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41% of girls in North-West marry before 15 – Report

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A non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International, says 41 per cent of girls in the North West still marry below the age of 15 years.

The organisation said this in its latest report titled “Reaching and Empowering Adolescents in Health (REACH)” carried out in Gombe, Kastina and Zamfara state.

According to Save the Children, 2018 adolescent girls who were married before the age of 15 years were 54 per cent but has been reduced to 41 per cent.

The Programme Director for REACH, Rahinatu Hussaini, who disclosed this at the close-out of the project in Abuja maintained that although teenage childbearing in the North-West and the North-East had dropped, it was still an issue that needed to be addressed.

According to Hussaini, teenage pregnancy in the North-West dropped from 36 per cent in 2013 to 28 per cent in 2018 while that of the North-East dropped from 32 to 24 per cent within the same period.

Hussaini said there are still a lot of issues around Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health in the region.

 

 

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Fireworks mistaken for gunfire cause stampede at New York parade

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A stampede occurred at a Pride Parade in the city of New York, United States, on Sunday, with hundreds of people attempting to flee after mistaking the sound of fireworks for gunfire, police said.

“There were no shots fired in Washington Square Park. After an investigation, it was determined that the sound was fireworks set off at the location,” the NY Police Department said in a tweet shortly after the incident.

Police told newsmen “there were no serious injuries” from the stampede.

Terrified people ran or walked briskly along a street adjacent to the square after the scare, videos on social media showed.

Tens of thousands of people attended Sunday’s LGBTQIA+ Pride parade, which wound its way through the streets of lower Manhattan under the blazing sun.

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The atmosphere was largely festive, although the shadow of Friday’s US Supreme Court decision to abolish a constitutional right to abortion — leaving states to legislate on the matter themselves — loomed over proceedings.

New York’s Pride parade is the second-largest in the United States, after San Francisco, and Sunday’s gathering was the first time it had taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Organisers also said the US Supreme Court decision on abortion was “devastating.”

“This dangerous decision puts millions in harm’s way, gives government control over our individual freedom to choose, and sets a disturbing precedent that puts many other constitutional rights and freedoms in jeopardy,” the organisers said.

Many rights groups fear that the verdict on abortion could be the beginning of a broader push by the Supreme Court, currently dominated by a conservative majority, to curtail other freedoms won in recent decades, such as rights to contraception or same-sex marriage.

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Updated: Things to know about Justice Ariwoola, acting CJN

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Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is expected to be sworn in today as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Tanko’s resignation has been confirmed by the CJN’s spokesperson, Ahuraka Isah, on Monday morning.

Ariwoola is billed to leave the judicial service in 2028 should he eventually get the CJN substantive job.

Born on August 22, 1958, Justice Ariwoola was a Justice of the Court of Appeal before his appointment on November 11, 2011 as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Nigerian Body of Benchers.

Ariwoola was among the Supreme Court justices that heard the appeal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the declaration of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2019 election.

He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

He was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.

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Just in: Olukayode Ariwoola may step in as CJN after Ibrahim Muhammad resignation

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Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has resigned as chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

He reportedly resigned on the grounds of ill health.

There are indications that Olukayode Ariwoola, the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court, will be named as interim chief justice of Nigeria.

The resignation by Tanko Muhammad, 68, is coming about 18 months to his retirement in December 2024, when he will clock 70.

His sudden exit also came at a time when his colleagues at the Supreme Court accused him of hampering their operations by failing to fund judges’ welfare as well as fueling of generators among others.

A leaked memo by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court protesting Muhammad’s handling of the operations of the court surfaced online last week.

Muhammad is leaving behind the crises enumerated in the letter by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

He is the second CJN in a row to abruptly exit office.
His predecessor, Walter Onnoghen, was controversially suspended by President Muhammad Buhari, in January 2019, and never returned to office until he was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over charges of breach of codes of conduct for public officers.

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