Three new judges are to be sworn-in to the Lagos State Judiciary on Wednesday, March 8.
They would be inducted at a ceremony to be presided over by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
The newly appointed judges are: the Chief Registrar of the State Judiciary, Emmanuel Ogundare, the Deputy Chief Registrar, Special Duties, Magistrate Serifat Solebo and the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Idowu Alakija.
The appointments of the new judges followed the approval of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the recommendation of the State Judicial Service Commission chaired by the Chief Judge, Oluwafunmilayo Atilade.
The new appointments has brought the total number of judges in the Lagos State Judiciary to 57 with 98 magistrates.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has warned members of the general public about the activities of fraudsters illegally selling fake JAMB forms to unsuspecting applicants.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Olujide Adisa, gave the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the parade of two suspects by the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The JAMB boss said that the forms for the 2017 session were not out yet as the board was putting all machinery together to ensure a hitch-free admission process
The two middle-aged men were reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at two locations.
They caught in the act of selling a form said to be fake to unsuspecting Joint Admission and Matriculation Board candidates.
Putting the records straight, the JAMB Director of Special Duties said that any form being sold currently by anybody is presumed to be fake.
He asked prospective applicants to visit any of the state offices of the board across the country for any inquiry and save themselves from the antics of the fraudsters on the prow
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sacked the Secretary to the Imo State Government, Mr Jude Ejiogu.
This decision was made known in a letter made available to the Imo State broadcast outfit signed by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Pascal Obi.
Governor Okorocha thanked the former SSG for his contributions to the development of the state as an appointee under the Okorocha-led administration. He also prayed for success and God’s guidance in all his future endeavours.
As at the time of filing this report, no reason has been given by the state government for the action.
Before his appointment as the Secretary to the Government of Imo State in 2015, Mr Jude Ejiogu had taken positions as Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Special Adviser to the Governor on IGR, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission and Commissioner for Special Duties.
The Lagos State government has prepared an Isolation ward for patients with symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease, to enable health workers contain the situation and reduce possible spread.
At an inspection visit to the the facility on Friday, the State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the facility was ready for use, as the state tackles the outbreak of Ebola disease that has claimed two lives.
The Governor told reporters that he was there to see the environment in which the health workers handling the situation were working, the level of preparation and their level of protection.
“The State has a health challenge on her hands and the administration is concerned about the people in terms of their well-being and for the people who have taken leadership to help in containing it.
Not A Death Sentence
Also with the Governor were, the Commissioners for Health, Dr Jide Idris, Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed and Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina.
The Governor, who interacted with some of the health workers met on ground, expressed appreciation for the work they were doing.
He emphasised that the Ebola Virus Disease was devastating, stressing, however, that contracting it is not an automatic death sentence.
“The consequences of death would depend on what is done and what is not done,” he said.
He stressed that there were already reported cases of patients who are recovering in other parts of West Africa and that the issue was about being able to respond to it appropriately and taking precaution.
“We are also taking precaution and that is also why we did not go into where the patients are because there is a very strict protocol for going there, so if you are going there, you must wear a fully protected gown. In the place where we are expanding to ensure that we are able to cope with anything that comes, you would see the shower there; people have to go through a protocol, one way in, one way out. That is why you cannot go into where patients are now unless you are fully protected appropriately and unless you walk through the mandated process for going in and for coming out”.
“Those who are detoxifying and decontaminating they don’t go in. They are waiting outside and those who go in do so under a very rigorous protocol set up with advise from the centre for disease control and then people who are not critically ill and stuffs, where they go and how we are going to be disposing off their refuse and their waste have been worked out. Provisions have already been made there so that we can separate very critically ill people from people who are just showing symptoms but who need to be in isolation,” Governor Fashola said.
Fashola said that provisions had also been made to separate critically ill people from people who are just showing symptoms but who need to be in isolation.
The governor pointed out that the first defence against the virus was to prevent it from spreading; stressing that once that is done, then the health authorities are on the way towards coming out of it.
“From what I hear following a long discussion I heard with the leadership of the Centre for Disease Control in Washington yesterday, I was speaking with them comparing what they were doing with what they expected us to be doing. Their personnel are here for clarity working and helping in training people,” the Governor explained.
He urged persons who feel they had had contact with an Ebola victim to ensure they do not make further contact with any member of their family.
The government is making all efforts to ensure that the spread of the virus is contained and the facility is one of the strategies aimed at reducing contact with persons with the virus.
Two new case was reported on Friday morning, increasing fears that the virus was spreading in one of Nigeria’s most populous cities, Lagos with over 20 million people.