By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The federal government has accused the National Judicial Council, NJC,of misrepresenting facts on the recall of the judges earlier suspended over allegation of corruption. A statement from the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Public Prosecution,signed by Okoi Obono-Obla, debunked some of the assertions contained in the statement issued by Soji Oye, Director of Information at the NJC. According to Obla, one of such false assertions by Soji Oye is the claim “that the Office of Attorney General of the Federation had on two occasions April 18, 2017 and April 21, 2017 shunned invitations by the Federal Capital Territory High Court for settlement of records of appeal which, if it had done would have elevated the notices of appeal to proper appeal’’. He said undoubtedly, the statement of Soji Oye is a deliberate misrepresentation of the law and facts. a“It goes without saying that the assertion of...
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 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 KUNLE OLASANMI .....the Judiciary in the last two years under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, with respect to assessments by legal minds on the observance of the rule of law In the last two years, just like other sectors in the Nigerian economy, the debate over how the judiciary has fared remains intense. From high profile corruption cases to controversial political cases, the judiciary has transcended series of intriguing moments in the last two years and to a large extent, defining the trajectory of the government. As a matter of fact, a renowned lawyer and senior advocate, Malam Yusuf Ali, described the judiciary as the whipping boy among the three arms of government. Nigerians and stakeholders in the judiciary have expressed different views about the performance in the last two years of democracy under this government. While some believed this government has done well, others are of the views that the...
OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos The administrative judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun yesterday warned lawyers and litigants against paying bailiffs to serve court processes on parties to a suit. Justice Olatoregun maintained that bailiffs as staffs of the court were not supposed to charge extra fees from litigants to serve court processes. She also warned that henceforth any lawyer or litigant caught offering court bailiffs money to do their job would be handed over to the police alongside the bailiff. Leadership reports that it is a common practice by lawyers and litigants who want their court processes served within time to tipped or mobilised court bailiffs. Most times lawyers who refuse to “settle” them may have their filed abandoned or not treated. The issue came to the notice of Justice Olatoregun on Tuesday, when a lawyer who appeared before her in a case complained that the defendants were yet...
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 OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Justice Rilawan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N449,597,000, found in possession of one Mohammed Tauheed at the Legico Shopping Plaza by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Justice Rilawan Aikawa ordered the money discovered in an abandoned Bureau de Change shop be forfeited to the Federal Government after hearing and granting an application to that effect brought by the EFCC. The judge ordered that the funds should be forfeited to the Federal Government as no one came forward to claim it. It will be recalled that the judge had on April 19 this year ordered the temporary forfeiture of the money and fixed Friday for Mohammed Tauheed, who was joined as respondent in the suit, and any other interested party to appear before him to give reasons why the money should...
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...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed May 31 to commence hearing in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit brought against the Nigeria Police and four others. The suit was filed by the Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its National Commandant, Mr Dickson Akoh, who demanded N2 billion as compensation. At the hearing on Monday, Mr Tijani Gazali, counsel to the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), prayed the court for time to enable him regularise the processes filed on behalf of his client. Gazali said that the name of the Director-General of the DSS was omitted in the counter affidavit filed on behalf of his clients. He prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable him correct the anomalies on the counter-affidavit, and to specifically reflect the name of Director-General of the DSS. Since there was no objection to the application for adjournment, the judge,...
BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah before him on May 12 to show cause why the businessman should not be released unconditionally from its custody. Justice Idris made the order after entertaining an ex parte application filed by the Ubah through his lawyer, Mrs. Ifeoma Esom challenging his continued detention by the security agency. Ubah, has sued the DSS before the Federal High Court in Lagos over what he termed unlawful detention by the security agency. Mrs. Esom, which had claimed that her client had been in detention since May 6, asked the court to order the DSS to release him in order to prevent the security agency from coercing him to accede to “whatever conditions they impose on him in exchange for his freedom.” In...