By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court Abuja, will August 8, hears suit challenging the Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 2018, on the preservation of assets connected with corruption and other relates offences.
President Muhammadu Buhari had signed Executive Order 6 to improve his administration’s fight against corruption.
This order is following an application by two lawyers, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere and Kenneth Udeze, the plaintiffs, that the matter be heard during the court’s vacation.
They are asking for an order of court setting aside and/or nullifying the provisions of the Executive Order No. 6 for being unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.
The plaintiffs are seeking the court’s interpretation and determination of the Executive Order No. 6, whether the order has a right to take away people’s property as per the names listed in the schedule.
The defendants in the suit are the President and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Counsel to the Plaintiff, Mr. Obed Agu, is praying the court to determine whether by the combined effects of Sections 5, 36 and 43 of the Constitution, the President lacked the powers to issue the order.
“And whether having regard to the combined effect of Sections 5, 36 and 43 of the Constitution, the act or conduct of the president in issuing the order which intends to interfere with ownership, and disposition of assets or properties of the persons listed at the First Schedule is constitutional.”
Also in the charge sheet, they are asking the court to determine whether having regards to the same sections, the president can validly exercise his constitutional powers by deliberately undermining the rights of any citizen to fair hearing.
Upon determination of the afro-mentioned question, they want the court to declare that the president lacked the powers to issue executive order No.6 as it is not connected with the execution and maintenance of the constitution.
“A declaration that the act or conduct of the president in issuing the order interfere with, or encroach into the ownership, or otherwise of he assets or properties of any person without such person being found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, is unconstitutional, null and void.
“A declaration that the president cannot validly exercise his constitutional powers by deliberately undermining, limiting and/or inhibiting the entrenched constitutional rights of any citizen of Nigeria to fair hearing vides the issuance of the Order.
The plaintiffs also want an order of injunction restraining the defendants from enforcing or giving any or further effect to the order.
Expert hails Kaduna women over participation in child spacing
From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Twenty five percent of women in Kaduna state are said to have keyed into the child spacing programmE in the state.
The Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health and Humanity Dr Ado Zakari disclosed this while addressing women at the U/Rimi Primary Health Care Center in kaduna North Local Government Area yesterday
Dr. Ado who led a team of child spacing advocates on an endurance trekking to marked the 2018 world Population Day said it is no longer contestable that child spacing has positive effect on the mother and child hence no mother should be left behind.
According to him, “child spacing allow a mother time of resting and care for her children.”
Dr.Ado added that the woman womb is like a balloon and if one keeps blowing it may bust .
“Yes you may argue that the woman womb can not bust like balloon but there are health hazard if they keep on having UN space children “There is also the problems of taking good care of the children. A woman with 8 month old baby who is pregnant will not find it easy to take care of the herself, her baby and the pregnancy.
“But a woman whose child is three years old has rested enough and ready for the next pregnancy.
“It is because of the concern for both mother and child that Kaduna state has 25 percent of her women accessing spacing facility which is more than the 10 to 15 Percent of the national figure, “ He said.
In his remarks, the state team leader of Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative Kabir Abdullahi said the success recorded in child spacing campaign is due to the support of religion leaders in the state.
Abdullahi said both Christian and Muslims leaders joined their voices to responsible Parenthood making them to only give birth to children they can take care of.
The endurance trekking commenced from the Health Primary Health Care Agency along Tafawa Balewa way and terminated at the ,U/Rimi Primary Health Care center.