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Kano govt denies banishing deposed Emir Sanusi to Nasarawa

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Kano govt denies banishing deposed Emir Sanusi to Nasarawa

Kano State government has denied reports that it banished deposed Emir Sanusi II, from the state to Nasarawa State.

Speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday, the attorney-general of Kano, Ibrahim Muktar said the state government only removed Sanusi from office for insubordination but did not banish him.

The Kano executive council chaired by Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, had removed Sanusi from the throne for alleged “total disrespect to the office of the governor”, among other allegations.

After his dethronement, the ex-monarch was first moved to Loko community in Nasarawa state but was relocated to another part of the state.

When asked if the emir has been banished from Kano, Muktar responded: “Of course, of course”. But when the question was asked a second time, Muktar denied the banishment, saying it was not part of the state government’s decision.

He said the former emir was only taken out of Kano state by the police owing to intelligence reports, adding that he is not aware of any decision to banish Sanusi.

“If you listen to the secretary to the state government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he stated that the emir was banished from Kano state,” he said.

“So, the decision of the government when the emir was removed on Monday was that he was removed from office and a new one appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano state government.

“We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano state but banishment was not part of our decision. There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”

He said the decision to dethrone Sanusi was not based on the issues in court, but on administrative grounds.

“The state government has not taken the law into its hands. Let me explain that the decision to remove the emir from office is administrative and was not based on the issues pending before the court. All the issues pending before the court have not to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement,” he said.

“No decision on that actually (continuation of Sanusi’s probe). I cannot pre-empt the position of the government on whether investigation will stop or will continue.”

Sanusi’s lawyers had asked for the release of the former emir, saying his forced relocation to Nasarawa is illegal and unconstitutional.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court dismisses APC’s request on Zamfara judgement review

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BREAKING: Supreme Court dismisses APC's request on Zamfara judgement review

The Supreme Court has dismissed the application for judicial review filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.

The Witness reports that Zamfara APC filed the application against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.

In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the Supreme court held that the application is a vexatious, frivolous and gross abuse of court process.

The Supreme court awarded the cost of N2m to be paid by the applicant to the 1st to 140th respondents.

Furthermore, Justice Okoro, who delivered the judgement, held that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain an application seeking a review of its own judgment as the finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed and cannot be reviewed under any guise.

On the other hand, Justice Centus Nweze, however, disagrees with the other members of the panel as he reads a dissenting judgment upholding the application of the APC.

The Supreme Court judge insists that it is better to admit an error instead of justifying an error that fails to represent justice. He adds that the Supreme Court can reverse itself.

Justice Nweze further insists that the judgment of the court favours the PDP who was not a party to the suit in the first place and orders the setting aside the earlier judgment of the court

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Prince Charles of England tests positive for COVID-19

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Prince Charles of England tests positive for COVID-19

England’s future king Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House said today.

The 71 year-old prince displays mild symptoms but remains in “good health”, the spokesman for the royal family said. His wife, Camilla tested negative.

The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.

The Price of Wales has been working from home in Scotland for the last few days, in company of his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

‘In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

‘‘It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.’’

According to metro.co.uk, among Prince Charles’ recent engagements was a Water Aid dinner, in which he sat opposite Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Prince Albert became the first Royal Family member to catch coronavirus earlier this month.

He was also at a celebrity Prince’s Trust Awards a few days ago.

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Lagos Assembly reappoints demoted, suspended members

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Lagos Assembly reappoints demoted, suspended members

The Lagos Assembly has reappointed members of the House who were initially demoted and suspended, The Witness has learned.

The Witness understands that the Lagos State House of Assembly issued an internal memo through the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, on Friday directing the aggrieved members to take up new portfolios.

It was learned that Hon Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the former Deputy Majority Leader, has been assigned to chair the Committee on Central Business District while his counterpart who was removed as Chief Whip, Honourable Rotimi Abiru, is now the Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Committee.

The Witness understands that Hon Moshood Oshun, who was removed from the Chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (State), has been named Chairman of Committee on Legislative Compliance while Hon Nurudeen Saka-Solaja is now the Chairman of PAC (State).

Similarly, Hon Kazeem Adewale Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations swapping office with Hon Rasheed Makinde while Hon (Mrs.) Mojisola Alli-Macaulay replaces Hon (Mrs) Mojisola Miranda as Chairman of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Committee. Mrs Miranda is now the Chief Whip.

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