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Presidential Tribunal Summons INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Mahmood Yakubu, has been summoned by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal premises.

The tribunal summoned Yakubu on Wednesday, July 17. Also ordered to appear before it is Zamfara Stata Resident Electoral Commissioner.

The duo are to appear before the panel to answer questions relating to the 2019 general elections.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Garba Mohammed directed the INEC chairman to appear before 12 noon on Friday or risk a court action against him.
Also, the tribunal ruled that the resident electoral commissioner in Zamfara state should not fail to appear with the INEC Chairman.

The tribunal gave the order following a complaint by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the subpoena served on both INEC officials, since July 12 and 15, have not been complied with.

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Justice Garba Mohammed gave the order after PDP counsel informed the court that they served copies of the court’s subpoena on the INEC officials since July 12 and July 15, respectively.

While the PDP said it served the copy of the subpoena to the REC in Zamfara on July 12, that of Mr Yakubu was said to have been served on him on July 15.
However, the tribunal noticed from the record of the court that the Chairman of the first respondent, INEC and REC Zamfara were duly served to produce document named therein.

“The Chairman and REC Zamfara as well as the legal team representing them in this matter are to comply with the order.
“They have the duty to comply and obey the subpoena
“They have been directed to produce documents in the subpoenas by 12pm on Friday,” the tribunal held.

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The PDP had accused INEC of conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress to ensure the victory of the President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential election.

The PDP named INEC as its first respondent in the petition while Mr Buhari was named second respondent and the APC, the third respondent in the petition.

The PDP argued that its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, won the elections but was cheated by INEC who declared Buhari winner of the February 23, presidential poll.

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UK Will Leave European Union Unfailingly January 2020-Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has revealed that the UK will complete Brexit on or before the end of January 2020.

Johnson  said this in the wake of his resounding victory in Thursday’s UK elections that saw his Conservative Party defeat the Labour Party winning 364 of the 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons.

Speaking on Brexit, Johnson said there will be ‘no ifs buts or maybes’, adding that the UK will leave the European Union on or before the 31st of January, 2020.

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After resounding election victory, Boris Johnson promises Brexit on or before January 31

“We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” Johnson told his supporters on Friday.

“I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future.

“And I say to you that in this election your voice has been heard, and about time too.”

“Because we politicians have squandered the last three years, three and a half years in squabbles – we’ve even been arguing about arguing, and arguing about the tone of our arguments.

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“Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

The Conservative party has been working to achieve Brexit since 2016, but have been blocked by the EU with strong opposite from the UK’s Labour Party.

However, Thursday’s defeat of the Labour Party now paves the way for Parliament to vote on Brexit.

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FG Orders Turkish Airlines To Suspend Operations Into Nigeria

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Turkish Airlines has been ordered to suspend its operations into Nigeria by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The directive came through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The directive follows repeated cases of poor passenger treatment by the international carrier.

According to NCAA, the airline is expected to suspend its operations until it was ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that could transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time.

In recent times, there have been cases in which the airline failed to bring in passengers into Nigeria together with their checked-in baggage.

In a letter to the airline by the acting Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, which was made available by the Federal Ministry of Aviation in Abuja on Thursday, December 12th the authority expressed displeasure at the incidents, which it said had been going on for over two weeks.

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Sidi said the incidents had become so bad that most recent Turkish Airlines flights arrived in Nigeria without more than 85 per cent of passengers’ baggage on board.

He said:

“Our airport authority has been facing a serious crisis controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their baggage. This issue has made passengers to carry out several mob actions at our airports and it is a great threat to our airport facilities.

“In view of all these, and a series of meetings held with the Turkish Airlines personnel, which did not yield any solution to this problem, the NCAA is therefore left with no option than to direct Turkish Airlines to suspend its operations into Nigeria until such a time when the airline is ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that can transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time.

“If no remedial action is carried out by your airline, this suspension shall be effective from the 16th of December, 2019.”

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AGF Takes Over Omoyele Sowore’s Case From DSS

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,  Abubakar Malami, has taken over the case of publisher and convener of Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowore, from the State Security Services (SSS).

 

The Minister made this known in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Jibrilu Gwandu. The statement referred to a December 11th 2019 letter sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF office.

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The statement also disclosed that the Minister has directed a speedy conclusion of investigation over the invasion of Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of SSS to rearrest Sowore last week just hours after the agency was asked to release the journalist/activist after being detained for weeks.

 

The letter sent to the DSS which is dated December 11th, reads in part

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case has  directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”.

 

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The letter requested the DSS DG to “promptly forward all the case files” in respect of Omoyele Sowore to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Sowore, a former presidential candidate, is standing trial for treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari.

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