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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday
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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday

Staff of the Federal High Court across the country have announced plans of engaging in a two-week strike from Monday September 28, 2020.   The judicial workers under the aegies of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) revealed that they are engaging in the strike in line with the industrial action planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the increased prices of electricity and petroleum products.   The notice read;   “Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020. “All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply...
COVID-19: FG suspends airline that flew Naira Marley to Abuja
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COVID-19: FG suspends airline that flew Naira Marley to Abuja

The Federal Government has suspended the airline, Executive Jet Services, for flying Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja. According to the Minister, the aircraft was approved to convey an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Adefope Okogie, from Lagos to Abuja. He said, “The operation is a clear violation of our approval which we take very seriously. It seems this is becoming a norm. This is the second time. So, Executive Jet Services is hereby suspended indefinitely and they will face the law. “The captain will also be sanctioned for giving wrong information to the control tower. It seems also that people are not tired of trying our resolve and we are not tired of livi...
Lockdown Escalated the Number of Rape Cases – Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen
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Lockdown Escalated the Number of Rape Cases – Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen

Pauline Tallen, Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, has attributed the spike in the number of rape cases to the lockdown. Tallen said this to state house correspondents on Wednesday, June 10 after the Federal Executive Council meeting where she brought up the rape pandemic in the country. She disclosed that an action plan which would involve the judiciary and the media, is being put in place to tackle the rape menace. “There has been an outcry against rape epidemic because of the lockdown. I know we have always had rape in this country but with the lockdown of people in homes because of COVID-19, women and children are locked down with their abusers. The number has escalated three times of what we had seen. There is no state with an exception. The number has reached alarming ...
Buhari, Governors Meet In Aso Rock Over Autonomy For State Legislatures, Judiciary
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Buhari, Governors Meet In Aso Rock Over Autonomy For State Legislatures, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with the Nigerian Governors Forum over the recent Executive Order 10 that gives autonomy to State legislatures and Judiciary. President Buhari at the meeting agreed to delay gazetting of the Executive Order 10 after listening to the concerns raised by Governors on the Executive Order 10. Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said after listening to their concerns, about the constitutionality of the Executive Order, President Buhari agreed that the gazetting order would be delayed. He said that the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and the Attorney General of the Federation, General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami were at the meetin...
NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature
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NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared support for financial autonomy for States’ Legislature and Judiciary. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, stated the position of labour in a statement on Monday. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order 10. Last week, the federal government released details of the order. The order makes it mandatory for state governments to include the allocation of the judiciary and legislative arms as first-line charges in their annual budgets. Wabba expressed confidence that the step would deepen the democratic process and good governance in Nigeria. He insisted the distortion of due process, checks and balances, and public accountability, were the core ingredients in the principle of separation...
Don Jazzy Tells Lawmakers, Judiciary What To Do About Laws On Sexual Crimes
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Don Jazzy Tells Lawmakers, Judiciary What To Do About Laws On Sexual Crimes

Music producer, Don Jazzy has advised that the laws on sexual crimes in Nigeria should be revamped by the lawmakers and the judiciary. The Mavin Record boss disclosed this while speaking up against rape on social media. He also advised parents to ensure their children grow up knowing that the will of other people needs to be respected. He wrote: “It’s so heartbreaking to see how far some people would go to dehumanize others for their own sexual urge and satisfaction. As children grow, parents need to give them proper orientations on respecting people’s will and not forcing them against it. “Lawmakers, Law enforcers and the Judiciary also need to work in unison to revamp our laws on sexual crimes to address these endemic acts and give the most effective deterrents to them. O...
Lockdown: Kano mobile courts convict 717 violators
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Lockdown: Kano mobile courts convict 717 violators

Kano State Judiciary said no fewer than 717 violators of the Presidential lockdown were arrested and convicted from Sunday to Wednesday in Kano. Mr Baba Jibo, Public Relations Officer, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano, said some Imams were also arrested and punished for leading Juma’at prayer at Minjibir Local Government Area of the state. According to him, five hummer jeeps and a truck were intercepted by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano at Kwanan Dangora, along Zaria road, with each fined to pay N150,000 for violating the order. NAN recalled that the 11 mobile courts were recently established by the Kano State Government to enforce the compliance of the stay at home order.   Jibo explained that the two Imams arrested were ordered t...
India Hangs Four Men Over 2012 Delhi Bus Gang Rape and Murder
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India Hangs Four Men Over 2012 Delhi Bus Gang Rape and Murder

India has executed the four men who were convicted of the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012. The men, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh had been found guilty in a 2013 trial and sentenced to death by hanging, but their execution had been postponed multiple times due to appeals. According to BBC UK, the four were hanged at dawn on Friday March 20th in the capital’s high-security Tihar prison with hundreds gathered outside the prison gates, shouting “death to rapists”. “It took seven years but justice was delivered,” said Delhi chief minister Arwind Kejriwal. It was the first time in five years that capital punishment has been carried out in India. The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who the Indian p...
Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike
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Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will pardon 10,000 more prisoners including political detainees in an apparent bid to combat the coronavirus epidemic. The move comes a day after a health ministry official revealed that the countries' death toll has jumped by 149 to 1,284 in 24 hours while the total number of infected people increased to 18,407. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said: 'With 149 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the death toll from the virus reaches 1,284. Unfortunately, we had 1,046 new cases of infection since yesterday.' On Tuesday, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Iran had temporarily freed about 85,000 people from jail, including political prisoners, in response to the coronavirus epidemic. Two days later, State TV quoted the...
Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly
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Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly

During the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom. As of 14 March 2020, according to Iranian health authorities, there had been 611 COVID-19 deaths in Iran with more than 12,500 confirmed infections. An Iranian judiciary spokesman says the country has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. See Tweet below:
DSS Trailed Me for More Than Two Years Over Unfavourable Judgment – Newly Retired Judge, Ifiok Ukana
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DSS Trailed Me for More Than Two Years Over Unfavourable Judgment – Newly Retired Judge, Ifiok Ukana

Ifiok Ukana, a newly retired High Court judge in Akwa Ibom State has alleged that he was trailed for more than two years by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) after he delivered judgement on a particular case. Speaking during a valedictory service organised for him by the Akwa Ibom state judiciary few days ago, Ukana described the incident as one of the most agonising moment in his life as a judge. He also revealed that he had to buy his own casket because he was scared the alleged operatives of the secret police might kill him. Ukana said; The last two and a half years for me has been one of great pain and regret. “I have shared with many of my learned brothers and they know my travails on the bench. “The SSS was released against me from July 2017 up...
IPPIS: Ten Reasons Why Lecturers Did Not Register On The IPPIS Platform
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IPPIS: Ten Reasons Why Lecturers Did Not Register On The IPPIS Platform

The media has been inundated with speculations on imminent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the face-off between members of the union and the Federal Government for their refusal to register on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the new platform for the payment of Federal civil servants’ salaries. *Very much like the Nigerian Armed Forces, Judiciary, National Assembly, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), among others, Nigerian university lecturers are not federal civil servants in the strict sense of the word.* ASUU National president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, recently declared the outright rejection of the IPPIS platform by members of the union a...
Buhari Has Judiciary, National Assembly In His Armpit, Pocket – Buba Galadima
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Buhari Has Judiciary, National Assembly In His Armpit, Pocket – Buba Galadima

Buba Galadima, ex-spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Council, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has the judiciary and National Assembly, “completely under his armpit and pocket.” Galadima said this while accusing the Buhari-led administration of intimidating and muzzling the judiciary. Featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Galadima was reacting to claims that some “friends of this government” are trying to manipulate cases in court. He also berated Buhari for failing to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill despite being passed by the National Assembly weeks to the general election. Galadima stated that the refusal to append his signature was a deliberate ploy by the presidency to rig the poll, a situation that led to a ...
Iran Sends Nigeria Important Message About Shiites Leader, El-Zakzaky
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Iran Sends Nigeria Important Message About Shiites Leader, El-Zakzaky

The Prosecutor-General (Attorney-General) of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammed Montazeri, has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria and the judiciary to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Shiekh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to come to Iran for medical treatment. According to AhlulBayt News Agency, an Iran-based news organisation, Montazeri said this in a letter on Saturday. The Iranian official also called on the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man, to grant bail to El-Zakzaky who is the leader of all Shi’ites in Nigeria. Montazeri also criticised the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis, adding that El-Zakzakky’s current medical condition had become a source of worry. The letter read in part, “I, as the prosecutor general of the Islamic ...
Senate Confirms Tanko Mohammad, Now The Susbtantive CJN
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Senate Confirms Tanko Mohammad, Now The Susbtantive CJN

After intensive grilling, the Senate on Wednesday approved the appointment of Justice Muhammad Tanko as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). He took over the mantle of leadership of the nation’s judiciary in acting capacity after the suspension of ex-CJN, Walter Onnoghen
Imo Guber: Okorocha’s Son-In-Law, Nwosu Wins At Supreme Court
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Imo Guber: Okorocha’s Son-In-Law, Nwosu Wins At Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, affirmed Uche Nwosu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State. The Apex Court struck out the suit instituted by Leonard Okolienta, challenging the judgments of the lower courts. Okolienta had approached the Supreme Court, after his suits at the High Court and Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal were dismissed. The two lower courts ruled that Nwosu was the AA’s standard-bearer for the 2019 governorship election. Delivering the Judgment, the Supreme Court warned against antics to misrepresent the Judiciary.
Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property
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Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property

Super Eagles’ Ambassador and former Nigerian international, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed sadness over the take-over of his Hardley Apartments on Waziri Ibrahim Crescent at Victoria Island, Lagos. Despite a Federal High Court order locking up the hotel after an unresolved issue with AMCON dating 2015, strangers have since taken over the hotel and latest findings indicate that normal business has since resumed there. “I got news of this with utmost sadness, especially after all the emotional stress I endured in recent months at ensuring that I got the court injunction for the trespassers to vacate the property,” Kanu said on Friday evening from Cairo, Egypt where he is on a national duty to motivate the Eagles to AFCON 2019 success. “I honestly do not understand this act of lawlessne...
Atiku’s reaction on Osun ruling is ‘ridiculous and comical’ – Presidency
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Atiku’s reaction on Osun ruling is ‘ridiculous and comical’ – Presidency

The presidency has described as “very ridiculous, and even comical’’, the reaction of former vice president Atiku Abubakar, to the Supreme Court ruling affirming the election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state.   Atiku, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, had in a statement expressed reservation over Friday’s Supreme Court victory of Oyetola. “I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility. The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.” he said   However, Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Frida...
Corruption Thrives In The Executive Too, Secondus Replies Buhari
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Corruption Thrives In The Executive Too, Secondus Replies Buhari

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Thursday, alleged that monumental corruption was going on in the executive arm of government under President Muhammadu Buhari. Secondus made his position known in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by his media aide, Ike Abonyi. He was responding to a statement credited to Buhari on the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, when the President was hosting some Yoruba leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said it was worrisome that while Buhari ceaselessly berated the judiciary, he turned blind eyes to the alleged monumental corruption in the executive arm. He said Buhari’s disdain for the judiciary was becoming dangerous and antithetical to democratic norms. ...
NCC engages judges on cyber crimes, telecom issues
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NCC engages judges on cyber crimes, telecom issues

The judges, who attended the telecom conference in Enugu were drawn from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Courts. NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta, said the purpose of the annual conference, which is the third, was to put the judges abreast of emerging legal issues associated with telecommunication operation, particularly as the industry was a dynamic one. Suspected assassins shoot Delta lawyer(Opens in a new browser tab) Represented by NCC Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Mr. Sunday Dare, Danbatta said the focus of the conference was to bring the judges up to speed on telecommunication issues and the legal aspect of telecommunications. Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammad, who was represented by Justice Mary Odili of the...
President Buhari Accepts Onnoghen’s Voluntary Retirement
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President Buhari Accepts Onnoghen’s Voluntary Retirement

President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement released last night, June 9th. According to the statement, the retirement takes effect from May 28th 2019. The President thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life. Justice Onnoghen who assumed office as CJN in March 2017, was suspended by President Buhari in January over false declaration of assets. Read the full statement below. STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE PRESIDENT BUHARI WRITES ACTING CJN ON APPOINTMENT OF FIVE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT President Muhammadu Buh...
Acting CJN Muhammad justifies suspension of Onnoghen
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Acting CJN Muhammad justifies suspension of Onnoghen

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Muhammad has justified President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of erstwhile CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen upon the January 25, 2019 ex-parte order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Muhammad argued: “Any public officer found guilty of the breach or violation of code of conduct can be ordered to vacate the office he is holding as the consequence of the breach or violation of the code of conduct.” He contended that President Buhari did no wrong by relying on the CCT order to suspend Onnoghen. Justice Muhammad stated he committed no offence by submitting himself to be sworn in acting capacity following the order of the CCT and to prevent the vacuum that would have been created by Onnoghen’s suspension. The Acting CJN made pu...
What Buhari, APC Have Done To Nigeria – Timi Frank
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What Buhari, APC Have Done To Nigeria – Timi Frank

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Sunday, accused General Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party of ‘Nazifying’ Nigeria with deepening poverty. Frank said this in a statement on Sunday in reaction to a report by The Economist Magazine that Nigerians have become the poorest citizens of a country in the whole world, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term in office. He lamented what he called the gradual extermination of Nigerians through poverty is an incontrovertible fact that the present government has refused to acknowledge. “The reality on our streets speaks to that of a failed country. But the agony and irony of this precarious situation is that General Buhari and his boot lic...
Senator Adeleke Reacts To His Appeal Court Victory
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Senator Adeleke Reacts To His Appeal Court Victory

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke says he has been vindicated by the recent judgement of the appeal court. The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Thursday set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court that nullified Adeleke’s candidacy over alleged falsification of his secondary school credentials. Adeleke was accused of submitting falsified WAEC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Adeleke, while reacting in a statement by his Special Aide, Olawale Rasheed, expressed his happiness, saying “his image and credibility have been saved from the calculated smear campaign.” Adeleke said that he was a victim of power mongers who wanted to tarnish his image. The statement ...
Nigerians With So Much Money Buy Judgements – Senator Lawan
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Nigerians With So Much Money Buy Judgements – Senator Lawan

A leading aspirant for the 9th Senate Presidency, Ahmad Lawan, has stated that Nigeria was a country where very wealthy people buy judgments in their favor. The lawmaker, who represents Yobe North senatorial district on the All Progressives Congress, APC, platform, said that there was the urgent need to move away from this. Lawan, who is also the Senate leader, spoke on the floor of the Senate during plenary. He was commenting on the request by President Muhammadu Buhari, who sought for the confirmation of Abubakar Musa Sadiq as the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The Senate Leader said, “This is a very clear demonstration of how the three tiers of government work cooperatively. “We have suspended our rules to take this confirmati...
Those Calling Me Baba Go Slow Will Be Shocked In My Second Term – Buhari
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Those Calling Me Baba Go Slow Will Be Shocked In My Second Term – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says those who describe him as ‘baba go slow’ during his first administration will be in for a shock during his second term. Buhari said this during a media chat which was aired on Nigerian Television Authority. “Those who call me ‘baba go slow’ will see whether I am slow or fast. It means I will persuade the police and the judiciary to be hard and where I uncover that they are not hard, I will find out who is responsible for the slowness in terms of command from the DPO upwards. The IG cannot do it alone; he needs to depend on commissioners who in turn depend on DPOs.”
Lagos Assembly intervenes in LASPOTECH crisis
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Lagos Assembly intervenes in LASPOTECH crisis

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday resolved to wade into the crisis rocking the state Polytechnic over the disagreement between the management and staff of the institution. The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who moved the motion which was seconded by Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu aka ARK, stated that the Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, had been embroiled in crisis which had paralysed academic activities in the institution. Speaking during plenary, Agunbiade said: “I wish to present to this House the crisis in the only polytechnic in the state which is within my constituency. The lawmaker, representing Ikorodu Constituency I, explained that the issue had remained unresolved for the past five months, adding “it now degenerates to assault resulting to arrest where staff ...
‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP
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‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP

The Presidency has admonished the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to stop dragging the presidency into their current sponsored media smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. Reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest of this sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation. While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, it is unacceptable to drag the name of the President or other organs of the executive branch into the campaign of chara...
Presidency reacts to PDP’s Insistence that DSS Indicted Appeal Court President,Bulkachuwa
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Presidency reacts to PDP’s Insistence that DSS Indicted Appeal Court President,Bulkachuwa

The Presidency has admonished the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to stop dragging the presidency into their current sponsored media smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. This was contained in a statement on Saturday by presidential aide, Garba Shehu. It said reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS, has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation. “While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, ...
Saraki Recalls Last Moment With Late Justice Mamman Nasir
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Saraki Recalls Last Moment With Late Justice Mamman Nasir

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir. Recalling his last moment with the late judge, he described Nasir as an eminent jurist who contributed immensely to national development. Saraki, in statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the legacies of the late jurist would remain a guiding light and source of inspiration to both members of the bench and bar for a long time. Saraki said: “Justice Mamman Nasir was a fearless and hardworking jurist who approached every assignment with firmness and patriotism. “He contributed immensely to the development of the judiciary in particular and the nation in genera...
Atiku Addresses APC’s Claim That he’s not Nigerian
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Atiku Addresses APC’s Claim That he’s not Nigerian

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not deserve an answer, after contesting his Nigerian citizenship. The former vice-president stated this in a statement, signed by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Saturday. Atiku and the PDP are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, claiming that from the data in INEC’s server, he actually polled a total of 18,356,732 votes while Buhari recorded 16,741,430. But APC urged the tribunal to dismiss PDP’s petition for incompetence, arguing that Section 131(a) of the Constitution stipulates that a person must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth to be qualified to contest for t...
US Lawmakers Clash While Awaiting Brief On Mueller Report
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US Lawmakers Clash While Awaiting Brief On Mueller Report

Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed sharply on Sunday over the meaning of the newly completed report on Russian meddling, even as they waited to be briefed on its scope and contents. President Donald Trump has yet to receive or be briefed on the findings of the Robert Mueller probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, a spokesman said from the Florida resort where Trump was spending the weekend. The president was continuing a rare silence on Twitter about the matter. Sunday marked his third day with no public comment on the investigation that he has blasted dozens of times as a “witch hunt.” Attorney General William Barr, who received the secret report on Friday, is expected to brief key members of Congress sometime Sunday, though no announcement has be...
I Met My Late Father Last Night and He Looked so Very Sad – Charly Boy
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I Met My Late Father Last Night and He Looked so Very Sad – Charly Boy

Musician and activist, Charly Boy has just shared a very weird tweet where he said he met with his late father last night and the dead man looked so sad. The popular activist, who probably saw his father in the dream, revealed that the late Justice Oputa is worried about the situation of the country, even in his sleep. He wrote: I met my late father last night. He looked so so very sad. Even in his death when he should be resting in peace. I can’t imagine he is still worried about Nigeria. About the judiciary. How do I appease my father? Charly Boy is the son of late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, who was the Judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1984 to 1989.
Thousands of Migrant Children report that they were Sexually Abused while in US Custody
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Thousands of Migrant Children report that they were Sexually Abused while in US Custody

As though the heartbreak at being separated from their parents at the borders was not enough, a large number of migrant children held at different facilities at the U.S Southern border are saying they were sexually abused while living in the government-administered shelters. According to federal records released Tuesday, in the past four years, 4,556 children said immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border without their parents have reported being sexually abused while in government custody. Allegations go back to 2015, meaning the reported assaults started under the Obama administration. But the allegations have increased in the past two years after the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to at least 2,800 family separations flooding the shelters ...
INEC is Working For PDP,Amaechi Cries Out
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INEC is Working For PDP,Amaechi Cries Out

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State. According to Amaechi who spoke to journalists in his country home in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, is a loyalist of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike whom he once served under. Amaechi said: “An example that INEC is working for the PDP is a fact that there is a stay of execution granted by the Court of Appeal. “Just because the INEC Chairman was Director of TETFUND under Wike as Minister of State for Education, he now chooses the Court order to implement and the one not to implement. “Obviously, he is trying to assist Wike become a second term governor on this electio...
Onnoghen Gets Seven Days to Respond to Fresh Petition
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Onnoghen Gets Seven Days to Respond to Fresh Petition

                                                     Walter Onnoghen The National Judicial Council (NJC) has given the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, another seven days to respond to a fresh petition against him, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The council, which took the decision yesterday at its emergency meeting in Abuja, also resolved to constitute a complaint panel to look into the various complaints against both Onnoghen and the Acting CJN Justice Tanko Muhammad. In another development, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayán, has warned of an imminent threat to the nation’s judiciary, owing to moves by President Muhammadu Buhari-led executive arm of government to remove the O...
Suspension Of Nigerian Top Judge Violates Human Rights Standards- UN
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Suspension Of Nigerian Top Judge Violates Human Rights Standards- UN

The suspension of Nigeria's most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a United Nations expert has said. "International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence," said Diego Garcia-Sayan, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, on Monday. "Any decision to suspend or remove a judge from office should be fair and should be taken by an independent authority such as a judicial council or a court," he said in a statement. Buhari, who was a military ruler in the 1980s and was voted into office in 2015, is hoping to win a new term in a presidential election scheduled to take...
EU Replies Governor El-Rufai’s ‘Body bag’ Threat
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EU Replies Governor El-Rufai’s ‘Body bag’ Threat

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has replied Governor El-Rufai’s ‘body bag’ threat to foreigners ahead of the 2019 elections. The Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had said anyone who comes into Nigeria to interfere in our politics will leave in body bags. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in response to the statement said they have been invited by INEC to observe elections since 1999. They also emphasized that they won’t be swayed by his comments as they will continue their work across the country. See full statement below; “We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on the elections Tuesday 5 February. “The EU only deploys an election observation mission wh...
20 SANs Push For Judicial, Legal Reforms
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20 SANs Push For Judicial, Legal Reforms

Twenty Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), who said they were embarrassed by the crisis of confidence created in the judiciary by the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday said they were ready to work with other stakeholders to reform the justice sector. A statement released by the SANs, under the aegis of The Justice Reform Project, said the bodies established to regulate and sanitise the judiciary and the legal profession, including the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), had failed. That was as former Cross River State governor and presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Donald Duke, said both Onnoghen and the man appointed in his place, albeit in acting capacity, Justice Tan...
Onnoghen’s Trial, Proof Of Deeper Rot In Judiciary – SANs
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Onnoghen’s Trial, Proof Of Deeper Rot In Judiciary – SANs

Twenty Senior Advocates of Nigeria, under the aegis of The Justice Reform Project, have described the corruption allegations against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, as “a manifestation of deeper malaise” in the nation’s judiciary. The SANs, who said they were deeply embarrassed by the Onnoghen saga, said it pointed to the need for urgent reforms in the judiciary. They admitted that there were cases of litigants and lawyers procuring court judgements and orders, saying the spate of conflicting judgements being churned by judges is one proof of the corruption and incompetence in the system. As a result of the rot, the SANs noted with regret, that unlike in the past, judgements from Nigerian courts were no longer being cited with approval in foreign courts. ...
NCEF Says CJN Suspension Is Islamic Agenda
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NCEF Says CJN Suspension Is Islamic Agenda

The National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, has stated that an Islamic agenda is behind the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, who has now been replaced by acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed Ibrahim. According to the group, the move as dictated by an Islamic agenda is something which Nigerians must kick against. Members of the group include Lt.Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), Solomon Asemota (SAN), Prof. Joseph Otubu, Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd.), Dr Kate Okpareke, Dr Ayo Abifarin, Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd.), Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Nat Okoro and Elder Matthew Owojaiye. Others are Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (retd.), Elder Shyngle Wigwe, a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, L. Dabup, Sir John W. Bagu, Dr Saleh Hussaini, Elder Mike Orobator, Justic...
Onnoghen’s Suspension: NJC to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday
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Onnoghen’s Suspension: NJC to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has summoned an emergency meeting, over the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen’s suspension. According to Daily Post, the meeting will be held in Abuja by 10am on Monday. Neither Onnoghen nor Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad, the acting CJN, will be allowed to preside over the meeting. Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Muhammed as acting CJN. Explaining his reason, the President said he suspended Onnoghen, following an order from the CCT, asking him to wield the big stick. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has already slammed Buhari’s decision to suspend Onnoghen, describing it as an “attempted coup against the Nigerian Judiciary”.
UK Government Condemns CJN Onnoghen’s Suspension
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UK Government Condemns CJN Onnoghen’s Suspension

The United Kingdom has condemned the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, saying the timing gives cause for concern. This was made known in a statement released by the British High Commission in Nigeria, the UK government says the suspension risks affecting both domestic and international perceptions on the credibility of the forthcoming elections.   See full statement below; The British High Commission expresses serious concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. We have heard a wide range of credible and independent voices, including in the Nigerian legal profession and civil society, who have expressed concern over the constitutionality of the executive branch’s suspension of the chief officer of the judiciary. We respec...
NBA Releases Statement On CJN Onnoghen’s Suspension
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NBA Releases Statement On CJN Onnoghen’s Suspension

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has released a statement on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. The NBA referred to the act by President Buhari as a coup against the judiciary and suspension of the Nigerian constitution. The association called on the National Assembly to assert its constitutional authority and prevent an erosion of the rule of law. Read the full statement below; COUP AGAINST THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY AND SUSPENSION OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION 1. The news media has been awash this evening with the news of the purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S C Onnoghen, GCON by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the swearing in of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting C...
Onnoghen: NBA Urges National Assembly To Save Nigeria
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Onnoghen: NBA Urges National Assembly To Save Nigeria

The Nigerian Bar Association has called on the National Assembly to save Nigeria from what it described as a “coup against the judiciary.” The NBA said this in a statement by its President, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), on Friday while reacting to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The association said in a statement titled, ‘Coup against the Nigerian judiciary and suspension of the Nigerian constitution,’ that President Muhammadu Buhari acted against the constitution by removing Onnoghen and swearing-in Justice Ibrahim Mohammed. The NBA said, “We call on the Federal Government to avert the looming constitutional crisis precipitated by its ill-advised action. In particular, the Nigerian Bar Association demands the reversal of the purported suspens...
Olawepo-hashim Cautions Buhari, APC Over Attack On Judiciary
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Olawepo-hashim Cautions Buhari, APC Over Attack On Judiciary

Presidential Candidate of the People’s Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has cautioned the executive arm of government to thread softly in the handling of ongoing matters affecting the Chief Justice of the Federation. Olawepo-Hashim, made the statement while reacting to reports about the impending trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in a statement issued to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary , Hassan Ibrahim in Abuja on Sunday. He affirmed that the development constitutes serious threat to democracy and rule of law, warning that separation of powers on which democractic order stands should not be destroyed on the altar of power play or any other reason. He said that as one who was a leading voice in the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria; “I o...
Intimidation Of The Judiciary Capable Of Breeding Anarchy – Obi
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Intimidation Of The Judiciary Capable Of Breeding Anarchy – Obi

The Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi has decried what he tagged “Intimidation of the Judiciary”, and asking “Where is Due Process?”. Recalling that he was a major beneficiary of the rule of law/due process, he asserted that when that critical essence of democracy is under siege or attacked, the State could be set on the path of perdition. Peter Obi made the observation yesterday at Shagamu, Ogun State where he represented Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Strategy Meeting of the PDP and in reaction to the orchestrated arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria [CJN] on allegations bordering on assets declaration. Elaborating on his stance, Obi noted that law-abiding citizens of Nigeria, including members of the judiciary, affirm that nobody is above the law, but ...
Close Down Courts Until Buhari Madness Against Judiciary Is Reversed – Ozekhome
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Close Down Courts Until Buhari Madness Against Judiciary Is Reversed – Ozekhome

One of Nigeria’s senior lawyers, Mike Ozekhome, has called for a total shutdown of courts across the country to protest President Muhammadu Buhari’s “onslaught against the judiciary.” Mr. Ozekhome also urged Nigerians to defend the nation’s democracy, adding that a strong judiciary is one of the fundamental platforms for any meaningful constitutional government. According to him, the Buhari administration is setting the stage to scuttle the nation’s democracy by using strong hand and brute force. He argued that the government has been consistently intolerant of dissenting voices and had invaded the homes of judges, laid siege on the National Assembly and the residences of Senate president and his deputy. “It is clear that this government, which protects its own members, how...
Magu: We are Determined to Secure More Convictions
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Magu: We are Determined to Secure More Convictions

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has expressed determination of the Commission to ensure that it secures more convictions against looters and other offenders of the law in 2019. Magu stated that with 312 convictions in 2018, the anti-graft agency is strategising to redouble efforts in 2019, as part of concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better, as well as altering the perception that some persons are above the law. A statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, said Magu who made the declaration while on a working tour of the Lagos office of the Commission yesterday, noted that the EFCC has already secured three conviction...