HIGH EXPECTATIONS AS ARIWOOLA BEGINS NEW ERA IN EMBATTLED JUDICIARY – PUNCH PG.8
Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, became the highest-ranking judicial officer when his predecessor, Justice Tanko Muhammad (retd.), prematurely retired on health grounds. But that was barely two weeks after 14 Justices of the Supreme Court raised a petition on damning allegations of corruption against Muhammad. The aggrieved Justices included Ariwoola, Justice Musa Mohammed, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Justice John Okoro, Justice Chima Nweze, Justice Amina Augie, and Justice Uwani Abba-Haji.
HOPE RISES FOR NNAMDI KANU AS UN STEPS IN – SUNDAY SUN PG.26
The United Nations through the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has asked the Nigerian Government to immediately release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally and pay him adequate compensations for the arbitrary infringement of his fundamental human rights. Also, the UN organ indicted both Nigeria and Kenya governments for his arrest and extraordinary rendition, torture and continued detention without due process. The UN body further recommended that government officials responsible for the torture meted to Kanu be investigated and punished, while directing the Federal Government to report back within six months of the transmission of its opinions on the matter, and steps taken to comply with all the recommendations thereof.
IGBO LAWYERS LAUD UN ON DIRECTIVES – DAILY SUN PG.26
Igbo Lawyers Association (ILA), an umbrella body of lawyers of Igbo origin at home and in the Diaspora, has lauded the United Nations (UN) directive on the Nigerian government to unconditionally and immediately release the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from detention. The group also hailed the order on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to pay adequate compensation to him, for infringement on his basic human rights, as enshrined in the UN Charter on Human Rights, as well as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.