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Retired Judges Drags Bauchi Govt. To Court Over Entitlements.

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Retired judges in Bauchi state has filed a suit against Bauchi State Government before National Industrial Court Holden at Bauchi over nonpayment of their entitlements several years after retirement.

The ritred judges includes retired High Court Judge Late Justice Bala Umar, Khadi Hamidu Gambo Bununu, Khadi Mohammed Shua’ibu and Estate of Late Khadi Ibrahim Mohammed, Liman

The counsel to the Plaintiffs Isah Mohammed ESQ stated tis while answering questions from reporters today Thursday at Industrial court in Bauchi, said “ it’s true we have filed a suit against the State Government Honourable Commissioners of Justice, finance and State Accountant general ,

“We asked them to pay the entitlements of our clients to the tune of One Hundred and Sixty Six Million Four Hundred and Fifty Five thousand , two hundred and eight Naira only ( 166,455,208,00) as calculated we also asked the court to order the defendants to pay the plaintiffs Ten Million Naira, (N10, 000, 000, 00) as General damages and Two Million Naira (N2, 000, 000, 00) for legal services incurred.”

Barrister Isa said the plaintiffs are aggrieved by the actions and in actions of the defendants because they were not paid their entitlements several years after they retired from service some of them died while waiting to be paid their entitlements.

According to him, the First Plaintiff Estate of a retired Judge of the State High court Late Justice Bala Umar who retires from Service on the 31st day of December 2010, the second Plaintiff retired Khadi Hamidu Gambo Bununu retired on 30 day of November 2012 the third Plaintiffs Khadi Mohammed Shua’ibu who retired from service on 31stDecember 2013 and Estate of a retired Khadi Ibrahim Mohammed Liman who retired on 8th March 2012.

Barrister Isa said the Plaintiffs were engaged by the defendants at various times they worked diligently and rose to the coveted positions of Judges and Khadis in the state service, despite their unflinching support in the cause of their duties until their retirements variously the governments of Bauchi whom were responsible for the appointment and the payment of retirement benefits and other entitlement of Judicial officers past and present government failed refuse or neglected to pay them their retirement benefits that included gratuity and pother retirement benefits.

He said his client being respected Judicial officers of repute did not deem it fit to engage the defendants on rancor basis to press home their demands and has over the years following their retirement followed, lobbied, and made appropriate demands whenever a good and respectable opportunity of doing so arose and wee even wrote a demand notice for the payment of due retirement benefits to the plaintiffs and others but government didn’t pay them.

Barrister Isa said “remember that the plaintiffs has families and responsibilities and the society is viewing them with utmost respect , but this lack of concern on their plight is pushing them to press home their demands through this unsavory but only means , having been bedeviled by ailments consequence of long service years and the demand of the Judicial Job.

He said his firms have filed the suit since June 2018 but presently they are expecting the court to fix a date for mention on the case since all Judges are on leave‎.

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Disrupt Election process at the expense of your life,Buhari tells Political Thugs

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….. orders military to be ruthless on ballot box snatchers

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned political thugs to behave themselves or face the dare consequences.The president made this known in Abuja on Monday.

President Buhari said : I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance, I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hotspots , flash points, they should be prepared to move. They too would have made their own arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford it.

He added that anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it (elections) , maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take. I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.

He also stated that “We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the party. I’m not afraid … As you said, I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have gotten enough support across the country.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks, he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life. Baba has spoken” he warned categorically.

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Nabena to US, UK, EU: Focus on Brexit, election interference probe, not Nigeria

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The reported interference on Nigeria’s forthcoming General Elections by some western countries led by the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and countries of the European Union (EU) has been strongly condemned by Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nabena made the condemnations while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday

According to tge APC chieftain, the western nations have enough enough already on their hands, therefore their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they facing them.

“In all elections conducted in the country, we have always welcomed local and foreign monitors and observers. In our view, this is a best practice and geared to ensure the transparency of our elections.

“But comments on our election processes coming from some western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions have been downright meddlesome and tantamount to interference.

“Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such actions by these western countries negate the principles of international law which outlaws interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation by another country.

“While the electioneering process might not be perfect as seen with the last-minute postponement of the General Elections, we must all work together to make it better. Statements and actions by these western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions that erodes confidence in the elections is inexcusable and strongly condemned. As a country, we will always find local solutions to our local challenges whenever they arise.

“The US, UK and EU have enough already on their hands. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they face.” Nabena stated.

The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, also condemned the last-minute postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He however urged INEC to correct the lapses which led to the postponement to ensure hitch-free rescheduled elections on Saturday.

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Timi Frank exposes plot to bomb INEC headquarters in Abuja

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…Urges security beef up

The erstwhile Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APCl has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to destabilise the rescheduled polls after the postponement of the Presidential Elections last Saturday, including bombing of Abuja headquarters of the INEC.

According to Frank, the deadly plan is being orchestrated by those who are bent on destroying democracy in Nigeria at all cost, even if it amounts to total breakdown of law and order, or the loss of lives in achieving their agenda.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Frank said the plot which was revealed by an anonymous top lead also exposed the modus for which “the agents of darkness intend to operate.

“Top among the planners includes three serving Ministers from the Niger Delta, Two former Governors and three business men all within the ruling party and benefiting from its largesse.

“Following the postponement of the February 16th polls and realizing that the plan for staggered elections may have been busted, these desperate political crooks are it again devising yet another grand plan to carry out this evil plot against the Nigerian people.

Nigerians may recall the mysterious arson on INEC facilities and building all around the country happening simulteanously days before the elections.

“Starting off with the burning of the INEC office in Quan-Pam, Plateau state, to the burning of Card Readers in Anambra State, to the burning of INEC materials in 5 buses at Akwa Ibom and other INEC facilities nationwide, it will be safe therefore to note that these events are not a coincidence, but rather a grand plot to disenfranchise the opposition strongholds which is currently underway.

“Having realized that the grand scheme of rigging the polls may have been busted by the INEC chairman giving to the postponement of the elections, these desperadoes are bent on doing everything possible in achieving thier aim, including the trauncating of our hard earned democracy for selfish gains.

“We are also aware that the services of some Niger Delta militants is being sorted after in carrying out this dastardly act, even at a time when the region is being faced with its worst times under the current administration.

“These militants are being promised the backing of the military authorities as well as being rewarded handsomely should they succeed in carrying out these attacks.

“I am therefore urging all true sons of the Niger delta to desist forthwith from allowing themselves to be used by this agents of darkness, as no true son of the region will volunteer for such doom, irrespective of any pecuniary gains.

“I would like to thank our foreign partners (EU, UK, US, Ecowas Monitoring group) on the electoral roles already carried out in Nigeria and also urge the US, UK and the EU to continue with its good works and to further beam it’s satellite on Nigeria in the wake of this grave revelation at a time when the country prepares for its General Elections.

“The desperation by this individuals for their paymasters is as deadly as treason committed on the Nigerian nation. Furthermore if this plot is true, then we may be faced with the likely scenario of the “body bags” as suggested by a chieftain of the ruling party on all who may be present at the INEC office including the foreign observers.”

Frank urged the security agencies to beef up security and surveillance around the INEC Headquarters and pleaded with the INEC chairman to remain resolute to delivering his trust and mandate to the Nigerian people on the 23rd of February.

“We are aware of the happenings in INEC including the role to be played by Amina Zakari who is now in charge of Collation and RACTEC unit under the IT Department. Let it be known that any move to frustrate the wishes of Nigerians will be resisted by all peace loving Nigerians.”

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