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APC, APGA Bicker Over Insecurity In Anambra

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA in Anambra state of sponsoring the insecurity in the state.

The opposition party alleged that the ruling party has been intimidating and frustrating them ahead of the November 6, governorship elections.

But APGA has denied the allegation, saying it would not sponsor or encourage politically-motivated killing.

The allegation came after the killing of the former traditional ruler of Mkpunando, in Aguleri, Anambra East local government area of Anambra State, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, and his driver, identified as Chukwuemeka.

During an interactive session with journalists in Awka, Anambra state capital, on Sunday, state chairman of APC, Chief Basil Ejifike, and Director General of Andy Uba Campaign Council, Mr Paul Chukwuma, said the murder of former Igwe Alex Edozieuno was political motivated and designed to intimidate APC.

They said the the former Igwe Edozieuno, last month joined the party and since then he has been a trusted party member.

The party also alleged that APC chieftains in the state have been receiving threats.

Ejidike said last Friday was the darkest day in the political history of Anambra and urged the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies in the state to ensure that the killers Edozieuno are brought to justice.

“Igwe Alex Edozieuno, was murdered in cold blood within his community along with his driver. The same Igwe was suspended along with other traditional rulers in the state last year for one year. He was the only one dethroned and replaced by the government before the expiration of the suspension date.”

“The former Igwe barely a month joined the APC family in Anambra, since then he has remained one of the trusted persons in the party. The killing was political motivated, no doubt. To ensure that such does not take place again in the state, we call on the police commissioner, Director of DSS to swing into action immediately and unravel the circumstance leading to the killing.

“Anambra has not experienced political killing until this time, members of APC in the state have been receiving threats from the government of Anambra state.”

He said they are praying for Anambra not to slide back into its bad years.

However, the APGA, in reaction to the allegations, denied the killing of the traditional ruler and threatening any member of APC in the state.

The state ruling party through the Commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C.Don Adinuba, said it was ridiculous for APC to say APGA was involved in the death of the former traditional ruler in the state.

“How can they say the APGA is threatening them? They think that all people are like them?. Violence is in their DNAs , let them go to the police or DSS to lay their complaints with proves , rather than heating up the Anambra polity” he said.

According to him, the Igwe has no political relevance in the state and wondered why APC would associate APGA with killings and threat to lives.

Reacting to the threat and murder as political motivated , the Anambra state police spokesman, Mr. Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of any threat to any politician or any politically motivated killing in the state.

“I don’t have any information on that please. Meanwhile, the command receives all complaints, treat and investigate accordingly,” he said.

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Breaking: President Swears in Nigeria’s New Chief Justice

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in the new Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola.
The President performed the swearing ceremony today in Abuja.

The brief ceremony took place at the Presidential Villa.

NPO Eeports that Ariwoola will be serving in acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Justice Ariwoola was born on 22 August 1958).
He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal and on November 22, 2011, he was appointed to the bench of the supreme court of Nigeria as Justice, sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He was appointed and awaiting Nigerian Senate’s approval as Chief Justice of Nigeria on the 27th June 2022 following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.

His appointment comes amidst clamour for better condition of service at the apex court.

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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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