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Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says President Muhammadu Buhari’s intention was not to remove Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

He, however, added that Buhari’s action is a fair response on the part of the presidency to the situation.

Onnoghen was suspended last Friday based on a directive by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) before whom he is standing trial over allegations of fraudulent declaration of assets.

In a letter entitled: ‘Reply to Atiku’s State of the Nation’, published by ThisDay newspaper, Tinubu took a swipe at Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over his comments against the president’s action.

Atiku had delivered a State of the Nation address on Monday, in which he referred to Buhari’s action as unconstitutional.

However, the response penned by Tinubu read: “Strange that Atiku would choose to depict the current situation so inaccurately as to stir emotions unduly. He claimed that CJN Onnoghen has been removed.

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“However, this is not so. He has been temporarily suspended. Atiku and his advisors should know and recognise the vast legal difference between -‘suspension’ and ‘removal’.

“Yet you persist in conflating the two in what you say is a pursuit of justice. While true you may be in pursuit of something. It is not justice. If justice was your goal, you would acknowledge that the CJN has only been temporarily suspended not permanently removed. Thus, your recourse to saying that the President violated the constitutional provision regarding the removal of a CJN is inaccurate in that Buhari never intended to remove the CJN.

“What he has done is to have the CJN temporarily get out of his chair so that the serious matters against him can be heard by someone other than himself. Should the charges show themselves to be wrong or unproven, the CJN will be automatically reinstated as the head of the Nigerian judiciary.”

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Speaking further on the inaccuracy of Atiku’s position on the issue, Tinubu added: “Nothing has been taken from the CJN that cannot be restored if the facts warrant such restoration. Thus, President Buhari conditionally suspended the CJN.

“By doing so, this allows for the case to move forward without the CCT or others fearing the CJN might use his position to unduly interfere with proceedings. If the CJN is exonerated, then he will return to his position. If not exonerated, then a more permanent discipline awaits him.

“This is an imminently fair and balanced approach, especially given the fact that the constitution and other laws really do not provide clear and unambiguous guidance on how to proceed in a case whether the CJN is the defendant under this unique fact pattern.

“Atiku and his cohort(s) seek to turn their personal disappointment into a burning national issue. They seek to manufacture a constitutional crisis where none exists. There is no need to quake at the solitary incident of the interim suspension of a justice pending the legal resolution of serious criminal claims against him.

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“If this matter is shorn of the political trappings it has acquired, there is no fairer way to handle the matte.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: Gov Abiodun orders full reopening of hotels, schools, churches, mosques

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has ordered full reopening of hotels, viewing centres, marquees, event centres, suites, guest houses and motels.

Others in that category are restaurants, eateries, lounges, bars, and cinemas.

We reports Gov Abiodun, in the wake of the deadly Coronavirus, ordered the closure of those establishments to avoid the spread of disease.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Wednesday, the Ogun Governor said those in the industry should open for business fully.

Somorin informed that Abiodun has further told schools, markets, churches and mosques in Ogun to revert to their regular programme of activities as obtained before COVID-19.

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However, Somorin urged the hospitality establishments to strictly adhere to a set of guidelines in order to keep up with the protocols aimed at further flattening the curve of COVID-19.

The statement said that the government would not hesitate to do selective lockdown should there be any flagrant disobedience to the set COVID-19 protocols.

“And, if perchance we discover that any of our centres is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will not hesitate to close down the centre,” he warned.

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BREAKING: Osun State Governor, Oyetola Relaxes Curfew

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Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state , now 8pm to 6am.

This was contained in a press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, on Wednesday.

The governor said the relaxation of the curfew takes effect from Thursday.

The statement read in part,

“Following the high level of compliance with the 24-hour curfew declared last Saturday to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the State, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has approved the relaxation of the curfew period, effective from tomorrow, Thursday, October 29, 2020.

“Consequently, the curfew will now run from 8:00pm to 6:00am daily.

“Security operatives will still remain on the streets to enforce the new curfew directive with a view to further maintaining law and order.

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“Also, all motorcycle operators will now operate from 6:00am to 8:00pm daily as earlier announced.

“This will subsist even after the curfew is completely lifted.”

The governor commended #EndSARS protesters for suspending demonstrations in the state.

He urged those with looted items to ensure that they return them, stressing that defaulters would be prosecuted.

The statement said, “As we all know, the curfew was never declared in the first instance to inflict hardship on our people but to protect them and return normalcy to the State.

“We commend the residents and citizens of Osun for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last five days of the curfew.

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“We also laud our youths for displaying a high sense of maturity and understanding in calling off any form of protest in light of the prevailing circumstances.

“Government remains committed to the cause of our youths and shall take every necessary step to ensure their welfare.

“Government also commends those who took advantage of the amnesty period to return looted items in line with the Omoluabi ethos for which we are known.

“Whistle Blowers could still reach out to us on 08187187678 for information on looted items.
However, effective from tomorrow, Thursday, October 29, anyone found to be in possession of any looted item will be arrested, investigated and prosecuted as earlier announced.”

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