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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ihedioha swears in nine new judges

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State on Friday inaugurated nine new judges in the state and restated the resolve of his administration to uphold the independence of the judiciary and the Rule of Law.
According to a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Chibuike Onyeukwu, seven of the judges sworn in will be assigned to the State High Court while two will be assigned to the Customary Court of Appeal.

Ihedioha, while speaking at the ceremony, identified an independent judiciary and adherence to the rule of law as the only means to good governance.

He further noted that the three arms of government must collaborate for good governance to thrive in the state.

“To ensure good governance, the three arms of government must coexist as separate organs of government independently, but collaboratively,” he stated.

The governor also said that his administration had maintained a symbiotic relationship with other arms and tiers of government adding that plans were in top gear to enhance the status of the judicial system in the state after several years of neglect.

“We have reconstituted the Judicial Service Commission and renovation of judges quarters has begun; we have also ensured payment of salaries of judges as and when due and provided official guards for them,” he said.

The governor also disclosed that of the 33 Judges recommended for appointments across the federation by the National Judicial Council (NJC),  nine judges were approved for Imo.

“The NJC approved nine judges for Imo State which is the highest, trailed by Rivers State which got approval for 4 judges.

“This is a testimony of our unwavering resolve to entrenching the tenets of rule of law in our state which can be achieved with an efficient and formidable judiciary,” he said.

The governor also stated that the appointment of Magistrates, Inspectors of Court, Bailiffs and other judicial staff upon his assumption of office was done to ensure an effective justice delivery system in the state.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sacked Oyo chairmen deserved treatment they got, says Gov Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has defended his recent inauguration of Caretaker Committees in the 33 Local Governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas.
Makinde defended his action in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Friday in Ibadan.

The governor’s reaction followed an allegation by the former council chairmen in the state under the aegis of the Association of Local Governments that he disobeyed a court by inaugurating the committees.

It will be recalled that the 33 council chairmen elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress on May 6, 2019, got a court injunction restraining the state government and its agents from sacking them.

However, the Makinde-led Peoples Democratic Party administration after its inauguration on May 29, 2019, dissolved the local governments, citing illegality in the council election that brought in the chairmen.

According to Makinde, in the statement, his action did not amount to a violation of any court order by the state government.

The statement, however, challenged ALGON to seek redress in the law court if it felt aggrieved.

It said, “As far as the administration is concerned, the illegal ALGON has gone to the winds because it has been dissolved right away and that is the treatment that it deserves.

“So, there is no violation of any court order by the government of the day in constituting the councils as they are presently put in place, it said.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Jigawa LG sponsors weddings of 50 female orphans

The Kafin-Hausa Local Government Area of Jigawa, says it plans to sponsor the weddings of 50 women who are orphans and less- privileged.
The LGA Chairman, Alhaji Garba Abdullahi, disclosed this while inaugurating a 10-member committee for the conduct of the marriages on Friday in Kafin-Hausa.

He said the LGA was directed by the State Government to assist the orphans by sponsoring their weddings, considering the high cost of the ceremony.

Responding, the committee’s chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Zakari, thanked Abdullahi for the appointment and pledged to discharge his duties with the fear of God.

Members of the committee include Alhaji Muhammad Musa, Alhaji Muhammad Umar and Imamu Hassan, the Chief Imam of Kafin-Hausa among other
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Egypt fans bitter as Pharoahs crash out of AFCON

Egyptian football fans reacted with anger and sorrow after the host team tumbled out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the second round, following a lacklustre run marred by a controversy over alleged secual harassment.
The defeat led to an immediate purge of Egyptian football officials and took the gloss off a high-prestige event that Egypt had volunteered to host at short notice after Cameroon was stripped of the competition.

Fans had high hopes for a Pharaohs team starring national hero and Champions League winner Mohamed Salah.

Egypt has won the cup a record seven times and were runners-up in 2017.

But after winning their three group games in unconvincing style, the host team suffered a 1-0 loss on Saturday to a South African side that had scraped through to the knock-out stages with one win and two defeats.

Egyptian Football Federation, President Hany Abo Rida resigned hours after the defeat, simultaneously sacking Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre and the rest of the coaching staff.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Buhari mourns oldest war veteran, Adama Aduku

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has condoled with the family of Pa Adama Aduku, the oldest soldier of the Nigerian Army and World War II veteran, who passed on at 101.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, 

Buhari commiserated with friends and associates of the war veteran and Kogi government on the loss, believing that the virtues of hard work and loyalty to the flag that he lived for would continue to be promoted.

He also commended Aduku’s strong spirit and commitment to statehood, especially for actively participating in the 2019 Nigerian Army Day celebration and other activities of the Nigerian Legion.

Buhari prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed and comfort his family.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Tennis: Djokovic into 11th Wimbledon quarter-final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached his 11th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday and 45th at the majors with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over France’s Ugo Humbert.
Four-time champion and top seed Djokovic will face Belgium’s David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals.

Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 career record over 21st seed Goffin who will be playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

Humbert, the world number 66, had never played a match on grass before this season
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eight in court for allegedly stealing N77m from employer

The police on Friday arraigned eight men in a Magistrates’ Court I sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta,  for allegedly stealing N77 million belonging to their employer.
The police charged  Yusuf Azeez,27; Olaosu Dauda,36; Olufunmi Falade,36; Olatunbosun Ogunseye 38; Samson Onabanjo,35; Abiodun Alonge, 35; Moyindun Green,23 and Busura Habib, 24 with two counts of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp Bukola Abolade told the court that the accused committed the offence between January and August at the Green legacy resort at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta.

Abolade said the defendants and others (at large), who were workers at the resort, conspired and stole N77 million.

The prosecutor, said the offence, contravened the provisions of sections 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun state 2006.

When the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Titilayo Bello, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of two million Naira each with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must own a developed landed property and must also provide evidence of tax payment to Ogun State government.

She adjourned the case until January 8, for hearing.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New AIG zone 2, Lawal Shehu, assumes office in Lagos

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of Mr Lawal Shehu, as the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos.
A statement by the spokesperson of the zone, CSP Dolapo Badmos, said Shehu assumed duty at Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday.

The new AIG took over from AIG Adamu Ibrahim, who had retired from the force.

AIG Lawal Shehu, an indigene of Katsina State, was born on Dec. 24, 1960, and joined the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet ASP in 1988.

He has worked with the force in various capacities.

Prior to his promotion to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, he worked in Bauchi and Nassarawa States as Commissioner of Police.

On his promotion to the rank of AIG, he was deployed to head the Police Border Patrol Unit, and later moved to the Criminal and Intelligence Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

He is married with children.
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Ex-lawmaker sentenced to prison for misappropriation

A former Maryland state lawmaker was sentenced Friday to six months in prison followed by two months of home detention for misusing campaign funds for her personal benefit.
Tawanna Gaines, a Democrat who had served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2001, also must pay $22,565 in restitution.

Gaines, 67, of Berwyn Heights, pleaded guilty in October to one count of wire fraud. She faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but federal sentencing guidelines called for a range of eight to 14 months. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang wasn´t bound by those guidelines when he sentenced Gaines, who must report to prison by Feb. 24.

Gaines told the judge that she didn’t want other public officials to be judged by her actions, according to Daily Mail.

“I took my oath very seriously, but I fell short,” she said.

The judge said the prison sentence reflects a need to deter others, particularly public officials, from engaging in “this type of corrupt behavior.” He called her crime a “lapse in judgment” in an otherwise law-abiding career.

“It may not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but it undermines our citizens’ faith in their democracy,” Chuang said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom has said Gaines spent campaign money on personal expenses including fast food, hair styling, dental work, a cover for her swimming pool and an Amazon Prime membership. The prosecutor, who recommended an eight-month prison sentence, said Gaines made more than 200 illegal withdrawals of money over three years, but it added up to a relatively modest amount.

“There doesn’t appear to be a reason for it,” he said. “The defendant does not lead an extravagant lifestyle.”

Gaines resigned days before she was charged in a criminal information. The Oct. 7 court filing accused Gaines of defrauding her campaign and its contributors out of more than $22,000.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

15-year-old Coco Gauff out of Wimbledon

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff’s Wimbledon fairytale came to an end on Monday, losing to Romania’s former world number one Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the last 16.
The 15-year-old American saved three match points, but was simply out-played by her more experienced opponent.

Halep, who is into the quarter-finals for the third time, plays Zhang Shuai for a place in the last four on Tuesday.

Gauff’s cause was not helped by appearing to have suffered an abdomen strain during the second set which entailed the trainer and doctor to attend to her whilst her glum looking parents — father Corey who coached her initially and mum Candi — looked on from the players’ box.

Whilst on Friday she had fought back against Polona Hercog from a set down and saved two match points, 2018 French Open champion Halep is used to this level and never gave her opponent a glimmer of hope as she closed out the match after breaking the American to lead 4-2.

“I’m really happy that I can play again in the quarter-finals,” said Halep, who was also in the last eight in 2016 and 2017.

“I enjoyed a lot the crowd, the energy today, I felt it really well.

“I’m happy that I could play my best tennis I’m not comparing myself with last year. Last year was the best yet,” added the 27-year-old.

However, Gauff, who was playing her seventh match in a fortnight having come through qualifying, takes her leave having also improved her ranking markedly from 313 and announced herself as a future Grand Slam contender.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Barty knocked out of Wimbledon by Alison Riske

World number one Ashleigh Barty was knocked out of Wimbledon on Monday, losing her fourth-round tie to soon-to-be-wed Alison Riske of the United States.
French Open champion Barty, bidding to become the first Australian champion at Wimbledon since 1980, lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to the world number 55.

Riske, who will marry after Wimbledon, goes on to face either seven-time champion Serena Williams or Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the semi-finals.

It will be the 29-year-old’s first appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Felix plays down Griezmann pressure at Atletico Madrid

Portuguese striker Joao Felix said Monday he felt no pressure to replace Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann as he was officially unveiled at the Spanish club following his big-money move from Benfica.
“I will simply play and do my job as best I can, to help the club I am with,” Felix told reporters.

The 19-year-old, who joined Atletico last week in a deal worth 126 million euros ($142 million), is a potential replacement for the France striker who scored 133 goals in five seasons at the club.

Griezmann has already said he will leave Atletico — he is expected to join Barcelona when his release clause, which dropped to 120 million euros last week, is activated.

Felix’s transfer fee is a record for a Portuguese club and for Atletico Madrid and makes the teenager one of the five most expensive players in history.

“Regarding the amounts, as I have said, it is a question of the market and I don’t understand anything about that,” he said.

Felix also downplayed comparisons with his teammate on the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo who spent a decade at Real Madrid before joining Juventus in 2018.

“He is currently the best in the world, and possibly of all time. When he was with the national team he told me about Madrid and he said he liked it a lot, but I’m here to make my own story,” he said.

“Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself.”

Felix will go into next season wearing the number 7 jersey which up until now has been worn by Griezmann.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

France rescues five migrants heading to England on small boat

Five migrants attempting to cross the Channel to England in a small inflatable boat were picked up Saturday off the north coast of France, local authorities said.
Two of the five were suffering from hypothermia when they were rescued just offshore about 15 kilometres (nine miles) west of the port of Calais, they said.

The rescue is just the latest in a series of such attempts to get to Britain, with 18 migrants rescued overnight Thursday to Friday.

France warned earlier this week of a spike in migrants attempting the dangerous crossing of the English Channel by boat to reach Britain, which could reflect fears the border will be shut after Brexit in March.

Britain’s interior ministry said Thursday some 78 migrants had been picked up over the past two weeks.

Migrants have long massed along France’s northern coast hoping to stow away on trucks heading for Britain, where many have family or believe they stand a better chance of getting asylum or finding a job.

But starting in 2016, officials began seeing attempts by migrants to use dinghies and inflatable rafts to cross the 33-kilometre (20-mile) Strait of Dover, one of the world’s busiest shipping channels.
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