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Appeal Court Victory: AMAC Chairman appreciates residents



Mr Abdullahi Candido, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), has expressed appreciation to residents of the area council for their support, following his election victory at the Court of Appeal Tribunal.

FELLOWPRESS reports that the Court of Appeal, had on Thursday, July 23, upheld the victory of Candido, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), at the 2019 general elections.

The court had dismissed an appeal by Candido’s closet rival, Vivian Anazodo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in which Candido was returned to office.

Candido, while briefing newsmen on Monday in Abuja, also appreciated the judiciary and called on the opposition to work with his administration to move the council forward.

“You will recall that the 2019 elections came and ended peacefully, but there were some litigation right from the lower tribunal until we got to the court of appeal tribunal.

“The court of appeal met last Thursday and decided on a case filed by the candidate of the PDP challenging our victory, first at the election tribunal which started from June to November 2019.

“And between December last year till last Thursday, she was also at the court of appeal tribunal,where we won.

“We want to appreciate the residents and people of this area council for standing with us all these years and we will ensure that we deliver the dividends of democracy to them,”he said.

The chairman, while giving update on the COVID-19 status of the council’s secretary, disclosed that the secretary, having tested negative after several round of test, had been discharged from the isolation center.

He added that the council would continue to ensure that the COVID-19 safety protocols are observed at all times.

On issues of infrastructural development, the chairman, added that contractors had resumed work on various project sites and assured that the council would ensure speedy completion of all projects.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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