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OGUN CJ SWEARS-IN TWO MAGISTRATES, OPENS SMALL CLAIMS COURT

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The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has charged the newly swearing-in Magistrate to uphold the ethics of profession and make justice for the masses without fear and favour.

Justice Dipeolu stated this at the swearing-in of two Magistrate to complement the existing ones, held at Judiciary Complex, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Dipeolu said that the two Magistrates have been found worthy to occupy the position of Magistrates, adding that they were versed in the law and in the administration of justice..

She added that they have acquired years of experience from the Ogun State Ministry of Justice, noting that they would put in their best in their new calling.

“My advice to the newly sworn in Magistrates is that; your lifestyle must surely change to reflect the sensitive nature of this new role.

“You must bear in mind the code of conduct of this noble profession and behave accordingly at all times. I urge the family members to support them with your prayers. I congratulate both of you once again and I wish you both success in your new roles.” Justice Dipeolu said

She said that it was important to adjudge that the total number of Magistrate Courts sitting presently within the state were now Thirty-Nine (39), noting that they were all conducive for sitting with provision of befitting Quarters for Magistrates to live in to avoid the stress of traveling and to ensure their safety.

Meanwhile, the state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has opened a “Small Claims Court” so as to further bring justice closer to the people at the grassroots level by providing easy access to an informal, inexpensive and speedy resolution of simple debt recovery disputes, demands and damages that do not exceed N500,000.00.

She said that the operations at the Small Claims Court were to commence in six (6) carefully chosen Magisterial Districts, Abeokuta, It’s, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu and Ilaro Magisterial Districts.

“In fact, the Magistrates chosen to man these Courts, have been carefully selected as the flag bearers, and a lot depends on you as the success of the Small Claims Court is riding on your shoulders and will determine its opening in other Magisterial Districts.

“I must warn you that you will largely have to think outside the box and learn to do away with technical justice, the Small Claims Court is largely for substantial justice”, Dipeolu said

She added that the fees of the Small Claims Court were very cheap and affordable, noting that a seperate Registry has been created to cater for the Courts in order to avoid the clog at the regular Magistrate Court where the Magistrates also attend to Criminal cases, family and other matters.

Justice Dipeolu said that to commence an action at the Small Claims Court, the Claimant or one the Claimants must reside or carry on business in the state, noting that same applies to the Defendant.

She said the claim for liquidated money demand or damages must not exceed N500,000.00 (excluding interest and cost), saying that the Claimant must have been served a letter of demand on the Defendant as in Form SCA1.

She added that the action shall be commenced by the completion of the complaint form SCA2, then the summons shall thereafter issue as in Form SCA3.

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Pondei-led NDDC IMC transparent, accountable, says Group

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As Nigerians await outcome of the 2-day investigative hearing carried out by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee last week Thursday and Friday on alleged financial recklessness by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a group has debunked the claim of N40 billion scam levelled against the Commission.

The group which projects itself as Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative (CQTI) said as a non- governmental organization, concerned with development of the Niger Delta region through close monitoring of activities of intervention bodies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) , the current Interim Management Committee ( IMC) of the commission is far more transparent in its operations, contrary to the accusation of squandering N40 billion.

President of the group, Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe,  at a media briefing in Abuja Saturday said the Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei-led IMC is not corrupt as being painted by those  who, according to her, “want the operations of the commission to be business as usual.”

“The Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative under my leadership has been monitoring the operational activities of the NDDC over the years as regards the core mandate given to the commission.

“I make bold to declare here that of all the management teams we have interacted with so far and assessed their activities on the field, the current IMC stands out in terms of accessibility to the people and communities in the area as well as transparency in contracts awards and executions.

“All the hues and cries being made by some vested groups against the current IMC are driven by nothing but fear of being cut off from their yearly loot.

“Rather than trying to pull down the incumbent management of the commission, they should by now be running from pillar to post on how to escape from shame awaiting them from reports of the ongoing forensic auditing ordered by President Muhamnadu Buhari,” she said.

She added that it was a lie from the pit of hell for anybody to allege that the Pondei-led IMC is working for the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and not the people of Niger Delta region.

She said: “During the 2- day investigative hearing, none of the accusers and their cronies could substantiate any allegations to that effect.

“In fact, the public hearing exposed the hollow in all allegations levelled against Akpabio and the Pondei-led IMC and it is expected that they will allow peace to reign now in the commission for the desired development to start taking place in the Niger Delta region.”

 

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Lawyer raises alarm over N15 billion NDDC payments

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A legal practitioner, Mr. Godwin Ojeh, has lamented what he called corruption of self-enrichment in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Nigerian Senate , Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to stop the payment of N15 billion to contractors.

‘’The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission has thrown caution to the winds. It is about to pay for jobs not done. The committee is processing the payment of a whooping amount of N15billion on spurious contracts in the name of ‘’Desilting of Waterways’’.

He particularly decried the misappropriation in the management of the funds of the commission.

‘Is the 2020 budget of the commission ready? Where are they spending from? ’Recently, the Senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged mismanagement of N40billion. The Senate also requested for 2019 budgetary performance. The commission doesn’t have power to expend public money. There is no budgetary provision’’.

In a tone suggestive of his hatred for corruption, the Benin based lawyer asked the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government to stop the commission from wasting the country’s resources.

In a statement in Benin, Ojeh described the intention of the NDDC Interim Management Committee as ‘’a move that will endanger development of the region

‘’There is no greater danger to the development of the Niger Delta region than the payments for fictitious contracts’’ the statement said.

He also harped on the need for transparency in government organizations, saying ‘’it is necessary for the National Assembly and the executive arm of government to adopt a collective position on the allegation of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)’’.

 

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HON. BURAIMOH: THE ELEGANT ORATOR…..Agunbiade

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So sudden was your death; so painful was your transition.

This is one death too many after we recently commited the prophetic Adebayo Oshinowo (Pepperito) to mother earth.
I never knew you were on your way out of this world when so unusually, my repeated messages to your phone were never responded to and calls not picked for days.

I did not know that the elegant Tunde was lying helpless somewhere against his wish.
Now, the ever bubbling and lively soul has been hooked by the angel of death and forced through the mill of no return while a lot of us, your admirers, were wondering of your whereabout.

Where is the very active and versatile brain of Tunde Buraimoh? Where is your very peaceful mien and stylish smiles of all times? The big Daddy with big, dramatic and oratory expressions has finally dropped the linguistic garb and that legislative lion has ceased to roar in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

We are going to miss your elegant dressing Tunde. Your charismatic assertions shall elude us till eternity. The beneficiaries of your regular philanthropic gestures will have to look elsewhere for succour hence forth. Dear Tunde, tread graciously to your final abode of no pains and no regrets. We shall hold forth for you where our paths have crossed with good memories.

Our prayers shall forever be for you in the lonely castle of your permanent rest.
I pray we would not have to give this kind of dirge so soon again. Tunde, sun re ooo. Adieu

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