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IPOB gives Southeast governors 14 days ultimatum to ban open grazing

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Southeast governors to ban all forms of open grazing in the region in compliance with the 1969 Statutory Law of Nigeria.

Kanu, who issued the notice through IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, warned that the group’s security outfit would commence the enforcement of the Anti-Grazing Law across the entire region if no action was taken at the expiration of the ultimatum.

He commended the step taken by the governors in the Southwest in banning open grazing in their region, insisting that such move must be reciprocated and consolidated in the eastern region.

The statement read, “We wish to humbly and most submissively call upon all the governors of the East, to as a matter of urgency, ban all manner of open grazing in the region in compliance with the 1969 statutory law of #Nigeria that banned such provocative and primitive practice by Fulani herdsmen.

“The bold step taken by Yoruba governors in banning open grazing in their region is commendable and as such must be reciprocated and consolidated by a similar pronouncement in the East.

“If after 14 days there is no firm and decisive action by Eastern governors to ban open grazing in our land, #ESN will step into the breach to commence the enforcement of this 1969 Anti-Grazing Law across the entire region. Don’t say you were not informed or given prior warning.”

This is even as traditional rulers in Imo State have commenced meetings to take stock of the destruction that trailed the clash between the Nigerian Army and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security outfit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Our investigation revealed that many lives were lost and billions of Naira worth of properties, including a church, Blessed Holy Trinity Sabbath Mission, in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, were destroyed during the clash which started last Friday.

But an insider told The Nation that normalcy is gradually returning to the area with residents coming out of their hiding but the residents, particularly farmers, are complaining that military helicopters are still hovering over their farmlands.

A farmer, Nze Obinna Okorocha, said that people have started returning from their hideouts and homes.

“We are moving to our farmlands but the planes are still flying over our farmland.”

Meanwhile, traditional rulers of all the autonomous communities in Orlu are meeting to take count of the destructions.

Speaking to our correspondent yesterday, the Chairman of Traditional Rulers Institutions and Community Policing in the state, HRH Eze Emmanuel Okeke, said there were heavy losses, adding that he was in the meeting with other traditional rulers in the local governments where the incident had taken place for the assessment of the loss.

“We are gathering information on the level of destruction in all autonomous communities in Orlu where the clash took place.”

While thanking the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, for intervening in the situation, he said the curfew helped to bring the situation under control.

He called for ceasefire and appealed to the youths to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

Meanwhile, the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, said his condition for withdrawing his security outfit depends on the movement of the military out of the local government areas.

Kanu, who spoke to The Nation through his Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said his men would come out of the area as soon as the military withdrew their troop out of the area.

“Our movement depends on the decision of the military to leave the area,” he said.
(The Nation)

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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