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Imo Substantive Chief Judge: GOVT CHOICE OF IJEOMA AGUGUA SUFFERS SET BACK

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… NJC Rejects Candidature

…Calls For Fresh Applicants

Imo State Choice of justice Agugua to be made the substantive Chief Judge of Imo State appears to have hit a brick wall as the National Judicial Council (NJC) a body responsible for recommendation of Justice in Nigeria was said to have rejected the nomination of the said Agugua by the Imo State Government.

Justice Agugua whose acting capacity as the Chief Judge in Imo elapsed June 13th was said to have been nominated to the NJC through the State Judicial Service Commission for a substantive Chief Judge in Imo was rejected by the NJC.

Although the reasons for the rejection of Agugua’s candidature by the NJC even when she is the oldest judge in the state amongst other qualifications at the time of filing this report, information reaching the Lead revealed that it may not be out of the avalanche  of petitions against her appointment as the Chief Judge which are before the NJC and other concerned judicial bodies.

 However, with the rejection of Agugua, the Imo State Government is now expected to send another name or names to the NJC for a possible recommendation as Chief Judge of the State.

The implication of Agugua’s rejection implies that Imo State at the moment has no substantive Chief Judge as well as acting since the constitution provides that at the three months expiration of Acting capacity, the same person cannot be re-appointed in the acting capacity by the governor.

Available information to Lead revealed that one of the reasons behind the non working of High Court in Imo is hinged on the absence of a Chief Judge in the state who section 274 of the constitution empowers to issue directives of practice in the High Courts.

A source from the Government House revealed to Lead that Imo State Government has begun to search for a replacement to send to NJC for Justice Agugua.

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Leicester City Beat Chelsea to Lead English Premier League.

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Leicester City claimed top position in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday with a 2-0 win against the Blues at the King Power Stadium.

Wilfred Ndidi fired the hosts forward after six minutes and James Maddison added the second four minutes before half time to secure the victory.

Leicester City, shock champions in 2016, are currently ahead of previous leaders Manchester United by one point with a total of 38 points, while Chelsea have slipped to eighth place on 29 points.

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Manchester United have a game close by on Leicester City while Manchester City are third, three points behind the leading club, Leicester City, having played two matches less.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers played down their position by saying it’s “very much early” to refer to them as Premier League title contenders.

“Nobody is going through the motions; however, it shows in the initial segment of the season consistency has been good and performance levels have been exceptionally high,” Rodgers said.

“We looked exceptionally dangerous in the game. Two very good goals. We truly merited it.”

Chelsea was shocked from the beginning against Leicester City when Ndidi’s strike from the edge of the penalty box slammed off the post to place the hosts in charge of the game.

Chelsea was given a penalty kick when Jonny Evans tripped Christian Pulisic, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled the foul was outside the area.

“I thought it was a penalty kick however I’m not going to incline toward those things. We weren’t the better side,” Lampard said.

“Disappointing goal from a set-piece and the second goal is simply insufficient.”

Leicester City pounced moments after the penalty kick occurrence when Maddison clipped a half-volley past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to double Chelsea’s hopelessness before the half time.

The visitors were all in a tight spot in the second half and they were thwarted by VAR again in the 85th minute when Timo Werner’s goal was ruled out for offside.

With Chelsea just winning twice from their last eight games, Lampard conceded he is “worried about the slump.”

“It’s a young team and it’s a big lesson,” he added. “You must get yourself out of the hole.” (dpa/NAN)

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Trump Vacates White House

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Outgoing President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has left the Presidential House, The White House, today, January 20, 2021.

Trump took off from the lawn of the White House accompanied by his wife Melania.

The helicopter which carried the recent ex-president took him around the surroundings of the White House to give him a final view before its arrival at Joint Base Andrews.

The event occurred ahead of the swearing in of incoming President Joe Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris.

Also Read: American Rappers, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, Receives Pardon from Trump.

Biden who took the lead against Trump at the US Presidential election of November 3, 2020, will be sworn-in today at 17:00 GMT.

Trump will not grace the occasion as he has continually maintained his claim that the election was stolen from him.

The inauguration will, nonetheless, be graced by the outgoing Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders.

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American Rappers, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, Receives Pardon from Trump.

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Donald Trump in his last 24 hours in office as the President of the United States of America pardoned more than 100 individuals, including American rappers, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, confessed to illegally having a stacked weapon on a private jet while travelling to Miami in December 2020, Billboard.com reports.

Carter is an indicted criminal, coming from a firearm charge in 2007, which implied he was looking at 10 years in jail when condemned on January 28, 2021.

Carter is an indicted criminal, coming from a firearm charge in 2007, which implied he was taking a gander at 10 years in jail when condemned on January 28, 2021.

His exoneration was not really astonishing after the Grammy award winning artist mysteriously endorsed Trump for re-election last October and posed for an image, which he was intensely criticized for via online media.

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“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he has done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan will give the community genuine ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and guarantee that he will and can get it done,” Carter wrote in a Twitter message that included the picture.

On December 23, 2019, an anonymous tip led Miami police officers and federal agents to search Carter’s jet where they found the stacked firearm, notwithstanding purportedly cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, heroin, pain killers and prescription-strength cough syrup, along alongside almost $26,000 in cash. Carter was not accused of any drug offences.

Also, Kodak Black, born Bill Kahan Kapri, is in government jail after confessing to a firearms ownership charge in the wake of f being detained at the Canadian-American border in March 2020.

Trump additionally acquitted his former campaign manager Steve Bannon, former Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. Nonetheless, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and Edward Snowden were not on the rundown.

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