By Tarkaa David, Abuja Following the recent rejection by the House of Representatives for a ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory natives, the coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and all other concern FCT Natives staged a protest blocking major roads in the city. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the leader of the group Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, said that the move is capable of causing violence thereby exposing Abuja residents to security threat. Yusuf explained that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and  “we resist any further attempt to redicule the natives. “If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives has refused to accept it then we want to make it categorically clear that the refusal is exposing FCT residents to danger. “The perceived marginalisation has bred a kind of agitation that will soon result to security threat,” he said He added...
---Enact 5 years Imprisonment For False Disclosure BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Senate has passed into law the Bill for an Act to protect persons making disclosures for the public interest and others from reprisal. Yesterday at plenary, the report on the Bill was presented for passage by the chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matters, Senator David Umaru (Niger East). It is tagged "An Act to Protect Persons Making Disclosures for the Public Interest and Others from Reprisals, to Provide for the Matters Disclosed to be Properly Investigated and Dealt with and for other Purposes Related Therewith.” With the passage of this Bill, the Senate has concluded work on three anti-corruption Bills. In May 2017, it passed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, while in June 2017, it passed the Witness Protection Bill respectively. Otherwise known as 'whistleblowers protection Bill' it seeks to encourage and facilitate...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has admitted a former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki to a fresh bail in the sum of N500 million with two sureties in the sum of N250 million each. The trial court granted him bail after pleading not guilty to a 32 count charge slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Turaki had earlier been admitted to bail by Justice Yusuf Halilu of an Abuja High Court last Thursday from the custody of the EFCC. While granting Turaki bail yesterday, Justice Dimgba held that the sureties should either be a businessman, private person or a civil servant not below the level of Director and must have a landed property within the FCT or any of the satellite towns within Abuja. The judge added that the sureties must deposit their evidence of tax payment from...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on lawyers in the country to respect order  of seniority at the bar. The president of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, at the inauguration of nine committees of the association also advised them not to express their grievances against the leadership of the Nigerian judiciary on social media but rather, go through the appropriate channel. Balarabe, while inaugurating the committee said the establishment of Committees is fundamental to ensuring a more active Bar as it is not possible for the national officers or the Secretariat to deal with all activities and functions of a Bar. According to him, “the use of Committees allows lawyers who have interest and expertise in a particular area to focus on specific issues. “In view of the foregoing, this administration has constituted some committees with a view to achieving our set objective.” One of the committees inaugurated is the welfare,...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Court of Appeal had within two weeks delivered about 232 judgements in the various appeals pending before different divisions of the court. This is just as the court will proceed on its annual vacation on July 17 to resume on September 11,2017. The feat attained in the clearance of the backlog of pending appeals, according to the Media Officer, Sa’adatu Musa Kachalla was due to the setting up of five task forces by the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. According to the PCA, the task forces were set up to ensure that back log of pending appeals before the various divisions of the court were disposed of expeditiously. In the letter of posting signed by Justice Bulkachuwa, the task forces were given two weeks each to move round to identifiable division and preside over pending appeals. The task forces comprised of Justices from less busy Divisions like Makurdi,...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja An Abuja High Court has ordered a developer, White Diamond Property Development Company, ‎to remove 7 units of five-bedroom duplex ‎worth N350 million each from a piece of land in Abuja ‎The court also awarded the sum of N10million as damages against the developer of the property, as penalty for encroaching on a piece of land belonging to Trade Wheels Limited. Justice Peter Kekemeke ordered the developer  to remove all structures or building erected on the land, as well as building materials, sands and gravels at its expense. In a 22-page judgment delivered on the 15th June 2017, Justice  Kekemeke held that Trade Wheels has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant encroached on its land. “It is my view that the plaintiff has proved that the defendant trespasses in its land, and I so hold,” he said. The court consequently issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining White Diamonds and its agent from further encroaching...
By Kelvin Alohan The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party reinstating Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman. A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered on Wednesday, reinstated Ahmed Makarfi who was earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee. Reading the lead judgment of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, the suit filed by Makarfi faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court. The apex court also held that the National Convention of the PDP held on May 21, 2016 rightly and constitutionally removed Sheriff. It added that the convention acted rightly and not in breach of...
By Kelvin Alohan with Agency Reports The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the PDP challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki for lacking in merit. The apex court said it would give in detail, its reasons for the judgment on July 24, 2017. A seven man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onneghen unanimously dismissed the appeal. The CJN stated that the court had gone through the brief earlier, making it easier to arrive at a judgment as quickly as possible. The PDP candidate Mr Ize-Iyamu had approached the apex court filing the dismissal of his appeal at the Appeal Court, which challenged Obaseki’s election as governor.  
In this report, CHIDI NWACHUKWU looks at the succession crisis in the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the accusation and counter-accusation from members. Few hours to the election for the post of Chairman and Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja branch, the crisis rocking the professional body has continued unabated. Some aggrieved members of the body in Abuja, known as the Unity Bar have accused the leadership of the national body of the association of not living up to their responsibilities in putting an end to the crisis. The splinter group restrained by an Order of FCT High Court of the 9th day of March 2017, seems determined to continue to flout the Order of the Court which specifically restrains their action of going ahead with the purported election slated for June, 30 2017, according to their released guidelines for election and campaign timetable. According to the aggrived members...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in  Abuja, has granted bail to former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam and two others to the tune of N750million. The two other defendants in the case dated March 23rd, 2017, with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/48/2017, are former Commissioner of Finance under Suswam’s administration, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and the then Accountant, Benue State Government House, Mrs. Janet Aluga. The accused persons were arraigned yesterday by the federal government on a 32-count charge over allegation of misappropriating N9,781,602,453.8, part of which was meant for police reform programme, and Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme. In his ruling on the bail applications filed by the defendants, the court held, “The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby granted bail to the tune of N250million each, and one surety each in like sum”. The sureties, according to the court must be a Director or Principal Officer...