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NBA Rejects Presidency’s “Absurd” Justification Of Judges’ Arrest

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Abubakar MahmoudThe Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has described as absurd, explanations by the Presidency that the Department of State Services’ “surgical operation” at the weekend was targeted at corruption, not the judiciary.

The DSS had carried out a simultaneous sting operation late Friday and early hours of Saturday on the residences of Justices of the Supreme Court, Appeal Court and judges of High Court in different parts of the country, which led to the unprecedented arrest of seven members of the bench.

The backlash that trailed the gestapo style raid and arrest of the judges by the DSS resulted in the Presidency explaining that President Muhammadu Buhari has the highest regards for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government and will not do anything to undermine its independence.

Speaking at the valedictory session in honour of a retired Supreme Court Justice, Suleiman Galadima, in Abuja yesterday, the NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud, insisted that President Buhari should call the security agencies responsible for the arrest of the judges to order.

The NBA President had in his earlier reaction to the arrest of the judges, called for their immediate release, warning “there would be consequences” if the call was not heeded.

Reiterating his position on Monday, Mr. Mahmoud said “We viewed these actions as illegal and unconstitutional and a threat to the independence of the judiciary and must be aimed at intimidating the judiciary and the legal profession.

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“These military style operations are totally unacceptable in a democratic society. They are unacceptable against private citizens but even more against serving justices of superior courts”.

He said the NBA rejected the explanations and justification by the Presidency that the judges’ arrest were targeted at corruption and not the judiciary.

“We find it absurd that the presidency will accept assurances from DSS that it followed due process of the law.

“We maintain our position that these operations are illegal and unconstitutional. I want to reiterate that the position of the NBA is not aimed at protecting any judge. We are not also shielding any judges from investigation from charges of corruption”, he said.

Mahmoud also addressed the divisions among lawyers over the arrests and raids of the judges’ houses in the middle of the night by masked armed men.

“We do not accept it. This portends real danger to the Nigerian democracy. It is contrary to all civilised norms and accepted standards”.

He advised the DSS to restrict itself to its constitutional and statutory duties as according to him, DSS core mandate is to guaranteeing internal national security.

“It is not its responsibility to conduct sting operations on judges for corruption or ‎professional misconduct in the middle of the night”, he said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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