By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia   The Nasarawa State Government has announced the merging of the state’s Customary of Appeal with the High Court.   Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, announced the merger in Lafia, during the retirement and valedictory court session in honour of Justice Jibril Idrisu, the President of the state Customary Court of Appeal.   Al-Makura, who was represented by his Deputy, Silas Agara, said the decision was based on the advice of the National Judicial Council ( NJC ).   “Government has observed that over the years, the Customary Court of Appeal has continued to record less number of cases.   “And this recurrent experience at the court is below the average numbers of cases to be disposed in any judicial year and is equally below the national standard,” he added.   The governor said in view of this ugly experience, NJC had wrote to the state government in 2016 on the need to merge the court with the...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi A Makurdi High Court Judge, Justice Adam Onum yesterday fixed 6th of November 2017 for judgement in the N10 billion libel suit instituted by Governor Samuel Ortom against the Publisher of the Nigerian Concord,Mr Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi. When the case came up for hearing, counsel to  Governor Samuel Ortom,   Mr Andrew Wombo called two witnesses, Mr Berger Alfred Emberga, and David Mzer, who  tendered  3 various exhibits to support his case. He told the court that the Plaintiff, Samuel Ortom has complied with the order of the court that the defendant, Mr Abiodun be served by substituted means in  two National dailies, which he did. Mr Wombo also tendered the defendants reaction to the suit which was published on his Facebook page, as one of the exhibit. Testifying before the court,The first witness, Mr Berger Alfred, who is also the immediate past Acting Publicity Secretary of Benue State Chapter of...
The Nasarawa State government, yesterday, announced the merging of the state’s Customary of Appeal with the High Court. Governor Umaru Al-Makura announced the merger during the retirement and valedictory court session in honour of Justice Jibril Idrisu, the President of the state Customary Court of Appeal. Al-Makura, who was represented by his Deputy, Silas Agara, said the decision was based on the advice of the National Judicial Council (NJC). “Government has observed that over the years, the Customary Court of Appeal has continued to record less number of cases. “And this recurrent experience at the court is below the average numbers of cases to be disposed in any judicial year and is equally below the national standard,” he added. Al-Makura said that “in view of this ugly experience,’’ NJC had written to the state government in 2016 on the need to merge the court with the state high court. He added that based on the...
BY DONATUS NADI, Abuja Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura has directed the Nasarawa state Judicial  Service Commission to, henceforth consider the appointment of private legal practitioners as judges after  serving what he called ‘legal brigandage’ from those on the lower bench on government employ. The governor made the policy statement in Lafia when he sworn-in three newly appointed High Court judges in keeping with Section 271(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). He said, “I have observed that the lower bench has taken for granted Government’s policy of appointing Judges of superior courts from their ranks and therefore resort to legal brigandage, consequently, Government hereby directs the JSC, to as a matter of policy, henceforth open the doors to private legal practitioners as well in future appointment exercises so that we can have a competitive process, and perhaps this will make Judges in the lower bench sit...
BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike Evans and two of his co-accused, Uche Amadi and Okechukwu Nwachukwu on Thursday changed their guilty plea to two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping it filed against by the Lagos State Government. Evans and his co-accused change their plea after the state represented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Titilayo Shitta-Bey told the trial judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi that the prosecution amended count two of the earlier charge to reflect the current state of the law. With the amendment, the state is now set to prosecute them under the new Lagos Law on anti-kidnapping which carries death penalty. They were first docked on Section 271 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2013, they are now facing trial under changed Section 155 subsection 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2017. Evans, Amadi, Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Aduba and one female, Ogechi...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan A 33-year-old man, Olalekan Rauf who allegedly pretended to be a scavenger has been arraigned by police for stealing. The accused who was arrested around the premises of The Polytechnic, Ibadan was on Wednesday brought before the Magistrate's Court in Iwo-road area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Rauf was arraigned on a two count change of conspiracy to steal and unlawful possession with charge number MNE/35362017. The prosecutor, inspector E. Adeyeye told the court that the defendant and one other person on October 12 around 2pm entered the house of one of the senior staff of the institution to steal some valuable items. A security officer of the institution who arrested the defendant, Mr. Yahaya Taofeek said the defendant pretended as a scavenger‎ who picks some discarded metals around the institution but later burgled a three bed-room flat belonging to one of the senior staff of the institution who...
BY AHURAKA ISAH and SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja Senate yesterday urged government at all levels to adopt Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN in order to address the problem of food security and poverty eradication in the country. It, however, mandated its Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to investigate the circumstances surrounding the delay in extending this laudable intervention programme to other states and the FCT. Similarly, the upper legislative chamber directed the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Presidential Committee on Rice Production and other agencies concerned to sustain the momentum in states where the programme is already launched. These were sequel to a motion, titled, “The Anchor Borrowers Programme and its benefits to farmers”, sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sha’aba Lafiagi (APC Kwara North). Senator Lafiagi said the senate was aware that “the CBN in line with its developmental function established the Anchor Borrowers Programme which is intended...
By GEORGE OKOJIE, Abuja The pro-chancellor and chairman, Governing Council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), has commended the National Judicial Council (NJC) for its determination to sanitise the judiciary and ensure that judges are fairly treated. To him, this will attract the best brains to the third arm of government and ensure orderliness in the judiciary for the benefit of the society. Babalakin said this in Lagos yesterday while delivering a paper, titled: “Law and The Society”, as the Guest Lecturer at the Annual Reunion of Government College Ibadan Old Boys’ Association (GCIOBA). According to him, the judiciary must be adequately funded to attract the best brains to the bench, like it was in the First Republic, and make it perform optimally. Babalakin said, “However, the National Judicial Council’s budget is dictated by the executive. It can only spend what is made available to it. I have listened to all Chief...
By Tope Fayehun, Akure. Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Thursday ,urged members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to expose corrupt judges with a view to stamping out corrupt practices within the system . Falana said, the act would reposition the nation's judicial system and prevent further embarrasment of corrupt judges. He also called on lawyers "to challenge other obnoxious laws and legal principles which have denied the Nigerian people access to justice. Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, during annual seminar /workshop organised by Ondo state Judiciary, as part of activities marking the state legal year, Falana said " lf the NBA is serious or committed to the eradication of judicial corruption, it has the capacity to do so. In his lecture, titled "Access to Justice: Socio- Cultural and Economic and Geographic limitation, A critique", the human rights lawyer said, "with 120 branches spread across the country, the NBA can police judges,...
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday ordered the transfer of a case file of alleged Boko Haram Kingpin, Mohammed Usman a.k.a Khalid Al Barnawi to Chief Judge of the court for re-assignment. Tsoho made the order upon an application brought before the court by Usman and seven others standing trial for terrorism and murder allegations. The others included Mohammed Sani a.k.a Ukash/Dan Asabe/Yellow, Abubakar Habibu a.k.a Habibu Sahara, Mohammed Sale, and Umar Bello a.k.a Abu Azzan. The rest are Mohammed Salisu a.k.a Datti, Yakubu Nuhu a.k.a Bello Maishayi and the only female among them, Halima Haliru The Judge said justice was rooted in confidence, adding that a court or judge was bound to withdraw from a case once that integrity was being questioned. He said: “The court withdraws forthwith from hearing this particular matter and the case file is hereby transferred to the Chief Judge of the court for re-assignment’’. The...