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Supreme Court to hear appeal of husband killer, Maryam Sanda, today


By Ismail Auwal

The Supreme Court will today hear an appeal from convicted husband killer, Maryam Sanda, who was sentenced to death by hanging by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

In her appeal, the convict asks the Supreme Court to overturn the concurrent findings and convictions of the high court and the Court of Appeal.

She is alleging a wrongful conviction in the way her trial was conducted and the death sentence was imposed on her.

She wants the Supreme Court to resolve in her favour, the allegations of denial of fair hearing she levelled against the FCT high court.

Her legal team is billed to be led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Joseph Bodunde Daudu.

It could be recalled that Sanda was on January 27, 2020, convicted by the High Court for stabbing her husband, a real estate developer, to death at their Abuja residence in 2017.

Her death sentence by Justice Halilu Yusuf was on December 4, 2020, upheld by the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Ada.

Police arrest final year student for stabbing friend to death in Bauchi

By Nasir Isa

The police in Bauchi State have arrested a student of Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education, Kangere for allegedly killing a fellow student at the same school.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the State’s command spokesperson, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, stated that detectives had arrested the suspect, identified as Kamaluddeen Musa, for the murder of his friend.

“On 28/11/2022 at about 1300hrs, information available to the command revealed that on the same date at about 0915hrs Kamaluddeen Musa stabbed his friend Usman Umar ‘m’ aged 25yrs-old of the same address with a sharp knife in his stomach.

“Upon arrival at the scene, the Police detectives evacuated the victim to the Specialist Hospital Bauchi where the victim was certified dead by a medical doctor, while the suspect was immediately arrested.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that both the suspect and the victim were friends and final-year students of Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education Kangere Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State, ” the statement reads.

A minor quarrel reportedly burst between the two students on November 28, 2022, around 0915hrs, when the deceased bewailed that the suspect had gone on an outing without informing him.

“This led to a physical confrontation which inflicted injury to the thump finger of the suspect, in the process the suspect drew a small knife from his pocket and stabbed the deceased in his stomach and it was corroborated by the two eye-witnesses; Musa Danjuma ‘m’ aged 22yrs and Nawasi Sadi ‘m’ aged 20yrs all student of the same school. As the investigation continues to explore other facts of the case,” Wakili said.

Sha’aban Sharada blasts Ganduje on tricycle ban

By Aminu Kutama

The gubernatorial candidate of the Kano State Action Democratic Party (ADP) and a member of the House of Representatives, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada, has condemned in totality the ban of tricycles on major roads, without due consultations and provision of alternatives for operators.

Shaaban who criticized the ban on tricycles on major state roads by the state government warned that the action negates the principles of human development.

Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada made the statement in a press statement made available to newsmen by his campaign council spokesperson, Abbas Yushau Yusuf in Kano.

He said at a time when the government is supposed to come up with ideas to address youth restiveness and divert their attention from crimes and drug abuse, it is rather focused on the path of persecution.

Honorable Sharada, who is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence and National Security, sympathized with commuters and tricycle operators over the hardships being inflicted on them by the government.

He said even though the transportation system in Kano State is in urgent need of a total overhaul, the manner in which the current administration is going about it signals an absolute disregard for the livelihood and welfare of the good people of Kano State.

“This measure will subject pregnant women, schoolchildren, and hardworking citizens to unwarranted trekking, leading to the loss of productivity or even lives,” the statement read.

“In addition, it will retard the economic well-being of the tricycle owners, operators, repairers, oil and spare part merchants, as well as the millions of Kano people who eke out a living from the operation of the tricycles,” he added.

The ADP gubernatorial candidate blamed the Kano state government for pursuing policies that forced the populace to rely on tricycles in the first place.

“Such policies include the deliberate disregard for metropolitan roads as well as the uncontrolled allocation of parking spaces that makes car owners prefer the tricycles over their own vehicles.”

He added that the government should have brought out a plan that will alleviate the sufferings of commuters and engage the tricycle value chain in economic activities that will replace their lost earnings.

Kwankwaso blasts Atiku, queries his chances of winning without Kano and Rivers


By Aminu Kutama

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Monday, blasted his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, saying any party that can’t control Lagos, Kano, and Rivers states should forget about the 2023 presidential election.

Kwankwaso made this known when he commissioned the Mgbutanwo Internal Roads in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State at the invitation of Governor Nyesom Wike. The former Kano governor also hit some PDP leaders whom he described as rigid and selfish

“Many people have made so many mistakes; many people don’t understand. Some leaders are very rigid, rigid in the sense that whether they are failing or winning, they will stick to one idea, they will stick to one candidate not minding the consequences, not minding the feelings of the people involved

We have seen people in my former party that all they want is to get the presidential ticket. They are ready to do anything to have a ticket.
“Any party that cannot control two of the three states – Kano, Lagos, and Rivers is out,” he added.

Kwankwaso also queried how the PDP will win the presidential election having lost its key stakeholders in the states of Rivers, Kano and Lagos.

“He (Wike) has been saying it and people have not taken note of it. Anyway, by now, with Kwankwaso out of that party, and Wike struggling to be there or not to be there, somehow things are moving, certainly, Lagos is not their own, and one begins to wonder how they will win the election of 2023.”

Kwankwaso also told the Rivers governor that he saw very early what he (Wike) now sees in the PDP, hence his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in December 2013 and later to the NNPP in March 2022. Kwankwaso also said he left the APC and returned to the PDP in 2018 because the ruling party proved to be worse than the PDP.

Immigration rescues 8 victims of trafficking in Jigawa


By Aminu Kutama

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has rescued eight suspected victims of human trafficking in Jigawa State.

NIS Comptroller, Jigawa State Command, Ahmad Dauda Bagari confirmed the arrest to newsmen in his office on Monday. Adding that the victims were intercepted on Sunday by NIS personnel on their way to cross the border to Niger along Kaya-Daurawa in Roni Local Government.

The victims consist of five males and three females from the four states of Abia, Edo, Imo, and Ogun.

He said, among the victims only one person was in possession of an expired Nigerian standard passport.

The Comptroller explained that, the victims mostly travelled without an agent, but influenced by friends and with the knowledge of their parents and guardians.

He said, there were no incriminating items or drugs found in their possession upon interrogation. 

Dauda Bagari said, the Comptroller General of the service had directed that the victims be handed over to NAPTIP.

Bagari also called on the general public to report cases of human trafficking and other related criminal acts to the nearest security agencies.

Abuja-Kaduna train service to resume in two weeks – Minister


By Nasir Isa

Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has assured that the Abuja-Kaduna train service will resume operations in less than two weeks.

Sambo while disclosing this on Thursday in Ibadan, at the Railway station in Moniya, assured that the Federal Government would improve security on the railway corridors.

He added, “It is not necessary for me to share that date publicly, I don’t think that will help in running the service.

“Nigerians are interested in the service, in less than two weeks, before the month is over, so just be patient.”

Nuclear non-proliferation and its applications in clean energy generation


By Dr. Yakubu Wudil and Umar F. Ahmad

Nuclear energy goes beyond the widespread assumption that it is only a tool of mass destruction. It involves the use of radioactive elements to produce electricity. It is one of the cleaner sources of energy currently harnessed by developed countries. The energy generated by nuclear power plants is sufficient for both domestic and industrial applications.

A major environmental concern related to nuclear power is the creation of radioactive wastes such as uranium mill tailings, used reactor fuel, and other radioactive wastes. No doubt, these materials can remain radioactive and dangerous to human health for thousands of years.

The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)  is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The Treaty represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.

More than 128 countries, UN agencies, international organizations, and civil societies have gathered in three different conferences between 2013 and 2014 to address the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Twenty-four countries issued statements at the first conference in Oslo, in 2013. However, the P5 (China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) decided not to attend the conference, citing concern that the Oslo Conference will divert discussion away from practical steps to create conditions for further nuclear weapons reduction.  

In spite of their absence, the meeting recorded a huge success, as evidence presented on the immediate impact of nuclear detonation made it clear that no adequate humanitarian response would be possible. Furthermore, it paved the way for other two meetings that discussed the global and long-term consequences of a nuclear detonation and explored the humanitarian and environmental impacts of the detonation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and written in the final document of the First Special Session on Disarmament in 1978. The P5 and the other four states that have them (India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea) will not agree with this declaratory ban as the UK made it clear in the country’s statement at the Vienna Conference, 2014, “…this approach fails to take account of, and therefore jeopardizes, the stability and security which nuclear weapons can help to ensure.”   The question is what can we draw from this conclusion? Are these countries willing to pursue a world without nuclear weapons?

Following the devastation and humanitarian consequences witnessed in Japan, numerous nations and advocacy groups called for an immediate ban on nuclear weapons. However, the force unleashed by fission, or the splitting of atoms, is so great that countries that have them see the atomic bomb as the ultimate weapon. Furthermore, some Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) state that the retention of nuclear arsenals by other countries is the sole reason why they still rely on nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are created for a variety of reasons, not just security. Prestige is a powerful motivator; they are still regarded as a technological honor badge after nearly 75 years. It’s no coincidence that the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council were among the first to develop nuclear weapons.

Another question that needs to be addressed is whether we can ever be confident that all nuclear capabilities will be gone. We know that the presence of a treaty has not stopped governments from using chemical weapons. The humanitarian consequences of not following a nuclear treaty could be much more detrimental. In January 2021, the Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. The basic obligation of the treaty is to prohibit State Parties from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other explosive devices. However, all nine nuclear weapon states remained opposed to the treaty even though have shared the opinion that entry into the treaty is the sovereign right of individual states. The US further described the TPNW as a tool that “turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and is dangerous.” This is just an assertion of their position regarding the ban on nuclear weapons.   

It is not all doom and gloom. The New START Treaty signed by the Russian Federation and the US limits both sides’ nuclear missiles and bombers to 700 and caps their deployed nuclear warheads at 1,550. If the two world’s most powerful nations can come this long to achieve this, it proves that the nine NWS can also agree on a timetable for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.  To boost confidence in arms reduction and disarmament, the world needs to harness 21st-century information technology. Remote sensing, precision guidance, machine learning, neutron imaging for nuclear warhead verification, and additive manufacturing need to be fully understood in relation to nuclear weapons proliferation.

Finally, rather than allowing nuclear weapon states veto power over the most crucial security issues, countries need to construct a more equal decision-making framework in the United Nations. Only then, nuclear weapons will start to lose their appeal.

Mr. Umar Ahmad is a nuclear physicist working with the Centre for Renewable Energy Research, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (oumarulfarouq@gmail.com) and Dr. Yakubu Wudil is with the Renewable Energy Research Center, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. (yswudil@yahoo.com).

Nigeria has enough money, we won’t need to borrow to pay salaries — Kwankwaso


By Aminu Kutama

The presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, says Nigeria has enough money to take care of every of its citizens.

He said this while answering questions on indiscriminate borrowing which has set back the country’s economy in recent years during The People’s Townhall 2023, a live programme organised by Channels Television in Abuja on Sunday evening.

The former Kano State governor who said he repaid all debts he met as governor in Kano without borrowing, boasted of replicating same at the federal level.

He said, “There is so much money in this country, anybody who says there is no money either he doesn’t know or he wants to be mischievous. There is enough money to take care of each one of us in this country; we have done it in Kano in 1999 to 2003, we met a lot of debts, we paid the debts after eight years. When I went back I met debts of hundreds of millions of US dollars, and we settled them before I left in 2015.

“I’m talking of borrowing money either from banks or individuals, we have never borrowed. So I believe that that can be replicated to a very large extent at national level. I will not say I will not borrow but if they are important things pay themselves, not to borrow to pay salaries, handle current expenditure and so on, I believe there is even more than enough money in this country to handle that,” he added.

Kwankwaso also said that if elected president he would negotiate with Nigeria’s creditors to reschedule payment of debts so that government can have money to take care of other things.

Turkey accuses PKK of Istanbul blast


By Aminu Kutama

Turkey’s interior minister has accused the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Monday of responsibility for a bombing in a busy Istanbul street that killed six people and wounded scores, saying more than 20 people have been arrested.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who landed in the Indonesian resort island of Bali for a G20 summit of the world’s leading economies shortly after his government accused the PKK of being behind Sunday’s blast, which wounded 81.

He had called the bombing a “vile attack” before leaving for the summit and said it had a “smell of terror.”

The explosion tore through Istiklal Street, a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists, on Sunday afternoon. No individual or group has claimed the attack.

“The person who planted the bomb has been arrested,” interior minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement broadcast by the official Anadolu news agency in the early hours of Monday.

He added that 21 others were also detained.
“According to our findings, the PKK terrorist organisation is responsible,” he said.

The PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara as well as its Western allies, has kept up a deadly insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.

Soylu also accused PKK-affiliated Kurdish militants who control most of northeastern Syria and who are deemed as “terrorists” by Ankara of being responsible for the attack.

“We believe that the order for the attack was given from Kobane,” he said, referring to a city near the Turkish border.

It was also the site of a 2015 battle between Kurdish militants and Islamic State jihadists, who were driven out after more than four months of fighting.

Bird strike: Air Peace aircraft makes emergency landing in Lagos


By Ismail Auwal

A bird strike forced an Owerri-bound bound  Air Peace plane made an emergency landing in Lagos on Saturday.

According to a statement by the management of Air Peace, the flight which was enroute to Owerri failed to land due to the impact of the bird strike, and as such, returned to Lagos for an emergency landing. 

The airline added that the passengers disembarked unhurt. 

“This is to inform the flying public and our esteemed customers that Air Peace flight P47154, which departed Lagos at 12:00hrs today, August 27, 2022, for Owerri, could not land due to a bird strike that got the bird stuck on the left main landing gear,” the statement reads. 

“The strike affected the operating parameters of the landing gear which made the pilots follow regulatory safety procedures by returning to Lagos where they landed the aircraft safely without any incident.

“Passengers disembarked normally and another aircraft has been deployed to operate the flight.

“We apologise for the inconveniences caused to all passengers affected by this situation and be assured of our strict compliance with established safety standards.”

A bird strike is a collision between a bird and an aircraft which is in flight or on a takeoff or landing roll.

BREAKING: Kano State Government denies revoking Kano Club title


By Aminu Kutama

The Kano State Government has debunked a story that the Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje has revoked the title of Kano Club, the oldest golf course in West Africa.

It was earlier reported, and some documents were sighted by newsmen, where it was gathered that the State Government has revoked the title of the 26 hectare club, where the first aircraft in Nigeria landed on November 1, 1925.

However, the State Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday, stated that in the content of the letter sent to owners of the club, there was no mention of revocation but expiration of the term of title of the land in question since April 6, 2019.

He said as statutory agency saddled with the responsibility of land management and informed by the reform in land administration in the state, the state Bureau for Land Management ensures payment of ground rent by property owners as well as renewal of land titles.

Garba, further alleged that the story was planted in the public by elements in the media close to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to discredit the the ruling APC in the state.

The Commissioner added that the status of the club remains, while he called for total rejection of the “fabricated story”.

NBC sanctions 25 broadcast stations over 2023 elections


By Aminu Kutama

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has cautioned broadcast stations to adhere strictly to its broadcast code, the Electoral Act as well as other extant laws governing the coverage and reportage of the 2023 general polls.

The Director General of NBC, Mister Balarabe Ilelah gave the warning on Wednesday during a press conference in Abuja which had representatives of some media organisations in attendance, with few days to the March 18 Governorship and House of Assembly elections

Underscoring the need for broadcast stations to be professional in the discharge of their duties, Ilelah disclosed that 25 stations were sanctioned by NBC in the course of monitoring the 2023 presidential election, while 16 stations have been given a final warning.

The NBC boss revealed that one station was sanctioned for broadcasting the results of the election before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results which contravene section 5.33 of the NBC code.

He said 17 stations were sanctioned for broadcasting partisan party content after the prescribed 24-hour stoppage time by NBC, while four stations have been sanctioned for divisive comments.

I am not lobbying for Tinubu’s chief to staff—Gbajabiamila


By Ismail Auwal

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has denied reports that  said he is lobbying to be appointed as Chief of Staff to the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu.

The Speaker in an interview with journalists, said, “I don’t know anything about that chief of staff thing.

Gbajabiamila, On February 25, 2023, who serves as the lower chamber’s representative for the Surulere I Federal District, won a fifth term.

He was not present last week when his colleagues collected up their certificates of return from the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

His absence generated rumours that he shunned the event because he was not interested in returning to the National Assembly.

However, while responding the claim he said he was in leave Lagos because I was campaigning for my party.

“All I heard was that I didn’t come here last week to pick up my certificate and for that reason, somebody conjectured that must be about something about Chief of Staff.”

“Again, it’ll interest you to know that I was not here four years ago to pick up my certificate because I couldn’t make it. I don’t think it is anything significant. I’ll pick up my certificate today or tomorrow,” he said.

Again, IGP posts new CP to Kano for gubernatorial election


By Aminu Kutama

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has yet again posted a new commissioner of police to Kano.

An earlier signal dispatched to commands and formations on Monday by the IGP cancelled the deployment of Feleye Olaleye as Kano commissioner of police and posted CP Ahmed Kontagora as replacement.

But in a counter-signal dispatched early Tuesday morning, the IGP has now posted CP Usaini Gumel to lead the command during the Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.

Gumel will become the 4th CP posted to the commercial state in the space of 8 days.

Kano tycoon, Aminu Dantata, denies backing APC guber candidate in Kano election


By Aminu Kutama

Business tycoon Alhaji Aminu Dantata has denied endorsing the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasiru Gawuna, in the upcoming election.

The businessman, who is in his 90s, stated that he is not partisan and that as an elder, he encourages people to choose whoever they believe will serve them well.

Dantata’s stance was made public through his secretary, Mustapha Junaid, who posted thhe message on behalf of the businessman on his Facebook page.

Junaid emphasized that Dantata has never endorsed any political party or candidate and that he is committed to remaining politically neutral.

According to him the respected elder statesman and businessman has always maintained a non-partisan stance when it comes to elections.

Dantata’s statement comes amidst rumors that he had endorsed the APC candidate for the Kano state governorship election.
However, Dantata has made it clear that he has no affiliations with any political party or candidate and that he believes in the democratic process.

The Kano state governorship election is set to take place on Saturday, and it is expected to be a closely contested race between the APC and the Abba Kabir Yusif of the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) whose party did trumped the ruling party in the state during the just concluded elections for president and National Assembly legislators.

Kano gets 3rd Commissioner of Police in 8 days


By Aminu Kutama

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has posted CP Ahmed Kontagora to lead the command during the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Kano state.

This comes after the cancellation of the deployment of Feleye Olaleye as Kano commissioner of police.

Kontagora will become the 3rd CP posted to the commercial state in the space of 8 days.

On March 8, the IGP reversed the deployment of CP Balarabe Sule, a former chief security officer to the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, following protests over the officer’s alleged partisanship, and in his place, he deployed Mr Olaleye to marshal the police.

But in a signal released on Monday with reference number TH.5361/FS/FHQ/ABJ/SUB.6/144, the IGP maintains the posting of CP Ita Lazarus Uko-Udom to Kano Central, with DCP Umar Iya serving as his second-in-command.

Mr Alkali also maintained the posting of DCP Abdulkadir El-Jamel to supervise Albasu, Gaya, Rogo, Takai, Ajingi, Garko, Wudil and Sumaila Local Government Areas.

For Rano, Bebeji, Bunkure, Doguwa, Kiru, Kibiya Tudunwada Local Government Areas of Kano South, the IGP maintained the posting of DCP Adamu Ngojin.

The IGP also maintained the posting of DCP Abaniwonda Olufemi to Kano North, with ACP Adamu Sambo serving as his second-in-command.

Also, in the signal, DCP Auwal Musa will maintain his position as DC CID, while DCP Aminu Maiwada is replaced with DCP Nuhu Darma as DC Operations at the Kano command.

CP Magaji Ahmed Kontagora hails from Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State and was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on 3rd March 1990, as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Five political endorses Mala Buni


By Ismail Auwal

Ahead of the Saturday gubernatorial election, five political parties have endorsed the Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni.

The parties are the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Labour Party (LP), Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Accord Party (AP).

The Chairman of SDP in Yobe, Abdullahi Bello, who spoke on behalf of the other parties,  at a press briefing in Damaturu said they took the decision in the interest of the entire people of the state.

AAccording to him  Buni’s administration had restored peaceful coexistence among the communities and executed people-oriented projects.

Old Naira notes remain legal tender till Dec 31 – CBN


By Ismail Auwal

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has confirmed that old N200, N500, N1,000 notes will remain legal tender until December 31, 2023.

The apex bank’s Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, in a statement on Monday said that the CBN took the decision based on the Supreme Court’s ruling of March 3, 2022.

“Accordingly, the CBN met with the Bankers’ Committee and has directed that the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes remain legal tender alongside the redesigned banknotes till December 31, 2023.

“Consequently, all concerned are directed to conform accordingly,” the statement read in part.

The CBN’s statement comes after President Muhammadu Buhari absolved himself of any blame for the failure of the apex bank to obey the highest court in the land.

Appeal Court reserves judgment on Osun Gubernatorial case


By Aminu Kutama

The Appeal Court on Monday, reserved judgement to decide on the case by Senator Ademola Adeleke challenging the decision of an election petition tribunal which nullified his victory in the Osun governorship election.

A three-member panel led by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu fixed the date to decide on the matter after taking the argument and adopting the briefs of all parties in the suit.

During proceedings today, Counsel to Adeleke, Onyechi Ikpeazu, held that a member of the panel, who is also a chief magistrate, did not air her opinion during the Judgement delivery.

Rather, she only appended her signature and the constitution mandates her to have aired her views about the suit.

Counsel to Mr Oyetola, Lateef Fagbemi however held that mere signing of the judgment, and not making any comment afterwards does not make the judgment invalid.

He noted that the case of over voting exceeded 6 polling units as claimed by the Appellant, adding that the anomaly was experienced in 744 polling units across the state.

Former Super Falcons coach, Ismaila Mabo, dies at 80


By Ismai Auwal

Ismaila Mabo, a former Super Falcons coach, passed away at the age of 80.

The younger brother of the deceased, Salisu Nakande Mamuwa, annouced his death in the early hours of Monday.

“Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaihir raji’un , i just lost my elder brother these morning, Coach Mabo Ismaila , former Chief Coach of Super Falcons of Nigeria, may Aljanna Firdausi b his final abode, Ameen thumma Ameen, “he wrote.

Ismaila was the head coach of the senior women’s national team at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics.

He led Nigeria to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, the team’s best ever result.

Mabo funeral rites would hold  on Monday in Jos, Plateau State.