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Appeal Court nullifies Ajibade as Owa of Odo-Ayedun Ekiti



The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti has upheld the decision of the Ekiti State High Court, which nullified the selection and appointment of Owa of Odo Ayedun Ekiti, Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade.

The court in a unanimous decision on Monday evening in Ado-Ekiti, held that Ekiti State Government was wrong to have cancelled the first selection process and ordered for a fresh one, saying it has no absolute power in law to do so.

In the 3-man panel judgement read by Justice E. O Dawodu-Williams, the court validated the first selection process held on Nov. 2, 2009, which produced Prince Adekunle Adeniyi, an Assistant Director in Ekiti Ministry of Information, to occupy the vacant stool.

Justice Dawodu-Williams, who resolved all the issues formulated for determination in the case against the appellant and in favour of the respondent, Prince Adekunle, affirmed the judgement earlier delivered by Justice Adelodun of the High Court sitting in Ikole-Ekiti on the tussle.

The court further held that there was no evidence before it to show that the selection process that produced the claimant was marred by violence, as alleged by the appellant,thereby dismissing the appeal for lack of merit.

Counsel to the appellant, Mr Obafemi Adewale, said that his client would proceed to Supreme Court, to file an appeal against the judgement.

Counsel to the claimant, Dr Ropo Filani, described the judgement as a deserving one.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the case, which started 10 years ago, was first determined at an Ikole-Ekiti High Court, on June 28, 2016.

The two children of Oba Ajibade, who refused to give their names, however, declined comment when accosted.

But Adeniyi, who was present in court thanked the kingmakers for standing by him and the truth, in the course of the entire judicial procedure.


Albanian president appeals for more efforts on environment protection




Albanian President Ilir Meta on Friday appealed for more efforts on environment protection on World Environmental Day.

Via a Twitter post, Meta said that no one should allow mismanagement of urban waste and air pollution to damage citizens’ lives.

“Albania lacks nothing to be the ‘diamond’ of the Mediterranean and Europe,” Meta said, calling for everyone’s contribution in protecting the country’s nature.

Meta said he will support “civil society and honest activists that by protecting Albania’s environment and natural beauties protect the prosperous future of the country.”

On World Environment Day, Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi said that Albania is not polluted, but unclean due to the mismanagement of urban waste.

Klosi visited Sharra landfill, a public investment of the government in the capital Tirana, calling this investment a turning point for the whole way of urban waste management in the country.

“Sharra landfill is an example of a real transformation of a harmful ‘hotspot’ for Tirana into a green lung for the city. Today we can say that we have made not only good laws but real investments for a clean Albania,” Klosi said.

He also mentioned a series of measures taken by the government for the environment, such as the law on banning the use of plastic bags and the decision on banning old cars from entering Albania.


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Enugu residents appeal to govt. to check indiscriminate dumping of refuse



A cross section of Enugu residents on Friday appealed to the state government to urgently check the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage to avoid flooding in communities.

Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Enugu said that dumping of refuse in drainage could cause environmental hazards.

Mr Kelechi Ossai, a civil servant expressed worry over the crude manner in which some people in the metropolis disposed their refuse into drainage, especially the during rainy season.

He said that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in any environment could trigger flooding.

Mr Uche Nebo, a chemist called on the state government to ensure that drains across the metropolis were cleared annually.

Nebo said that the state government should provide enough fund for the success of the drainage clearing.

According to him, the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the environment can pose threat to public health.

An environmentalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that dumping of refuse into drainage would definitely wreak havoc to both community and property.

“If people dump refuse into drainage, the drainage will be blocked and wreak havoc to both property and the community,” she said.

She said that it was the responsibility of citizens to safeguard their environment against flood.

She noted that the involvement of the citizens in safeguarding the environment would go a long way to complement the efforts of the government in ensuring conducive environment for living.

Mrs Chioma Agu, a health worker noted that it was the responsibility of the government to make its citizens to obey environmental laws through prosecution of offenders.

Agu added that residents could obey the law by ensuring that they did not dispose refuse indiscriminately to avoid polluting the environment or harming the citizens’ health.

She called on residents to always bag their waste appropriately for easy disposal and evacuation.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Oyo gets new Customary Court of Appeal President



Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday swore in Justice Aderonke Aderemi as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal with a charge on people in positions of authority to always act with humility and “a sense of tomorrow”.

“Whatever position anyone occupies is only temporary. We must always know that tomorrow will come when you will be out and have to give an account,” Makinde said at the ceremony.

Makinde urged Aderemi to use the new position to ensure that justice was served and in a timely manner.

While congratulating the new officer, Makinde said that his appointment was a clear demonstration of the fact that the state government was committed to doing what was right “without any political or religious coloration or gender bias”.

“If you look at all the Justices here, they are women. If you also look at the first five officials of the government, two are women. That is how I really feel we should operate, because whatever position we are occupying is just temporary.

“I will leave my position as the governor of the state and your tenure will end one day, but I pray you will end well.

“I want to use you as a point of contact to officials and leaders occupying positions of authority. We must have that sense of humility and do what is right all the times.

“I don’t have any doubt that in your current position, not only will justice be served, it will be served in a timely manner. I wish you a successful tenure,” Makinde stated.

Speaking with newsmen, Justice Aderemi promised to put in her best to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

“I will put in my best as I have always done and continue to do my duty very well. I promise that cases will be attended to on time.

“My colleagues are working very hard and should continue to put in their best. We have a backlog of cases and shall deal with them on time.

To the Customary Court of Appeal, the issue of COVID-19 is a challenge because we have to find a way by which we are going to be sitting without feeling that we are not safe.

“Now, we are going to be scheming; we will be having a case at a time. We won’t be having too many lawyers or litigants in the court room, so that we will be able to observe social distancing very well.

“On rape cases, we will first of all have to get to increase the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal before we can deal them.

“As women judges, we have gone round the whole country, sensitising the people on what it means and the need to train our children.

“When you talk about rape, it could be the man or woman being raped. So, we take care of everybody. That is what I am going to do when we get there.” She said.

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S. African gov’t to appeal court ruling invalidating some lockdown regulations




The South African government announced on Thursday that it has decided to appeal a court ruling which declares some of its COVID-19 lockdown regulations invalid and unconstitutional.

The government will ask that its appeal be heard on an urgent basis so that it can obtain certainty on the regulations, spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement after a virtual cabinet meeting in Pretoria.

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be joined in this appeal by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, according to Williams.

The cabinet wishes to assure the nation that all interventions introduced since the declaration of a state of national disaster in March 2020 by Ramaphosa have been directed primarily at saving lives, Williams said.

In implementing these interventions, the government has consistently consulted all sectors of society, as the fight against COVID-19 is a national effort that requires unity in action between the government and all South Africans, said Williams.

On Tuesday, the North Gauteng High Court ruled against the COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the country.

“Some of the regulations promulgated by the government simply did not meet the rationality test in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” the court said in its ruling.

The court suspended the declaration of invalidity for a period of 14 days, meaning that the current Alert Level Three regulations remain in operation for now so as to allow Dlamini-Zuma, in consultation with relevant ministers, to review, amend and republish the regulations with “due consideration to the limitation each regulation has on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.”

Williams said that after obtaining legal advice and listening to numerous comments made by members of the legal fraternity in reaction to the judgement, “we are of the view that another court might come to a different conclusion on the matter.”

“While government appeals the court judgment, current regulations remain in force and we appeal and urge all our people to observe all the health protocols that have been put in place including washing of hands, social distancing, wearing of masks in public as well as screening and referral for testing where necessary,” Williams said.

She said the cabinet has approved the extension of the National State of Disaster by another month from June 15 to July 15.

The law allows for the National State of Disaster to last for 90 days which necessitates the extension, Williams said.


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African govt to appeal ruling declaring some COVID-19 measures invalid



The South African government will appeal a court ruling that declared some of its coronavirus lockdown regulations invalid, a senior official said on Thursday after a cabinet meeting.


A high court ruled earlier this week that some of the rules governing levels three and four of the country’s five-level coronavirus lockdown were “unconstitutional and invalid”.


It said they should be reviewed and amended, giving consideration to their impact on individual rights, but suspended its order for 14 days, which means the rules remain in place for now.


“We are of the view that another court might come to a different conclusion on the matter,” Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu told a news conference, reading a cabinet statement.


“Cabinet has therefore decided to appeal the North Gauteng High Court decision.”


Mthembu said the government would ask for its appeal to be heard on an urgent basis.


He added that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet had also approved an extension of a national state of disaster for a further month until July 15.


South Africa introduced one of the world’s most restrictive COVID-19 lockdowns in March – including a ban on alcohol and cigarette sales – but has gradually eased restrictions down to the third of five levels.


Ramaphosa and his government initially enjoyed broad support for their decisions but after weeks of serious damage to an already shrinking economy, criticism has started to grow.



Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Appeal Court issues guidelines  on disinfection of  court processes



The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division,  has issued guidelines on conducting court  proceedings  amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, providing that all court processes shall be decontaminated for five days before sitting.

This direction was contained in a statement entitled:  “Standard Operating Procedure Guidelines for Conduct of Court Business” in Lagos on Thursday.

It was dated May 22, and signed by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Lagos Division.

The guidelines provided that:

“All processes shall be filed at least five days before the date a matter is fixed for hearing, in order for the appropriate measures to be taken for such processes to be disinfected and decontaminated before the hearing date

“No process shall be accepted for filing less than five days before the hearing date.

“The record books used by the justices shall only be handled by the clerk’s attached to justices chambers who shall return same after the days court session.

The Deputy Registrar should provide the necessary protective accessories (hand gloves etc) for bailiffs in order to facilitate  safe conduct of their duties of service of court processes,”

According to the guidelines, it is now mandatory for everyone including the Justices of the Court to use face masks while in the Court.

It also provides that the Court shall hear appeals and conduct proceedings by 9.00 in the forenoon.

“It provides that this will be from Monday to Thursday, while other businesses of the Court would remain from Mondays to Fridays from 8a.m. to 2p.m. excluding public holidays,” it said.

The guidelines also stated  that not more than 10 cases should  be fixed on the cause list for hearing on any day.

It also directed that physical contact with the Registry of the Court was henceforth disallowed.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Thai PM appeals for patience over further easing of lockdown restrictions




Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday appealed to the public not to pressure the government to hasten the fourth phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions, and not to expect a quick cure to COVID-19 pandemic as Thailand is still in the midst of researching an effective vaccine.

“It has to be done step by step,” Prayut said.

The third phase of lockdown relaxation took effect on June 1.

Speaking to the media after his visit to the Grand Palace on Wednesday, Prayut said that with the public continuing to abide by the guidelines of wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, and with a flattening of COVID-19 curve, the government will then determine the date of the fourth phase of relaxations.

“The government has eased lockdown restrictions on many activities to allow the economy to start recovering but if we let loose of ourselves and converge without adhering to social distancing, we will see a second wave of infections,” Prayut added.

The fourth phase of lockdown relaxation will include resumption of pubs, concerts, boxing stadiums and venues that require convergence of large gatherings.

Thailand on Wednesday reported one new case of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative cases to 3,084.


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Pakistan court defers blasphemy judgement on death row appeal



A court in Pakistan on Wednesday deferred its judgement on an appeal by a Christian couple held on death row for six years following a conviction on blasphemy charges, a defence lawyer said.

Shafqat Masih and his wife Shughufta Masih, were sentenced to death in 2014 for sending blasphemous text messages to their Muslim colleagues, lawyer Saiful Malook said.

The Lahore High Court had been expected to announce a verdict on the couple’s appeal, but the judge said more time was needed to examine new evidence.

The date for next hearing is due to be announced in the coming days.

The court ordered the prosecution to re-examine the faulty evidence used to frame the couple for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan.

The couple, parents of four young children, denied having sent the messages, and claimed they had been framed after a work related dispute with their Muslim colleagues, Malook said.

A prosecutor matched the mobile phone numbers from which the messages were sent with the couple’s identity, and used this as the main evidence in the case, the lawyer said.

But the couple claimed their identity documents were stolen from the company for the purpose of buying mobile numbers to frame them for the crime.

Mobile phone companies no longer sell numbers without electronic thumbprints, but this was not the case in 2013 when the couple were arrested, said Asim Khan, an employee working for Ufone, a telecom company.

Edited By: Halima Sheji (NAN)


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Appoint Dongban-Mensem substantive Appeal Court President-Plateau House of Assembly begs Buhari



Members of the Plateau House of Assembly have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, in a substantive capacity.

 Dongan-Mensem was appointed in the Acting capacity by the president on March 5, to serve for three months.

Buhari on May 29, extended her acting appointment for another three months.

The Plateau lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday,  appealed to the President to appoint her in substantive capacity stating that she eminently qualified to be  so appointed.

The House presided over by its Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, appreciated the President for giving her the opportunity to serve the nation.

Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North) who moved the motion of urgent public importance, said,”Mr Speaker, it is expected that she would be appointed in substantive capacity after three months in acting capacity.

“We are calling on other authorised bodies to lend their voice to this call,” he said.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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