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CJN tasks Ag FCT Chief Judge on transparency, honesty

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has asked the newly sworn-in acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Salisu Garba to always be transparent and uphold their oath of office.

The CJN who gave the charge on Wednesday while swearing-in the new acting Chief Judge urged him to double his efforts to meet the demands of his new office.

He advised Garba to give his best in the new task given to him with a view to moving the nation forward.

“We must not rest on our oars if we are truly desirous of attaining new heights and conquering seemingly difficult situations.

“As the head of the FCT judiciary, we expect nothing short of the best from you. The buck stops at your desk and you must always be honest enough to be dispassionate in handling all issues before you”, he added.

Muhammad, who expressed confidence that Justice Garba will function well in his new office, also urged him not to be tempted to violate or desecrate any fraction of the oath he had taken.

He charged the acting Chief Judge to be of, “Good character, just as he has always been.

“Endeavour to consistently hoist the banner of honesty and integrity, hold aloft, the mantle of transparency and dispassionate disposition”.

The CJN called on Justice Garba to inspire confidence in his subordinates and also present an ideal image of a father-figure.

Newsmen reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of Justice Garba as acting Chief Judge of the FCT following the retirement of Justice Ishaq Bello on Tuesday, Jan. 5, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

Justice Garba will be in acting capacity pending the confirmation of his appointment by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge.

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Orders from above’: Katsina Hisbah detains journalist seeking interview

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A journalist with Trust TV, Jamil Mabai, has narrated how he was detained by the Katsina State Hisbah Corps while at the corps’ office on official duty.

The journalist explained that he had gone to the Hisbah headquarters for a follow-up interview with the corps’ Public Relations Officer, Nafiu Akilu, over an incident involving their officers.

Mabai, who narrated his experience on his X handle, said he had wanted to interview the corps’ PRO over a resident, Mallam Gambo, who was shot dead by an officer of the Community Watch Corps.

According to him, while Hisbah officials were trying to shut down a wedding with a DJ, the shots that killed the resident were fired by an operative of the Community Watch Corps tasked with defending communities against bandits attacks

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Court remands man for allegedly stealing cold room compressor

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 A Sharia Court in Kano State on Wednesday ordered that a 25-year-old man, Ahmed Abdulkadir who pleaded guilty to stealing a cold room compressor  unit worth N60,000 be remanded in a correction  centre.

The police charged Abdulkadir, who lives in Fagge Quarters, Kano, with theft.

The Judge, Malam Umar Lawal-Abubaka, adjourned the matter until July 25 for summary trial.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Abdullahi Wada told the court that the complainant, Nura Muhammed who also resides in Fagge Quarters, reported the matter at the Fagge Police Station, Kano, on July 6.

Wada alleged that the defendant, entered into the complainant’s shop and stole the compressor unit.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

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Man,26,docked for alleged theft of armoured cables worth N3.7m

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A 26-year-old man, Adeniyi Toyosi,  on Wednesday, appeared before an Ota Magistrates ‘Court in Ogun, for breaking into a business premises to steal two transformer armoured cables valued at N3.7 million.
The Police charged the defendant, whose address was not provided, with burglary, stealing and conspiracy.
The Prosecutor, Insp E.O. Adaraloye,told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the offences on July 7 at about 12.00 a.m. at No.4 Pavilion Estate, Ilogbo road, Ota in Ogun State.
Adaraloye alleged that the defendant and his accomplices had broken into Makindez Multi Business Ventures to steal two transformer armor cables, three Closed-Circuit Television  and other valuable items valued at N3.7 million.
He further alleged that the company guards caught the defendant and handed over to the police.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 390(9),413 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adeyemi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2.5 million with one surety in like sum.
Adeyemi ordered that the surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction should be gainfully employed.
He further ordered that such surety should show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government as part of the bail conditions.
She adjourned the case until Aug.14 for further hearing.
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