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29,635 lawyers to vote as NBA begins 2020 elections



29,635 lawyers to vote as NBA begins 2020 elections

The 2020 elections into national offices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have opened online with a total of 29, 635 lawyers accredited to cast their votes.

The Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) had at 6.30p.m. on Wednesday (July 29), circulated the final list of accredited voters while elections began at 11.00p.m. on the same day.

The elections will end on Thursday (July 30).

The ECNBA had told NBA members that their unique identifiers to be able to cast vote would be their Supreme Court enrollment numbers.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that at about 10.45p.m. on Wednesday, the ECNBA began distribution of personalised SMS and e-mails to accredited lawyers containing the voting link.

The link is personal to every lawyer, who is expected to input his Supreme Court enrollment number and click on ‘authenticate’ to proceed to the voting arena.

The ECNBA further directed that at the voting arena, every lawyer should click on his or her candidates of choice, adding that once done with selection, the lawyer should review and crosscheck before submission.

Among candidates for the various offices are three presidential candidates: Messrs Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), Dele Adesina (SAN) and Olumide Akpata.

There are six candidates for the Office of First Vice President of the NBA, two candidates for NBA’s second vice president position and four candidates for the position of NBA general secretary.

Others are: three candidates for the post of the assistant secretary, a candidate for the post of the treasurer, a candidate for the position of the financial secretary, and two candidates for the post of the publicity secretary.

Four candidates are contesting for the Office of the NBA Assistant Publicity Secretary, and two candidates for the post of the welfare secretary.

In a statement made available to NAN, the ECNBA said it received complaints of some NBA members being placed in branches other than theirs.

It said that the situation was regretted.

He said it happened because some members, during verification, did not fully update information on their current branches and gender, and were consequently assigned the default positions.

The committee, however, advised accredited NBA members to proceed to vote and disregard any branches and gender assigned to them, as they would not have any bearing on eligibility, convenience or result of the elections.

ElectionBuddy, which is a US-based website hosted by GODADDY, is the service (Website) provider conducting the NBA 2020 Elections.

A NAN correspondent monitoring the elections online reports that at the time of filing this report, 13,000 voters out of 29,635 had cast their votes.

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for stealing water tank



A Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun, on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Akintunde Segun, to one year imprisonment for stealing a water tank belonging to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

Magistrate Sam Obaleye  sentenced Segun without option to pay fine, after he pleaded guilty to one-count charge of theft.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Cpl. Titi Olatoye, told the court that Segun committed the offence on July 30 at about 12 35 a m. at the High court, Ota, Ogun.

Olatoye said that the convict entered into the premise of the High court in Ota and stole ”Geepee” tank belonging to the NBA, valued at N50,000.

She said that the convict was arrested and taken to the Police Station, Ota, by one police officer after he could not give satisfactory answer as to where he was taking the tank to.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of  Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Tougher COVID-19 measures as Melbourne closes retail shops, pubs



Tougher new measures have been announced in the COVID-19-ravaged Australian city of Melbourne, with retail businesses, shops, pubs, and hotels shut down amid rising coronavirus cases.

“All Victorians are required to work from home, except where this is not practicable,” state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday.

All retail business, pubs and hotels, as well as manufacturing, will stop operations from 11:59 pm (1359 GMT) on Wednesday for six weeks to curb the recent spike in COVID-19 community transmission, Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

“Retail will look very different than it has ever looked,” he said.

Only essential shops, like supermarkets, groceries, fuel suppliers, pharmacies and post offices, are to remain open. Some of the shops will be able to offer “click and collect” services or delivery.

Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, is Australia’s second-most populous city.

It has been hit by a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic since June.

Thirteen people died from coronavirus overnight, driving the state toll to 136 and the national toll to 221, Andrews announced, with 429 new cases of the disease, with a vast majority of them being in Melbourne.

On Sunday, a “state of disaster” was announced, along with a slew of strict six-week-long restrictions, including a night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am in Melbourne, with on-the-spot fine of 1,652 dollars (1,179 US dollars) for anyone breaching it.

Residents can also not travel more than 5 kilometres from home to shop for groceries or exercise.

The state parliament has been suspended.

All recreational activities and weddings have been banned.

While the use of face masks is compulsory, restrictions are in place until Sept. 13.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Philanthropist inaugurates foundation for indigent in Enugu



A US-based philanthropist, Mr Afamefuna Atu, on Sunday, launched an empowerment foundation to cater for the needs of the indigent in Enugu State.

Atu, who is the President, Kings Care Empowerment Foundation, said that he was motivated into launching the foundation due to his unpleasant personal experiences, while growing up.

The president, while speaking during the formal inauguration of the foundation’s Nigerian office, said that the foundation was aimed at addressing the health, education and material needs of the people.

He said that three events in the history of his family shaped his passion for humanity, leading to the intervention.

“Three events in my family history shaped my passion for humanity. First is the death of my grandmother, who died during childbirth because of malnutrition and lack of food.

“The baby boy she was delivered of also died. She left my aged mother and her four-year old sisters behind.

“Shortly after my grandmother’s death, an eye disease, which we know as ‘apollo’ broke out in our community and my grandfather was one of those who were affected,” he said.

Atu said that he had terrible experiences, which made him to make a vow that no other parent would experience such suffering.

“I have come to realise that when we leave this world, we will not be remembered by the volume of our wealth but by our good deeds.

“Standing on those ideals, I established the Kings Care Empowerment Foundation whose primary aim is focused on our people to avoid another parent losing their eyesight as a result of poverty.

“I will not also like to see another woman dying at her birth stool like my grandmother,” he said.

Atu said that the foundation would focus on rural communities in order to create a future the people could touch and feel; a future where everyone is valued and voice heard, and where life would count.

“As we formally open our headquarters in Nigeria, we look forward to engaging communities on challenges of health and community development, youth outreach and women empowerment,” Atu said.

Earlier, the Director of the foundation, Mr Ikechukwu Nwobodo, said that the organisation, founded in 2017, had engaged in charitable works and growth of indigent families through medical outreach and others.

In a goodwill message, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Manfred Nzekwe, said that the state government would partner with the foundation in any way possible to address the challenges of the people.

Nzekwe commended the founder of the foundation for the initiative.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highlight of the event was testimonies from the beneficiaries of the foundation’s empowerment schemes.

Edited By: Josephine Obute and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Newcastle United back to square one after Saudi take-over bid fails



Newcastle United head into the short English Premier League (EPL) close season surrounded by uncertainty.

This has come after the collapse of the proposed Saudi take-over ——-with an owner who wants to sell the club but with no viable purchaser in place.

Club owner Mike Ashley was ready to sell the club to the investment group in a deal worth more than 305 million pounds.

This group included Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers.

But the take-over bid, announced in April, never emerged from the Premier League’s owners and directors test and on Thursday the consortium pulled out.

Fans, who had dreamt of big money signings and competing for European places, now face a more mundane reality for a team which finished 13th in the Premier League last season.

While there have been some reports of possible interest from potential purchasers in the US, no actual proposal has appeared.

Sources close to the Saudi consortium said they never had to deal with any rival bid.

The consortium blamed the prolonged scrutiny process and global uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic for their decision to withdraw.

Staveley has however suggested there may yet be some way to get the deal done.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley offered similar hope by saying Ashley, founder of retail firm Frasers Group, remains committed to the Saudi deal.

“We acknowledge yesterday’s statement. Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100 percent committed to this deal.

“However our current focus must now be on supporting (manager) Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season,” he said.

Ashley has not taken the club off the market but his chances of finding a new buyer may be hampered by the economic uncertainty following the pandemic.

“It is genuinely unlikely at the moment. Premier League buyouts either need very deep pockets (sovereign funds, et cetera) or a high degree of borrowing,” said football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University.

“This risk associated with the latter in an unsteady market looks unlikely. Hence, with no Saudi acquisition, it looks difficult,” he added.

Newcastle United have not featured in the UEFA Champions League since 2004.

They have not even won the English title since 1927 or the FA Cup since 1955, in spite of claiming one of the country’s largest fan bases.

One of the key problems for the bid was the continued conflict over Saudi Arabia’s response to cases of unauthorised broadcasting of Premier League games in the country.

This is part of a long-running dispute between the kingdom and neighbouring Qatar.

A source close to the bid said that PIF had offered to put together a Saudi consortium to buy the rights to broadcast the games in Saudi Arabia.

This is in view of the fact that Qatari company BeIN Sports, who owns the rights, has had its licence to broadcast in the kingdom removed.

Another source close to the deal put the blame for its collapse firmly on the Premier League.

“The problem with the deal was the intransigence of the Premier League. Everyone else was happy to proceed,” the source said.

The Premier League, who last year hired legal counsel to deal with the broadcast issues in Saudi, has declined to comment.

Former Newcastle United and England forward Alan Shearer said on Friday that disappointed fans were hoping that a new owner would yet emerge.

“There’s a lot of anger, understandably so, and a massive amount of disappointment,” he said.

“We can only hope and pray that new owners come in at some stage and take the club back to where it belongs because that’s what the fans of Newcastle United deserve.”

Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)



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