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Cross River Acting CJ Withdraws 29 Protesting Magistrates From Sitting In Court

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The Cross River State Acting Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Effiom Eyo-Ita, has withdrawn the 29 protesting magistrates, who on Monday and Tuesday last week took to the streets of Calabar to protest the non-payment of their two years’ salary by Governor Ben Ayade, from sitting.

It would be recalled that Senior Magistrate Safiya Iyeh Ashipu of Odukpani Magisterial Division, had on Monday, January 4, led her two sons to the Government House, Calabar, with placards of various inscriptions, asking the governor to pay her 24-month unpaid salary.

The following day, 28 other magistrates in the same plight as Ashipu, donning their full regalia stormed the Governor’s Office in protest against the non-payment of their salary for 24 months. During the protest, one of them, Richard Bassey, collapsed and was revived by his other colleagues.

While Governor Ayade, through his media aide, Christian Ita, said that the magistrates were irregularly recruited into the judiciary as he (Ayade), did not sign off on the order for the final engagement, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner Tanko Ashang, had during and interaction with the representatives of the protesting magistrates, declared their recruitment into the state’s judiciary as “fraudulent” and threatened them with lawsuit for embarrassing the governor.

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The fourth acting chief judge whose tenure expires in five days’ time, had claimed that only Ayade could determine the fate of the 29 magistrates as all entreaties for the governor to pay them had failed.

As at press time, no concrete arrangement had been made to pay off the 24-months’ salary arrears of the affected magistrates who have now been withdrawn from their various divisions.

This was just as nobody could volunteer information on what would happen to Justice Eyo-Ita, the fourth Acting Chief Judge to be appointed by Ayade, who has refused to appoint a substantive Chief Judge for the state since the former Chief Judge, Justice Michael Edem, retired on November 29, 2019.

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While Edem, on his retirement, had announced Justice Akon Ikpeme, the next in rank to him as the Acting Chief Judge, Governor Ayade had rooted for Justice Maurice Eneji to replace Edem in contravention of the order of seniority in the state’s judiciary. Reason however, prevailed and Ayade later swore in Justice Ikpeme in acting capacity for a period of three months.

The governor, had in the attempt to make Justice Eneji the Chief Judge, reconstituted the state’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on November 27, and appointed Justice Agbojo Ogar (rtd) as chairman instead of the then sitting Chie Judge, Edem, who walked out of the inauguration in protest. The commission eventually recommended Eneji, but the entire state rose against that.

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At the expiration of the three months, Governor Ayade has been appointing other Acting Chief Judges in the order of Justices AKon Ikpeme, Maurice Eneji (twice) and the current Effiom Eyo-Ita, who has five days left as Acting CJ, while the right successor, Justice Ikpeme, is still in service.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that while Ikpeme is of Akwa Ibom State origin, she is married to a Cross River man. Her father had worked and retired as a Permanent Secretary in Cross River State civil service. The development has forced the National Judicial Council (NJC) to blacklist Cross River State in all its activities, insisting that the order of seniority must be strictly followed.

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Yahaya Bello Explains Why Fani-Kayode Did Not Join APC

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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has explained why former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode did not join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He spoke on Politics Today, Channels Television programme monitored by The Nation,

Recall that The Nation had reported that Yahaya Bello, in a two minutes video, claimed the former minister had dumped the PDP for the APC.

Also, viral photos of Fani-Kayode meeting with the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and the APC interim National Chairman, Mala Buni did set many tongues wagging.

Bello said, “Myself and Chief Fani-Kayode are brothers and we are partnering in ensuring there is peace and tranquility across the country.“The Chief Femi Fani-Kayode that everybody knows by the time he met me, I think he had a rethink of what life is all about and what Nigeria is all about, and you can see the mix so far, we are able to broker peace between the Amalgamated Union of Traders and our other aggrieved brothers.

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“Him joining the APC is at his own volition; him not joining, is at his own volition, political party divide has nothing to do with both of us working for the unity, peace and progress of this country, that’s what I know.”

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South-West Security Network To Be Launched Soon – Gani Adams

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We’ll unveil new security outfit in South West, says Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has stated that a new security outfit that will compliment effort of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun, and other security agencies in tackling the insecurity ravaging the region would soon be unveiled.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, he said the new security outfit would involve all security groups, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the region.

He said stakeholders involved would deliberate on the issue in Ibadan Oyo State on March 17.

Adams and some members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere present at the press briefing also called on the six governors of the region to inject at least 15 per cent of their annual budget into agriculture.

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Iba Adams, Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin and a chieftain of the group, Sola Lawal said investing a huge amount of money on agriculture will play a huge impact in providing sustainable food production for the region.

They condemned the recent protest by food sellers in the northern part of the country, which prevented food from the area from coming to the Southwest.

The trio said investment in agriculture would provide employment, enhance internally generated revenue, provide food security, reduce urban congestion and enlarge the coast for participatory modernised agriculture.

Adams explained that the Southwest spent a huge amount on food daily, adding that the protest was a clarion call to the Southwest leaders to provide the necessary security for farmers in order to produce enough agricultural produce.

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Tony Nwoye Returns To PDP As S-East PDP Sets To Elect New Executives

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Tony Nwoye Returns To PDP As S-East PDP Sets To Elect New Executives

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East geo-political zone set to elect new Executives as the Leader of the PDP in the zone and Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, arrives the popular Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, venue of the Party’s Zonal Congress.

The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu, the PDP National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu, the National Youth Leader, Rt. Hon. Sunday Udeh-Okoye, fomer Governors of Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo states, Senator Sam Egwu, Peter Obi and Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha respectively, National and State Assembly members from the zone, Barr. Olisa Metu, Chris Ubah, and other esteemed leaders of the party in the zone, including the new returnee in Anambra State, Hon. Tony Nwoye, are in attendance.

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Tony Nwoye Returns To PDP As S-East PDP Sets To Elect New Executives

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