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Court Orders INEC to continue collation, announcement of results in Bauchi Guber Poll



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Court Dismisses Suit against Bauchi Guber Poll

Bauchi Guber Poll – Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday didmissed the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Governor of Bauchi State Mohammed Abubakar challenging the decision of the Independent National Elctoral Commission (INEC) to continue with the collation of results in Bauchi State after the commission suspended the electoral process.

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Justice Ekwo, while dismissing the suit, also vacated his earlier order of March 19, which mandated the parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the main suit.

The order was sequel to an exparte motion filed by the APC and Governor Abubakar.

Delivering judgment Monday on INEC’s objection to the suit, Justice Ekwo held that the court has jurisdiction to review the decision of INEC just as the tribunal.

He however stated that since the tribunal has a broader jurisdiction on election matters, it would be better for the plaintiffs to take the case to the tribunal.

Justice Ekwo subsequently upheld the objection of INEC and declined jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

He subsequently vacated his order of status quo issued on March 19, 2019 which prevented INEC from going on with the collation, conclusion and announcement of the results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

“The order is hereby vacated and the defendant (INEC) should be allowed to perform its statutory function,” the court held.

Having upheld the objection of INEC, the court held that going into the substantive matter will amount to a waste of the court’s time.

The court had at the last sitting adjourned to Monday, March 25, to decide if INEC could go ahead to collate and announce the governorship election results in Bauchi State.

The judge also held that on that same March 25, he would decide if he has jurisdiction to hear the suit as challenged by INEC.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, incumbent governor of Bauchi State, Abubakar, had asked the court to determine whether INEC having declared the March 9 governorship election in Bauchi inconclusive, could on its own rescind the decision and go ahead to resume collation, conclusion and declaration of any person as winner of the election.

The plaintiffs through their counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), prayed the court for an order prohibiting INEC from resuming collation of result for an election that has been officially declared inconclusive by a returning officer.

But INEC, in an objection by its counsel, Tanimu Inuwa (SAN), challenged the powers of the court to dabble into a post election matter.

In a counter affidavit by INEC deposed to by one Hassan Adamu, a Higher Executive Officer, in its legal department, the electoral body insisted that the Federal High Court has no jurisdiction to dabble into a post-election litigation.

The counter affidavit specifically stated that the matter of post election is exclusively for the Election Petition Tribunal and not any regular court including the Federal High Court.

Contrary to the claim of the plaintiffs that INEC cannot continue with the collation of results, the counter affidavit stated that INEC’s decision to continue with the collation of the results was based on the figures contained in the duplicates of the results of the election.

INEC said that although the governorship election in Bauchi State was declared inconclusive, it however rescinded its decision based on facts that emerged later and made a return, adding that any grievance arising from that return should be channelled to the Election Petition Tribunal.

Justice Ekwo had on Tuesday, March 19, ordered that INEC should not take further steps in respect of collating, concluding and announcing anyone as winner of the governorship election in Bauchi State pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The order was issued after the court listened to submissions of counsel to both the plaintiffs and defendant in the matter.

In the exparte motion, the APC and Abubakar had prayed the court for an order of interim injunction restraining INEC from resuming, concluding or announcing the result of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State in respect of the election to the office of Governor of Bauchi State.

Labour Force

Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers



Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has approved the implementation of N30,000 as minimum wage for the workers in the state.


The secretary to the state government, Folashade Ayoade disclosed this on Tuesday after an extensive meeting with the organized labour in Lokoja


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She blamed the delay in the implementation on the inability for the committee to meet regularly due to the covid-19 pandemic which has been overcome.


The SSG equally commended the organised labour for their understanding and patience, which she said has resulted into the signing of the implementation of the new minimum wage.

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CBN to End Forex Sales to Commercial Banks in 2022



Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has put Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on notice that it will stop selling forex to them by the end of 2022. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made this known in Abuja on Thursday at the end of the Bankers’ Committee Meeting where he also introduced the RT200 Programme.




Emefiele said the time had come for the banks to go out there and source for forex by funding entrepreneurs with ideas. The CBN, Emefiele said, will support the banks by granting rebates and other support until the banks find their feet in sourcing their forex by themselves.

He also disclosed that the apex bank’s policies and measures have led to a significant improvement in diaspora inflow from an average of US$6 million per week in December 2020 to an average of over US$100 million per week by January 2022. He added that the CBN would be reviewing these intervention programmes going forward to ensure that they continue to achieve the desired results.

He said international bodies, including some embassies and donor agencies, have been complicit in illegal forex transactions that have hindered the flow of foreign exchange into the country.


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Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command



Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) has approved the deployment of 37 Comptrollers to various Units, Departments and Commands across the country.

This was disclosed in a release signed on Tuesday by the Customs Deputy National, DC Timi Bomodi for the Comptroller General of Customs.

Among those deployed are the present National PRO of Customs Comptroller Joseph Attah who will assume the office of Area Controller of Kebbi Command, Comptroller AAS Oloyede who shall be moving from ICT/MOD to Tin Can Island Port Command, while Comptroller SI Bomoi to FCT Command. Other postings are Comptroller BA Jaiyeoba to Oyo/Osun Command, Comptroller A Dappa-Williams to Eastern Marine Command, Compt. MA Umar Kano/Jigawa, Compt. KC Egwuh ICT/MOD, Compt. LM Mark Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi, Compt. T Tachio CTC Kano, Compt. AA Umar Western Marine, Compt. M Dansakwa North Eastern Marine, Compt. AC Ayalogu T & T and Compt. KD Ilesanmi will assume duty as Comptroller Board among others.


Ali in postings released on 7th of February, charged the newly posted Comptrollers to justify the confidence reposed in them by NCS Management by bringing to bear their years of experience and training in trade facilitation and anti-smuggling activities on their new assignment.


Given the enormous expectations of government regarding revenue generation in the current year, the Comptroller General reiterated the need for all Area Controllers and Unit heads to take full charge of the affairs of their Commands by ensuring absolute compliance with extant fiscal policies while leveraging on the efficient management of data to optimize trade facilitation and revenue collection.

Furthermore, the CGC directed all officers to be extremely vigilant in protecting the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians by ensuring the full fortification of our borders against the incursion of smugglers and other cross border criminals.

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