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Appointment of Justices shrouded in secrecy-Retired High Court Judge

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Justice Alaba Omalaye Ajileye

A retired High Court Judge in Kogi State, Justice Alaba Omalaye Ajileye has faulted the process of appointment of judicial officers in Nigeria. Justice Ajileye who x-rayed the judiciary Wednesday in Lokoja during a valedictory court session in his honour said the process of appointing judicial officers in Nigeria is shrouded in secrecy and clandestineness.

Citing evils associated with appointments, Justice Ajileye said there is no transparency in the process of appointing judicial officers.

“Another evil is that recommendations of Honourable Judges and Honourable Justices don’t count. The act of calling for recommendations looks to me like a ritual, exercised merely to fulfil all righteousness. Those who would be appointed would still be appointed with or without recommendations.

“The number of recommendations a candidate receives guarantees nothing for him. The third evil I have seen is that the person a candidate knows matters a lot. And that person must carry a lot of “weight.”

” The fourth evil is that the place where you come from also counts. In Nigerian parlance, it is called the federal character or quota system. There is nothing evil on the face of the principle of federal character. What is evil in it is the way the principle is applied by the functionaries of government. This underscores the point that it is the human being that makes or mars an institution” he stated.

He recalled that the Nigerian judiciary, at the apogee of its glory, withstood the tyranny of the military, armed with guns, stressing that, the Judiciary today has fallen flat before the majestic politicians, armed with Dollars and Naira.

Justice Ajileye said” It was a healthy judicial system in the days of yore, with a reputation for integrity and competence. This was mainly attributable to a fair system of appointment of judges in the superior judiciary wherein appointments were generally made on merit alone. The puzzling question here is, at what point did we get it wrong?”

While admonishing judges to free themselves from every form of influence, except law, Justice Ajileye said judges must liberate themselves from self-imposed shackles and fetters that inhibit independence.

“They can do this if they exhibit, at all times, requisite judicial character. The qualities of courage, firmness, integrity, uprightness, patience, open-mindedness, understanding of the law, compassion, humility, and courtesy should be inseparable from the personality” he added.

The retired High Court Judge appealed to Lawyers to protect and strengthen the independence of the judiciary by being vigilant and prepared to resist any external pressure, forces and interference in the judiciary.

Source: BBC

In other news – Diri is not among governors opposing Buhari’s new naira policy – the Bayelsa govt

The Bayelsa State government has declared that the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was not among the group of 10 governors, G-10, opposing President Muhammadu Buhari on the Naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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The State government while demanding an unreserved apology from a group of civil society organisations. Learn more

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Bad leaders making life of Nigerians miserable – Pastor Giwa

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Adewale Giwa

The senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Sunday, lamented that the economic situation in Nigeria has gone from bad to worse under President Bola Tinubu. The clergyman noted that bad leaders were intentionally making life miserable for Nigerians.

Speaking with DAILY POST, Giwa said Buhari’s utterances that Nigerians will appreciate his administration when he’s gone is being fulfilled under Tinubu’s government. According to Giwa: “Nigerians found themselves in the hands of bad leaders having passed through the worst experience under former President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The success of a nation is determined by the kind of leaders you have. When the biblical Jeroboam became leader of Israel he led people to sin and we all know what happened.

“What Nigerians are presently going through makes me remember what Buhari said that ‘Nigerians will appreciate his government after his tenure’.

“If Buhari, the worst leader in history, could say Nigerians would appreciate his government then what should we say is currently happening in Nigeria under Tinubu? I wonder why in Nigeria, a leader will take over power and situations will get worse. Is it not better if we don’t have a nation called Nigeria or have a nation where the citizens continue to wallow in abject poverty and penury?

“For now, Tinubu’s government has fared worse than Buhari’s government because under Buhari there was nothing like subsidy removal. We all know how much a litre of petrol was during Buhari’s administration. We can now see how much it is under Tinubu, so I can’t say Tinubu’s government is better than Buhari’s government. In all fairness and coupled with the present events, the present political leaders are intentionally making the lives of Nigerians miserable.

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In other news – Police vow to tackle vandalization of public facilities in Akwa Ibom

The Police in Eket, Akwa Ibom, have assured that public facility vandalism would be completely tackled in the town and its environs. The Divisional Police Officer, SP Felix Ekpoudom, stated this shortly after visiting a vandalised water fountain at Udom Emmanuel Boulevard in Atabong, Eket town.

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Ekpoudom said that the police became aware of the incident after the visit of Governor Umo Eno to Eket on May 3.The Police in Eket, Akwa Ibom, have assured that public facility vandalism would be completely tackled in the town and its environs. Read more

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Police vow to tackle vandalization of public facilities in Akwa Ibom

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The Police in Eket, Akwa Ibom, have assured that public facility vandalism would be completely tackled in the town and its environs. The Divisional Police Officer, SP Felix Ekpoudom, stated this shortly after visiting a vandalised water fountain at Udom Emmanuel Boulevard in Atabong, Eket town.

Ekpoudom said that the police became aware of the incident after the visit of Governor Umo Eno to Eket on May 3.The Police in Eket, Akwa Ibom, have assured that public facility vandalism would be completely tackled in the town and its environs.

The Divisional Police Officer, SP Felix Ekpoudom, stated this shortly after visiting a vandalised water fountain at Udom Emmanuel Boulevard in Atabong, Eket town. Ekpoudom said that the police became aware of the incident after the visit of Governor Umo Eno to Eket on May 3.

The DPO said that it was wrong to steal or vandalise public facilities, saying,” Those who do so are agents of underdevelopment”. We have observed that acts of vandalism are happening in some areas in Eket. We have begun our surveillance, we shall get hold of them,” he said. Ekpoudom urged residents of Eket to support the support with credible information to tackle the ugly menace.

”We need the cooperation of the community, you have to work with the police to tackle this challenge. We are committed towards tackling vandalism and other unlawful activities in the area. We shall apprehend them,” he added.

Earlier, the community Youth Leader, Mr Willie Mbong, described the issue of public facility vandalism in the area as worrisome. That water fountain is adding to the aesthetic beauty of the town. It is a bad thing to vandalise and steal some of its components.

”We shall take this issue seriously by reporting it to the appropriate authorities. Those behind this act must be unmasked.” He assured that the community would do everything possible to support the Police towards apprehending those involved in the act.

Source: Dailypost

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Court Fixes May 27 to Hear Applications on Ganduje’s Suspension

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Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

A Kano State High Court has set May 27, 2024, for the commencement of hearing in the case of the alleged suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.  The court, presided over by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba, will hear three applications: a preliminary objection, a joinder application, and an application challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

The applicants, Haladu Gwanjo and Laminu Sani Barguma, are seeking an order of interim injunction on Ganduje’s suspension from the APC.Counsel for the applicant, Ibrahim Sa’ad, requested a new date to respond to the counter affidavit filed by the respondents. Counsel for the respondents did not object to the request.

Counsel for the fourth respondent, Lydia Oyewo, informed the court that her client was not served with the court processes. Parties seeking to be joined in the case also informed the court of their position.

Justice Na’abba fixed May 27 for the hearing to allow all parties to serve their processes and respond to the applications.

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In other news – Military forcefully took away suspected oil bunkerers from police custody – IGP tells court

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the military forcefully took away some suspects allegedly involved in oil bunkering from police custody.

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Counsel to the IGP, Idris Mohammed, revealed this to Justice James Omotosho when the matter was called for the alleged oil bunkerers to take their plea in a five-count criminal charge filed against them. The IGP had, in an earlier charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/60/2024, listed 19 alleged oil bunkerers for prosecution. Read more

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