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2023/2024 Legal Year: Abiodun Charges Judiciary On Political Stability, Rule Of Law



Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Monday urged the judiciary to maintain the dual roles of ensuring political stability and being the last hope of the common man

The governor, who spoke at the church service, held at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta, to usher in the year 2023/2024 legal year, urged the judiciary to continue on the glorious path of serving the people.

Abiodun, who also urged the judiciary to continue to ensure that all three organs of government work independently, but collectively within the tenets and principles of seperation of powers for the overall good of the people.

Prince Abiodun said that his administration would continue to provide the needed support for the judiciary in appreciation of their life of sacrifice.

He added that his administration would continue to uphold the rule of law and all the fundamental principles of democracy.

“Because the judiciary remains the balancing scale between the executive and legislative arm of government in every democratic setting, and also serves as the sanctuary of the common man, I want to implore you, my lordships to continue to play your dual role of ensuring political stability and being the last hope of the common man.

“As a matter of duty, you must continue on that glorious path and ensure that all three organs of government work independently, but collectively within the tenets and principles of the separation of power for the overall good of our people.

“You have a very tough job; a tough job to do in dispensing justice without fear or favour. You aren’t able to socialize and you are sentenced to reclusion. You can’t engage in any commercial business; you spend all your time listening to cases attentively and writing judgements.

“Even though your reward is in heaven, we will continue to provide the needed support in appreciation of your life of sacrifice and to motivate you,” he said.

The governor said his government would continue to appreciate the importance of a strong and functional judicial system and administration in the successful implementation of the developmental agenda of the state.

The administration, the governor added has taken giant steps to digitalize the legal system towards the efficient dispensation of justice in the state through the deployment of the Case Management and Scheduling System, Justice Clock to monitor time spent by the public prosecution department in attending to criminal matters, Custody Monetary Dash Board, Ogun Public Interest Law Partnership (OPILP), among others.

He added: “In other to widen the net of those who can access legal services, we launched the Ogun Public Interest Law Partnership (OPILP). This is a collaboration between the public and private sector to provide free legal services to indigent residents of Ogun State and having observed that the criminal justice system often disfavoured the disadvantaged, the Police Duties Solicitors Schemes, the PDSS was launched to attach volunteer duty solicitor to virtually all police stations within the state to monitor the condition of detainees as well as the length of time of detention, this systems have checked many accesses and provided relief to several detainees.”

In his sermon titled; “Wisdom of God in the administration of Justice in Nigeria,” the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Emmanuel Adekunle said it is imperative for judges and those who administer justice to be filled with the spirit of God to be able to judge without fear of favour.

Taking his text from 1Kings 3:24-28 and 2 Kings 6:24 to chapter 7, the cleric condemned the “get rich quick” attitude of the people, especially the youth, noting that their involvement in cultism, ritual killing, kidnapping and fraud, and other vices, has done the country more damage.

While emphasizing the need for political leaders and administrators of justice to turn to God to heal the land, the cleric said Nigerians are going through a lot of hardship hence the need for leaders to do things that would bring succour to the people.

Rt. Revd. Adekunle spoke on the need for proper monitoring of road projects across the country, as those saddled with the responsibility of constructing the roads are doing shoddy jobs.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, read the only Bible passage taken from John 15 vs. 1-15.


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Edo Guber: APC Accuses Obaseki Of Using Police To Intimidate Members



Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over alleged intimidation by Governor Godwin Obaseki and threats of arrest by the Commissioner of Police in the state.

In a petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, the APC Chairman in Edo State, Jarrett Tenebe, said the intimidation by Obaseki, using security apparatus in the state, will be resisted.

He stated that the State Commissioner of Police has already invited him as part of moves to weaken opposition parties in the state and create an atmosphere of fear ahead of the election.

Tenebe urged the IGP, the Senate, and the Police Service Commission to call the Commissioner of Police in Edo State to order to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

The petition read: “I am the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Edo state chapter, and have the honor and privilege to bring to your attention the high level of intimidation and harassment being orchestrated by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

“While it’s safe under the Freedom of Information Act that anyone who feels dissatisfied with any policy implementation of the government at any level can ask questions about the same, the Edo State Governor does not see the effectiveness of any opposition to his government policies.

“To make good his threat of strangulating any opposition, he deploys all forms of security apparatus within the state, both conventional and self-created, to carry out his vindictiveness.

“He has promised to deal mercilessly with any person who dares him, particularly at this time of our electioneering in the state. Against the backdrop of the aforesaid, he has deployed the office of the Commissioner of Police to cause my arrest just for political reasons. I have been informed at my party secretariat that, in my absence, police brought an invitation for me to be interviewed by the Commissioner of Police over a petition written against me by the governor.

“Information at my disposal is that the governor has ordered the police to lay siege at my party secretariat where we are to perform the inauguration of our campaign council tomorrow with a view to arresting me just to score a political point.

“I thereby solicit your timely intervention by transferring the said case, if any, to your office for a discreet investigation. I count on your esteemed office in doing justice to this unwarranted harassment.”


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Poverty Fundamental Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy, Says Dogara



A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that poverty is a fundamental threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

Dogara made the statement at an event in Lagos, where he spoke on the topic, ‘Democracy and the Free Market Economy’.

He stressed that widespread poverty among Nigerian citizens indicated that democracy was not serving the majority effectively.

“Our democracy is not working for the majority of our citizens. Although they are alive and free, they lack the means to pursue happiness.

“Poverty is a greater threat to democracy than weak institutions because it deprives poor citizens of their political voice and prevents them from holding their governments accountable; shattering public trust in democratic institutions,” he said.

The former Speaker, who represented the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa Federal Constituency for 16 years and served as Speaker of the 8th Assembly, highlighted the importance of utilizing democratic rights to build an inclusive economy that empowers the majority of Nigerians to reach their full potential.


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Reps Panel Recommends Acquisition Of New Aircraft For Tinubu, Shettima



The House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence has asked the Federal Government to purchase new aircraft for President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima.

The committee’s recommendation is contained in a report released after its investigation into the status of the aircraft in the presidential air fleet.

“The committee is of the strong and informed opinion that, considering the fragile structure of the Nigerian federation and recognising the dire consequences of any foreseen or unforeseen mishap that may arise as a result of the technical or operational inadequacy of the presidential air fleet, it is in the best interest of the country to procure two additional aircraft as recommended,” the report reads.

“This will also prove to be most cost-efficient in the long run, apart from the added advantage of providing a suitable, comfortable, and safe carrier befitting of the status and responsibilities of the office of the president and vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In May, the house of representatives mandated the committee to conduct a “comprehensive investigation” into the aircraft in the presidential fleet to ascertain their airworthiness and technical status.

The House resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Satomi Ahmed, chairman of the House Committee.

There was a heated debate on the floor of House when the motion was moved.

Some lawmakers suggested that the President should travel via commercial aircraft or by road.

Ahmed’s motion followed reports of faulty aircraft in the presidential air fleet, forcing the President to use a chartered plane from the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia during his recent trip abroad.


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