CNJ asked judges handling tribunals to be guided by rule of law , Constitution
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola on Thursday urged judges serving in the election tribunals to submit themselves to the sanctity of the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in the discharge of their judicial functions.
Justice Ariwoola gave the admonitions in Abuja while swearing in 39 additional judges to serve the National Assembly Election Tribunals and Governorship/Assembly Election Petition Tribunals across the country that are now overwhelmed by the large numbers of petitions from the 2023 elections .
Recall that Justice Ariwoola had on November 7, 2022 sworn in 307 judges currently serving at the various election petition tribunals across the country.
It behooves you to willingly submit yourselves to the sanctity of the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in the discharge of your judicial functions.
“It is the general belief that elections held when the rule of law is too fragile,seldom lead to lasting democratic governance, you are enjoined to always strike a balance between justice and rule of law on this critical national assignment,” he said.
According to him ” rule of delayed is lasting peace denied because Justice is a handmaiden of true peace.”
“We need this in Nigeria more than ever before. The trumpet must first sound from the temple of justice: hence we put you forward as champions of this noble cause and let your decisions be deeply rooted in law and not sentiments or public opinion,” he said.
The CJN noted that work at election tribunals are an enormous national assignment that will literally put the contents of judges conscience to test.
He said that “no amount of homily can convey the enormity of this task.But suffice to say that you (the judges) are already initiating an interaction with history.”
According to him, “whatever action or inaction you exhibit today will serve as your testament in the annals of the Nigerian history.”
He said he knew that as judicial officers , they may have,one way or the other trodden this somewhat dreadful terrains, but must against all odds, “rise above the murky waters of failure and infamy.”
CJN Ariwoola said the onus is on the appointee judges to keep aloft the banner of honesty and integrity that the judiciary has paintakingly hoisted over the years, adding that they should do everything within their ability to justify the confidence reposed on them by the appointment.
He also warned that the judges will be exposed to different forms of temptations and even blackmail, but advice them to stick to their oaths of office because such temptations are test of their strength of character,honesty and integrity.
“You should always be mindful of this oath you have just taken because it now stands as an uncompromising witness between you and your creator,” he said.
Subsidy: Petrol hits N1,200 Per Litre in Ebonyi
Petrol now sells for N1,200 a litre in Ebonyi state, according to a report by NAN. The shocking change came after President Bola Tinubu announced the removal of fuel subsidy. Resident of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state were forced to buy petrol at a staggering N1,200 on Tuesday, according to the report. Scores of residents, who decried the high cost of petrol in the country, said they have since been engaged in panic buying. Some residents were also seen with their cans as many filling stations were under lock. A resident, Darlington Okeke, said panic buying was occasioned by Tinubu’s statement during his inauguration on Monday. Okeke stated that petrol in filling stations was sold between N800 and N1,200, against N230 per litre. Another resident, Ibrahim Ali, said black marketers sold a litre of fuel for N1,500, adding that the development was causing panic buying and frustration among residents. He, however, appealed to Tinubu to address the situation to mitigate panic buying and arbitrary hoarding of the products, which marketers introduced after the announcement by the president. Meanwhile, staff of some filling stations, who spoke under condition of anonymity, disclosed that the management of the Petroleum Dealers Association, Ebonyi State chapter, ordered the closure of fuel stations. “We are waiting for further directives,” they told NAN. Efforts to speak with the state chairman of the association, Sailas Njaka, on the development were not successful.
Troops eliminate ISWAP top commanders, 55 terrorists in Borno
At least 55 Islamic State–West Africa Province terrorists have been eliminated by Nigerian troops. Those killed included top commanders of the terrorist group. The mission was carried out by the Multinational Joint Task Force in Arege, Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. The Niger Ministry of Defence said that it conducted a 22-day operation tagged Operation HARBIN ZUMA, targeting ISWAP strongholds. The operation, it said, was coordinated by troops of Sector 3 and Sector 4 of the MNJTF. The operation started on May 6, 2023, and ended on Sunday, May 28. According to its report, several top ISWAP commanders, including Fiya Abouzeid, Qaïd Abou Oumama, and Qaïd Malam Moustapha, as well as some religious leaders whose identities are unknown, were killed during the 22-day Operation HARBIN ZUMA. The Niger-Nigerian Air Task Force and land forces worked together to locate the enemy and cause significant damage. The troops destroyed 13 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and five Vehicles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices. Two soldiers from Nigérienne Sector 4 MNJTF were killed, three were slightly wounded, and one phantom Mrap was damaged during the operation. However, The Niger Ministry did not disclose any casualties on the Nigerian side. The main aim of Operation HARBIN ZUMA was to neutralise terrorists in their stronghold in Aregé, Nigeria. The operation also aimed to maintain pressure on the Islamic State in West Africa and eliminate any presence of armed terrorist groups in the BOSSO, BAGA, GOUDOUMBALI, and GASHIGAR areas. The operation also planned to cut off all supply routes for armed terrorist groups and reduce the threat in the region.
I pray Atiku succeeds in Nullifying Tinubu’s victory – Omokri
A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has asked God to help Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party to nullify President Bola Tinubu’s victory. Omokri took to social media to pray to God. The staunch Atiku’s ally applauded Tinubu for his bold statement on subsidy removal, meeting the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, same day he assumed office. Tweeting, Omokri said unlike the immediate last president, Muhammadu Buhari, Tinubu started work immediately he assumed office. According to Omokri: “Making a bold statement on subsidy removal and backing it up with action. Meeting Godwin Emefiele, then Mele Kyari.“Making a string of appointments. Asserting his authority over the DSS in their face-off with the EFCC.“Tinubu, unlike Buhari, has hit the ground running. I sincerely pray that our petition will succeed and President Tinubu’s election will be nullified.“But be that as it may, I must commend the actions of his first 24 hours in office.”
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