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JUSUN Strike: NLC May Shut Down The Country Over Financial Autonomy of Judiciary

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) may shut down the country over the struggle for judicial autonomy and the independence of the Judiciary.

In solidarity with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), an affiliate of the congress that has been on a nationwide strike since April 6, 2021, the NLC has resolved to mobilize all its affiliate unions and state councils to shut down operations in a national strike.

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The Acting President of JUSUN, Comrade Emmanuel Abioye, who disclosed this after an emergency meeting of leadership of the union at the Ayuba Wabba House, Abuja on Tuesday, said the option left for JUSUN, after it has done all it is supposed to do without success, is to call for the intervention of the NLC.

The Leadership of JUSUN regretted that the governors reneged on their promise to sign the Memorandum of Action arrived at the meeting between JUSUN and the Governors when the Federal Government intervened a week ago.

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The JUSUN acting president said: “The options that we have considered include, but not limited to involving the NLC. Of course, you will recall that the NLC president had said a similar thing in his speech at the Workers Day on the 1st of May. We are affiliate of the NLC and that is one of the options we are looking at. Of course, we cannot be in this crises and NLC will fold its hands, so NLC is prepared to do the needful as we speaks. So, that is one of the options weighed.”

Comrade Abioye further explained: “The NLC action will send very strong signal to the Accountant-General of the Federation to do the needful. If they thought our own actions have not really mattered, NLC actions would be different. When the whole country unfortunately is shut down, everybody will sit up and see that our demand is legitimate.

“If we have the constitution on our side, we have the judgement of the Federal High Court which is the competent jurisdiction since 2014, we have the Executive Order 10 of the president, we have the Memorandum of Action now, that all parties are supposed to agree on, which is even their own suggestion, why are we not doing the thing we are supposed to do, which is for the NLC to intervene. We have everything on our own side, there is nothing more we are supposed to do that we have not done, so the public should be aware of that.”

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Tribune Online recalls that the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba had warned during his May Day speech that the congress and its affiliate will take over the struggle if nothing is done within two weeks.

Wabba had said: “The struggle for judicial autonomy did not start today. It has been on for years. Unfortunately, all entreaties for the implementation of Section 121(3) of the Constitution that supports it has remained a mirage because of the indifference of governors.

“To say we are disappointed with the recent strike embarked upon by the judiciary workers is to say the least. Come to think of it, what other reason could they give for not allowing the three arms of government to function autonomously if not for corruption.

“It is regrettable that for over two months activities in our courts were paralysed just because of ego and the domineering influences of our Governors. Congress and its affiliates will not hesitate in solidarity to join the action within two weeks if nothing is done.”

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22-year-old man to die by hanging for robbery

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A 22-year Kehinde Olajide has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery in Ekiti State.

A High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced Kehinde for involvement in robberies.

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He was docked for arming himself with dangerous weapons to rob Dayo Folorunsho, Saka Yusuf, Adeoye Oluwatosin, Adeola Oluwatobi, Olayemi Aremu, Hambali Ojo and Ayodele Oluwafemi of their belongings.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye who pronounced the judgement, said that “the prosecution had proved ingredients of armed robbery against the convict without any reasonable doubt

Ogunmoye said, “He is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until he is dead. May God almighty have mercy upon his soul”.

The convict and others who were involved in the alleged robbery were charged with nine count charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and robbery.

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The three other men involved in the robbery include, Kareem Azeez (24), Bamisile Lateef (28) and Adebayo Basiru (25).

The Judge, however, acquitted them for lack of proof of the offence they were charged for.

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

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The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano

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Kano State Upper Shari’ah Court, City Number 1, presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola has sentenced 20 lashes with cane and 180 days in correctional center, against six phone snatchers who were found guilty of their offences.

The convicted persons were arrested in different locations within Kano metropolis

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According to the First Information Report by Police, the convicts were apprehended after series of complaints from members of the public.

” Eight stolen phones were recovered in their possession and they couldn’t give any satisfactory information in relation to how they acquired the phones”

” Knives and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from the suspects.”

The six convicts of different addresses in Kano Metropolis included : Umar Ibrahim, Abba Sani and Abubakar Yusuf.

Others were Ahmad Mustapha, Aliyu Bashir and Ahmad Musa.

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They all pleaded guilty and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Ibrahim Sarki Yola ordered 20 strokes be administer to each of the convict.

The Judge, similarly convicted each to spend 180 at correctional centres.

” This will serve as a deterrent to other culprits who are terrozing the public”

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