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Lekki Deep Seaport Lagos Receives First Cargo Vessel

Steps towards commencing full commercial operations at the nation’s first Deep Seaport at Lekki received a major boost on Friday with the arrival of a cargo vessel Zhen Hua 28, berthing at the port.

The arrival of the ship, bearing modern ship-to-shore cranes and ten rubber tyred gantries, is historic as it provides a glimpse into commercial operations at the port.

The vessel, 232 meter long with a draft of 9.2 meters, originated from Shanghai China and spent 30 days at sea before berthing at the deep seaport.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Muhammed Bello Koko who led other stakeholders to receive the ship said her arrival is an indication that the September 2022 projection for the commencement of full automated operations at the port is realistic.

The deep seaport, conceived 13 years ago, is the first in Nigeria and the best in West Africa.

It has a draft of 16.5 meters and a turning circle of 600 meters,. giving it huge advantage in terms of container capacity turnout for shippers in Nigeria and other African countries.

Lekki Deep Seaport

Lekki Deep Seaport

cargo vessel Zhen Hua 2

A look inside Google’s new AI centre in Ghana

 A look inside Google’s new AI centre in Ghana

Google ’s new Artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory in Accra, Ghana is the first of its kind on African soil.

The tech giant aims to support researchers with the tools and environment necessary to develop AI products to solve numerous problems faced across the continent within the agriculture sector.

The AI Centre will also make use of AI to improve health care – not just the health of human beings but also that of plants.

Google AI center Accra Ghana

Google AI center Accra Ghana

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned, Channels Television learned on Monday.

Sources told Channels Television that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Information also has it that arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

According to reports, a formal announcement will be made shortly.

Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill.

Last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.

In the leaked letter, the Justices accused the CJN of refusing to address the issues despite drawing his attention to them.

They complained of a lack of residential accommodation and vehicles at the court.

The justices further accused the CJN of gallivanting with his “spouse, children and personal staff,” while not allowing them to travel with an assistant on foreign trips.

The justices decried the lack of legal research assistants, despite the magnitude of cases being adjudicated.

On erratic electricity supply, the justices said they have been confined to work between the “hours of 8 a.m and 4 p.m daily, for lack of diesel,” after they were notified of the development by the Supreme Court’s Chief Registrar, Hajo Bello.

Meanwhile, Justice Tanko Muhammed did not attend the opening of the training for Judges on Alternative Dispute Resolution organized by the National Judicial Institute, amidst reports of resignation.

source: Channels Tv

Nigeria Supreme Court’s Dirty Linens and fight for Reform

 A storm appears to have been stirred at Nigeria`s Supreme Court over an unprecedented letter written by fourteen Justices of the Court to the CJN. The prediction is that the snakes washed out of their holes are venomous and are not going away soon.

Out of silence, a shrill cry

The nature of a judge`s work compulsorily makes it that he is necessarily to be seen not heard. On a job where partiality is an anathema and perception almost everything, those who sit on the bench are expected to live strictly within their code of conduct so they are not seen as impartial.

Justice is rooted in confidence, and the fact that there is no love lost between Nigerians and the Nigerian  judiciary bears eloquent testimony to how much confidence Nigerians have lost in the  judiciary.

So, when the justices of the Supreme Court, Nigeria`s highest Court chose to express their frustrations in a letter, the alarm bells were necessarily tolled.

 A litany of lamentation

In the letter which was signed by about 14 of the Justices, led by  Kayode Ariwoola, the next in line after the Chief Justice of Nigeria, sundry issues were raised which  have had the effect of startling everyday everyday Nigerians.

In the letter, the Justices pointed out that they had privately raised the issues with the CJN since March 24,2022 but nothing was done about them.


According to the letter, some justices of the Court sworn in to the Court  since two years ago were yet to receive their due residential accommodations from the court. Vehicles supplied the Justices were also said to be refurbished or substandard.

The letter was also littered with complaints about inadequate  legal research assistants for the Justices, deteriorating healthcare as epitomized by the  Supreme Court staff clinic which has become a `mere consulting clinic’ where ‘drugs are not available to treat minor ailments.

The letter also complained about withheld assent to the rules of court, erratic power supply at the court.

Some of the most damning complaints came however when the justices accused the CJN of preventing them from going for overseas training with their assistants while the CJN frequently took in foreign trips with his spouse, children and personal staff.

If indeed these issues became weighty enough to wriggle into the public space in a court where discretion is everything, then, the implications are frightening.

A cryptic response

 The CJN, Mr. Ibrahim Tanko, has since replied but not without softly upbraiding his brother justices for actions he compared to dancing naked in the market square. In the reply which generally addressed the issue, citing them within the larger context of the prevailing economic situation in the country at the moment, the CJN was at pains to stress there was no bad blood between the Justices as the issues  were being addressed.

 Dirty linens.

 For many Nigerians who for long have suspected that all was not well at the Supreme Court, the letter and the reply was little more than an attempt to launder dirty linens in the public.

If the Nigerian judiciary has been recently and sarcastically described as the `lost hope of the common man’, it is by those who no longer feel any confidence in the actions of the judiciary and judicial officers in the country.

The task of the judiciary in a country where the rot is a systemic one is not exactly an enviable one as there are many who have no doubt that members of the judiciary are in bed with those who have been taking Nigeria down the  road of self-destruction.

Chickens coming   home to roost.

For many other Nigerians, the travails of the Justices who have been treated to generous shades of karma, is simply a case of the chickens come home to roost.

In 2019, it appeared that amid what was a poorly disguised attempt to force out the then CJN, Mr.  Walter Onnoghen, from office, many of the Justices of the Supreme Court chose the convenience of silence that was interpreted as complicity at the time  by those who were determined to subvert due process.


Indeed, when the current CJN hurriedly made himself available to be sworn it, the script was thought to have been fully acted out.

So, the question many ask and continue to ask is whether the Justices were expecting better  from a leadership that was the product of a process rigged with complicity and impunity from the onset.

If Nigeria is all over the place today, it is largely because many of those who occupy public offices choose dereliction over diligence in the discharge of their public duties.

They it is who have largely complicated the Nigerian problem leading to a gradual but deleterious disintegration of the national life as Nigerians knew it.

Kene Obiezu,

Ekweremadu Saga: Nwamini David Is 22 Years-old – Nigeria Immigration Boss

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Jere Idris, has affirmed that Mr Ukpo Nwamini David, the person at the heart of the alleged organ harvesting involving former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is 22 years -old.

He added that the service adhered strictly to due process in issuing the country’s ordinary passport to David.

Speaking with selected journalists, Sunday, the Nigeria Immigration Service boss said David applied for the international passport using the service’s portal after “which he visited the Gwagwalada office in Abuja of the immigration with his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, National Identification Number (NIN) and a letter of indigineship from the Ebonyi State Liason office confirming he is from the state.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service said from all the available information provided by Ukpo Nwamini David showed that he was born on October 12, 2000.

“The Nigerian Immigration service relies on information and Documentation from other government agencies like National Population Commission and the National Identification Management Commission.”

He said the case of David was not an exception as the Immigration Service followed all the due process in issuing the international passport to him

Isah Jere Idris, therefore, appealed to the public to know that as a Nigerian, David was validly issued a Nigerian International passport.

Asked if the British Government or the National Assembly has contacted the Immigration office regarding the case of David, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service said nobody has contacted the service.

Recall that Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, were remanded in custody in London on Thursday charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy taken into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs.

ECOWAS Leaders have lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali

 Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) gathered to assess efforts to secure timetables for restoring civilian ...


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