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Today’s Headlines: Court Lifts Suspension On Abure; Jonathan Commissions Taraba Flyover littered With Refuse

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has lifted the suspension of the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure and three others.

Justice Hamza Muazu in a ruling on Friday agreed with the LP lawyers that the notice of appeal and documents submitted to the court shows that there was a valid appeal before the Court of Appeal.

The court overruled the counsel to the factional members of the LP, George Ibrahim, Esq opposing the stay of execution, granted.

The appeal was filed following the May 12 ruling of the high court dismissing the LP preliminary objection to the order suspending Abure, National Secretary, Umar Farouk Ibrahim; National Treasurer, Oluchi Opara; and the National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu.

LP”s counsel, Ben Nwosu Esq, had argued that the matter was an internal affair of the LP, which the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and it was, therefore, non-justiceable.
Jonathan commissions Taraba flyover littered with refuse

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday commissioned a 22 km flyover and dual carriage road, which waslittered with refuse in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The administration of the state’s outgoing governor, Darius Ishaku, built the flyover.

The former President praised the governor for the initiative towards the execution of the projects after the commissioning.

He also appreciated the government and the people of Taraba for the warm reception and the opportunity to commission the project.

Mr Jonathan also commended the quality of the project, saying, “I want to commend the contractors and the governor for the quality of work. ”

“This is a project that will open up Jalingo to attract more investment.

Mr Ishaku thanked Mr Jonathan for the visit and encouragement.

When asked why he invited the former president to commission the project, Mr Ishaku said Mr Jonathan gave him the opportunity to serve as a minister in three different ministries from where he got the experience to govern Taraba.

Stop Keeping Seun Kuti’s Case file, Lawyers Tell Police

Lawyers to embattled Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, have accused the police of disobeying a court order by withholding the artiste’s case file.

The lawyers, in a statement on Friday, called on the Lagos State Deputy Commissioner of Police, Simon Lough, to obey the order of a magistrate’s court to send the artiste’s case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

Seun, a son of the late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has been in police custody since May 15 for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

The singer’s lead counsel, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, accused the police of creating a circus around the matter.

He said, “Mr Kuti submitted himself to the police so that he can go answer in court for the allegation of assaulting a policeman. It is the police who, rather than taking this simple and straightforward step, have decided to create a circus and make a ‘national emergency’ of the matter.
Peace is indispensable for development – Ex-President Jonathan

Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan has described peace as an indispensable ingredient for development and urged Nigerians to continuously strife for peace at all times and cost.

He made the assertion during a state visit to Taraba where he commission the phase (I) of 22km Jalingo dual carriageway in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The former President insisted that the continued breach of peace among citizens contributed 60 per cent in thwarting the development of the state which placed Taraba among least developed state in the country in terms of infrastructure.

Jonathan stated that “peace is generally the responsibility of the citizens and is requisite to attract development, just as development and unity are the responsibility of the government. I commend Governor Darius Ishaku’s efforts in ensuring improve security in the state.

“I am happy to be in Taraba today to celebrate development in infrastructure. This is coming because the citizens have chosen to embrace peace rather than continue breach of the peace.