ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020

NO DTS 2415: MY ADMINISTRATION COMMITTED TO HIGH STANDARD IN CUSTOMARY LAW PROCESS – OKOWA

NO DTS 2416: NIGERIA POLICE EMBARK ON ASSESSMENT TOUR OF WOUNDED PERSONNEL, DAMAGE FACILITIES

NO DTS 2417: NIGERIA POLICE COMISERATE WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN OFFICER, STANLEY ETAGA

NO DTS 2418: MOTORISTS, KEKE RIDERS, BEMOAN CLOSURE OF OKERE ROAD, WARRI

NO DTS 2419: ASABA HOSTS KSM NATIONAL CONVENTIO AS OKOWA DECLARES CEREMONY OPEN NOVEMBER 27

NO DTS 2420: FUNKEKEME SOLOMOM APPRECIATES ALGON FOR CONCERN ON WIFE’S DEMISE

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NO DTS 2415: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
MY ADMINISTRATION COMMITTED TO HIGH STANDARD IN CUSTOMARY LAW PROCESS – OKOWA

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today, reaffirmed his administration will continue to strengthen the processes and structures to enhance standards in customary law processes in the state.

Okowa gave the assurance in Asaba while swearing in Justice Patience Elumeze as Acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state.

He said that his administration would also continue to promote the growth and development of native laws and customs in the state, adding that the government would leave no stone unturned to improve the welfare and working conditions of the bench and staff in the customary court system.

He affirmed that by virtue of Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) from which the Nigerian judiciary derived its powers to administer justice, district and area customary courts were better suited to deliver justice at the grassroots without being bogged down by the technicalities of the common law.

The governor disclosed that district and area customary courts were well positioned to deal with matters involving land disputes, marriage, succession, inheritance, guardianship, and custody of children in rural communities, pointing out that their role in the justice system was strategic.

he harped on the imperativeness for those charged with the responsibility of running the customary court system to be men and women of good character and standing in the society who would ensure that justice was not only served but was also seen to be served.

“By so doing, the courts will retain the confidence and goodwill of the public from which it derives its ultimate authority,’’ he said.

The governor, who congratulated Justice Elumeze on her appointment, said that her selection was well-deserved as it was on merit.

He described her as “cerebral, disciplined, hardworking, dependable and properly placed’’ by her current position to function as Acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state.

“I expect you to continue in the same trajectory of hard work, excellence and ethical conduct that earned you this promotion. This is not the time for you to rest on your oars but to double up your efforts.

“Let me reiterate the point that this office will further stretch your resourcefulness, challenge your intellect, task your patience, encroach on your time, and test your value system. You must maintain a high level of focus, diligence, and personal probity,” he said.

“As one who was part of the success story of the past 21 years, I am fully persuaded that Justice Elumeze is well primed to broaden and deepen the wonderful legacies of her predecessor.

“It is important that the new leadership continues to promote, preserve, and protect the principles of natural justice, fair hearing, equity, and good conscience, which are the foundations upon which the customary court system is founded,’’ he added

Okowa expressed the appreciation of the government and people of the state to the immediate past President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state, Justice Stella Ogene, pointing out that Ogene was one of the best brains the state had produced in the legal profession.

“Strong, confident and assertive, she worked assiduously to restructure the judicial architecture of the customary court system. From 29 area customary courts and 35 district customary courts prior to her tenure, we now have 37 area customary courts and 60 district customary courts in the state,’’ he stated.

In her speech, Justice Elumeze said that she was tremendously humbled by her appointment, and thanked the governor for finding her worthy of the appointment.

Elumeze also thanked the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshall Umukoro, for the part he played in her appointment and for his continued support to judges in the progress of the judiciary.

She paid glowing tribute to her predecessor, Justice Ogene for her inspiring role in the dispensation of justice in the state.

While equally thanking her fellow judges for their faith in her, she promised to serve to the best of her ability by upholding the rule of law and justice and promoting the customary law of the people which governs them from birth to death.


NO DTS 2416: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
NIGERIA POLICE EMBARK ON ASSESSMENT TOUR OF WOUNDED PERSONNEL, DAMAGE FACILITIES

By Christian Ogoh

The Chairman of the Nigerian Police Committee of inquiry on the level damage on police facilities and casualties, CP Abutu Yaro says the Nigerian Police force will never turn its back on her officers.

Mr. Abutu Yaro made the assertion at Uweifo Orthopaedic and Nursing Home, Ewuru in Ika South Local Government Area when his committee visited a police officer, Patrick Okwuone, who was allegedly shot on the leg by some hoodlums during the ENDSARS protest at Ughelli.

He said that the committee embarked on the visits on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Adamu Mohammed to assess the level of damage on police facilities and casualties in 17 states during the ENDSARS protest.

Continuing, C P Yaro stressed that the leadership of the Nigerian Police took seriously that welfare of every police officer, adding that the force would never turn its back on officers in times of challenge.

Addressing the wounded officer, My Yaro said: “We are very sorry for your condition. Be rest assured that we will not abandon you and your family. We will stand by you in this ordeal.”

While asking the wounded officer whether he was satisfied with the treatment in the orthopaedic home, he urged the police doctor to continue to examine the situation and give the necessary advice when needed.

Mr Yaro also commiserated with the family of the wounded officer who was said to have lost his 84 years father who was alleged to have died of shock after hearing the news that his son was attacked and shot by hoodlums.

A prayer session was conducted for Mr Patrick Okwuone for speedy healing and recovery.

The Chairman of the Committee also lead his team to assess the degrees of damage done by the protesters at the Motor Traffic Division (MTD) Agbor-Obi, Ika South Local Government Area and The Ugbaja Police Out-Post in Ika North East Local Government Area.

They were also at the grave side of late DIG, Donald Michael Ugbaja to pay their respect and also made some prayers.


NO DTS 2417: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
NIGERIA POLICE COMISERATE WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN OFFICER, STANLEY ETAGA

By Christian Ogoh

A high-powered delegation of the inspector General of Police (IGP), led by CP Abutu Yaro in charge of operations at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, has during the weekend paid a fact-finding visit to the family of late Cpl. Stanley Etaga in Ughelli, Ughelli South Local Government Area.

Speaking, CP. Yaro conveyed the heartfelt condolences of the IGP to the family of late Cpl. Stanley Etaga who was killed by protesting youths at Otovwodo Junction, Ughelli while on duty with his team on 8th October, 2020.

According to the CP, the purpose of the visit was to among others, to ascertain the level of wanton destruction on police formation across the country, the number of dead and injured police officers and come up with a report for the IGP to take to appropriate quarters for attention.

Late Stanley Etaga is survived by four children Ejetavwo 17, Sonia 13, Genesis 9, and Testimony 4 and family members.

Speaking on behalf of late cpl. Stanley Etaga’s family, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, uncle to the late officer, who is also an aide to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, thanked the IGP for the gesture by sending a high-powered delegation from Abuja, to condole with the family.

He lauded the IGP team for its painstaking efforts in going round the country to ascertain the level of destructions by hoodlums whom he said hijack the EndSARS protests.

Egedegbe reminded the team not to see its assignment as one of those fact-finding mission of the past where nothing was done at the end of the day because, according to him, the circumstances and the times of it responsibility were different.

“I on behalf of the late Stanley Etaga’s family is counting on your integrity CP and that of the IGP has vowed severally to reposition the police for a better modern day police force with best practice. We are therefore asking that the wife and children of late Cpl Stanley Etaga be properly taken care of as their bread winner died in active service.

“That Late Stanley Etaga be named the hero of Nigeria Police Reform 2020, as the first police to lose his life to the #ENDSARS protesters across the country.

“The police should also use this opportunity of reform to clean its house of bad elements giving it bad image from time to time.

“We are also calling on the police leadership to carry out value reorientation training for her personnel often for a better modern-day policing with efficiency, intelligence, tact and zeal for optimum performance, “he added

The family members and the acting DPO, A Division Ughelli, took the team to the Ughelli Central Hospital mortuary where the remains of lata Stanley Etega is kept for photograph to be taken by the visiting team from Abuja.


NO DTS 2418: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
MOTORISTS, KEKE RIDERS, BEMOAN CLOSURE OF OKERE ROAD, WARRI

By Ambrose Ologide

Some motorists and commercial tricycle (keke) riders have bemoaned the perpetual closure of Okere Road, Warri where the Nigerian Correctional Centre is located.

The road is a major link between the western and eastern parts of Warri, the commercial nerve centre of Delta State and one of the few motorable roads in Warri metropolis.

This important road was closed down on both sided since the EndSARS protest and has been closed till the time of filling this report.

Motorists and commercial tricycle riders in Warri who were interviewed by correspondent on the issue, expressed disappointment over the perpetual closure of road when the EndSARS protest has ended.

Some of the respondents described the closure of the road as unjustifiable and an infringement on the rights of road users.

Comrade Okpako Onaibie posited that it was disappointing on the part of the Nigerian Prison authorities to perpetually closed down the road for security reasons as he noted that battle ready combined government security agents were stationed at the correctional centre twenty fours daily.

A private car owner, Jolomi Temisaren who spoke in the same vein, also reasoned that the Nigerian Correctional Centre had no reason to close down a road that was built with tax payers’ monies.

“If they feel unsecured, then they should beef up their security networks and not deprive motorists of their rights of using the road. This is sheer injustice. Governor Okowa and President Buhari must hear this.”

While a keke rider, Jero Omokiniovo noted that the alternate routes to Okere Road which he identified as Esisi and Ogboru Roads were too narrow and not motorable.

He noted further that it was suicidal for vehicle users to ply Esisi Road when it was dark because of its loneliness and that Ogburo Road was always closed for usage after 7.00 pm.


NO DTS 2419: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
ASABA HOSTS KSM NATIONAL CONVENTIO AS OKOWA DECLARES CEREMONY OPEN NOVEMBER 27

This year’s annual convention of the Knight of St. Mulumba (KSM), will hold in Asaba, the Delta State capital from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th November, 2020.

According to the programme of event released to the media by the organising committee, the ceremony will kick off on Wednesday, 25th November, with a welcome dinner for members of the Supreme Executive Board of KSM, Nigeria at Hotel Beniza, Asaba at 7.00 pm.

On Thursday, 26th November, the Supreme Executive Board of KSM will pay a courtesy call on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in the morning at Government House, Asaba,

Also, on Thursday, the board will pay a courtesy call on the Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Michael Elue and the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien, while at 6.00 pm, same day, a welcome mass will hold at Emmanuel the Saviour Catholic Church, Opposite High Court Complex, Asaba, at 6.00 pm.

On Friday, 27th November, 2020, there will be an opening mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, West-End, Asaba at 10.00 am, while at the Event Centre, Okpanam Road, Asaba, the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, will officially declare the convention open at 12 noon same day.


NO DTS 2420: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
FUNKEKEME SOLOMOM APPRECIATES ALGON FOR CONCERN ON WIFE’S DEMISE

By Tebefia Ogbeni

The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, Rt Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, has expressed appreciation to the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Delta State Chapter for commiserating with him on the demise of his wife Edith.

Rt Hon. Funkekeme Solomon stated this recently when a delegation of the state chapter of ALGON paid him a condolence visit in Asaba, the State Capital.

The Senior Political Adviser said that the visit by his friends and political associates had strengthened him to cope with his difficult moment in life.

According to him, “There is no school to learn how to be bereaved until you find yourself in it, and that is why the experience differs from one person to another. I’m however gladdened by this show of love and support that you have demonstrated towards me because it helps to mitigate the pain.”

Earlier, the Chairman of Delta ALGON, who is also the Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Council, Hon Itiako Ikpokpo, noted that though it was a very difficult time for the Senior Political Adviser, and that words would not be enough to express their feelings, they had come to share in his pain and grief.

“Your circle of communication cuts across a large spectrum of Deltans and you have imparted positively on the lives of a lot of people. We have come to console you because you are our friend, our brother and our leader,” he said.

Hon Ikpokpo promised the readiness of the association to participate in the funeral ceremony of the departed.