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Bauchi Lassa Fever Task Force Chairman Test Positive For Conoravirus

Chairman of the Bauchi State Task Force on COVID- 19 and Lassa Fever, who is also the State’s Deputy Governor , Baba Tela, has tested positive for COVID– 19.

This was gathered from a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Bauchi State governor, Muhktar Gidado made available to newsmen.

He said the confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease .

Gidado said the deputy governor had since been into self-isolation.

He further stated that the Deputy governor contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of Covid-19 Task Force Committee.

He concluded that health professionals are properly managing his situation.

Bauchi Bemoans Death Increase From Abortion Complications

Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has bemoans the increase in deaths resulted from illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners which has killed over 200 women in the state and as well sighted this as the the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, who disclosed this yesterday at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network, said the investigation had not been concluded on the development, but preliminary findings had revealed that the number of such deaths was about 200, adding that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.

Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who after becoming pregnant visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.

He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancy had become a major problem to family health in the state.

He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.

Covid-19 Patients Flee From Isolation Centre In Oyo, Niger and Bauchi

Oyo State has reported that two COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Oyo State as well as one each in Niger and Bauchi states have fled from isolation centres.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said the two people who ran away in the state tested positive to the deadly virus.

He said 975 samples had been collected for test.

The governor said the two fleeing patients brought the number of active cases in the state to 31 instead of 33.

Makinde announced the escape of the patients while giving an update on the state’s COVID-19 figures in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle.

The tweet reads: “We have received more results from pending COVID-19 confirmation tests. The result of one suspected case came back positive on May 03, 2020. The person is based in Ibadan.

“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 04, 2020. Four of these five cases are immigrants and the last person is an Oyo State resident.

“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 05, 2020. Four of these five cases are travellers from the North and the last one is an Oyo State resident.

“Of the 33 active cases being managed by the state, two have absconded, possibly to their permanent places of residence. This brings the number of active cases in Oyo State to 31.”

The Niger State patient is a woman who absconded from the Minna isolation centre.

Health Commissioner Dr. Muhammed Makusidi spoke on Wednesday on the fleeing patient at a media briefing in Minna, the state capital.

He described the escapee as a confirmed case from Kano, saying efforts were being made to trace her whereabouts and bring her back to the centre.

The commissioner expressed fear over the danger she poses to the state if she is left to mingle with other residents.

In Bauchi, Deputy Governor Baba Tela, who is also the Chairman of the Task Force Response Committee on Lassa Fever and Coronavirus, confirmed the escape of the patient.

Court refuses to stop the collation of results in Bauchi

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has lifted its temporary ban on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue with the collation of governorship election results in Bauchi State.

This decision was taken in response to a suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, asking the court to determine whether INEC has the powers to decide collation of results after the announcement of a suspension, Premium Times reports.

Lawyer to Mr Abubakar, Ahmed Raji, had approached the court seeking, an ex-parte application stoping INEC from proceeding with its decision to collate results in the state.

Clarifying an earlier decision made, following that ex-parte application, the judge, Inyang Ekwo, said there was never a time that his court granted the ex-parte application made by Mr Raji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

According to the judge, what the court ordered following the earlier application is an order for parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit before him.

The court also added that the submissions by Mr Raji that the tribunal could entertain an application coming from an election matter, “only after a return has been made: is a temporary situation that does not have the capacity to stand for long.”

According to the judge: “the issue at hand happened during an election. And the complaint was also made as a result of an election, subsequently,” said Mr Ekwo.

Subsequently the Mr Ekwo declined to give a pronouncement on the substantive matter and deferred his decision to allow the election tribunal make a pronouncement on the substantive matter.

The court also ruled that the order to maintain statusquo earlier granted on the matter had been lifted. Thus allowing the INEC the freedom to proceed with its decision made public in March 15.

INEC had on that date announced its resolve to proceed with the collation of results after previously declaring the Bauchi election inconclusive.

The Peoples Democratic Party won the previous election, as well as the supplementary election conducted on March 23.

INEC could however not formally declare the PDP winner because of the court action.

The PDP candidate, Bala Mohammed, was present at Monday’s court session.

Source: Premium Times

The the courts lack jurisdiction over the matter of results collation – INEC

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that it lacks the jurisdiction over the matter of results collation as that fall within the purvey of the electoral process for which INEC has powers over.

The point was made as INEC, a party in the ongoing case on the collation of results announcement and inconclusiveness of the Bauchi State Guber elections.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel in the matter adopted their written addresses on Thursday.

The All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar dragged INEC to court over the Bauchi elections.

They were challenging the commission’s decision to resume collation, conclude and announce results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in respect of the election to the office of governor of Bauchi State.

The APC and Mr Abubakar asked the court for a declaration that INEC, having led them to believe that there would be a supplementary election, could not go back and continue with collation of ballots that a Returning Officer had termed rejected.

They maintained that the powers of the returning officer, having declared the election inconclusive, could only be upturned by a court and not by INEC.

Addressing the court, Ahmed Raji (SAN), counsel to the APC and Mr Abubakar, submitted that INEC was wrong to have challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and referred them to an Election Petition Tribunal.

According to Mr Raji, the only instance where an election petition tribunal was conferred with jurisdiction to hear such a matter was where a winner was announced.

“Under Section 282 of the 1999 Constitution, where a petition is filed and a return has not been made, the petition is incompetent.

“Once a return has not been made, the election petition tribunal does not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter, so there is no law to support their submission that we should have gone to the tribunal.

“Where a return has been made, the proper place is the tribunal but where a return has not been made, like in this case, where do we go,” Mr Raji wondered.

According to him, “We are questioning the administrative decision of INEC to summersault on its earlier position to conduct a supplementary election.

‘We feel that our right to fair hearing has been breached because we were preparing for an election so why the sudden change?

”This is not a post- election matter, it is more in the nature of a pre- election matter or in the middle of the election.

“The election petition tribunal has jurisdiction only when a return has been made and in this case no return has been made so if we take it to the tribunal, it will be dead on arrival.”

Mr Raji urged the court to overrule the objection of INEC noting that if it was not overruled, his client would be left with no remedy.

Counsel to INEC, Abdulazeez Inuwa insisted that the matter before the court bordered on collation of results which according to Section 133 of the Electoral Act, was part of the process of election which the court lacked jurisdiction over.

Mr Inuwa insisted that where there was an issue bordering on elections, it was the tribunal that was properly empowered by the law to handle it.

He maintained that APC and Mr Abubakar were hasty going to court adding that they should have allowed INEC to conclude the election process before going to court.

On the arguments that INEC did not consult APC and Mr Abubakar before changing its mind on the issue of a supplementary election, Mr Inuwa argued that the commission was given powers by law to conduct elections without interference.

“After the commission has concluded the process, anybody is at liberty to challenge the commission at the tribunal.

“So we are submitting with all humility that this court does not have powers to entertain any matter relating to post elections.”

Mr Inuwa urged the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s suit for lacking in merit.

Mr Ekwo commended both counsel saying that their attitude towards the case was proof that speedy trials were not only possible but practicable.

He said the matter was filed on March 18, and by March 21, counsel has adopted written addresses and judgment would be delivered on March 25.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed March 25 to deliver judgment on a suit seeking to stop the (INEC) from resuming collation or announcing result of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

(NAN)

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