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Emir Tasks Traditional Title Holders On Uprightness, Diligence In Bauchi



The Emir of Bauchi, Alh. Rilwanu Adamu has called on all the traditional title holders in the state to remain upright and diligent in the discharge of their duties.

The Emir made the call in Bauchi on Sunday during the official turbaning and installation of a business tycoon, Alh. Yakubu Ibrahim as the Santuraki Bauchi.

According to him, this would help in upholding the sacred nature of the Bauchi Emirate Council and enhance its mutual trust and reverence of the good people of Bauchi state.

He also urged the newly installed traditional title holder to always thread the footprint of his late father, Alh. Yakubu Lame, who held the title with absolute dignity, patience and fear of God.

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“Your late father had been a good ambassador of the emirate whose enormous contributions to the upliftment of the living standard of the people of the state and the emirate in particular were unquantifiable, especially as regards to their livelihood,” said the Emir.

Speaking shortly after his installation, Ibrahim appreciated the Emir for finding him worthy of wearing his late father’s shoes at the Emirate Council.

He promised to abide by the culture and traditions of the institution, as well as assuring to positively contribute his best to the emirate and pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the emir, praying to God to enable him succeed in the tasks ahead.

“By the grace of the Almighty Allah, we will do what will push the emirate, Bauchi state and the country at large forward.

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“Santuraki is a post that has been in existence for a very long time and it means the most trustworthy amongst the son’s of a king in Kano.

“If a child is very close to the king and does all his biddings, he will be bestowed the title sarkin turaka which is Santuraki in abbreviation.

“Thank God the name santuraki came to Bauchi and I was chosen as one which I inherited from my late father,” he explained.

Also, one of the kingmakers, Alh. Aliyu Yakubu, District Head, Lame, who lauded the Emir for putting a round peg in a round hole, said the installation was not only important to the people of Lame District but to the Bauchi Emirate Council as well as the people of the state in general.

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“We believe that the new title holder is equal to the task because he is such a person that is obedient.

“I want to believe that this Emirate has done the real thing they are supposed to do by fishing out somebody that is dedicated, honest, sincere and hard working.

“I will advise him to be patient and tolerant as a position of power like this comes with a lot of observation, patience and he must remain focused on what brought him here

The ceremony was graced by a number of the emirate council members, relatives, friends, supporters and well-wishers who prayed for the guidance and blessings of the emir to the new Santuraki Bauchi.



World Anti-Corruption Day: Group Decries DSS Impunity, Govt’s Borrowing Habit




The Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy, and Development, FENRAD, has raised concerns about the impunity of the Department of State Security, DSS, and its disregard for the rule of law in the last eight years.

FENRAD’s executive director, Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, made the observation in Umuahia on Monday on the occasion of the 2023 World Anti-Corruption Day.

According to him, how DSS personnel go about re-arresting people freed by the court has been worrisome.

“Most lamentable is that in the last eight years, the state security service has become an agent of lawlessness. We have witnessed attempts to rearrest someone the court had freed right there inside the courtroom or also instances of inter-agency rivalry,” he said.

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The group also condemned the purchase of N160 million worth of vehicles for 469 lawmakers and the purchase of a yacht by the Federal Government. It also decried the nation’s habit of borrowing money to fund its budget and turning around to mismanage such funds on frivolities, to the detriment of poor Nigerians.

The group further cited contradictory judgements from courts in post-election cases as another worrying trend in the country.

FENRAD noted that for corruption to be defeated in Nigeria, the federal and state governments must be genuinely resolved to fight the monster.

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NECO Awards Scholarships To Best Performing Candidates In 2022, 2023 Exams




The National Examinations Council, NECO, has awarded scholarships to a total of 14 best performing candidates in the 2022 and 2023 examinations at all levels across the country.

The Registrar/ CEO of NECO, Prof Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi made the disclosure during the Council’s Productivity Award ceremony held in Minna, Niger State.

According to him, the best performing male and female candidates in SSCE 2022 are Asiru Ahmed Opeyemi from Crescent International High School, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and Obidibo Chioma Blessing.

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Okafor Chima Christian from Saint Paul Academy, Jos, and Benson Ifebube Chelsea, from Renaissance Garden Secondary School, Ago-Okota, Lagos, are the best performing students for the 2023.

In the Basic Education Certificate Examination category, for 2022, Akintola Samuel Oluwadaresimi of Apostolic Church College, Sango, Ibadan, and Onochie Chiamada Francis of Igbenedion Educational Centre, Benin, topped the chart as the best performing students while Ekwueme Ikechukwu Excellent from Kimota Science College, Gboko, and Owuye Faheeza Oluwakemi of Maryland Comprehensive School (Junior), Lagos, emerged the best in 2023.

Similarly, the best performing candidates for the National Common Entrance Examination are Bokare Lemuel Ogheneyobre of Kingskidies Nursery and Primary School, Warri, and Chika Ugu Anastasia from Nana Primary School, Warri.

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Winners in the gifted children category include Njoku Obinna Adrian of Rosai Kid Montessori School, New Owerri, and Anikwu Princess Kamsiyochukwu from Springfield Academy, Awka.

Also, some staff of the Council, who distinguished themselves in their various areas of duty, were also honoured and given awards by the organization.

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144, 910 Cases Pending Before Federal High Court In New Legal Year




The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho has revealed that a total of 144, 910 cases are pending before the court in new legal year.

The Court in the last legal year had 15, 025 cases filed before it by litigants out of which 12, 870 were effectively disposed off leaving a balance of 2, 155 suits.

At the opening of the legal year of the Court in Abuja on Monday, the Chief Judge explained that the court carried over 142, 755 cases from 2021 to the 2022 legal year, adding that in the 2023 legal year, 15, 025 fresh cases were filed by various categories of litigants.

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He noted that the Court would be going into the new legal year with the 144, 910 suits but expressed optimism that judges would rise up to the challenge of disposing the cases as quickly as possible.

The breakdown of the carried over cases showed that 42, 784 are civil cases, 36, 061 criminal matters, 41, 447 are motions while 24, 618 are fundamental rights enforcement suits.

Justice Tsoho who put the current number of judges on the bench of the Court at 95, thanked them for the speedy manner pre-election cases of the 2023 general elections were handled within the time allowed by law.

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We must dispense justice with integrity and without bias, we must display utmost competence and courage as well as dispose cases speedily.

“The Federal High Court will surely rise to the challenges of the future with the same tenacity and commitment that have defined its path thus far,” he said.

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