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Salami splits NJC members
DELIBERATIONS on the planned recall of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami by the National Judicial Council (NJC) continues today in Abuja.
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DELIBERATIONS on the planned recall of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami by the National Judicial Council (NJC) continues today in Abuja.

The Council, which met on the matter yesterday, did not reach a consensus on it.

A source said the NJC leadership was given to the recall of Salami, but could not go ahead with it because of the disagreement among the members.          

The Guardian learnt that the Council’s leadership later constituted a new committee to reconcile the grey areas, which made it difficult for a consensus to be reached on Salami.                      

     Some members of NJC, who allegedly opposed Salami’s reinstatement, cited the pending suits, which he instituted and had still not withdrawn to pave way for true reconciliation.         

But another participant at the meeting said no decision was taken on Salami as the meeting continues today.

He said that there was division among the members. While some were sympathetic to Salami and believed that he should be recalled so as to restore the credibility of the judiciary, loyalists of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, allegedly kicked against it.              

When contacted on the proceedings at the meeting, the NJC spokesman, Soji Oye, declined comments.        

The 29-member stakeholders Judicial Reform Committee raised by the CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, last October 14 had recommended Justice Salami’s reinstatement.

Salami was suspended by the NJC on August 18 last year after an emergency session.

Justice Musdapher raised the reform committee headed by a former CJN, Justice Muhammadu Uwais, to revisit the matter.         .

A sub-committee of the panel, including Justice Mamman Nasir, Justice U. Kalgo and Justice Bola Ajibola asked the CJN and the NJC to reinstate Salami to his position.

The committee upheld the decisions of the sub-committee and recommended Justice Salami’s recall.         .

Salami is in court challenging his suspension as the appellate court president.

Both the NJC and other defendants have joined issues with him. They have raised objections to the suit challenging the jurisdiction of the court to heart it.          

The approach taken by the defendants had ensured that the case had not made any appreciable progress. Except the case is settled out of court, it could be difficult for Salami to obtain judgment before his retirement next year.

The Guardian learnt that Salami had been advised to withdraw the case from court to pave way for an amicable resolution of the dispute.

However, as at press time, no application to discontinue the suit had been filed.

Other recommendations of the Uwais panel, which may be considered by the NJC are:

• That the appointment of CJN from outside the rank of Justice of Supreme Court should be considered by the Federal Judicial Service Commission;

• the need to reform the system of appointment of judges by giving preference to courtroom experience and decision in legal practice;

• that number of years for which a legal practitioner needs to be qualified prior to consideration for appointment as a judge of the High Court should be increased from 10 years to a minimum of 15 years post-call experience, 20 years post-call experience for the Court of Appeal and 25 years post call experience for the Supreme Court.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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NJC differs on Salami, continues talks today

Salami splits NJC members
DELIBERATIONS on the planned recall of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami by the National Judicial Council (NJC) continues today in Abuja.
The Council, which met on the matter yesterday, di…

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DELIBERATIONS on the planned recall of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami by the National Judicial Council (NJC) continues today in Abuja.

The Council, which met on the matter yesterday, did not reach a consensus on it.

A source said the NJC leadership was given to the recall of Salami, but could not go ahead with it because of the disagreement among the members.          

The Guardian learnt that the Council’s leadership later constituted a new committee to reconcile the grey areas, which made it difficult for a consensus to be reached on Salami.                      

     Some members of NJC, who allegedly opposed Salami’s reinstatement, cited the pending suits, which he instituted and had still not withdrawn to pave way for true reconciliation.         

But another participant at the meeting said no decision was taken on Salami as the meeting continues today.

He said that there was division among the members. While some were sympathetic to Salami and believed that he should be recalled so as to restore the credibility of the judiciary, loyalists of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, allegedly kicked against it.              

When contacted on the proceedings at the meeting, the NJC spokesman, Soji Oye, declined comments.        

The 29-member stakeholders Judicial Reform Committee raised by the CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, last October 14 had recommended Justice Salami’s reinstatement.

Salami was suspended by the NJC on August 18 last year after an emergency session.

Justice Musdapher raised the reform committee headed by a former CJN, Justice Muhammadu Uwais, to revisit the matter.         .

A sub-committee of the panel, including Justice Mamman Nasir, Justice U. Kalgo and Justice Bola Ajibola asked the CJN and the NJC to reinstate Salami to his position.

The committee upheld the decisions of the sub-committee and recommended Justice Salami’s recall.         .

Salami is in court challenging his suspension as the appellate court president.

Both the NJC and other defendants have joined issues with him. They have raised objections to the suit challenging the jurisdiction of the court to heart it.          

The approach taken by the defendants had ensured that the case had not made any appreciable progress. Except the case is settled out of court, it could be difficult for Salami to obtain judgment before his retirement next year.

The Guardian learnt that Salami had been advised to withdraw the case from court to pave way for an amicable resolution of the dispute.

However, as at press time, no application to discontinue the suit had been filed.

Other recommendations of the Uwais panel, which may be considered by the NJC are:

• That the appointment of CJN from outside the rank of Justice of Supreme Court should be considered by the Federal Judicial Service Commission;

• the need to reform the system of appointment of judges by giving preference to courtroom experience and decision in legal practice;

• that number of years for which a legal practitioner needs to be qualified prior to consideration for appointment as a judge of the High Court should be increased from 10 years to a minimum of 15 years post-call experience, 20 years post-call experience for the Court of Appeal and 25 years post call experience for the Supreme Court.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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