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...
…..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...
OLUGBENGA SOYELE Lagos Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos  further adjourned fundamental rights enforcement suit application filed by Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans to September 21. Justice Obiozor adjourned the suit after he was informed that by the counsel to the police that the Lagos State Government had arraigned Evans before the State High Court in Ikeja, last week Tuesday. Evans had filed the suit against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and three others to challenging his arrest and continue detention by the police. At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, Justice Obiozor, who is a vacation, held that there was no urgency for the suit to be heard during vacation again. The judge further held that the arraignment of Evans has mitigated against the urgency in the suit. He therefore adjourned the case till September 21 for further action. Evans had in the suit, through his...

FG Seeks Revocation Of Kanu’s Bail

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 National Judicial council, NJC, has condemned the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) alleging that N400 billion was paid as bribe to public official in the last one year?. In the report,  Nigerian judges were said to be the second highest bribe takers after the police. According to a statement by the director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, the NJC finds the allegation, unfortunate,  subjective and speculative. Oye said, “The Judiciary finds the conclusion of the organisations not only subjective but speculative. “There is no denial of the fact that there are few bad eggs in the judiciary, like in every other arm of Government; at the same time, there are many honest and hardworking Judicial Officers and Magistrates making the Judiciary and the country proud. “The question that should agitate the minds of the people...
An Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved a 10-year-old loveless marriage between a 79-year-old prophet, Moses Bolaji and his wife, Deborah. Bolaji, who resides in Ota area of Ogun, had on July 4 approached the court for the dissolution of the marriage over the troublesome nature of his wife. The President of the court, Mr Phillips Williams, who dissolved the union, said the marriage had broken down irreconcilably. “According to the evidence given by both parties, the court observed that the marriage was prompted by the gains you could derive from one another. “Therefore, without prejudice but in the interest of peace, fairness, justice and impartiality that the court resolves to grant the request of the petitioner,” he said. Earlier, Moses had told the court that he decided to marry his wife when he found out that she was a widow with five children. “I was undergoing a training at Assembly of Yahweh...
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...