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Wike hails court ruling on FG’s deductions from states to fund police

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the judgement of the Federal High Court that stopped direct deductions from the Federation Account to fund the Nigeria Police Force as victory for democracy.

Wike spoke in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Wednesday shortly after the judgement.

He said the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act, which the Federal Government relied on for the deductions, contravened the 1999 Constitution.

He said: “For me, it is a victory for democracy.

“And I have always told people, it is not whether you must win or not, but it is a matter of when you see issues that you think are in contravention of our Constitution and other laws, there is nothing wrong for you to challenge it, so that the right thing can be done.

“After all, if the money is given back to us, we can still on our own say police, we want to support you with this.

“But not the Federal Government arbitrarily deducting our money from the Federation Account and putting it to Police Trust Fund.

“I don’t think that, that is right and I thank God that today the court has made a clear pronouncement on it.”

Wike acknowledged that though the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to enact laws, they went beyond their powers in enacting the Police Trust Fund Act by contravening the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria.

He added: “We are happy that the court has said that they should refund us all the money deducted and luckily the principal parties, Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, the Accountant General, Attorney General Office they are all involved in the case.

“It is not about Rivers State, but it is about the impunity, it is about the violation of the constitution as if anybody can wake up one early morning and just decide to do one or two things, which is wrong.

“And I am happy that the decision we took, we are not wrong and I thank my legal team.”

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2023: Group raises alarm over alleged kangaroo consensus, primaries in Oyo PDP

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A group within Oyo state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Concerned People Frontiers (CPF) has raised an alarm over plan by some leaders and cabal within the party to impose some aspirants over others in a consensus through kangaroo primaries in some constituencies across the state.

The group in a statement on Monday signed by its Coordinator and Secretary, Adewale Ajani and Kunle Fasasi respectively, a copy of which was made available to journalists also appeal to the governor of state, Mr Seyi Makinde to guide against such plan.

The duo explained that there are strong indications that the alleged consensus candidature through kangaroo primaries planned to be adopted by some leaders and cabal in the party will further deepen the crisis within the ruling party in the state.

Rising from an emergency meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, the group said it would be better to allow all the aspirants for various elective positions to test their popularity where genuine consensus have failed.

They appealed to Governor Makinde to intervene and call such leaders and cabal into other in order not to create more division in the party, which may eventually lead to defection of some aggrieved aspirants and their supporters.

According to the statement, “We want to use this medium to appeal to his excellency, Governor Makinde as the father to all in our great party, the PDP, to appeal to those planning consensus and imposition through kangaroo primaries to desist from such act.

“Information available to us is that some cabal within the party, who have their tentacles across various constituencies are planning kangaroo primaries where genuine consensus have failed. We got to know that they have perfected plan to have filled the balot boxes with votes of their preferred candidates before the commencement of the primaries.

“Any attempt to do that will be resisted and if they succeeded with the help of thugs, we would have no option than to dump the party.

“We have resolved to support and rally round any aspirant that may emerge as candidate if the primaries are free, fair and follow democratic tenets.

“We are once again calling on our democratic governor to call such leaders and cabal to order so that we can all united to work for the victory of our party in 2023 general elections but anything aside that may spell doom for our great party”.

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Police confirm burning of LGA secretariat by gunmen in Anambra

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Anambra State police command has confirmed the burning of the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area in Ogidi, Anambra, in the early hours of Monday.

THE WITNESS had reported that some unknown gunmen set the office of the LGA among other facilities ablaze.

DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra State Police Command, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka.

According to him the arsonists attacked the council’s headquarters about 2 a.m. today.

Ikenga said combined response by security operatives and the natives helped to repel the criminals.

“As we speak, security operatives are still over the incident, and we have put the place under control.

“I must add that the natives were helpful to contend with the attack as some of them joined security operatives to repel the attackers,” Ikenga said.

A source, however, told NAN that the arsonists attacked Idemili North Local Government Area headquarters burning down buildings within the complex.

The source said the Magistrate’s Court building and office of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC, within the complex were also affected by the inferno.

He also said that operational vehicles parked in the premises were destroyed.

He said no human casualty was recorded during the attack.

Ikenga further said enough security personnel were drafted to the area as well as fire fighters who quickly put out the fire and restored normalcy in the area.

 

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