Abuja - The Census Tribunal has ordered the National Population Commission (NPC) to conduct a recount of persons in five localities in the Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Delivering judgment on Friday in Abuja, Abraham Yisa, Chairman of Tribunal "A", said the order was based on the respondent’s failure to disprove claims by the complainant that there were no head count in the localities.
The localities are Kongolan, Gwajo-Gwajo, Eka, Mai’adua and Dantshe.
The council had earlier contested the 154 092 population figure declared for it by the NPC following the 2006 National Population and Household Census, saying it was grossly inaccurate.
It alleged that the respondent failed to enumerate in 34 localities due to shortage of enumeration materials.
It further alleged that NPC failed to register some enumeration areas in the council due to irregularities.
In the lead judgment, Yisa held that the complainant's witnesses in the areas gave first-hand evidence in respect of the five localities.
He said that the tribunal upheld the testimonies of the witnesses, adding that they and their households were not enumerated.
He further said that the complainant was able to give evidence in five out of the 34 areas it alleged were not enumerated.
"The witnesses testified that they did not see any enumerator in their households; this is a fact and the tribunal believes the witnesses had firsthand knowledge but the respondent argued that their testimonies were hearsay.
"One of the witnesses also testified that he was not enumerated, and he was also aware that his neighbours were not enumerated; but the respondent did not show the tribunal any unequivocal proof to the contrary,’’ Yisa said.
"The tribunal finds that the credit of evidence given by the complainant witnesses was not shaken. Therefore, orders a recount of Kongolan, Gwajo-Gwajo, Eka, Mai’adua and Dantshe by the respondent.
"In respect of other areas allegedly not enumerated, the tribunal holds that the complainant has failed to discharge the burden of proving its case on preponderance of evidence,’’ Yisa added.