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CJN tasks stakeholders on human trafficking

Written by on May 23, 2023

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is urging all critical stakeholders to synergise to tackle human trafficking and other issues of gender-based violence in the country.

Justice Ariwoola spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women Judges in Nigeria.

The CJN says the fight against human trafficking is pertinent because it largely affects women and vulnerable persons in the society.

According to him, the salient issue which has taken a new dimension, including organ harvesting is a cankerworm eating deep into all spheres of the country.

He therefore urged all female judges to uphold the rule of law and ensure women get equal access to justice in the country.

The Presidential Election Petition Court today, Tuesday May 23rd 2023 gave the pre-hearing report on the petition and presented the trial schedule.

The chairman of the five-man panel of the court, Justice Haruna Tsammani, read the pre-hearing report which included the declaration of the court’s decision to consolidate all the petitions to be heard as one.

Following this, Tsammani announced that the hearing of the petition would commence on May 30, 2023.

Furthermore, he says after the adoption of written addresses on August 5, 2023, the court shall thereafter prepare for judgment.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Saadatu Ramalan-Yaro, a businesswoman, for the second time in Lagos State, two weeks after her first arraignment.

The businesswoman was brought before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of money laundering amounting to over N140 billion.

 She is accused of not fulfilling her responsibilities as the director of Tsami Babi Resources Limited, a designated non-financial business, by not submitting the company’s activities.

The EFCC stated that Ramalan-Yaro deposited N100 billion into the company’s account with Zenith Bank without informing the Ministry of Commerce.

The act committed by the accused contravenes Sections 5 (1) (a) and 16 (1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011 (as amended), and is punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.

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