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Supreme Court to get constitutionally prescribed 21 Justices – CJN, Ariwoola

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, announced on Monday that the Supreme Court is set to, for the first time in its history, reach the constitutionally-prescribed number of 21 justices very soon. This decision is in response to the recent wave of retirements that had reduced the number of Justices to a historic low of 10. Justice Ariwoola made this declaration during the commencement of the 2023/2024 legal year of the Court, coinciding with the inauguration of 58 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) at the Supreme Court Complex.

He disclosed that the effort to attain the required 21 Justices had been initiated by his predecessor but had not succeeded before the end of their term. However, since assuming office on June 27, 2022, Justice Ariwoola has actively pursued this goal, emphasizing its urgent and critical necessity.

While addressing the fate of the judiciary, Justice Ariwoola stressed the need for statutory protection of the judiciary’s independence, not only at the federal level but also at the state level. He affirmed the judiciary’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and institutional independence, expressing confidence in the public’s trust in the judiciary.

The CJN urged judicial officers to prioritize integrity, hard work, and impartiality, cautioning against fear, favor, bias, or prejudice in their judgments. He provided statistics on the Supreme Court’s performance in the last year, highlighting the number of cases heard and judgments delivered.

In his advice to the newly inaugurated SANs, Justice Ariwoola emphasized the responsibility of assisting the Court in achieving justice, equity, and fairness. He urged them to maintain integrity, self-discipline, and high standards of advocacy, reminding them that the conferred privilege does not make them superhuman.

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The CJN concluded by encouraging Nigerians to embrace alternative dispute resolution methods to reduce the burden on the courts. He called for a change in attitude to create a robust legal framework that aligns with the nation’s interests without importing foreign laws into the judicial process.

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One shot dead in Nairobi as mass protest hits Kenya

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A 24-year-old protester has been shot dead during demonstrations against the taxation bill currently moving in Kenya.

The deceased was said to have participated in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday evening, when thousands of people took to the streets across the country.

The protest was due to a parliamentary debate and vote on the controversial law.

According to a lawyer representing the family, the man was shot in the leg by police and died as a result of massive blood loss.

The man was not given immediate health attention for more than 20 minutes.

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One of the protest leaders called for people to come on Friday to the morgue of the hospital where the deceased lay in a show of solidarity with his parents.

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International reported that at least 200 people had been injured during Thursday’s protests in Nairobi alone.

Given the new tax law, many Kenyans fear that their cost of living will rise to an almost unmanageable level.

Entrepreneurs and business owners also fear significant losses due to declining purchasing power.

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Gov Abiodun, Obasanjo, Amosun mourn as Ogun monarch joins ancestors

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has praised the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a remarkable leader who significantly elevated his community’s profile. Oba Ogunleye, a distinguished journalist, passed away in the United Kingdom at 79.

In his condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and the Akinale community, Abiodun highlighted Oba Ogunleye’s contributions to the development of Ogun State following his notable journalism career.

“We deeply mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London at 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a giant in the media industry, dedicated to truth and accountability in journalism. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and promote development in Ogun State.

“His illustrious career and selfless service have left a lasting impact on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

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“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” Abiodun stated.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a condolence message through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock at the monarch’s passing. Currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-term inauguration, Obasanjo recalled Oba Ogunleye’s recent high spirits and travel plans, noting his absence will be deeply felt in Owu, Ogun State, and across Nigeria.

Similarly, Senator Ibikunle Amosun lauded the late monarch’s dedication to the development of Akinale, Owu Kingdom, Egbaland, and Ogun State. He remarked that as the first Towulade of Akinale, crowned in 2006, Oba Ogunleye played a pivotal role in many positive community developments and consistently promoted peaceful coexistence and unity among the people.

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Wike, Fubara: No individual can pocket Rivers – Asari Dokubo

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Former Niger Delta militant leader Asari Dokubo has warned that no individual will be allowed to dominate Rivers State.

Dokubo emphasized that only one person can serve as governor at a time.

His comments come amidst the crisis in Rivers State due to the expiration of local government chairmen’s tenure.

He urged the former chairmen to accept the end of their three-year term and not to cause any problems.

Speaking to his followers in Port Harcourt, Dokubo stated: “Local government tenure has expired today, June 17, 2024. They should quietly go home. If they wish to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should do so.

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“But there is no provision for tenure extension in the constitution. Their term has ended. They should not create unnecessary issues for the state. I also advise young people not to let themselves be manipulated.

“Only one person can be governor of Rivers State at a time. We cannot have two governors simultaneously. The people of Rivers State are greater than Muhajid Asari Dokubo.

“Rivers State is larger than any single individual. No one can exploit and dominate the people of Rivers State. It is not possible.

“The people are demonstrating their power. They have independently taken over local government secretariats because this is about the people, and no one can argue that we voted for a three-year tenure for a chairman and that tenure should not exceed by even a second.”

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