Maintain status quo-court tells INEC, Melaye.
7 July, 2017. \\ Admin


A helicopter belonging to the Nigerian air force (NAF) crashed into a pool of water in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Thursday.

Olatokunbo Adesanya, spokesman of the force, who disclosed this in a statement, said no life was lost in the incident.

Adesnaya said Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, had constituted a panel of inquiry to unearth the cause of the crash.

“A Nigerian air force (NAF) Agusta 109 light utility helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a liaison mission targeted at further enhancing the synergy between the Nigerian army and the NAF in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the north-east,” the statement read.

“The incident, which occurred today, 6 July 2017, was as a result of an airborne technical fault with the helicopter.

“The experienced NAF pilots, however, successfully ditched the helicopter into a pool of water to minimise damage and loss of lives.

“Consequently, there were neither any injuries nor loss of lives to anyone on board or on the ground.

“The chief of air staff has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident while efforts are ongoing to recover the helicopter and members of the board are already in Maiduguri to commence work.

“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”


Maintain status quo, court tells INEC, Melaye
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday asked both the Independent National Electoral Commission and the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, to “maintain the status quo” with respect to suit filed by Melaye to challenge his recall by his constituents.

Justice John Tsoho directed the parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing of the senator’s motion seeking an interlocutory injunction to hear the recall process.

The judge fixed September 29 for the hearing of the said motion.

Speaking with our correspondent on Thursday,  Melaye’s lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the court order implied that INEC “can no longer proceed with the recall process from today(Thursday).”

Melaye had on June 23 sued the INEC seeking an order restraining the electoral body from conducting any referendum aimed at recalling him.

Meanwhile, the INEC had on Monday released the timetable for the recall process.

But, Melaye in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017, described the recall petitions as fictitious.

Melaye, through his suit, urged the court to declare the petitions submitted to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, as “illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

He also asked the court to void the recall process on the grounds that it was commenced in breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing.

The suit was filed along with an affidavit of urgency, urging the court to assign the case to a judge and be granted an accelerated hearing.

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