10042019 - Politicians, traditional rulers aiding bandits — DEFENCE MINISTER

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34Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

SON destroys sub-standard

tyres worth N50m in Enugu

By Chinedu

Adonu

E NUGUSTANDARD

Organization of

Nigeria, SON, has

destroyed over N50m

worth of sub-standard tyres

in Enugu.

It was gathered that the

tyres were of good standard

as at the time they were

produced but due to

stuffing and unstuffing of

the tyres by the importer,

they became sub-standard.

Addressing Journalists

briefly before destroying

the tyres, the Director of

Inspectorate and

Compliance Directorate of

SON, Engr. Obiora

Mabata who represented

the Director General, DG,

of the agency, Osita

Aboloma disclosed that the

agency is fighting to stop

Passage

•Late Idu

MR Benjamin Emeka

Idu is dead, aged 45.

He will be buried at his

country home, Amebo

village, Nkpologu, Uzo-

Uwani LGA, Enugu State

on Saturday, April 27, 2019

after a Christian wake in

his compound opposite

Central School, Nkpologu

on April 25. He is survived

by children, aged mother

and other relations.

the sale of sub-standard

products in Nigeria.

Mabata who disclosed

that the product was

confiscated at Port Harcourt

when it was about to be

moved to the market, stated

that it has gotten all the legal

requirements according to

the law to destroy the

products.

He condemned the act of

some importers who

indulge in stuffing more

than four tyres into slightly

bigger tyres to desist from

such acts as it puts lives at

risk.

“The purpose of stuffing

tyres is to cheat the

government and when you

do this, you cause both

visible and invisible

damages to the tyre. It will

create a lot of dent and

causes danger to the user

and the owner," he said.

Court adjourns suit against

Senator Utazi to May 14

By Innocent

Anaba

LAGOSA Federal

High Court sitting in

Lagos will on May 14, 2019

receive the report of service

of summons by a Lagos

lawyer, Osita Enwe against

the Senator representing

Enugu North in the

National Assembly, Godfrey

Utazi and his constituency

office.

At the last sitting, the

applicant, Enwe informed

the court that the 1st

respondent, Utazi, had

been served, remaining

the 2nd respondent (his

constituency office).

Trial judge, Justice

Muslim Hassan had

adjourned to enable the

applicant effect service on

the 2nd defendant.

The applicant in the suit

brought under the

Freedom of Information

Act, prayed the court to

compel the respondents to

disclose to the applicant the

actual budgetary provisions

and constituency allowances

disbursed to the respondents

by the National

Assembly and details of its

utlization from May 29,

2015 to October 31, 2018.

He is also asking to be

given the details of the

contract documents

awarded by the

respondents in respect of

the funds they received

within the time in question.

The applicant wants the

court to declare that the

respondents jointly or

severally are bound to

disclose and grant to him

access to the respondent’s

budgetary allocation,

allowances and how the

funds were utilised.

Burial

•Late Chief Ugbejie

ISAMA of Agbor

Kingdom, late Chief

Sylvester Ugbome Ugbejie,

aged 90, is dead.

He died on January 25,

2019. Service of Songs

holds at his residence, 19,

Isadeh Street, Boji Boji

Agbor by 5pm on Friday.

Lying-in-state holds on

Saturday, at his residence,

while funeral service and

interment hold at the same

place between 10:30 and 11:

30 am same day. Reception

follows shortly by 1:00pm

at Ogbemudein Secondary

Schl, along Old Lagos –

Asaba Road, Agbor.

ENGAGEMENT: From leftFelix Ofulue, Head Corporate Communication, Ikeja Electric,

Alhaji Amusat Azeezs, CDC Chairman Ojokoro, Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, Chief Commercial

Officer and Olajide Kumapayi, Head Technical Operations, both of Ikeja Electric during

engagement with the Community Development Committee, CDC, chairmen across Ikeja

Electric's network.

Support Ihedioha to make Imo great again,

Udenwa, Ohakim beg stakeholders

•As Ihedioha inaugurates handover c'ttee

By Chinonso

Alozie

O WERRITWO

former governors of

Imo State, Achike Udenwa

and Ikedi Ohakim,

yesterday urged

stakeholders of the state,

including leaders of town

unions and all Imo people

to support the incoming

governor, Emeka Ihedioha

so that he can succeed in

making the state regain its

lost glory.

The duo spoke when the

governor-elect, Ihedioha

inaugurated his committee

for planning/hand over

ceremony ahead of May 29

official swearing-in of the

next governor of the state.

Udenwa described Imo

State as "a war-ravaged

zone," noting that "Ihedioha

cannot succeed without the

support of Imolites and

critical stakeholders."

On his part, 2019

governorship candidate of

Accord Party, AP, Ohakim

advised committee

members to control their

tongues in whatever they

say, as it regards their

responsibilities, adding

that he observed decline in

moral value and severe

political corruption in the

state.

Ohakim said: “Let me say

thank you to everybody,. I

want to use this opportunity

to tell those to be

inaugurated to watch their

tongues. What Ihedioha

needs most is your prayers

for him to succeed.

“Let us bring value to this

administration. Those in

court should withdraw their

cases. Investors do not

come to a state that has so

many litigations.”

However, inaugurating

the committee, Ihedioha

explained that the planning

committee was different

from the transition

Onnoghen: IPOB accuses NJC of bias

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

N NEWITHE

Indigenous People

of Biafra, IPOB, has

accused the National

Judicial Council, NJC, of

bias in handling the case

against the former Chief

Justice of Nigeria, Justice

Walter Onnoghen.

IPOB in a statement by its

Media and Publicity

Secretary, Emma Powerful,

alleged that the NJC

goofed by finding the

former Chief Justice of

Nigeria guilty in the

offences allegedly

committed by the CJN

when no competent court

of law has found him guilty.

IPOB also alleged that

NJC's recommendation for

the retirement of the former

CJN was done out of fear

committee, which was

earlier inaugurated.

He said the transition

committee has the

responsibility of drawing

the roadmap of

development for Imo State,

while the planning/

handover committee would

only organise and liase with

the outgoing government

ahead of May 29.

He said: “It is a great

honour to inaugurate the

planning committee ahead

and lack of courage to tell

President Muhammadu

Buhari what is the true

position of the constitution

and the law.

"It is most unfortunate that

the so-called NJC is a

confused bunch which does

not know its constitution or

out of fear, has refused to

insist that the government

be held accountable to its

dictates.

“Which section in the

constitution empowers the

cabal led by the President

to suspend the former CJN

without any court

conviction or

recommendation of the

NJC?

“Again where in the

constitution did Aso Rock

derive the power to dismiss

or suspend the Chief

Justice of Nigeria? NJC

should bury its head in

OMPALAN inaugurates Delta chapter

By Simon Adewale

DELTA State chapter

and executive

committee of the Oil and

Solid Mineral Producing

Area Landlords’ Association

of Nigeria, OMPALAN has

been inaugurated by the

national body led by Bishop

Udo Azogu.

During the inauguration

at the Oil and Solid

Mineral conference held

recently at Wellington

Hotel, Effurun, Azogu

charged the committee to

uphold the tenets, vision

and mission of the

association and stand as the

bridge between

government and

stakeholders in the oil and

solid mineral industries, as

well as the host of impacted

communities in the state.

Those inaugurated were

Chairman Advisory Board

of the association, HRM,

Godwin Opune Adeyere;

Obi Ejeme-Unor, (Delta

North) as State Coordinator;

Chief Emmanuel

Avworo, (Delta Central),

Member (Delta) Board of

Trustees (BoT) of the association;

Moore

Ologitere, a justice of the

peace, (Delta Central), State

Chairman; Chief Felix

Olofu (Delta North), State

Vice Chairman; Moses

Adagbabiri (Delta South),

State Secretary; and

Kenneth Ekwejuno-Echie

(Delta South), among

others.

of May 29. I will like to

say that Imo people

trusted their mandate to

us in a keenly contested

election.

“Under our watch, Imo

will rise again. Our

government will be a

government of due process.

“This committee is

charged with the

responsibility of liasing

with the outgoing

government ahead of the

May 29 swearing in/hand

over ceremony."

shame, especially when it

is the body looked upon to

organise the judiciary and

discipline the legal

practitioners. Shame on

NJC for this unpardonable

and avoidable blunder it

committed.

“According to the NJC,

Justice Walter Onnoghen

had lost the morality of

authority to continue as

Chief Justice of Nigeria

over the litany of allegations

bordering on misconduct.

"The question is, when

did mere allegation or

accusation become a

confirmation of guilt or

misconduct? Who

determined that he has lost

the moral authority? Is it a

properly constituted court of

law or the cabal in Aso Rock

running Nigeria that wants

their own to take over the

reigns of the judiciary the

same way they succeeded

in taking over every other

sphere of authority and

governance in Nigeria?

"Why did NJC not wait in

passing their guilty verdict

to allow the CJN be

convicted of any of the

alleged crimes?

“The world can see and

prove us right that Nigerian

judges are bias and lack of

understanding of the

constitution and simple

elementary law that one is

not guilty until proven

otherwise."

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