Police Reform Suffers Setback As Appeal Court Voids Act.

The Court of Appeal has declared that the Police Act 2020, enacted in September this year as it affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission (PSC) is unconstitutional and void. Analysts believed the nullification of the act was a serious setback for President Muhammadu Buhari who assented to the bill and the National Assembly, which signed it into law. President Buhari had promised reform of the Nigeria Police Force amidst continued #EndSARS violent protests across the country despite the scrapping of the anti-robbery outfit. It was gathered that the details of the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified the Police Act, 2020, were contained in the Certified True Copy received by the PSC on Wednesday. A statement signed by the PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said the Court of Appeal judgment ruled that the provision of the act was obviously in conflict with paragraph 30 Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, which empowers the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police Force except for the Office of the Inspector-General of Police. He said Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, one of the three Justices of the Court, in his concurrent judgment, ruled that Paragraph 30 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution has given the power to the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police “and did not exclude constables and cadets to Nigeria Police Academy from offices in the Nigeria Police into which the Appellant can appoint persons.” Ani stated that Agim declared that no act of the National Assembly or law could take away or curtail such power. According to him, Agim noted that even if the Nigeria Police carried out the disputed enlistment pursuant to a directive or approval of the president of the federation, “the enlistment would remain contrary to the constitution and therefore unconstitutional and void. “Such a directive cannot repair its unconstitutionality and illegality.” Ani mentioned[…]

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Ekiti State: Three Men Arrested And Charged To Court For Burning And Beheading Ten Corpses For Ritual.

Three men identified as Abimbola, 35, Ahmed Ojo, 56, and Kola Ftoye, 40 have been arrested and prosecuted for killing and burning the bodies of ten people for the purpose of ritual in Ekiti State. Monica Ikebuilo, the police prosecutor, stated that the defendants committed the crime between March and September, 2020, in Orun-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Philip Akintayo, Moreani Ajayi, were said to be  unlucky people whose bodies were chopped as well as the other eight corpses. The defendants who were accused of the crime were said to have violated sections 242(1)b, 210(e) and 213(b) of the criminal code laws of Ekiti State, 2012. The Court was advised by the prosecutor to detain them in the correctional centre pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adefumike Animo, directed that the defendants be detained at the correctional centre pending legal advice. The case was adjourned to November 6 for hearing by the Chief Magistrate.

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