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Don’t criminalize use of social media – Reno Omokri advices senate; Court declines moves to stop Kogi supplementary poll; Emir of Keffi dies at 70; INEC office burnt down ahead of Kogi Supplementary Poll . . .

Don’t criminalize use of social media – Reno Omokri advices senate

Jonathan . Reno Omokri, Former SA on New Media to President Jonathan

Former Special Assistant on New Media to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has urged the Nigerian Senate to do away with the bill, stressing that freedom of information is a necessity in any democracy.

The TV host in a series of tweets via his handle, @renoomokri argued that the 8th National Assembly led by Dr. Bukola Saraki, should take a cue from ex-president Jonathan who faced false reports, yet signed the Freedom of Information bill to law and never tampered with free speech. He added that throughout the 5-year reign of his former boss, no one was jailed for speaking his mind.

Court declines moves to stop Kogi supplementary poll

Lady justice as redhead

The Federal High Court in Abuja has declined to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from conducting supplementary governorship election in Kogi State tomorrow.

The court, in a judgement today, declined jurisdiction to resolve any of the constitutional issues that were raised in five separate suits challenging the legality of the planned run-off poll.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole who gave the verdict, maintained that going by section 285(1) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, and section 87(10) of the Electoral Act, the Federal High Court, lacked the jurisdiction to grant reliefs that were sought before it by all the plaintiffs.

Noting that the suits were fallout of the governorship election INEC held in Kogi State on November 21, Justice Kolawole, directed the plaintiffs to go and ventilate their grievances before the Election Petition Tribunal.

Emir of Keffi dies at 70

Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Mohammadu Chindo Yamusa II, dies at 70

The Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Mohammadu Chindo Yamusa II, is dead.

The Galadima of Keffi, Alhaji Abdul Usman, confirmed this on Friday at a news conference in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The Galadima, who is also the emir’s cousin, said that the late monarch, who took ill briefly, died in the early hours of Friday in his palace in Keffi.

He said, “our emir, the promoter of peace and culture died this morning after a brief illness.

“His death is heartbreaking, painful but God gives life and takes it at will.

INEC office burnt down ahead of Kogi Supplementary Poll

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With just few hours to tomorrow’s supplementary poll in some polling units in Kogi State, unknown arsonists have torched the Dekina Local Government Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Security operatives are looking for clues to why the office was razed and the people responsible for the arson.

While many people believe it was aimed at frustrating the supplementary election slated for tomorrow, others said it may have been as a result of indiscriminate bush burning by some youths on hunting expedition.

It would be recalled that protests rocked the the Eastern part of the state over the death of Prince Abubakar Audu and the decision of the of the leading party in the election, APC to replace the late Audu with Alhaji Yahaya Bello from Kogi Central.

MR | 24hrs news
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