- Executive prolonged delay in implementing court order is unpalatable to democratic taste, reason, religion and rule of law
- The fantastic denial by delaying the implementation of justice is unconstitutional, hence must be challenged before the law
- The good People’s numerous calls on the chief executive to do the needful, to honour courts order by approving the appointment of the Emirate Council selected, courts declared district head of Jalingo-Maiha is far from being heeded to this day…
- If permission is granted by the ruling family for free legal services, Fintiri will be the third governor in Adamawa to face the law over Jalingo-Maiha district headship
A Lagos based human right group, planning to establish a northeast zone office in Yola, Adamawa state said would forward a letter seeking for permission from the ruling family, for free legal service to challenge the state governor before the law, for an order of enforcement, following the undue, seeming politically influenced, apparently prolonged delay in the implementation of courts order, the group considered as unpalatable to democratic taste, reason, religion and rule of law, in a region recovering from the devastation occasioned by insurgency.
“Over eight years after death, over three years after a high court judgement, over two years of Fintiri led government and over one year with the determination of the appeal court that upholds the earlier high court judgement, the court order will not be implemented, even when other chiefdoms and districts in the state, that within a year after the demise of their traditional chiefs, the executive approval of appointments of successors were granted.
“The fantastic denial by prolonged delay in the implementation of justice; the approval by the Adamawa state governor of appointment of Barr Mahmud Abubakar, is unconstitutional, hence must be challenged before the law”.
The group argued that eight years make two tenures of the elected executives and legislators; this goes to explain the delay Jalingo-Maiha district experiences and the barrenness the district head palace suffers to this day.
An elder in Maiha observed that, if the request of the human right group is granted by the Jalingo-Maiha legitimate ruling family for free legal services; to go to court and file for an Order of Enforcement, Rt Hon Fintiri would be the third governor after Mr. Wilberforce Juta and Sen. Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla, popularly known as Bindow, to face the law over Jalingo-Maiha district headship.
Both late Juta and Bindow have suffered humiliating defeat before the law with the ages old ruling family standing tall in victory out of peace, patience and perseverance.
In the early 80s, for reason purely ‘politicotribal’ ignorantly hatched, Juta as acting governor, undemocratically, unconstitutionally expelled the district heads of Jalingo-Maiha and Belel. The Juta-a-za-tion of monarchy in Maiha was quashed before the law by the then Justice Buba Ardo of blessed memory and the expelled district heads were eventually reinstated by the then Military Governor Muhammadu Jega, who himself hailed from aristocratic family.
About thirty five years later, the legitimate heir whose named was recommended by the Emirate Council to the governor for approval of appointment, challenged the then governor Bindow before the law for appointing the unrecommended for a district head, who incidentally is the son of the candidate appointment by Juta as district head of Jalingo-Maiha that the court humiliated.
Governor Bindow, for reasons he would not disclose, declined to honour a high court order to right the wrongs before his tenure was terminated by the aggrieved electorates.
On several occasions, Jalingo-Maiha jubilated the victory they were not to celebrate owing to the extended executive undue delay by the present governor, to approve the appointment of the Emirate Council selected, courts declared district head. The question that is remained to be asked is why the delay?
A Friday Qutba last week cautioned against undue delay in the delivery and implementation of judgement, in the payment for services rendered, in debt servicing as much as in the delay for obligatory prayers and other compulsory due rites.
In legal parlance, it is said that justice delayed is justice denied. The literary critic would articulate that there is the uncontrolled unconscious bias associated with the delay in the implementation of justice.
Coin has two sides, hence the paradox; pros and cons. The law and the leader ought to stand in justice with the innocent led, the delay in the implementation of justice invariably means taking sympathy with the unjust.
Elaborating the point, two women claiming motherhood were presented before a Prophet. They both claimed to have given birth to the child in question. The Prophet ruled that since there was no sufficient convincing evidence by either of the women, the child should be cut into two parts to be shared between the women. While one welcomed the idea with gladness, the other, considering how lifeless the child would be to have him cut into two, pleaded with the Prophet to spare the life of the child. No one would need to tell the gathering, the legitimate mother between the two women.
The humiliated before the law would rather celebrate the prolonged undue executive delay in the approval of the appointment of the Emirate Council’s selected, court declared district head of Jalingo-Maiha than to wish for the prompt implementation of the courts order.
The good, concerned youths of Jalingo-Maiha who are disenchanted with the prolonged executive delay in the approval of the appointment of their legitimate district head sought to know whether “Jalingo-Maiha and/or the ruling family, has in any way offended and/or offend(s) the state or the governor(s) to have warranted such treatment?
“The palace lost stepmother and the queen mother, not a condolence was registered by the governor who has also not visited the local government after the campaign visit over two years ago.
“Is the governor delaying the approval of appointment of our district head, even if not till kingdom come, till electioneering period?
“Could the ruling family honour the request; allow the human right group to challenge the Adamawa state governor before the law, against undue prolonged delay in honouring the long overdue courts order?”
Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate
Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.
The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.
Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.
He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.
The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.
According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.
The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.
Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.
They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.
The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.
Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages
Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.
This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.
Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.
“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.
“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.
“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”
“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.
“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.
He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.
He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.
Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.
Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.
Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.
Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.
“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.
“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.
“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.
“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.
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