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BE MINDFUL OF UNWARRANTED ATTACKS ON JUDICIAL OFFICERS

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We have watched with utter dismay some unfortunate events that have been unfolding in the country, particularly within the political landscape, for some days now.

It is so disheartening to learn that some individuals and groups of persons who ought to know better and even assume the revered positions of role models to a larger proportion of the citizens are now sadly, the very ones flagrantly displaying ignorance and infantilism in the course of defending the indefensible.

In an ineptly scripted toxic article, one Farooq Adamu Kperogi, who described himself as a Nigerian-American Professor, decided to plunge into an abysmal pit of irredeemable ignorance by venting convoluted anger on Supreme Court Justices with a view to pleasing his paymasters. We have made it abundantly clear at different occasions that Judicial Officers are neither political office holders nor politicians that should be dressed in such robes. Our silence must not be mistaken for weakness or cowardice. Certainly, every Nigerian citizen has inalienable right to express his or her opinion without any encumbrance; but even in the course of expressing such fundamental right, we should be circumspect enough to observe the caution-gate of self-control in order not to infringe on another person’s right. Even in a state of emotional disequilibrium, we should be reasonable enough to make a good choice of decent words, as every word employed by the pen-happy Kperogi only succeeded in portraying the kind of vacuum that sign-posts all that he has as academic accomplishment. I believe those who possess similar credentials with him are obviously ashamed of celebrating any form of affinity with such a character that has an odious reputation for being a serial verbal assailant over the years, as he sees nothing good in anything good. He has only succeeded in inflicting upon himself a mood of bellicose jingoism which does not represent a mark of honour for any discerning mind or academic, the world over.

Courts don’t advertise or scout for cases for adjudication; but at the same time, we are duty-bound to adjudicate on all matters that come before us with a view to giving justice to whoever justice is due, irrespective of status. No Court in any clime is a Father Christmas; so, no one can get what he or she didn’t ask for. Similarly, all matters are thoroughly analysed and considered based on their merits and not the faces that appear in Court or sentiments that attempt to becloud the sense of reasoning. So, for anyone in his or her right frame of mind to insinuate that the Justices have been bought over by some unknown and unseen persons is, to say the least, a bizarre expression of ignorance, which definitely has no place in law or even in the realm of pedestrian reasoning.

We are not surprised with the surge of these well-orchestrated verbal assaults on Judicial Officers across the country at this period of elections. It is a thing we are used to and are ever ready to absorb whatever comes our way; but there should be some level of decorum and dignity in what we say and do. Politics should not be played without recourse to good conscience and acceptable moral conduct, as everything is evolving globally. Calling on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to resign or attacking Justices that sit on various panels, as exhibited by a faceless group that calls itself ‘’Progressive Minds Forum,’’ is rather prosaic. If political parties fail to organize themselves well by managing their internal wrangling maturely and now chose to bring themselves to the Court, we are duty-bound to adjudicate in accordance with the provisions of the law and not the dictates of any individual or deity, as some people would want us to do.

If political parties conduct themselves well and orderly too, the Courts would definitely handle less cases and the political atmosphere will be much healthier than it is currently. We shall continuously do our best to discharge our constitutional responsibility to keep the country together and move the nation along the path of peace, progress and development. Attacks by groups, political parties or individuals under any guise will not deter us, rather it will boost our resolve to do more for the country. It is not only petty but equally very unreasonable for anyone to hurriedly link the Hon. CJN Ariwoola to his state of origin and tribe simply because of a particular judgment of the Court. The major problem of Nigeria has always been the undue emphasis of religion and ethnicity in all our dealings. As long as we continue along that path, progress will remain a mirage. As at this moment, over 600 cases have so far gone to Court from just party primaries which were conducted by political parties without any encumbrance or interference from any external bodies. So, will the political parties, Kperogi or any individual now accuse the court of causing such unpleasant intra-party wrangling that defied all internal conflict resolution mechanisms? Most times, some people try as much as possible to disingenuously stand logic on its head to show their level of unimaginable dexterity. Those who have cultivated the unfashionable penchant of always attacking the Judiciary over every judgment or ruling given should better have a rethink and start channelling such robust energy into some ventures that are more developmental than destructive. We are not politicians and should not, by any stroke of imagination, be cast in that mould either. Nobody’s interest can ever supersede the interest of everybody. Nigeria is bigger than everyone of us. A word is enough for the wise.

DR. AKANDE AWENERI FESTUS
DIRECTOR OF PRESS AND INFORMATION
SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA

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Court restrained Dr. Ayu from parading himself as PDP National Chairman

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A Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi has restrained the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from office.

Justice W.I. Kpochi also restrained Dr Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of PDP pending the determination of a Motion on Notice filed by Engr. Engr Conrad Terhide Utaan against Dr. Ayu and the PDP following Ayu’s suspension from the party by
his ward executive, the Igyorov Council Ward ,Benue State on Saturday.

The judge issued an order of interim injunction after hearing from Mr. M.T.Assoh the lawyer who moved and argued an ex-parte application brought by Engr. Utaan .

Engr. Utaan had filed a suit marked MHC/85/2023 against Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and the People Democratic Party but later brought the ex-parte applications which the court granted as prayed.

The order issued by the judge read as follows:

Court.
“By this ex-parte application the Plaintiff’s/Applicant principally seek the order couched thus:

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st defendant Dr.Senator Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party , PDP, having lost membership of the party, pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice already filed.

‘”The application is supported by a fifteen (15) paragraphs affidavit to which is annexed three exhibits as Exhibits: A1, A2, and B, which are the Applicant’s membership card of the 2nd defendant, receipts for payment of dues and a vote of no confidence passed on the 1st Defendant/Respondent by the Igyorov Council Ward of the 2nd Defendant in Gboko.Local Government , Benue State.

‘”Upon hearing Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ably move the application and upon dispassionate considerations of facts placed before me in the pool of affidavit evidences, and again,upon the considerations of issues distilled in the written address by Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ,it is my candid view that this is a proper case to grant interim injunction as craved.

“Consequently, this application is hereby granted in the terms of the reliefs, captured in the motion paper as herein before reproduced.

“It is so ordered.”

The matter has been adjourned to 17/4/2023 for hearing.

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Suspension: Ayu mocks Exco members, derides them as illiterate persons who lack power to suspend him

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Embattled suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has described his suspension as exercise in futility and u n institutional.

He is fighting back with all the venom, the bile and causticity in him as he unleashed verbal attack on the exco members in hus state who suspended him fir alleged anti-party activities.

Deriding them, he declared that the members of the PDP Executive Committee in Igyorov Ward, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, who suspended him for alleged anti-party activities, were “illiterate” persons.

Ayu said the PDP committee lacked the power to suspend him, noting that the members of the committee were ignorant of the party’s Constitution.

The committee had on Sunday suspended Ayu for alleged anti-party activities, adding that his anti-party activities, alongside his allies, contributed to the party’s loss in his ward and local government in the March 18 governorship election in the state.

They also accused Ayu of not paying his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution, noting that most of his closest allies worked for the All Progressive Congress (APC) which resulted in the abysmal performance of the PDP in Igyorov Ward.

However, the PDP chairman, in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, described his suspension as “an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation”.

He stressed that only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had the power to suspend him, saying the suspension letter was written by an illiterate person and given to the coerced members of the committee to sign in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The statement read: “We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus:

“For starters, Article 57(7) of the PDP Constitution as Amended in 2017 expressly prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the Ward or State Level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the party’s National Executive Committee.

“The purported suspension is, therefore, an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation. It has only mischief, drama, and propaganda value.

“But more than this, the so-called suspension letter was written by an illiterate (sic) before hand and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.

“This is why the original date is tipexed and 24 March imposed on it. And this is also why it states that the presidential/NASS and Governorship/State Assembly elections were held on 25th and 18th March 2023, respectively.

“From what we know, the document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executives were forged or obtained under duress.

“The (Ward) chairman, his deputy, and legal adviser didn’t sign. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign, too. She was at NKST Ambighir for the Holy Communion.

“In fact, the same applies to Nos. 5, 8, and 16. At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi with the other coerced, intimidated, and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses”.

“Up till now, about nine members of the Ward Exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. And expectedly, their mobile numbers have been switched off. It is instructive.

“The general public is hereby advised to ignore rumours to this heinous effect. Those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions.”

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I Prefer Kissing, S3x Scenes With Seasoned Actors – Nancy Isime

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Popular actress and media personality, Nancy Isime has revealed how she feels acting s3x and scene kissing roles. She spoke during an interview with media personality, Dadaboy. According to her, she doesn’t enjoy acting such roles. She further explained that even if it looks good on screen, she prefers such scenes with seasoned actors who understand professionalism. She said, “Well, it’s a script, and Yes, I do kiss in movies. But Why will I enjoy it? 5,000 people around you. Enjoy what? I never enjoy doing nothing. There’s cameras around, it’s a scene. I prefer to actually have kissing scenes with seasoned actors who understand the professionalism of a kissing scene or a s3x scene. “S3x scene of course because everybody is all dressed up but there is movement. So there’s literally people who understand the job and are focused and are literally just running through a script.”

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