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Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has asked the Appeal Court in Abuja to stop his arrest as ordered by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT on Wednesday.

The suspended CJN, who faulted the CCT’s decision to arrest him, based his argument on 11 grounds. The suspended CJN said his decision to be absent from the CCT was not in disobedience to any order as no order to compel his attendance was served on him.

He said the tribunal erred by ordering his arrest when the application challenging its jurisdiction to hear and determine the complaints of the respondent had not been heard.

The court document read in part, “The appellant (Onnoghen) has a pending motion challenging the competence of the charge preferred against him and the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain same. Until the issue of the CCT jurisdiction being challenged by the appellant is heard and determined, the physical presence of the appellant to take his plea is not mandatory or necessary. The order of the bench warrant is a breach of the respondent’s right to appellant’s right to liberty under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

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Onnoghen said that the CCT contravened Section 266(b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act when it ordered his arrest as the Act clearly states that an appellant has a right to be absent from court during the argument of an interlocutory application. Onnoghen challenged the decision of the CCT chairman not to step down despite calls for him to recuse himself due to a pending corruption charge against him and “likelihood of bias.” Onnoghen asked the Appellate Court to “give an order setting aside the order of the tribunal made on February 13, ; an order for the constitution of a different panel at the CCT to try him and an order dispensing his presence from the CCT.”

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal had on Wednesday ordered the police and the Department of State Services to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and produce him before it on Friday. The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, made the order in a ruling on the prosecution’s application for the issuance of the arrest warrant on the grounds that Onnoghen had continued to snub the tribunal by refusing to obey summons to answer to the charges of non-declaration of assets preferred against him by the Federal Government.

However, as of the time of filing this at about 5pm on Wednesday, The PUNCH learnt that the suspended CJN had not been arrested as he was still occupying his official residence in the Three Arms Zone. It was learnt that the CJN would avert any possibility of his arrest by reaching an agreement with the security agencies to voluntarily submit himself to the CCT on Friday.

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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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