The Census Tribunal on Tuesday validated the 2006 enumeration figures of five local government areas in Kano State as released by the National Population Commission (NPC).
A judgement delivered by Census Tribunal `A', validated the census figures of Gezawa, Bebeji, Tarauni, Rano and Rimin Gado local government areas in Kano State.
In the lead judgment read by the tribunal member, Mrs Miannaya Essien (SAN), the tribunal dismissed the claims of the complainants to invalidate the figures for want of evidence.
The tribunal based its judgment on the inability of the complainants to prove their case on the preponderance of evidence.
It further held that the testimonies of people called in evidence were based on ``hearsay’’, adding that they were not directly affected.
The tribunal also held that the figures declared for the councils by NPC were valid.
``The tribunal entered judgment in favour of the respondent, who is of the view that names of the persons, which the complainants alleged were not enumerated, did not reflect in their complaints.
``Also the identity of the persons not enumerated were not disclosed before the tribunal and those that acted as witnesses before the tribunal said they were all enumerated.
``The 2006 census was based on a ``De facto'' concept, which means that the figures are recorded or are attributed to the geographical area where people are present at a specified time.
``The tribunal with the evidence given by the respondent is convinced that they actually did enumeration in the contested areas and declared their figures valid,'' the tribunal said
It will be recalled that the NPC had declared the population figures of Gezawa as 282,328, Bebeji 191,916, Tarauni 221,844, Rano 148,276 and Rimin Gado 103,371.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, recalls that the five councils had filed separate petitions contesting the population figures declared by the NPC for their councils.
In their complaints, they claimed that some of their villages and households were not enumerated during the 2006 population and household census, which took place between March 21 and March 27, 2006.
They claimed that a total number of 1,439 households according to the complainants were omitted by NPC.
They further appealed to the tribunal to order NPC to do a recount of the omitted households.