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Removal of Abia State CJ is unconstitutional – NJC

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The suspension of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, has been declared unconstitutional by the National Judicial Council on Wednesday.

This was part of the resolutions arrived at an emergency meeting of the Council headed by its Chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Justice Uzokwe was suspended on Friday last week over allegations of misconduct and incompetence amongst others.

In a statement issued by its Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, NJC declared the swearing-in of Justice Obisike Orji as the Acting Chief Judge by Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu without the input of the NJC as unconstitutional, null and void.

The council noted that its attention had been drawn to the crisis in Abia State Judiciary by petitions written against Justice Uzokwe, as well as the one written by the suspended Chief Judge against Justice C. U. Okoroafor, after which investigative committees were set up to look into the issues raised.

In the course of the investigation, some elderly judicial officers in the state waded in and pleaded with the committees to allow the matter to be resolved amicably by them, a request which was granted by NJC at its plenary.

The Council had consequently directed the committees – at the last NJC meeting – on December 6, 2017, to continue and conclude with the petitions before them if there were no reports of the settlement by the peacemakers.

The problem, however, escalated and the Council was informed of the suspension of Justice Uzokwe and the swearing-in of Justice Orji as the Acting Chief Judge.

After considering the matter at its meeting today, NJC resolved that Justice Uzokwe’s suspension by the State House of Assembly without a prior recommendation by the Council violated the provisions of the Constitution.

Justice Orji’s appointment as the Acting Chief Judge was also declared invalid for being unconstitutional, while the Council said the judge presenting himself to be sworn-in raised potential questions of misconduct.

NJC further resolved to query and suspend Justice Orji pending the outcome of its investigation, as well as directed Justice Uzokwe to stay away from duties pending its final decision after consideration of the report of its panels.

Governor Ikpeazu was also asked to appoint Justice Onuoha Ogwe, the next most senior judge, to act as the Chief Judge of the state pending the Council’s final resolution of the matter.

Source: ( Channels Television )

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a medium-sized refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State.

The Ibigwe refinery will process 5,000 barrels a day, the president said on his Twitter account.

The president launched the refinery online and said work would begin on expanding the plant to produce 50,000 barrels a day.

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According to Waltersmith, the refinery has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is expected to deliver about 271 million litres of refined petroleum products, including diesel, kerosene, heavy fuel oil (HFO), and naphtha, per annum to the domestic market and create both direct and indirect jobs particularly within host communities.

He wrote on Twitter:

 

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Abdulrasheed Maina son, Faisal

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

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At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.

Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.

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Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri

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Insecurity: I Don't See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria - Omokri

Reno Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.

In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.

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Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.

He wrote:

“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”

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