....Senate to pass anti-hate speech, jungle justice bills with dispatch BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, AHURAKA ISAH and SOLOMON AYADO, ABUJA The anti-Buhari and pro-Buhari protests took a deeper crisis dimension yesterday as leader of the anti-Buhari group, Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy, narrowly escaped lynching by a mob made up of supporters of the president. President Buhari has been away from the country for over 100 days and is in the United Kingdom for medical checks, a development that is sparking protest by some individuals in the country. A coalition of civil society groups led by Charly Boy, operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo demanded the resignation of the president over his long medical vacation in London. But the Senate came out to warn that the president has not violated any law to warrant calls for his resignation and urged all protesters to stop heating up the polity. LEADERSHIP gathered that yesterday’s incident led to the...
Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital is the grip of cult-driven violence, rising consumption of illicit drugs and armed robbery. Osa Okhomina examines the issues and fears within and outside the state’s security apparatus. When the commissioner of police, Asuquo Mba submitted in one of his monthly briefings that the dominant crimes in Bayelsa State is cultism-related killings and attacks, many took the report lightly believing the security agencies are equal to the crimes which are associated with youths . But five months after, the fear of cultists is now the beginning of wisdom in the state due to the increase cases of violent attacks and unhindered killings of residents who stand on their way in the state. Cult-related violence is now a frequent occurrence in the state despite the efforts of the Nigeria Police under commissioner Mba to arrest it. Twice in the last two weeks, cultists struck in Yenagoa and send...
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 Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives has expressed worry over the failure of the budget office of the federation to comply with certain provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. This resolution was contained in a motion on the need for the budget office of the federation to comply with the Fiscal Responsibility Act moved yesterday by Hon.  Kingsley Chinda. Chinda, in his lead debate noted that the Budget Office of the federation as an agency of the Federal Ministry of Finance was established to amongst other things to provide and implement budget and fiscal policies. He, however, regretted that the budget office has failed to live up to its responsibilities in flagrant violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. “In recent times, there have been concern about the apparent failure of the budget office to comply with certain provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, Cap F40, Laws of the Federation, 2004,” he added. The...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Maurice Ikpambese,yesterday ordered the Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission,  Alhaji Abubakar Tsav  and the Nigerian Pilot Newspapers to pay N10 million as damages to Mr. Abrahams Kwaghngu, senior special assistant on special duties to Governor Samuel Ortom, for libel. Justice Ikpambese  also directed them to publish a retraction of the defamatory and libelous publication in three national dailies circulating within the state as well as a paid advertorial on the prime beat of the Nigerian Television Authority, Radio Benue, and Harvest FM. Delivering judgment in a suit number MHC/251/15 Justice Ikpambese held that the defense of fair comment does not avail Alhaji Tsav who is the first defendant in the case. Mr. Kwaghngu had instituted a suit against the Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue State and the newspaper for describing him as a killer, thug, and vandal, who killed Hausa and Kabawa...
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,...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah  An Abuja-based legal practitioner and international management consultant has demanded that regulation should be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and that all regulatory agencies should be led by qualified lawyers, at the very least. Kachi Okezie, who is a Principal Consultant at United Kingdom-based training and consulting firm, CTP International, made the call today  at a seminar organised by his firm in collaboration with the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, to review the legal framework for regulating Free Zones in the country. In a statement he said, “Two fundamental misconceptions are to blame for the present tussle for territory between two the two government agencies charged with oversight and control of free zones in Nigeria. First, we seem to see free zones strictly as a physical place rather as an abstract concept where the needs of the rapidly growing knowledge economy are serviced through the use of...
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...
A divorce-seeking man on Wednesday pleaded with an Ilorin Area Court in Kwara to dissolve his marriage because his wife was threatening to cut off his penis. Fatahi Sakariyau told the court that his wife Ganiyat was in the habit of wanting to cut off his penis each time they had altercation and he wanted separation before it was too late. He also told court that the woman at one point poisoned his meal. “My lord, I want an end to this marriage because my wife used to fight me at the slightest provocation, threatening to cut off my penis each time. “She also fights with our neighbours every time. I cannot continue to be with a woman who is so troublesome and lacks good manners. “I am so scared of my wife because I caught her putting poison into my food and she likes visiting herbalists all the time,’’ Sakariyau stated. However, Ganiyat pleaded...
The Judiciary at various levels has been urged to be consistent and coherent in the dispensation of judgment which is the basis of the reforms needed in this arm of government. Drawing inferences from the jugements in the court cases as seen in the Abia state governorship tussle between Ikpeazu Vs Ogah via a via that of Cross River state between Ben Ayade and Joe Agi, Civil Society For Judicial Reforms stressed that the ongoing reforms in the judiciary cannot be complete when different judgments and orders are given on similar cases. This was in a presentation at a press conference by the Coalition's coordinator, Ameh Ejeh, represented by Onuahah Oliver in Abuja, yesterday, just as they urged the apex court to restor, strengthen and enthrone this factor in the dispensation of judgments. Oliver said: "the reforms going on in our judiciary cannot be complete and commending when different judgments and orders...