Governors Have No Power To SACK LG Chairmen, Councillors - SUPREME Court Rules
The Supreme Court yesterday voided laws enacted by the states’ Houses of Assembly which allow governors to sack elected Chairmen of Local Governments and Councillors and replace them with appointed administrators.

It has of recent become a tradition among governors to dissolve the Executive Councils of the states’ LGs and replace them with their appointees, who they call caretaker committees. 

In a unanimous judgement of five Justices of the Supreme Court described the practice as “executive recklessness”, which must not be allowed to persist.

The judgment by the five-man panel, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour was on the appeal in relation to the dissolution of the 16 Local Government Executives in Ekiti State, during Kayode Fayemi’s tenure.

The appeal marked:SC/120/2013 was filed by the Ekiti State Government. It had Prince Sanmi Olubunmo (Chairman of Ido Osi LG and Chairman of Association of Local Government’s of Nigeria – ALGON, Ekiti Chapter and 13 others as respondents. Fayemi, now Minister of Mineral Resources reportedly announced the dissolution of the councils in a radio announcement on October 29, 2010, when the elected council officials still had up till December 19, 2011 to end their three-year tenure.

The Supreme Court, in faulting the law purportedly relied on by Fayemi, held that Section 23(b) of the Ekiti State Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2001, which empowered the governor to dissolve local government councils, whose tenure was yet to expire, violated section 7(1) of the Constitution from which the state House of Assembly derived the power to enact the local government law. 

Justice Centus Nweze, in the lead judgment, said: “There can be no doubt, as argued by the appellants’ counsel, that the Ekiti State House of Assembly is empowered to make laws of Ekiti State.

“However, the snag here is that, in enacting section 23(b) of the Ekiti State Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2001, which empowered the first appellant to bridge the tenure of office of the respondents, it overreached itself. “In other words, section 23(b) (supra) is violative of, and in conflict with section 7(1) of the Constitution (supra). “Hence, it is bound to suffer the fate of ll laws which are in conflict with the Constitution, section 1(3) thereof.”

The judge Said Section 7(1) of the Constitution seeks to guarantee “the system of local government by democratically-elected local government councils and conferred “sacrosanctity on the elections of such officials whose electoral mandates derived from the will of the people freely exercised through the democratic process”.

“The implication, therefore, is that section 23(b) of thethe Ekiti State Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2001, which was not intended to ‘ensure the existence of’ such democratically-elected councils, but to snap their continued existence by their substitution with caretaker councils, was enacted in clear breach of the supreme provisions of section 7(1) of the Constitution.

“To that extent, it (section 23(b) supra) cannot co-habit with section 7(1) of the Constitution (supra) and must, in consequence, be invalidated. “The reason is simple. By his oath of office, the governor swore to protect and not to supplant the Constitution.

“Hence, any action of his which has the capacity of undermining the same Constitution (as in the instant case where the first appellant, ‘Governor of Ekiti State and others’ dissolved the tenure of the respondents and replaced them with caretaker committees) is tantamount to executive recklessness which would not be condoned,” the judge said. Justice Nweze said the the tenure of the local government councils could not be abridged without violating the supreme constitutional provisions.

“Simply put, therefore, the election of such officials into their offices and their tenure are clothed with constitutional force. They cannot, therefore, be abridged without breaching the Constitution from which they derive their force. “The only permissible exception, where a state governor could truncate the lifespan of a local government council which evolved through the democratic process of elections, is ‘for overriding public interest’ in a period of emergency.”

He upheld the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal on the issue and adopted the orders made by the Court of Appeal on the case in its judgment delivered on January 23, 2013. The Appeal Court had among others, ordered the Ekiti State Government to compute and pay all the allowances and salaries accruable to members of the dissolved councils between October 29, 2010 and December 19, 2011, both dates inclusive. Justice Nweze directed the Attorney- General of Ekiti State to ensure that the orders of the lower court (Appeal Court) affirmed in his judgment, are complied with.

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 armed robbery suspect, Saheed Olanrewaju,
Punch Newspaper - An armed robbery suspect, Saheed Olanrewaju, on Wednesday said a friend of his taught him how to rob because he was about to die of hunger.

According to the 39-year-old suspect, his friend, a man he called “SV” introduced him to the life of crime he led until he was nabbed by officers of the Kwara State Police Command, to “save him”.

Olanrewaju, a native of Sagamu, was paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr.Olusola Amore, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

 “I met SV in Taiwo area in Ilorin when he taught me how to rob. I regret my action now, but it was hunger that turned me into a robber. I had been starving for long and I realised robbery was the only source of daily bread at the time. If I am eventually freed today, I will never venture into crime again,” Olanrewaju said.

The CP said one of the victims of Olanrewaju’s gang, one Abdulateef Abolaji, was sleeping at home with his family at Budo area of Italepa in Ilorin, when he was attacked.

Amore said the robbers dispossessed Abolaji and others in the house of cash, mobile phones and jewellery. But an investigation into the attack later led the Special  Anti-Robbery Squad of the command to the arrest of Olanrewaju.

Amore said one locally made pistol was recovered from the suspect, noting that efforts were on to arrest Olanrewaju’s accomplices who are at large. He added that the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Bibilari Elebuibon
There was an unusual silence at the 42nd convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, on Friday when the death was announced of a first-class graduate, Bibilari Elebuibon.

Elebuibon, who was the best in Yoruba Language in the Faculty of Arts, was said to have died in an accident in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, in July 2016.

It became a harvest of tears among his colleagues and some others present when his name was called by the dean of his faculty, Prof. Gbemisola Adeoti, for a prize and the school’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, stepped forward to call for a minute silence in his honour.

Reports said the deceased, who was among the 66 first-class graduates, was a son of a popular Ifa priest in Osogbo, Chief Yemi Elebuibon.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had said the unemployment rate in Nigeria is now worse than it was about a year ago.

The President, who said this at the 42nd convocation of the institution, called on the private sector to complement the efforts of the government in providing jobs for Nigerians to bridge the gap.

The Chancellor of the OAU, who is also the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Ooni of Ife, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.

The President, who was represented at the ceremony by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Rasheed, said his administration was working hard to ensure more Nigerian youths were productively engaged.

He said, “In September, 2016, our unemployment rate reached a high value of 17.9 per cent as compared to 9.9 per cent the previous year. I intend to remind you that although this administration is doing its best to provide jobs for the teeming population of Nigerian youths, our efforts still need to be complemented by the private sector.

“We have been bringing on board several entrepreneurship initiatives to create an enabling environment for job creators to not only thrive, but excel.

“Promotion of local products, encouragement of export markets, tapping of indigenous raw materials, etc., are some of the avenues for this to operate. As fresh graduates with invigorating ideas, you are encouraged to forward your proposals under the appropriate parastatals and agencies.”

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BREAKING: FG Gives New Directives To Shortlisted N-Power Beneficiaries, See Details Here
The federal Government has directed all beneficiaries of N-Power graduate employment scheme to go for verification exercise in their various states.

The verification directive and exercise were disclosed by Mr. Laolu Akande, the media aide to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The verification exercise, which has already commenced in some states like Ogun, Kogi, Bauchi, Plateau and many other states have seen many N-Power volunteers verified and cleared for immediate employment.

Each beneficiary, according to Laolu Akande will be paid a stipend of N30,000 monthly.

Akande in series of tweets tweeted:

For more information on the verification exercise, visit

At last, Buhari Fufils Campign Promise, Kick-starts School Free Meals In PDP State of Anambra; See Photos
The school feeding programme initiated by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has continued in its second day in Anambra. 

 The programme which was one of the campaign promises made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) debuted in Anambra state according to a statement from Laolu Akande, the spokesperson for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. 

 Laolu Akande also twitted:

Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
A youth group, the Kaduna Youth Coalition for Peace and Development on Friday backed the Kaduna state White paper on the Zaria clashes which designated the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an insurgent group.

The youths were responding to a letter purportedly written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Borno Elders Forum in which they warned that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) could become the next Boko Haram because Kaduna State Government has designated it an insurgent group.

Addressing a press briefing in Kaduna, President of the group, Peter Bawa urged the Government not to deal with the IMN with kid gloves, saying it was this same tactics the Borno elders used to blackmail the people until the Boko Haram became a monster.

Bawa expressed shock that even when notable islamic organisations like MURIC has denounce the group, they seem to be enjoying the backing of the Borno elders. He said such backing is suspicious.

He recalled that in the early days of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east, the elders had kicked against military operations, claiming the government was committing genocide against people of the north.

He accused the Borno Elders of desperation to export terror to other parts of Nigeria now that the Boko Haram insurgency has been defeated in their domain and the regular settlement money they were getting under the previous administration has dried up.

He said, "At the inception of Boko Haram as a ragtag group of misguided youths that were flogging women for not dressing the way they expected, these same Borno Elders kept quiet. When the fanatical youths began targeted assassinations the elders only paid condolence visits at which they gloat over the demise of their perceived political rivals. Even when the terrorism of their protégés spilled all over the country they continue to implore that their sons should be spared and not be treated as terrorists that they are.

"It was only when the Borno Elders became the target of their own sins did they started fleeing into Abuja and Kano, leaving the less fortunate part of the population in IDPs camps did these remorseless men realise the magnitude of their error.

"The terrorists that they groomed have done a good job of their communities such that there is not much to destroy again. These elderly opportunists have therefore thought the best thing is to prop up an emerging terror group in a new geographical area for the purpose of repeating the circle of extortion they deployed Boko Haram for in the north east.

"We like to ask the Borno Elders to go back and do their home work, conduct research and learn that
Kaduna and Borno States have clear differences when it comes to issues of dealing with insurgents or groups that have consistently demonstrated anti-society tendencies.

He said in contrast, the people of Kaduna state endured the excesses of IMN, particularly in Gyallesu where they visited untold hardship on the populace for decades.

According to Bawa, this tolerance for the group was out of the realisation that every faith and sect, including those whose doctrines may be befuddling, are entitled to their freedom of worship.

He said things however came to a head when it was discovered that members of the IMN were engaged in martial training, radicalisation and militarisation of youths.

He said, "if that was not bad enough, when assassination bid on senior state officials in the wake of repeated threats became the order of the day the entire state was jolted to reality.

"But unlike Borno Elders, the people of the state, including the brother of IMN Leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky, came forward to testify before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that investigated the group’s clash with the Nigerian Army.

"The White Paper that is the end product of that Commission labelled IMN as an insurgent group and backed the decision of the stat government to outlaw the fanatical outfit."
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