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NIGERIA :𝗔𝗨 π— π—˜π— π—•π—˜π—₯ π—¦π—§π—”π—§π—˜π—¦ π—‘π—˜π—˜π—— 𝗠𝗒π—₯π—˜ π—¦π—˜π—‘π—¦π—œπ—§π—œπ—­π—”π—§π—œπ—’π—‘ 𝗒𝗑 𝗔𝗙π—₯π—œπ—–π—”π—‘ 𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗔𝗑 & π—£π—˜π—’π—£π—Ÿπ—˜π—¦β€™ π—₯π—œπ—šπ—›π—§π—¦ 𝗖𝗒𝗨π—₯𝗧, 𝗦𝗔𝗬𝗦 π—’π—¦π—œπ—‘π—•π—”π—π—’

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*𝑉𝑃 π‘™π‘Žπ‘’π‘‘π‘  𝑑𝒉𝑒 πΆπ‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘‘, π‘Žπ‘“π‘“π‘–π‘Ÿπ‘šπ‘  π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘‘π‘’π‘π‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ π’‰π‘’π‘šπ‘Žπ‘› π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘”π’‰π‘‘π‘ 

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Africa Union Member-States need more sensitization on the role of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“I think one of the critical issues is more sensitization,” the VP noted during a meeting today with judges of the Court led by the President, Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud, at the Arusha office of the AU judicial agency.

His words: “one of the critical issues is more sensitization among Member-States of the African Union. I think that more Countries would be more willing (to identify as required with the Court). I think that governmentsΒ  just require more assurance especially on the issue of complementarity.”

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Two years ago, in May 2019, Judges of the Court had visited Prof. Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is a continental court established by Member States of the African Union by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which came into operation in November 2006 seeking to enhance the protection of human and peoples’ rights on the continent.

Expressing his strong faith in the work of the Court, the Vice President averred β€œI believe very strongly in the International and Regional Court system, especially with respect to the protection of human rights”

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While noting the challenges faced by the Court, Prof Osinbajo said, β€œthere will always be tensions and challenges because States will always be mindful of their sovereignty.”

Prof Osinbajo commended the achievements of the Court in spite of many challenges: β€œI really must commend you for the work you are doing, and landmark rulings of the court. Many have followed your work , especially when cases are about protection of the rights of women and freedom of information and I think there is consensus that the Court’s handling of theseΒ  cases has generally pointed in the right direction.”

He then observed that international and regional Courts of Justice and their rulings will also become increasingly important in the years to come as consensus grows around the fundamental importance of protection of individual and collective rights.

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In her own remarks, Hon. Justice Imani informed the Vice President that one of the big challenges the Court faces is that more African States are yet to ratify the Protocol and make the Declaration under Article 34 (6). She however said that the Court was doing its best in the circumstance, and the 62nd Session of the Court would be starting next week to deliberate on cases before it.

In attendance at the meeting were the Vice President of the Court Justice Blaise Tchikay, other justices, and the Registrar Dr.Β  Robert Eno. The Nigerian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Ambassador Hamisu Umaru Takalmawa accompanied the Vice President to the meeting.

𝑳𝒂𝒐𝒍𝒖 π‘¨π’Œπ’‚π’π’…π’†,
π‘Ίπ’†π’π’Šπ’π’“ π‘Ίπ’‘π’†π’„π’Šπ’‚π’ π‘¨π’”π’”π’Šπ’”π’•π’‚π’π’• 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘·π’“π’†π’”π’Šπ’…π’†π’π’• 𝒐𝒏 π‘΄π’†π’…π’Šπ’‚ & π‘·π’–π’ƒπ’π’Šπ’„π’Šπ’•π’š,
π‘Άπ’‡π’‡π’Šπ’„π’† 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘½π’Šπ’„π’† π‘·π’“π’†π’”π’Šπ’…π’†π’π’•.
3rd September 2021

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150 Golfers in Ogun For Maiden Apagun Olumide Golf Tourney

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ABEOKUTA – The maiden edition of Apagun Olumide Golf tournament will tee-off in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday.

The inaugural golf tourney is organized by Abeokuta Golf Club.

The 4-Day competition, according to the Chairman of the golf tournament, Prince Robert Bakre will attract about 150 golfers from around the world, with the aim of sustaining the vision of Late Apagun Olumide for Abeokuta Golf Course and the development of golf in the country.

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Prince Bakre in a statement stressed that the tournament is driven by the passion and vision of the late Apagun Olumide for the game of golf.

“Apagun had a great vision for the game, his inspiration was driven by his passion for the game of golf.Β  He was selfless in his encouragement of golfers across the entire nation regardless of their level. He contributed much of his time towards making the Abeokuta Golf Club an enjoyable experience for many.

“The Organizing committee of the Apagun Memorial tournament has keyed into Apagun’s vision. One of the shortcomings of the Abeokuta golf course is its poor playing condition during the dry season, and our committee is poised to address this.

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“We will launch a fundraising campaign focusing on corporate and high network individuals with a plan to irrigate the entire golf course.

“This objective aligns with Apagun’s vision of a better golf course, hence why the committee has decided to immortalize Apagun with this legacy project. We encourage you all to support us in any way you can to help us achieve his dream”, Prince Bakre said

Also speaking, the Captain of the Abeokuta Golf Club, Kola Adeneye stated that the tournament is to immortalize the late Apagun Olumide, and to recognize his immense contributions to the growth and development of the game of Golf, particularly at the Abeokuta Golf Club.

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“This step, unarguably, is in tandem with the vision of late Apagun Olumide, to make the course a destination course.”

The tournament is expected to start with the Caddy’s Game, while the Pro game (invitational) will hold on the 24th September 2021 and the main tournament on the 25th September 2021 will end the tournament programme.

There will be in conclusion a dinner and presentation of awards at the Conference Hotel, Abeokuta.

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