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Amaechi Tasks Judiciary On Unity



The Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the judiciary to sustain the unity that the profession enjoys among its members in the state.

Governor Amaechi made the call Friday in his goodwill message during the formal inauguration of Saakpenwa Judiciary Division of the state judiciary in Tai Local Government Area of the state.

The governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Sports, Mr Fred Igwe lauded the state judiciary for acknowledging the government’s effort for providing the enabling infrastructures for the judiciary.

He stated that there was no other way to bring justice closer to the people than to establish judiciary infrastructure across the state and congratulated the new judges on their recent appointments.

In his address, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Iche N. Ndu said the Saakpenwa Judicial Division was created on 1st July, 2011 through an instrument known as the Rivers State of Nigeria, Saakpenwa Division Notice 2011, by the state governor pursuant to Section 39(2) of the High Court Law Cap. 62, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 2001.

According to him, the law stipulates that the governor, on the recommendation of the Chief Judge, may divide the state into Judiciary Divisions and the Chief Judge shall thereupon direct one or more judges to sit in each of such divisions adding that the inauguration of the new court has increased the judicial divisions in the state to eleven.

The State Chief Judge stated that the new judicial division will hear civil and criminal matters, other cases and matters arising from the towns and villages in Tai local government area of Rivers State adding that the state judiciary had broadened the frontiers of justice delivery since the inauguration of Oyigbo Judiciary division in 2008.

Justice Ndu however said provision of the necessary infrastructures and facility for the administration of justice is the responsibility of the government adding that the state government has creditably lived upto its own expectations in that regards.

He used the opportunity to thank governor Amaechi for his numerous supports to the judiciary in the state as well as the Tai Local Government Area for the donation of the land.

Earlier in his speech, the State Solicitor-General, Barrister Richard N. Godwin who stood in for the state Attorney-General at the occasion noted that the inauguration of the Saakpenwa Judiciary Division would save the people of the area from the burden of travelling for a distance in search of justice.

He commended the state Chief Judge, Justice Iche N. Ndu, for his leadership landmarks in the state judiciary and commended the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for approving the new court.

The State Solicitor-General used the opportunity to sue for mutual understanding between members of the bar and bench adding that the judiciary most live up to its responsibility in the society.

There were good will messages from the state NBA, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Rivers State chapter and the Tai Local Government Council.


Akujobi Amadi/Laticia Opusunju

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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