ABSENCE OF JUDGE STALLS FANI-KAYODE EX-WIFE TRIAL – DAILYSUN PG. 3
The matter, which was on the court cause list, could not proceed due to Justice Egwuatu’s Absence. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the judge was a participant at the on-going three-day judges’ seminar holding at the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja. The case was consequently adjourned till October 6 for trial commencement. Chikwendu was, on March 10, arraigned by the Nigeria Police on allegations bordering on defamation of character and cyberstalking. Chikwendu, an ex-beauty queen, was, on February 14, docked before a sister court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo for attempted murder of her former husband, Fani-Kayode.
LABOUR REPORTS NIGERIA’S ALLEGED ANTI WORKERS’ STANCE AGAINST ASUU TO ILO – DAILYSUN PG. 26
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, who addressed the plenary of the 110th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland, complained about the growing resistance to workers freedom. He lamented the sorry state of public tertiary institutions in Nigeria claiming the Federal Government has not shown the compassion and will power to end the strike by university lecturers and non-academic staff which has kept Nigeria’s future generations out of school for over two months. “In Nigeria, workers in our universities, both academic and non-academic have been on strike for more than two months because of non-implementation of collective bargaining agreement. We call government to bring this strike to an end without further delay. “We are appalled and opposed to the growing resistance against trade unionism through obstructions of freedom of association, freedom to organise, freedom to collectively bargain, right to strike and the irresponsible violation of collective bargaining agreements especially by multinational companies.
N3BN TRAMADOL: LAWYER’S PETITION STALLS ARRAIGNMENT OF SUSPECTED BILLIONAIRE DRUG BARON, UKATU, TWO OTHERS – THISDAY PG.52
The scheduled arraignment of suspected billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Ukatu named in a N3 billion tramadol deal suffered a setback yesterday before a Federal High Court in Lagos. Ukatu was to be arraigned alongside Pius Enidom and Sunday Ifeanyi Ibekwute by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before Justice Nicholas Oweibo. They were to be arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and unlawful importation of narcotic drugs without lawful authority. However, the defendants could not be arraigned following a petition written by Ukatu’s lead counsel, Mr. Victor Opara, SAN to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court requesting for transfer of the suit to another judge.
NAPTIP RESCUES 75 TRAFFICKED CHILDREN – NATION PG. 6
Seventy-five of 140 children trafficked from an Abuja orphanage to different parts of the country have been rescued by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Director of Public Enlightenment, Josiah Emerole said yesterday. He spoke at an event where he delivered a lecture on emerging trends, routes and tricks in human trafficking. The event, which held in Asaba, Delta State, was on capacity-building on standard reporting template organised through the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM). It was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).