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2019 General Election: Lawyers Commence Legal Action Against Kano APC Over Unpaid Legal Services

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Kano APC CHAIRMAN

 

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji. Kano.

A consortium of lawyers have commenced legal process against the All Progress Congress APC Kano state chapter to press for the payment of their appearances at the 2019 election petition tribunal cases.

The creditor lawyers through their counsel, Usman Umar far Esq in a missive addressed to the state APC chairman demanded for prompt payment of their professional fees for the services connected to the 2019 general elections.

The demand letter written to APC the debtor (obligor)with the theme “ DEMAND FOR PAYMENT OF PROFESSIONAL FEES .” (amount withheld ) stated that the unpaid fees is for professional services in the electoral cases involving the party.

Fari cautioned that failure to upset the professional fees owed the lawyers by the party will prompt the creditor legal practitioners(name witheld) to resort to further legal measures to claim their entitlements.

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The demand letter sent to the party outline the legal services offered to include “The first case is an appeal before the Court of Appeal emanating from the decision of the Kano State High Court delivered in our favour striking out the plaintiff’s case for been statute bared.
“We have been paid part of our fees for the High Court and we have forfeited the balance.

“The plaintiff however appealed to the Court of Appeal which also delivered judgment in our favour affirming the judgment of the High Court. We have earlier written a report to your good office on this case and demanded for our professional fees

“The second case is a further appeal by the plaintiff to the Supreme Court which was also struck out and in our favour thereby affirming the decisions of the two lower courts.

“The third case was filed before the Federal High Court, Kano and the fourth case is the appeal emanating there from which we all provided legal services but our fees has not been paid.

“As for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th cases, the Honourable Chairman may recall that several Election Petitions were filed against the ruling party (APC) and candidates who contested and won under the platform of the party, in the 2019 general election – for the State House of Assembly. Consequently, counsel were engaged to represent the party (APC).

Our correspondent gathered that four demand notices have been written to the party ,an impeccable source informed Nigerian Herald that the lawyers that defended the state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the 2019 Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal have been paid , especially those amongst them that were contracted from outside the state.

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro

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Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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