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CJN Warns Judiciary Staff To Desist From Corruption

CJN Warns Judiciary Staff To Desist From Corruption

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Judiciary Staff have been warned to desist leaking court judgements for pecuniary gains.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, gave this warning at the opening ceremony of a virtual national workshop for Secretaries, Protocol Officers and other administrative staff of the judiciary.

He implored Secretaries and administrative staff members of the judiciary across the federation to stay away from corrupt tendencies, vowing to wield the big stick against anyone found wanting.

The CJN said the judiciary would not tolerate indiscipline among any rank of its staff.

According to the CJN, “The theme for this year’s Workshop: ‘Promoting Discipline and Commitment Among Court Employees’, is appropriate; as it is premised on the fact that as Court Employees, they are expected to entrench discipline and exhibit high sense of commitment in the discharge of their duties.

Justice Muhammad added that the theme seeks to further enlighten judicial officers of the significant role they play in the administration of justice.

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“In this regard, I must not fail to emphasize that your work involves interfacing with litigants seeking redress and judges who adjudicate on the matters; as such you must be circumspect in the discharge of your duties, as much is required of you.

“As Administrative staff of the judiciary, you are more effective when you are abreast with current developments in the area of your duties.

Consequently, the need to remain relevant and effective by moving with the tide of positive change cannot be overemphasized; every staff of the Judiciary must ensure that his best is given at all times.

“In addition, you must ensure proper management of court records, exhibits and avoid temptation of leaking judgements for any consideration that will compromise your duties and bring the Judiciary to disrepute”.

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In his welcome address, the Administrator of the NJI, Justice Salisu Abdulahi, noted that Secretaries, Protocol Officers and other Administrative Officers of the Judiciary play active roles in the efficient running of the judicial system.

Justice Abdulahi explained that judicial officers are the first point of contact between the public and the Judiciary, thereby playing a pivotal role as the link between legal practitioners and the courts.

He emphasized that their roles in the administration of justice cannot be overemphasized, hence the need for capacity building.

 

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Alleged Killers Deny Role In The Killing of Minor

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The alleged killers of a 7-year-old Kazeem Rafiu have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and murder.

This followed the arraignment of the two suspects, four years after they allegedly committed the offence.

Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo denied killing the boy on Monday at their arraignment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

In 2017, 26-year-old, Erinmole and Adedoyin were remanded in prison custody in connection with the death of Kazeem Rafiu.

When the matter was called, the court registrar read charges: “That you, Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, at about 2pm on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja jurisdiction, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: murder, thereby committing an offence.

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“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

Erinmole and Adedoyin was said to have lured the boy from his parents’ house on Sotunyo Street to the church’s premises on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odo-kekere, Ikorodu where he was said to have been killed.

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Also the defendants were said to have beheaded him and buried the head around the church’s altar, while the body was kept in a canal.

Erinmole was later apprehended by residents. He was said to have confessed to to the crime with Adedoyin.

Upon denying the allegations against them, the judge fixed November 6, 2021 for commencement of trial

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Lagos Judiciary Set To Begin New Legal Year

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The Lagos State Judiciary is set to begin its 2021/2022, Legal Year on September 27, 2021

A statement from the office of the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Ololade Ige, stated that the legal year would start with simultaneous service at Cathedral Church Marina, Lagos and prayer at Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos on September 27, 10a.m.

There would be a parade of guards at the Tafa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos.

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Businessman Land In Court Over Insulting Policemen

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Justice Anas Isa, of Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has granted a businessman, Lekan Sebanjo, five hundred thousand naira bail with two sureties.

The judge granted him bail after his arraignment for allegedly insulting police officers on duty.

According to Police, Sebanjo who resides at Jikowi, on the outskirts of Abuja, obstructed police team in the discharge of their functions.

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“A team of policemen led by ASP Bukar Mohammed intercepted an offender and his vehicle.

From nowhere, Sebanjo came out and began to rain insults on the police operatives thereby obstructing them from discharging their functions,’’ Adeyanju told the court.

The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the offence contravened provisions of the Penal Code.

Sebanjo denied the allegation.

After entertaining submission of Counsel, the judge granted him bail and adjourned the case to October 6 for hearing

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