NOA TASKS NIGERIANS ON PATRIOTISM, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Obiorah Anthony Ugwonwa The Anambra State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Awka, Mr.Edozie Ajaegbu, has advised Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and social responsibility by being constant in payment of their taxes, rates and other government approved levies. Ajaegbu handed down the advise when he led some high raking officers of the Agency to a familiarization tour of Awka South Local Government Area under the Leadership of Chief Anagor who is the Chairman Transition Committee of the Council Area. The NOA State Director, stated that even though the…

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Court delivers judgment in suits against Secondus, Omehia, Opara July 15

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, fixed July 15 for judgment in three suits filed against former Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, and two others, seeking an order restraining them from attending party’s executive meetings. Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after lawyers to the parties adopted their processes and argued their case for and against the suit. Three PDP members in Rivers had filed three separate suits against Secondus; sacked Governor of Rivers, Celestine Omehia, and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara. The suit…

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Kogi gov’ship: INEC, APC, Ododo ask tribunal to dismiss SDP’s petition as tribunal reserves judgment

INEC on Monday prayed the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja to dismiss a petition filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and its candidate, Murtala Ajaka, against the victory of Gov. Usman Ododo. Gov. Ododo and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), have also told the three-member panel of Justices, headed by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being incompetent and lacking in merit. The trio, through their lawyers – Chief Kanu Agabi, Joseph Daudu and Emmanuel Ukala – stated this…

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Court stops Amaewhule, 24 other Rivers assembly members from parading selves as lawmakers

The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, on Friday, restrained 25 members of the state’s House of Assembly led by Hon. Martin Amaewhule from parading themselves as lawmakers in the state. Justice Charles Wali, in an ex-parte order, also stopped them from sitting in the assembly auditorium. The judge equally ordered Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to have any dealing with the sacked lawmakers. The factional Speaker of the assembly loyal to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, Rt. Hon. Victor Jumbo and two others had dragged the 25 lawmakers before the…

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Online editors advocate on press freedom, rights, safety of journalists

The Association of Corporate Online Editors (ACOE) has emphasised the need for press freedom in the country. The acting President of ACOE, Martin Odiete, and acting Secretary, Omosola Akingboye stated this in a joint statement to mark the World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in Abuja. They said that journalism plays a pivotal role in advancing environmental agendas, serving as a catalyst for change, a watchdog for accountability, and a voice for the voiceless. They called on the government to commit to the protection of rights, safety, and security…

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May Day: CISLAC backs NLC, TUC’s clamour for living wage

As Nigerian workers joined the rest of the world in celebrating this year’s May Day, the Civil Society Legislature Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) said it actively supports their fight for a minimum wage that reflects the rising cost of living and ensures their ability to support themselves and their families. The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, stated this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja on the occasion to mark International Workers’ Day. “Additionally, CISLAC prioritises improved workingconditions, particularly within the informal sector, where workers often face exploitation…

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Court awards N300m fine against police over alleged killing of 3 Shiite’s members in Zaria

A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered the police authorities to pay a cumulative sum of N300 million to the parents of three Shiite members allegedly killed by its officers while on Islamic procession in 2022 in Zaria. Justice Hawa Buhari, in a judgment, held that the “applicants’ rights as guaranteed under Sections 33, 38, 39, 40, 42 and 46 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); Order 2, Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 11 and 12 of the Fundamental Right (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009; Article 4, 8, 10,…

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Senior lawyer sues NERC, AEDC over alleged unlawful hike in electricity tariff

Mr Joe Agi, SAN, has sued the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Abuja Electricity Distribution (AEDC) Plc at the Federal High Court, Abuja for allegedly increasing his electricity tariff by 230 per cent. Agi, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/474/ 2024, currently before Justice Inyang Ekwo, sought the enforcement of his fundamental rights. The senior lawyer prayed the court to hold that the new tariffs and the hours of supply are contrary to the Electricity Act, 2023 and Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution. The applicant had listed NERC, Minister…

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CSO threatens to sue NBC over alleged offensive contents on Netflix, tiktok, others

Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has threatened to drag National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to court if it fails to ban Netflix, Tiktok, and others over alleged broadcast of offensive same-sex contents on Nigeria’s airwaves. CSO, under the auspices of Open Justice Initiative (OJI), also urged the NBC to ban other social media platforms, including X, formerly known as Twitter, Facebook, etc with regards to the subject matter. A Lawyer and Programme Officer of OJI, Donald Ayibiowu, gave the warning in a letter addressed to Director-General of NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu. The…

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Court to deliver ruling in Yahaya Bello’s application to vacate arrest warrant May 10

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, fixed May 10 for ruling on an application by former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, seeking an order of setting aside the April 17 arrest warrant issued against him. Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date after counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, and the ex-governor’s lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, adopted their processes and presented their arguments in the motion. Justice Nwite had, April 17, issued an arrest warrant to EFCC for Bello’s arrest. The order was…

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