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Strike: Judiciary workers’ president involved in auto crash as CJN meets exco

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, on Monday, had a meeting with some officials of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria on ways to end the impact of the strike in the justice sector.

But the strike commenced on a sad note following the involvement of JUSUN President, Marwan Adamu, in an auto crash.

He was said to have been absent from the meeting on account of his involvement in the auto crash, which occurred while he was travelling from Kano to attend the meeting in Abuja.

The CJN said he would not talk to the 36 governors individually about strengthening Executive Order 10 and the various court judgements, affirming financial autonomy of the judiciary because they would demand more favours from him.

The delegation of JUSUN to the meeting was led by its National Treasurer, Jimoh Musa.

The meeting was held in the office of the CJN within the Supreme Court complex, where Justice Muhammad appealed to the JUSUN members to call off the strike.

A statement from the spokesperson of the CJN, Ahurkah Isah, said he assured them that efforts would be strengthened to ensure that state governments obey Executive Order 10 and the various court judgements, affirming financial autonomy of the Judiciary.

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Justice Muhammad said, “The unintended sufferers of this strike are better imagined than seen. It has spiral effects, including our children, the Federal Judiciary which is a lesser culprit.

“Ordinarily, I would say let me talk to individual 36 state governors, which amount to asking for their favours. But, some of them would ask me to do ten favours in return. This is why, as a judge, I am prohibited from asking for favour.”

Isah stated that Musa promised the CJN that his suggestions would be tabled before the 19-member National Executive Council of JUSUN before a decision is taken.

Musa said the delegation needed to report to JUSUN’s NEC because only three of the NEC members attended the meeting with the CJN.

“We have to table the CJN’s fatherly advice before our NEC meeting and consequently get back to his lordship”, he said.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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Ramadan: Look out for moon Monday, Sultan tells Muslims

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.

Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read.

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The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.

Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.

The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.

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Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17, says Buckingham Palace

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The ceremony at Windsor, west of London, which will be televised but have no public element because of coronavirus restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.

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Royal officials said the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, would attend, but his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.

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