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NBA asks FG to stop probe of judges, faults anti-graft strategy

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The Nigerian Bar Association, on Monday, faulted the Federal Government’s anti-corruption strategy, and called for the immediate termination of the investigation of judges that has been on for the past eight months without any charges filed against them.

The NBA also demanded the release of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (also known as Shi’ite), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Both men have been in the custody of the Department of State Services since December 2015 despite various court orders directing the Service and the Federal Government to release them.

At a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, the NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), said while the continued detention of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky was unjustifiable, judges, who were being probed but were never charged with any offence, should be allowed to resume their judicial functions.

Mahmoud stated, “The NBA wishes to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to continually demonstrate religious adherence to the tenets of constitutional democracy. In this regard, the NBA is appalled at the continued detention of certain individuals in blatant disobedience to court orders.

“Amongst these individuals are Sheik Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky and his wife and also Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser.

“Whilst we recognise the serious charges on which these individuals are held, we nevertheless view their continued detention as unjustified and contrary to the express court orders.

“We call on the government to, without further delay, respect these orders.”

The NBA added, “In the same vein, in the wake of the arrest and detention of certain judicial officers by the DSS, the NBA had taken the view that the judges affected should recuse themselves from judicial functions until the investigations and outcome of those investigations were determined, we note that nearly eight months after those investigations were launched, there are some of the judges, who have not been prosecuted or charged before any court of law.

“This situation is completely unsatisfactory and unacceptable.

“The NBA calls on the government to terminate the investigations against those judges to enable them to resume their work as judicial officials.”

Faulting the current anti-corruption strategy of the Federal Government, the association said there was the need for an urgent review, with attention directed at strengthening existing investigating and prosecuting agencies.

It stated, “It is no longer news that there is endemic corruption in Nigeria. The issue is how we are fighting it.

“While the current efforts by anti-corruption agencies are commendable, it is important to note that the present framework, which is in place for anti-corruption crusade, is defective in structure and does not make for effectiveness of these agencies.

“The NBA still believes that a lot needs to be done in improving the general institutional framework for the fight against corruption.

“Though some successes have been scored, especially following the whistle-blowing policy of the government, it must be remembered that reliance on this whistle-blowing itself is a signal to the overall weakness of policing and anti-crime agencies.

“The NBA therefore calls for more investment in the development of the capacity of anti-corruption agencies. The NBA also calls for greater demonstration of commitment and synergy between the various branches of government.”

The association also advocated a better cooperation between the legislature and the executive, especially as it related to the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is currently being headed in acting capacity by Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

Magu was twice nominated by the Presidency to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive chairman of the EFCC but was rejected on the two occasions.

Mahmoud added, “As it is, there is clear dissonance between the executive and the legislative branches. A situation where the branches of government are unable to agree on the leadership of a key agency of government, such as the EFCC, is not only unfortunate but highly regrettable.

“This exposes our country to ridicule and questions the commitment of our leaders to the fight against corruption.

“We call on both the legislature and the executive, to as a matter of urgency, address the lingering issue of the leadership of the EFCC.

“The NBA also calls on all agencies of government involved in the criminal justice sector to demonstrate a greater level of cooperation and synergy.”

He commended the various reform initiatives in the judiciary since the Justice Walter Onnoghen’s appointment as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

On the state of the economy, the association commended the Federal Government’s efforts towards revamping the economy, but urged the government to focus on employment generation, improved security and the creation of a business friendly climate in the country.

It also said effort should be intensified to curb communal strife and incessant clashes between herders and farmers in many communities.

 

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Socialite Woman, Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam Extols Grandmother, Henrietta Glass@94

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Socialite Woman, Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam Extols Grandmother, Henrietta Glass@94

 

American socialite woman known as Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam extends warm felicitation to her energetic robust and good looking nonagenarian grandmother, Henrietta Glass of lake Jackson Texas, USA as she marks her 94th birthday today, joining family, friends and well-wishers to celebrate a living legend nonagenarian, who has positively contributed immensely to the society.

In a congratulatory message issued by her media aide, Oluwaseun Fabiyi. Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam made it known to the general public that her grandmother, Mrs Henrietta Glass is an embodiment of virtue and a strong pillar of support in the pursuit of a greater Texas community, sacrificing so much for the service of the community, Texas environs and humanity, and tirelessly working to improve the lives of others.

Saying further, on her birthday, we’re reminded of her positive roles in nation building, particularly her sterling records during his service years in Texas, USA.

As she turns 94 today, Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam offer her very best wishes and salute the nonagenarian, Henrietta Glass for her doggedness and untainted loyalty to good causes, which stood her out as a great asset, not only to Texas but to America as a whole.

“My prayer is that God Almighty bless her with all she ever hoped for, and grant her more celebrations in good health and prosperity. Congratulations to a virtuous woman per excellence, a good leader and dependable granny of the source”. She concluded.

Socialite Woman, Chief Mrs Tracy Adedokun-Ekam Extols Grandmother, Henrietta Glass@94

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Gov Zulum Denies Murder Allegations Against Son, Issues stern warning Against Peddlers Of Falsehood 

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Gov Zulum Denies Murder Allegations Against Son, Issues stern warning Against Peddlers Of Falsehood 

Gov Zulum Denies Murder Allegations Against Son, Issues stern warning Against Peddlers Of Falsehood 

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has said his son is not currently held in custody in India over any alleged murder.

Gov Zulum Denies Murder Allegations Against Son, Issues stern warning Against Peddlers Of Falsehood 

The governor in a signed statement by the media unit in his office, said the report was false and far from the truth.

The statement on Wednesday signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Bundi read: “The Borno State Governor’s media unit‘s attention has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizen.

This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

We hereby warn Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

Apostle Prince Acha is arguably one of the authentic mouthpieces of God in this end time. Known as the Apostle of Good news, he is the General Overseer of Divine Redemption Hill Ministry.
Testimonies of the impact of his ministry has become a force to be reckoned with. A gifted preacher and endowed with Prophetic unction, his compassionate lifestyle endeared a lot to him.
A woman who spoke with us revealed that through the ministry of Apostle she was delivered from untimely death and total turn around in her business. According to her, when she got a shop at Abule egba axis of Lagos, neighbors informed her to run from the place as those who got the shop before her died mysteriously. She was scared and run to the Apostle for prayers. Without visiting the place physically he informed her of the six places within the compound where the Charms were buried. And she went there, exhumed the places as described and saw charms buried there. After that he prayed for her and that same shop meant to be her burial ground became her source of breakthrough. These and many more has turned his ministry into a haven for solution to many people.
Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha's Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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