FG WILL IMPLEMENT REPORT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING – OSINBAJO – PUNCH PG.12, THIS DAY PG.5
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday in Abuja, said the Federal Government will implement the recommendations of the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report released on July 19. He said this would mean scaling its efforts in prosecution, prevention, protection, policy and partnership. Osinbajo said this at the 2022 World Day against Human Trafficking event organized by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in conjunction with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. In his address on the theme ‘Use and Abuse of Technology,’ Osinbajo, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Adeola Ipaye, said the recommendations will be studied and implemented.
ROW OVER JAILING OF LAWYER BY CHIEF JUDGE – NATIONS PG.16&17
Last Wednesday, the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, sentenced an activist and lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, to one-month imprisonment for alleged contempt of court so he can purge himself of alleged “insolence and dishonorable acts” that tend to bring the court to disrepute. The judge made the order in the course of proceedings in the case of alleged libel instituted by Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel against a lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong. Effiong is the deface counsel in the case. Effiong, who is the lead defence counsel for Ekpenyong, had asked the Chief Judge to recuse herself from handling the case, on the ground of alleged bias.
HOW WE CONVINCED BUHARI TO APPROVE PAY RISE FOR JUDGES, BY OLANIPEKUN – NATIONS PG.26, PUNCH PG.12, THIS DAY PG.11
The Chairman of the Body of Benchers (BoB), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has said his group persuaded President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to improve the welfare of the nation’s judges. Olanipekun said last Thursday’s meeting of the BoB leadership with President Buhari afforded him the opportunity to brief the President directly on the unenviable state of affairs in the Judiciary. The eminent lawyer said this prompted the President to accede to their request for an urgent need to address the challenges of the third arm of government.
DON’T RETURN WITHOUT KANU, IPOB TELLS ABUJA-BASED SOUTHEAST POLITICIANS – NATIONS PG.28, PUNCH PG.5
Until pro-Biafra agitator Nnamdi Kanu is released, political appointees and lawmakers in Abuja must not set foot in the Southeast, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) threatened yesterday. The group said the leaders must not return without Kanu, who is on trial over an alleged treasonable felony and terrorism charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja. In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said: “As terrorists and insecurity are gradually but surely taking over the Nigeria seat of power Abuja, we…wish to remind the so-called elders and politicians of Igbo extraction in Abuja never to return home to Biafraland without Mazi Kanu.
SUSPECT NABBED WITH N25M TRAMADOL TABLETS IN KANO – DAILY SUN PG.5
The Nigeria Police in Kano State have arrested a suspect, Abba Musa, with over 500 packets of suspected tramadol tablets valued at over N25 million. The tablets carefully concealed inside the boot of the suspect’s white-coloured Honda Accord 2016 model were intercepted along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, on Sunday night. The police spokesman in the state, Superintendent Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, in a statement, yesterday, explained that the suspect was nabbed by a team of policemen from Badawa Division, during an intelligence-led stop-and-search operation.
INSECURITY: ABUJA PROTESTERS KICK AGAINST NSA, DEFENCE MINISTER – DAILY SUN PG.7
Hundreds of aggrieved persons protesting festering insecurity in the country have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) and Defence Minister, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd) for allegedly abdicating their duties. The protesters who are members of the Guardians of Democracy and Development Initiative (GDDI) commenced their march from the Abuja Unity Fountain wielding placards and banners with inscriptions like: “Defence Minister is incompetent, sack him now”, “Magashi must go”, “We say no to incompetent NSA and Defence Minister” to register their anger over the worsening security situation in the country.
KUJE JAIL ATTACK: POLICE RE-ARREST INMATE IN MINNA – DAILY SUN PG.28
Police command in Niger State has rearrested one of the Kuje inmates who escaped during the July 5 jailbreak in Abuja. Scores of terrorists had launched an attack on the facility and bombed their way in, releasing 879 inmates, including 64 with terror-related charges. On July 11, the Niger command rearrested one of the inmates in Suleja. A statement issued in Minna, yesterday, by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, said its counter terrorist unit (CTU) arrested the inmate in his residence in Minna.