Today In History: September 12th

September 12, 1961

On this day, Chief S.L. Akintola, Premier of Western Nigeria, renewed his attack on Dr. M.L.Okpara, Premier of Eastern Nigeria and national president of the NCNC, for the steps he had taken on the allegation of a breakdown of law and order in the West made by his party supporters in the Region.

Addressing members of Local Government Councils in Benin city, Chief Akintola accused Dr. Okpara of “moving heaven and earth” to incite the Federal Government against Western Nigeria. He claimed that, “suspecting failure in that regard, Dr. Okpara decided to try a new trick if it would work. “He is now trying the trick on the Premier of Northern Nigeria,” he said. Chief Akintola went on, “Does it make for peace and unity if political conspiracy against one member of the Federation is continually engineered by the Premier of the East?”

On political situation in Western Nigeria, Chief Akintola said that any attempt to use any Authority to victimize the masses on any ground whatsoever could bring about serious disruption of more constructive functions of government.

September 12, 1984

On this day, Mr. Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe took oath of office as acting Chief Justice of the Federation. Leading figures in the Federal Military Government and the Judiciary watched as the oath-taking was performed. He was expected to occupy the position for only one and a half months when the substantive Chief Justice, Mr. Justice George Sowemimi would return from annual leave.

Head of state, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, speaking before Justice Irikefe took oath of office, said that the departure of Justice Sowemimo on leave was normal.

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