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Diri Swears In Ayemieye As Bayelsa Acting CJ

Diri Swears In Ayemieye As Bayelsa Acting CJ

Law, News Feature
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has sworn in Justice Matilda Abrakasa Ayemieye as the Acting Chief Judge of the state. Justice Ayemieye took the oath in acting capacity on Monday inside the Executive Council Chambers in Government House, Yenagoa. Ayemieye steps in following last week’s retirement of Justice Kate Abiri, who served as Chief Judge of the state for 15 years. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Governor Diri charged the new Acting Chief Judge to maintain the cordial relationship between the executive and judicial arms of government in the state. Diri said Ayemieye was eminently qualified for the position and tasked her to carry her colleagues along in the scheme of things in order to move the state judiciary to greater...
Police to recruit ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region

Police to recruit ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region

Law, News Feature
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj Gen Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) has solicited the support of the Police High Command in the recruitment of ex-agitators into its rank and file as well as officers' Corp. The Interim Administrator made the request when he paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman at the Police Headquarters in Abuja. Gen Ndiomu revealed that the PAP has over the years trained a lot of youths from the Niger Delta region who have the capacity to serve in the Nigerian Police force. The Interim administrator also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Police High Command for providing security services at its offices and facilities in Abuja and across the Niger Delta region. In his re...
Gov. Diri Pledges Support For Capacity Building Of Lawyers

Gov. Diri Pledges Support For Capacity Building Of Lawyers

Law, News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said he would support any initiative towards enhancing the capacity of legal practitioners in the state. Governor Diri made the pledge when President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olumide Akpata, paid a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday. He applauded the NBA President for the initiative to go round branches of the association nationwide to know their challenges. While commending Akpata’s vision for capacity building for lawyers, the governor said a basic problem of the judiciary in the state was training and retraining jand pledged his support for any training initiative. In response to a request that courts be also provided in rural areas apart from the state capital for easy access to justic...
Omoku Violence: Governor Wike places N200 million Bounty on Perpetrators

Omoku Violence: Governor Wike places N200 million Bounty on Perpetrators

Law
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has placed a N200 million bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Omoku massacre. Governor Wike spoke on Tuesday after he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact finding/sympathy visit to the families of the deceased. He also visited those injured during the attack. The governor also visited the sites of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigerian Police Area Commander, Mr Mike Nwafor and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr Olisa Osi. He said: "We have placed a N200million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence. "Anybody who is connected to this crime in ...
Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy Will Tackle Crime – Dakuku

Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy Will Tackle Crime – Dakuku

Breaking News, Law, Maritime
In line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA is set to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets, which are also in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who made this known in Lagos recently, also announced the establishment of a command and control center as part of the strategic initiative. “The four components of the initiative are situational awareness, response capability, law enforcement and local partnerships, and regional cooperation which are the fulcrum upon which tackling maritime crime will be built on”.  Dr. Dakuku noted that the implementation of NIMASA’s total spectrum maritime strategy in coll...
EFCC Cannot Investigate Or Prosecute Judges – Appeal Court

EFCC Cannot Investigate Or Prosecute Judges – Appeal Court

Breaking News, Law
Court of Appeal just delivered a well researched judgment, which they anchored on the separation of power between the three arms of government in the matter Hon. Justice Ngajiwa vs. FRN. They said EFCC does not have power to investigate and prosecute serving judicial officers without first being dismissed by NJC That serving judicial officers can only be prosecuted for offences like murder, stealing etc done outside the discharge of their duties. That once the offence was committed in the discharge of their duties, they must be tried by NJC first and dismissed before EFCC can investigate or prosecute them. The implication of this ruling is far reaching. It means that cases of Fishim, Ajumogobia will be thrown out by the trial court. The judiciary tactically used this judgme...
NIMASA DG Bags Award Of Credence

NIMASA DG Bags Award Of Credence

Breaking News, Law
…As Youth Parliament pass vote of confidence on him The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has bagged the award of credence just as the Nigerian Youth Parliament passed a vote of confidence on him. This award was conferred on the DG during a special advocacy visit and presentation of certificate of credence by the members of the Parliament, led by the Majority Leader, Hon. Umar Etudaye at the Head office of the Agency in Lagos, recently. Speaking at the event, the Leader noted that in the quest of the Parliament to identify with distinguished and reputable personalities, organizations, institutions and public office holders, inaugurated her merit honorarium category as “Icon of Youth Development and Nation Building” a...
News Feature: Nigerians and the Cannibals of Libya

News Feature: Nigerians and the Cannibals of Libya

Breaking News, Law, News Feature
By Sylvanus Ekpo, Tina Edogor The slave markets of Libya are abuzz with young Nigerian slaves who are tortured, humiliated and eventually sold off on the auction block for a few, miserable dollars. While some are held in detention centres waiting to be deported, the not-so-lucky ones are roasted as suya and their body parts serve as barbecue for the cannibals of Libya. Once a thriving nation, Libya was ruled by Col. Muamar Gaddafi, who took power in 1969 in a bloodless revolution. He used the oil wealth of his country to improve healthcare, free education, free housing and a strong economy. Millions of impoverished peoples around the world flocked to Libya in search of the good life. Nigerians, tired of bad governance and failed promises, saw that country as the next best destinatio...
Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Breaking News, Law, Maritime
Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry have opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy. The move was condemned by industry players during a One-Day Public Hearing on “A bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act, No. 17 2017 to increase the functions of the Agency; and for related matters (HB; 1131 & 1178), before the House of Representative Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. Speaking at the event, the President, African Ship owners Association and a former Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Temisan Omatseye pointed out clearly that it will be against all international conventions of t...
16 Companies In INTELS-Operated Free Trade Zone Deregistered

16 Companies In INTELS-Operated Free Trade Zone Deregistered

Business, Law, Maritime
The Oil and Gas Free Trade Zones Authority (OGFZA) has deregistered a total of 16 companies operating in the zones under the concession of INTELS Nigeria Limited, the company whose contract for ship pilotage was recently revoked by the federal government. However, the companies are said to have voluntarily applied to withdraw from the trade zones following the lull in business activities even before the face-off between the federal government and Intels. According to the OGFZA, the application for de-registration between March and April 2017, saying that the current feud has no connection with the exit of the affiliate OGFZA maintained that companies under the zone indicated interest to leave due to lull of economic activities in Nigeria and the authority is currently engaging INT...