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Public opinion can never override constitutional provisions in justice delivery – CJN warns judges

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has emphasized that public opinion, no matter how significant or weighty, cannot take precedence over or supersede the country’s constitution. He has, therefore, urged judges in the country to consistently apply constitutional provisions when handling each case assigned to them.

The CJN made this clarification at the Supreme Court in Abuja during the inauguration of a new group of 23 Judges for the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

He noted that the judiciary often faces intense criticism, but it’s essential to understand that, regardless of the gravity of public opinion, it cannot override the Constitution. The CJN stressed that judicial officers bear a great responsibility to uphold good moral character and acceptable conduct while earning the trust of the Nigerian populace, particularly those who look up to them.

He also reminded the newly appointed judges of the Federal High Court that taking the oath of office is a constitutional requirement, signifying the assumption of new responsibilities and status in their lives. He highlighted that public scrutiny becomes a regular part of their role, and they must write their own story on the blank page of public life.

The CJN emphasized the importance of integrity, passion for success, and the ability to rise above temptations and trials in the pursuit of justice. He urged the judges to adhere to high standards of conduct, highlighting that appointment to the bench is not an avenue for personal gain, but rather a solemn commitment to serve with honesty and impartiality.

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He also cautioned that the National Judicial Council (NJC) closely monitors judicial officers and has the means to detect and address any form of corruption or wrongdoing. The CJN urged the judges to be cautious and take their oath of office seriously, as it represents a lifelong covenant with the Almighty God and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In conclusion, the CJN stressed the importance of impartiality, fairness, and the just application of the law in a time when the nation faces significant challenges, and he viewed the appointments to the bench as a divine calling, not a coincidence.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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