election, said having scored the highest votes, he is the candidate that satisfied the provision of Section 179 of the Electoral Act.
, the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna State upheld the election of Ganduje as duly elected Governor of Kano State.
election in Kano State inconclusive and also in declaring Ganduje the winner of the supplementary election held on March 23, 2019.
The lower court also said that declaring an election as inconclusive where there are lawful reasons is constitutional.
Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19: NIMASA issues advisory on vessels from high risk countries
The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has notified stakeholders about 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Eight of the vessels are expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; four in Bonny and one in Port Harcourt in Rivers.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made this known in a statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project.
He noted that the project was also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.
Jamoh added that the need to ensure stakeholders adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.
“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh said.
The director-general said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels.
He urged them to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.
He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied.
NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries.
It requested officers of agencies concerned to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.
Jamoh listed the name of vessels’ previous ports of call, expected time of arrival and destination to Nigerian ports as: EBONY RAY, United States Apapa-Lagos, June23; NORD SUPREME, United Kingdom, Immingham, Apapa-Lagos, June 25.
Others listed are GASLOG WARSAW, Spain, Ferrol Bonny, June 26; DESERT PEACE, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, June 26; SHANGHAI EAGLE, Spain, Garrucha Apapa-Lagos, June 25; KATRINA THERESA, Spain Algeciras Bay, Apapa, Lagos, June 25.
Also on the list are: HARMONIC, Spain, Escomberas, Bonny, Nigeria June 27; DESERT HOPE, Brazil Santos, Apapa-Lagos, July 1; STENA CLEAR SKY, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 4; MUSKY, United States, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, July 7.
Also expected are: VECTIS OSPREY, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; GRANDE ISLAND, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; and LNG BONNY II, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 17.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
United States Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights cases
The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a series of new cases seeking to expand gun rights.
The court rejected a total of 10 different cases that had piled up at the court in recent months.
Two justices, conservatives Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, said they would have heard one of the cases, a dispute from New Jersey over that state’s concealed carry gun permits.
In the New Jersey case, the justices left in place a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit challenging the state’s law mandating that people who want to carry handguns in public must show they have a special reason before they can get a permit.
Other cases the court declined to take up included challenges to assault weapon bans in Massachusetts and Cook County, Illinois, a jurisdiction that includes Chicago.
The court also turned down cases similar to the New Jersey dispute from Massachusetts and Maryland.
The high court’s action comes on the heels of its April 27 decision to dismiss a National Rifle Association-backed challenge to now repealed New York City restrictions on handgun owners transporting their firearms outside the home.
The move sidestepped a major ruling over the scope of the right to bear arms under the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment.
The New York case was the first gun rights dispute the court had heard in almost a decade, with gun control activists fearful the court will further expand the right to bear arms.
The decision by the justices not to take up any of the 10 other cases shows that the court, which has a five to four conservative majority, remains hesitant about wading into gun rights issues.
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Lawyers pay glowing tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Karibi-Whyte
Some lawyers in Lagos on Saturday paid glowing tribute to late Rtd Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Justice Karibi-Whyte was aged 88.
Reacting, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa,SAN, said:”Nigeria has lost a foremost jurist and a fearless adjudicator with a robust intellectual mind.
“He was full of wits, wisdom and judicial stamina to tackle most cases that he participated in, either in writing the leading judgment, supporting judgment or dissenting judgment.
“He rendered very profound explanations behind the reasonings contained in his judgments, all of which have helped to shape the course of judicial history in Nigeria.
“He deployed his knowledge and experience garnered from private legal practice, up to the Bench as a judge of the then Revenue Court, now known as the Federal High Court, up to the Supreme Court, in the practical application of the determination of cases brought before him.
“His book on the practice and procedure of the Federal High Court is always a delight for judges, lawyers, law teachers and law students alike.
“I, hereby extend my heartfelt condolences to the Nigeria Bar, to the Governor and good people of Rivers State, to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President on the demise of this erudite jurist.
Also speaking, a former Chairman of the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Adedotun Adetunji described the death of Justir Karibi-Whyte as a huge loss to the legal community.
He said the late jurist was an epitome of knowledge and a Professor of Law whose judgement could only be described as sound and classic.
“His Lordship was a fine jurist with penetrating and lucid reasoning in his judgements.
“Significantly, His Lordship was courageous to dissent with majority views while he was in the Supreme Court,” he said
He said that the demise of the legal icon leaves yet another legacy to be emulated by younger jurist.
Adetunji commiserated with the family of the deceased as well as the entire Nigerian legal community and prayed for a peaceful repose soul of the late Justice.
Another human rights activist, Mr Spurgeon Ataene in his reaction described the late jurist as a dogged fighter for the course of Justice.
He said:”I condole with the family of this legal Colossus Late Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte who retired from the supreme Court upon attaining the mandatory 70 years stipulated for retirement of Justices at that level
“He was such an enigma in every sense; one that should be emulated in hardwork and judicial activism.
“To have started out as a court clerk- the lowest in the court system and steadily acquired requisite education to become a lawyer, got his Masters degree from London and a PhD from University of Lagos.
“He was prepared for the journey to the bench, and was one with wide knowledge from the West and native intelligence from home in Nigeria.
“No wonder his gargantuan exploits on the bench cannot be easily matched.
“I commiserate with his entire family members, the legal community, and the country at large for Nigeria has indeed lost an almost irreplaceable brain,” he said
In the same vein, another lawyer, Mr Anthony Makolo described the late Judge as “the people’s jurist”
“When the news of his demise filtered the air, it simply reawakened in him, the consciousness that every man will be remembered for the legacy he leaves behind.
“I must extend my heartfelt sympathies to the NBA, the nation’s Judiciary, as well as the Rivers State Government for this great loss,” he said
NAN reports that Justice Karibi-Whyte hails from Abonnema, in Rivers State.
He was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Revenue Court in 1976, where he began his illustrious judicial career.
Thereafter, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1980, and later to the apex Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1984 from where he later retired after a meritorious judicial service.
Some of his notable celebrated judgments include Government of Gongola State v Tukur (1989), Attorney General of the Federation v Attorney General of Abia State , amongst others.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
New head of Latvian Supreme Court appointed
Latvian lawmakers on Thursday approved Aigars Strupiss as the new chief judge of the Baltic country’s Supreme Court, the parliamentary press service informed.
Strupiss was chosen by Supreme Court judges to succeed the court’s outgoing head Ivars Bickovics, but it was up the parliament to approve the nomination. As they voted to nominate Strupiss, the judges cited the candidate’s vast academic experience and many years of service as a Supreme Court judge with a specialization in commercial law.
Strupiss’ nomination was supported by the parliament legal committee and subcommittee for judicial policy, as well as political parties representing the government coalition.
In the parliamentary vote, Strupiss was appointed the Supreme Court’s chief judge for a five-year term, with 91 out of 100 lawmakers voting for his appointment.
Strupiss told lawmakers that in his new office he intends to improve the quality of the judicial process, including court rulings. He plans to work more closely with courts of lower instances, strengthen judicature and enhance the training of judges. Strupiss also underlined the necessity to make court judgments more comprehensible to the public.
Strupiss has been working as a Supreme Court judge since 2014 and heading the court’s department of civil cases for the past two years. He is also a member of the Latvian Judicial Council.
Ivars Bickovics’ second term as the Supreme Court’s chief judge will end on June 15.