JUSUN SUSPENDS 64 DAY OLD STRIKE

The Judiciary Staff Union ofNigeria (NJC) has suspended its nationwide strike which lasted over two months.

Members of the union had
embarked on the strike on April 6 to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the
judiciary.

The decision to suspend the strike was reached at a
meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.

It cited the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and other stakeholders in reaching the decision to suspend the strike. NEC-in-session discussed.

A statement jointly issued by the by the union’s Deputy President, Emmanuel Abioye and General Secretary, Isaiah Adetola, says JUSUN convened the NEC meeting with the NJC at the instance of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammed, who appealed to the union to end the nationwide strike.

“NEC-in-session discussed extensively and after putting so many issues into consideration i.e. the intervention of the NJC and other stakeholders, the NEC has resolved that the strike is hereby suspended” the statement added.

OBASEKI APPOINTS FORMER CHIEF WHIP AS CHIEF OF STAFF.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has approved the immediate appointment of Hon. Iyoha Osaigbovo Toni, as his Chief of Staff.

Born 6th July 1973, Hon. Iyoha, is a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering holder from the then Edo State University now Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.

He also bagged a Masters of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

He is presently concluding a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from UNIBEN. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

A former Legislator of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Iyoha was a member of the Edo State House of Assembly who represented Oredo East Constituency, between 2015 and 2019 and rose to the position of Chief Whip.

EDO PDP CHAIRMAN SUSPENDED

Press Release


June 2, 2021

….Edo PDP Chairman Suspended

….A three member committee set up to investigate allegations.

….Deputy State Chairman Hon. Harrison
Omagbon now acting Chairman.

At a State Working Committee meeting that held at the state party secretariat on Tuesday, 1 June 2021, two thirds majority of members resolved in a motion that the
state chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi should step aside and therefore suspended from his position and Hon. Harrison Omagbon, the State Deputy Chairman, will act in his place until the determination of the allegations levied against him.

An Investigative Committee is hereby set up, headed by the State Legal Adviser
Barr. Arthur Esene, and is mandated to report back to the Working Committee within one week. Other members of the Committee are Mrs. Linsdale Tes Sorae
(State Woman Leader) and Dr. Wilson Imongan (State Auditor).

Amongst the allegations, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi was accused of gross misconduct by brewing unnecessary tension and disunity among party members in the state in a manner akin to
bringing the party into disrepute.

This decision hard as it is, is designed to bring sanity back to our party.

It would be like ignoring the elephant in the room if we ignore this macabre dance as Edo people have watched in utter amazement and disappointment how Dr.
Tony Aziegbemi has been roped and entangled by his actions and unfortunately too, his inactions in the management of the affairs of the party.

We are a very disciplined party and pride ourselves as organised and focused on service delivery to our teeming supporters and of course Edo people.

We urge our members and supporters to please remain calm as we embark on this self-cleansing exercise.
PDP…listening to the cries of Edo people!

Signed
Chris Osa Nehikhare
SPS PDP EDO STATE

OBASEKI HOLDS VICTORY MARCH IN BENIN CITY OVER SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT


Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reassured the people of the State of continuous development in the State.


The Governor gave the reassurance Tuesday 1st June 2021 when he led his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, the SSG, Osarodion Ogie, ESQ., some party faithful and others on a victory march around some major streets and roads in Benin City, following his victory at the Supreme Court.

The visibly elated Obaseki, said his government will continue to work for the development of the state and wellbeing of the people.


According to him, “The kind of attitude they started in Edo to cage the State is what is going on in Nigeria today. We don’t have much resources in Edo but we have been able to utilize the little we have in developing the state. Until we change our mindset and mentality that taxpayers’ money is meant to work for people, development will be out of reach. Unless we change our mentality and mindset, Nigeria will not move forward. We have to pray to God so that what happened in Edo will also happen in Nigeria.”

While stating that the victory belongs to God and Edo people, the Governor noted that his failure to cooperate with a few people to share Edo commonwealth was the reason for the fight, emphasizing that the supreme court judgment has put an end to Godfatherism in Edo State.

The Governor disclosed that “through your support and determination, you have shown that Edo is Edo, not Lagos or Imo. We thank God for the victory of the Supreme Court judgement. In the election, Edo people cast their votes for our party but APC didn’t have respect for Edo people as they took us to court and wanted to turn the people’s mandate by all means but God saw us through the battle.”

A member of the APC, Williams Edobor, had
commenced the suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja before the September 2020
governorship election in Edo State which Obaseki later won and sworn in for the second tenure.

Williams Edobor claimed that Mr Obaseki forged his certificates including his university degree certificate tendered for the election, he then prayed the court to disqualify Obaseki as the Governorship Candidate of the PDP in the poll.

January 9, 2021, Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had dismissed the suit for lack of merit. The APC and his co-plaintiff proceeded to the Court of Appeal appeal against the verdict of the Federal High Court.

A panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, led by Hon. Justice Stephen Adah unanimously dismissed the appeal on March 18, 2021.

Not satisfied with the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the appellants further went upstairs on appeal to the Supreme Court where the five-man-panel of the Apex Court, on Friday, 28th May 2031, in their unanimous decision, finally, dismissed the Appeal with a cost of one million naira against the APC on the grounds that the appellants failed woefully to prove their case against Obaseki.

NBA BENIN BRANCH CONDEMNS ATTACK ON FORMER EDO ATTORNEY GENERAL, OTHER PROTESTERS BY PUWOV

The Nigerian Bar Association Benin Branch is taken aback and condemns unequivocally and in strong terms the unwarranted and unjustifiable attack on peaceful protesters led by Dr. Osagie Obayuwana by members of the Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) in Benin City, Edo State on Monday 31 May 2021.

We find the assault and vandalisation of the properties of the peaceful protesters most reprehensible and extremely distasteful. Wecall on the State Government to fish out the perpetrators of this ungodly act for proper discipline and sanction.

The right to gather and protest peacefully is an inalienable right of every citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as guaranteed and protected under sections 38, 39, 40 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Citizens have a right to voice out their displeasures, disappointments and frustrations. The Court of Appeal upheld the right to protest. In the case of IGP V. ANPP (2008) 12 WRN 65 stating that “certainily in a democracy, it is the right of citizens to conduct peaceful processions, rallies or demonstrations without seeking and obtaining permission from anybody. It is a right guaranteed by the 1999 constitution and any law that attempts to curtail such right is null and void and of no effect.”

The right to protest is also protected in International Law. We were therefore surprised to learn of the attempt by certain officials of PUWOV to curtail the rights of citizens to protest the wanton insecurity in Nigeria.

What is even more condemnable is the attack on
the person of Dr. Osagie Obayuwana who is a distinguished legal practitioner, foremost human rights activist, a former Attorney General of Edo State and a member of the Benin Bar.

Perhaps it is appropriate to go down memory lane and state that the democracy which we enjoy today is a result of the efforts of persons like Dr. Obayuwana who took on the Abacha junta in the quest to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are protected and was incarcerated by the Abacha led junta because of his unerring stance in the face of intimidation.

It is a testament to Dr. Obayuwana’s steadfastness that over 20 years after, he is still at the forefront of the civil society movement.

As a noble Association, we find the brazen attack on the protesters led by Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State to be the height of lawlessness and we demand that an apology be sent to the protesters and the erring PUWOV officials who led the assault and disruption be brought to book.
Pius I. Oiwoh Esq.
Chairman.
0.A. Lawani Esq. Secretary

COMRADE OSHIOMHOLE BENDS BACKWARDS: CONGRATULATES OBASEKI

Former National Chairman of the APC and two-time Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has sent a message or congratulations to Governor Obaseki on his recent victory at the Supreme Court.

A letter signed by Comrade Oshiomhole disclosed that the supreme Court has effectively laid to rest all matters arising from the last election.

According to him, “as I had repeatedly reminded you during our several meetings, our relationship has through the years developed beyond being friends to being brothers of different parents. Whatever happened is unfortunate and I believe God has a reasons for everything. I have put all behind me and moved on. As I have consistently advised, please be magnanimous in victory. You are the Governor of all Edo people regardless of political leanings. Once again, congratulations” Comrade Oshiomhole stated.

IZE-IYAMU CONGRATULATES OBASEKI:MAKES CASE FOR “ABSCONDEE” LEGISLATORS, COUNCIL OFFICIALS.

The APC Candidate for the 2020 Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki following the Supreme Court judgment delivered on Friday.

Ize-Iyamu recalled “your supporters had instituted thirteen (13) different pre-election cases against my deputy and I; all seeking to disqualify us from participating in the election. On our part, our party, the APC had only one case against Your Excellency and your party. We also deliberately did not go to the
Elections Tribunal, not because we did no have issues but because we felt it was better to allow you face the job at hand, moreso as our party at the National level had congratulated you.
We are happy that all these cases have come to an end. Now that it is all over, please accept my congratulations“.


The APC Governorship Candidate then appealed to Governor Obaseki to consider the pertinent issues of the 14 constituencies which included two from the Governor’s Local Government, Oredo, and another two from the Deputy Governor’s Local Government to Etsako West.


Ize-Iyamu stated that though the matter is pending in Court, Obaseki is in a vantage position to consider an out-of- court settlement of the issue, in the overall interest of the state.


Pastor Ize-Iyamu also canvassed the need for the Governor’s intervention in the issue of elected Local
Government Chairmen, Vice-chairmen, Councilors and Supervisory Councillors who were suspended and removed from office.

According to him, APC, as the opposition party in the state, will ensure that the present administratin does the right thing always.

BENIN HIGH COURT REMANDS ALLEGED VIOLENT SUSPECT

One 45 years old Charles Igbineweka has been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional centre for alleged murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms related charges.

Charles lgbineweka (a.k.a Safora), 45, on 8th February 2021, at Egbean Community, Upper Ekehuan Road, Benin City, allegedly conspired with others now at large to murderd one Uman Usman by opening multiple gunshots at him, an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code.

The Defendant and others now at large, on same date, place and time, allegedly, attempted to murder one Rufai Abdu-Raheemed and another Ogbeifun Sunday by firing several gunshots at them which caused them greivous bodily harm, an offence punishable under section 320 of the Criminal Code.

SAFORA and others now at large, were further alleged by the Prosecution to have been in possession of a double barrel, single barrel and locally made guns with live cartridges, without lawful authority and or a valid license.

The offence of unlawful possession of firearms, according to the Prosecution, is contrary to Section 3 (1) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The presiding Judge accordingly made his remand order and directed the duplication of his case file to be forwarded to the office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, for legal advice.

COURT REMANDS OKADA ROBBER: ACCOMPLICES ON THE RUN

A Benin High Court, Criminal Division, has remanded one 21 year old Friday Peter in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre for alleged armed robbery.

The Defendant in August 2020, at Amayo Street, Iguobazuwa, Edo State, allegedly conspired with others now at large to commit Armed Robbery which is contrary to Section 6(b) and punishable under Section 1 (1 (2) (a) (b) of the
Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act, Cap. R II Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Friday Peter and his fleeing accomplices, while allegedly armed with dagger, knife, cutlasses and wood, attacked and robbed one Edafe of his unregistered Daylong Motorcycle, an offence punishable under Section1 (1) (2) (a) and (b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R II Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.