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NBA Confab: Group Protests Salami’s Removal

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A group of coalition societies in Nigeria under the umbrella of campaign  against corruption  in the judiciary, lawyers of conscience, social action & civil society coalition have protested against the removal of the President, Court of Appeal Justice, Isa Ayo Salami, by President Goodluck Jonathan, over allegation  of misconduct by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The Executive Chairman of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, led the protest march at the venue of the opening ceremony of the Annual General Conference (AGC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the    main bowl of the Civic Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Monday.

The protesters, numbering about one hundred, carried placards with various inscriptions like,  “All lawyers should boycott court  proceedings until the corrupt Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) is removed. “CJN wants to kill democracy”, we don’t  want justice to be murdered in this country” and NJC not fair to Salami and Nigerians say no to  Judicial Rascalism”, among others.

Mr. Adeniran stated that President Jonathan  erred by appointing an acting President of the Court of Appeal, noting that he has no power under the1999 constitution to make such appointment.

According to him, it is only the National Assembly that is vested with the power for such appointment adding that Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) did not give  fair hearing to Justice Salami before recommending for his retirement.

He stated that the national judicial council should have been the vanguard  for rule of law, judicial  integrity and sanctity in the country but regretted  that it has rather turned itself into a motor park strategist adopting a method of self  help in order to redress its grievance in modern times.

His words: “it is  rather  disappointing to find that judicial officers who are supposed  to protect the integrity of the law are engaging in judicial recklessness and lawlessness. They became power drunk simply because they are in a position of authority to determine  the fate of others”.

The NJC has exhibited  bias from the beginning when it set  up the Abdullahi committee to conduct fact- finding into the allegations of undue  interference by Justice Kastina-Alu in the Sokoto State Governorship Appeal Tribunal.

Justice  Kastina-Alu, he opined arrogated to himself a power he did not possess to halt judicial proceedings before another  court in a matter in which  his court had no jurisdiction.”

Mr Adeniran averred that the country’s judiciary system has become an embarrassment adding  that  a situation where courageous  judge cannot be allowed to deliver sound judgment is unfair.

The CACOL executive chairman commended  the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association  (NBA) on its decision to withdraw its members from the NJC activities  and urged  the association to also boycott  the valedictory court session whenever Katsina-Alu would leave  office.

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Substance Abuse Becoming Thing Of Concern -Odu

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, has lauded the important role pharmacists play in the wellbeing of the society.
Odu gave this commendation while playing host to members of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch at the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The deputy governor said while others are sleeping, pharmacists work hard “to ensure we all live in a better society, especially when you talk about the dangers of substance abuse.”
Odu stressed that, “It is really becoming a thing of great concern because of the level of children getting involved in this thing. It is even coming down to primary schools which now increases the burden of what you are doing, so we appreciate you for what you are doing for the society which we all are living in.”
The deputy governor extolled the lady pharmacists for the scholarship scheme they were sponsoring, noting that it was “amazing because when you change the narrative of somebody’s life, you become what they call a destiny helper.”
The deputy governor added, “So, for me, it is something I would encourage. Even the Bible says when you do it for them you have done unto God. It is a thing we get a lot of blessings out off, you may not see it now but some day it will definitely come.”
She expressed gratitude to them for their support for the Fubara-led administration which according to her has continued to spur them into action.
“Let me thank you for upholding the governor and myself in prayers, because without prayers we won’t be here, many people have prayed and God has heard, please do not stop, even for good governance, we need God to grant us the wisdom and knowledge of what to do”, she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Branch of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ebelechukwu Odom, said they were at the Government House to identify with the Governor Fubara-led administration in the ongoing restructuring of the state, and pledged their allegiance and unflinching support to the administration.
She assured that they would utilize the competences of Lady Pharmacists in Rivers State and synergize with partners for improvement in health, education, research development and socio-economic wellbeing of humanity through relevant and appropriate interventions, projects and programmes.

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RSG Denies Rumours Of Cholera Outbreak In Soku

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The Rivers State Government says it is not aware of any cholera outbreak in Soku community in the Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, the clarification was necessary following numerous enquiries from the media over a purported outbreak of cholera in Soku community.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Ministry of Health has received numerous enquiries from the Press regarding an alleged outbreak of cholera in Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
“Public health teams dispatched to investigate these alleged cases and deaths have so far received no confirmation of such.”
While describing cholera as a waterborne infectious disease, the commissioner said that the disease is notifiable, warranting escalating reports from disease surveillance and notification officers at the community level.
The statement clarified that the ongoing medical outreach in Soku community is in no way related to any outbreak of cholera.
“Outreaches have always been a way of getting accessible health care to underserved and vulnerable population, however, all such outreach activities must be conducted with approval from and in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and as such no entity should be conducting outreaches outside the coordination of the ministry”, it warned.
The ministry further said that all infectious diseases of this nature are reported, managed and escalated by the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Oreh said the statement should serve as a strong warning to anyone conducting or planning health activities without due recourse to the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
She added that any such activities found to be carried out without the knowledge and clearance of the State Ministry of Health will be fully investigated and dealt with in order to ensure the protection of the lives of the people.
“Therefore, the general public and members of the Press are advised to disregard the rumours making the round on an ongoing outbreak of cholera and the death of some citizens of Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State as it is presently unfounded, misguided and capable of causing panic amongst citizens and residents.
“The general public is thus urged to remain calm and rest assured that the Rivers State Ministry of Health will continue to be a veritable source of public health information in the state”, the statement concluded.

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Bill On State Police Scales Second Reading

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill to provide for the establishment of state police in the country.
Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu and 14 others, the bill seeks to alter the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for states to establish their own policing outfits.
As lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary, Kalu who stood in for the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, urged members to look beyond political ambitions and think about the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”

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