Abuja- The Census Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday upheld the 2006 population figures as declared by the National Population Commission (NPC) for Kusada Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The council had earlier challenged the 318 132 population figure declared for it by the commission at the Census Tribunal `A’.
It alleged that some of its localities were not enumerated, adding that people in enumerated areas were not completely counted, and attributed the failure to insufficient census materials.
Ruling on the matter, the tribunal said it upheld the figure based on the failure of the complainant to tender material evidence to substantiate its allegation of insufficient census materials.
The chairman, Abraham Yisa, held that the tribunal depended on material proof placed before it.
He said that the complainant failed to contradict the exhibits tendered by the respondent in proof of the fact that there was actual enumeration in the places it alleged were not enumerated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commission had tendered some samples of certified copies of NPC 01 household questionnaires used for the contested localities.
Yisa further rejected the arguments of the complainant that the testimonies of respondent’s witness were `hearsay’, stressing that the witness acted in supervisory capacity and was a member of the enumeration team.
``The tribunal is obliged to agree with the respondent’s submission that the totality of the complainant’s evidence does not amount to the standard of proof required by Section 131-133 of the Evidence Act.
``It states that the party that will lose where no proof is tendered is under obligation to affirm by credible proof the fact it asserts.
``In the totality of evidence tendered by the complainant, the standard of proof has not been met and the tribunal therefore holds that it has failed to discharge the burden of proving its case on a preponderance of evidence.
``Based on the foregoing therefore, the tribunal enters judgment in the respondent’s favour and upholds as valid the census figure of 318 132 in respect of Kusada LGA of Katsina State,’’ Yisa said.