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Lagos Chief Judge Seeks Reconstruction Of Burnt Igbosere High Court

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The Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Kazeem Alogba has appealed to the state government to prioritize the reconstruction of the burnt Igbosere High Court.

Justice Alogba made the appeal at the Lagos Central Mosque while speaking at the thanksgiving service organized by the state judiciary to mark the commencement of the 2022/2023 New Legal Year.

The Igbosere court was burnt down in Oct 2020 following the hijack of the #EndSARS protests by hoodlums.

Justice Alogba lamented the destruction of the  Court, noting that it was a monumental edifice that must be revived.

The CJ also noted that the best way for the judiciary to continue to effectively discharge its duty is when it is devoid of state and public interference in adjudicating justice delivery.

He restated the judiciary’s commitment to continue to deliver justice without fear or favour.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat who celebrated with the judiciary at the thanksgiving service explained that a Trust Fund had been set up to rebuild public structures destroyed during the violent protest.

He promised that the reconstruction of the Igbosere High Court Complex will be the first to be rebuilt with the Fund.

Also speaking at the event, the Bashorun Musulumi of Lagos, Alhaji Sikiru Alabi-Macfoy asked the State Chief Judge to revive Prison visits to address overpopulation as the number of awaiting trial inmates far outnumbered convicted inmates.

He urged the Chief Judge to ensure that matters enjoyed accelerated hearing as justice delayed is justice denied.

An Islamic scholar, Dr Ishaq Sanusi who delivered a lecture at the thanksgiving service advised judges and magistrates to bring back justice to the country so as to help achieve political and economic stability.

He explained that if justice is restored in the country, inequality and insecurity would be dealt with and the economy would improve for the better.

A simultaneous thanksgiving service was also held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina for judges, magistrates and lawyers of the Christian faith

 

The Bishop of the Diocese of the Lagos West, Anglican Communion, the Reverend Olusola Odedeji in his sermon encouraged the Lagos State Judiciary to uphold truth and Justice at all times.

 

Rev. Odedeji also urged all the judges and magistrates to use their positions and tenure in service to God and to humanity.

 

After the thanksgiving services, proceedings moved to the Main Arena of the Tafawa Balewa Square where the Chief Judge inspected the ceremonial guard of honour as part of activities to mark the commencement of the new legal year.

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AIB Signs MoU With Saudi Arabia On Training For Aircraft Engineers

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The federal government has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia on training of aircraft accident investigators between the two countries.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria, which has transmuted to National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) signed for Nigeria, while the Accident Investigation Bureau of Saudi Arabia signed for the Arabian country in Abuja yesterday.

Speaking after signing the MoU, the commissioner of AIB-N, Akin Olateru said: “there is one aviation in the world and the rule of the game is cooperation. There is no one country that is an island. We need to work together as a team to enhance safety.

“We are both established. We both have equipment. We both have human capital but there are a lot of lessons we can learn from each other.”

 

Speaking on the details of the MoU, Olateru said, “Saudi Arabia will help us in the area of human capital development, we can engage ideas and its all about improving safety for the flying public.

 

We are going to have constant exchange of ideas.

There will be some form of training exchange programme.

This agreement would have signed before COVID but we are glad, it is signed now.”

 

Also speaking, the director-general, AIB Saudi Arabia, Abdulelah Felimban said: “We came to meet our counterpart in Nigeria, the Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria to open the channels of communication, of cooperation, of sharing experiences, learning from each other and benefiting from the capabilities that each of us have.

“We do investigations to ensure and promote sir safety.

 

Our business is to collect data, evidences, analyse them and put forward recommendations to make our skies safer.”

 

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Man Electrocuted While Stealing High-tension Wire In Abuja

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A middle-aged man, identified simply as Ezekiel, was electrocuted while trying to steal a high-tension wire in the Utako area of the Federal Capital Territory.

 

The incident occurred on Saturday night.

 

A commercial driver, who asked to be identified only as Hassan, told our correspondent on Sunday that Ezekiel sustained severe burns from the incident.

He said, “This early morning, a man known as Ezekiel, was electrocuted. He wanted to steal a wire from the high tension belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and in the process of doing that he was electrocuted.

“We heard the sound of an electrical spark in the night and also heard the scream of the man.

 

“If not for the fact that saw, plier, and torchlight scattered on the ground, I would have thought that he wanted to commit suicide. But with those tools, he went there for a mission. The man was lucky he did not die, but he sustained multiple burn injuries.”

 

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

Adeh said, “Our men while on patrol came in contact with him; he had severe burns, and they rushed him to the Wuse General Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. He will definitely be prosecuted but we will wait till he fully recovers. His tools are in our custody.”

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Suit Against Detained Undergraduate

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Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn the defamation of character suit she filed against a 500-Level student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

Adamu was arraigned on Tuesday before Justice Yusuf Halilu by the FCT Commissioner of Police following a complaint by Mrs Buhari over a tweet by the defendant on a one-count charge bordering on defamation of the character of the president’s wife.

 

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was subsequently remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State by the judge, pending hearing of his bail application.

 

The matter took a happy turn for Adamu on Friday at the hearing of his bail application when the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, informed the court that the president’s wife had decided to withdraw the case against the defendant following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

 

Based on the development, Ogbobe then applied for the withdrawal of the case, hinging the application on Section 108 (2) (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

 

Ruling on the prosecution’s application to withdraw the case against Adamu, Justice Halilu commended Mrs Buhari for her gesture.

 

The judge, however, admonished parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.

 

He thereafter discharged the defendant.

 

Adamu’s travails began in June when he tweeted on his Twitter handle, @aminullahie Catalyst, in which he screenshot Mrs Buhari’s image and wrote in Hausa “su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi”, meaning, “mama has eaten monies meant for the poor to satisfaction”.

 

Following the president’s wife’s complaint, the police traced Adamu to Dutse, Jigawa State, five months after his tweet and arrested him on the premises of the university, brought him to Abuja and allegedly drove him straight to the Presidential Villa, where he was allegedly beaten and tortured.

 

His arrest and alleged torture on the instructions of the president’s wife were greeted with outrage from Nigerians, prompting the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the umbrella body of Nigerian students, to first apologise to Mrs Buhari for Adamu’s indiscretion and pleaded for his release.

 

The body, however, later threatened a mass protest by students against Mrs Buhari pending when Adamu would be released.

 

The planned protest was scheduled to commence on Monday.

 

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