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Strike: NBA Optimistic Courts will Re-open Soon

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has expressed the optimism that the protracted strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) will be called off soon.

The JUSUN had, on April 6, embarked on an indefinite strike to press home its demand for implementation of full financial autonomy for the judiciary.

In a statement signed by its President, Mr Olumide Akpata, the NBA said that recent developments indicated that the strike would soon end.

It noted that the strike had taken its toll on NBA members and urged them to remain hopeful.

“The NBA leadership appreciates the sacrifices of its members and, once again, commends the efforts of its branches in standing firm, and putting pressure on state governments to obey the law in this regard.

“No doubt, the strike  has taken its toll on our members whose activities revolve around the court system.

“As the strike enters its eighth week, I am happy to inform us that there is finally some light at the end of this tunnel.

“Following an all-stakeholders conciliation meeting held on Thursday May 20, 2021, an action plan was agreed to by all the parties for immediate implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary, particularly in  states,” it said.

The association listed the high points  of the agreement  to include state governors’  remittance  to the judiciary in their respective states,  the allocation due for the month of April 2021.

“JUSUN will suspend strike immediately upon receipt of the said allocation by the various state judiciaries.”

“In order to institutionalise this commitment, a fund management law detailing modalities for implementation of effective financial autonomy for the judiciary will be enacted by all states of the federation within 45 days from the date of agreeing to the action plan.

“In light of the foregoing and in the expectation that all the parties will continue to exhibit utmost bonafides, we can, with cautious optimism, anticipate that the strike will be suspended in a few days and all courts in the land will consequently be reopened,” it said.

The association praised its members for  perseverance, and sympathised with  members of the public who had to bear the social and economic cost of the protracted strike  in one way or the other.

“In these extremely perilous times, the hardship that this strike has occasioned for members of the public as well as lawyers, can only be better imagined.”

“Posterity will remember us all for enduring this hardship in the interest of a worthy cause,” it said. (NAN)

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Kogi: Appeal Court Vacates Inspection Order Granted to SDP by Tribunal

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, set aside the inspection order granted Murtala Ajaka, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Reports says that the tribunal had, on Nov. 25, 2023, granted an ex-parte order, allowing the SDP and its candidate in the Nov.

11, 2023 governorship poll to carry out forensic examination of all the Bimordal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the election, among other reliefs.

The three-member panel of justices led by Justice J.O.K. Oyewole, in a unanimous ruling, vacated the inspection order on the grounds that it went outside the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court held that while inspection is allowed under the Electoral Act, it must be jointly carried out with the respondents and the scope of the inspection should be within the strict limit allowed under the Electoral Act.

“The ex parte order made by the trial tribunal on the 25th November, 2023 at the instance of the 1st and 2nd respondents are within the jurisdictional competence of the said tribunal.

“However, paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ thereof are beyond the scope of Section 146 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022. The said paragraphs ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘n’ are hereby expunged.

“The inspection purportedly done pursuant to the said orders of the trial tribunal without the presence of the appellant violates paragraph ‘h’ of the said orders and it is hereby set aside,” the panel ruled

Reports says that while the SDP was represented at the Court of Appeal by Pius Akubo, SAN; Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi was represented by J.B. Daudu, SAN, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) was represented by Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN.

Other members of the Appeal Court panel include Justices A. I. Banjoko and A.B. Mohammed.(NAN)

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My Wife Attempted to Stab me, Husband Tells Abuja Court

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A businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday told a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, that his wife, Muyibat, attempted to stab him with a knife.

His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against the woman. 

“One night, my wife took the kitchen knife and attempted to kill me over a little misunderstanding.

“She boasted that she will destroy, kill or cripple me and reduce me to nothing and that when she finishes with me, my family will not recognise me,” he claimed in the petition.

The petitioner also told the court that the respondent is “so stubborn, disrespectful, mannerless, diabolical and unfriendly” with anyone around him.

According to him, the respondent’s constant fights have caused him to develop high blood pressure which he will be nursing for the rest of his life.

The petitioner further averred that he had to abandon his matrimonial home to save his life due to the intolerable behaviours of the respondent “who constantly threatens my life”.

He urged the court to dissolve his marriage and grant him custody of the children.

The respondent, Muyibat, also a businesswoman, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore avenues for amicable settlement for the sake of the children, and adjourned the matter until March 7, for hearing. (NAN)

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5 Docked for Allegedly Stealing 200 Bags of Cement Worth N2m

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Five men were, on Thursday, arraigned before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing 200 bags of Dangote cement, valued at N2 million.
The defendants, Sunday Asagunla, 19; Azeez Yisau, 19; Ayomide Oladejo, 18; Wasiu Kabiru, 25 and Raheem Yakubu, 42, are being charged with conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property.


The Prosecutor, Mr Philip Amusan, told the court that the defendants committed the offences at about 11.
30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan.
Amusan stated that Asagunla, Azeez, Oladejo and Kabiru stole the 200 bags of cement belonging to the complainant, Tunrayo Adeogun.

He further stated that Raheem received the bags of cement from them, knowing that they were stolen.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 516, 390(9) and 427 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The Magistrate, Olaolu Olanipekun, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
He, thereafter, adjourned the case till March 20 for hearing. (NAN)

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