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INEC on Friday opened its defence
in the petition filed by the PDP and its applicant in the Sept.
28, 2016 governorship election in Edo, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, before the Justice Ahmed Badamasi three-member tribunal in Benin.
The PDP and its prospect are hard the declaration by INEC of Godwin Obaseki of
the APC as winner of the election.
The petitioners mentioned INEC, Obaseki and the APC as 1st, second and
3rd respondents respectively.
The petitioners on Feb. 10 shut their situation immediately
after calling 91 witnesses and tendering various documentary items of evidence ahead
of the tribunal.
At the resumed listening to on Friday, INEC counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Mr Onyeachi Ikpeazu, knowledgeable the
tribunal that his customer was completely ready to open its scenario
while witnesses may possibly not be known as.
" We have led copious evidence by means of cross assessment of the petitioners’ witnesses.
"We propose to tender number of documents when we need to have
to confront them and enhance proof already led and at the stop of which, if have to have be, we will get in touch with witnesses,
’’ he claimed.
Ikpeazu thereafter sought the tribunal’s authorization to tender as
proof 10 copies of sort EC8B, staying ward collation consequence
for wards in Uhunmwonde Regional Federal government
Location of the condition .
Counsel to the petitioners (Ize-Iyamu and PDP), Mr Kemi Pinheiro, counsel to Obaseki,
Mr Ken Mozia and APC’s law firm, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, all did not oppose the application for
Pinheiro , however, noticed that since the paperwork sought to be tendered as evidence by INEC
ended up exact as those people ahead of the tribunal as displays, "it will make continuing smoother if we harmonise the documents with a schedule throughout demo,’’
He argued that the variety EC8B document tendered was the same as exhibit PO4(154-163) tendered by the petitioners.
" If not harmonised for distinctive exhibit quantities,
this will build precipice of confusion.
"I am indicating that since the petitioners’ doc and those sought to be tendered by INEC are from similar supply, I assumed INEC must call oral witness to determine the reveals in advance of the tribunal,’’ he explained.
Ipeazu, having said that, replied stating, "we have introduced paperwork we have entrance loaded to guidance our scenario.
They have accomplished theirs it is not
for the petitioners to figure out how we really should organise our
defence even if these documents are the similar.’’
" I am consequently asking for an adjournment to Monday although I concede to the recommendation that functions look at the paperwork sought to be tendered.
"I also intend to interact with electoral officers we
could get in touch with as to who I desire to tender as witnesses,’’ he added.
Ruling, the tribunal chairman admitted the documents as show IR(one-ten)
and purchased INEC to serve the petitioners and the other respondents with its plan of
the other files to be tendered right before the tribunal.
Badamasi also ruled that get-togethers should use Saturday
to take a look at INEC files sought to be tendered and adjourned until Monday.
FG, NASS to review moribund maritime laws, regulations
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has termed for the
assistance of the Countrywide Assembly in reviewing and amending quite a few moribund laws and polices guiding the management
and operations of the maritime sector.
Amaechi designed the simply call on Friday in Lagos
at the opening of a two-working day retreat organised by the Dwelling Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways, the Federal Ministry
of Transportation and its agencies.
"Such reviews and amendments would make the maritime sector not only applicable but also able of handling latest troubles and developments in the marketplace,’’ the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) estimates him as indicating.
The minister was represented by the Everlasting Secretary, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari.
He explained that in this respect, some point out governments experienced enacted legislations which were in conflict with the powers conferred on the Federal Authorities for the management and functions of ports and the inland waterways.
Amaechi said the ministry demanded the guidance of users of the Committees in the Home of Representatives and the Nationwide Assembly for sufficient allocation of once-a-year budgets to apply maritime tasks and programmes.
To grapple with the latest troubles, and growth in the maritime sector, the minister said the lawmakers needed to have a truthful knowledge of the functions and administration of the maritime sector.
"This is also why we are not only joyful with the selected
matters for dialogue at this retreat but are similarly content with
the pedigree of personalities of presenters and discussants selected to deal with the many subjects,’’ NAN offers Amaechi as expressing.
According to him, the ministry, with the agencies, see the retreat as an prospect to even more deepen the existing good relations in between the Ministry and the National Assembly, specifically the
House Committees in demand of the maritime sector.
The Speaker of the Household of Reps, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, in a
message to the retreat reported he was mindful of the pretty important Transportation Sector Reform
Bill pending right before the National Assembly.
The speaker reported, "These Costs include things like: the Port and Harbour, Nigerian Railway Corporation Act Modification, NBIWA Act Amendment, the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Act, and the Nationwide Transport Commission.’’
He explained that the Charges ended up all vigorously processed for passage into legal guidelines as component of the legislative agenda of the eight Assembly of the Property of Associates and as a veritable instrument to get our economy out of economic downturn.
Dogara claimed he was also conscious of the international maritime conventions of which Nigeria was a signatory and which were being in the Nationwide Assembly for ratification /domestication.
"We undertake to operate cooperatively with the government for fast domestication of these treaties so that Nigeria could maximise the gains of these intercontinental legislations,’’ NAN offers the speaker as declaring.
Dogara also proposed an Annual Maritime Seminar for legislators to be organised in partnership
with the National Assembly.
He commended Mr President for the huge strides he experienced made
in the Transport sector within just this sort of a short time, in particular in the rehabilitation and revitalisation of the
rail infrastructure as disclosed by oversight stories.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Committee on Ports, Harbour
and Waterways, Rep. Patrick Asadu, emphasised the reservation of the
House of Reps on non-observance and compliance with the letters of agreements, concession conditions and contractual obligations duly entered into on behalf of the government by numerous organizations
of governing administration in the maritime
Asadu stated, "The problem of none or very low implementation of budgets by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and very low profits generation will be important variables in subsequent appropriations for our MDAs.’’
"To businesses that do nicely, shall extra be supplied in our budgeting workouts,
’’ NAN quotations him as indicating.
"The committee shall vigorously hire all legislative powers at her disposal to guarantee compliance with the phrases of these agreements with non-public sector organisations equally regional and international.
"It can no extended be organization as common when we know the big income and much better
service supply achievable if these are noticed.
"It is now Nigeria first, much more than at any time ahead of,’’ NAN estimates hello as expressing.
Fashola urges states to collaborate with FG on highway tasks
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Energy, Functions and Housing on Friday called for collaboration in between states and the Federal Govt to maintain and rehabilitate roads across the state.
Fashola, who created the phone in Uyo when he visited Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, said his go to was to evaluate ongoing federal roadways jobs in the point out.
He claimed the collaboration was to give space for knowledge sharing so that collectively the issues could be solved.
According to him, there are matters that the Federal Govt can do that the states are not able to and there things the states can do and the federal are unable to.
Fashola reported the Federal Controller of Will work in the condition was the Federal Federal government consultant, including that his existence was to search for help to accomplish authorities targets and not to contend with the point out.
He mentioned the ministry experienced submitted the report of reimbursement to states that executed Federal Government initiatives to the presidency.
"We have just received the ultimate affirmation from the Bureau of General public Procurement recently, and reimbursement will start as before long as we get the Federal Govt
"It is the responsibility of the Federal Governing administration to join with the states and the states to join its constituents.
"There have to be a state agenda in which its representatives at the Nationwide Assembly
"On our element, we are acquiring the cooperation of the Countrywide Assembly to connect the states," he explained.
In his remark, Prof Moses Ekpo, the Deputy Governor of the state commended the minister
for embarking on inspection tour of federal street
initiatives in the point out.
Ekpo said most of the Federal Authorities initiatives in the point out awarded
due to the fact 2013 had been abandoned.
He lamented the finish absence of the Federal Authorities existence in the condition, and referred to
as for suitable documentation of projects currently being managed by the Federal Govt in the point out.
"We have to originate the ask for and make development just before speaking our representatives at the National Assembly.
"On our part, we guarantee you that the condition governing administration will not be a
dilemma to improvement coming to the condition," he stated.
Kaduna Airport ready, states official
Kaduna Worldwide Airport has been rebranded with contemporary equipment in line with worldwide most effective normal, Capt. Mohammed Joji, Chairman, Coordinating Committee on Abuja relocation, has explained.
Joji, who is also the Secretary Typical, Aircraft Operators in Nigeria, made the remark on Friday soon after inspecting services at the airport.
"All the products had been tested and are carrying out fine.
As significantly as I am concerned, I am relaxed
with this one, we are pleased about it," Joji informed newsmen in Kaduna.
He outlined some of the objects installed at the airport to include lights method, length measuring products, photo voltaic electrical power, and other important services.
Alkali Usman, an Assistant Inspector Standard of Police, said satisfactory measures had been taken to assure stability at the airport and on Kaduna-
Abuja street as soon as flight operations had been diverted from Abuja to Kaduna.
"Our level level of deployment on the street has been assessed
and we have earmarked the place we will go over in phrases of patrol.
"We have also produced arrangement to protect the airport and gear, creating and in all places.
"We have also ensured that all accommodations and areas of curiosity
are guarded and guarded, and we are likely to maximize patrol visibility," Alkali said.
On her section, the Kaduna Airport Manager, Amina Salami, stated so far, the airport is ninety five per cent prepared for targeted traffic from Abuja.
Bayelsa warns oil communities versus shutting oil generation
The Bayelsa Federal government has warned oil manufacturing communities in the state to desist from disrupting operations of oil corporations, as the act is an invitation to anarchy.
The authorities pointed out that these kinds of act was able of tarnishing the track record of the authorities and sending wrong sign to global traders.
Mr Felix Ayah, Exclusive Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Fuel, in a statement in Yenagoa on Friday, said the state federal government frowned at the incessant closures of functions of multinational oil firms by aggrieved communities.
Ayah claimed that federal government would no lengthier tolerate these negative act from the oil communities.
He famous that the state government "heavily depends on oil profits that
accrued monthly’’ to finance its enhancement projects and for this reason any disruption negatively affects the financial fortunes
of the state.
Ayah spelled out that since the functions of the authorities were being anchored on transparency, really like and growth,
Bayelsa people Naija news today must near ranks
to protect the present peace in the condition.
He recommended indigenes of the condition to often toe the route of peace by channelling
their grievances by the suitable government quarters for attention.
Ayah also appealed to multinationals running in the condition to reside up to their social duties to their host communities.
He stressing that no meaningful advancement can thrive in an environment of rancour and acrimony.
Suicide bomber kills self, destroys 13 vehicles in Borno
The Borno Law enforcement Command explained on Friday
that a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosive in the midst of thirteen trucks together Maiduguri/ Mafa road main to
The Spokesman of the command, Mr Victor Isuku ,stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.
"On Thursday at about 2318 hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 choose-up vans loaded with merchandise along Maiduguri/Mafa street, mentioned to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala in the early several hours of Friday.
"He detonated an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) strapped on his body," Isuku mentioned.
He, even so, said that only the bomber was killed for the duration of the incident as the automobiles have been parked vacant.
"The resulting explosion razed down the parked automobiles beyond recognition.
"A police patrol crew was promptly deployed to the scene to restore security and normalcy,"
the police spokesman explained.
Ambode, others to go to The Guardian’s cyber security
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos Condition has verified
his participation at the maiden cyber stability conference staying organised by the flagship of the Nigerian media, The Guardian.
Scheduled for February 23, 2017 at the Federal Palace Resort,
Victoria Island, Lagos by nine:00 a.m., the topic of the meeting is "Monitoring, Detection and Prevention: Keys to Organisational Progress."
Ambode will be the chief host of the meeting, the strategic partners of which
include things like the Lagos Condition govt, Central Lender of
Nigeria (CBN) and Microsoft Inc.
Speakers at the meeting involve Director, Banking and Payment Units, CBN, Dipo Fatokun Chief Government Officer, Makeway International,
United Kingdom (Uk), Kola Olutimehin, and the Senior Partner, Lockwire Protection, East Midlands, British isles,
The meeting which charges N120,000 per participant is
envisioned to bring to the fore latest world-wide finest methods in integrated network defence devices present publicity to established specifications-primarily based methodologies for examining and taking care of the
dangers to organisation’s information and facts systems and infrastructure give exposure to intrusion detection and avoidance and
other wide tactics utilized in cyber security.
Members would also be exposed to up-to-day digital forensic investigation approaches,
id/entry administration for Info Communication Know-how (ICT) methods, making the proper community
key infrastructure (PKI) to manage enterprise have confidence in as effectively as exposing
members to important on the net transactions checking and protection methods.
Envisioned at the conference are ICT administrators, top rated executives, bankers, accountants, auditors, business treasurers, promoting supervisors, officers of the Financial and Money Crimes Fee (EFFC), Impartial
Corrupt Techniques Commission (ICPC), Customs, Law enforcement, Army, Navy, NDLEA, e-payment firms and profits collectors,
among many others.
On the speakers, Maxwell is an IT safety specialist
with a 15-calendar year history securing Windows and
Linux units. He is a certified CISSP with ISO 27001 certifications in auditing and electronic
forensics, between others.
His security encounter has encompassed forensics, incident reaction, penetration testing, audit and consultancy.
A greatly travelled and seasoned cyber-safety accredited trainer, marketing consultant and practitioner, he worked extensively in Japan and has even conducted
specialized presentations in Japanese.
Maxwell’s lively global practical experience in cyber protection in just diverse industries and throughout distinctive continents involves places these types of as security training and consultancy, hands-on security
administration and investigations, as properly as forensics and malware analysis.
He has worked with top multi-countrywide blue chip organisations in Europe this
sort of as Intel, Oracle, the Royal Financial institution of Scotland (RBS) and
the Nationwide Wellbeing Service (NHS), to identify
but a several.
In Japan, he has supplied safety expert services to clientele ranging from banking companies to broadcast media and Online provider vendors.
Olutimehin is an astute expert expert of just about
two many years associated in financial systems improvement and IT security.
Olutimehin’s all round compass in organisational administration is
centered on transform, exactly where he is an accredited and licensed coach for
a number of programme/task administration courses and company assessment programs.
His company is
notably geared towards the provision of coaching and growth,
management consulting and publishing. The coaching and progress arm supplies events on specialist
locations (this sort of as cyber safety, financial investment banking,
accounting and finance, media and communications) where by industry experts are engaged to meet
up with clients’ specific specialized demands, as
properly as programme/venture administration courses dependent on the BMP (best management follow) set of frameworks.
There is also substantial concentration for small business skills and business enterprise applications classes.
Other high details of the meeting will be the presentation of the 2016 Nigeria
Cyber Protection Report, put jointly by United States
International University-Africa and Demadiur in partnership
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