Buhari, Osinbajo, Saraki, others honour Nigeria’s fallen soldiers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday in Abuja led government officials and service chiefs to lay wreaths in honour of Nigerian soldiers who died in active service. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that apart from the wreaths laying ceremony, the President used the opportunity More...

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By Peoples Daily On Monday, January 9th, 2017

7 Northern states move to save 1.59m malnourished children, mothers

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Seven states in the North-West of Nigeria are fighting to stem the scourge of malnutrition which has affected more than 1,594,462 children in the region. The More...

By Peoples Daily On Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Fighting crime the hard way

By Ochiaka Ugwu Recently concerns were raised by Nigerians over the resurgence of armed robbery in the commercial cities of the nation. Armed robbery or robbery with aggravating circumstances, as it is officially More...

By Peoples Daily On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

What hope as pneumonia, diarrhea kills more children in Nigeria?

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin Pneumonia was recently reported to be the leading cause of child deaths in Nigeria, a position previously held by malaria over the years. In 2015; about 17 per cent (127,000 deaths) More...

By Peoples Daily On Monday, December 12th, 2016

By Paschal Njoku, Abuja Governor Ben Ayade’s nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the last April 2015 governorship election in Cross River State was yesterday upheld by the Supreme Court. Justice Binta Clara Ogunbiyi, who delivered the led judgment, held that the issue of criminality or forgery of age declaration brought by the appellant, Mr. Joe Agi (SAN) against Ayade was not proved beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. The panel held that Ayade was properly nominated by his party PDP, and consequently dismissed the appeal filed by one Chief Joe Agi SAN who was a governorship aspirant in the 2015 governorship election also on the PDP platform. The apex court said that from whatever dimension the two age declarations were looked at, the 3rd respondents (Ayade) was either ten or eleven years over and above the mandatory age of 35 stipulated by Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Justice Ogunbiyi also held that from whatever angle the allegation of forgery of age declaration against Ayade was weighed, it is criminality in nature and must be so treated. More so, the court said that the discrepancy in the two age declarations which bore March 2, 1968 and March 2, 1969 was not intended to cheat on Section 177 of the 1999 constitution, which put a mandatory age for a governorship candidate at 35. Justice Ogunbiyi said that the turning round by the appellant that he did not make criminal allegation against the respondent cannot hold water in the face of the petition the appellant wrote to the Inspector General of Police and that the letter from the judicial notice, speaks for itself. The court therefore held that the appellant raised criminality against the governor and that he (appellant) failed to discharge the burden of proving the allegation beyond reasonable doubt as required by law because he did not lead any evidence that the age declaration was done to detriment of the 1999 constitution. “The appellant in this case is saddled with the burden of proving which of the two age declarations allegedly made by the governor was right for forgery or falsification to be sustained. Forgery cannot be established in the absent of the original”. Justice Ogun Biyi said. Justice Ogundiyi said that it was a settled law that when the National Working Committee (NWC) of a party cleared an aspirant for a primary election, it is not the duty of a court to begin to enquire into that since it is a domestic affair of such a party. Besides, the Apex Court also said that payment of party membership dues was not one of the conditions for nomination of a candidate as erroneously claimed by the appellant. The Apex Court also said that the appellant having sworn on oath to abide with the decision of the PDP NWC on the nomination of candidate by the party cannot turn around against the party with court action to jettison his earlier oath to abide with the party supremacy. The court said, that the issue of membership of PDP raised by Agi against governor Ayade and the alleged failure to pay membership fee was an internal affairs of a political party which no court of law will enquire into.

By Stanley Onyekwere There is no gainsaying that open defecation in many rural communities in this part of the world has become a norm. Most Nigerian rural dwellers often resort to defecating in open fields, bushes, More...

By Peoples Daily On Monday, November 28th, 2016

Turkey: Prognosis of the July 15 putsch

By Hammeed M Bello, just back from Turkey That Turkey has survived yet another coup attempt recently is already in public consciousness, including the string of events that attended the failed coup attempt – The More...

By Peoples Daily On Friday, November 25th, 2016

Nigerian prisons: Reformative centres or breeding grounds for hardened criminals

Interior Minister, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) By Patrick Andrew Prisons are reformative institutions meant to reform, readjust and eventually facilitate the reintegration of an offender back into normal More...

By Peoples Daily On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Nigeria workers and widening poverty

Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige By Ochiaka Ugwu Our collective humanity was disturbed greatly when it was revealed that only two percent (2%) of Nigerians own 90% bank deposits. It gives great More...

By Peoples Daily On Monday, November 21st, 2016

As senate moves to stop saboteurs in employment…

Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige By Patrick Andrew Tuesday this week, the Senate Committee on Federal Character Commission and Inter-Governmental Relations was angry with the Federal Civil Service More...