim Shetima victory is dead by the Supreme Court decision on May 26, 2023.
Tinubu said that the main issues raised by the petitioner queried ‘place holder’ by Kabir Masari and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s alleged double nomination and that the issues have been resolved by the Supreme Court last Friday in a judgment in the suit marked SC/CV/501/23 between the People’s Democratic Party PDP Vs INEC and 3 others.
He gave the information at the resumed hearing through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN , on Tuesday. He disclosed that the PDP’S case had resolved the grievances brought before the Court by the Allied People’s Movement.
Recall that the Supreme Court had on Friday held that PDP, or any other parties, have no right to poke nose into how other parties conducted their primary elections and nominated their candidates.
The Apex Court while dismissing PDP’S case described the party as busy body and meddle some interloper and imposed a fine of N2M on the party for meddling into the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olanipekun argued that the APM’S petition was similar to the case taken to Supreme Court by PDP that was dismissed on the grounds that PDP has no locus standi (legal right) to bring the action in the first place.
He submitted that the APM’S petition is predicted on internal affairs of the APC and that the Supreme Court’s latest judgment had taken life out of the petition.
He promised to make a copy of the judgment available within two days to the Court for perusal on the effects on the APM’S Petition.
Counsel to the APM, Mr Sheu Abubakar said he has not seen the judgment the respondents counsel was referring to and requested for adjournment in the hearing of the petition based on the submissions and revelations of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.
Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not object to the request for adjournment sought by the APM.
Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani granted the request for adjournment and shifted hearing till Friday, June 2.
Fuel Subsidy: Osun Govt threatens to seal stations hoarding petrol
The government of Osun state has warned filling stations against hoarding petroleum products in the state.In a statement signed by the state’s governor spokesman, Olawale Rasheed on Tuesday, the govt threatened to seal filling stations found guilty and prosecute the operators.The removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech at Eagle Square on Monday, immediately after he was sworn in.“Any fuel station found guilty of hoarding fuel to create artificial scarcity shall be sealed off and operators prosecuted for the crime of economic sabotage,” Adeleke said.It added that the removal of fuel subsidy by Tinubu has caused unnecessary hardship for the people of the state.“This deliberate action is not only inhumane but unpatriotic and will not be allowed by the government. To this end, the Special Monitoring Team on fuel scarcity set up by His Excellency, Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye is still effective and shall not condone any form of economic sabotage.“As from today, May 30, 2023, the Committee shall begin special monitoring of all the filling stations across the state in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders,” it added.However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has supported the decision of Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.The head of the company, Mele Kyari explained that the company had been spending a significant portion of its profits on the product subsidy.However, he assured Nigerians that there was no need for panic buying as the company had enough product to supply the country for the next 30 days.
Fuel Hike: Tinubu’s thoughtless announcement responsible – Sowore
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 25 presidential election has lashed out at President Bola Tinubu. This followed Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy. Reacting to the resurfacing of queues, Sowore said that Tinubu’s “thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over the country.” Recall that marketers and operators have increased petrol pump prices to N210-N500 per litre, following the confirmation of fuel subsidies removal by Tinubu’s administration. In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sowore claimed that the nation’s elites don’t care about Nigerians. He wrote, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement has already triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over Nigeria. This is why Nigerians must understand that nothing good will come out the Nigerian Elite-in and out- of power. They’re always after you. They don’t care about you! #Revolutionnow.”
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