Opobo Chieftaincy Tussle: Court Restrains Head Of Cookey-Gaam Family
A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice E. N. Thompson has restrained Arusibidabo S. J. S. Cookey from parading himself or holding himself out, as the Alabo and Head of Chief Cookey-Gram War Canoe House, Opobo in Opobo Kingdom or in any other name pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Cookey, an academic professor, is the first Defendant/Respondent in the suit bordering on the headship of Cookey-Gam War Canoe House of Opobo Kingdom with suit number PHC/678/CS/2021 before Justice E. N. Thompson brought by Warisenibo Robert Darling Cookey-Gam and Warisenibo Soprienye J. S Cookey-Gam, for themselves and as representing the Executive Committee of Cookey-Gam War Canoe House of Opobo Kingdom as 1st set of Claimants/Applicants in the matter.
Thompson after hearing the submission of A. A. Brown with L. P. Nnaa (esq.) for the claimants, Anthony Nwobueze for the parties seeking to be joined as second set of Defendants and Wilcox Abereton (SAN) with Uchechi Victor for the Defendants, also restrained Arusibidabo, S. J. S. Cookey, Senibo Dienye S. Bell-Gam, Senibo Mike Williams-Hart, Mrs Nkiru Mike Williams, Ms Loving Bell-Gam and Mr Kissmate Apawari Cookey, who are 1st to 6th defendants in the matter, their servants, privies or any other person from acting, parading, holding themselves out as members of the Executive Committee of Cookey-Gam War Canoe House, Opobo in Opobo Kingdom pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
The trial judge later adjourned to January 31, 2022 for motion for joinder.
Tinubu Signs Bill Unifying Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday signed his first piece of legislation as President, when he assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, yesterday.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment Bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers’.
The statement read in part: “In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, President Bola Tinubu yesterday at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly”.
It added that “With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters”.
While signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on behalf of the Federal Government.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion, Akinlade stated that the country’s democratic journey has encountered stormy and smooth sails, just like in many other climes.
She said, “But the ship of State, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.”
“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.
“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration, “ the statement added.
RSHA Screens Five For Commissioners, Today
Five commissioner nominees are to appear before the Rivers State House of Assembly, today for screening.
The nominees include Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Barr.(Mrs) Inime Aguma, Hon Nwafor Uchechukwu, Dr. Kenneth Chisom Gbah and Hon. Henry Ogiri.
In a statement signed by the Acting Clerk of the House, Dr. Emeka Amadi, the five commissioner nominees are expected to appear before the lawmakers by 10am.
The nominees are also requested to submit 40 copies of their original credentials to the office of the Acting Clerk on or before 9am, today.
Four commissioners had earlier been screened by the Assembly and sworn in by the State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last week.
These nominees, if screened and confirmed, will therefore, bring the number of commissioners in the State to nine in the last one week.
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