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Edo Assembly Invasion : Court Awards N2 .52 Million Damages Against Police

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A Benin High Court on Tuesday awarded the sum of N2.52million in damages against the police authorities for detaining in custody seven men as suspects without trial for over two weeks.
The police had arrested Wilfred Ogbewe, 52, Igbinobono Collins, 26, Salami Osayomore, 25, Odion Osayande, 23, Morgan Uwanboe, 47, Ifeoluwa Oladele, 36, and Agbonrere Festus, 25 over alleged invasion of the State House of Assembly premises in Benin on Aug. 6.
According to the police, the alleged invasion of the state assembly by the men was in a manner that caused breach of peace.
Delivering judgment in the application for Enforcement of Fundamental Human Rights, filed by Mr Matthias Obayuwana, their Counsel, Justice Efe Ikponmwoba held that the arrest and detention of the men was illegal.
Justice Ikponmwoba said that the police arrested the claimants at the premises of the Edo House of Assembly on Aug. 6, detained them at the State Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) for four days and later transferred them to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
She said that the men were further detained for another two weeks without being arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction.
Justice Ikponmwoba said that though the police could arrest a suspect on grounds of reasonable suspicion of committing an offence, such suspect must be brought before a competent court within the jurisdiction.
She said failure to do so, amounted to a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of the claimants.
The court observed that the claimants had made statements on the date they were arrested to the effect that they were members of the State Vigilante group who were deployed to the premises of the State House of assembly to protect government’s facilities.
Ikponmwoba said that the police never investigated the claims, more so, there was no need to have transferred them to Abuja, even as they were, at no time charged to court for the offence of illegal possession of fire arms they allegedly committed.
The court, however, struck out the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin, for being wrongly joined in the suit.
Ikponmwoba subsequently awarded the sum N350,000 damages in favour of each of the seven suspects against the police.
The sum of N10,000 was also awarded against the police in favour of each of the seven suspects.
The court had on Monday admitted the seven suspects to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with a surety each in like sum.

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‘Obaseki’s Victory Shows Egocentric Politicking Can Be Defeated’ – Oyegun

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A former National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has congratulated Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election.
Oyegun, in a statement on Tuesday, noted that egocentric politicking could be overcome.
“Please accept my deepest congratulations, Mr. Governor on your re-election as Governor of our great Edo State.
“You and your exemplary Deputy have shown that with good work and principled leadership, the ills of overbearing and egocentric politicking in our nation can be overcome.”
He noted: “Your very significant victory marks a watershed in Edo and indeed Nigerian politics and so places additional responsibilities on your shoulders.”
“I wish you and your Deputy four more years of inspired and productive leadership of our people who have reposed so much confidence in you,” Odigie-Oyegun added.

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Edo Election : US Hails INEC , Security Agencies

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Congratulations to the people of Edo State on a credible and peaceful governorship election. We thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian security services on the positive role they played in the election and commend their work in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.
We recognize the critical role that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu played in promoting peace. We also thank our civil society partners for their invaluable work in upholding democracy and accountability in this election.
The United States remains concerned with reports of some violence that did emerge during the election, and by reports of vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers. We will continue to encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to improve the electoral process in the upcoming Ondo State governorship election.
As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the United States remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.

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PDP Now Controls 16 States After Winning Edo, APC 19 States

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*PDP states*
(1). Edo State – PDP
(2). Rivers State – PDP
(3). Delta State – PDP
(4). Bayelsa State – PDP
(5). Cross River State – PDP
(6). Akwa Ibom state – PDP
(7). Enugu state – PDP
( . Ebonyi state – PDP
(9). Benue State – PDP
(10). Oyo State – PDP
(11). Adamawa state – PDP
(12). Bauchi State – PDP
(13). Abia State – PDP
(14). Zamfara State – PDP
(15). Sokoto State – PDP
(16). Taraba State – PDP
*APC States*
(1). Borno State – APC
(2). Imo state – APC
(3). Kano state – APC
(4). Kaduna state – APC
(5). Nasarawa state – APC
(6). Kogi state – APC
(7). Niger State – APC
( . Plateau State – APC
(9). Jigawa state – APC
(10). Kastina state – APC
(11). Kwara state – APC
(12). Kebbi state – APC
(13). Lagos – APC
(14). Ogun state – APC
(15). Yobe state – APC
(16). Gombe state – APC
(17). Ekiti state – APC
(18). Osun state – APC
(19). Ondo state – APC
*Anambra state is APGA.*
Geopolitical Zones:
North Central – APC 5, PDP 1
North East – APC 4, PDP 2
North West – APC 5, PDP 2
South East – APC 1, PDP 3, APGA 1
South South – APC Nil, PDP 6
South West – APC 5, PDP 1
2023 permutation begin!

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