The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the National Judicial Council, NJC, of bias in handling the case against the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that the NJC goofed by finding the former Chief Justice of Nigeria guilty in the offences allegedly committed by the CJN when no competent court of law has found him guilty.
IPOB also alleged that NJC’s recommendation for the retirement of the former CJN was done out of fear and lack of courage to tell President Muhammadu Buhari what is the true position of the constitution and the law.
“It is most unfortunate that the so-called NJC is a confused bunch which does not know its constitution or out of fear, has refused to insist that the government be held accountable to its dictates.
“Which section in the constitution empowers the cabal led by the President to suspend the former CJN without any court conviction or recommendation of the NJC?
“Again where in the constitution did Aso Rock derive the power to dismiss or suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria? NJC should bury its head in shame, especially when it is the body looked upon to organise the judiciary and discipline the legal practitioners. Shame on NJC for this unpardonable and avoidable blunder it committed.
“According to the NJC, Justice Walter Onnoghen had lost the morality of authority to continue as Chief Justice of Nigeria over the litany of allegations bordering on misconduct.
“The question is, when did mere allegation or accusation become a confirmation of guilt or misconduct? Who determined that he has lost the moral authority? Is it a properly constituted court of law or the cabal in Aso Rock running Nigeria that wants their own to take over the reins of the judiciary the same way they succeeded in taking over every other sphere of authority and governance in Nigeria?
“Why did NJC not wait in passing their guilty verdict to allow the CJN to be convicted of any of the alleged crimes?
“The world can see and prove us right that Nigerian judges are bias and lack of understanding of the constitution and simple elementary law that one is not guilty until proven otherwise.”
It is a shame on NJC members that with mere allegation they have padded the judgement of guilt on their fellow Judge and a respectable one for that matter, we will not be surprised to find out that the members of the NJC that passed that verdict may have been compromised by the people they are working for, the judiciary has ceased to be the last hope of the common man, and it is unfortunate.”
Who did this to black people, why is it difficult for us to reason like human beings. Where is that cornerstone of justice that says presumption of innocence before proven guilty?
“Have we all not seen how Fulani cabal in government are debasing not just, but our reasoning ability and our morality.
“To understand why Onnoghen was removed, you have to, first of all, appreciate who the chairman of the same NJC that made the recommendation is.
Let us look at the composition of the National Judicial Council as prescribed in the Nigerian Constitution. NJC is chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria who shall be the Chairman; (the Fulani Tanko Muhammad.
“The same Chief Justice Tanko who now recommended that Onnoghen should leave the service while he himself is squeaky clean.
“No wonder injustice pervades every layer of legal practice in Nigeria. If the parent body can be so parochial, deviant and evil, how much less those they are meant to hold in checks like Binta Nyako and other judges in Nigeria.”
Coronavirus Test Kits Now Being Sold In Black Markets — NCDC Raises Alarm
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Thursday said Nigerians have started selling COVID-19 diagnostic test kits in “black markets”.
Speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing on Thursday in Abuja, Ihekweazu raised alarm over the selling of Covid-19 test kits in black market, warned those who are desperate for test to be careful.
He also called for caution as industries gear up to reopen for businesses. The NCDC DG said there was currently a lot of pressure as companies seek to test their employees before they resume work.
Ihekweazu warned Nigerians to be cautious while purchasing diagnostic test kits.
“It is important that as we open our industries, we really think about the measures that we advise everyone to carry out and leave testing for the purpose for which it is there.”
“There is a growing black market on rapid diagnostics test kits in Nigeria, we have to be careful in what we buy, how we use it and how we interpret the results that they provide,” he said.
He also disclosed that the Nigeria private-sector coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) donated N47 million to support sample transportation to boost testing.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government also expressed worries as hospitals refuses to treat Nigerians with other ailments and that other ailments was causing more death than COVID-19.
The government also said it was considering locking down areas where there are increasing rate of infections, as opposed to state-wide lockdown.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who raised the alarm at the PTF daily briefing in Abuja, also lamented that even federal tertiary hospitals were in the forefront of the rejection of patients.
According to him “The PTF has received rather sadly, reports of continued refusal by medical institutions to receive and treat patients for fear of COVID-19. This has resulted in several unfortunate and avoidable fatalities and statistics have shown that there is a drastic drop in the attention being paid to other ailments not related to COVID-19.
‘’This situation is made worse by the fact that federal tertiary institutions have been mentioned among those rejecting patients for fear of COVID. This not acceptable. We are saddened by this development.
“The Minister of Health has reached out to all medical directors, directing them to continue providing regular medical services, so we do not end up with avoidable deaths. Truth be told, we are having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than even COVID-19.
‘’The reason for the greater emphasis on COVID 19 is that it is a pandemic and if not curtailed, has a capacity of wiping out large segments of our population.
“The PTF also urges all the Chief Medical Directors and private health service providers to attend to other health challenges which continue to confront our people on a daily basis.”
Buhari Approves Re-Organisation Of Nigeria Police, Decentralized Force CID And Creates New Formations
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-organization of the Nigeria Police Force and the creation of a new unit among other structural changes.
In a May 27 police circular signed by the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, it was gathered that the Nigerian President approved the detachment of the Force Intelligence Bureau from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, so it can become a full-fledged department. He also approved the decentralisation of the FCID, with two new additional annex offices in Enugu and Gombe respectively for criminal cases emanating from the south-south and south-east zones and the north-east zone.
There are now 8 departments in the Police Force and four annexes. Each annex will be headed by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police who will be reporting to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police heading the FCID at the headquarters in Abuja.
IGP Adamu Mohammed who disclosed that the restructuring is aimed at fully integrating “intelligence-led policing strategy into the Community Policing initiative in addressing the threats that the dynamics of crimes pose”, also announced the creation of five additional Zonal Commands.
They include Ondo/Ekiti Commands with the headquarters in Akure; Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi Commands with the headquarters in Awka; Bayelsa/Rivers Commands with the headquarters in Yenagoa; Yobe/Borno Commands with the headquarters in Maiduguri; and Katsina/Kaduna Commands in Katsina.
The statement added;
“In order to enhance the capacity of the four premiere Police Colleges in Kaduna, Ikeja, Maiduguri and Orji River towards meeting the training and capacity development projection of the Force in relation to junior cadre officers, Mr President approved that the status of the commandants of the colleges be upgraded to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
“This will strengthen administration, enhance the commitment of staff, and engender higher level of discipline and the quality of training at the colleges.
“These approvals were granted by the President in furtherance to the need to expand and strengthen the intelligence department to aid in the entrenchment of the community policing practice as approved by the Federal Government.”
President Buhari who is the chairman of the police council which includes 36 state governors, is now expected to summon a meeting of the council to ratify the reorganisation.
Buhari Writes House Of Reps, Seeks Approval To Borrow $5.513bn
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the House of Representatives seeking its approval to borrow $5.513 billion.
The President, in the letter read by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the resumption of plenary on Thursday morning, April 28, said the loan will be used to finance the 2020 budget deficit, critical projects, and to also finance projects to support some state governors.
The loan request has been referred to the House Committee on loans and Debt for consideration.
The National Assembly had recently approved a loan of N850bn for the Federal Government, while another of $22.79bn, which the Senate has already approved, is pending before the House.
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