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MY PERCEPTION OF “JUDICIAL GAMBLE” IN ZAMFARA PDP LEGAL TUSSLE

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I remember asking Barr. Patrick E. (SAN) the lead counsel to Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare after he announced the closure of his defense at the premises of the Federal High Court Gusau that, didn’t he think his refusal to bring witnesses to prove his case and by extension relying on the depositions made by the plaintiffs witnesses may result to “JUDICIAL GAMBLING”? The learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria disagreed with me outrightly.

He told me that “his decision not to bring any witness in court as “defense” may not in any way result to “Judicial Gambling” saying, it is a usual practice for the defense lawyer to rely on depositions of the Plaintiff’s to prove his case, especially if the depositions are not carrying substantial weights.

Ibrahim Ali the counsel to the Plaintiffs, on the other hand, told me in clear voice that “if the depositions by the Plaintiffs witnesses were allowed by the Court, the defense will automatically lose his case.

Ibrahim Ali opined that “the decision not to bring any witness in defense of a case in court is the highest risk any lawyer can take”.

Even then, with my little knowledge and experience on judicial reporting and also the experience of covering pre-election as well as election petition cases since 2007, I knew it will be too suicidal for a lawyer to rely on the depositions of his opponents to prove a case especially pre-election or election petition cases.

At a point, I was mocked by political wailers to Dr. Dauda Lawal that the question on “political gambling” was deliberately framed by me and for reasons best known to me, but as God wishes the rationale behind the question has finally manifest.

Now the position of Barr. Ibrahim Ali was clearly affirmed by Justice Aminu Bappa led High Court Gusau and all the prayers of the plaintiffs were expressly allowed.

LESSONS LEARNED

Politicians should understand that, in as per as they prefer political solutions for an emerging political problem from they regard as “political actors”, there is strong need for them to listen to the opinions of the intellectuals and experts when they make their assertions and predictions.

It is too suicidal for a politician to ignore the opinion of experts and people with considerable experience in practical politics because their minority voice even though neutral usually count with speed at the end of the day.

The new political dimension of Nigerian politics required expert opinions as much as possible because political solutions without wisdom usually resulted to producing empty pot with nothing to bring home.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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