34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 SON destroys sub-standard tyres worth N50m in Enugu By Chinedu Adonu E NUGU—STANDARD 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 LAGOS—A 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 left—Felix 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 WERRI—TWO 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 NEWI—THE 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."
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019—35 Kano guber poll: Tribunal grants PDP permission to inspect electoral materials By Abdulmumin Murtala K ANO—THE Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Kano has ordered Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to allow Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, access to all electoral materials used during the governorship election in the state. The governorship candidate of PDP, Abba Yusuf, is challenging the declaration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of March 23 supplementary election in Kano by INEC. In an ex-parte motion filed before the tribunal, presided over by Justice Halima Shamaki, yesterday, counsel to PDP candidate, Maliki Kuliya, had sought the order of the tribunal to direct the first respondent, INEC, to allow PDP access materials used for the conduct of March 9 and 23, 2019 governorship elections. In her five-count prayers, the PDP lawyer demanded that the tribunal “direct the 1st respondent to forthwith grant access to the petitioners/applicants and their solicitors, agents, experts and other staff to inspect, photocopy, scan, pay for and obtain certified copies of all the documents used by the 1st respondent for the conduct of the Kano State governorship election held on March 9 and 23, 2019 for the purpose of instituting and maintaining an election petition; the said documents being the ones contained in the schedule attached to the supporting affidavit to this application.” In her ruling, Justice Halima granted the PDP prayers, directing INEC to surrender photo copies, scan and other certified materials used during the conduct of Kano elections. The chairperson of the three member governorship tribunal however ordered for two or three members of APC to be present as observers during the inspection exercise. BRIEFING: From left, Adebowale Banzi, Group Head, Marketing & Brand Communications, Zedcrest Capital; Aminat Sheu, Product Manager, Zedvance Limited; Adedayo Amzat, Founder/CEO, Zedvance Limited & Group Managing Director, Zedcrest Capital Group; and Michael Nwanna, Chief Technology Officer, Zedcrest Capital at Zedvance fifth anniversary press conference, in Lagos, yesterday. I'm leaving Kwara better than I met it —Gov Ahmed By Demola Akinyemi I LORIN—GOVERNOR Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, yesterday, said though the challenges in the national economy affected his eight years administration, his government was leaving the state better than he met it. Governor Ahmed of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who will end his eight years administration of the state on May 29, 2019, will handover to Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of All Progressives Congress, APC, who won the governorship election in the last general election. The governor spoke during the inauguration of a 24- member transition implementation committee on hand-over of power to a new government in the state. According to him, “as you are aware, most of the eight years of our administration were marked by challenges in the national economy. Nevertheless, we leveraged our resourcefulness to modestly fulfill our pledge to uplift our people and our state while laying a solid foundation for its current and future sustenance. "Indeed, I make bold to state that we are leaving Kwara State better than we met it as we are bequeathing to it a legacy of service, peace and good governance.” The governor, who said the exercise was to aid the incoming government to settle down to governance quickly, implored residents of the state to extend similar cooperation and support given to his administration •Inaugurates transition implementation c'ttee to the incoming government, “so that Kwara State can continue to toe the path of continuous development and progress.” He listed Terms of Reference, ToR, of the Transition Implementation Committee to include "putting in place all necessary machinery for the smooth take-off of the incoming Administration; "Ensure full liaison with all officially assigned representatives of the incoming administration for the appropriate briefing on the activities of government towards providing a solid footing for the new government; "Any other matter the committee may find worthy for the effective discharge of its mandate." He charged members of the committee to bring to bear qualities that recommended their appointment in the discharge of their responsibilities. A-Ibom tasks contractors on job completion By Harris-Okon Emmanuel U YO—LOCAL contractors working for Akwa Ibom State government have been charged to ensure timely completion of their contracts and according to specifications. Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, gave the order while inspecting the multi billion naira Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road, warning that the government would not hesitate to revoke all nonperforming contracts in the state. It will be recalled that contract for the road project was awarded during the administration of former governor, Godswill Akpabio, but the road has remained uncompleted several years on. Inyang-eyen, who expressed delight at the pace of work on the road, however, threatened that the state government would no longer condone recalcitrant contractors, who play pranks or abandon projects for which mobilisation fees had been paid. His words: “The Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road is of paramount interest to government because it was the road that brought all sort of controversies and false stories. But today, see where we are. I want to use this medium to announce that there will be no contractor in this state that would not be performing." UNICAL graduates 9,0174, awards Abdulsalami, Ebri honourary degrees By Emma Una & Ike Uche C ALABAR— UNIVERSITY of Calabar, UNICAL, will, during its 32nd dconvocation ceremony scheduled for Saturday, award degrees to 9,174 graduates and confer honourary degrees on three eminent Nigerians. Professor Zana Akpagu, Vice Chancellor of the university, who disclosed this, yesterday, said that 51 students bagged first class degrees, 2356 got second class upper degrees while 4532 graduated with second class lower degrees and 672 got third class degrees. Similarly, 318 students would be awarded ordinary diplomas, 251 to get P.hD and 221 students will take home post graduate degrees. He said the former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), would be awarded Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Kingmakers, others rally support for new Osuvie of Agbarho kingdom THE kingmakers and other subjects from the crisis-ridden Agbarho kingdom have paid homage to HRM, William Onokpete, the new Osuvie of Agbarho kingdom. It will be recalled that some enraged youths chased away the traditional ruler of Agbarho Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, HRM Samson Ogugu I into exile, last December over alleged gross misconduct and abuse of the throne and subsequently, the kingmakers installed the most senior chief of the kingdom; Chief William Onokpete as their new monarch. Meanwhile, Ogugu, who Causa) because of his contribution to the development of the country, while Chief Clement Ebri would be awarded Honoris Causa in Political Science and Chief Cletus Ilomuanya, Chairman of Igbo Traditional Rulers Council, would be conferred with Honoris Causa in Business Administration. He said: “University of Calabar does not award first class degrees without ensuring that the person so awarded is able to compete with the best in any part of the world.” According to him, adequate security measures were being put in place to combat cultism, kidnappings and other criminal acts in the university through the establishment of police post and a naval jetty. “We have zero tolerance for academic fraud, crime and indiscipline because we are here to mould people both in learning and character.” Warri newspapers distributors mourn colleague's death By Jimitota Onoyume WARRI— A major newspaper distributor in Warri, Delta State, Mr Saturday Kagi, has died in an accident that happened after Udu bridge in Udu Local Government Area of the state. Chairman of the Warri chapter of Newspaper Distributors Council of Nigeria, Mr Baron Lucky, said the deceased was on his motorcycle when he lost control after the bridge, fell off it and died. He said: “We lost a member, late Mr Saturday Kagi. He had an accident on his way from Aladja just after Udu bridge. He fell from his bike. “Mr Saturday Kagi hailed from Aladja. He was one of our notable distributors. He has been in the business for more than 40 years. He started as a vendor before becomimg a distributor. "He was a vice president of the union and until his death he was in the elders council. No burial date has been fixed. We are deeply touched by the death.” spoke from his hideout, has declared that he remained the king of the Agbarho kingdom, adding that a cabal cannot depose him. Speaking at the palace during the visit, Mr. Monday Igho Odiphri, President-General of Agbarho Urhobo Improvement Union; Chief Sunday Anughe, kisgmaker; Chief John Miller Orido, Chief Asanore Joseph and Osiobe Okotie said their visit was in solidarity with the newly installed monarch. According to them, the new monarch, who is also from the same royal family with the allegedly deposed king, will continue to manage the affairs of Agbarho kingdom.