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CJ Kicks Against Holding Charge

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CJ Kicks Against Holding Charge

“There is no such thing as holding charge in the law books and Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) should stop accepting any person as an inmate without proper documents from the court.’’

Justice Peter Umeadi, Chief Judge of Anambra, gave the warning in Awka at a workshop organised by Uchefem Consults, for officials of the Nigerian Police, NPS, and the judiciary.

The chief judge said that it was wrong to detain suspects on whom nothing implicating was found under `holding charge.’

“I will always defend magistrates who discharge a suspect on whom nothing implicating is found, provided the magistrates acted according to law.’’

Mr Uche Owete, Chief Executive Officer of Uchefem Consults, the organisers of the workshop, said the workshop was aimed at streamlining the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015)

Owete said the implementation of the law required active synergy and streamlining of roles of the various law enforcement agencies.

“This training is aimed at bringing together the police investigation and prosecution segment.

“The lower courts particularly magistrates where the bulk of criminal cases are tried and the prisons where persons are held for a long time without trial, and where human rights violations are likely to occur.

“It will increase cross -sectional coordination, competence and capacities of the actors in criminal justice to effect serious and durable changes in the overall benefit of the NPS and justice system,” he said.

Earlier, the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Mr. Ahmed Ja’afaru, said the Aministration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, was a holistic attempt made to put down law that would enhance dispensation of justice and protection of suspects. (NAN)

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

The ability of airlines to forecast and avoid turbulence would now be greatly enhanced as the International Air Transport Association, IATA, has inaugurated a turbulence aware data resource.

IATA said the system would pool and share turbulence date generated by participating airlines. The global body for airlines said before now, airlines had to depend on reports and weather advisories from pilots to offset the impact of turbulence.

IATA says the result would be the first global, real-time, detailed and objective information for pilots and operation’ professionals to manage turbulence.

It is expected that airlines operating in Nigeria would participate and benefit from this new system.

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria’s Budget Benchmark

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria's Budget Benchmark

Nigerian budget benchmark appears buoyed by oil price stability as a result of cuts in production levels to which OPEC members have agreed.

The benchmark of sixty dollars was eroded by sustained drops in price. The high for the year was eighty-six dollars which dropped to about fifty-eight dollars last week.

It rebounded to sixty-two dollars per barrel last week, just as the federal executive council was to hold an emergency meeting on how the price drops would affect the Nigerian budget.

Opec countries had agreed to reduce daily production by eight hundred thousand barrels, while non-OPEC members decided to reduce production by four hundred thousand barrels per day.

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

It seems as though the Central Bank of Nigeria and telco giant, MTN, are trying to find ways of resolving the $8 billion rift between them. One of MTN’s lawyers is quoted as saying they are making moves toward an out-of-court settlement.

Meanwhile, counsels for both parties have secured another adjournment until late January.

Another $2 billion case involving MTN and the Nigerian attorney general’s office was adjourned as well last week until early January.  This case is related to alleged back taxes owed by MTN.  The telco giant has denied it owed the taxes.

The $8 billion case was a result of a charge against MTN for allegedly violating Nigeria’s extant laws.  In August, Central Bank of Nigeria sanctioned MTN Nigeria for allegedly using irregular certificates of capital importation to transfer $8.1 billion to South Africa on behalf of its offshore investors.

MTN is being asked to return the $8.1 billion to Nigeria.

Mtn group’s Nigerian operations account for one-third of its entire African market share.

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