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Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, President, Customary Court of Appeal Kogi State Dies

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*He Was A Rare Gem – former Governor Ibrahim Idris

*Kogi Has Lost A Consummate Professional- Engr Musa Wada

*He Was One Of Our Best – James Odaudu
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The President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga is dead.

He was confirmed dead on Sunday at about 4pm in a private hospital in Lokoja, the State capital after a brief illness.

According to SunriseNigeria source, Justice Atadoga had been battling with high blood pressure and other ailments suspected to have increased his sugar levels.

Atadoga was said to have been rushed to the private hospital on Thursday night where he was admitted.

It was gathered that by Sunday morning, plans to transfer him to Abuja for specialist treatment were being finalised before the respected jurist gave up.

Atadoga who hails from Omala local government area of Kogi State, had been in private practice since he was called to Bar in 1986 until his appointment by the State Government.

Reports have it that the late Justice was instrumental to the creation of the Customary Court of Appeal in Kogi State.

When the Customary Court of Appeal was created, Hon Justice Otta was made president but with less than two years to retirement.

Atadoga, being the most senior Judge after Justice Otta took over as President of Customary Court of Appeal, the position he held before his death.

As expected, reactions have been coming in the wake of the late Justice’s death.

Former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has condoled with the family of President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, late Justice Shuaibu Atadoga.

In a message of condolence to the family, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris said Kogi State judiciary has lost a rare gem. Idris recalled the patriotic roles played by the late President of the Customary Court of Appeal in 2012 that prevented a serious political lacuna in the state.

He urged the family to take his death as a supreme call from Almighty God that all and sundry must oblige at an appointed time and prayed for the family to be strong even in death of their late patriach, praying that Allah will reward him with here after.

Also reacting to death of the Kogi CCA President, the Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Gubernatorial Election in the state, Engr Musa Wada described the death of the late Shaibu as a huge loss to the family, the judiciary, the Kogi state and the country.

According to him, “late Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga was a humble gentleman and a consummate professional who was known for fairness and justice, he has done the state and the judiciary proud in the course of discharging his duties as a legal officer”.

He said the Late Justice Ibrahim will be remembered for his enormous contributions to the development of the judiciary in Kogi state and Nigeria.

In his own reaction, the President of Ife (Omala) Development Association, Abuja, Dr James Odaudu described the death of Justice Ibrahim Shaibu as a monumental loss to the people of Omala Local Government Area, especially the windows and orphans to whom he had been a great benefactor.

According to Odaudu, the late Justice was an outstanding member of the Omala community who never backslid from whatever would bring development to his people.

“Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga was one of our best who, despite his exalted position, remained friendly, humble, accessible and a shining role model until his sudden demise. He will be greatly missed” he said.

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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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