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Buhari Swears-In Oke-Ogun Born Justice, Ariwoola Olukayode As New Acting CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari has today sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new acting Chief Judge of Nigeria. This was contained in a remark note made available by the to newsmen as highlighted below.

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Earlier today, I received a letter from the Honourable Justice Dr. I. Tanko Muhammed, CFR, resigning his position as Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, on health grounds. The resignation is to take immediate effect!

CJN Tanko was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2006, sworn in on the 8th of January 2007, and became the Chief Justice of Nigeria in acting capacity on 25th January 2019. He became the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman National Judicial Council on Wednesday, 24th July 2019.

Ordinarily, he was scheduled to retire from the Supreme Court on the last day of 2023. Unfortunately, as no man is infallible, ill-health has cut short Chief Justice Tanko’s leadership of the Nigerian Judiciary at this time.

I am therefore constrained to accept his retirement, albeit with mixed-feelings. Much as one may wish that the Chief Justice of Nigeria Muhammed Tanko is able to fully serve his term in office, it presupposes that he is able to perform the functions of the Office without let, hindrance or any form of disability.
The instant resignation of Justice Tanko is however envisaged under Section 231(4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended which contain provisions relating to vacancy and the occupant of the Office of Chief Justice of Nigeria being unable to perform the functions of the Office for any reason.
Under a constitutional democracy like ours, government powers and responsibilities are clearly allocated and shared among the three tiers; the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The three organs must work harmoniously and optimally in accordance with their respective Constitutional mandates.

Nigeria’s Judiciary under the leadership of Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Muhammed judiciously exercised the Judicial powers of the Federation. His era witnessed several landmark, jurisprudential and policy decisions by the Supreme Court, and by extension other Courts established by the Constitution.
CJN Tanko dealt firmly with the issue of reckless and indiscriminate grant of ex-parte Orders that was assuming serious dimensions.

History will be kind to Justice Tanko Muhammed for his modest contributions to Nigeria’s Judiciary, the strengthening of our democracy and national development.
In line with the custom of decorating Chief Justices of Nigeria with the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON), and upon the advice of the Council of State in that regard, as his Lordship CJN I. Tanko Muhammed is taking a bow from the Supreme Court, I hereby bestow on him the National Honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON).

This occasion is an opportune time for me, to, as always, assure the Nigerian Judiciary that this administration is committed to ensuring the independence of the Judiciary and will not do anything nor take any steps to undermine your independence. We shall uphold the Constitutional provisions on the Rule of Law and the principles of Separation of Powers.
In the circumstances, and as nature abhors a vacuum, I hereby invite Honourable Olukayode Ariwoola JSC, being the next most Senior Justice of the Supreme Court, to come forward to take the Judicial Oath as Chief Justice of Nigeria in an Acting Capacity, pursuant to Section 231(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

I want to admonish the Justices of the Supreme Court to always remain faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and to remain steadfastly committed to the Oath of Allegiance which they all subscribed to, as contained in the 7th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Our Nation is approaching a critical general election in 2023, the Judiciary must not do anything to fail the ordinary people of Nigeria which may make them lose confidence in the Judiciary.
Thank you and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

~ Muhammadu Buhari GCFR

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Breaking: Iseyin-Born Justice Tipped To Head Supreme Court As CJN, Tanko, Resigns On Health Grounds

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ODUDUWA NEWS has just gathered that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Tanko Muhammed has just resigned on health grounds.

His resignation comes amidst protest by Justices of the Supreme court on his handling of the Apex court.

Meanwhile, feelers from the Supreme Court have confirmed that the Iseyin-born Judge, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola who is next in line to Chief Justice Tanko may be sworn in by the President Muhammadu Buhari to head the Apex Court.

Details later…

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Mass Exodus Hits Osun PDP As Thousands Of Members To Be Welcomed Into APC By Oyetola

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Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Iyiola Omisore will today welcome 10,423 members of the Peoples Democratic Party into the ruling party.

APC Chairman in the state Famodun Adegboyega and Chairman of the Defectors Care Committee, Timothy Owoeye confirmed the reception yesterday.

The programme will hold at Freedom Park, Osogbo, the state capital.

Oyetola described the planned defection of the PDP members as the dawn of a new day for the APC.

The governor urged indigenes and other residents of the state to unite for the common cause of lifting the state.

He said: “It’s the dawn of a new and happy day in Osun. We trust our citizens and residents to discern that it is finally time for Osun to stand together and do what is right and necessary to lift our state”

Famodun said the defectors have made the right choice for their political sojourn and future and in the interest of the state.

“We welcome the new members to APC, a place of peace and tranquillity,” he added.

Also, Owoeye, who is also the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, described the “mass defection” as another historical feat by Oyetola.

His words: “No other governor has been able to deplete the ranks of the opposition in one fell swoop like this. Governor Oyetola’s calm mien, focussed leadership and determination to change the way the government is run are some of the reasons given by the defectors for joining the APC.”.

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Ado-Awaye Youths Organize Debate/Quiz Competition For Secondary Schools

The Ado-Awaye Progressive Youth Movement APYM organized a debate and quiz competition for the secondary school students of the town.

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The programme which was held yesterday at Tourism Hall located at Iyake Suspended Lake had in attendance the participating schools, guests included the Royal Father, Alado of Ado-Awaye, Oba Ademola Olugbile, represented by his Secretary, Prince Niyi Okunade, representative of Hon. Bamidele Adeola, Comr. Ismael Taiwo; Mrs. Rotimi Adenike, representative of Hon. Ogundare Olufemi, Mr. Michael Adegbenro; Comr. Lateef Adeniran, Hon. Toyin Awodele, Mr. Fatinukun Tade (Sayger Foundation) among other guests.

The schools that were invited to participate in the debate were Progressive Secondary Grammar School, Community Grammar School, and Double Major College, all in Ado-Awaye.

Only two schools participated in the debate; Double Major College and Progressive Secondary Grammar school and they both came first and second respectively.

In the quiz session, Double Major also came first, Community Grammar School came second while Progressive Secondary Grammar School came third.

In his speech, the acting President of the association, Comrade Azeez Oluwaseun enjoined the students to be steadfast and ensure they face their studies.

The Chairman of the ocassion, Hon. Dele Adeola represented by the Managing Editor of Oduduwa News, Comrade Ismael Taiwo while declaring the programme opening admonished the students to see the programme as great opportunity to broaden their horizons and prepare them ahead of the future challenges.

Hon. Ogundare CoolFM who was the main sponsor of the programme represented by Mr. Michael Adegbenro discussed the “Impacts of Youths in The Development of a Nation”, implored the students to ensure they contribute their quotas towards the development of Ado-Awaye and the nation at large.

The second speaker, Mrs. Rotimi Adenike while speaking on the effects and causes of teenage pregnancy, advised the students to always guard their loins against teenage pregnancy that can affect and jeopardize their educational pursuits.

JAMB, NECO and WAEC forms among other prizes and donations were given to the winners of the contest and the youth association courtesy of the sponsor of the programme, Hon. Ogundare CoolFM and Hon. Dele Adeola representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency.

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One Dead, Hotel Razed, Several Goods Destroyed As Rival Gangs Clash In Lagos

One person was killed while a popular hotel and goods worth millions were razed, at Oyingbo market area in Ebute-Metta, Lagos during a clash between two rival gang members popularly called Agbero. The fighting which threw both traders and motorists into panic was between Otto boys and Willoughby boys.

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Reports said the fight was as a result of possession of territory and who gets higher collection from motorcyclists and bus drivers. The quarrel led to the death of one Otto boy.

One of the traders, Chinonoso Agbo, a tomato grinder in the Oyingbo market told Vanguard that the incident happened 2 pm on Saturday during which boys from Otto and Willoughby engaged in the bloody clash armed with dangerous weapons. “Ever since the train track in the Oyingbo terminal bus stop got demolished, Willoughby ‘agberos’ who make their daily income from motorcyclists and bus drivers that park in the bus stop started losing money.

“In other to make more money, they try to extend their hegemony over the territory of their rival gang, Otto boys whose bus stop is just a few minutes’ walk from Willoughby so that they can also be entitled to the money collected by the Otto boys. Their encroachment and the refusal of Otto boys led to fighting between both gangs resulting in the death of one Otto boy, last week Friday.

“The police arrived the scene at about 4 pm yesterday, and restored peace only for the clash to escalate later after they left. it brought about peace for a while and immediately the police left resulting in razing the popular Mainland Hotel around 7 pm. The hotel was filled with thugs when Otto boys wanted to go inside and they resisted.”

A former resident in white-sand area, Oyingbo, Moshood Bakare said, “The fight has been on the ground since last week, Friday when one Otto boy was killed by the Willoughby boys and yesterday happens to be the burial. As a form of vengeance, the Otto boys burned down Mainland Hotel because it’s the denizen of the Willoughby boys after they were stopped from entering the hotel by force,” he stated.

Eyewitness account said the warring gang members were exchanging gunshots with the police when they arrived.

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Group Calls On Makinde To Take Urgent Steps Against Resurgence Of Banditry, Killings In Oke-Ogun

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The Alliance For Oke-Ogun Development AOD has called on Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde to take a drastic step against the resurgence of banditry and killings in Oke-Ogun.

This was contained in a statement signed and sent today to ODUDUWA NEWS by the Head of Planing and Strategies, Comr Ismail Alani as read in part:

“Time has riped to cry out and our voice be heard by all concerned authorities in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State and Nigeria.

“It is a known fact that Gov Makinde had invested on the security of people in Oyo State aftermath of Igangan incident last year. But to our surprise Oke-Ogun is yet to get her fair share of those benefits from Gov Makinde’s investment in the state.

“This is because, the way things are going now in Oke-Ogun calls for worries as a responsible youth group and tomorrow leaders of the region. It appears to us that those killer herdsmen who invaded Ibarapa last year have shifted their bestalities to Oke-Ogun region.

“This could be seen with an alam that was raised by WSN Oyo State Commander, Gen Togun few weeks ago. It’s sad that after the alam were raised by him and some of our members, leaders and government from Oke-Ogun and Oyo state government took no action in preparedness to forestall possible violence attack by Fulani marauders. Regrettably, before our very eyes, last weekend a violence attack was launched in Alaga Oke-Ogun, Atisbo local government area.

“The attack left scores in critical condition, our investigation revealed that many of the victims of this attack are between life and death.

“Similarly, on Thursday 23rd of June 2022 another attack was reported in Saki East local government area, investigation is still on to accertain the degree of the attack as at time of issue this communiqué.

“We hereby as usual call on the government of oyo state led by Gov Seyi Makinde, his Deputy Engr Rauf Remi Olaniyan, chairpersons and all other political office holders including political appointees from Oke- Ogun to show more concern to the plight of ordinary people living in the region.

“We also called on our traditional rulers to swing into action with sole aim of finding a lasting solutions to the mirage of security challenges confronting our region.

“It’s our hope that government, traditional rules, religious leaders, social groups, media and other stakeholders will work in unison to confront the scourge before it consume all of us because nobody and nowhere is save in oke-ogun region today.

“We are entitled to better live irrespective of where we came from”.

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We Never Involved In Bus Burning Incident – LASTMA Dispels Rumour

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has denied any involvement in a bus burning incident in the Obanikoro area on Ikorodu Road as contained in a viral online video that falsely alleged complicity of its officials.

A statement signed by the General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba sympathised with the vehicle owner but categorically denied the complicity of any of its officers in the incident, stressing that LASTMA patrol officers within the vicinity tried to assist in putting out the fire but were attacked by a mob.

He pointed out that the viral video lacked any evidence of LASTMA officers’ complicity or involvement, adding that those interviewed were neither eyewitnesses nor people directly involved in the incident but residents that did not witness the cause of the incident.

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While decrying the unwarranted attacks on its officers across the State, Oreagba disclosed that the State Government will henceforth arrest and prosecute anyone attacking its officials while performing their statutory duties as enshrined in the law of the State or as directed.

The General Manager also advised reporters/bloggers to always conduct proper investigations and present facts rather than sentiments in their reportage to foster a peaceful and orderly society.

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Gov Makinde Approves Recruitment of Additional 500 Amotekun Corps

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the recruitment of additional 500 men for the Oyo State’s Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun Corps.

He said the measure is part of his administration’s efforts to enhance security of lives and property in the State.

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The Governor stated this at a security meeting with local government Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, heads of security agencies and traditional rulers among other stakeholders at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat in Ibadan at the weekend.

Makinde told the stakeholders that security issue is a collective responsibility that requires all hands to be on the deck to curtail insecurity.

According to him: “Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment.

“Although security of lives and properties is paramount responsibility of government, but government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry and as we can see from the report gotten all over the country, Oyo State is relatively peaceful, this was not achieved by the effort of government alone but with the efforts of the all stakeholders, most especially the security commanders.

“This meeting is aimed at getting the situation report from various quarters on security as well as to dialogue on what to do as stakeholders and fine tune necessary steps, this will help government to put necessary machinery in place for people in the state to sleep with their two eyes closed and as the operation of the Amotekun corps is concerned, we have perfected the process of employing 500 more hands to enhance their performance and further deepen the security architecture of our State.”

While discussing the consideration on whether to incorporate local vigilante members into the existing security team for the enhancement of security in the State, Makinde urged all stakeholders and the general public to join hands with his administration in ensuring peaceful environment.

Former Oyo Governor Senator Rasheed Ladoja commended Makinde for being proactive in the area of security, which has greatly helped the State compared to neighboring States.

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Picking A Vice President In 1999 Was A Mistake – Obasanjo

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Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said picking a running mate in the 1999 presidential election was a mistake.

He made the comment while speaking in Abeokuta at a leadership and entrpreneurship mentoring session with selected school students.

Obasanjo, who won the 1999 and 2003 presidential elections, ran alongside Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Abubakar is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections.

“I don’t say I don’t make mistakes – I made many of them,” Obasanjo said.

“But one thing that has happened to me is that God has never disappointed me. And that is very important.

“For instance, one of the mistakes I made was picking a number two when I was going to become President.

“But because it is a genuine mistake, God saved me out of it.”

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Eight Oyo PDP House of Assembly Members Set To Defect To APC

The Oyo state chapter of the All Progressive Congress has prepared s to win at least eight currently serving Oyo State House of Assembly members from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to a source, a PDP lawmaker who wished to remain unnamed told this on Sunday in Ibadan.

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Along with the parliamentarians, prominent PDP figures in the state are also expected to switch over to the APC.

The legislator claims that the lawmakers’ intended defection stems from their being denied party tickets to run in the elections of 2023.

We will be losing them, which is unfortunate. They have had a conversation. They don’t believe the governor’s assurances that he will give them consideration for appointments if he is re-elected.

Recalls that barely three weeks ago, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr Rauf Olaniyan decamped to APC from PDP. The development is coming barely 3 weeks after the deputy governor, Raufu Olaniyan dumped the ruling party for APC.

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