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Court Orders INEC To Produce Officials Adding Underage Nigerians To Voter Register

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to identify, within 90 days, officials involved in the registration of underage voters. In a judgment, Justice Obiora Egwuatu directed the prosecution of the identified culprits by the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Furthermore, the court issued a mandatory order requiring INEC to promptly remove from its national voter register the names of underage voters identified by the plaintiff. The plaintiff, Rev. Mike Agbon, filed the lawsuit against INEC, questioning the constitutionality and legality of registering infants and toddlers during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) process.

Justice Egwuatu also ordered INEC to provide the plaintiff with a certified true copy of the cleaned-up national voters’ register within 90 days or publish it on the commission’s website. The court responded positively to six questions posed by the plaintiff, including whether INEC is constitutionally obligated to conduct credible CVR and if registering underage voters violates the Electoral Act.

Agbon had alleged that INEC, during the CVR for the 2023 general elections, registered underage voters, which contravened electoral laws. He sought a mandatory order for INEC to identify and hand over officials involved in the registration of underage voters for investigation and prosecution.

The court highlighted the constitutional requirements for voter registration, emphasizing that individuals must be citizens, residents, and at least 18 years old. Justice Egwuatu noted that the registered underage voters had not met these criteria, concluding that INEC officials had failed in their duties.

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Despite being served with court processes and notices, INEC neither appeared in court nor filed any defense. The court’s judgment, delivered on November 28, cited Section 120(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, stating that any officer acting in breach of official duty would be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000, imprisonment for 12 months, or both upon conviction.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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