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How Lawyer Who Dressed In Native Doctor Apparel ‘Forced’ Judge To Leave Courtroom + Video

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Malcolm Omirhobo, Esq, appeared before judges in traditional religious attire

There was a mild drama at the Supreme Court on Thursday when a civil rights activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, Esq, appeared before judges in traditional religious attire.

Omirhobo appeared before the judges over the ruling on hijab dressing in schools.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court had on June 17 affirmed the rights of the Muslim female students in Lagos State to wear the head covering, known as hijab, to school without harassment or discrimination.

The panel had ruled that the high court judgement banning female students from wearing hijab with their school uniforms and being discriminatory toward people of other faiths.

However, Omirhobo arrived at the apex courtroom as it was in session dressed in a red kilt, a bunch of cowrie shells around his neck, two long feathers to his wig, and white chalk drawing to his right eye.

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The strange attire, which was complemented with a pair of ankle bands, forced the justices to retire into their chambers.

The lawyer informed journalists the attire was in compliance with the judgment of the Supreme Court, permitting “religious dressing” in schools, and that he has a right to appear as a traditionalist.

“The Supreme Court justices by their judgement have declared religious freedom for all.

“Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship. Based on the decision of the Supreme Court this is how I will be dressing henceforth in court because I am a strong adherent to “Olokun” the god of rivers.”

Malcom said the implication of the judgement was that every Nigerian, including doctors, police, military students, and journalists, can now wear their mode of worship in public places.

He added that he was not against the judgement rather he was happy with the decision because it strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

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Bauchi man lures teenager to farm, plucks out eyes for ritual

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The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected ritualist, Isaac Ezekiel, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy, Uzairu Salisu.

Two accomplices, Nensok Bawa, 38, and Yohana Luka, aka Doctor Samu, 52, were also arrested in connection with the crime, which happened at Yelwa community, in the Bauchi area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident happened around 9am on June 24 when Ezekiel lured Salisu to do a casual job for him on a farm in the community.

Salisu was said to be doing the job when the suspect allegedly used a wire to strangulate him till he lost consciousness.

Afterwards, the 32-year-old reportedly used a knife to pluck out the two eyes of the minor and abandoned him on the farm.

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The ward head, Mohammed Lawal, who was among the people who found the minor writhing in pain, alerted the police to the incident.

The victim was said to have identified Ezekiel as the culprit, leading to his arrest.

In a statement on Monday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Wakil, said Ezekiel and his accomplices had been arrested, adding that the victim’s eyeballs were also recovered.

He said, “Sequel to the case of a suspected ritualist who plucked the eyes of a minor, the suspect, Isaac Ezekiel, 32, of Rafin Zurfi, Yelwa, Bauchi metropolitan, has been arrested, and he voluntarily confessed to the crime.

“A prompt search of his house by the police led to the recovery of Uzairu Salisu’s eyeballs. Exhibits recovered from the suspect are the two human eyeballs in a calabash, the cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act and a travelling bag containing some native medicine.”

Noting that Bawa and Luka connived with Ezekiel to perpetrate the crime, the PPRO said all the suspects would be prosecuted at the completion of investigation.

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Make Judicial Reform Your First Task, NBA President Urges Acting CJN Ariwoola

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Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has called on the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, to reform the nation’s judiciary and restore public confidence in the third arm of government.
Mr Akpata made the call on Monday in a statement while reacting to the resignation of the former CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
He reiterated the need for urgent reforms in the judiciary, urging the incoming chief justice to make judicial reform and the restoration of public confidence in the judiciary his first task upon assuming office.
The NBA president pledged the readiness of the Bar to work together with Justice Ariwoola in cleansing “the Augean stable and addressing the ills that have continued to plague not just the judiciary but the entire legal profession”.
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He also thanked the outgone chief justice for the cordial working relationship between the bar and the bench during his tenure and wished him a quick recovery and well-deserved peaceful retirement.
“It is, however, impossible to consider his lordship’s retirement in isolation of the recent unprecedented developments at the Supreme Court where 14 justices of the court censured the outgone Chief Justice of Nigeria over his lordship’s handling of their welfare and related issues,” said Akpata.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sworn in Justice Ariwoola to replace Justice Muhammad who resigned as the CJN on Sunday night on grounds of ill-health.
News of Muhammad’s resignation broke barely a week after 14 justices of the Supreme Court wrote to him to lament the dilapidated state of affairs in the apex court.
In a leaked letter, the justices alleged that Justice Muhammad failed to address the issues raised despite drawing his attention to them, among other claims.
But these allegations were denied by an aide to the former CJN.
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ALERT: SIM Registration Agents Are Selling Customers’ Details

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A man who identified simply as Bode on Twitter has narrated how SIM registration agents engage in illegal dealings by using customers’ details to register other SIM cards for sale.

Bode said he wanted to buy a GLO SIM card so he approached a vendor. He said he gave his personal data, hoping that his chosen card would be registered, only to find out that another SIM card had also been registered with his personal details.

“Usually, you are expected to be captured once, but the vendor captured me twice, and that made me suspicious. Immediately after the registration, I got welcome text messages indicating that I registered two numbers instead of one,” he said.

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When Bode asked the GLO agent the reason for the double SIM registration with his details, he said it was as a result of a network glitch.

Bode said that he went to a GLO office to file a complaint, but the office manager told him that this was not a network problem as the agent claimed. The number was eventually deregistered and the vendor arrested.

“Now imagine if he sold this second number to a fraudster and kidnapper and when tracked, my picture and details popped up.”

When questioned, Bode stated that the GLO agent admitted that he and his colleagues often register other SIM cards with customers’ personal data and sell them to other people.

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