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Appellate courts not holiday resorts, CJN tells new justices

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onneghen, has advised 12 judges elevated to the Court of Appeal Court not to see the appellate court as a holiday resort.

The CJN gave the advice on Friday in Abuja, after swearing-in the new justices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the 12 justices were among the 28 new judges approved on June 12 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) upon receipt of the approval of the president, had fixed June 22 for their swearing-in.

The justices are: P. A. Mahmud, F. O. Ojo, I. A. Andenyangsto, G. O. Kolawole, B. B. Aliyu, and Ebiowei Tobi.

The others are: J. G. Abundaga, A. S. Umar, A. M. Talba, A. M. Bayer, A. M. Lamido, and M. B. Idris.

Walter said the judicial officers should see the elevation as a rather greater call for judicial service delivery.

He said the Court of Appeal had now been enriched by more hands, adding that the new entrants should use the positions to enrich the country’s jurisprudence.

“You should see your promotions not as a holiday but a call for more work.

“You are no longer strangers to the oath of office and oath of allegiance that you have taken.

“You must therefore truly be seen to abide by the Constitution and the Code of Conduct as well as the oaths you have sworn to.

“You are also expected to be guided by judicial precedence. It is when you follow judicial precedence that you would not invite trouble to yourselves’’, the CJN said.

He further said: “if you adhere to that principle, you will be home and dry. The system would be there to protect you,’’ Onnoghen said.

On professional dress code, the CJN said the NJC would continue to abhor attempts at diluting the approved standard dress code for lawyers.

According to him, judges and senior lawyers must serve as examples by appearing well and neat when in courts.

On financial autonomy of the judiciary at the state level, Onnoghen said the law had granted the institution such autonomy, adding that it was not new.

He, however, said that the constitutional provision must be obeyed for the autonomy to have any meaning.

“I therefore urge state governments to take steps to abide by the law by allowing judiciary in states to enjoy financial autonomy in line with the constitutional provision’’, he said

On the forthcoming general election, the CJN urged judicial officers to be circumspect, saying that they should not allow themselves to be used by some desperate politicians.

“It does not matter if one wins and the other loses. Remember that two persons cannot win a position. The judiciary must work to be firm and unbiased in this regard.

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2019 presidential debate: Ezekwesili, Moghalu, Durotoye speak on Atiku, Buhari’s absence

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The five candidates present at the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), have reacted to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar form presidential debate.

DAILY POST reported earlier that President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, shunned the event.

While Atiku had in a statement given Buhari’s absence as his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari did not give any reason behind his absence.

However, candidates present at the debate; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) have condemned Atiku and Buhari for their absence.

Reacting during the debate, Moghalu said the first reason Buhari and Atiku are not around for 2019Debate is arrogance, adding they have taken Nigerians for granted.

According to him, “There are two reasons they are not here: Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them. They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

“They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.

Durotoye in the other hand said “Atiku and Buhari’s absence means the future is here. “

He also connected their absence to pride, saying pride comes before a fall.

Also, Ezekwesili on her part said: “Atiku and Buhari have simply announced their exit from the governance of this country following their absence from the debate.”

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PDP speaks as Atiku boycotts presidential debate, says ex-VP ready to face Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday declared that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was ready to face President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate any day or place.

PDP stated this while reacting to Abubakar’s failure to take part in the debate, following Buhari’s refusal to show up.

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) had President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, counterpart conspicuously absent.

While Atiku had in a statement explained his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari was yet to make any official comment for refusing to attend.

Candidates present are; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

However, PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a tweet wrote: “The peoples candidate, @atiku, cut short his trip to @usa to debate @Mubari. Sadly, @MBuhari failed to turn up

“@atiku will debate @MBuhari any day, anytime and anywhere including the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock.”

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The mother of billionaire businessman, Omofemiwa Ibrahim is dead.

The septuagenarian died in a fire accident at her Victoria Garden City (VGC) residence on Saturday.

Mrs Ibrahim was pronounced dead at the scene after the arrival of fire fighters.

Her corpse has been deposited at the morgue.

Madam Ibrahim moved to VGC to be close to her billionaire son after she was released by kidnappers in 2011.

She was kidnapped in Igbotako, Ondo State and released in Sapele, Delta State after her family paid millions of naira as ransom.

Jimoh Ibrahim has confirmed the incident.

A source close to him told DAILY POST that Ibrahim was “very sad” about the development.

Ibrahim, who is currently in London, was said to have been informed earlier in the day.

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