Zuma Lawyer Urges South African Court to Scrap Graft Charges


Lawyers acting for former South African President Jacob Zuma argued that corruption charges against him dating back almost two decades should be scrapped because the case against him is politically motivated and has been unreasonably delayed by the state.

Musi Sikhakhane told the High Court in the city of Pietermaritzburg on Monday that the former chief prosecutor who pushed for the charges, Bulelani Ngcuka, was an ally of Thabo Mbeki, who ruled from 1999 until 2008 and sought to block Zuma from succeeding him as leader of the ruling party and the country. South Africa’s appeals court ruled in October 2017 that the trial could go ahead.

The state alleges that Zuma, who served for almost nine years as president, took bribes from arms dealers and charged him on 16 counts ranging from corruption to racketeering. The African National Congress forced him to step down in February last year and replaced him with Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to clamp down on corruption. French arms company Thales SA is also an accused and has filed for the case to be scrapped as it argues it won’t get a fair trial.
Prosecutors have said they have a strong case and the trial should to go ahead, and they will argue their case at the court hearing, which is scheduled to end by the end of the week.

Zuma told a crowd of several hundred supporters outside the courthouse what judges had found in the past that he hadn’t done anything wrong, but prosecutors continued to reinstate stale charges and were violating his rights.

“The court has given us a chance to state our reasons for the charges to be set aside,” he said. “I should not have been accused of anything.”

Bloomberg

INEC Withdraws 25 Certificate Of Return From Election Winners


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the withdrawal of 25 Certificates of Return from some winners of the just concluded 2019 General Elections on orders from various courts across the country.

INEC, through its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, at a forum on Media Coverage of the 2019 General Elections in Enugu on Monday, explained to journalists that the withdrawn certificates have been handed to the rightful winners.

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My Wife Denies Me Sex Because Of My Small Penis, Pastor Tells Court

Pastor Samson Farounbi has told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, in Ibadan, that the small size of his manhood made his estranged wife to deny him sex for a long period.

Farounbi disclosed this on Monday when testifying before the court on a case of divorce he instituted against Tope Farounbi.

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FG to sanction hospitals hiring quacks


The Federal Government yesterday vowed to sanction public and private health facilities employing non-professionals as record officers. The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Records Officers’ Registration Board, Mami Ibrahim stated this in Lagos while interacting with Health Records and Information Management Practitioners of Nigeria.

He said though the board lacked the power to shut down any hospital engaging non-professionals as record and information managers, any health facility found wanting would be taken to court. According to him, the board would continue to constructively engage hospitals across the country to see the need to engage professionals in keeping records of patients.

Daily Trust

Nwana Emmanuel Chuks declares Interest to run For the Office of Vice Chairman NBA Lagos Branch

Nwana Emmanuel Chuks has declared his intention to run for the office of Vice Chairman to the NBA Lagos Branch on Thursday 16 May 2019. Find below his formal declaration:

MY MANIFESTO
Learned Senior Advocates, Seniors and Colleagues

INTRODUCTION:
My name is NWANA EMMANUEL CHUKS, may I humbly present myself to you to seek for your vote to elect me as the next Vice Chairman of our prestigious Premier Branch. It is a huge credit to the present Executives of our Branch in rolling out a lot of laudable activities to harness the social and mental potentials of the Branch. However, I am of the view that the Branch may pay more attention to the happenings around the Human Right circle.
As an active member of the Branch Human Rights Committee we visited Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons. The result of the visits show that a lot should be done to help the needy who in the first place ought not to be there. The Human Rights Committee as of today has recorded huge successes in prison decongestion, as a pace setter Branch we need to sustain the achievements of the Human Rights committee through continuity as the key to success.

MY AGENDA:
1. To be a quality stand-in for the Chairman in his absence in whatever capacity.
2. Incorporating the leadership of all our Senior Advocates and Seniors in the activities of the Human Right Committee and plead for their support in the pro bono services from the outset,
3. Encouraging the participation of the seniors of the Branch into the Human right activities,
4. Encouraging Seniors to sponsor a pro bono case for a willing junior member of the branch and make sure there is a one-to-one interaction with the junior and the such seniors for direction,
5. Using social networking medium to create and sustain a synergy between the various committees of the Branch and Human Right Committee,
6. Encouraging more participation of the members in the activities of the Branch through the direct involvement of Human Rights Committee,
7. Involve the members more with permission of the Chairman in some academic enhancing resources and welfare policies of the Branch,
8. Creating more avenues to gather and utilize innovative opinions from the members.
9. To carry out all delegated duties by the Chairman and the General House to the best of my ability at all times.

CONCLUSION:

Dear Learned Senior Advocates, Seniors and Colleagues, vote for me NWANA EMMANUEL CHUKS as Vice Chairman, Lagos Branch, The Premier Bar during the 2019 election and you will be happy you did. Thank you!

Ben Ihesiulo declares to run for Legal adviser NBA Lagos

Ihesiulo Marcus Ebenezar has declared his intention to run for the office of Legal adviser to the NBA Lagos Branch on Thursday 16 May 2019. Find below his formal declaration:

The very eminent Benchers,, Learned Silks, Seniors and also very distinguished colleagues; I come with utmost humility and avowed commitment to service to our beloved Branch to intimate you of my well considered intent to run for the office of THE LEGAL ADVISER of the LAGOS BRANCH( PREMIER BRANCH) of The NBA in June 2019. I have never shirked from calls to duty to our dear branch. Till date, by your grace, I’m part of the Welfare Committee that drew the extant WELFARE SCHEME for The Branch, which, unarguably is adjudged; classic. On this score, I once again covet your support, vote and prayers as I embark on this quest to serve you better.

Iam , IHESIULO MARCUS EBENEZAR( also fondly called; ben Ihesiulo). Thanks for your kind attention.

Supporters start petition to save doctor who was ‘forced out’ after asking a Muslim woman to lift her veil 

A doctor under investigation for asking a Muslim woman to remove her veil said yesterday that he has been inundated with messages of support.

Dr Keith Wolverson, 52, said supporters have started a petition calling for him to be exonerated.

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Bizarre habit creeps into courts as suspects hide faces in hoodies


Across the world, hooded jackets and sweatshirts have different meanings that are often politically charged.
Initially designed to keep sportsmen and women warm before and after training, hoodies have found more popularity as fashionable and political articles of clothing.
In the US, for instance, hoodies were used to protest the killing of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin, shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida.

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