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...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of a High Court of Federal Capital Territory has given a clean bill  of health to former Head of Service of Federation, Steve Orosanye, who is standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and diversion of N190 million brought against him by the Federal Government. Oronsaye  was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for breach of trust allegedly committed between 2013 and 2014. He was accused by the EFCC of defrauding the Federal Government of N190 million, using his position as the then chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He was also accused of converting the N190 million to his personal use through the investment of the fund in Access Bank Plc for a period of 90 days at 9 and 12 percent interest rates “in violation of the extant financial regulations”. Upon the...
The Judiciary at various levels has been urged to be consistent and coherent in the dispensation of judgment which is the basis of the reforms needed in this arm of government. Drawing inferences from the jugements in the court cases as seen in the Abia state governorship tussle between Ikpeazu Vs Ogah via a via that of Cross River state between Ben Ayade and Joe Agi, Civil Society For Judicial Reforms stressed that the ongoing reforms in the judiciary cannot be complete when different judgments and orders are given on similar cases. This was in a presentation at a press conference by the Coalition's coordinator, Ameh Ejeh, represented by Onuahah Oliver in Abuja, yesterday, just as they urged the apex court to restor, strengthen and enthrone this factor in the dispensation of judgments. Oliver said: "the reforms going on in our judiciary cannot be complete and commending when different judgments and orders...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,Abuja The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, Yusuf Lasun has stated that the National Assembly will ensure that Local Governments in the country get financial autonomy in the ongoing constitution review. Lasun, who said this at a retreat of the special ad hoc committee yesterday, said regardless of the "dicey" nature of granting the local governments autonomy, they are essential to democracy as well as the development in any country, hence the need for their financial independence. He said: "it's very dicey because it will involve you to amend so many sections of the constitution. But what I will assure you is we're going to push for financial autonomy. "We are concerned because if you go all over the country today, local governments are no longer in existence, and that is not good for democracy, it's not...