By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,Abuja The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, Yusuf Lasun has stated that the National Assembly will ensure that Local Governments in the country get financial autonomy in the ongoing constitution review. Lasun, who said this at a retreat of the special ad hoc committee yesterday, said regardless of the "dicey" nature of granting the local governments autonomy, they are essential to democracy as well as the development in any country, hence the need for their financial independence. He said: "it's very dicey because it will involve you to amend so many sections of the constitution. But what I will assure you is we're going to push for financial autonomy. "We are concerned because if you go all over the country today, local governments are no longer in existence, and that is not good for democracy, it's not...
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...
…..invokes 1979 law to fight corruption   ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  Indication emerged yesterday that more judges a well as serving ministers are being investigated by the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. The new set of judges and some serving ministers whose activities are currently being investigation may be arrested in coming weeks. Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution and Chairman Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono Obla stated these yesterday in Abuja. "I want to arrest one minister in this government in the next few days and I want to arrest judges, so in the next few days you will hear and I don't care, as long as they have not given me an order not to arrest anybody, I will arrest whoever has short-changed the Nigerian people," Obla said. He also revealed that Nigerians allegedly involved in Panama papers, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other public interest...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has approved the appointment of Mrs. Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha, as the new Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The appointment takes effect from July 1, 2017 when the current Chief Registrar, Mr. Ahmad Gambo Saleh, will resume in his new position as the Secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC). Mrs. Mustapha’s appointment was contained in a Letter of Offer of Appointment signed by the Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), Mrs. Bilkisu Bashir, OON, dated 31st May 2017. Mrs. Mustapha emerged from a strong field of six applicants interviewed by the FJSC headed by its Chairman, the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, on Tuesday 30th May 2017. Until her appointment, Mrs. Mustapha, was the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the...
By Tope Fayehun, Akure - No fewer than 190 Magistrates and Senior Registrars have been kicked out of service by Ondo State judiciary over what it termed’ irregular appointments’. LEADERSHIP gathered that about 70 magistrates and Senior Registrars have received the letter of suspension or termination of appointments at the weekend. It was also learnt that the others who are yet to get their letters would get it within the week. Most affected by the purge in the state judiciary were the Magistrates and Senior Registrars employed by the State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) between 2011 and 2016. The Chief Judge of the state by the act setting up the State JSC is the Chairman. Justices Olaseinde Kumuyi (rtd) and Temitayo Osoba were the Chief Judges when the perceived “irregular appointments” were made. According to the letter titled “Letter of Suspension” dated September 13 and made available to LEADERSHIP read “due to perceived irregularities and...
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 Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of a High Court of Federal Capital Territory has given a clean bill  of health to former Head of Service of Federation, Steve Orosanye, who is standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and diversion of N190 million brought against him by the Federal Government. Oronsaye  was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for breach of trust allegedly committed between 2013 and 2014. He was accused by the EFCC of defrauding the Federal Government of N190 million, using his position as the then chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He was also accused of converting the N190 million to his personal use through the investment of the fund in Access Bank Plc for a period of 90 days at 9 and 12 percent interest rates “in violation of the extant financial regulations”. Upon the...
The Federal Government has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the revocation of the bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The application was attached as a press release and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja by Mr Salihu Isah, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Minister of Justice. In the application, the Federal Government is seeking an order of court revoking the bail granted Kanu on April 25. The government is also seeking an order of court directing the arrest and committing Kanu to custody pending trial as well as any such order the court may deem fit in the circumstance. The application which has the name of the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran, explained that the call for revocation of Kanu’s bail was on the grounds that Kanu had breached his bail conditions. “The 1st defendant (Kanu)...
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 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.