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Edo hands over magistrate court building to Judiciary

By Ben Ogbemudia
Edo State Government yesterday handed over a completed and well-furnished ultra-modern twin magistrate court complex at Urhonigbe in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State to the Judiciary.

Also, the state government through the interventionist agency, Edo State Oil and Gas Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC) performed the ground-breaking ceremony for a magnificent Abudu High Court Complex by the Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Joe Acha.


Handing over the completed magistrate court, Governor Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by the EDSOGPADEC Chairman, Pastor Kennedy Osifo, who led other board members and management of the agency, said the new magistrate court was in line with the MEGA agenda policy of the government.

Osifo said it would enhance the quick dispensation of justice to the people, stressing that the governor has reaffirmed his electoral campaign promises towards restructuring the judiciary for effective and efficient service delivery. The governor urged the judiciary to use the facilities judiciously to bring the desired results to the state.

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The ultra-modern twin magistrate court complex consists of two chambers for magistrates, who shall sit simultaneously to entertain cases without conflicting each function.

Receiving the completed ultra-modern magistrate court, the Chief Judge thanked the Governor for building such an edifice for the judiciary, saying the building is likened to the world trade center building.

He also commended the EDSOGPADEC board, being an interventionist agency to the government, for making use of available resources to execute some viable projects to complement Obaseki’s efforts at making life more meaningful to the people.

The CJ assured of judicious use of the facilities in line with the law and the laid down policy of the Governor to achieve the expected results, in terms of the quick dispensation of justice to the people.
He charged the judiciary workers, especially the Magistrates and Registrars to ensure regular maintenance of these facilities for durability.

The CJ, while performing the ground-breaking ceremony of an ultra-modern High Court building including Judges’ quarters, at Abudu, the administrative headquarters of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state, expressed appreciation for the kind disposition of the state Governor towards the gigantic building projects, saying it has rekindled the lost hope of the judiciary workers, especially Judges, who hitherto entertained cases under rigorous situations in the former court building.

Witnessing the ground-breaking ceremony, Pastor Osifo added that the new Abudu High Court building and Judges’ quarter were replicas of a world-class court complex at Aighobasinmwin Crescent, GRA, Benin City also built by the governor, stressing that the government is disposed to building a modern court which befits the status of the judges in the judiciary as the hope of a common man.

In the same vein, Charles Aideyan, a member representing Orhionmwon on the board, thanked Governor for listening to the hue and cries of the people in terms of infrastructural developments, pointing out that he is happy to be part of positive narratives in the state, being a member in the board.


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He added that the court complexes would add more value to the judiciary, especially the workers, and as well boost the economic pedigrees of the host communities, just as One Mr. Billy Ehigiator, the second in command of the Abudu community extolled the virtues of the Governor in bringing the expected development to their locality by this ground-breaking ceremony of the new Abudu high court complex including Judges’ quarters.

He prayed to God almighty to protect and direct the Governor in good health to enable him to perfect the good works he has started in the state.

Present at the handing over and ground-breaking ceremony include Hon. Mrs. Omosede Obamwonyi, a member representing Ovia Northeast, Hon. Dudu Williams, representing Ikpoba – Okha, Charles Aideyan Esq, representing Orhionmwon.

Others are Alhaji Abdullahi Imoudagbe, a member representing Edo North, Barrister K.O Agie, Director, Corporate and Legal Services, Mr. Ogieriakhi, Head of Human Capital Department and Mrs. Sophia Anigba, Head of Media and Public Relations, as well as the Chief Registrar, Edo State judiciary, and other principal officers.

Tension in Delta community as gunmen attack store, kill landlord, two kids

By Oluwayemi Davidson, Warri

Pandemonium on Tuesday evening enveloped Sapele metropolis in Delta State as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked a provision store and shot dead two children and a landlord.

ThisNigeria gathered that the gory incident occurred when the yet-to-be-identified gunmen stormed the locality and shot sporadically at the people sitting and buying items in the store located on Shell Road, Sapele, Delta State.

Although witnesses said three other men in the store died, it could not be ascertained whether they were hit by assassins’ bullets.

The landlord of the compound, who was said to be among the people at the store when the gunmen struck, reportedly died from a gunshot injury after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

While many people viewed the gunmen as hired assassins, no one could specifically ascertain who the operation was targeted.

It gathered that no fewer than ten persons have been killed in rival cult clashes in Sapele and environs within the last month.

When contacted yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Delta State Command, Bright Edafe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the killings, noting that four suspects have already been arrested in connection with the gun attack.

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