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The Delta State Chief Judge, (CJ), Justice Marshal Umukoro, has advised  the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to educate their members to exercise caution while recommending sureties for purpose of granting bail to accused persons.
Justice Umukoro gave the advice in Asaba at a meeting of stakeholders in administration of criminal justice as a prelude to the visit to Federal Prisons (Correction Homes) in the state which commenced today.
The Chief stated that the warning became imperative due to disturbing development where sureties who took suspects on bail on recommendation of legalpractitioners elope when suspects jumped bail.
The CJ who held meeting to appraise the strength and challenges of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, ACJL, 2017, noted that lawyers should only recommend sureties of good standing.
While commending the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for approving fund for the refurbishment of all utility vehicles of prisons in the state, the Chief Judge disclosed that from November this year, witnesses should begin to receive witness allowance as provided by law.
The Controller of Prisons, Delta State, Mr Sam Iyakoregha, decried the rising number of persons of unsound mind in prisons even as he gave the breakdown of those awaiting trials and condemned prisoners as follows:  Warri 1,289, Ogwashi-Uku 831, Sapele 345, Agbor 341 and Kwale 314.
He commended the state governor and chief judge for the steps taken in their respective official capacities to prune the number of awaiting trials.
Stakeholders, however, appealed to Ministry of Justice to always render legal opinion expeditiously to further reduce the number.
They also called for the review of Section 15 (4) ACJL to include lawyer and justice of peace to be present when video recording of confessional statements of suspects by the police, and not limiting it to the presence of the person of the suspects choice.
The meeting was attended by chairmen of branches of the Nigerian Bar Association of Asaba, Agbor, Sapele, Ogwashi-Uku, Effurun Ughelli; representatives of Ministry of Justice, Prisons Reform Initiative, Legal Aid Council, Police, Department of State Security Service and Justice Development Peace Commission, among others.

 

Benice Iragunima

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Police Kill Five Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victim

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Police operatives in Edo State have rescued one Innocent Achebe, 38, from a kidnappers den, killing five suspects in the process.
Achebe was rescued on Sunday in Ughosi-Afe bush in Ibilo, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the State, where the victim was held in captivity for days.
This is contained in a statement by Deputy Public Relations Officer, Edo Police Command, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, on Monday in Benin.
She said that the operation was part od the command’s commitment to rid the state of violent crime, including kidnapping.
“This feat was achieved following credible information at the command’s disposal that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers were operating in Ughoshi- Afe bush, Ibillo in Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State.
“On receipt of the information, the command immediately mobilised its tactical team of operatives from the Ibillo sector in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters to the scene.
“The kidnappers on sighting the operatives opened fire on them which led to a gun duel that left five of the kidnappers fatally injured and were later confirmed dead,” Iwegbu said.
She added that the victim, who was rescued unhurt, had been reunited with his family.
The police spokesperson said two locally made pistols, charms and cartridges were recovered from the scene.
Iwegbu said the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, commended the gallantry exhibited by the operatives and pledged that the command would work with relevant stakeholders and law-abiding citizens to secure the State.

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Bayelsa Spends N3.52bn On Debt Service

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Bayelsa State Government said it spent N3.52 billion on servicing its loan obligations to commercial banks for the month of May.
The Tide’s source reports that domestic debt stock data from the Debt Management Office for Bayelsa as of March 31, stood at N151.41 billion.
Technical Adviser to Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Treasury Matters, Mr Timipre Seipulo, stated this while giving an update of the state’s income and expenditure profile for the months of May and June in Yenagoa.
According to the financial highlights, the state generated some N1.68 billion from internal sources in addition to a gross inflow of N22.86 billion from the federation account to make a total of N22.91 billion for May.
Of the amount, derivation revenue, a 13 per cent of value of crude oil produced within the state for May stood at N17.82 billion.
On the other hand, non oil revenue of N124.69 million accrued to the state for the month under review.
According to Seipulo, the state’s wage bill for civil servants and political appointees gulped N6.2 billion.
For the month of June, Bayelsa got N18.67 billion after deductions at source from the federation account.
Oil derivation accounted for N14.02 billion, while the internally generated revenue was N1.99 million.
The total wage bill for the month of June was N6.14 billion.

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Delta Seals Gas Plant Over Student’s Death

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The Delta Government sealed a gas plant over outbreak of seizure leading to the death of a student in a close-by school.
The gas plant closure followed the report of an emergency committee, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, officials of the Ministry of Health and the management of Mary Mount College.
It was recalled that on July 16, 10 students of Mary Mount College, near Handeskia Gas Plant in Boji-Boji, Agbor, were suspected to have showed signs of strange ailments and seizure due to gas emission.
One of the affected students died few weeks after her parents took her to the hospital.
Mr Godspower Asiuwhu, the state Commissioner for Environment, warned the gas company that stiffer sanctions would be meted on it, if the seal was broken.
“The activities of the company has posed ecological and health threat to students of Mary Mount College, Agbor, situated in the environs.
“The management of Handeskia Oil and Gas should desist from causing havoc to residents of the host community,” Asiuwhu said.
The commissioner frowned at the unruly behaviour of staff of the gas company, saying that the state government would not condone any attempt by the company to unseal the premises.
According to him, a task force will be set up to monitor activities of the gas company after it had been sealed to ensure they did not return back to business.
Also, Mr Victor Ebonka, the Chairman, Ika North East Local Government Area, said the council had earlier sealed the gas company twice, adding that they later went back to unseal the premises.
“Since the activities carried out by the company were endangering the lives of residents, there is every need to seal the gas company and put a stop to all their activities,” Ebonka said.

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