Just three days after the first attack, robbers stormed the University of Uyo Hall 6 female hostel again this morning.
The robbers numbering about six, stormed the hostel brandishing guns, cutlasses and POS Machines.
During the attack, the robbers carted away phones, laptops and money, students who didn’t have cash were forced to use the POS, while others were beaten up.
The same hostel had been robbed on Monday, where valuables were taken and a girl received a machete bruise, leaving her with a deep injury in her head.
According to the report by @InsideUniuyo the robbery, which was promised earlier, after the first attack on Monday came again knocking the early hours of today, Thursday, 1st August, 2019.
However, the students after the attack, took to the streets, cordoning Ikpa Road and the University First Gate axis, to protest the incident.
Addressing the students, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Enefiok Essien SAN, who arrived the scene in company of the Dean of Students, Dr Aniekan Brown, and the Chief Security Officer, condemned the attacks, adding that efforts were in place to bring the perpetuators to justice.
Prof. Essien assured the students that the management is working on addressing the issue, including the deployment of police presence on campus to curtail further occurence.
He pleaded with the students to return to their normal activities, without fear of attacks or intimidation.
Tribunal: Drama as INEC document confirms Akpabio won convincingly.
There was a mild drama at the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Akwa Ibom State when Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Solomon Umoh, SAN tried unsuccessfully to prevent a witness, Mr Godwin Afangideh from reading the result from a document presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC.)
The document was an exhibit presented by INEC in a petition filed by Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Engr Christopher Ekpenyong (PDP) as the Senator for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.
Reading from the document given to him by Counsel to PDP, the Witness, Mr Afangide said “My Lord even from this document APC scored a total votes 61,329 and PDP scored 9,050 in Essien Udim Local Government Area and it is recorded here.” Mr Umoh, SAN had attempted to shout down the Witness from reading that part of the document.
Mr Afangide had earlier tendered results collated from Wards across the Local Government Area as given to him by the party agents which clearly showed that Senator Akpabio had won the election in his own Local Government Area with a wide margin.
The Witness expressed surprise at the voters’ register tendered in court and said it was different from the one that was used on election day. He confirmed that he had voted along with his family members.
According to Mr Afangide the elections in Essien Udim Local Government Area were very peaceful as attested to by security agencies, local and foreign observers.
Another Witness, Dr Chris Akpan who was a Ward Collation Agent told the Tribunal that the results that were declared by INEC in Uyo did not reflect collated results from the Units and Wards of the Local Government Area.
Reacting to suggestions by the Counsel to INEC that results from the Local Government Area of Senator Akpabio were cancelled because of violence, the Witnesses expressed surprise and said they were hearing of violence for the first time in the Tribunal.
Senator Akpabio had so far called 14 Witnesses mostly Ward Agents who have tendered duly collated results. Results so far tendered showed he had led his opponent with a wide margin before INEC cancelled the results in Uyo.
Akpabio vs. Ekpenyong: Legal fireworks begin at the tribunal
**** Akpabio has a good case and we are confident of getting justice – SAN
*** PDP Lawyers file application to stop court ordered inspection of electoral materials at INEC
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – At the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, legal fireworks commenced in a suit filed by Senator Godswill Akpabio against Dr. Christopher Ekpenyong and four other respondents.
Senator Akpabio, who currently represents Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District, contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akpabio is challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 National Assembly elections by which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Dr. Christopher Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner.
The suit has Senator Akpabio as petitioner while Dr. Christopher Ekpenyong, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), INEC, Returning Officer and Resident Electoral Officer, Mr. Mike Igini, are respondents.
Present at the tribunal to represent the petitioner, Senator Akpabio, was Mr. Sunday Ameh, SAN, Mr Adekunle Oyesanya, SAN Also present were Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN for Engr Ekpenyong, Mr. Solomon Umoh, SAN for the PDP and Ms. Oluwaseun Oluseyi for INEC.
Legal fireworks ensued during the pre-hearing of two applications earlier filed by Mr Agabi, SAN, and adopted by counsels to other respondents. The applications sought to dismiss Akpabio’s petition and set aside the order granted him for inspection of election materials kept by INEC. Agabi also prayed the tribunal to set aside the petition on grounds of lack of jurisdiction.
Counsel to the PDP, Solomon Umoh, SAN prayed the tribunal to “set aside the petitioner’s request for forensic analysis of election materials” as well as “dismiss all reliefs granted to the petitioner.” because the inspection process of the election materials has been prejudiced” and that the “only grounds of obtaining an order must be by motion on notice”, which, according to him, the respondents failed to file.
Umoh also prayed the tribunal to award a cost of N500,000 against the petitioner, but was unanimously overruled by the three-member panel.
Responding to Umoh,, counsel to the petitioner, Mr Ameh, SAN slammed the respondent applicants’’ claim that the inspection process of the election materials has been prejudiced. ” “Having been invited to the inspection, in what way has the order of inspection granted been prejudiced?”, he queried.
While noting that the respondents’ “objections are bereft of merit”, Ameh prayed the tribunal to grant an order to stay execution, to enable his team study the all the respondents’ applications.
Chairman of the tribunal, Hon. Justice W. O. Akanbi, who spoke on behalf of the three member panel of judges, urged counsels to all parties and their supporters to fully cooperate with the tribunal in order to ensure that justice is expeditiously served. Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, on behalf of counsels representing all parties at the tribunal, thanked the judges and pledged the cooperation of the Bar with the panel all through the duration of the tribunal.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Akanbi adjourned the hearing and reserved ruling on the prayers of respective parties for a yet to be announced date.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the sitting, Counsel to Senator Akpabio, Mr Oyesanya, SAN said his client had a good case having won the Senatorial election and they were confident that justice would be served at the Tribunal.
Nigeria Government Secures Release Of Zainab Aliyu
The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking.
ZAINAB ALIYU FREED FROM EXECUTION IN SAUDI ARABIA
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab and the second Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar will be released tomorrow to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.
There had been several calls for her release with President Muhammadu Buhari directing the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene and secure her immediate release.
Following the President’s directive, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, assured Nigerians that they were making good progress and she will be back, along with 2 others in the same situation.
Zainab who is a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag.
She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.
The student had reportedly travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance
Mohammed Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria departs for United Kingdom for a private visit on Thursday, 25 April 2019
This comes post hummus to his visit to Lagos to commission some relevant projects instituted by Governor Ambode of Lagos State.
The president who is expected to commission some life touching projects in Maiduguri, Borno State capital early this morning, would proceed to United Kingdom thereafter. He is expected to return to Nigeria on the 5th of May, 2019
ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DURING THE COMMISSIONING OF OSHODI TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, MURTALA MOHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROAD AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BUSES
WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL, 2019
1 I am delighted to be here today to commission three key projects that reflect the drive and success of our Administration as we pursue policies and programmes that will positively impact on our citizens.
The new Oshodi Transport Interchange; the Mass Transit Medium and High capacity public buses and the reconstructed Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road by Lagos State Government clearly demonstrate the need to continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels.
Just as this transport interchange with three different terminals is going to change the face of public transportation, the mass transit buses totaling 820 will move the people of Lagos State in a more comfortable and more efficient manner.
These projects by Lagos State are perfectly aligned with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve the country’s infrastructure especially in the transport sector.
To compliment the Oshodi transport Interchange, the Federal Government has recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway up to Oworonshoki and Old-Toll gate which was last attended to, 40 years ago.
We have recently commissioned the new International Airport Terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan rail line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people.
Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is my second working visit to Lagos state within a span of one year. I was also here in February to solicit for your votes. I thank you for supporting me. Earlier this morning, I commissioned Ayinke House at the Institute of Maternal & Child Health and also the Lagos Theatre in Oregun.
Your Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has performed satisfactorily and we should all commend him for his contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State.
I want to once again thank all the people of Lagos State for their support for our government and our party.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I commission the new Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Mass Transit Buses and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport road.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
CHOOSE EITHER THE COURT OR THE MEDIA FOR YOUR PETITION, BMO TELLS ATIKU…flirting with both is contempt of court
The Buhari Media Organization(BMO) has accused the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar of showing disrespect for the judiciary by prosecuting his election petition in the media, rather than at the Presidential Election Petition tribunal.
According to the group, this is targeted at whipping up unnecessary sentiment against the Courts.
BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Omoniyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that what the former Vice President has been doing is prejudicial
“We have observed this pattern of disrespect for the judiciary by one of the losers of the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, who has embarked on a media hearing of his petition even after his lawyers went to court.
“Nigerians have regularly been fed with snippets from the 139-page document on the pages of traditional media and their online counterparts, to the extent that it seems like the Tribunal is about to take a decision.
“We consider it as a deliberate act of contempt for the panel and a disregard for the judiciary that should not be encouraged or tolerated.
“It shows that he is more interested in whipping up public sentiments through the media than prosecuting the case”.
The group urged him to act in a statesmanly manner and allow the Election Petition Tribunal do its job rather than resort to self-help.
“If Atiku believes that his claims would be better served in the media we call on him to withdraw the petition and focus on prosecuting it in the media as he is already doing prejudicially.
“The alternative is for him to face his case squarely in court, except he does not trust the members of the panel,” it said.
BMO noted that this is however not the first time that Atiku Abubakar would be taking steps that are not in line with the nation’s law”.
“Only a few weeks ago, the country was agog with reports of how the former Vice President engaged US attorneys with a view to lobbying the American Congress and the US President to recognise him as President of Nigeria.
‘This happened just about the time his team of lawyers filed his petition, and alhough the Atiku camp and the PDP denied the deal, fact checkers have proved that there is indeed a contract between him and two US lobbyists.
“Many Nigerians have described the act as treasonable felony and desperation taken to ridiculous extent, but the latest act of leaking details of his petition to the media on almost a weekly basis shows the extent the former Vice President is willing to go”, the statement added.
President Mohammed Buhari signs new minimum wage bill into law
The bill which was formerly passed by the House of Representatives and Nigeria Senate, was later given assent to by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Thursday 18th, April 2019.
Revealing to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang, commended the president for giving Nigerians a new hope, noting that, it is one of the campaign promises delivered to people
On his note, President Buhari call on Nigerian Employee to sue any employer who fails to augment their monthly pay to the new minimum wage