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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, and two former secretaries of the Nigerian Bar Association, Isiaka Olagunju and Afam Osigwe, are among 72 people named as successful applicants for the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

This list was made available on Friday by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee.

They will be sworn in on December 14, according to the Director of Press and Information of the Supreme Court, Dr Festus Akande.

The list comprising 62 advocates and 10 in the academics category was signed on behalf of the LPPC secretary by Akande.

It also contained the name of a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Tijjani Gazali; a former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Babatunde Ogala; a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo (academics).

The statement by Akande said the LPPC elevated the successful candidates at its 143rd meeting held on Friday.

It read in part, “The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its 143rd plenary session held today November 13, 2020, has elevated seventy-two legal Practitioners’ to the inner bar.

“The rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.

“The swearing in of the 72 legal practitioners is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020.”

Elevating as much as 72 lawyers to the rank of SAN in one batch is record-breaking.

The closest to it was when 38 lawyers were conferred with the rank in 2019.

In 2018, only 31 lawyers were elevated.         Fewer lawyers were picked in 2017 as only 30 were elevated.

In 2016, number of lawyers elevated was 22. The 2020 list was drawn from an initial shortlist of 137 names.

The other successful candidates on the academics list for 2020 are Terruka Douglas Pepe, Aliyu Omeza Saiki, Jacob Enunwe Ochidi, Abdulwahab Mohammed, Moses Alfred Ebute, Taiye Abimbola Oladipo, Mumuni Adebimpe Jimoh, Muhammadu Katu Sani Ndanusa, Mohammed Mohammed Ndarani, Gideon Musa Kuttu, Abdullahi Yahaya, Mella Audu Nungh, Yusuf Nya Akirikwen, and Yakubu Abdullahi Hussaini-Ruba.

The rest are Nasiru Adamu Aliyu, Abdul Mohammed,Hussaini Zakariyau, Uwadiogbu Sonny Ajala, Ukachi Fredrick Onuobia, Joseph Nnabuezeh Mbadugha, Chukwudi Chudi Obieze, Ejike Chukwugekwu Ezenwa, Chukwuka Nwabueze Ikwuazom, Lotanna Chuka Okoli, Tochukwu Dominic Maduka, Chukwuemeka Obiajuru Nwagu, Henry Okechukwu Akunebu, Uwemedimo Thomas Nwoko, Boma Florence A. Alabi(Mrs), Efefiom Otu Efiom Ekong, and Lawrence Fubara Anga.

Others on the academics list are, Prof Afeisimi Dominic Badaiki, Prof Erugo Sampson, Prof Sani Mohammad Adam, Prof Zacheus Adangor, Prof Festus Oghenemaro Emiri, Prof Joseph Efeyemineni Abugu, Prof Sunday Damilola Sunday, and Dr Omoh-Eboh Omgbai Ikheowa.

Others are Robert Egwuno Emukpoeruo, Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor, Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, Jean Chiazor Anishere (Ms), Uzoma Henry Azikiwe, Osayaba Omorodion Giwa, Yusuf Asamah Kadiri, Babalola George Olatunde, Taiwo Johnson Kupolati, Obafemi Anthony Adewale, Adedapo Osariuyime Tunde-Olowu, Fatai-Ajibola Dalley, Babatunde Kohn Kwame Ogala, Bashorun Oluwatoyin Ajoke (Ms), Olumide Folarin-David Ayeni, and Olusegun Johnson Fabunmi.

The rest are John Mofolorunsho Majiyagbe, Funmilayo Adunni Quadri, Akinola Olugbenga Akintoye,Dada Adekunle Awosika,Remi Peter Olatubora, Festus Kayode Idepefo, Rasheed Okiki Adegoke, Musibau Adetunbi, Mahmud Kola Adesina, Oladapo Akande Akinosun, Nureini Soladoye Jimoh, and Oluseun Mobolaji Abimbola.

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Hardship: Lagos gov slashes transport fares by 25%, asks civil servants to work three days weekly

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Hardship: Lagos gov slashes transport fares by 25%, asks civil servants to work three days weekly

 

Lagos civil servants are henceforth to show up in their places of work three times a week as a way to ease the currently hardship they face due to high cost of living.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this on Thursday also announced a slash in public transport fares by 25 percent beginning from next week.

Many young people have trooped to the streets in Lagos, Oyo, Lagos, Kano and Osun states to protest the growing hardship in the country.

The labour group has also fixed two days next week for nationwide protests over the issue.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at a media chat on Thursday, expressed empathy with the citizens, stressing that “as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems.”

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, civil servants from the lower level to 14 will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” he said.

The governor also said his administration had completed some rail projects including the Red Line for inauguration next week.

The rail system, he added, was aimed at creating robust transportation services in the metropolis.

Sanwo-Olu said the 25 per cent reduction on transport services would start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), while there were discussions with various unions to also reduce their own fares.

The governor said the government would also identify caterers and ‘Mama Put’ in each local government to feed over 1,000 people once per day.

He also spoke on the Lagos Rice Mill, saying there were challenges with Paddy all over the country but disclosed that his administration was in discussions with the Federal Government to get two vessels of Paddy from outside for the rice mill to produce for almost a year.

Sanwo-Olu also said four more food hubs were under construction and that seven other locations in other local governments had been identified for new food hubs to be developed.

Lagos civil servants are henceforth to show up in their places of work three times a week as a way to ease the currently hardship they face due to high cost of living.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this on Thursday also announced a slash in public transport fares by 25 percent beginning from next week.

The governor spoke at a media chat expressing empathy with the citizens, stressing that “as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems.”

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, civil servants from the lower level to 14 will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” he said.

The governor also said his administration had completed some rail projects including the Red Line for inauguration next week.

The rail system, he added, was aimed at creating robust transportation services in the metropolis.

Sanwo-Olu said the 25 per cent reduction on transport services would start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), while there were discussions with various unions to also reduce their own fares.

The governor said the government would also identify caterers and ‘Mama Put’ in each local government to feed over 1,000 people once per day.

He also spoke on the Lagos Rice Mill, saying there were challenges with Paddy all over the country but disclosed that his administration was in discussions with the Federal Government to get two vessels of Paddy from outside for the rice mill to produce for almost a year.

Sanwo-Olu also said four more food hubs were under construction and that seven other locations in other local governments had been identified for new food hubs to be developed.

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EFCC deceived me into admitting N109.4bn fraud – Ex-accountant-general

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EFCC deceived me into admitting N109.4bn fraud – Ex-accountant-general

An ex-Accountant-General of Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has said he was decieved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to admit his involvement in an alleged N109.4 billion fraud.
Idris is standing trial on a 14-count charge alongside Geoffrey Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and a firm — Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, before a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) in Maitama.

Idris was arrested on May 16, 2022, by the EFCC over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering.

Halilu Yusuf, the presiding judge, had ordered a trial-within-trial in the matter to enable the court to determine whether all the extra-judicial statements made by the former AGF to the EFCC should be admitted in evidence.

Chris Uche, counsel to Ahmed, alleged that the EFCC had assured the defendant that he would not be subjected to any trial if he gave details that would implicate a former minister of finance and some governors.

Idris urged the court to reject the said confessional statements which he said were obtained in violation of the provisions of sections 15(4) and 17(1) (2) of the ACJA 2015, as his lawyers were not present when he made them and the sessions were not recorded.

But the EFCC’s lead investigator, Hayatudeen Suleiman, denied the allegation.

Suleiman, who appeared as a witness on Thursday, said the statements by the first defendant were obtained voluntarily.

Under cross-examination by Rotimi Jacobs, prosecution counsel, the witness stated that “there was no such deception of promise made to the first defendant”.

“After he was cautioned, he was told that the matter would end up in court. The defendant came along with his legal representative in the person of Gbenga Adeyemi, who witnessed the statement from the beginning to the end and he also signed,” the witness told the court.

“We asked questions which he answered. The 1st defendant voluntarily made the statements and was also notified that it would be used in court for trial.

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Extrajudicial Killing: Court sentences 5 vigilante group members to death

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Extrajudicial Killing: Court sentences 5 vigilante group members to death

For alleged extrajudicial killings of a minor, five vigilance members will be hanged to death in Kano.

The High Court in Kano presided by Justice Dije Abdu Aboki sentenced them to death by hanging for the death of a 17-year-old boy, Ahmed Musa.

The five were attached to Sani Abacha Youth Centre, it was learnt.

They were identified as: Emmanuel Korau, Elisha Ayuba, Irimiya Timothy, Auwalu Jafar and Mustapha Haladu. They all denied committing the offence.

The prosecution lead counsel, Barrister Lamido Abba Soron Dinki, said the convicts committed the offence on 22nd Jan. 2022 at Sabon Titi, Panshekara, Kumbotso local government area.

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Dinki explained that on the same date at about 10am the Convicts conspired and attacked the deceased while he was crossing Sabon Titi, Panshekara Road.

The prosecution counsel told the court that the defendants came out from a tricycle and started beating the deceased with a long club.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provision of section 97 and 221(b) of the Penal Code

“In the process, the first defendant used a long sharp knife and stabbed the deceased on his neck and dragged him on the ground, put him in the tricycle and took him away.

“As a result the deceased sustained grievous injuries and swollen face.

“The victim was later taken to Kuntau Police Division Kano and was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano, where he died,” he said.

The judge agreed with the prosecutor, saying: “I hereby sentence the five defendants to death by hanging.”

Extrajudicial Killing: Court sentences 5 vigilante group members to death

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