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Council Lawyers Want Salary Parity With State Counsels

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Some aggrieved lawyers under the aegis of Em-ployed Lawyers in the 23 local government areas of Rivers State have dragged the State Government, Local Government Service Commission and Attorney General of the state before a National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in Port Harcourt over disparity in payment of salary.
The aggrieved local government council lawyers want the court to compel the defendants in the suit to pay them the same salary scale with other lawyers with the same grade employed at other state Ministry of Justice.
However, when the matter came up  on Wednesday,  before Justice Polycap Aman, the claimants Counsel, O. C Higher-King asked the court to enter judgment in their favour and also disqualify  the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Adangor  Zaccheus, from representing himself and other  parties  in the matter, saying that the rule of  law practice stipulates a  lawyer is not allowed to represent himself or herself in a matter involving them
In his response, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Professor Zacheus Adangor  who is representing himself and other parties in the matter objected to the motion and urged the court to dismiss the suit with substantial cost, arguing that the Claimants in the suit are not employed as law officers but as lawyers in those local government councils
According to him, only those employed as law officers are entitled for the legal salary, adding that the local government lawyers who are demanding the salary parity with those in the Ministry of Justice are not employed as law officers
The trial Judge, Justice, Polycap Aman after listening to the arguments of the both parties adjourned till 16th of March, 2021 for ruling on the motion.
Speaking to newsmen outside the court, counsel to the aggrieved legal practitioners, O.C Higher-King said they were in court to correct the disparity in the payment among lawyers in the legal profession and urged the court to enter judgment in their favour without further hearing on the matter.
On his part, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Zaccheus Adangor explained that he objected to the motion on the grounds that they were not law officers and that the court should dismissed the suit in its entirety.

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Wanted Person

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The following person by name, Emmanuel Odiwonma, whose last known address is 52 Balaogu Kuku road, Ijebode, Ogun sate have been declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Click for more information. Anyone who has useful information on their whereabouts should report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of the ICPC State Offices or the nearest police station.

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CSOs Protest, Insist On Sack Of EFCC Boss

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Over 100 anti-corruption civil society organisations and their supporters staged a protest in Lagos at the weekend in continuation of their call for the removal of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa, over alleged continued disobedience of court orders.
Leaders of the groups, who began what they described as a “week-long protest against politicisation of the EFCC, disobedience of court orders and infringement on human rights of Nigerians”, on Friday, said many CSOs called in to join the struggle after the maiden press conference held in Lagos.
The CSOs walked through the streets of Ikeja, through Ikeja City Mall, ending at the Oregun Junction, in Ikeja, Lagos, chanting protest songs and asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Bawa.
They noted that they were aware of the persistent pressure and intimidation of the Nigerian media to underplay the dissatisfaction of the anti-corruption CSOs with Bawa, stressing that no amount of intimidation would make them give up their collective struggle against corruption and leaders undermining the struggle.
A spokesperson for the Transparency and Accountability Group, Ayodeji Ologun, who spoke on behalf of the CSOs, said the Coalition of Anti-corruption organisations could not stay aloof while the country’s legal system was being bastardised by the “selfish interests of a few”, insisting that, if Bawa was bent on playing politics, he should get a membership card from any of the political parties.

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