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NBA President Calls For Constitutional Amendments To Increase Number Of Supreme Court Justices, Limit The Jurisdiction Of The Apex Court

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The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN has made a call for an amendment of the Nigerian constitution to increase the number of justices appointed to the Supreme Court and to limit the jurisdiction of the apex court to ”certain constitutional matters.” Mr Y.C. Maikyau, SAN made this call while delivering a valedictory address in honour of Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki, JSC upon his lordship’s retirement from the Supreme Court.

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With the retirement of Hon. Justice Aboki from the Supreme Court, the number of Justices of the Court is now reduced to 13, 8 Justices less than the full complement of 21 Justices as prescribed by Section 230 (1)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The NBA President noted therefore that “it will still be a huge struggle for this Court to cope with the number of appeals already pending before it and those that are bound to arise, particularly from election-related matters.”

Still on constitutional amendment, he also called for amendments that would reduce the number of matters that get to the Supreme Court and recommended, specifically, that the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court be limited to certain constitutional matters so as to allow the Court to properly function as the policy-making court that it is meant to be.

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In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal, the NBA President described the forthcoming 2023 elections as one that “promises to be a watershed moment in our democratic experience” and admonished members of the legal profession, given the public interest that election matters generate, to conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and probity while handling election petitions. He also urged members of the Judiciary “……to always bear on their shoulders the duty of ensuring that there is no appearance whatsoever, of compromise on their part. Nothing should be done which creates even a suspicion that there has been improper interference with the course of justice.”

In conclusion, the NBA President described Hon. Justice Aboki, JSC (Retired) as a jurist who has discharged his judicial duties creditably and expressed, on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association, his best wishes to His Lordship for a long and healthy life in retirement.

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Elderly Woman Falls On Her Knees To Pray For Peter Obi In Jos Rally

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As political campaigns for the 2023 general elections commenced on Wednesday, a elderly woman has been captured praying for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, during a solidarity rally held in Jos, Plateau State.

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The Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign organization, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet on Wednesday disclosed that the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba Ahmed, will attend the Jos rally although the party is yet to commence campaigns officially.

”Today in Jos, HE Peter Obi & his running mate Datti-Ahmed, will honour an invitation from the Middle Belt forum to attend a solidarity rally. We are yet to commence our own campaigns.

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To comfort our students, We urge the FG to quickly resolve the lingering ASSU Crisis,” the tweet read.

Amongst persons seen at the venue to welcome the LP flag bearer was an elderly woman on her knees in the midst of other supporters praying for Peter Obi at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos, Plateau state.

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UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date

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The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

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The university in a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.

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“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution to the university’s official website.

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Presidency denies authorising Katsina security outfit to carry arms

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The Presidency has denied that any state has been issued authorisation to procure automatic weapons for its security outfit.

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Last week, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu had accused the Federal Government of bias in refusing to allow the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, to carry sophisticated firearms, while allegedly granting approval to the Katsina State security outfit to carry sophisticated firearms.

That was as the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba said that quasi-security outfits established by state governments have no legal basis to function during the 2023 general elections.

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In a statement on Tuesday, the Presidency said the possession of automatic weapons and AK-47 remains illegal in the country.

“The Presidency wishes to strongly assert that there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits,” the statement reads.

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“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them”.

The Presidency however said neither Katsina nor Ondo is allowed to purchase automatic weapons for security outfits.

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“Under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief and as it is at this moment, no such approvals have been issued to any state government.

“In the specific Katsina State often cited, the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their vigilantes for a five-day period….

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“in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles,” emphasising that “the vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to assist them”.

The Presidency added that it “appreciates the active involvement of states with security matters. As they continue to expand their capabilities as well as their active collaboration with law enforcement agencies of the federation, the joint efforts continue to yield good results, thwarting attempts of terrorists to wreak havoc and destruction on communities”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying he has received reports “of acts of utmost bravery and professionalism” by operatives of state security outfits.

“He thanked them for their alertness that is helping to defeat nefarious plots against targets at grassroots levels”, the statement added.

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Furthermore, the Presidency called on leaders at various levels “to exercise restraint in their speech, even as we are in a political season”.

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