A legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) is dead. He died at the age of 88. A family source said he died in the early hours of today at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
It was gathered that he died from a complicated illness.
Akinjide was a member of the judicial systems sub-committee of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1975-1977 and later joined the National Party of Nigeria in 1978, and became the legal adviser to the party.
He was the lead prosecutor in the treason trial of Bukar Zanna Mandara; the eviction of many illegal foreign nationals from Nigeria which contributed to mild violence against some foreigners in the land.
His remains have reportedly been deposited in the morgue.
Don’t rush to sell your produce, Bauchi Agric commissioner warns farmers
Farmers in Bauchi State have been warned not to hurriedly sell their harvested grains to food merchants from neighbouring states in order not to suffer hunger in the future.
The warning was given yesterday by the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Samai’la Adamu Burga, during an interactive session with journalists in his office in Bauchi.
According to Burga, the warning becomes imperative due to the fact that the prices of foodstuffs will soar high in the remaining months of the year.
The commissioner said farmers in the state need to reserve food for the rainy days and resist the temptation of selling their harvest early to meet their needs as they may end up buying those foodstuffs at a higher price later.
He lamented that farmers are rushing to sell their produce and described this as dangerous.
“It is disheartening that the minimum food that is produced, people have started selling it out.
“This is dangerous because between July and August, a bag of maize was sold for almost N30,000 and in the previous months, farmers were selling a bag of maize for between N14,000 and N15,000 thinking that they were making profits, only to be forced to buy the same maize at above N30,000 during the hunger period of July and August.
“Farmers should reserve their food for rainy days. They can sell their animals whenever they are pressed financially and not their harvest,” the commissioner advised.
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He, however, called on district heads, community and religious leaders to prevail on their followers to be wary of food merchants who will be coming to buy at cheap prices now.
“I am appealing to district head, community and religious leaders to educate their followers to reserve their food as merchants from other states will come and buy at a cheap price and sell it for a higher,” Burga said
He said that from the prediction of the meteorological agency, rainfall will extend to the end of October in the state and added that the soil in the state is already saturated.
According to him, with this situation, more additional rainfalls will lead to flooding in the state.
Burga then advised farmers who farm on river banks in the state to stop leaving their farm produce on the banks, saying that when there are heavy rains, the produce will be washed away.
Edo decides: Soldiers have taken over Owan West collation centre – PDP cries out
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Nigerian Army of interference in the Edo governorship election.
The PDP raised the alarm Saturday evening.
The party said soldiers are occupying Owan West collation centre.
“#EdoDecides2020-Men of the @HQNigerianArmy have taken over Sobe collation centre in Owan West LGA”, the platform tweeted.
“They are chasing away party agents &observers from the collation centre. Nigerians should hold the @HQNigerianArmy responsible if anything happens to the results from Owan West LGA.”
Meanwhile, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to Edo people to protect their votes.
Counting of votes is going on in some areas, while the results of some units are being declared.
Saraki told the people not to relax on vigilance.
“The on-going #EdoDecides2020 is getting to the crucial stages. I urge the good people of Edo State not to get carried away but to protect their votes”, the former Kwara Governor tweeted.
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“The enthusiasm and patriotic conduct of the good people of Edo State must not be thwarted or subverted by any @inecnigeria official, either permanent or ad-hoc; or any security personnel, no matter the rank.
“Nigeria’s glory is more important than the huge ego of politicians. And so @inecnigeria and security officials must work to protect Nigeria’s image and not to satisfy the whims and caprices of some power-hungry politicians.”
Visa ban: Rights groups commends sanctioning of electoral offenders by U.S
President Muhammadu Buhari has come under attack for rejecting the travel bans imposed on election manipulators and riggers in the country.
The Buhari led government had in a reaction to the ban by the US and UK on underminers of the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states said it considers it disrespectful to the sovereignty of the country for any government outside the country to apply punitive measures such as visa restriction on its citizens.
Reacting, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) said Buhari who is the appointing authority of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should by right be also involved in the VISA BANS by the foreign jurisdictions.
The rights group while commending the decision of the two nations said it was gratifying that both countries expressed their intention to take decisive actions against those involved in ‘undermining democracy’.
It explained that the two nations did not go far enough in punishing election manipulators in Nigeria.
HURIWA denied claims by the Nigerian Government that Nigeria has enough laws against election riggers, noting that there is no record to show that any of the officials who manipulated elections in Nigeria since 1999 has ever been sanctioned.
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HURIWA said: “For the Federal Government in a statement issued by the Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, to have stated that it would be considered disrespectful to the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally, this shows actually that election manipulators are the people calling the shots in the different layers of governments in Nigeria because only a criminal will reject well-grounded sanctions imposed on criminals.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator of the rights group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko further stated that Buhari is partisan and has supervised an electoral body that has become notorious for conducting inconclusive elections for good five years.
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