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Despite court ruling, Obaseki may impeach deputy

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Indications have emerged that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, may disobey the judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to impeach his Deputy, Philip Shaibu.

The court, on Friday, ruled that all parties should maintain “Status Quo Ante Bellum,” pending the hearing slated for Thursday, August 10. A source told journalists that in disregard to the temporary order, an impeachment ambush has been set for early hours of today.

The source alleged that the haste by the governor is coming on the heels of the fear that the hearing may not favour him, hence, the plan to carry out the impeachment process before the hearing date.

Recall that Shuaibu had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop his planned impeachment process. In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023, the Inspector General of Police (IGP); Department of State Services (DSS); the Governor of Edo State; the Speaker of the state House of Assembly and the state Chief Judge are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants, respectively.

Shaibu, in an interlocutory injunction restraining the 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants/respondents or their agents from commencing an impeachment process against him, prayed the court to restrain the governor or other persons acting on his order from harassing and preventing him from effectively discharging his duties as the deputy governor.

In addition to the temporary order in another ruling on July 27, 2023, the defendants were directed to show cause.
It noted that without adherence to pronouncements of the court, any impeachment process is deemed a fruitless adventure in the eyes of the law.

MEANWHILE, People’s Defenders Advocate(PDA), yesterday, warned political actors in Edo, who are heating up the polity ahead of the 2024 governorship election in the state, to desist to avoid plunging the state into an avoidable precipice.

The group equally asked political parties in the state to jettison zoning and throw the contests open for all aspirants to avoid tribal, religious and other primitive considerations.

Speaking to journalists during a press briefing, the Convener, Osadolor Ochei, said the best solution out of the current logjam is for political parties to avoid zoning and throw the contest open to all aspirants.

Ochei, who frowned at the unhealthy political developments in the state ahead of election, said the unwholesome power agitations had reached a dangerous anti-climax.

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Police Rejects Tainted Recruitment List, Demands Transparency

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– Police discovers anomalies in recruitment list
– List contains unqualified and medically unfit candidates
– IGP demands transparent review of recruitment process

The Nigeria Police Force has rejected the Police Service Commission’s recruitment list due to alleged irregularities and corruption.

The list contained names of unqualified and medically unfit candidates who did not apply or failed the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, the police spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the list included individuals who were disqualified due to financial dealings and corrupt practices.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has written to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission objecting to the list.

Consequently, the police have dissociated themselves from the published list and called for a transparent review of the recruitment process.

“The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up,” Adejobi stated.

The police are determined to recruit “qualified, competent, trainable, and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force.

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Rivers Varsity Suspends Four Students Over Brutal Assault

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– Four students suspended for assaulting a colleague
– Suspension lasts for one academic session
– Students urged to live in peace and harmony

The Rivers State University has suspended four students linked to the brutalization of their colleague, Victor Tobins. The students, who are members of the Man O’ War, were suspended for one academic session.

According to the university’s management, the students’ actions contravened the institution’s regulations. Management saw the actions as contrary to the regulations of the University.

The students had beaten Tobins, a 300-level student, black and blue, inflicting injuries on his right eye and other parts of his body. The development sparked a protest among students, who demanded the disbandment of the Man O’ War from campus.

The university’s management intervened, promising to take action within 24 hours. The management has since suspended the four students, urging students to live in peace and harmony.

“We urge the student population to continue to live in peace and harmony and comply scrupulously with all the rules and regulations of the University,” the management said.

 

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