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Amasa Firdaus, Others Called to Bar Finally After Hijab Controversy

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In an effort to put the hijab controversy to rest,  the   Nigerian Law School on Tuesday finally called Firdausa Amasa, the law graduate who challenged the restriction on the use of hijab during call-to-bar ceremonies.

It not news again that , Ms Amasa was in December denied entry into the hall for the ceremony which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, for refusing to remove her hijab.

Also the school said 1,550 students were successful after the April 2018 Bar final examinations while their success rate is put at 68.6 per cent.

The school also called to the Bar 12 other graduates from the previous 2018 final examinations with Amasa inclusive.

The recent development has attracted commendations and jubilation from Islamic organisations, among which is the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.

In a statement by its Amir (President), Saheed Ashafa, the MSSN Lagos said that allowing Ms Amasa to be called to the bar would encourage Muslim females to be dedicated to their academics.

He said: “This is a welcome development. We hope that as time goes on, we will get something better. The use of hijab is not only constitutional but also mandatory for all Muslim females.

“The law school has shown enough maturity in this matter by calling Amasa to bar with her hijab. Not allowing her would have been a breach of her right, an injustice and would send a bad signal that the justice house is ill. It will also be counterproductive to the agenda of the federal government to encourage girl-child education. The victory of Amasa would encourage other females to pursue any course of their choice without of being victimised.

“We urge other institutions having cases to determine relating to hijab to follow this step, it is practical enough. The hijab is not a harmful outfit. It is mandatory for every female Muslim. Denying it means the denial of the Muslim females of their fundamental human right, which is against the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).”

He subsequently said that Ms Amasa deserved to be celebrated, adding that she demonstrated a heroic act by fighting for the freedom of other Muslims.

The Director-General (DG) of the school, Isa Ciroma, said the performance of the graduands was justified.

The director-general said that the members of staff of the school had closely monitored the aspiring lawyer during their training and their records, perused by the screening committee and found them worthy to be called to the Bar.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Bashir Dalhatu, admonished the graduands to abide by the rules and provisions of the profession, adding that it law sacrosanct and required strict adherence at all times.

“The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has been carrying out its mandate in a just and fair manner without giving room for compromise, affection or ill-will,” he added.

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Bauchi Assembly passes bill for the management of its funds and two others bills

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The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed the bill in to law for the management of its funds.

The Chairman House finance Committee Mr Abdullahi Abubakar disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Bauchi on friday.

“After a clause-to-clause consideration of the bill, the Speaker, Mr.Kawuwa Shehu Damina invited the Clerk of the House, to read the bill for the third time signifying its passage,” he said

He said the bill was signed in to law at a plenary session on Wednesday to provide the management of funds accruing to the Bauchi state House of Assembly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the state.

“In order to ensure accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilisation of the fund,” Abubakar said
He stated that the bill will give effect to the forth alteration bill to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria that provided for the autonomy of the state Assembly and judiciary.

Abubakar explained that the bill would ensured that any amount standing to the credit of the legislature in the CRF of the state will be paid directly to the statutory account of the legislature where monies received from CRF will be deposited.

He said that the causes contained in the bill are sufficiently enough to provide modalities for the smooth, effective and efficient implementation of financial autonomy in the house.

Meanwhile the house pass other 2 bills which pass the third reading at plenary on Thursday.

The speaker Mr Damina mentioned tha the bills for a law to establish the Bauchi state Market Advisory Council and for connected purposes.

“The second one is a bill for a law to harmonize the activities of development partners in the state, to provide for the establishment of directorate in planning commission for administration of donor partners support.

The speaker Damina after house deliberations then ordered the Clerk to the house to read the bill for the third time signifying its passage.

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‎NGO trains 1000 vulnerable women, PLWHA on skills acquisition in Bauchi

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A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Bauchi Rahma Women Development Programme has trained 1000 vulnerable women and persons living with HIV/AIDS on various skills acquisitions.

Mrs Miriam Iliya the Executive Director Rahma Women Development made this known at the inauguration of Board of trustees in Bauchi on Friday.

“We embarked on the trainings in collaboration with the support of some international partners, the training was conducted within the period of nine months.

“The NGO was committed to make the trainees to become employers of labour in the future and be self reliance.

“The beneficiaries includes the People Living with HIV/AIDs and other vulnerable women whom were trained on different skills acquisitions such as Tailoring, Knitting, Barbing, Hair dressing saloon, Pomade and soap making and baking.

“We also give counselling to (PLWHA) to let them know that being positive is not the end of their lives and also disabuse their mind on the stereotype,”she said.

She however reminded the newly inaugurated board members that they are the custodians of the NGO and always to ensure right things goes in the right direction.

Earlier speaking the the Chairman Board of Directors Rahma Women Development Alhaji Bello Inuwa said the NGO had implemented several projects through international partners in various sectors that impact positively to the lives of people of Bauchi state.

“We carry out interventions in different various sectors such as health, education, water sanitation and hygiene, and micro finance credit facilities to women,” he said

Bello urged government at all levels to support local NGOs to improve the lives of the citizens: nothing that is only the NGOs that interact much with the grass roots people for implementation of projects.

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School teacher assaulted, manhandled by officers at Mabushi station

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A serving teacher with Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja, Iorember Doolumun, recently reported that he was maimed by two men of the police force from Surveillance Unit, Mabushi Divisional Police Station while having breakfast in Gishiri Village.

Mr. Doolumun who revealed that he was still in a devastated mood, told journalist that he had only gone for a tea break in Gishiri Village when two armed men stormed the spot to order everyone to lie flat on the floor but despite his decent quest to ascertain the reason for such an assaultive invasion, he got loads of slaps and kick boots from the officers, who told him he was speaking too much grammar, noting that they were also graduates, before conveying him to the Gishiiri Police station in hand cuffs, to get two more slaps for explaining that he had asked a simple civil question.

He further disclosed that he was forced to append to a statement titled, ‘An assault on a police officer’, after which a fine of N10, 000 was paid by friends as ransome for his release, as he cautioned the federal government to quiz the status of such security men for the future of Nigeria, mostly as the 2019 elections are around the corner. He said:

“I went out to eat that morning at a spot in Gishiri village and it was barely minutes when I entered the place that two policemen from Surveillance Unit at Mabushi Divisional Police station invaded the restaurant and ordered everyone to lie flat on the floor.

“I politely asked why they had to assault innocent citizens but in response, they pounced on me with slaps on my ears and kickings all over, telling me they were also graduates before conveying me to the station, where the officer in-charge gave me two more slaps, saying I had assaulted police officers on duty.

“I was forced to write and sign a statement titled, ‘An assault on police officer’, before I was released on bail after payment of a N10, 000 as fine, and I can barely hear well with my ears even as I speak to you, and my limbs are even swollen from the battering.

“It’s very worrisome to think that these are the same supposed custodians of peace in the country and will be the ones to be used as security in the forthcoming elections.

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