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Kano Government may Still Recognise Emirs despite Court Ruling, Says Academic *This is illegal, Contemptuous, Says CSO

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There is nothing wrong in Kano state government saying it would continue to recognize the four emirates and their emirs which a High Court in the state pronounced to be created in violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A law teacher at the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, Mr. M. L. Garba who expressed this opinion to Judicialsketch.com explained one may not fault the stance of the state government’s stance “if the state government has appealed the against the judgement of the state high court, and there is an injunction pending appeal’.

According to him, “in the absence of the above, whatever government does officially with those emirs will be illegal, and any financial relationship between the government and the emirs could be investigated. Furthermore, those emirs can be cited for impersonation.

“But I am not sure contempt of court would apply here since there is no direct order dethroning or asking them to vacate their seats. We can only consider their continuous sittings as ‘emirs’ as illegal”, the law lecturer said.  

Meanwhile, a civil society group called the Renaissance Coalition for the Restoration of Kano and the Kano Emirate has berated Kano state commissioner for information, Comrade Mohammed Garba who signed a press statement that said that the state government despite the court judgement, will continue to recognize the monarchs of the four emirates of Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano as first class emirs and will continue to relate with them as such.

The group said Mohammed’s statement “is contemptuous, criminal, illegal and of course illegitimate…Such has never been seen in a civilized and modern world. That a  government will publicly declare its intention to disobey a constituted Court order, with such impunity and total disregard to The constitution and The Rule of Law! This without a doubt negates the principle of the supremacy of the law and is unacceptable!”

It called the state government and its agents ‘bandits’ since they do not believe in the Rule of Law, adding that “Their belligerent disregard of the Judgement shows that they do not understand the implication of their public declaration of disobedience to The Law, but they must be made to understand Rule of Law cannot be relegated to the background to water their selfish egos. That the rule of law predates liberal democracy and it is the very essence of the survival of any civilization.

Justice Usman Na’abba of Kano state high court had declared in a judgement read last Thursday that Kano State House of Assembly has violated the provisions of section 101 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while passing the law that created the four emirates and their first class emirs.

Kano state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. Mr Ibrahim Mukhtar has not responded to questions about his position regarding the stance of the government of the state.      

Senate to Hear from Nigerians on Social Media Bill Next Week *NBA, NGE, Others Kick

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The Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters of the Nigerian Senate on Friday said it was ready to fix a date for a public hearing on the 2019 in the coming week.

Judicialsketch.com recalls that only five days ago (Tuesday) the bill passed second reading on the floor of the Senate, even though the umbrella body of lawyers in Nigeria, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), individual human rights lawyers, and other pressure and political groups on have continued to signal their opposition to the bill, vowing to participate in the public hearing in order to voice their opposition.

The anti-social media bill seeks to make provisions to protect citizens from internet falsehood and manipulations and other related matters, and was being sponsored by the Senator representing Niger East District, Sani Musa. His motion appeared to have the tacid support of his colleagues in the senate, as only a handful of them spoke against it. Majority of the lawmakers in the chamber voted in support of the bill and it was read the second time.

The senate president then referred the bill to the judiciary and human rights panel for further legislative action.

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Nigerians Urged to be Wary *As PMB Rejects Unconstitutional 3rd Term

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Amidst recent calls on him to continue in office as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria beyond 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted by saying he will adhere strictly to the constitutionally stipulated two terms.

Buhari’s reaction came on Friday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council Meeting (NEC), in Abuja.

He said “I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term. Beside the age, I swore by the Holy Book that I will go by the Constitution and the Constitution says only two terms are available… I know that I’m in my last term and I cannot afford to be reckless, I’m not going to ask for anybody’s vote”.

Of recent, there have been movements by some sections of Nigerians promoting the idea that President Buhari deserves to have a third term in office. Others have in fact advocated that he becomes life president.

 Buhari’s position would ordinarily appear to have ended all the speculations about his disposition to the idea of him perpetuating himself in power, but Nigerian have remained wary that he may be playing politics with his stance on adhering to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.

A number of Nigerians who spoke with Judicialsketch.com pointed out that Buhari’s predecessors, especially those with the same military background as him, have towed the same path of playing down their third term ambitions, only for them to spring surprise on Nigerians at the last hour.

“It is good that he has distanced himself from this unconstitutionality, but we must still be watchful until his term runs out. It would be suicidal for Nigerians to think we can relax just because he has said he does not nurse this unholy ambition. We must continue to be ready to oppose him if we see any action that is suspicious and contrary to his words”, said Nathaniel Salifu Olijeh, a legal practitioner based in Abuja.

Why Court Of Arbitration Dismiss City’s Appeal Against UEFA

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between Manchester City FC Ltd. (MCFC) and the Union Européenne de Football Association (UEFA) in relation to the appeal filed at CAS by MCFC against the decisions issued by the Investigation Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (UEFA CFCB) dated 15 May 2019.

The appeal was mainly directed against the decision taken by the Investigatory Chamber (IC) of the UEFA CFCB regarding MCFC’s alleged non-compliance with UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. In its decision of 15 May 2019, the IC decided to refer the matter to the Adjudicatory Chamber (AC) of the UEFA CFCB and to recommend that a sanction be imposed on the club.

On 24 May 2019, MCFC filed an appeal at the CAS seeking the annulment of the CFCB IC decision. The arbitration procedure was conducted by a CAS Panel composed of Mr Manfred Nan, Attorney-at-Law in Arnhem, the Netherlands, as President of the Panel, Mr Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall, Attorney-at-Law in Paris, France; and Mr Ulrich Haas, Professor of Law in Zurich, Switzerland, as arbitrators.

At the request of UEFA, the CAS Panel accepted to rule first on jurisdiction and admissibility. The CAS Panel determined that MCFC’s appeal was inadmissible, considering that “An appeal against the decision of a federation, association or sports-related body may be filed with CAS (…) if the Appellant has exhausted the legal remedies available to it prior to the appeal, in accordance with the statutes or regulations of that body.” (Article R47 of the CAS Rules). In the present case, the decision rendered by the CFCB IC to refer a case to the CFCB AC is not final and can therefore not be appealed to CAS directly, because the AC is competent to take any of the decisions listed in Article 27 CFCB Procedural Rules that are described as being final.

PDP, Abba Say Appeal Court Verdict Shocking *Set for Supreme Court

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano and its governorship candidate Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, have said that they received today’s Court of Appeal judgement affirming Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the validly elected governor of the state in the March 2019 elections as shocking.

A statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, the spokesperson to Engr. Abba K. Yusuf after the court verdict today said the party and its candidate received the news of the dismissal of their appeal with “colossal hysteria”. The spokesman indicated that his party did not contemplate that the Court of Appeal would affirm the decision of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal under the leadership of Justice Halima Shamaki Muhammad, that upheld the “purported victory of Abudullahi Umar Ganduje as Kano State Governor during the March 2019 elections”.  

According to the statement “our legal team is currently reviewing the judgment after which we will take a decisive action as appropriate to ensure retrieval of the stolen mandate of the good people of Kano. We will not relent on our efforts to secure justice and fairness to the electorates, who were out massively to cast their votes on Saturday, 9th March, 2019 and those that were harassed, intimidated, maimed, killed or disenfranchised during the March 23rd supplementary elections.

“We want to use this opportunity, to appreciate our teaming supporters who have been praying intensively for our success in this legal battle, while reminding them on the need to remain calm as we have no state other than Kano, the peace of our dear state is paramount”  

“We have hope in the judiciary, though that does not means we will not face hiccups in the judicial process, therefore the struggle is now at the most critical stage. We cannot waiver or slow down our momentum, we must forge ahead in high spirit until the expected victory is attained”.

Lawyer Hails EFCC for Prosecuting Colleague

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A Kano-based legal practitioner, Haruna Sale Zakariyah has lauded the efforts of the Maiduguri branch of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which Monday secured an 18-months prison sentence of Zanna Dalhatu without an option of fine before Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri.

Mr Harua said the legal profession was supposed to be a shining light that should set proper examples for people to follow, and lamented the involvement of lawyers in shady deals.

He told Judicialsketch that “In so far as the EFCC has carried out the prosecution of the lawyer diligently and without prejudice to his rights to fair hearing, it does not matter that he was a legal practitioner or not. Before the law, he was just another citizen been brought to justice”.  

Judicialsketch reports that Mr Dalhatu, a prosecuting counsel with the Federal State Ministry of Justice, Maiduguri office was arraigned on January 10, 2019 and pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge by the commission.

He was accused of demanding for N7million bribe and attempting to obtain the said sum from Shuaibu Mohammed, the chief accountant of Borno State Road Maintenance Agency, BORMA, to facilitate the termination of a case against the staff of the agency. EFCC trailed him and got him arrested while collecting the bribe sum.

EFCC, at trial presented three witnesses to prove its case while defence counsel, Zanna Hamza opted for a “no case submission,” which failed.

The Appeal Court, Jos Division, which against his wish, upheld the Borno State High Court’s ruling on the no case submission.

Upon amending the charge by the prosecution, he pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced accordingly.

Election Petition: Appeal Court Dismisses Abba Kabir, PDP *Affirms Ganduje as Kano Governor

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The Court of Appeal in Kaduna this afternoon dismissed the appeal of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Kano state governorship candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf, affirming the All Progressive Congress’ (APC) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the validly elected governor of the state.

A five-man panel led by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, who read the judgement, concluded that the appeal of PDP and its candidate, Abba Kabir, against the earlier judgement of the Kano Election Petition Tribunal lacks merit and therefore dismissed it.

Judicialsketch.com gathered that Abba Kabir and PDP still have the option of appealing to the Supreme Court as a last resort.       

Election Petition: Abba, Ganduje Know Fate Today

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The Court of Appeal in Kano will decide on the gubernatorial status of Kano state today, Friday as judgment in the appeal filed by PDP and its governorship candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

A source at the Appeal Court told Judicialsketch.comthat the Court on has informed  all parties that judgment in the matter has been fixed for 3.00 pm today.

Judicialsketch.com recalled that the Court of Appeal reserved judgement on the appeal to today after the submission of all parties in the suit.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf are contending the judgement of the election petition tribunal led by Justice Halima Shamaki on October, 2 that upheld the electoral victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in March 2019 election.

Pillars Versus Rivers United NPFL Opener: Referee Declare 13 Players Guilty

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The centre referee in the day one match, in the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) encounter between Kano Pillars vs Rivers United, Abdullahi Abubakar had pronounced 13 players as guilty.

The referee during the duration of play had awarded total of 13 free kicks against players from the both sides. .

Amongst the top culprits were, Kano Pillars strongman, Jamilu Muhammad Jamilu, and his co offender Chigoke Anaekwe.

Rivers United’s skipper Festus Austin and his peer Kunle Ogunlami were also pronounced guilty.

The centre referee acting in compliance with the provisions of Law 13 of the Laws of the Game , 2018/2019 said the 13 players were guilty compelling his verdict to order that 13 direct and indirect free kicks to be taken.

Reacting to the sentences, Technical Adviser, River United Stanley Eguma told judicialsketch.com bulk of freekicks that were awarded against both sides arouse due to the commitment and dedication of the players to win.

According to him, the season’ s opener between his lads and Kano Pillars was a classical encounter, explaining that under such football match condition infringements are trite.

Also speaking on the precipitous umber of infringements, recorded during the clash against Rivers United, technical adviser, Kano Pillars, Ibrahim A Musa said collaborated that the mass freekicks recorded during the match was caused because the players wanted to win.

According to him, the players are young and are bubbling with strength, couple with their intention to win led to their incurring freekick guilty verdicts from the centre referee