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 Tope Fayehun, Akure. Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Thursday ,urged members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to expose corrupt judges with a view to stamping out corrupt practices within the system . Falana said, the act would reposition the nation's judicial system and prevent further embarrasment of corrupt judges. He also called on lawyers "to challenge other obnoxious laws and legal principles which have denied the Nigerian people access to justice. Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, during annual seminar /workshop organised by Ondo state Judiciary, as part of activities marking the state legal year, Falana said " lf the NBA is serious or committed to the eradication of judicial corruption, it has the capacity to do so. In his lecture, titled "Access to Justice: Socio- Cultural and Economic and Geographic limitation, A critique", the human rights lawyer said, "with 120 branches spread across the country, the NBA can police judges,...
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday ordered the transfer of a case file of alleged Boko Haram Kingpin, Mohammed Usman a.k.a Khalid Al Barnawi to Chief Judge of the court for re-assignment. Tsoho made the order upon an application brought before the court by Usman and seven others standing trial for terrorism and murder allegations. The others included Mohammed Sani a.k.a Ukash/Dan Asabe/Yellow, Abubakar Habibu a.k.a Habibu Sahara, Mohammed Sale, and Umar Bello a.k.a Abu Azzan. The rest are Mohammed Salisu a.k.a Datti, Yakubu Nuhu a.k.a Bello Maishayi and the only female among them, Halima Haliru The Judge said justice was rooted in confidence, adding that a court or judge was bound to withdraw from a case once that integrity was being questioned. He said: “The court withdraws forthwith from hearing this particular matter and the case file is hereby transferred to the Chief Judge of the court for re-assignment’’. The...
By Hussaini Hammangabdo, Yola The 36 State Houses of Assembly have unanimously endorsed local government autonomy for grassroots development in the country. This was part of the resolutions adopted yesterday at the conference of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria in Yola, with all the 36 states Speakers in attendance. The chairman of the conference, Hon. Ismail Abdulmumini Kamba, who is also Speaker of Kebbi State House Assembly, said public hearing on the autonomy will be conducted across the country for more inputs from Nigerians. Kamba explained that far reaching decisions and inputs aimed at positioning the country is expected at the end of the public hearing. He urged the National Assembly to hasten the transmission of the approved Bill on devolution of power to state assemblies for consideration, validation and adoption He reiterated the commitment of states assemblies in pushing forward the idea of devolution of power for sustainable growth and development. “The State Houses...
BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate, Senator Dino Melaye, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working against an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja by issuing to the public a ‘purported’ amended schedule of his recall from the Senate. It would be recalled that Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court had on Monday, September 11, 2017 dismissed Melaye’s application seeking to stop the recall process even as he ordered INEC to avail the lawmaker with a “copy of the petition and other accompanying documents to enable him prepare for the stakeholders’ meeting for the commencement of the verification exercise within two weeks from the date of the judgement.” LEADERSHIP also observed that despite the fact that INEC was unable to serve the relevant documents on Melaye, who is out of the country,  as ordered by Justice...
By KUNLE Olasanmi, Abuja - The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen has warned those who engage in corrupt practices to desist from the act or face the full wrath of the law. The CJN, while declaring open the 2016/2017 legal year and the swearing-in of new SANs at the Special Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja, advised judges to shun corruption. Those who were sworn into the rank of senior advocates included a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo and the Alliance for Democracy’s candidate in the last governorship election in Ondo State, and a former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olusola Oke. He reminded the SANs that their new rank is a privilege and can be withdrawn. He said, “I must remind you that being a privilege, it can, and shall be withdrawn if abused. “The privilege you are conferred with today is not intended...
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...
Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights challenge with both short and long-term consequences on victim’s physical, mental and sexual reproductive health. Isa Best Omoregbeji writes on the role of rights awareness campaigns and reporting towards winning the war against sexual violence in Nigeria. Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights challenge with both short and long-term consequences on victim’s physical, mental and sexual reproductive health. Isa Best Omoregbeji writes on the role of rights awareness campaigns and reporting towards winning the war against sexual violence in Nigeria. In whatever context sexual violence occurs, it leaves a deep trauma and pain on the victim. In Nigeria, not only is there limited knowledge of rights on the part of victims of sexual violence; a few who are aware of these rights do nothing towards addressing the violations, either due to fear of stigmatisation from the society,...
BY AHURAKA ISAH and KUNLE OLASANMI, Abuja The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has suspended its earlier decision to award the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to a Lagos-based lawyer, Ms  Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun. Mrs. Bsahorun was the only female lawyer on the list of 30 lawyers awarded with the LPPC earlier this year. The LPPC announced the withdrawal of the title to Mrs. Bashorun in a statement signed by Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court who doubles as the committee’s Secretary, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha. The statement said the decision to withhold the rank from Mrs. Bashorun was taken at a meeting of the LPPC held yesterday. But the statement was silent on the reason behind the sudden withdrawal of the rank to Mrs. Bashorun, noting instead that investigation on her case was on going. The statement also did not say the conferment of the rank on the remaining 29 lawyers schedule for...
By KUNLE OLASANMI,  Abuja - Legal luminary, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, (SAN)  has carpeted former Special Adviser on national assembly matters, Tanko Yakassai  over  the latter negative remarks on the resolutions of Yoruba leaders    summit on restructuring of the country. At the summit held last Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, the south-west leaders demanded for a return to regional government as     practiced in the first republic which they noted guaranteed self-autonomy for the federating regions. In attendance at the event were eminent leaders of south-south and   south-east geo-political zones.  The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose was present while governors of Oyo, Osun, Lagos and Ogun states were represented by their commissioners. But Yakassai in a report published by a national daily, dismissed the gathering as assembly of  Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere  sympathizers  while he further claimed that  the communiqué read at  the summit was prepared handy before the event. He said, “Nigerian...