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Oyo inaugurates Family Court


Oyo inaugurates Family Court

By Suleiman Shehu

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Ibadan,July 9,2020 (NAN) The judiciary in Oyo State has inaugurated the Family Court to protect the rights of children and address increasing domestic violence in the society.

In his speech during the inauguration of the court on Thursday, Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, said the court was established to enforce the rights of the children, custodian matters and violence against persons, among others.

“Whenever any legislative house enacts any law, the law is dead in the law book but judges are the living oracles that give life to that law and this will be done in the court.

“The Child Rights Law was enacted in 2006 but no Family Court was established to enforce the rights of children.

“The establishment of this court will reduce the volume of cases in the other courts, particularly the ones involving family issues,” Abimbola said.

On his part, Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, said the court would not only reform but bring development to the state.

“The legislature is presently working on Violence Against Persons Bill, Child Offender Bill, Public Defender Bill and Sexual and Gender Harassment Bill; this is to protect the rights of the children.

“This court will help to reduce the incident of rape and domestic violence,” Ogundoyin said.

Inaugurating the court, Gov. Seyi Makinde said the synergy among the executive, judiciary and legislature made the inauguration of the Family Court possible.

“You may recall that the road map of this administration is to accelerate development in Oyo State.

“We will play our part to strengthen the law; the Child Rights Act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006.

“The law was domesticated but the court was not established until today, 14 years after,” Makinde said.

The governor urged indigenes and residents to support the efforts of his administration to achieve holistic development of Oyo State.(NAN)

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Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Work resumes in Oyo State after Eid-el-Kabir holiday

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Some workers in Oyo State on Monday, resumed work after the annual Muslim Eid-el-Kabir festival, celebrated on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.


Some of the workers monitored around Oyo North area of the state, comprising 10 council areas, showed up for work in their respective offices as early as 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

NAN reports that the resumption of workers after observing the Thursday and Friday public holiday declared by the Federal Government, was witnessed by greetings and throw of banters among the workers.

Workers were also seen exchanging meat, drinks and gifts as they discussed the merriment of the festive period.

Some workers who spoke to NAN in separate interviews, expressed satisfaction and happiness over the festival time and resumption.

A middle-level council worker at Iseyin Council area, Ismail Ishola, said the period was enjoyable and memorable for him and his family members.

A top official at the Saki West Council, who preferred anonymity, also said the period was good for him and his neighbours.

Another worker in Iseyin Council area, Mrs Aina Adio, said the holiday was equally a memorable period, saying that she had a good time with friends and family.

She, however, decried unsteady power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) saying that “very good time but we ran on generator for greater part of the period”.  

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

 

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Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for stealing water tank

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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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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888

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Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.

Data from the NCDC  showed that the 304 new cases were spread across 14 states, and the FCT.

The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.

It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.

It showed that the  304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).

The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.

It  said that if anyone tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, he or she should stay at home and keep away from other people.

The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of  the virus would be higher if they were less  than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not  practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.

 

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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Ibadan group demands indigene as UI, UCH heads 

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The apex Ibadan socio-cultural organisation, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an indigene as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.


Alhaji Adeyemi Soladoye, the CCII President-General, made the appeal at a news conference organised by the group on Sunday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the CCII also canvassed for an Ibadan indigene as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH).

It further demanded the renaming of railway stations within Ibadan corridors after prominent indigenes of the community.

Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not happy that the town was yet to have one of its own as the vice-chancellor of the institution since it was founded in 1948.

“The University of Ibadan, established in 1948, sits on 2,550 acres of land released to the institution for 999 years by our fathers with a “Thank You” handshake, One Guinea (£1.1s) and a bottle of Schnapps.

“By this year, the University of Ibadan is 72- years -old and has produced 14 Nigerian vice-chancellors between 1960 and today; but inexcusably, no Ibadanman has ever emerged as the vice-chancellor of the university.

“Out of the 14 serving and former Nigerian vice-chancellors of the university (including Acting), 10 are of Yoruba descent – seven Ijesha (Osun), two Ijebu (Ogun) and one Offa (Kwara).

“The other four, from Prof. Kenneth Dike to Prof. Tekena Tamuno, were from non-Yoruba parts of Nigeria,” he said.

Soladoye said that the neglect was not borne out of the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the institution’s system or in academic circles.

He listed some qualified Ibadan indigenes presently vying for the position as Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Prof. Emiola Olapade-Olaopa and Prof. Kolapo Hamzat.

“We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerians to the fact that this neglect is not for the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the University of Ibadan system.

“We hereby humbly appeal to members of the University of Ibadan Governing Council, the Senate and other respected stakeholders of this citadel of learning to please work for the emergence of an Ibadan man this time around.

“In similar vein, it is also now 54 years since Ibadan gave large expanse of land to build the University College Hospital (UCH), still, no Ibadan man has ever emerged as the Chief Medical Director of the UCH.

“This one again seems to be the exclusive right of the indigenes of Ekiti and Ondo State. Sincerely, these records call for caution, even on the part of the beneficiaries,” he said.

Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not pleased with the recent naming of railway stations in the Ibadan corridors after non-indigenes without considering prominent people from the community.

“We are convinced that this listening government of President Muhammadu Buhari will honour some of these prominent Ibadan indigenes with some of the stations along the rail corridors on Ibadan soil,” he added.

Soladoye cited indigenes such as late Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, late Chief Adisa Akinloye, High Chief Wuraola Esan, and Dr Onikepo Akande as deserving of being named on the rail corridors.

Others, he added, were Dr Omololu Olunloyo,  late Chief Kolapo Ishola, late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, late Chief Richard Akinjide and late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.

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Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

 

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