CJN swears in 22 new FCT High Court Judges
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, on Tuesday, swore in 22 new Judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
The CJN, who performed the ceremony at the Supreme Court, urged the newly appointed judges to shun all forms of corruption and refrain from anything that could bring the judiciary to disrepute.
He warned that the National Judicial Council, NJC, would not hesitate to wield the big stick against any of them found wanting in the discharge of their judicial functions.
“Though judicial officers are not spirits or superhuman beings, yet so much impossible things are expected from them by the society they live in.”
“I rejoice with you on this very important and strategic appointment, but at the same time, I sympathize with you for the landmines that are likely to lay your ways in the course of your adjudication, especially if your conscience doesn’t control your conduct.”
Ondo declares 24-hour curfew in Ikare
The Ondo government, on Tuesday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ikare town, headquarters of Akoko north-east LGA of the state.
According to a statement by Donald Ojogo, the state commissioner for information and orientation, the measure was taken to avoid the breakdown of law and to restore peace to the community after it experienced sporadic gunshots for 12 hours.
Ojogo said some deaths were recorded as a result of the crisis, but did not specify the number of casualties.
He also did not state who and what was responsible for the crisis.
Ojogo said security agencies have been deployed to enforce the curfew.
“The Ondo State Government has ordered the imposition of a twenty-four hour curfew on Ikare Town, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the State with immediate effect.”
“This comes on the heels of security reports and credible intelligence arising from the situation in Ikare. Specifically, some deaths have been recorded as a result of sporadic gunshots that have pervaded the ancient town in the last 12 hours. This is most unacceptable.”
Petrol may cost N340/litre after subsidy removal in 2022 — Kyari
Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, has said that subsidy would have been eliminated in 2020 but certain factors prevented it.
He, however, said that the law provides that by the end of February 2022, the nation should be out of the subsidy regime.
He said this at the presentation of the World Bank Nigeria Development Update, November 2021 edition titled “Time for Business Unusual”.
“There will be no provision for it legally in our system, but I am also sure you will appreciate that government has a bigger social responsibility to cater for the ordinary and therefore engage in a process that will ensure that we exit in the most subtle and easy manner.”
Fuel subsidy: Nigerians to get N5,000 transport grant after removal – FG
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said that Nigerians would get N5,000 per month as a transportation grant after the removal of fuel subsidies.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government will remove fuel subsidies by 2022 and give the poorest Nigerians a transportation grant of N5,000.
Ahmed said this on Tuesday, at the launch of the World Bank Nigeria Development Update in Abuja, stating that about 30 to 40 million Nigerians, who are the poorest in the country, would have access to the grant.
She said, “The subsidies regime in the [oil] sector remains unsustainable and economically disingenuous.”
“Ahead of the target date of mid-2022 for the complete elimination of fuel subsidies, we are working with our partners on measures to cushion the potential negative impact of the removal of the subsidies on the most vulnerable at the bottom 40% of the population.”