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Zamfara N20bn Security Fund: Governor accuses APC of spreading falsehood



Gov. Lawal Dauda

Gov. Lawal Dauda of Zamfara has assured that the N20 billion Security Fund set up by the government was to have sustainable funding mechanism for tackling insecurity and other challenges facing the state.

The governor in a statement by his media aide, Suleiman Idris on Wednesday in Gusau, dismissed claims by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) that the trust fund was floated to defraud the state.
Lawal said the security fund would be sourced from within and outside the state, including private organisations and individuals to address the devastating insecurity in the state.

The APC through its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Yusuf Idris in a statement alleged that the governor wanted to draw the money from the state and local governments joint account.

According to the APC, the governor also plan to use the money to buy arms, which is the prerogative of the Federal Government.

It further claimed that the fund was floated by the governor to enrich himself.


The governor dismissed the claims, saying the APC was only being mischievous and “suffering from crass ignorance”.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the purpose of the Security Trust Fund is to help the state have a sustainable funding mechanism to tackle insecurity.

“It will help the government to solicit funds within and outside the state, including private organisations and individuals.

“Relevant authorities in the state including the Legislature and Judiciary were fully involved and engaged in developing the Security Trust Fund.

“A board will be constituted to decide on what to do with the funds, no interference whatsoever from the Governor,” he added.


Lawal explained that the board would have an Executive Chairman who shall be a person of impeccable character with security background and experience and whose appointment shall be ratified by the state Assembly.

“Two members will be appointed from the private sector to represent the business and financial community.”

He added that other members would include a retired senior security officer; and five members not below the rank of Permanent Secretary to represent the Ministries of Justice; Internal Security; Finance; Local Government Affairs; and Bureau for Public Procurement.

“Also, the board will have a representative from each of the following security agencies operating in the state:

“The Nigerian Police Force, Armed Forces, Department of State Services, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Chairman of Zamfara Traditional Council of Chiefs and one representative of religious institutions.”


The Governor further said money from the trust fund would be used to acquire security equipment and deployment of personnel and their material and financial needs.

This he said was to ensure effective functioning of all security agencies operating in the state, while part of the Fund shall be reserved for the retraining of personnel.

“It is the height of ignorance for the Zamfara APC not to know that other APC states including Lagos, Ogun, Niger, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, and Kwara, among others have established the Security Trust Fund.”

He also dismissed as absolute falsehood that he had not held any security meeting.

Lawal said his first major meeting two days after assuming office was with the state Security Council on May 31.


He said another security counci meetings was held on July 23, while on July 27, he met with the Commissioner of Police and all Divisional Police Officers in the state.

The governor said in furtherance of his resolve to correct the negativities created by the APC-led past administration in managing the security situation of the state, he visited the Defence Headquarters on July 13.

Lawal said during the visit, he had robust discussions with the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Christopher Musa; all the three service chiefs, and the National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu.

Lawal therefore urged the people of Zamfara to ignore the rantings of the APC, and assured of his resolve to rescue and rebuild the state.



Tribunal upholds Gov. Alia’s election



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Gov. Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March 18 Governorship Election.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.

Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.

He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.

He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.


Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.

He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.

The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.

The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.

They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.


They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.

They, therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.

The also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.

NAN reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.

However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.


The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.

They also said that the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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Court stops PDP from dissolving Rivers chapter EXCOS



A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, restrained the national body of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from dissolving the Rivers’ chapter of the State Executive Committee (SEC) over alleged anti-party activities.

Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo, said he found that the case of the plaintiff, Mr Desmond Akawo, succeeded on merit.

Akawo, the Rivers’ PDP Chairman, had sued the party and Dr Iyorchia Ayu (the immediate-past National Chairman representing himself and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC)) as 1st and 2nd defendants.

The plaintiff also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 3rd defendant in the amended originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/112/2023 and filed on March 9 by his counsel, Dr Joshua Musa, SAN.

Akawo sought the court’s determination whether having regard to the provisions of Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 47(1) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended In 2017), they were not entitled to serve our their term.


He said he and other members of the SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committee were elected and sworn-in pursuant to the state’s congress held on March 21, 2020 and were entitled to complete their four-year term which expires on or about May 22, 2024.

Akawo, in the affidavit which he personally deposed to, averred that the PDP ans its national chairman on Jan. 4, prior to the general elections, threatened to unilaterally dissolve the Rivers’ chapter of SEC and replace the same with an Interim Caretaker Committee.

He, however, said that prior to the threat, neither any member of the state committee nor himself had ever been queried by them.

He, therefore, sought an order of injunction restraining the party and the national chairman from dissolving, suspending or truncating the tenure of the Rivers’ SEC, the LGA executive committees and the ward executive committees until May 22, 2024, when their four-year term would expire, among other reliefs.

Justice Ekwo held that the PDP and its national chairman did not deny Akawo’s averments.


“Essentially, the 1st and 2nd defendants have admitted the case of the plaintiff on this issue.

“The law is that facts admitted need no further proof;” he said.

The judge, who granted all Akawo’s reliefs, declared that the party and its national chairman cannot unilaterally and without reasonable cause, dissolve the state’s EXCOs who were democratically elected for a four-year period.

He also gave an order of injunction, restraining them from appointing any person or group of persons as interim caretaker committee in the state until May 22, 2024.

Justice Ekwo further gave an injunction order restraining INEC from according recognition or accepting any name as caretaker committee of the PDP in the state except those democratically elected and represented by Akawo in the suit.

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