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Court Orders Oyo State To Pay N61 Million Debt To Nigeria Railway Corporation



Court Orders Oyo State To Pay N61 Million Debt To Nigeria Railway Corporation-Crystal News

A Lagos High Court has ordered that N61 million belonging to the Osun State government domiciled with Polaris bank be paid to Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigeria Railway Corporation. 

The order of the court was sequel to an application filed and argued before the court by a Lagos lawyer, Dr Francis Chuka Agbu SAN on behalf of Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigeria Railway Corporation.

In an affidavit in support of the application sworn to by a legal practitioner Caesar Anyeabosi, the deponent averred that Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigerian Railway Corporation instituted legal action against, The Governor of Oyo State, The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Oyo state and commissioner for lands and housing Oyo state all defendants, before the High court of Oyo state, upon which, a consent judgement was entered in favour of the applicants.

The High court of Oyo state, amongst other things, ordered the defendants to pay the sum of N60million to the applicants, but the defendants failed to comply with the said order of the court, thereby necessitating garnishee proceeding.

The judgement was transmitted by the registrar of the High court of Oyo State to the registrar of the Lagos high court, consequently, the judgement was registered by the Lagos high court, thereafter the court granted the applicants to enforce the judgement in Lagos State.

However, the defendants refused to pay the judgement sum of N60 million being the compensatory amount evaluated by both parties to be paid to the applicants

Mr Anyeabosi averred further that the defendants maintain a bank account with the 23 commercial banks listed before the court, Dr. Agbu then urged the court to issue an order giving effect to the consent judgement, as the defendants have not appealed the judgement sought to be enforced by the garnishee proceeding, neither has any application for stay of execution been filed, therefore the interest of justice will be served if the application is granted.

In his ruling, the presiding Judge E.I.Alakija (Mrs) ordered that the sum of N60 million held in any current, savings, revenue or investment accounts in whatever form or name with the listed bank’s and belonging to or being operated by the Oyo state, be attached however named or styled in satisfaction of the judgement debt owed to the applicants.

The court also directed  the defendants to pay the sum of N1million as the cost of the garnishee proceeding

Meanwhile, based on another application filed and argued before the court by Dr Chuka Agbu to make the order absolute, opposed by Oyo state Director of Civil Litigation and Advisory Services Barrister S O Adeoye, Justice Alakija, pursuant to the affidavit to show cause by Polaris Bank deposed to by one Abraham Bailey said the garnishee order Nisi made in this suit is hereby made absolute attaching the following sum: N60million being judgement debt N1million being cost awarded in favour of the judgement Creditor, Total sum of N61 Million.

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CAN Opposes Christian-Christian, Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket In 2023



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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned  political parties not to buy the idea of  Christian/Christian tickets or Muslim/Muslim presidential tickets in 2023.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle gave the warning on Thursday after a brief meeting with Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege at the National Assembly.

Ayokunle told politicians not to heat up the polity with utterances as campaigns commence.

Ayokunle advised them to always remember there is already tension across Nigeria due to insecurity

“We urge that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want Christian/Christian ticket nor Muslim/Muslim ticket”, he said.

Ayokunle expressed disappointment with the economic downturn and its consequences on the people.

The CAN President called for quick actions and policies that will cushion the effect.

“Unemployment is at an unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislature in calling the attention of the executive, more robust and daring efforts are required

“Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods”, Ayokunle added.

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NSCDC Deploys 20,000 Personnel For Anambra Election




Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 20,000 personnel to provide security for the November. 6 governorship election in Anambra.

Those to be deployed include personnel in the NSCDC Arms Squad Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Unit.

NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, said this on Thursday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a three-day Train-the-Trainers Capacity Building and Electoral Workshop, ahead of the Anambra poll.

Audi said that the special forces would be drafted to key areas in the state where they would be saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property.

“They will also see to the protection of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC officials and all critical assets against vandalism, damage or arsonist attacks,” he said.

He said that NSCDC, in collaboration with other security agencies, had developed strategies to checkmate any act of electoral violence and other nefarious activities capable of undermining the electoral process.

The commandant-general further said that the deployed personnel would ensure effective monitoring before, during and after the election.

Audi also said that the personnel would be drafted from the NSCDC commands in all the states in the South-South and South-East zones.

“In addition, personnel from Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo, and Benue have been placed on standby, in case there is the need for reinforcement,” he said.

The NSCDC boss warned the officers to strictly adhere to the ethics of the corps and comply with the law in the discharge of their duties.

“Let me warn, and I mean it, that any conduct of an officer of NSCDC that undermines the rule of law will be seriously dealt with, in accordance with the public service rule,” he added.

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Stakeholders Call On NERC, EEDC To Scale Up Performance In S’East




Stakeholders in the electricity industry in the South-East have charged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to scale up their performances.

The people gave the charge on Thursday in Enugu at a NERC Stakeholders’ Engagement on Consultation on the Review of Customer Protection Regulations.

They described the periodic review of the regulations after five years as worthwhile.

They, however, said the practical implementation of the regulations, especially concerning the treatment of customers’ complaints, was of greater importance than the proposed review.

An electricity consumer, Mr Joshua Itumo, said the period between the supply of bills and disconnection of defaulting customers “must be reviewed to meet present realities and hardship customers face to get the money to pay their bills.

“The review also has to include that those enforcing disconnection must do it with human face and listen when superior argument or evidence of payment is presented,” Itumo said.A landlord in Trans Ekulu, Enugu, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Okorie, urged NERC and EEDC to clearly state the amount, which when accumulated by a tenant, must be paid before he or she parks out.

Okorie said: “It is not palatable that someone will park into a new apartment and inherit over N500,000 as electricity liability.

“Where does he start as a new tenant to off-set such a huge bill?”

Mr David Emeson, who lives at Agui Road, Enugu, said it was better to ensure the existing regulations were implemented to the latter than have a review that could not be implemented.

“We are not lacking good regulations. The problem is that NERC and EEDC most times fail to carry out what the regulations say and leave customers to their fate,’’ Emeson said.

Earlier, Prof. Frank Okafor, the Commissioner in charge of Engineering and Performance Monitoring in NERC, said the review had become necessary after five years in order to accommodate new ways of doing things, technology and other innovations.

Okafor said the review was not to witch-hunt any stakeholder but ensure more efficient and robust regulations to the benefit of electricity consumers.

“We are looking for ways to ensure more proactive and fast-result oriented ways of attending to customers’ complaints and using technological devices to do this, since NERC cannot be everywhere,” he said.

He said it was difficult for NERC to be proactive due to limited manpower, pointing out that the commission had only 150 staff members nationwide.

Responding, the Managing Director of EEDC, Mr Chorghade Praveen, assured the customers that the company was eager to resolve their complaints in good time, “just as we have recorded noticeable improvement in power supply across our network”.

Praveen also said the company was designing some technological innovations for complaints to be reported and solved within few hours of the report, where possible.

“We are working to improve our customers’ experience just as we have improved in the rate and quality of power supply throughout our franchise area.

“EEDC is moving from customers’ satisfaction to customers’ affection in order to allow our esteemed customers the best quality of service and care so far.

“All the complaints raised here and others to come, I assure you will be treated with dispatch,” he said.

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