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Ekiti Poll: INEC Rejects SERAP Request To Arrest Vote Buyers

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The request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) which demand that the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should arrest and prosecute suspects who were said to have been involved in vote-buying in the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State has been rejected by the commission.

The election which led to the emergence of Dr Kayode Fayemi as the governor-elect of the state was said to have been fully characterised with vote buying by the two major parties that participated in the election, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The rejection was made by INEC as gathered by NIGERIA NEWS in a letter which was addressed to SERAP on the 20th of August.

According to INEC, the commission does not have any constitutional right to arrest and prosecute anyone for vote buying.

The content of the letter by INECin response to the request of SERAP reads:  “We refer to your letter dated 17th July 2019 wherein you requested that the Commission investigate and prosecute alleged vote-buying in the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.”

“The Commission wishes to inform SERAP of the constraints posed by extant statutory provisions against your well-intended request.”

“You may also wish to note that it is not part of the constitutional duties of the Commission to arrest and investigate suspects found to have contravened provisions of the Electoral Act or any other Law for the time being in force.”

“Section 150(2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) only confers powers on Legal Officers of the Commission or any other Legal Practitioner appointed by it to undertake the prosecution of offences disclosed under the Act.”

“We wish to assure you that the Commission will continue to partner with relevant security agencies to prosecute electoral offenders.”

Recall that the PDP candidate, Professor Olushola Eleka lost the election to the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also a former Governor of the State.

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CJ Asabe’s failure to retire honourably has brought undeserved insult to my husband – Zainab Bagudu

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Zainab Bagudu

The first lady of Kebbi state, Zainab Bagudu has condemned the former acting Chief Justice of the state, Justice Asabe Saratu for not retiring from her position honourably.

Recall that her husband, governor Atiku Bagudu had sacked Saratu for complaining to the National Judicial Council (NJC) that her appointment was no confirmed by the state house of assembly because she is a Christian.

Zainab, who took to her Facebook page to react to this said although she celebrated her upliftment to the number one legal post in the state, but condemned what she termed her selfish attempt.

“As a female born to parents who both belong to the legal profession, I loudly celebrated the rise of Justice Asabe Karatu as the first female Chief Justice of Kebbi state. More so, I attended the university with her daughter. Now, I totally condemn her selfish attempt to hang on to position instead of retiring honourably.

Zainab who pointed that her allegations have brought about undeserved insults and criticism one her husband, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and others, noted that sadly, that is one of the burdens of leadership.

“It is worrisome that as a Nation, we allow religion to quickly divide us rather than use reason to search for reasons to avoid conflict.

“The statement below will not clear every mind, but it is necessary to set the records straight and we owe it to our children to always do what is right. Most of all, We should ALWAYS try to be bigger than our personal ambition. ”

Read the statement below from the state government on the issue.

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Police Arrest 50 Year Old Woman For Buying Newborn Baby In Anambra State

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Police Arrest 50 Year Old Woman For Buying Newborn Baby In Anambra State

The NIGERIA NEWS gathered that a 50-year-old woman buys a newborn baby at the sum of 500 000 nairas and at the moment she is at the custody of the police.

The incident occurs at No 3 Onyekwore street, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra state. The culprit’s name is Juli et Onweagoba and her colleague in the evil act is Edith Ewudo who is also 49 years old. They confessed that they used to buy the newborn baby from Ndidi Egeonu.

The police arrested them after it leaked out that a baby was stolen from a delivery mother. A police representative from Anambra state, Haruna Mohammed said that the baby has been recovered back from the culprits.

Mr. Haruna said:

“On the 12/6/2019 at about 7:00 pm, Police detectives attached to Awada division arrested one Juliet Onweagba ‘f’ aged 50 years of No 3 Onyekwore Street Awada

“Suspect conspired with one Edith Ewudo aged 49 years of Orsumoghu street Awada and bought a newborn baby girl at the sum of N550,000 from one Ndidi Egeonu ‘f’ aged 35 years of Odume Obosi.

“The baby was stolen from the mother one Udechukwu Faith ‘f’ aged 23 years of 3-3 Onitsha shortly after delivery on the 2/6/2019.”

All the suspects are expected to be charged to court soon as the investigation continues.

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