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NBA Ikeja begins 2022 annual law week



The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch, on Friday, announced its 2022 annual law week themed, “2023, looking backward to move forward.”

The alternate Chairman of the committee, Mr Ayodeji Olabiwonnu, made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Olabiwonnu, who spoke on behalf of the Chairman of the committee, Mr Chukwudi Enebeli, told journalists that the annual law week would begin from June 10 to 17 at  No. 122 Joel Ogunaike St., Lagos Marriott Hotel, GRA, Ikeja.

Announcing the schedule of activities, Olabiwonnu said a jumat service would take place after the press briefing, while a thanksgiving service would take place on Sunday at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, GRA, Ikeja.

“We have prepared various activities in celebration of the legal week. An opening cocktail which is sponsored by Pinheiro will take place at the Bar Centre on Monday at 4.00 p.m.

“Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State, Mr Y.C. Maikyau, (SAN) and Mr Femi Falana (SAN) will be speaking on the topic ‘Democratic Nigeria: Has Our lives Really Changed’ on Tuesday  at 9. 00 a.m.

“Mrs Funke Adekoya (SAN), Mr Tunde  Busari (SAN) and Mr Layi  Babatunde (SAN) will speak on ‘Arbitration clauses and the role of our courts: The need for judicial intervention’ at 12. 30 p.m,” said Olabiwonnu.

He said the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), and others would be speaking on ‘The Bar and Bench: A relationship that should never die’ on Wednesday at 2. 30 p.m.

He added that a variety night would take place at 6. 00 p.m. at the Bar Centre in Ikeja.

“Justice  I.T. Muhammed, (CFR), (OFR), Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN) (OFR) and Mr Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN) will take up Alao Aka Bashorun Memorial Lecture ‘The allegation of corruption in the legal profession: Who to blame’  on Thursday at 9.00 a.m.

“Mr Seni Adio (SAN), Mr Bode Olanipekun (SAN), Mr Kunle Adegoke (SAN) and Mr Faruq Abass are to speak on ‘ Opportunities for young lawyers in law: bridging the gap,’ on Friday at 9. 00 a.m,” he said.

Olabiwonnu said a dinner party would take place thereafter on Friday at 6.00 p.m. in honour of Dr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN).

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Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime



The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday,  said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.

Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.

The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.

Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.

“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.

“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.

“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.

The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.

“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.

Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.

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Gov. Radda suspends school principal for alledged sexual scandal



Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State has directed for immediate suspension of a staff of Ministry of Education in the state for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Yar’adua, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
The statement said, “Gov Dikko Radda has received a report of alleged sexual harassment against one Lawal Ibrahim, now a staff of the Ministry of Education.
It said Ibrahim was the then Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Dantankari, Dandume Local Government area.
“In consequence therefore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education to immediately suspend Lawal Ibrahim and investigate the allegation with dispatch.
“Take appropriate action and report back to the governor.”
The statement further directed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the allegation.
“The Commissioner of Police should investigate the allegation, and to also investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Dandume, for compromise on the matter, and report back to the governor,” the statement said.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director



The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .

Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
08032136765. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.

Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.

According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.

It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.

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