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Abuja Youths Threaten To Shut Council Over Bad Road




Some youths in the Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, have threatened to shut the council’s office over the deplorable state of the Gwagwalada Market Road.

Some of the youths in the area who spoke with PUNCH Metro on Tuesday said the bad road had caused severe hardship for commuters and residents for a long time.

One of the youths, Manasseh Paul, told PUNCH Metro that the youths were giving the council authorities an ultimatum of seven days to attend to the road or they would paralyse activities on the road and also storm the council office.

Manasseh said, “Gwagwalada Market Road, once a lifeline, now lies in ruins, strangling local businesses and burdening the people it should serve. The path to redemption must begin with the reconstruction of this vital road. We, as citizens of Nigeria, assert our right to free movement, as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, and we call for the prompt restoration of this fundamental right.”

Speaking further, Manaseeh, who doubles as the coordinator of the youths in the area, said, “That road has been bad for like three to four years. Every chairman used it to campaign when contesting. It is a major road that links Gwagwalada to other areas.”

“We’re shutting the area council down after seven days. We will also shut the road,” he added.

Another youth, Promise Abubakar, said shop owners in the area had abandoned their shops because people were finding it difficult to navigate the area and patronise them.

“Many people who have shops there are suffering. Some people have left their shops. It’s not easy to navigate the road. Our demand is that they should fix the road,” Abubakar said.

Another resident, who asked not to be mentioned, said, “It’s sad. I don’t know why they decided to ignore the road. It’s like people don’t matter to them. A whole FCT, and the road is terrible like this. They should fix the road.”

Also, a civil society group, Take It Back Movement, in a letter dated Monday, requested the area council to provide it with details of federal allocations received by the council from 2022 to date and how they had been spent.

Quoting the Freedom of Information Act in the letter posted on its verified X handle, @TIBmovement, they sought “A detailed and up-to-date record of federal allocations received by the Gwagwalada Area Council from 2022 to date; an elaborate breakdown of the expenditure and use of the federal allocations received by the council from 2022 to date; an elaborate breakdown of the expenditure and use of the internally generated revenue received by the council from 2022 to date.”

The Special Adviser to the council chairman’s secretary, Abdulrahman Saba, said although he could not speak for the chairman, he acknowledged the deplorable state of the road and admitted he was also suffering from it.

He said, “I can only share my own idea and understanding of that road. I commend your efforts; it’s a good one because that road is a major road in the Gwagwalada Area Council. We’re suffering; because I’m a resident in that area. But that road is not under the area council. It is (under) the area council, it is for the FCDA majorly.”

When contacted on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin, directed our correspondent to the FCDA. “Please, you can go to the FCDA,” he said in a terse response to a text message from our correspondent.

But when eventually contacted, the spokesperson for the Federal Capital Development Authority, Richard Ndul, said, “Gwagwalada Road is under the area council.”

When told that a source in the area council said it was not under the council, he further revealed, “If it is not in the area council, it is (under) the satellite towns.”


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BREAKING NEWS: PDP’s Diri Wins Bayelsa Gov Election



The incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, has been declared the winner of the State governorship election held last Saturday.

The Returning Officer, Prof Faruq Kuta, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Of Technology, Minna, announced Diri winner of the poll at the collation centre of the election on Monday.

Diri polled 175,196 to defeat his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, who garnered 110,108 votes while the Labour Party polled 905 votes.

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Plateau: Protesters Storm S’ Court Over Sack Of Four PDP Members From NASS



Over 1000 protesters, on Monday, besieged the Supreme Court to register their displeasure over the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which sacked four members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State, from the National Assembly, based on a pre-election dispute.

The placard and banner-wielding groups, under the aegis of Coalition for Justice in Africa, CJA, submitted a protest letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

According to the protesters, the appellate court, by its judgement, thwarted the wish of electorates in Plateau state, when it declared candidates that lost the National Assembly elections that held on February 25, as winners of the legislative seats.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the protest letter was submitted to the CJN, the National President of the CJA, Dr. Daniel Okwa, maintained that the judgement of the appellate court was capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.

He said the group was at the apex court to seek the intervention of the CJN, alleging that the verdicts that removed all the PDP federal lawmakers were influenced by some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The protest letter, which was obtained by Vanguard, read in part: “The Coalition for Truth and Justice believes that the judgment of the Appeal Court in Abuja is a case of injustice, else, how could one explain a situation where lawmakers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would boast and predict the outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment even before the pronouncement.

“This is unacceptable and indicates that the justice regime in Nigeria has been thrown to the dogs. What happened in Plateau State is an aberration of immeasurable proportion. There is a distinction between a pre-election matter and a post-election matter.

“The Supreme Court has established this fact on several occasions. It is now a wonder why the Appeal Court would act otherwise and in a despicable manner that tends to truncate our nascent democracy.

“The Coalition for Truth and Justice entirely condemns the actions of the justices of the Appeal Court that sat in Abuja. They displayed insensitivity to the electoral choices of the people. This is a worrisome trend that the Chief Justice of Nigeria must address.

“This is on the heels that the Judiciary, the world over, is regarded as the last hope of the commoner. This presupposes that it is the only place the commoner can get justice. The function of the Judiciary is not to twist the truth or fabricate facts but to interpret the law. The consequence of the interpretation of the law is justice.

“However, what played out in Plateau state negates the Judiciary’s position as the common’s last hope. The Judiciary is for sale to the highest bidder in Nigeria, if such positions could be taken without recourse to the implication of such on the psychological state of the people.

“The Coalition for Truth and Justice is using this protest to drive the point that justice in Nigeria should not be reserved for a section of the country or any political party. What happened in Plateau should not be allowed to stand or repeat itself. The implication of such is that the reputation of the judicial arm of government would be eroded.”

It will be recalled that the appellate court had on November 7, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, okayed the nullification of the election of a Senator and three members of the House of Representatives in the state that emerged on the platform of the PDP.

The panel based its decision on failure of the PDP to fully comply with a court that was made in 2022, which it said directed the party to conduct congress in the 17 Local Government Areas in the state.

It, therefore, held that though the lawmakers won their respective seats during the National Assembly election that held on February 25, all the scores that were credited them, amounted to wasted votes.

It ordered that candidates that got the second majority lawful votes at the election, should be sworn in as winners of the legislative seats.


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Canada’s Abuja, Lagos Visa Centres Open – High Commission



The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has said its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open for the processing of immigration, refugee and citizenship applications.

The Canadian High Commission had on Tuesday announced the suspension of operations in its Abuja office following a fire incident at its generator house, which claimed two lives on Monday.

Nigerians had expressed fear that the operations suspension would hamper visa application processes.

But  in a statement posted on its X handle on Thursday, the  Canadian High Commission clarified that its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open and operational.

In the statement by its public affairs staff, Demilade Kosemani, the commission said, “As we continue to mourn the passing of our dear colleague from the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, please note the following information below:

“Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada clients: processing of applications continues. Regardless of the suspension of operations at the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, the Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos remain open.”

Meanwhile, a travel agency, , TMT Travels and Tours Limited, has sympathised with the Canadian High Commission over the Monday tragic fire incident.

In a statement on Thursday the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Collins Onukwubiri,  said, “We at TMT Travels and Tours Limited shares in the grief and sense of loss of the Canadian embassy in Abuja. The partial burning of the Canadian embassy in Abuja and the death of two workers there was most unfortunate.

“Canada, as a major player in the Nigeria’s travel and tours business, is an integral player in Nigeria’s economy. We know how devastating this unfortunate incident is to them but we want to say that we stand with them in this time and always. We specially condole with the families of the two persons who died in the process.”


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