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,...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja An Abuja High Court has ordered a developer, White Diamond Property Development Company, ‎to remove 7 units of five-bedroom duplex ‎worth N350 million each from a piece of land in Abuja ‎The court also awarded the sum of N10million as damages against the developer of the property, as penalty for encroaching on a piece of land belonging to Trade Wheels Limited. Justice Peter Kekemeke ordered the developer  to remove all structures or building erected on the land, as well as building materials, sands and gravels at its expense. In a 22-page judgment delivered on the 15th June 2017, Justice  Kekemeke held that Trade Wheels has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant encroached on its land. “It is my view that the plaintiff has proved that the defendant trespasses in its land, and I so hold,” he said. The court consequently issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining White Diamonds and its agent from further encroaching...
By Kelvin Alohan The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party reinstating Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman. A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered on Wednesday, reinstated Ahmed Makarfi who was earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee. Reading the lead judgment of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, the suit filed by Makarfi faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court. The apex court also held that the National Convention of the PDP held on May 21, 2016 rightly and constitutionally removed Sheriff. It added that the convention acted rightly and not in breach of...
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.  
In this report, CHIDI NWACHUKWU looks at the succession crisis in the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the accusation and counter-accusation from members. Few hours to the election for the post of Chairman and Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja branch, the crisis rocking the professional body has continued unabated. Some aggrieved members of the body in Abuja, known as the Unity Bar have accused the leadership of the national body of the association of not living up to their responsibilities in putting an end to the crisis. The splinter group restrained by an Order of FCT High Court of the 9th day of March 2017, seems determined to continue to flout the Order of the Court which specifically restrains their action of going ahead with the purported election slated for June, 30 2017, according to their released guidelines for election and campaign timetable. According to the aggrived members...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in  Abuja, has granted bail to former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam and two others to the tune of N750million. The two other defendants in the case dated March 23rd, 2017, with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/48/2017, are former Commissioner of Finance under Suswam’s administration, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and the then Accountant, Benue State Government House, Mrs. Janet Aluga. The accused persons were arraigned yesterday by the federal government on a 32-count charge over allegation of misappropriating N9,781,602,453.8, part of which was meant for police reform programme, and Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme. In his ruling on the bail applications filed by the defendants, the court held, “The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby granted bail to the tune of N250million each, and one surety each in like sum”. The sureties, according to the court must be a Director or Principal Officer...
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 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...