EDO HOUSE of Assembly on Monday confirmed Justice Esohe Ikponwen as the new Chief Justice of the state. The confirmation was sequel to the consideration of the House Committee on Judiciary at the committee of the whole. Considering the report, the chairman of the committee, Mr Patrick Iloube (PDP-Esan North
East 1) said the nominee had an LL. B and a BL in Law in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Iluobe said the nominee was currently a judge at the state High Court since 1999 to-date. He added that the nominee was professionally and educationally qualified for the job while the committee, thereafter, recommended that
as they are knowingly committing a sin the church considers grave. Pope Francis walks after closing the Holy Door to mark the closing of the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy at the in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi/Pool In the past, only a bishop or a designated special confessor of a diocese could grant absolution for an abortion and lift excommunication. Although bishops in some dioceses in developed countries such as the United States and Britain had already delegated this authority to parish priests, the old practice was still in effect in most of the world. At a news conference, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who oversaw Holy Year activities, said the new norms applied to all Roman Catholics involved in an abortion, including the woman and medical staff. He said that the absolution granted by any priest would also trigger the simultaneous lifting of excommunication. Previously in many places in the world, even if the absolution was granted by a priest, it was the bishop’s task to lift that. Fisichella said canon (church) law would now have to be changed to reflect the pope’s letter. Papal pronouncements of a pastoral or administrative nature and which do not touch basic Church doctrine are included automatically canon law updates. Fisichella rejected suggestions that some people could see the move as putting abortion on the same level as lesser sins.
the nominee be confirmed as the Chief Judge of the state, and the house unanimously adopted the committee’s recommendation. The speaker, Justin Okonoboh said the appointment would take effect from January 26, 2017, as he directed that copies of the resolution be sent to the government for immediate action. The current Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa would retire from service on January 26, 2017. Earlier, a bill for a law to make provision for the establishment of the Edo State Multi-Door Court House was given its first reading on the floor of the house.

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