10th March, 2011
The Census Tribunal sitting in Abuja says it has struck out 21 of the 96 complaints on the 2006 census filed by some states against the National Population Commission.
The Registrar of Tribunal â€˜Bâ€™, Mr Vincent Ifeachor, gave the figures on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ifeachor said 20 of the cases which were struck out for late filing were lodged by local government councils in Bauchi State, while the other one was due to lack of diligent prosecution.
According to him, the other cases are at various stages of hearing, judgment and defence.
Meanwhile, Tribunal â€˜Aâ€™ also struck out 40 cases out of the 142 brought before it by different local government councils.
The Chairman, Mr Abraham Yisa, said 23 of the cases were filed by Sokoto State and were struck out due to lack of diligent prosecution.
The Census Tribunal was set up in September 2008 to handle complaints and other issues arising from the 2006 National Population and Housing Census.