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Justice Bulkachuwa inaugurates Yola Division Court of Appeal Complex

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The President Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Friday inaugurated the newly completed building of Yola Division of the Court of Appeal in Adamawa.

Bulkachuwa, said at the ceremony, that the inauguration  was a dream come true for the project which started 10 years ago.

According to her, the completion of the project signifies a new era for the court which now has a befitting structure.

She lauded the support of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and his predecessors for their role in actualising the project.

She narrated her experience as the first Presiding Judge of the Yola Division Court in 2010 and thanked the State Government for providing temporary accommodation to the court and some staff.

In her welcome remarks, Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Chidi Nwaoma, said the new complex has provided enough office accommodation and conductive work atmosphere.

“Our former premises at the women centre was not befitting for the court, but now we have something suitable with enough space for files and other things,” Nwaoma said.

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri commended the role of the judiciary in recent time as the last hope of the common man.

Fintiri gave assurance that Adamawa and Taraba who were within the jurisdiction of the court would support it in some areas whenever the need arose.

He congratulated Justice Bulkachuwa for her meritorious services and wished her a happy retirement.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Bulkachuwa who cut the tape to inaugurate the court complex and her 70th birthday cake was supported by dignitaries including former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Mahmood.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ali Baba-Inuwa

 

 

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Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police  

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Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.

Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

Omozuwa, a student of University of Benin (UNIBEN)  was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of resumption of academic activities.

This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.

While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN , Shonibare emphasised the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.

The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.

According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.

“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.

“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.

In February 2019, Edo  government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.

“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.

“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.

She however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.

She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims get justice.

“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.

“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

 

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Association seeks justice over rape, murder of UNIBEN student

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The Medical Women  Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Edo Chapter, has decried the rape and murder of 23-year-old Miss Vera Omozuwa, calling on the authorities to fish out and punish the culprits.

The victim was a 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin(UNIBEN) before her death.

Dr Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin, President of MWAN in Edo, in a statement in Benin on Monday,  described the incident as “devilish acts of unkind beings.”

Urhoghide -Edigin said the actions were condemnable and should not be condoned by any society.

MWAN strongly condemns what happened to Omozuwa and any other girl child that has gone through this devilish acts  by unkind beings.

MWAN condemns rape,violence of any kind and killings of human beings.

“This case has been reported to our national body and is already receiving the expected actions.

“We will  visit the commissioner of Police with the SGBV-RT team in Edo to express our utmost displeasure on this case and demand for justice.

“Every life matters and this should not be treated with levity nor swept under the carpet. The criminals must be caught and prosecuted. They must face the law of the land,” she said.

She urged the Edo government and all relevant security agencies to ensure justice and protection of every life, especially women and children as they were the most vulnerable in the society.

MWAN stands in solidarity with the family of the deceased in fighting for justice. We thank the Edo government for their prompt intervention as we await the result of the inquiry set up,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Omozuwa, a 23-year-old student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was raped by a gang of unknown men on  May 27 and died few days later in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital(UBTH).


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

 

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Protesters rally to demand justice for George Floyd in Vancouver, Canada

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Protesters rally to demand justice for George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died of police brutality in Minneapolis of the United States on May 25, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 31, 2020. (Photo by Liang Sen/Xinhua)

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Judiciary autonomy will enhance quick dispensation of justice – A’Ibom CJ

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The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Justice Godwin Abraham, says the financial autonomy granted to the judiciary will  enhance quick dispensation of justice in the country.
Abraham said this in a statement in Uyo on Sunday.
He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He expressed confidence that the financial autonomy would engender far reaching consequences for the judiciary in terms of infrastructural development and capacity building.
“On behalf of the judges and the entire staff of the judiciary in Akwa Ibom,  I hereby express deep appreciation to the  President for the decision to grant the judiciary the implementation of the autonomy.
“This will  reposition the judiciary for effective administration of justice and for the benefit of the people of the state and nation,” he said.
Abraham said he did not envisage difficulty in implementing the financial autonomy in Akwa Ibom since there was an existing cordial and collaborative relationship between the three arms of government in the state.
He described Gov. Udom Emmanuel as a governor that had shown strong commitment to the development of the judiciary over the past years.
He, however, said that the new fiscal scheme portended  challenges for the judiciary and called  for tremendous sense of responsibility, stressing that the judiciary must be repositioned for effective take-off of the new financial status.
“Quite understandably, the new fiscal scheme portends great challenges for the judiciary and calls for tremendous sense of responsibility.
“In this regard, we are already  repositioning the judiciary for effective take-off of the new financial status, ” he said.
The chief judge solicited the cooperation of stakeholders towards realising the objective of the new financial regime.
Buhari on May 22, signed into law,  an Executive Order giving state legislature and judiciary autonomy.
The autonomy was  expected to strengthen institutions of the two arms of government at the states level, to make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Actress Toyin Abraham seeks justice for murder of teenager in Lagos

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Actress Toyin Abraham has called on the police and judiciary to ensure that the killer of late Tina Ezekwe was made to face the wrath of the law.

Abraham took to her instagram page (toyin_abraham) to also call for proper compensation for the family of the deceased who was shot dead by policemen.

The actress, who spoke with the parents of the deceased, expressed sadness over the development, urging Nigerians to extend their love and generousity toward the family.

“I spoke to Tina’s mum yesterday and today, it was the most heartbreaking moments of 2020; I am sad, very very sad.

“Being a parent doesn’t have to be this hard in Nigeria, Federal Government, Nigeria Police, we need justice.

“This should not go like any other case, life truly needs to matter.

“Please let’s support the family as much as we can and keep them in our prayers. I am so sad, so heartbroken,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that policemen who were trying to enforce curfew at the end of the Third Mainland Bridge shot at the driver of a commercial bus.

Tina Ezekwe was hit by a bullet and was rushed to the hospital but didn’t survive.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Schalke 04’s U.S.-born player wears “Justice for George’’ armband

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Schalke 04’s Weston McKennie showed support on Saturday for protests in the U.S., sparked by the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.

The 21-year-old US-born McKennie wore an armband with the message “Justice for George” during Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga defeat at home to Werder Bremen.

A photo of McKennie wearing the armband was published by Schalke 04’s official account for the US, with the message “#JusticeForGeorge.”

Various American sports stars had previously shown support for the protesters after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of the police this week.
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Buhari extends appointment of Justice Dongban-Mensem as Ag. President, Court of Appeal

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the appointment of Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal (PCA).

The extension takes effect from June 3 for a further period of three months.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

According to the presidential aide, this is pursuant to Section 238(4) and (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dongban-Mensem was first appointed as the Acting President of the court, for an initial period of three months, from March 6.

He took over from Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who retired from service on March 6.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Abacha Loot III: Ministry of Justice opens technical bid for implementation monitoring

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The Federal Ministry of Justice on Thursday opened technical bids for Consultancy Service to monitor the implementation of Abacha loot III.

The News Agency of Nigeria that the Consultancy Service is to undertake the monitoring of the implementation of the tripartite agreement on the Sharing, Transfer, Disposition, Repatriation and Management of the Abacha Forfeited Assets.

Mrs Ladidi Mohammed, Head, Asset Recovery and Management Unit, Ministry of justice declared open the bidding process.

Mohammed said the process is in tandem with the Asset Return Agreement of Feb. 3 by the Nigeria government, the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

‘`This Agreement is based on international law and cooperation measures that set out the procedures for the repatriation, transfer, disposition and management of the assets.

“The government is committed to supporting and assisting in expediting the construction of the three major infrastructure projects across Nigeria in the agreement.

“The projects are the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Abuja – Kano Road, and the Second Niger Bridge,’’ she explained.

She said that the aim of the bid is to select a Civil Society Organisation Monitoring Team to oversee the implementation of the projects and report regularly on progress made to the public.

“This is to ensure transparent management of the returned assets’’.

NAN reports that the process for the engagement of the monitoring team commenced with adverts published in some media.

These include two Nigerian newspapers –Daily Trust and the Punch of March 4, and a Notice of Extension on April 17, the Federal Tenders Journal of March 9 and 23, and the Economist of March 14.

The adverts were also on the website of the Federal Ministry of Justicewww.justice.gov.ng.

Mr Nasiru Bello, a representative of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) while opening the bids noted that 17 organisations submitted entries for the technical bid.

He added that the bids will be handed over to the Evaluation Committee to ensure that due process followed all through.

The Due Process Mechanism is to establish and sustain an open, transparent and competitive procurement system that is integrity-driven.

NAN reports  that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on May 4, confirmed the receipt of 311,797,866.11 million dollars of the Abacha assets repatriated from the U.S. and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

According to Malami, ` the amount increased from over 308 million US dollars mentioned in the press release issued in February to 311,797,866.11 million dollars following the accrued interest from Feb. 3 to April 28 when the funds were transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria’.

“These recoveries are transparently and judiciously deployed in supporting indigent Nigerians as specified in the agreement signed with the Switzerland and the World Bank.”

“In line with the 2020 Asset Return Agreement, the fund has been transferred to a Central Bank of Nigeria Asset Recovery designated account and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) within the next fourteen days.

The NSIA is responsible for the management and execution of the projects to which the funds will be applied’’.

NAN reports that the recovered funds were allegedly laundered through the U.S. banking system and then held in some bank accounts in the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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C’River Attorney-General tasks council on justice dispensation

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The Cross River Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,  Mr Tanko Ashang, has urged members of the State Prerogative of Mercy Advisory Council (SPMAC) to be fair and objective in the discharge of their duties.

He stated this on Thursday at the inauguration of the Council in Calabar.

Ashang explained that prerogative of mercy was the right and powers of the State, “whether President or Governor or any other Supreme Authority” to commute a death sentence, to change the mode of execution or to pardon an offender.

According to him: “it is meant to dispense the power of mercy by the State on exceptional cases, where the legal system fails to deliver a morally or politically acceptable judgment,” he said.

He added that it was a deliberate policy put in place by law to protect citizens against possible miscarriage of Justice occasioned by wrongful conviction or excessive punishments.

The commissioner noted that the Cross River State Law on Prerogative of Mercy, Cap P8 Vol. 5, 2004 provides for the functioning of the Committee, which essentially is advisory.

He added that the council’s allegiance was first to the Law and then to the Governor who has vested the power to exercise this prerogative functions in section 212 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“Beyond advice to the governor, you hold a divine mandate to make objective recommendations, including forgiveness,” he said.

Ashang expressed confidence that those appointed had credible qualities to perform, saying that history had placed on them the opportunity to review judgments and sentences of a Court in a very dispassionate manner.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Council, Mr Emmanuel Enamhe, thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the appointment.

He promised that they would do their utmost best to justify the confidence reposed in them. 

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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