Nigerian Daily Trust Newspaper

Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 15 October, 2020 Edition)

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Ganduje Signs Kano Amended Emirates Law

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has signed into law the state’s amended Emirate Council Law that makes the emir of Kano as the substantive chairman of the state emirate council.

The law, before its amendment, had provided for the rotation of the chairmanship among the five emirate councils in the state when the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II was at the helm.

The governor’s Chief Press secretary, Abba Anwar, in a statement said, “With the signing of this law, Aminu Ado Bayero remains the Chairman of the Council, with Gidan Shettima as the Council secretariat which is a stone throw from the Kano Emir’s palace,” he said

Police Reform Suffers Setback As Appeal Court Voids Act

The Court of Appeal has declared that the Police Act 2020, enacted in September this year as it affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission (PSC) is unconstitutional and void.

A statement signed by the PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said the Court of Appeal judgment ruled that the provision of the act was obviously in conflict with paragraph 30 Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, which empowers the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police Force except for the Office of the Inspector-General of Police.

He said Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, one of the three Justices of the Court, in his concurrent judgment, ruled that Paragraph 30 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution has given the power to the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police “and did not exclude constables and cadets to Nigeria Police Academy from offices in the Nigeria Police into which the Appellant can appoint persons.” Ani stated that Agim declared that no act of the National Assembly or law could take away or curtail such power.

Northern Groups Begin Protest Against Insecurity On Thursday

The Coalition of Northern Groups on Wednesday declared that it would stage a protest in all the 19 northern states today [Thursday] against the security challenges in the region.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman of the coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the coalition would mobilise hundreds of youths in the region to the streets until their demands are met.

“We observe that while the southern elected and appointed leaders and representatives are quick to identify with their people at the time of need, their counterparts from the North, including the President, the Senate President, Senators, Rep members, governors, state legislators and other government appointees would rather abandon the hundreds of thousands of people in northern communities exposed to crime, lawlessness and insecurity in the hands of bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, rapists, rustlers, and other violent criminals without any form of protection,” he said.

Bauchi Lifts Suspension Of Emir Of Misau

Bauchi State Government has lifted the suspension of the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman and reinstated him back to his throne. The Emir was suspended in the wake of a communal clash over land between farmers and herders which claimed 11 lives in the area about four months ago.

An administrative panel that investigated the clashes indicted the monarch for dereliction of duty which fuelled and escalated the fatal crisis in his domain and had recommended that the Emir be warned, made to tender a written apology and be recalled back to the throne.

The Emir was called back from the suspension on Monday via a letter lifting the suspension which was presented to him in his Palace in Misau by the Secretary to the State Government, Sabiu Mohammed Baba in the company of the Chief of Staff, Government House, Ladan Salihu.

Hoodlums Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Vandalise Cars

Hoodlums attacked the #EndSARS protesters who have formed a blockade at the Berger intersection, Abuja mid Wednesday.

The hoodlums brandishing cutlasses and cudgels, invaded the Berger four-way-intersection, where the protesters have camped since last weekend, protesting police brutality.

A witness, Anthony Ikyoive, said the thugs attacked and injured unspecified number of people, vandalising at least five cars parked in the area. Daily Trust learnt the protesters regrouped and chased away the hoodlums.

“And we have been able to deploy quite a number of personnel across the FCT, which I cannot disclosed our strategy to you people but we are investigating the incident,” the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma, said.

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