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NJC recommends appointment of 6 Chief Judges, 30 others as judicial officers (Full List)

 

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the appointment of Chief Judges and 30 others as Judicial Officers to beef up judicial functions in some states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

 

At its 95th meeting held on September of 15 & 16, 2021, the council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and recommended the 36 successful candidates to their respective state governors for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

 

They are Hon. Justice Richard O. Olorunfemi as Chief Judge, Kogi State, Hon. Justice Joe Itsebaga Acha for Edo, Hon. Justice Akintoroye Williams Akin for Ondo, Hon. Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf for FCT, Hon. Justice Ekaette Francesca Fabian-Obot for Akwa Ibom and Hon. Justice J. O. Adeyeye for Ekiti State.

 

Others are Hon. Kadi Baba Gana Mahdi as Grand Kadi, Yobe, Umaru Ahmad Liman as Grand Kadi, Bauchi, Hon. Justice Osagede Osado Emmanuel as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Nasarawa, Hon. Justice Mashud Akintunde Akinfemi Abass as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo state and Siyaka Momoh Jimoh Usman as President Customary Court of Appeal, Kogi state.

 

Three Judges are recommended for high court of Gombe and they are Zainab Abdulkadir Rasheed, Abdussalam Muhammad and Daurabo Suleiman Sikka.

 

Akwa Ibom has one, Effiong Asukwo Effiong. Bauchi has one, Nana Fatima Jibril, while Kaduna high court has Abdulkarim Mahmud

 

The three candidates recommended for Katsina State are Kabir Shuaibu, Ibrahim Ishaku Mashi and Ibrahim Abubakar Mande, while

Professor Alero Akeredolu was recommended for Ondo State.

 

Four successful candidates for Oyo State are Olusola Adebisi Adetujoye, Folabimpe Beatrice Segun Olakojo, Professor Taiwo Elijah Adewale and Kareem Adeyimika Adedokun.

 

Kogi State has three candidates and they are

Abubakar Sule Ibrahim, Abdullah Sulyman, as well as Aminu Ali Eri.

 

Two Kadis for Sharia Court of Appeal are Adamu Kuna Jibril and Ahmed Baba Bala, while the four for Bauchi are Musa Sani Abubakar, Mahdi Manga, Khamis Al-Hamidallah Muhammad and Sani Musa with Ondo State having one in the person of Orimisan James Okorisa and Oyo Customary Court of Appeal having Ajadi Olubukola Omolayo.

 

A statement issued on Sunday by NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye and released in Abuja, said that all the recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the respective State House of Assembly.

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Aboki FX: How speculators attack, affect naira value —CBN ex-deputy gov Moghalu

 

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, has said that currency speculators attack and affect the value of the naira.

 

Moghalu, who was a deputy governor at the apex bank from 2009 to 2014, made this known in a thread posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

 

He made the comments just hours after the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Friday, said that the Federal Government would track the owner of Aboki FX, an online platform that gathers and displays parallel market rates in Nigeria, and stop the operations of the website in the country.

 

The apex bank governor had also accused the owner of the website, a London-based Nigerian, Oniwinde Adedotun, of “speculative activities on the naira”, adding that he has to explain how he obtains his rates.

 

This is based on the rate of the rise of the naira on the parallel market which is currently trading at N570/dollar.

 

Following the complaints by the CBN governor, Aboxi FX said on Friday that it would no longer provide daily updates on foreign exchange rates for now and hoped that the naira would stabilise.

 

Commenting on the FX crisis in the country in a Twitter thread, Moghalu listed factors that affect the value of the Naira to include “supply and demand (if too much Naira is chasing scarce dollars, the dollar gets stronger relative to the Naira, and vice versa).

 

“Others are inflation (a high inflation economy such as Nigeria’s weakens the value of the legal tender), high government indebtedness ( again, our case especially relative to our revenues and ability to pay which will be stretched the more we borrow on poor revenues, and 90 kobo out of every N1 goes to debt servicing).”

 

Though Moghalu did not mention Aboki FX, he said, “Speculation also affects the naira value, as there are currency traders around the world for whom the weakness of a currency is their very good fortune. Such traders “attack” such currencies for profit, especially where the currency is using a fixed, official exchange rate determined by the central bank instead of the market.

“As the Naira is effectively pegged officially to a “reserve” currency (dollars, euros, pound sterling), speculators can attack such a currency for profit if the country (Nigeria in this case) is perceived to have insufficient foreign reserves to meet demand. Because our inflation rates at 17% are way higher than those “reserve-currency” countries, again we are exposed to possible currency attacks.

 

“If reserves are weak, and demand for dollars massively outstrips supply, currency devaluation is inevitable, and currency traders who mount speculative attacks profit from this devaluation.

 

“Such traders will borrow the Naira from Nigerian banks, convert it to, say, dollars, then buy short-interest paying Nigerian bonds. If, as the speculators anticipate, the central bank devalues the naira, the traders sell the bonds in the foreign currency, convert them into naira, and repay their original loan.

 

“The steeper the devaluation the higher the speculator’s profit. What should we do about all of this? As I have said before, and say again, we have two options. One is to let the Naira find its level in the market. In order, words, subsidizing the currency.

 

“While there will likely be an immediate spike in the price of the dollar, this move will have two advantages. The first is that, because Nigeria has a big, profitable economy and market, dollars will likely swamp the market seeking profits for investors.

 

“When this happens, the laws of demand and supply will work in favour of the Naira. Alongside this, maintaining different exchange rates for different kinds of transactions must end. This is called rate convergence.”

 

The former presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party in the 2019 election also said that one of the best ways to strengthen the naira is to make the “right trade policies to support and create such incentives for massive exports of finished, value-added goods from Nigeria”.

 

“The second, and more important benefit is that, since the current practice of the CBN pumping dollars in the FX market (from the reserves, which also depleted them) is essentially a subsidy for imports, which has made Nigeria more and more import-dependent, letting go of the subsidy on the Naira will refocus the economy towards exports.

 

“This will create an incentive for complex production of a quality that can be competitive in the international market. Accompanying this must be the right trade policies to support and create such incentives for massive exports of finished, value-added goods from Nigeria.”

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Sit-at-home: Kidnappers, criminals have hijacked IPOB agitation, says Umahi

 

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said that the secessionist agitation of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has been hijacked by criminals and kidnappers.

 

The governor also said that the proscribed group is no longer in control of the whole agitation as a result of the alleged hijack by unscrupulous elements.

 

Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, spoke on Friday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme.

 

According to him, the people of the South-East geopolitical zone are industrious people who don’t sit at home on Mondays.

 

The governor said though IPOB had announced the suspension of its Monday sit-at-home order initially issued by the group, Igbo businessmen and women continue to stay indoors on Mondays because of the lack of inadequate security personnel to secure their lives and property.

 

Umahi said, “The sit-at-home works to the average of 70 per cent in the South-East because of fear. It’s fear; our people are not the kind of people that sit at home – they hustle for their daily living, they go from one place to the other.

 

“The worst sit-at-home is the terrible state of roads in the South-East, it is worst than IPOB sit-at-home.

 

“But let me address the issue of IPOB sit-at-home to say that even IPOB themselves had come out severally to say, ‘Look o, we have suspended sit-at-home’, which is madness in the first place. You are not sitting at home in the North or in the West, you only sit at home in the South-East to destroy the economy of South-East.

 

“You can’t destroy your people and pretend that you are fighting for your people. These are youths and then the agitation of IPOB has been hijacked by cultists and criminals and kidnappers, so the whole show is out of their hands.

 

“So, it is out of fear that we don’t have enough security to protect the people, that’s why the people sit at home out of fear because many had been killed as a result of this and as a result of security people not being enough to protect them.”

 

Recall that IPOB pronounced a weekly sit-at-home order in the entire South-East (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) beginning August 9, 2021, to protest the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services for over three months.

 

IPOB subsequently suspended the Monday sit-at-home order, saying it would be observed any day Kanu appears in court but the last seven Mondays have turned bloody in the South-East as “unknown gunmen” attacked travellers, traders, students, and other persons who came out for normal activities.

 

Many have been killed, injured and vehicles have been burnt while banks, markets, schools, and other public places continue to shut down every Monday as people stayed indoors out of fear of being assailed outside.

 

The case of Kanu, who is facing terrorism-related charged before Justice Binta Nyako, has been adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.

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Why we are yet to identify bodies of those killed during #EndSARS protest – Pathologist

 

The Chief Pathologist of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), John Obafunwa, on Saturday said the 99 bodies recovered during last year’s protests against police brutality have not been properly identified because they are yet to carry out DNA test on them.

 

Mr Obafunwa, a professor of forensic pathology, spoke while testifying before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS-related Abuses and Other Matters.

 

His evidence came just before the panel announced it was adjourning indefinitely. No reason was stated for the decision.

 

He had, in July, submitted the autopsy reports on the bodies – recovered from across the state between October 19 and 24, 2020 – to the panel.

 

Resuming his testimony on Saturday, Mr Obafunwa said it was worrisome that one of the recovered corpses was sutured and it made “certain interpretation” difficult.

 

He said to identify the bodies, DNA samples had to be taken during autopsy.

 

“The next stage will be to invite those who might have lost somebody to come forward and provide DNA samples, what we refer to as reference samples,” said Mr Obafunwa.

 

“Of course, you have to belong to a specific group to qualify for that either both parents, siblings or children…

 

“We are then required to send the DNA sample and reference sample to the DNA laboratory where the profiles will be determined and comparisons made with one sample, that is the reference sample, to see who matches who.”

 

So far, only 25 families have come forward to identify the bodies of their loved ones, Mr Obafunwa said.

 

He added that although samples were collected from those who had come forward, no DNA analysis had been done yet.

 

Explaining why it was so, Mr Obafunwa said the appropriate authority has to be approached, “that this is how much it will cost to do this thing, if we don’t get the go ahead we cannot do it.”

He noted that in the past, the state government always bore the cost of the analysis.

 

 “I’d advise that we do this thing quickly, it’s close to a year,” said the pathologist.

 

“I have been bothered about certain things. Every now and then, there is power failure and samples are in the freezer, if we are not careful, decomposition, other growth, and I’m talking about post-mortem samples, might affect viability.

 

“It is for this kind of reason that I will want to see the analysis done.”

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How a corper made N2m from teaching in a village during his NYSC — Bishop Oyedepo

 

The General Overseer of the mega ministry, Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo has advised the youths to be productive.

He narrated the story of a Graduate who went to serve in one village during the a recent convention. He said the young graduate studied Economics during his undergraduate days and while other Corp members were calling home for reinforcement, he was organizing tutorials for the students in the village.

He said at the end of his service year, he made over ₦2 million and that’s about $4,000 from the small village, he didn’t depend on anybody instead he understood the problem of the village and he provided a solution to it.

Bishop Oyedepo emphasized that wealth must be acquired and not transferred because when wealth is transferred, those who receive it may not know its usefulness.

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Obadiah Mailafia was hounded till death by DSS, Buhari govt – Sowore

 

Convener of the RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to the death of former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia.

 

Mailafia was confirmed dead on Sunday morning after an unknown illness.

 

Reacting to his death, Sowore noted that Mailafia until his death was hounded by DSS agents and Buhari’s government.

 

Sowore on his Twitter page described the deceased as a voice for social justice.

 

His tweet read: “Dr. Mailafia Obadiah is Dead. He was a powerful voice for social justice, although he was said to have died after a “protracted illness”

 

“It is however on record that he was hounded till the very end by the lawless DSS agents of the unconscionable and tyrannical regime of Buhari. Rest in power bro.”

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Buhari appoints board members for NNPC Limited (SEE FULL LIST)

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, into a company.

 

Buhari gave the directive to NNPC Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari.

 

His spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed the president’s directive in a statement he issued on Sunday.

 

The presidential spokesman explained that Buhari’s action was backed by the relevant provisions of the constitution.

 

Adesina said the president’s directive was in “consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the Company.

 

“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.

 

“Also, by the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the PIA 2021, President Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.”

 

The statement also disclosed that the president reserved the position of the Minister of Petroleum Resources to himself.

 

The president also appointed board members of NNPC, among whom are Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, and Kyari.

 

Buhari appointed Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as the Chairman of the Board, Mele Kolo Kyari as Chief Executive Officer and Umar Ajiya Chief Financial Officer.

 

Others Buhari appointed include; “Tajudeen Umar (North East), Lami Ahmed (North Central), Mohammed Lawal (North West), Margaret Chuba Okadigbo from South East, Constance Harry Marshal also from the South South, and Pius Akinyelure (South West),” the statement said.

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United Airlines to commence US-Nigeria flight operations Nov 29

 

United Airlines will begin flight operations from the Virginia, United States to Lagos, Nigeria.

 

The announcement was made on the verified Twitter account of the US Mission in Nigeria on Saturday.

 

According to the tweet, the airline operation will commence on November 29.

 

It stated that the “nonstop flights” will fly from Dulles international airport, Virginia, to Lagos, while adding that the “tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

 

 “Awesome! A welcome addition to increasing the burgeoning connections between the US and Nigeria!” the tweet reads.

 

“We are pleased to see that United Airlines will launch from Dulles International Airport to Lagos starting November 29. Tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

 

On its part, United Airlines, while corroborating the news on its verified Twitter account, disclosed that it would operate flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday every week.

 

The tweet established that the flight will be three per week — Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays — on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

 

“Make room for one more, Dulles Airport! Our nonstop to Lagos, Nigeria, is now for sale,” it stated.

 

“The first flight takes off November 29, with service on a 787-8 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.”

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N’assembly won’t produce perfect constitution, no such thing exists – Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the national assembly’s objective is to deliver a more inclusive constitution — and not a perfect one.

 

In the past few months, there have been a series of public hearings on the review of the 1999 constitution.

 

Delivering the 112th founder’s lecture of the King’s College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) on Saturday in Lagos, Gbajabiamila said the house of representatives would put in place mechanisms for holding the institutions of state accountable.

 

“We took ownership of our country by sacrificing blood, sweat and tears to secure democratic governance and make Nigeria into a place where grand visions can be made real by determined effort and where hope can thrive,” he said.


“As in the words of our old national anthem, we have made of this nation where ‘though tribes and tongue may differ in brotherhood we stand’.

 

“The creation of this union was divinely ordained. Therefore, it is our sacred duty as citizens of this great country to identify the purpose of this divine creation and give ourselves to those activities that will make real the divine purpose of our national union.”

 

“In the house of representatives, we are currently in the process of a substantive review of our nation’s constitution. Our objective is to deliver a constitution that more effectively organises our politics to make it more inclusive, enshrine efficient mechanisms for holding the institutions of state to account and put an end to the debilitating conflicts that continue to tear our nation apart.

 

“We will not produce a perfect constitution; no such thing has ever existed in the world. However, together we can, by the choices we make and our actions, use our constitution as the foundational document of our nationhood to give life to the best promise of Nigeria.”

 

The speaker said Nigerians must make a conscious effort to reject the formulation of thought and actions that elevate every point of difference and disagreement into a seismic breaking of alliances.

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COVID-19: FG removes India from restricted countries’ list

 

The Federal Government has lifted the ban placed on flights coming into the country from India.

 

The government had banned passengers, who visited India, Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey in the last 14 days from entering the country as part of precautionary measures to contain the virus in the country.

 

But in the new travel protocol released on Sunday, the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, indicated that the ban placed on passengers from India has been lifted.

 

The reviewed protocol took effect from September 14, 2021.

 

However, the sanctions placed on airlines that convey passengers from restricted countries and travellers who are Non-Nigerians remain.

 

Mustapha said, “Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, Turkey or South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.

 

“Airlines who fail to comply shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 defaulting passenger; and non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at cost to the Airline; Nigerians and those with a permanent resident permit who visited Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine in a Government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and at cost to the passenger.

 

“The following conditions shall apply to such passengers: Within 24 hours of arrival shall take a COVID-19 PCR test;

ii. If Positive, the passenger shall be admitted within a government-approved treatment centre, in line with national treatment protocols; and

iii. If Negative, the Passenger shall continue to remain in quarantine and made to undergo a repeat PCR test on Day-7 of their quarantine.

“False declaration: passenger(s) who provided false or misleading contact information will be liable to prosecution; and person(s) who willfully disregard or refuse to comply with directions of Port-Health staff, security agencies or evade quarantine shall be prosecuted in accordance with the law

 

“This protocol comes into effect from 14th September 2021.”

 

He said before departure from exit country, passengers must perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than three days before boarding, adding that the PCR tests done more than 72 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board.

 

The PSC chairman stressed that airlines have been directed not to board passengers with non-PCR COVID-19 tests (such as antigen/or antibody tests), a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, or tests performed beyond 72 hours of boarding.

 

He added, “Airlines that board passengers without any of the TWO documents (a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not more than 72 hours prior to boarding and a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR code), shall be sanctioned as follows: passengers, who are Non-Nigerians, will be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the airline;

 

“Passengers who are Nigerians or holders of a permanent resident permit will be allowed entry but subjected to the procedure outlined in Section D.

 

“In addition, passengers arriving with forged (fake) COVID-19 PCR results shall be referred for prosecution; airlines shall be fined $3,500 per passenger.”

 

He said all passengers arriving in Nigeria will be required to go through the routine Port Health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code as well as Present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System.