BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna The Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Kaduna has dismissed the suit filed by Kaduna State Commissioner of Police against the Bureau Chief of LEADERSHIP Newspapers,Midat Joseph. Recall that Joseph was arrested on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 and detained by the men of the Nigerian Police force, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and later released on bail  by the same court after spending two nights with  the Police. It would also be recalled that Midat was arrested for  a comment on a Whatsapp platform group chat where he had contributed to a conversation. He was detained on 19th Wednesday at the metropolitan police station also known as metro police by the CID from where he was transferred to the Kaduna Police Command Headquarters and also held overnight by the CID in their Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) cell from where he was charged to court for prosecution. According to the First...
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 Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given reason why the Supreme Court cannot hear an appeal on the party’s crisis by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction. The case marked SC/133/2017 was brought before the apex court by the sacked Makarfi’s National Caretaker Committee. The PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) led by Ali Modu Sheriff and Prof. Wale Oladipo, the secretary, said the Makarfi Committee, having been declared illegal by the February 17, 2017  judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, lacked the powers to take decisions for the party, including  initiating court proceedings in its name. The party stated this in a written argument in support of an application it filed on March 21, 2017, seeking the striking out of the appeal filed on February 27, 2017 by the Makarfi Committee against the February 17 Appeal Court’s judgment. The written submission was filed...
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 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 Kola Eke-Ogiugo, Asaba A legal practitioner based in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Barr John Onwe, yesterday, dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, attorney-general of the federation, director of the Department of State Services (DSS), inspector-general of Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and National Judicial Council (NJC),  to court over the recent arrest,  detention and prosecution of some Appeal and Supreme Court Justices for alleged corruption. According to Barr Onwe, the Department of State Services invaded the residences of some Judges of the federal high court, Nigeria, including Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Hon Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, and Hon Muazu Pindiga and some Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria including Hon Justice Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, and Hon Justice John Inyang Okoro between the hours of 9pm on the 7th October, and 9am on the 8th October, 2016 and purportedly arrested them from their judicial duties based on unverified allegation purportedly...
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 ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  Fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, will next week appear before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives panel investigating his controversial readmission into the federal civil service. Maina is still on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the security agencies claim that he has not been seen in public. A member of the Hon. Aliyu Madaki-led ad hoc committee confirmed that Maina may at the long run appear before the committee next week. The lawmaker also confirmed that Maina’s lawyer, Muhammad Sani Katu, of the Justice Mamman Nasir Chamber, had reportedly made some initial representation to the committee, ahead of Maina’s expected appearance next week. Following widespread condemnation of Maina’s secret re-admission and subsequent elevation in the civil service, the House of Representatives on October 24, 2017 passed a resolution mandating an ad hoc...
By Ahuraka Isah, Abuja Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday, faulted the report on paradise papers insisting that he hid no asset and violated no known law. In a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP, Saraki said, as a public officer, he would always explain his position. “We know this is the period of politics when mudslinging is a common trick in the game. “However, we will like to make it known that Dr. Saraki violated no law and did nothing illegal in the course of registering the company under reference, Tenia Limited, and afterwards. “As we had earlier explained when the issue was first brought into public view, the company in question, Tenia Limited, was incorporated in 2001, long before Dr. Saraki ventured into politics and was elected into public office. Olaniyonu noted that “the company from incorporation to date had never been...
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...