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A member of the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has dragged the Nigeria Police before the law court over its refusal to release his international passport to him as directed by a Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Bello of Chief Magistrate Court 2 sitting at Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja had on July 25 ordered that Melaye’s international passport in the custody of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Commissioner of Police be released forthwith to him.

Senator Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District said in Abuja on Friday that more than a week after the order was given by the competent court of law the police authorities were yet to return his international passport to him.

He said he had advised his lawyers to approach the court Friday to file contempt of court charges against the Nigeria Police for flagrantly disobeying a Chief Magistrate Court order.

Melaye added that before agreeing to sue the Police he along with his lawyers had in the last one week written to the Commissioners of Police(Legal) and FCT in Abuja applying for the release of his passport.

Said he ” I’m surprised that up till now my passport which a law court directed police to release to me has not been given to me. On the day the order was given on July 25 I wrote personally on that day to FCT Police Commissioner authorising my lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, to collect the passport on my behalf.

” My lawyer also on the same date wrote the Commissioner of Police ( Legal) for the release of my passport and up till now the court order had not been complied with and I have no other choice but to approach the court again and sue the Police for contempt “

The Senator said he had it on good authority that the non-release of his passport was based on a directive from above.

He then wondered ” if a law enforcement agency which is the Police is the one now breaking the law, how then do you enforce law and order in the country.

Melaye added that his life is being threatened since the Police authorities withdrew his security details on April 22.

” All entreaties for the restoration of my security details have been met with brick walls. They ignored Senate resolution that my security aides be restored as well as a recent letter written to Police by the Chief of Staff to the Senate President on the same issues,” the Senator further said.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Increases LASTMA Allowance By 100%

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Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the increment in the monthly allowance of the state traffic officials, LASTMA.

Sanwo-Olu, PorscheClassy News gathered has increased the allowances of all officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA by 100 percent.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, LASTMA officers will now get 100per cent of what they currently earn. This will take effect from the end of July.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu today announced an increase in LASTMA officers’ allowance. LASTMA officers to earn 100% of their current allowance from the end of July. This is to boost the morale of officers and make them work well for the people of Lagos State,” Akosile tweeted.

The Governor made the announcement when he visited the headquarters of LASTMA where he met with officers of the organisation.

It would be recalled that a focus on Traffic Management and Transportation is the first of Sanwo-Olu’s campaign agenda which was named ‘THEME’.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Sacks APC Senator, Orders Musa As Replacement

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The Supreme Court on Friday sacked David Umar as the Senator representing Niger-East in the newly constituted ninth Senate and declared Muhammed Musa as his replacement.

Umar was the Chairman, Senate Committee Chairman on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, in the last Senate.

In a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court nullified the earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which had validated Umar as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election.

The apex court, after nullifying the Court of Appeal’s judgment, restored the earlier verdict of the Federal High Court which had declared Musa, as the rightful candidate of the party.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on February 7, 2019, declared Musa as the rightful candidate.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Friday, the apex court agreed with Musa’s legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), that the Court of Appeal wrongly interpreted the provision of section 285(9) of the Constitution.

Justice Ariwoola held that the Court of Appeal was, therefore, wrong to have struck out the suit filed by Musa before the Federal High Court after adjudging the suit to be statute-barred.

He held that contrary to the Court of Appeal’s judgment, Musa had instituted his suit within time, as the mandatory 14 days period within which the suit ought to be filed, should be counted from the date the Independent National Electoral Commission published the names of candidate and not from the date a winner of the primary was declared.

Justice Ariwoola held, “At the end of the day, as this court has held in some other judgments including the one delivered yesterday (Thursday), that, time began to run not from the time primary election was conducted but at the time the name of the 1st respondent (Umaru) was forwarded to INEC instead of the name of the appellant.

“In the circumstance, the court below was wrong in holding that the action was statute barred.

“The court below was wrong in its interpretation of section 285(9) of the Constitution (as amended) in view of the available facts.

“In the final analysis, this appeal is meritorious and deserves to be allowed. Accordingly, the judgment of the court below delivered on April 8, 2019 is hereby set aside and the judgment of the trial court delivered on February 7, 2019 is restored and affirmed. The appeal is allowed.”

Other members of the panel, including the Acting CJN who headed it, agreed with the lead judgment.

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Call Me First Lady Now, Not Wife Of The President — Aisha Buhari

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The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday, announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She said this would take effect immediately in order to resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

Aisha Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“When my husband was newly elected, I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.

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