PH news: UN to train Ogoni clean up officials abroad


1.   Lawyers in Rivers State are currently staging a peaceful protest over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen. The protest is in solidarity of the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association to boycott the court for two days. The lawyers will match with different placards to describe the action of the Federal Government as illegal and unconstitutional. The chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Port Harcourtbranch Sylvester Adaka also said that the lawyers are demanding for immediate recall of Chief Justice of Nigeria, quote: “The demands are simple, the authentic Chief Justice of Nigeria should be reinstated, and we are not saying that he should not be tried if he has any question to answer. What we are saying is that there is a process. We are in a democracy with three independent arms of Government, and none of the three arms is subservient to the other. And none of the three arms in any way can unceremoniously remove the head of any of the arms. There is a procedure and once the procedure is properly followed, we have no objection”

Meanwhile, senators filed a suit before the Supreme Court for: among others, an order reinstating Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The senate’s action came after it canceled it’s scheduled plenary earlier billed for Tuesday 29th of January, 2019. The clerk of the senate Nelson Ayo who announced the cancellation in a statement explained that the Federal law makers will resume on Feb 19th.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser on media to the Senate President, Yusuf  Olaniyonu, said the cancellation was due to the last minute decision by the senate leadership to seek judicial interpretation to Onnoghen’s suspension by the president on Friday.

2.   The Code of Conduct Tribunal has adjourned indefinitely further proceedings on the non asset declaration charged against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen. The Justice Danladi Umar’s led tribunal said the decision to suspend the Justice Onnoghen’s trial was based on the order of the court of Appeal in Abuja. Meanwhile Security Operatives yesterday sealed the Justice Onnoghen’s chambers at the Supreme Court. The suspended CJN’s Administrative Staff were also barred from having access into any of the offices.

On the other hand, the Acting-CJN Justice Muhammad Tanko took over and presided about ten cases that came up for hearing before the Supreme Court today.

3.   The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed that gun men attacked a moving bus on the East-West Road killing the driver and abducting the passengers.  The police spokesperson in Rivers State Nnamdi Omoni told newsmen that the incident happened at Rumuekpe Junction where the hoodlums took to the road and opened fire on innocent citizens. He said the police are on a manhunt to rescue the passengers abducted and that the body of the driver has been deposited at the Morgue.

4.   Some concerned groups in Ogoni have raised concerns over the delay in the commencement of the Ogoni Clean Up months after the Federal Government released funds for the exercise. The group led by Non-Government Organization NomeneFoundation said the Ogoni’s are not happy with the FG over the delay and the removal of Derek Mene as the Finance Director of NDDC. The coordinator of Nomenefoundation, Prince Kirika said, the Ogoni’s are now questioning the sincerity of the Federal Government due to the prolonged delay of the Ogoni cleanup.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Environmental Programs (UNEP) says it will organize trainings and foreign tours for HYPREP officials. The leader of the UNEP team Mike Cowan said this during a visit to HYPREP office in Port Harcourt. Cowan said the aim of the trainings and foreign trips is to enable HYPREP officials to know how to manage huge projects like Ogoni cleanup exercise.

5.   The leader of the APC in Khana Local Government Area Austin Nwako has dumped the party for the PDP. Nwako during his defection in his home town, Kpeye, said his decision to join the PDP is due to the developmental strides of Governor Wike in Ogoni land. He however called on the Ogonis to support Governor Wike in his second term bid.