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Haba! Magistrate disgraces Lawyer in court



… Sentences him to 2months imprisonment

… NBA threatens legal action

Wonders shall never end as Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed of zone 6 magistrate court Abuja was said to have humiliated and sentenced a lawyer Mr. Eburu Ekwe Barth to a two month imprisonment.

This is even as the NBA Abuja Branch has threatened legal action against the Magistrate if the court order was not immediately reversed,

In a press release signed by Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye the NBA secretary and made available to Lead, the NBA condemned in its entirety the attitude of the said Magistrate which according  was a ridicule to the noble profession.

The Attention of the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja (Unity Bar) has been drawn to a bizarre event that ensued between one of our member *MR EBURU EKWE BARTH* and a Magistrate wherein it was alleged that *Mr. EBURU EKWE BARTH* interjected the Magistrate while delivering his ruling on an application before the court and the court in turn sited Mr. Barth for contempt and was thereafter on the order of the Magistrate handcuffed and summarily sentenced to jail for 2 month.

While the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja, (Unity Bar) condemns every unruly act or disrespect to the court, we however, find it extremely offensive and the highest level of abuse of power to summarily sentence a lawyer to jail without given him a fair hearing in a manner that is best described as a sentimental show of anger.

We also find it rather unfortunate that all the attempts made by the NBA Abuja Bar to appeal to the Magistrate while the issue was still on-going to tender justice with mercy proved abortive.

The NBA has immediately filed an application to review the Order of court sentencing him to jail without fair hearing even when we had over 20 lawyers offering to take on the matter.

We have also reached out to the necessary authorities to ensure that this Order of court is reversed immediately.

We are also going to be submitting a petition against the Magistrate and ensure this trend is permanently put to a final stop.

We are currently battling with police brutality against lawyers we cannot allow our own institutions that should naturally be the last hope of the common man turn itself into a tool for brutalizing lawyers.

The Nigeria Bar Association, Abuja (Unity Bar) hereby uses this opportunity Appeal to all the Lawyers in the FCT to remain calm as we are on top of the matter and we shall ensure that this arbitrary use of power by Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed is curtailed. We shall keep you posted on the update.

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Ronaldo to miss Juventus, Atalanta clash due to injury



Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Sunday’s Serie A game against Champions League rivals Atalanta with a flexor muscle issue.

Coach Andrea Pirlo said the 36-year-old Portuguese striker, the top scorer in Serie A this season with 25 goals, would rest to avoid risking a more serious injury.

“We have an important absentee. Unfortunately, Cristiano will not be taking part in the match due to a problem with his flexor,” Pirlo told a pre-match press conference.

“Over these past few days, he has not been able to recover from the problem sustained after last Sunday’s match against Genoa.

“He hasn’t been able to push himself this week. It would be too risky for us to bring him to Bergamo tomorrow.

“We have decided to leave him in Turin to rest and we will try to have him back for Wednesday’s match against Parma.”

Champions Juventus are third, 12 points off leaders Inter Milan, with their nine-year reign looking set to end.

They play fourth-placed Atalanta who are just a point behind, with next week’s game at relegation-threatened Parma.

Pirlo blamed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s problem on fatigue.

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“Cristiano has always been in excellent condition,” said the Juventus coach.

“Unfortunately, the three matches in the national team have led to an accumulation of fatigue which is a problem for everyone.

“Cristiano also told me that in the national team he should only have played two games, but then that goal not given against Serbia led him to play the third as well, otherwise he would have been back at Juve’s disposal before the third game.

“An accumulation of everything, travel and games, can lead to fatigue. (Manchester City manager Pep) Guardiola also said it, there have been too many matches and the squads are too tight and these are the consequences.

“We also saw it in the Champions League, with (Bayern Munich’s Robert) Lewandowski who was unable to play the Champions League quarter-finals League due to an injury picked up in the national team.”

Juventus can however count on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala who will start for the first time in over three months, after a long knee injury layoff, partnering Alvaro Morata upfront.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has recovered from Covid-19 contracted while with the national team but will start on the bench.

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Adeboye, Fayemi meet in Ekiti



The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Saturday morning, met with Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, at the Government House, Oke Ayoba, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Speaking after the meeting, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the 79-year-old cleric paid a courtesy call on the governor.

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He added that Adeboye and Fayemi also discussed issues of nationhood.

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Yoruba self-determination rally begins in Ibadan



The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

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One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

Adesojan said, “We are no longer part of Nigeria. Yoruba people are determined to stand alone. We are starting the rally here in Ibadan because this is the capital of the Yoruba nation.

” Our brothers in Kwara, Lagos, Kogi, Edo, Delta and other states are here. We are not going to use violence, we want the Yoruba nation. No retreat no surrender. Let Hausa go their way, let Fulani go their own way and Igbo people should also go.

“The rally has taken off, we won’t stop until we achieve our aim.”

One of the leaders of Itsekiri youths present at the rally, Isaac Ajatitan, said Itsekiri people were part of Yoruba and would support them to achieve this aim.

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