Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability and one Isa Tijani have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation, National Intelligence Agency, and Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, the acting Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to court, contending that the appointment of the acting director general was done without following due process and as such has created negative reactions from a large majority of Nigerian public.
The applicants in their originating summons are praying the court to let the defendants, within 30 days after the service of the summons on them cause an appearance to be entered for them. At the last appearance, the court ordered that the counter-affidavit to the originating summons filed by the 1st to the 4th defendants together with their preliminary objections should be refilled and that the applicant should file consequential reply to it.
The court, after reviewing all the processes, set the matter down for definite hearing and thereby fixed January 22 2019 for definite hearing.
Adam, Olori-Aje, who appeared for the applicant prayed the court to adhere to the provisions of the law and nothing else in adjusting over the matter, while B.A Niayeju, who appeared for the 1st to the 4th cespondents concurred.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had appointed Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the acting director general of the National Intelligence Agency following the termination of the appointment of Ambassador Ayo Oke, the former NIA boss.
Oke, according to reports, was removed sequel to the recommendation of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led presidential committee to enquire into the discovery of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, and by virtue of the termination, the said office of the director general became vacant.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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