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Judge exposes lawyer who tried to bribe him in Plateau

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Hon. Justice G. M Kamyal of High Court 9 in West of Mines Jos, Plateau State, has exposed a counsel who attempted to solicit a favour in a case treated before him.

While narrating in open court how a counsel made an attempt to solicit his favour in a matter with suit No. PLD/J602/2021 between Gabriel Sunday Badung and 20 others (complainants) and Comr Samson Makims and others (Defendants), the judge said he was surprised to see the counsel visiting him in the night.

When the the matter came up for continuation of hearing on Tuesday and the counsels announced appearance, the judge said. “I wish to inform the Counsel and parties in Court that yesterday night between 7 and  8, one Barrister B.C. Awang (Mrs) came to my house along with one of the claimants in this case to see me in respect of the case.

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“They came along with a gift for me. I was seriously disturbed by the said unsolicited visit. I asked why would they paid such a visit on me base on a case before me.

“According to the said Barrister B.C. Awang, the visit was in respect of a Motion Exparte pending before me. This visit was uncalled for, unprofessional of a counsel and I felt it was an attempt to solicit favour(s) from me.

“I am deeply annoyed by the said visit and this has affected my mind frame with regards to handling this matter. I have said this in the open Court and I am returning the case file to the Hon the Ag Chief Judge of the State for him to Re-assign the case to another Judge for trial.

“This is to ensure that my anger over the visit to my house will undermine the trial of this case. Accordingly, I hereby return the case file as stated above and same is to be forwarded forward with by the Registrar of this Court for further directives of the Hon. Ag Chief Judge.”

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Zamfara Killing: MURIC hails media for fair reporting

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Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Lakin Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has hailed the Nigerian media for properly reporting the killing of Muslims in Zamfara last Friday, September 23, 2022.

MURIC commendation is contained in a press statement signed Sunday by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola.

However, theIslamic human rights organization slammed the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for falsely claiming that it was only Christians that are being killed in Nigeria.

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The statement reads in part: “Terrorists invaded the Friday prayer mosque in Ruwan Jema town in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State Friday, 23rd September, 2022 killing fifteen (15) and injuring forty eight (48) Muslim worshippers. The armed men hid their guns inside their clothes and pretended to be worshippers. They opened fire on innocent worshippers after entering the mosque.

“MURIC is particularly impressed by the manner in which the killing was reported. Unlike in the past when the killing of Muslims attract little or no media attention and mere casualty figures are given while the religion of the victims are deliberately left out, this time around, the Nigerian press really went to town with stories of the Zamfara killings and most media houses identified the victims as Muslims. This is quite laudable.

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Insecurity: Amotekun’ll be armed, backed by law — Akeredolu

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GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, yesterday, insisted that state security outfits in the country, backed by law must have access to sophisticated weapons to combat insecurity.

Akeredolu said this during the Passing-Out Parade of Courses 3 and 4 of the State Amotekun Corps in Akure.

His words: “State Security outfits backed by law whether in Western Nigeria, Katsina, Borno, Benue or any Northern state must have access to the same sophisticated weapons that the marauders have. Anything else is a contradiction in terms.

“It is evident that the current internal security framework in the country is ineffectual. The response of the subnationals by setting up their outfits is welcome, necessary, and has become indispensable.

“Everyone must be given the same access to outgun the criminals. Without uniformity nationwide, the threat to the cohesion of the state will continue.

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“The fight back against marauders committing crimes against humanity must allow subnational and regional authorities to have the tools, the most sophisticated weapons available which the marauders already have in abundance.

“Without providing the sub-national security forces to be a counter-balancing force we have a crisis which strikes at the heart of the conception and the definition of the state itself.”

Speaking on the training, the Ondo State governor said: “Those passing out have undergone rigorous training at great expense to the state. The training will not end here it will be continuous.

“However, no amount of training will mask the debilitation of fighting with one arm tied against implacable foes.

“Amotekun must, therefore, be armed and will be armed and be backed by law. Otherwise, the training will be inadequate and we will be placing the lives of these great patriots in danger.

“The key guiding principles which you must adhere to at all times include Spartan discipline, zero-tolerance to bribery and abuse of power, prompt response to distress calls and display of professionalism in the discharge of your duties. No form of misconduct shall be tolerated.”

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Lekki-Epe Expressway: Govt promises speedy work, warns against one-way driving

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Lagos State Government has warned motorists plying Lekki- Epe expressway against driving against the traffic, just as it promises speedy completion of the ongoing rehabilitation and construction of the road.

Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this after an inspection of the phase two of the project from Epe junction to Eleko.

He sought the cooperation of residents and motorists during the project and promised speedy completion of the second phase of the road project, which is about 16 kilometres.

“You will recollect that about two years ago, January 2020, the construction work on the road began after Mr. Governor’s flag off ceremony. The phase 1 which is about 18.5 kilometres was practically 95 per cent completed within the space of one and half years. All the street light poles have arrived and will be fixed very soon.

“Anybody coming from Epe junction down to Eleko will see the whole road transformed. The second phase starts from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya. As we go towards Lagos, the road gets busy, so the methodology we are going to use for this one will be different from the phase 1.

“We have decided to address Awoyaya to Eleko, but in doing this, certain areas are flat. So, we need to raise the road. The reason motorists are having difficulty moving is largely as a result of failure to comply with road signs.

“On my way to this inspection, I saw a lot of people driving one way while some were trying to overtake at a construction zone. This is a bad attitude and our people need to change. We appreciate the traffic management team but they need to do more.

“In this stretch of 16 kilometres from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya, we will have enough discharge points so that this road will last longer. We are having some setbacks due to rainy season but major work will commence by October.

“It is a mechanized process, the contractors have enough equipment and they are well mobilised. They will deliver a kilometre every month. They have demonstrated it before, it is about performance. They have delivered 18 kilometres in 18 months. These 16 kilometres stretch won’t be a big deal.”

On the durability of the road, Aramide said that they are aware of the kind of investment going on around Lekki-Epe axis, and the road is being constructed in such a way that it will stand the test of time.

“We have thought of investment coming to this area, and that is why the kind of pavement here is not the usual flexible one you will find anywhere. We also have provision for weight bridge, so that vehicle on this corridor will know that there is control.”

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