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CJN to swear-in Edo, Ondo election petition tribunal judges today

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THE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, will today swear-in 85 judges that will preside over election tribunals to be constituted for the next round of elections in the country.

  Their swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2pm in the main court hall of Supreme Court.

  A release issued yesterday by Sa’adatu Musa Kachalla on behalf of President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem stated that after their swearing-in, the judges will undergo a one-day training on election petition tribunal (EPT) matters.

  “The CJN will on Thursday, 10th September, 2020, swear in 85 judges to adjudicate on election petition tribunals in the upcoming governorship elections slated for the 19th of September in Edo, 10th of October in Ondo States and the by-elections scheduled by the INEC. Time is 2 pm, venue is at main court hall of Supreme Court. The PCA, Hon. Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, will thereafter organise one day training on EPT matters for the 85 judges. Date is 11th of September, 2020, time is 9 am and venue is the ceremonial hall at the Court of Appeal Headquarters, Abuja,” the statement reads.

  Meanwhile, as Edo and Ondo States governorship elections draw nearer, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has advised banks to report suspicious transactions to the Commission.

  The advice was made by Head of Benin Zonal Office of EFCC, Muhtar Bello at a meeting with compliance officers of various banks in Benin City, Edo State.

  Similarly, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would recruit 17,000 ad-hoc staff for the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

  According to the commission, 15,000 corps members and 5,000 undergraduates of the federal higher institutions in the country will form the team.

  INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in Akure, at a workshop organised for journalists yesterday.

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