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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 Edition)

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Some S/Court Decisions No Longer Make Sense — Justice Rhodes-Vivour

Departing justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, has challenged judges not to rely so much on the doctrine of judicial precedents because some of them do not make sense. Rhodes-Vivour spoke in Abuja yesterday at a valedictory session in his honour after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70.

He said some of those decisions were outdated and should be laid to rest and never followed, although stare decisis implies that judges must “stand by your decisions and the decisions of your predecessors, however wrong they are and whatever injustice they inflict.”

He also called for amendment of the Electoral Act to shift the burden of proof to the Independent National Electoral Commission to “prove that it conducted a fair and reasonable election” because the petitioner has an uphill task proving his petition in accordance with the Electoral Act.

We’ll Kill All Non-State-Actors In The Forests, Says CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the military has concluded arrangements to neutralise non-state-actors and other agents of violence in the country.

While speaking at a one-day National Defence and Security Summit in Abuja, on Monday, he said illegal occupants of communities, forests and countryside will be targeted so as to stabilise the country.

He said the military will ensure that the peace which eluded the country returns as soon as possible. According to him, it is no longer news that the nation experiences a wide range of national security threats including terrorism, insurgency, farmers/herders conflict, ethno-religious conflicts, kidnapping and banditry.

Hold Ganduje Responsible If Anything Happens To Me, Daily Nigerian Publisher Writes IGP

Following what he described as renewed threats to his life, the Publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, says the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, should be held responsible if anything happens to him. In October 2018, his online newspaper published some videos wherein Governor Ganduje was allegedly seen stuffing dollars in his pockets.

The published video clips of the governor showed the governor allegedly collecting dollars, believed to be kickbacks from contractors handling various projects in the state. But in an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, the governor, who vowed to deal with those behind the videos, said they were doctored.

In a petition to the Inspector General of Adamu, Mohammed Adamu, through his counsel, Barrister Abdullahi Gumel, the journalist said he has come under renewed threats. “It is our clients’ and our firm belief that by the above statement, Ganduje clearly said that he and his supporters are scheming to harm our client. This is also an approval or ratification of his supporters past stalking, harassment and threats to our client. Importantly, Ganduje is by this statement instigating, inciting, aiding, abetting and procuring his supporters (especially those he is working secretly with) to harm our client, his family and property. This has caused our client unprecedented fear of violence and has alarmed and distressed him.

Gbenga Daniel, Dimeji Bankole Formalise Defection To APC, Meet Buhari At Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel at Aso Rock.

Bankole and Daniel joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) recently. While Bankole defected to the APC from Action Democratic Party (ADP), Daniel moved to the ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he served as the Director-General of the campaign of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the opposition party in 2019.

The Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC and Governor of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, accompanied the duo to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Governors of Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru, and Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, also joined their new party chieftains to meet with the president.

Insecurity: Nigeria On The Brink – Defence Minister

The federal government said on Monday that arrangements have been concluded to confront “merchants of violence” threatening to tear the country apart. It said it will use kinetic approach to stop those planning to destabilise the country.

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, stated this in Abuja at a one-day National Defence and Security summit with theme ‘Promoting Kinetic Operations as a Major Plank for Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria’.

General Magashi lamented that Nigeria was in a critical situation occasioned by terrorist attacks, banditry and kidnappings. According to Magashi, the federal government was committed to ensuring safety of lives and property of the citizenry in line with the presidential directive to the service chiefs to nip the challenges in the bud.

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