Respect for rule of law will end our woes, says Onnoghen.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday inaugurated Justice Walter Onnoghen as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria with a call on him to restore confidence in the country’s judiciary.

“The mere perception of judicial malfeasance poisons the waters of justice let alone the reality, while delays in the administration of justice often defeats the end of justice,?” Osinbajo told Onnoghen.

The inauguration was a befitting end for the citizens’ insistence on the confirmation of Onnoghen as the substantive CJN. But that Onnoghen emerged as the CJN after this campaign imposes on him the necessity of justifying the citizens’ confidence by ensuring that justice is dispensed by the judiciary at all times.

The acting president noted that Onnoghen came when all arms of government had suffered a loss of respect of the people .

He said: “When lords and justices of our courts are called upon to resuscitate that confidence that the people ?of this nation want to have in the institutions of government and indeed in the judiciary, the responsibility is an awesome one. It is the closest that man serves as the Almighty God having powers of lives, livelihoods and futures, having power to give and indeed to take away power, and authority to supervise all men and women to whom our law and constitution have given the position of judgeship.

“Since we do not force men and women to be judges, they voluntarily take on the position of high priests in the temple of justice. They will of course be held to a much higher standard, a much higher moral and ethical standard than the rest of us. They must not only be seen to be just, they must be just indeed.

“Yesterday I had a discussion with President Buhari, not only did he extend his personal warm wishes and congratulations, he asked that I personally convey that to you, and I do so now.

“I congratulate you on behalf of Mr. President, all members of your family and the entire judiciary. I believe that the choice that the people of this nation have made is a right one indeed and I pray that you will leave up to all of the expectations.”
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who fielded questions after the inauguration said: “We want to see a judiciary that will also cooperate with other arms of government in doing a lot of reforms. And I think he has about four years, and that gives time for a lot of reforms in the judiciary.
“I am confident that with time on his side and his commitment to some of the issues he has talked about in trying to ensure that the judiciary is independent, a lot is expected of him.

We wish him all the best.

“The same way, we need to give support, for example, to the constitutional review ?that will also address some of the issues that will make the judiciary more efficient.”

Earlier in the Council Chamber, Justice Onnoghen promised to adhere to the rule of law in the dispensation ?of justice throughout his tenure.

“As the head of the judiciary, I assure you that from the past experience, the key to everything in a democratic setting is adherence to the rule of law. There lies the solution to our problems. Let us try to encourage the independence of the judiciary so as to ensure the rule of law,” he said.

Onnoghen attributed the relative peace despite the controversy which trailed his confirmation, to Nigerians ?who kept faith and prayed without ceasing, including fasting to ensure his inauguration as substantive CJN.

“To Nigerians of all walks of life, of all faiths, who have kept faith with this, who had prayed without ceasing, some had even fasted, I say thanks very much.

“I urge you to continue to pray for this country because if you notice, there has been peace. All that pressure that was mounting everything just died down and that is to the glory of God. I’m eternally grateful to Nigerians.

“I’m very much grateful to God and Mr. President and to the Senate for finding me worthy. I had earlier on November 10, 2016 been sworn in as the acting Chief Justice by the president, today happens to be the final milestone and I am very much grateful.

Justice Onnoghen also solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians to enable him to carry out the measures he has already initiated ?to strengthen the judicial system.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State urged Onnoghen to reform and reposition the judiciary as well as defend its independence.


Source: The Guardian

President Trump Fires Acting Attorney General who Said Travel Ban was not Lawful

President Donald Trump fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she defied him on his controversial executive order on immigrants and refugees, according to a statement White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued Monday night.

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the statement read in part.

Yates — an appointee of former President Barack Obama — told the Justice Department earlier Monday not to defend Trump’s executive order.

Yates, who was set to be replaced by Trump’s appointee Jeff Sessions once he’s confirmed, denounced the executive order in a letter to Justice Department lawyers, saying it may not be lawful.

“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Yates said in the letter.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”

Trump’s executive action, authorized on Friday, calls for a temporary halt on all refugees coming to the US, and bars the entry of foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order has sparked protests in streets and airports across the country, and has been roundly condemned from members of both parties. Trump spent the day Monday vigorously defending the order.

Trump criticized Yates in a tweet Monday evening:
Yates’s directive was generally a symbolic one and would only have been enforced until she left office.

Yates was appointed by former Democratic President Barack Obama.
The White House dismissed her comments as rhetoric and said Trump acted within his presidential powers.

A new acting AG Dana Boente was sworn in immediately.

US Allies worried

There was criticism from within the U.S. government. U.S. State Department officials circulated a draft memo of dissent, saying Trump’s move would hurt America’s image abroad and inflame anti-American sentiment.

Separately, U.S. officials said the department received multiple cables from U.S. embassies over the weekend reporting foreign dissatisfaction at the order.

The Iraqi parliament voted to ask the country’s government to retaliate against the United States, putting at risk cooperation in the fight against Islamic State.

A government official in Baghdad said Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari plans to meet the U.S. ambassador soon to express dismay at Trump’s decision.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson joined a chorus of concern expressed by U.S. allies, ranging from Iraq to Germany.

“This is, of course, a highly controversial policy, which has caused unease and, I repeat, this is not an approach that this government would take,” Johnson told parliament.

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in London and other British cities on Monday to demonstrate against the ban. People, some holding placards reading “No to Racism, No to Trump” and “Dump Trump,” staged a protest outside the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence.

My husband left because I refused to give him oral Sex, wife tells court

A 42-year-old woman, Fausat Ayinde, has approached a Lagos Island Customary Court on Thursday for the dissolution of her 15-year-old marriage on the grounds of emotional abuse.

Fausat told the court that her husband deserted her because she refused him oral sex, adding that he made her feel inferior because of his complaints and verbal abuse.

The fruit seller said that their marital problems started five years ago when her interior decorator husband came back from a trip to Port-Harcourt and asked her to suck his genital.

“My husband got back from a trip and asked me to suck him, something we have never done since we got married.

“When I refused he told me that is what other girls do to him outside, since then my husband stopped making love to me,’’ she said.

The mother of two said her husband also started complaining about her dress sense and her cooking.

She added that he packed out of the matrimonial home three years ago and rented another apartment two houses from her with another woman.

Fausat said that her husband came to her house on Nov. 8 to beat her up and pack out her belongings.

“I am tired of the marriage; I have reported him to his family countless times but he has refused to change.

“Since he left, I have been the one responsible for the upkeep of the children,” she said.

She prayed the court to dissolve the marriage, give her custody of their children Ahmeed 15, and Ahmeedat 12, adding that the husband should be responsibility for their upkeep.

The husband, Lukman Ayinde, 45, told the court that the genesis of their marital problems was not sexual.

Lukman said that the basis of their issues was that his wife did not know how to take care of herself, her home, her man and children.

He said that on many occasions, he had tried to upgrade her to his taste by buying her dresses, shoes and bags.

He said that his wife was also very stubborn and had refused to change, adding, “she dresses awkwardly and is unattractive’’.

“I have complained about her dress sense severally, my wife can wear mismatched top and skirt with dirty flip flop slippers to anywhere.

“When I complain, she will say who is looking at her forgetting that I am her husband, I am looking, I cannot control her.

“I cannot introduce her as my wife to my colleagues, she sells in Victoria Island, Kofo Abayomi and she meets notable people but she has refused to package herself.

“She wears jeans skirt to bed, claiming that she is tired anytime I touch her.

“She does not know how to take care of the house, her man and the kids,” he said.

Mrs Opeyemi Olanrewaju, the court Deputy President said that Lukman was behaving life a typical African man who “sees women as sex object that he could use and dump.

“You have been with other women and you are comparing her with them, before and after you married her, she gave you two kids there was nothing wrong with her.

“Now she is no longer good for you,” she said.

The court President, Mr Awos Awosola said that the husband should pay N220, 000, as the arrears of the money for the upkeep of the children on or before Dec. 20.

She ordered him not to visit the house again and that the children should be brought to the court whenever he wants to see them.

She urged both parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case to Dec. 28 for further hearing.


NYCN begs Buhari to sign Peace Corps bill

A group of youths under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill into law.

The group made the request when they stormed the National Assembly complex to appreciate the lawmakers for passing the Bill.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the Senate on Nov. 24. passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill into law.

The development gave approval for the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps as an agency under the Ministry of Interior.

The National Chairman of the group, Mr Murtala Garba, told newsmen that there was urgent need for the President’s accent to the bill in order to address the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

“We are here to appreciate the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives for passing the Peace Corps bill and we so much believe this will give jobs to the teeming youths in the country.

“Thousands of youths will get jobs through this administration and we the Nigerian youths are calling on Mr President to ensure this bill becomes law.

“This is another opportunity for Mr President to demonstrate his sensitivity to the plights of the unemployed youths in the country.

“He should endorse it and we believe in his capacity as a man of the youths; we are calling on him, please we are jobless.

“So this is the opportunity just the way people are appreciating former President Ibrahim Babangida over Federal Road Safety Corps and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,’’ Garba said.

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill among others seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood Watch and Nation-building.

Conducting Ondo election on Saturday will violate the law – Jegede

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the Ondo Stare governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone Saturday’s election for at least 30 days.

He said this would allow the party to submit a list of its agents in good time before the election as provided for in the Electoral Act 2010.

The Act stipulates that each party should make their party agents available to the commission, 14 days before the day of election.

The Biyi Poroye faction of the PDP had submitted a list of party agents to the commission before the expiration of the deadline for Jimoh Ibrahim, who was removed by Wednesday’s Appeal Court judgment.

Mr. Jegede, who led a protest to the INEC state headquarters at Alagbaka, in Akure on Thursday, told the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, that the postponement was necessary in order not to be in breach of the Electoral Act.

He also submitted a letter he addressed to the Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yahkoob, demanding the postponement of the election.

“It follows from the foregoing that any list of agents purportedly forwarded by one Poroye and his fellow pretenders who had been illegally parading themselves as the state executive members of the PDP, Ondo State cannot be regarded as authentic,” the letter read in part.

“As it is, the peoples democratic party has not forwarded the list of its agents to the commission.

“Whichever way one may look at the situation on ground, the governorship election of Ondo state slated for 26th November, if conducted, will undoubtedly be in breach of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

“It is in light of the foregoing that I request you to differ the governorship election for Ondo State for at least 30 days so as not to conduct the election in flagrant violation of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.”

But Mr. Agbaje said INEC had gone past the issue of postponement, given that it had distributed sensitive materials to all the local governments already for the elections.

He insisted that the commission was prepared for the election come Saturday.

“We can no longer talk about postponement of the election right now,” he said. “The matter is an internal dispute within the PDP and so we cannot be talking about postponement.

“If we postpone the election, we will be losing billions of naira knowing that we have already deployed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the local government areas of the state.”

He said the list of party agents would be received from the Mr. Jegede and the former one would be discarded.

The materials which were supplied directly from the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in Akure include ballot papers, result sheets and other forms that would be used to collate the results.

Mr. Agbaje said adequate security had been provided to escort the materials to the respective local government areas.

Dogara Vows To Amend SSS Law, Condemns Raid On ‘Corrupt’ Judges Homes

Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday said the invasion of the homes of senior judicial officers by the State Security Service was a disorganised and worrisome act.

The Speaker said the clampdown was a duplication of the function of other anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and promised sweeping reforms to prevent its recurrence.

Mr. Dogara made the observations when he inaugurated a House committee charged with investigating the clampdown and its aftermath.

“It is untidy, it seems, to have multiple agencies exercising similar functions. The EFCC already handles issues of corruption and economic crimes in Nigeria,” Mr. Dogara said. “Should the State Security Service also be charged with the same functions?”

Scores of SSS operatives swooped on the homes of judges in a coordinated raid across the country on October 7. The raid dragged until the next morning on October 8 before the news of the raid filtered to Nigerians.

Two judges of the Supreme Court, an appellate court judge and five high court judges were arrested in the operation.

The SSS also said it recovered a huge amount of money denominated in different currencies from the judicial officers’ homes and said it was the climax of a sting operation launched months before.

Some of the arrested judges are already being prosecuted for corruption while all of them have been granted bail.

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Governor Ganduje signs Anti-kidnapping Bill into law

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has signed the Anti-kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Bill into law after its passage by the state’s House of Assembly.


Ganduje signed the bill? on Tuesday during the weekly State Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Kano.


He said that the signing of the bill into law would reduce rampant cases of kidnapping and abduction in some areas of the state.?


Ganduje said: “I am happy to assent to this anti-kidnapping bill as it will help the security agencies in the fight against kidnappers and their sponsors in the state.

“The law has been in existence since colonial era, but it did not provide serious punishment for kidnappers, therefore, the house has to amend it to suit the current situation.”


He explained that under the new law, any person found guilty of kidnapping would face life imprisonment without an option of fine.?


Ganduje also signed the 2016 supplementary appropriation bill of N20 billion into law.


The governor commended members of the state assembly for putting the interest of the state first in considering bills.?

Buhari signs eight bills into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed eight bills sent to him by the National Assembly into law.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


He described the development as unprecedented in the history of the present administration.

Man on Trial for Allegedly Raping Housewife

A taxi driver, Ikechukwu Onyia, 48, was on Monday arraigned before an Enugu High Court judge for allegedly raping another man’s wife.

Onyia was earlier brought before an Enugu South Magistrates’ Court for forcefully having the carnal advantage of another man’s wife.

He was subsequently granted bail and the case transferred to the high court for trial.

Narrating the incident, the accused said that on Sept. 20, 2012, his female friend of more than three years called him to pick her at the motor park with his cab and that he took her to his house.

He said, “After staying with me in my house, she told me her problem and I gave her some money, dropped her at a bus stop and went my way.”

He alleged that it was in the course of dropping her that the complainant showed her a man she identified as her cousin.

The accused said that he was surprised when the police invaded his house the following morning requesting him to follow them to Udi Police Station where the man she identified as her cousin accused him of raping his wife.

“I took them with my cab to the police station and the man was threatening me that I will not go scot free for sleeping with his wife.

“I told the man that I have been befriending the complainant for a long time and she never told me that she was married.”

He said that he was granted bail at Udi but the complainant reported the matter to the State Criminal Investigation Department where he was arrested and charged to court.

The presiding Judge, Mrs. Catherine Nwobodo, adjourned the matter till Jan. 23, 2017 for an adoption of written addresses.



Blasphemy Killing: Kano Court Frees All Suspects

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four counts of inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.

The Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, discharged the five suspects and terminated the case as advised by the attorney-general of Kano State.

Earlier, the Principal State Counsel, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, representing the attorney-general of Kano State, told the court that “we received the case diary from the police on June 8.

“Having gone through the case diary, the attorney-general of Kano State evaluated the facts in accordance with Sections 130 and 150 of the Criminal Procedure Code, presented the legal advice.

“The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and orders the court to discharge all the suspects,” Yusuf said.

Counsel to the suspects, Abdulsalam Gambo, commended the attorney-general for the judgment in the case.

The suspects and their families expressed gratitude to Allah for the judgment and for their freedom.



OAU Law Class of Year 2000 Group Gives Back to Their Faculty

The Class of 2000 Law graduates on 28th October, 2016 made a book presentation to the law faculty of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. It was their own unique way of saying Thank You to the faculty for all that they gained during their time as students.

The books were received on behalf of the Faculty by Professor Ademola Popoola and his vice, Dr. Fayokun.

Professor Popoola couldn’t hide his appreciation for the warm gesture shown by the year group. He said,” This is not only remarkable but it is also commendable that in a time like this, your class can think of giving back.”


The Dean and the vice in a group pose with the delegation

He further said, “Looking through the books, I see a lot of books that excite me. When I say that you all should be happy with your choice. You all know how books are my first love.

Sadly, the faculty has been deficient in local content (books). This was the major reason the full accreditation of the faculty was dropped into an interim accreditation.”

“But with what your class has just done and so many local authors on the list, we are encouraged and hopeful that this is a great leap towards restoration of full accreditation any time the NUC accreditation team comes back”.


Mr. Tayo Anuodo speaking on behalf of the delegation

The Alumni office of the University also appreciated the efforts of the year group. Mr. Gbolahan of the Alumni Office said, “the University Management, Staff, Students and especially the Academic and Non-Academic Staff of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University thank and appreciate the Year 2000 Graduating Set for their magnanimity to come forward despite these austere times to donate books to the Faculty.

Your Class’ kind gesture will go a long way to further assist both the Department and the current crop of Law Students who will someday join the League of Ife Law Alumni that will follow swiftly in your footsteps. We pray that each one of you continue to prosper and excel in all your endeavors as you carry our University’s Flag proudly out there.


The delegation in a group pose with the Law Students Society President

We are proud of your individual and collective achievements till date and we implore you to continue to aspire to be the very best that Almighty God decreed you people to be. You have set the pace for others to follow and we remain eternally grateful.”

Mr. Tayo Anuodo who was part of the delegation to present the books spoke on behalf of the class. Amongst other things, he implored the faculty to stick to giving merit in this era of “point based admission” for admission into the faculty as it has been the secret that stands its alumni out as lawyers.

He further appealed to the faculty authority to facilitate bringing together all the alumni of the prestigious faculty. This way, resources can be pulled together for greater support.


We Can’t Hand Over Arrested Judges To EFCC – NJC

The National Judicial Council has said it is not part of its statutory responsibilities to hand over judges who are accused of corruption to anti-graft agencies for investigation and prosecution.

The NJC also clarified that it could not recover proceeds of corruption and had no power to dismiss erring judges.

The NJC said this in a letter dated October 26, 2016, which it addressed to a human rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

The letter was the response of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who is the head of the NJC, to SERAP, which had requested that the NJC should forthwith hand over the seven judges recently arrested for alleged corruption to anti-graft agencies.

SERAP, in a statement on Tuesday, said the letter with reference number, CJN/Gen/MISC/A37/Vol.XXI/8, was signed on behalf of the CJN by his Senior Special Assistant, H. S. Sa’eed.

According to SERAP, the NJC said its duty stopped at making recommendations to the executive after looking into petitions against judges.

It stressed that it could not take responsibility for the failure of the President and governors to implement the NJC’s recommendations.

The CJN said, “It is necessary to restate that the NJC is a creation of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) being established under Section 153 with its mandate clearly set out in Paragraph 21, Part One of the Third Schedule to the Constitution.

“This provision clearly stipulates at Paragraph 21(b) and (d) that the council may only ‘recommend’ to the President and the governors, the removal from office of judicial officers and to exercise disciplinary control over such judicial officers, which, in effect, is the extent of its power to discipline. Hence, the council cannot, suo moto, dismiss any judicial officer.

“The NJC can also neither ‘hand over’ corrupt judges to law enforcement agencies for prosecution nor recover proceeds of corruption, as you have suggested. It can merely recommend to act upon its findings, as it has always done.”

The NJC, however, restated his commitment to purging the judiciary of rot with the support of citizens by treating all petitions against judges appropriately.

It stated that to this end, it had enacted the Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2014.

The letter read partly, “However, in exercise of its constitutional mandate, the NJC has enacted the Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2014 in order to ensure that petitions are received, investigated and addressed as appropriate.

“As SERAP’s own report attests, 64 judicial officers have been disciplined within five years even preceding the institution of the new guidelines. Any failure on the part of the executive arm of government to act upon such recommendations cannot therefore be blamed upon the NJC.

“With due consideration to the contents of your letter, I am directed to acknowledge and address the concerns which SERAP have raised, which may reflect the wider opinion held by some Nigerians.

“While his Lordship, without doubt, appreciates SERAP’s concern for the incidence of corruption in the judiciary, it is indeed erroneous to conclude that the NJC has ‘felt satisfied with applying only civil sanctions and has not deemed it fit to hand over corrupt judges to law enforcement agencies for prosecution nor recover proceeds of corruption,’ as insinuated in your letter under reference.

“To be sure, every citizen of Nigeria, inclusive of judicial officers, are entitled to the protection of the law and a key provision of the constitution is the presumption of innocence, as enshrined in Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“I must also remind us that the seven judges, like all other persons, are entitled to a fair hearing as stipulated in Section 36 of the Constitution. As such, it would be presumptive and indeed preemptive to sanction the said judges without exhausting the proper procedure for their removal.”

The CJN expressed delight over SERAP’s concern and dedication to the course of justice, fairness and justness.

Justice Mohammed said with the support of all well-meaning Nigerians “giant strides will be made towards reaching the goal of a transparent, fair and equitable system of justice.”

Corruption Is Our Biggest Problem – NJC

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mahmud Mohammed yesterday described corruption as a major problem in the judiciary.

The CJN spoke against the background of the security operation against two Supreme Court Justices and other judges, who are due to face corruption charges.

Justice Mohammed, Chairman  NJC, said: “It would be stating the obvious to opine that the greatest single menace that challenges the justice system in Nigeria today is corruption.

“This endemic vice is not peculiar to any region and ethnic group, cutting across faiths, religious denominations, levels of education and economic status.

“Corruption has serious implications for both the rule of law and access to justice, and must be fought both institutionally and individually.

“This is why the National Judicial Policy contains clear provisions restating the Judiciary’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

“This is clearly spelled out in Paragraph 5.1 of the National Judicial Policy 2016, thus- ‘the National Judicial Policy recognizes that the greatest and most damaging challenge to administration of justice is corruption and that tackling this challenge must go beyond mere exhortation and sentiments.’

“The policy gives the legal backing for several multifaceted strategies and guidelines to be developed while the Judiciary continues to walk the talk in ridding corrupt Judicial Officers from its ranks, strictly in accordance with due process and the rule of law,” the CJN said.

Justice Mohammed, who spoke at the launch of the NJP, noted that the absence of such policy in the past has occasioned an uneven growth of the Judiciary.

“Certainly, the absence of a blueprint has resulted in a demand for the transformation of the Nigerian Judiciary into a modern judicial system.

“For a number of years, each Jurisdiction has had to muddle along in developing core values and objectives and this has led to a mixed bag of standards and policies.

“This has also been compounded by the challenging deprivations and paucity of resources, without which critical development was limited.

“The National Judicial Policy is a charter of commitment to the values that elevate not only our judicial institutions but also those who are employed by or involved in it.

“The importance of the foundational virtues of discipline, efficiency, integrity and enduring commitment are reflected in the National Judicial Policy as embodied in its first three regulations and rules of the policy,” the CJN said.

Reps amend law to strip corrupt Nigerians of National Awards.

House of Representatives has begun the amendment to the Nigerian National Merit Awards Act, with a view to stripping an awardee the honour, if found guilty of any crime by a competent law court, as a Bill to that effect was read a second time yesterday.

Leading debate on the Bill’s general principles, its sponsor, Ayodele Oladimeji, explained that the amendment proposed was in the bid to strengthen the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He said: “There is need for the law to be amended; this will strengthen the anti-corruption war of the government of the day. In view of the current development in our economic and political life, the law requires an amendment which will make the Act live up to the expectations of contemporary times.

“It is on this basis that this bill seeks to strengthen the federal government’s aims and objectives in fighting corruption in all fields of life.

“This would be through the introduction of Section 8 (2) to the Principal Act which provides that Any Awardee convicted of any criminal offence shall be stripped of the National Honour.”

He stressed that the awardee must be found guilty of any crime by a competent court of jurisdiction before the executive considers stripping him/her of such honour, adding that the proposal was also intended to remind recipients that as holders of such, they were like ambassadors of Nigeria and ought not to debase the honours.

Speaking in support of the proposed amendment, Adamu Kamale said it would make the recipients of such awards to live responsibly, as exemplary leaders.

“Crackdown” On Judiciary- Separating The Law From Sentiments – Inibehe Effiong

The State Security Service (SSS) embarked on an unprecedented “crackdown” on allegedly corrupt judicial officers across the country over the weekend. Among the judicial officers whose houses were searched and thereafter arrested and detained are two Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro.

As expected, the action has polarised lawyers, commentators, the media, civil society and the public. Differing views have been expressed on the constitutionality or otherwise of the steps and procedures adopted by the SSS. Sadly, the public has been deprived of opinions that are rooted in law owing largely to the belligerent and sentimental posturing and aggressive grandstanding that has impaired commentaries on the issues in controversy.

My task in this essay is simply to offer a legal opinion on the following four issues: First, are judicial officers in Nigeria immune from the criminal justice system?; Second, is it mandatory for security agencies to seek the consent/intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) before investigating, arresting, detaining or prosecuting a judicial officer over alleged crimes?; Three, did the SSS act within its statutory powers and acceptable legal procedures? Four, is evidence that is obtained illegally admissible in law?

The above questions or issues are in my considered view the crux-es of the matter.

Before I proceed further, may I respectfully issue a caution: This op-ed is one of the longest that I have written in recent times. It is not for the lazy mind or for those who are easily irriated by long essays and exposition. The nature of the issues under consideration necessarily made it a detailed essay. I solicit the indulgence of readers.

Resolution of the issues:

First, are judicial officers in Nigeria immune from the criminal justice system?

The only constitutional provision relating to immunity from civil and criminal proceedings and prosseses for certain public office holders in Nigeria is Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) (hereinafter referred to as the Constitution). Based on that provision, only the President, the Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors are shielded from civil and criminal proceedings and prosseses in limited circumstances.

It is an elementary rule of interpretation that the express mention of one person or thing is the exclusion of another. The maxim is expressio unius personae vel, est exclusio alterius. In the case of Ehuwa v. O.S.I.E.C. (2006) 10 NWLR (Pt.1012) 544, the Supreme Court stated the position thus:

“It is now firmly established that in the construction of a Statutory provision, where a statute mentions specific things or persons, the intention is that those not mentioned are not intended to be included…” Per OGBUAGU, JSC.

The implication is that every person apart from the four public officers expressly mentioned in Section 308 of the Constitution are subject to investigation, arrest, detention and prosecution. Judicial Officers from the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to High Court Judges do not enjoy any special protection from criminal proceedings and prosseses. Immunity cannot be inferred, it must be specifically granted.

Those suggesting that judicial officers in Nigeria are entitled to special protection or immunity should be kind enough to cite the enabling constitutional or statutory provision that supports their position. The truth is that there is none.

Second, is it mandatory for security agencies to seek the consent/intervention of the NJC before investigating, arresting, detaining or prosecuting a judicial officer over alleged crimes?

The NJC is one of the institutions established by Section 153 of the Constitution. The power of the Council is provided for in Paragraph 21 of the Third Schedule to the Constitution. The NJC is empowered inter alia, to recommend the removal from office of judicial officers and exercise disciplinary control over them. By virtue of Section 158 (1) of the Constitution, the NJC is guaranteed constitutional independence and is not subject to the control of any other authority or person when exercising its disciplinary control.

There is no dispute on the disciplinary control of the NJC over judicial officers. What is disputed by some legal commentators is the extent of the disciplinary control. Is it correct to aver that no criminal proceedings or action can be initiated or taken against a judicial officer except on the invitation/directive of the NJC?

At the risk of repetition, where a judicial officer is alleged to have committed a crime, is it mandatory for law enforcement agencies to go through the disciplinary instrumentality of the NJC before taking actions against the erring judicial officer?

There is nothing in the provisions of Paragraph 21 of the Third Schedule to the Constitution that precludes law enforcement agencies from investigating, arresting, detaining or prosecuting a judicial officer in Nigeria for alleged corrupt practices or for other sundry offences. It is my view that a contrary interpretation will have the inescapable effect of conferring an extra-constitutional immunity on judicial officers.

In rule seven (7) of the famous twelve (12) point rule of constitutional interpretation propounded by OBASEKI, JSC in the celebrated case of Attorney-General of Bendel State vs Attorney-General of the Federation (1981) 10 SC. 1; (1981) 1 FNLR 179, the Supreme Court declared thus:

“A constitutional provision should not be construed in such a way as to defeat its evident purpose.”

The purpose of Section 308 of the Constitution as evidently enshrined therein is to protect ONLY the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors from arrest, detention and prosecution. I submit that any construction on the disciplinary power of the NJC that tends to shield judicial officers from arrest, detention and prosecution will automatically defeat the purpose of Section 308 of the Constitution.

It is my humble view that where the wrongful act of a judicial officer is merely a misconduct and nothing more, the NJC is vested with the power to recommend such offending judicial officer for removal from office and exercise disciplinary control over him. The NJC’s independence from control guaranteed and envisaged by Section 158 of the Constitution does not, and cannot be construed to mean totality or absoluteness of control over judicial officers where the misconduct complained of also constitute a crime.

Before concluding on this point, there is a widely propagated misconception that needs to be corrected.

It has been argued by some persons that the procedure on how erring judges should be dealt with requires that even when a judge is found or alleged to have committed a crime, a petition must first be written to the NJC and that the petitioner and the law enforcement agencies like the police, the EFCC, the SSS and others must patiently wait for the determination of the petition by the NJC before activating the criminal process. With respect, that cannot be the correct position.

Ostensibly, this misconception stems from a misunderstanding of the relationship between the constitutional procedure for removal of judicial officers and the liability of judges for criminal offences committed by them.

The procedure for removal of judicial officers in Nigeria is as contained in Section 292 of the Constitution. In brevity, the provision is to the effect that the NJC may recommend to the President or Governor, as the case may be, the removal from office of erring judicial officers for inability to perform the functions of their office due to infirmity (whether of the body or mind) or misconduct or contravention of the Code of Conduct. Note that the NJC only recommends, it does not and cannot remove any judicial officer solely on its own.

There is nothing in Section 292 of the Constitution that makes the removal of an erring judicial officer a condition precedent to his investigation, arrest, detention and prosecution by law enforcement agencies.

No law enforcement agency can usurp the disciplinary powers of the NJC by recommending a judge for removal or suspending a judge or exercising other form of disciplinary control over a judicial officer. Likewise the NJC cannot and should not usurp the constitutional cum statutory functions of the law enforcement agencies to investigate crimes, arrest, detain or prosecute any person, including judicial officers, for alleged crimes. Both causes of action can either run concurrently or separately depending on the circumstances of each case. Where for example a judicial officer is accused of corruption which is both an act of professional misconduct and a crime, the aggrieved party and or law enforcement agency may elect to petition the NJC for the removal of the judicial officer from office or proceed directly to subject the erring judicial officer to the criminal justice system or pursue both causes of action at the same time.

The NJC is not a court of law under Section 6 of the Constitution and has no supervisory jurisdiction over law enforcement agencies.

Third, did the SSS act within its statutory power and acceptable procedure?

The SSS is a creation of the National Security Agencies Act of 1986. The power of the SSS as stipulated in Section 3 of the Act is as follows:

(3) The State Security Service shall be charged with responsibility for-

(a) the prevention and detection within Nigeria of any crime against the internal security of Nigeria;

(b) the protection and preservation of all non-military classified matters concerning the internal security of Nigeria; and

(c) such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National Assembly or the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary.

Going by the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) supra, it is apparent that the SSS stricto sensu ( in the strict sense) has no power to arrest judicial officers for alleged economic and financial crimes. However, a dispassionate attention should be paid to the wordings and purport of paragraph (c) above. Clearly, that provision (paragraph C) gives the President the power to enlarge the scope of responsibilities of the SSS relating to the internal security within Nigeria. Section 6 of the Act goes further to empower the President to issue an Instrument, a subsidiary legislation, on the manner the SSS should exercise its powers, etc.

In exercise of the power in Sections 3 and 6 of the National Security Agencies Act 1986, former Head of State, General Abdusalam Abubakar in 1999 promulgated the State Security Service Instrument One of 1999. By virtue of that Instrument, the responsibilities of the SSS was extended to include the prevention, detection and investigation of economic crimes of national security dimension, among other things. It is important to emphasize that the National Security Agencies Act has a special constitutional flavour being one of the four federal enactments listed in Section 315 (5) of the Constitution. The consequence is that it cannot be altered like ordinary Acts of the National Assembly. It has the same alteration procedure like the Constitution as laid down in Section 9 (2) of the Constitution.

According to the SSS, the affected judicial officers were arrested based on allegations of corrupt practices and professional misconduct. The SSS in a statement said that raw cash of different denominations, in both local and foreign currencies, assets worth millions of Naira and documents affirming “unholy acts of these Judges” have been uncovered through a sting operation. The summary of cash allegedly recovered during the “raids” conducted in the homes of the Judges was given as follows: Naira – N93,558,000.00; Dollars – $530,087; Pounds – £25,970 and Euro – €5,680.

The question is, does the grave allegations levelled against the Judges and the alleged offences committed by them constitute “economic crimes of national security dimension” to bring same within the purview of the additional powers of the SSS pursuant to Instrument One of 1999?

It is advisable for us to examine the role of judicial officers in nation building. A corrupt judge is not only a threat to justice and the rule of law but to the society and the nation. Judges are by their calling empowered to make binding decisions on behalf of the rest of the society. When judgments are obtained fraudulently, the society and the nation are endangered. A corrupt judge is more dangerous than a kidnapper or an armed robber. The worst form of corruption is judicial corruption.

Though the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is the specialised and coordinating agency for the detection, prevention and prosecution of economic and financial crimes, economic crimes committed by a judicial officer is far more serious and damaging than those of other categories of persons and there is some wisdom is categorizing same as “economic crimes of national security dimension” for which the SSS can act upon.

On the manner the searches and arrests were conducted, I concede that the SSS acted in a rather brash and indecorous manner. However, facts are sacred and the law should be separated from sentiments. It is reported that the SSS obtained both search and arrest warrants. What is in dispute is whether the warrants covered all the affected judicial officers and the somewhat “undemocratic” manner they were executed, particularly the time.

The relevant principal law on the issuance of a search/arrest warrant is the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA). Part 18 of the ACJA is devoted to search warrants, Section 144 thereof allows for the issuance of a search warrant on any house. The warrant may also authorize the officer or other person to arrest the occupier of the house or place where any incriminating item or thing is found during the search. Where this is specified in the search warrant, there would be no need to obtain an arrest warrant separately. By Section 146 of the ACJA, a search warrant shall be under the hand of a Judge, Magistrate or Justice of the Peace issuing it and shall remain in force until it is executed or cancelled by the court which issued it.

One important provision under Part 18 of the ACJA that those criticizing the SSS should note is Section 148. It states unequivocally thus:

“A search warrant may be issued and executed at any time on any day, including a Sunday or Public Holiday.”

However, under Section 151 of the ACJA, a search warrant cannot be executed outside jurisdiction of the court or Justice of the Peace issuing it except with the consent of the court within whose jurisdiction the search is to be made. It is doubtful whether the SSS complied with this requirement before embarking on the search at the houses of some of the judges located outside the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja where the search warrant must have been issued.

It has been argued by some lawyers, including some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) that the ACJA does not apply throughout the federation and that the SSS was bound to follow the provisions of the enabling procedural laws in the States where they executed the search, especially as it pertains to the time of execution of the search warrants. This argument with respect is misleading.

Under Section 111 of the repealed Criminal Procedure Act Cap. C41 LFN 2004, the time for executing a search warrant in the South was between the hours of five o’clock in the forenoon and eight o’clock at night of any day of the week, including Sundays but the Magistrate had the power to direct otherwise. The repealed Criminal Procedure (Northern States) Act Cap. C42 LFN 2004, was however silent on the time. Both Acts have now been repealed by Section 493 of the ACJA 2015 and are no longer laws in Nigeria. Section 2 of the ACJA makes the ACJA applicable to criminal trials for offences created by an Act of the National Assembly, like economic and financial crimes, and to other offences punishable in the FCT, it is the ACJA and not the various laws of the States where the “raids” were conducted that governs the procedure adopted by the SSS. Accordingly, it is misleading for anyone to suggest that the SSS was wrong to have executed the search warrant(s) at night.

It is reported that the SSS forcibly broke into the house of one of the judges. Section 149 (1) of the ACJA states thus:

“Where any building liable to be search is closed, a person residing in or being in charge of the building, thing or place, shall on demand of the police officer or other person executing the search warrant, allow him free and unhindered acess to it and afford all reasonable facilities for its search.”

By the combined effect of Sections 9, 10, 12, 13 and 149 (2) of the ACJA the person executing a search warrant and or arrest warrant is empowered to “break open any outer or inner door or window of any house or place” where unhindered acess is denied upon demand. If the SSS had requested for unhindered access into the house of the affected judge and they were denied, the breaking of the door of the judge’s house was lawful as expressly stated in the ACJA.

Four, is illegally obtained evidence admissible in law? In other words, where evidence is recovered in contravention of the procedure for search of houses and places, will the court admit same?

Every lawyer in this country that is worth his salt knows the answer to this question. The answer is YES – illegally obtained evidence is admissible. The Supreme Court held so in unmistakable terms right from 1968 in the case of Musa Sadau & Anor v. The State (1968) NMLR 208. Also in Kuruma V. R. (1955)1 All ER 236 at 239-240, the Privy Council stated, inter alia, thus:

“The test to be applied in considering whether evidence is admissible is whether it is relevant to the matters in issue. If it is admissible…..the court is not concerned with how the evidence was obtained”.

It is an elementary rule of evidence that what determines admissibility is relevance and not how the evidence was procured. See Section 1 of the Evidence Act 2011 and the cases of Torti v. Ukpabi (1984) 1 SCNLR 214 AT 236 – 237 and 239 24O and Lasun v. Awoyemi (2009) 16 NWLR (Pt.1168) 513 at 553.

Accordingly the evidence allegedly recovered from the houses of the judges are admissible in law whether search warrants were obtained or not or properly executed or not. The court will still go ahead to admit the evidence irrespective of protestations against its illegality. This may not sound comforting, but that is the law.

By way of concluding remarks, I will like to make some points clear. The Judiciary is a sacred institution that should not be desecrated by any person. However, there is no sacredness in corruption. Judges must at all times be treated with decency and respect befitting of their office but corrupt judges should be identified and treated like other criminals in the society. Nigeria is blessed with some of the best judicial brains that can be found anywhere in the world, but the nefarious activities of the bad eggs on the Bench should never be tolerated under any guise.

Judges are not above the law.

Like other public servants, judges in Nigeria are paid in Naira, not in Dollars, Pounds, Euro or Cedis. Judges are not Bureau De Change operators and are not permitted to engage in business adventures. Therefore, the Nigerain people with whose taxes and resources the Judiciary is funded deserves to know how their Lordships came about the mind-blowing hard currencies found in their homes? The public deserves to know how their Lordships came about the assets allegedly traced to them. Judges who are living above their means should be able to answer some questions from the law enforcement agencies.

Their Lordships are presumed innocent until proved guilty and they should be given fair trial and fair hearing.

Instead of threatening the President, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should tell us what they have done about the recent brutal murder of their member in Rivers State, Mr. Ken Atsuwete? Where was the NBA when a High Court Judge was assaulted in open court in Ekiti State by political thugs led by a governor? Why did the NBA not declare a state of emergency on the judiciary when Justice Ayo Isa Salami was humiliated and disgraced out of the Bench by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan despite the NJC’s recommendation that he should be reinstated? What has the NBA done to Mr. Ricky Tarfa, SAN for allegedly bribing judges? Whose interest is the NBA fighting for?

Records have shown that judges in other jurisdictions, including the United States have been arrested, prosecuted and jailed for corruption and other criminal conducts. Ghana recently purged its judiciary. If this is the time to uproot the pervasive cancer of corruption in the Nigerian Judiciary it is a welcome development and should be supported. Without checks and balances, the doctrine of separation of powers is useless and unworkable.

We cannot have different standards for the rule of law; one for the influential and another for the poor or one for the judges and another for the rest rest us.

Thank you.

Inibehe Effiong is a Legal Practitioner and Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) and can be reached at:

Teenager Beats Up Employer Over Delayed Salary in Lagos

A 19-year-old employee, John Edward , was on Tuesday arraigned in Lagos for beating up his employer over the delay in the payment of salary.

The accused, whose address was not stated in court, is facing a four-count charge bordering on assault, conspiracy and malicious damage before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The Prosecutor, Mr Ishola Samuel, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept. 1 at Olusoji Idowu St. Ilupeju, Lagos.
Samuel said the accused conspired with others still at large and assaulted their employer, Solomon David, over the delay in the payment of their salaries.


“The accused used dangerous weapons such as iron rod and stick to inflict injuries on the complainant,’’ the prosecutor said.

According to him, the accused and his collaborators also destroyed a telephone handset worth N7,000 and tore their employer’s shirt, valued at N10, 000. Samuel said that the offences contravened Sections 410, 171 and 337 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Miss A .R Onilogbo, granted the accused N50,000 bail with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned to Nov. 1, for hearing.

Nigerian Doctor Who Asked Patient ‘Do You Like Big Ones Or Small Ones?’ Is Suspended In Canada

A tribunal has found Dr. Adekunle Williams Owolabi guilty of all four professional misconduct complaints lodged against him and suspended his licence to practise for six months.

The decision was given Monday in St. John’s, at the professional misconduct hearing against Owolabi conducted by a tribunal panel established by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador.

At an earlier hearing, Labrador teacher Arlene Johnson testified that when she visited Owolabi for a pelvic exam he made comments that she believed were sexual.

She also said that after the test, he hugged her and whispered in her ear: “You have a beautiful c–t,

does your husband tell you that?”

Another complainant testified that during a pelvic examination, Owolabi asked, “Do you like big ones or small ones?”

She said Owolabi made the comments while she was pregnant, undressed from the waist down, and had her feet in stirrups. There were two female secretaries in the room at the time, she said.

The tribunal said Owolabi’s inappropriate comments and touching of patients showed a lack of respect for the dignity and privacy of patients, which it determined constituted professional misconduct deserving sanction.

Owolabi was given a six-month suspension of his medical licence. The tribunal ordered that he have a chaperone present when he sees female patients for two years after returning to practise.

In addition, he must take a training course about respecting patients and was ordered to pay $75,000 towards the costs of holding a hearing.

Man Sentenced To 30 Months In Jail Over Stolen Slippers

A Kano Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Rijiyar Zaki on Monday sentenced, Rabiu Sani, 22, to 30 months imprisonment for theft of slippers.

The Senior Magistrate, Aminu Fagge, sentenced Sani to two years and six months after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge. Fagge did not give the convict of Aisami Quarters in Kano an option of fine.

Prosecutor Yusuf Sale had told the court that Surajo Umar of Kurna Quarters, Kano, reported the case to Nasarawa Police Division, Kano, on Sept. 16.
Sale said on the same date at about 8 p.m the convict went to the complainant’s business place at Gidan Gashash Singer Market Kano.

He said Sani “used razor blade and tore the sack where the complainant Umar kept his goods and stole one roll of bath room slippers containing 35 pairs valued N6, 000.

Sale also told the court that the convict was charged for theft at Chief Magistrate Court and sentenced to three months imprisonment or a fine of N10, 000 on Feb. 5, 2016.

He added that Sani was also sentenced to six months imprisonment or a fine of N20, 000 at the same court on April 7, for theft.
The prosecutor said this was the fourth time the accused was arraigned for theft this year, stressing that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Penal Code.

No One Is Above The Law Including Patience Jonathan, Says APC

The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, has dismissed recent protests by some groups in the Niger Delta in support of the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

He said it was disheartening that any group in the region could hold a protest in favour of Mrs. Jonathan at the Port Harcourt zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, over the freezing of her account containing about $31.4m.

This was contained in a statement by Frank in Abuja, on Sunday.

Frank described threats by the groups as empty and baseless.

He said, “My candid advice to Mrs. Patience Jonathan is to apologise to Nigerians for the current economic hardship which Mr. Jonathan’s regime could have easily averted instead of sponsoring shameless protests against the government. Anyway, Nigerians are still waiting for the apology.”

The statement warned youths to desist from such shameless act of defending politicians for a pot of soup, adding that the current APC administration was fighting corruption so as to secure future.

He explained that it took the intervention of the current administration to inaugurate a water project in Otuoke, Bayelsa State where Jonathan was born.

“The show of shame called protest at the Port Harcourt office of the EFCC to demand the unfreezing of Mrs. Jonathan’s dollar accounts was uncalled for. And there is nothing wrong if the former first lady explains the source of the $31.4m to anti-corruption agencies.

“The country is presently going through recession as a result of mismanagement of the economy left behind by Patience Jonathan’s husband led administration which the APC is working hard to correct as soon as possible.

“It should be made clear that there is nothing wrong for the EFCC to invite Mrs. Patience Jonathan for questioning if the organisation suspects a foul play in the accumulation of such big amount of money.

“Again, the era of ‘I’m above the law’ is over. This is a change government of accountability where the rule of law is paramount.

“The number four citizen of this country today, Senate President Bukola Saraki, whose office is prominently recognised by the constitution is facing trial and why not one former first lady that is not recognised by the Nigerian constitution?”

Herdsmen Reply Fayose Over Anti-grazing Law

Counsel to Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State, Mr. Umar Imam has condemned the anti-grazing law signed into law on Monday by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The herdsmen, through their counsel, said the House of Assembly has no power to charge erring members of the association with terrorism for carrying light weapons.
Imam, acting for the Jamu Nate Fulbe Association of Nigeria, a body of Fulani herdsmen, said herdsmen who carried light weapons like cutlasses, knives, catapult and arrows within the time stipulated by the new law could not be charged with terrorism, adding that the law contradicted the Anti-Terrorism Law as amended in the 1999 Constitution.
The law became effective on Monday following signing into law, a bill tagged: “Prohibition of cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti Bill, 2016 which prevented free grazing of cattle in the state and carrying of firearms by members as well restriction of grazing period to between 7.00am and 6.00pm.
The law specified that any herdsman found with arms during grazing would be charged with terrorism and be jailed for six months without an option of fine. The law also restricted grazing from 7.00am to 6.00pm and banned night grazing as well.
However, Imam said the Anti-Terrorism Law of the Federation stated clearly what constituted an infringement of the law and that carrying of lesser arms does not constitute offence under the provision.
“In my submission during a public hearing on the bill, I told them that these Fulani herdsmen used these lesser weapons for certain purposes to make grazing easier. I also told them that movement at night was to ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on the people during the day while relocating to other towns.  Banning them from moving at night may not help the situation, it will make their jobs difficult,” Imam said.
Seriki of the association in Ekiti, Alhaji Ahmadu Mahmoud, appealed to Fayose to amend the new law, to allow his members to carry lesser arms to ward off attacks during grazing.
Mahmoud, who aligned with the time for grazing, however, said outright banning of night movement would make their jobs difficult and create more confusion. “How can somebody who wants to carry his cattle numbering hundreds from Ekiti to places like Lokoja, Ibadan or Ilorin moves during the day?
“These places are densely populated and it will create traffic congestion and confusion everywhere government must look into all these,” he said

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Court Orders Evacuation Of Petroleum Products From Seized Tank Farm

Acquiescing to the prayers of an indigenous oil firm, Zone 4 Energy Limited, a Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered First Bank’s receiver manager, Emmanuel Oyebanji, to allow an oil marketing company, Chukelad Nigeria Limited, to evacuate its 2,804,735 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 1,927,727 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) stored in a tank farm belonging to Zone 4.

The tank farm, which is within the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ), is under the control of Oyebanji, who was appointed receiver/manager by First Bank of Nigeria Limited, pursuant to courts order made on July 1, 2016.

Ruling on an application by counsel to Zone 4, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN), Justice Abudulazeez Anka held that the products should be evacuated with immediate effect.

Another judge of the court, Justice Saliu Saidu, had on July 1, empowered the bank’s receiver manager to take over the entire assets of Zone 4 Energy at the CFTZ, over an alleged debt owed the bank. But, Zone 4 Energy said it had a prior agreement with Chukelad Nigeria in a supporting affidavit, to use the tank farm to store its AGO and DPK, before Justice Saidu made the order.

Zone 4 Energy said Chukelad Nigeria also paid to use the tank farm, adding that the bank’s receiver manager took over the assets, while Chukelad Nigeria was loading its trucks at the depot.

“The situation is that Chukelad Nigeria limited is the owner of the property and not liable to any of the parties before the court. Rather, it sees same as his belongings, which unfortunately comes into the hands of a receiver manager, while performing his functions.

“I further implore the learned counsel for the plaintiff to take his pound of flesh without a drop of blood. The application is proper before the court…hence the application succeeds, the objection is accordingly over-ruled. The products lying in the tank farm, is accordingly ordered to be evacuated in presence of the registrar, monitoring same with immediate effect,” Justice Anka held.

The court also heard the motion to discharge the order granted by Justice Saidu, which was filed on behalf of Zone 4 by Ogunlesi, on the ground that condition precedent to confer jurisdiction to the court was not fulfilled.

Ogunlesi also argued that there were misrepresentation and suppression of material facts by the plaintiff, which formed the basis of the order granted. But Oyebanji vehemently opposed the application to vacate the order. Justice Anka adjourned till September 8, to rule on the application to set aside the order.

Police Arraign Katsina Prison Inmate For Attempted Suicide

A middle-aged man alleged to be a member of a gang of thieves in Dutsin-ma town, Katsina State, is currently standing trial before a Katsina Chief Magistrates’ Court for his alleged attempt to commit suicide while in police detention.

The offence is contrary to Section 231 of the Penal Code.

Abubakar Mustapha is also facing charges bordering on alleged disturbance of public peace under Section 113 of the Penal Code; mischief, under Section 327 of the Penal Code and belonging to unlawful society under Section 97B of the Penal Code.

A legal advice on the charges from the state Ministry of Justice with Number: MOJ/KT/LTT/VOL.9/777, read in the court on Monday, said the accused should be tried by the magistrates’ court.

Mustapha, who is currently on bail, was absent in the court on Tuesday while the Magistrate, Hajiya Fadila Dikko, adjourned the case to October 3 for mention.

The Police First Information Report revealed that a patrol team at Dutsin-ma led by Mohammed Musa, arrested Mustapha at the local government area secretariat while attempting to “trespass” into the chairman’s office.

Mustapha was also alleged to cause damage to the chairman’s official vehicle.

The police alleged that Mustapha attempted to commit suicide after his detention at the police station.

The FIR added, ”The said suspect was detained in police custody at Dutsin-ma.

“He used sharp nail to try to kill himself, contrary to Section 306 and 231 of the penal code law.”

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Gets New President.

A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Kano State, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, has been elected as the new president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).


The new NBA President was elected at the 2016 National Elections held in Abuja, in contested election conducted through e-voting.


Mr. Mahmoud polled 3,055 votes to defeat Joe-Kyari Gadzama who polled 2,384 votes.


The position of General Secretary was won by Mr. Olagunju Isiaka who polled 2,721 votes against Yamah Desmond who scored 2,510 votes.


Mr. Dajan Gal emerged as the first Vice President with 4057 votes and Mr. Monday Ubani, second Vice President with 4375 votes.


Olagunju Isiaka polled 2721 votes to emerge General Secretary as against Yama Desmond who secured 2,510 votes.


Announcing the results in the early hours of Monday, the chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Mr. Ken Mozia (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) said both the first and second Vice Presidents emerged unopposed.

Ohagba Loe polled 2,402 votes to emerge first Assistant Secretary, while Balogun Oyeyemi emerged Legal Adviser with 3068 votes as against Onwuzuike Christopher who polled 2,043 votes.


The election was monitored by the Deputy Director, Legal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mariam Musa.


This is the first election conducted through electronic voting by the Nigerian Bar Association.


At the end of the E-voting process, the Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Ken Mozia announced the result while the outgoing President of the Association advised contestants who lost the election to shun acrimony.


The new NBA President, Mr. Mahmoud in his response promised that the new executive will hit the ground running once they are sworn in.


The new executives of the NBA are expected to be sworn on August 26, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

German Law On Insulting Leaders To Be Scrapped Immediately

A German law that prohibits insulting foreign heads of state is to be scrapped far sooner than initially planned, according to German media report on Thursday.


Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, is already working on a draft law to immediately reform the law, the German daily Rheinische Post reported online, citing government sources.


The obscure law had come into question after the government approved criminal proceedings against talk show host Jan Boehmermann for reciting a crude poem on German television.


He was accused of reciting a crude poem against Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, of watching child pornography and performing sex acts with animals.

An immediate scrapping of the law would now spare Boehmermann from a possible criminal sentence over his poem.

The German government had come under pressure after Chancellor Angela Merkel initially said the article of the criminal code on which the law is based should be removed by 2018, which would have allowed for the proceedings against Boehmermann to continue.



Artist Who Painted Nude Donald Trump Painting Worth $1m Says She Has Been Threatened With Legal Action

The Artist who painted a nude Donald Trump worth $1m says she has been threatened with legal action if the painting is sold. The nude Donald Trump painting which shows the ‘imaginary’ Trump with a small penis went on sale last month at the Maddox gallery in Mayfair and was named “Make America Great Again” by artist Illma Gore.

The painting went viral after she posted it on her facebook page. The Los Angeles-based artist now says she has received a phone call from an anonymous number threatening legal action if the painting was sold.

“They claimed to be from Trump’s team,” she told the Independent. “I drew Trump nude, I was evoking a reaction from people… so I tried not to think about it until I spoke to a lawyer who suggested I go to the police about it and file a report in case something happens,” she said.

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Saraki’s Corruption Trial: Lawmakers Speed Up Controversial Bill To Amend Anti-corruption Law

A bill for an amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act scaled second reading at the Nigerian Senate, Thursday, just 48 hours after it was first read.

In Nigeria’s lawmaking process, rarely do bills get such accelerated legislative action.

The bill, sponsored by Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP-Delta State), passed second reading and was subsequently referred to the committees on Judiciary and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The committees is to report back in two weeks.


The bill seeks to amend Section 3 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act “to give every public officer appearing before the Bureau fair hearing as provided for under Section 36 (2)(a) of the CFRN 1999 which provides:

“For an opportunity for the person whose rights and obligations may be affected to make representations to the administering authority before that authority makes the decision affecting that person.”

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Nigerian Man Who Claimed To Be A Victim Of Witchcraft In His Village Loses Bid To Stay In Australia

A Nigerian man named in court as “Wzavl” who told authorities he had been a victim of witchcraft in his village of Abia State, on Tuesday, April 5, lost his bid to stay in Australia. Although the Migration Review Tribunal accepted that witchcraft takes place in Nigeria and that such practices had “the potential to physically harm victims”, however, the he tribunal did not accept the man was likely to suffer at the hands of witchcraft practitioners if he was returned, because he would live in a city about 95 kilometres from the village in which he had claimed to have  been the victim of witchcraft.

After “Wzavl” appealed the tribunal’s decision to deny him a protection visa, and failed in a separate
bid to overturn that decision, the Federal Court of Australia considered his case last

On Tuesday, Justice Kathleen Farrell handed down her decision to dismiss Wzavl’s plea for the tribunal’s ruling to be overturned. Farrell said Wzavl had told authorities his father had been tortured to death in 2009 after opposing witchcraft in the family’s village.

Justice Farrell said Wzavl told the tribunal that “in 2001, as a result of the applicant [Wzavl] asking questions about his father’s death, the applicant was also attacked by people in the village. As to the nature of the attack, the applicant said that he was made to go crazy with charms and left running naked in the street.”

He had also claimed to have had acid poured over his front and back, and claimed that if he were returned he could be subjected to sectarian violence from Muslims and be targeted by gangsters who would see him as a “rich man” after returning from Australia.

In the end, the Migration Review Tribunal (which last year became part of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal) accepted that witchcraft could harm people in Nigeria.

Justice Farrell found: “In relation to the applicant’s claims to fear harm arising from his father’s death and the use of witchcraft, the tribunal accepted that witchcraft takes place in Nigeria and has the potential to physically harm victims; it accepted that the applicant’s father was killed in 1990 and that the applicant had been subjected to harm by people from his village in 2001.”

Before arriving in Australia in 2011, Wzavl had moved from his village, where he feared reprisals from witchcraft practitioners, to the southern city of Aba, about 95 kilometres way. He later moved to Malaysia.

“The tribunal found that were he to return to Nigeria he would not return to his village and would instead return to Aba, being the place where he had resided for eight years prior to his departure to Malaysia,” Justice Farrell said.

The tribunal also ruled there was no more than a remote chance of him being targeted by gangsters or as a Christian at the hands of Muslims.

Justice Farrell rejected Wzavl’s bid for an appeal of the decision, and ordered him to pay costs to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It is expected Wzavl will soon be deported.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Touching Of Customer’s Breast Lands Shop Owner In Court

A 45-year-old trader, Sunny Onugu, on Friday appeared in a Kado Grade 1 Area Court for allegedly touching a woman’s breast without her consent. Onugu, who resides at Plot 26, Dan-Suleiman Street, Utako, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of gross indecency and assault. The Judge, Malam Abubakar Sadiq, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.

Sadiq said that the surety must be a civil servant not below the position of Grade Level 6. Prosecutor Salisu Khaleel had told the court that Adeyemi Rafiui of the same address reported the matter at the Utako Police Station on Feb. 29. Khaleel said that the defendant touched Rafiu on the breast without her consent while she was paying for a candle she bought at his shop. The prosecutor said that when the woman protested over the assault, the defendant slapped her on the face. Khaleel said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 265 of the Penal Code.

Man Bags Seven Years For Printing Fake Naira

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday convicted one James Onwuso who was caught printing fake naira notes.

The judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, sentenced Onwuso to seven years imprisonment and ordered the forfeiture of the machine used by the cdonvict to print the fake naira notes to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He also gave an order that the fake N200, N500 and N1,000 notes recovered from him be destroyed.

The convict had, in 2012, been arraigned on three counts bordering on the offence by the Attorney General of the Federation.

The state prosecutor, Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, told the court that Onwuso was arrested on November 15, 2011, in the Gbagada area of Lagos State.

He said the convict was found in possession of the machine, printing papers and fake N200, N500 and N1,000 notes.

According to Bode-Ayeni, the offence was contrary to sections 1 (1) and 2 of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provision) Act Cap C35 of the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Justice Buba convicted Onwuso on the strength of his confessional statement tendered in evidence by the prosecution.

The convict had in his confessional statement told investigators that he went into the illegal venture after retiring from the Nigerian Army, adding that he had a supplier who brought him printing papers.

In his judgment on Thursday, Justice Buba said the prosecution proved its case against the convict beyond reasonable doubts, adding that the court had no difficulty in arriving at its verdict.

“In view of the facts before me, you are hereby sentenced to seven years, imprisonment for count one and another seven years for counts one and two, to run concurrently beginning from the time of arrest.

“The counterfeit notes and machines are to be forwarded to the CBN for destruction,” Justice Buba held.

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EFCC Seeks NBA’s Collaboration In Fight Against Corruption

Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called on members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to join hands with the Commission in the fight against corruption.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr Wilson Uwujaren ,EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity.

It said that Magu made the call when the national executive of the NBA paid him a courtesy visit.

Magu said that some members of the association had given it a bad name as a result of their unprofessional conducts.
He said that some lawyers were aiding some individuals and corporate bodies to perpetrate economic and financial crimes.

“Society is not served when prominent members of the Bar not only take clearly tainted briefs, but even facilitate the commission of crimes by knowingly supplying the technical know-how and later helping in the dispersal of the proceeds of crime.


There are lawyers within the fold of the NBA who ought not to be among your noble ranks. Those people are not fit to be called barristers; rather, they are vandals of the temple of justice’’, the statement said.
He, however, said that to effectively fight the war against corruption, the input of lawyers was needed.

“Law enforcement, just as the judiciary, encompassing the Bar and the Bench, is a critical link in the justice delivery system of any society. I dare say that even when opinions and tactics differ, the interest of the two blocs cannot but converge on the overriding interest of the people.’’

According to the statement, he noted that no other anti-graft agency had beaten the record of the EFCC in the areas of prosecutions and convictions.

Describing ordinary Nigerians as the victims of fraud, diversion of funds and embezzlement, he urged the Bar to share in the vision of the present administration to eradicate corruption.

According to the statement, the NBA President, Mr Augustin Alegeh (SAN), stressed the need for EFCC and the NBA to synergise in the fight against corruption.

Alegeh said that the Bar’s anti-corruption Commission had developed a Know-Your-Customer (KYC) template for lawyers to address the issue of members accepting questionable briefs.




Tobi Tosin Olaboyede: Anti Corruption War And The Rule Of Law

Whereas, the most expectations on Buhari administration has being hardihood to counter corruption becoming rooted in the pith of Nigeria politicians and the large.

Over the years, notably the GEJ’s administrative interval, anti corruption war could be noted as drifting to the brink, so much to devastate Nigerian’s supposed treasure as well as the country’s future. Wealths were stupendously accrued via the oil sector which had experienced a boom over the period, of which reality had being a sharp contrast in the lives of average Nigerians. It could be figured beyond the shadow of doubt, that the self-inflicted defeat of the GEJ’s administration is its negligence to fight corruption, coupled freedom given to political executions (by those corresponding officeholders). While capital budget were being apportioned to sectors without implementation’ follow-up, Federal transactions were equally left unaccountable and or/ inscrutable. However, down to having being left in the patch of reckless abandon and copious impunity, in a developing Nation of a supposedly diligent superintendency.

Whereas, Nigerians and the large would linger on the Nation’s quandaries, but furthermore, doubt the country’s status as Africa largest economy. Infrastructures were sloping downward, of course, while crumbling sectors could not be expertly managed. Amenities were being left to regress… in which its thirsty countrymen were literally wallowing in the dark. Youth unemployment, Boko Haram insurgency among others had being daily articles about Nigeria and per the lives of Nigerians. No thanks to the exploit of base administrative ruling; jagged policy by incompetent makers, and especially corruption.

This, citizens prudently but necessarily, during the last poll, decided a choice / opportunity to tackle the blighted root which had been stunting the (country) growth: corruption. Buhari was found the right man at that particular time, owing to that experience of his, reputation and or/ track record, to re-lay an incorruptible example and bring sanity to leadership’ orientation stroke citizen’s values.

His anti-corruption physiognomy has stirred the kaput anti graft agency into initial momentum. The Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been in the news once again, from treads of its sweep on those economy looters (of notably the just-last regime). The PMB would equally recede shields from current co-administrators, from the prying eagle-eye of the anti crime agencies. Just perhaps, era of impunity could be over.

Whereas, Democratic ruling would be bound-bearing on those polity of the administration, including its fight against corruption. This ruling has been used to stir leaders into confiding order per their various discharges, and rightly, this equally is necessary to bring structure and ethics to country sector’s operations, citizen’s right protection among other (by those leaders). However too, this would be, as it’s being exploited by those advocate of corruption and impunity, to loot as many and run away with their crime on especially economy.

My opinion in this note is ambiguous, and can not assert an end to the analogy of fight against corruption and that defense it faces from the rule of law.

Over the months of Buhari’s new job, corrupt (former) political office holders had been landing in EFCC’s net, while the one(s) who poses threat to State’ security or unity, are being bursted by Security Service (SSS). Varying legal theorem have been trailing these actions which have been attracting disdainful scrutiny on the prime mover.

These suspects, as so they claim, would solicit legal process, perhaps impunity’ cover, in which a certain ruling of the constitution will somewhat protect. Pundits and some member of the public would justify these legal stances and challenge the Aso Rock’ authority for breach of such. While also, the Human right observer and or/ activists would equally follow the suit.

The rather controverting opinions which had trailed the much talked-about dasukigate and nnamdi kanu’ case and more, underlie how Democratic ruling (and or the so-called rule of law) could frustrate the PMB’ battle on corruption and indiscipline. Yea, legal support for a former Defense Chief (and his co-beneficiaries) who were guilty of gross crime against security &/ economy, is one of those factors that could distress any anti corruption fight. While also, human right solicitation for anyone who stimulates a cracking war (on Nigeria) could be equal to condoning a certain level of indiscipline (in the land). A generally opinionated political play against a leading lawmaker, aside protracting of CCT’s final judgement is ignoramus, but frustration to any counter graft intent of Buhari. The counter citation of law against the presidency by a militant political activist is a threat to Nigeria’ security, against ransom-asking kidnappers as well as oil-pipe vandals.

Perhaps, for a debuting statement to be categorically stated against corruption and or/ indiscipline, (more than) couple of executive politicians must be tried and indicted (in the land) for a start. It is unambiguous that parties to the former administrator are some guilty kleptomaniacs, but failure of the current Nigeria Nation to brace up a cold shoulder against these agents, would derail hope for the country’s baptism (especially at leadership level).

Perhaps, the country would forever lament about its rather self-inflicted predicaments, if it justifies the rule…’s defense for leadership corruption and or/ citizen’s indiscipline.

Tobi Tosin Olaboyede, socio-political commentator.
Twitter: @tobytosyn

Two Men Docked Over Alleged Theft Of N26.4m

A 38-year-old man, Emeka Egbuonu, was on Monday docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for alleged theft of N26.4 million. The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, burglary, malicious damage and breach of peace.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. Innocent Odugbo told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences sometime in September 2010, at No. 13/17, Breadfruit St., Lagos Island, Lagos. He alleged that the accused broke into a warehouse, a property of one Mr Chukwujekwu Akubueze and stole goods worth N26. 4million.

Odugbo said that the accused damaged the gate to the warehouse when he forcefully entered it. He said that the offences contravened Sections 52, 53, 285, 307 (1) (2), 337 (2) (5) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused pleaded innocent of the offence.

Magistrate Mr O. M. Owunmi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Owunmi said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payments and their addresses verified. He adjourned the case to Jan. 22, 2016 for mention.

Estate Manager Converts Dead Man’s N33.7m & Various Properties To His In Lagos

A trustee to the estate of the late Mr. Abiodun Toma Ikomi, Adebayo Shogeyinbo has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrates’ court for allegedly converting the monies and properties of the deceased, comprising about N33.7m, five cars, 97 shops, buildings and parcels of land to his personal use.

The accused was arrested by the operatives of the Police Special Fraud Unit, (PSFU), Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, western Nigeria. And after investigation by SP Kalayalo and his team, the accused, a resident of Igbosere Road, Lagos Island, was arraigned before an Igbosere magistrates’ court on a three-count charge of felony to wit, fraudulent conversion of monies and properties of the
late Mr. Abiodun Toma Ikomi to his personal use.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Amedu Adoga informed the court in charge No. N/35/2015 that the accused, was arrested following a complaint by the family of the late Ikomi that the accused, who is their late father’s estate trustee converted their father’s monies and properties to his personal use and sold others out without the consent of the family.

Amedu told the court that the accused between November 2000 and October, 2013 converted the sum of N10m at Eko International Bank Plc, N3.7m at Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Garki, Abuja Branch, N20m gratuity and benefits domiciled at First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Sapele, Delta State Branch, all properties of the deceased to his personal use and neglected the family of the deceased.

He said the accused also converted five cars and sold 97 shops at Iweju International Market, Iyana-Iba, Ojo, Lagos, Duplex building at Ugbiyi GRA, Sapele, Delta State, vacant parcel of land at Ugbiyi GRA, Sapele, Delta State, two buildings at Plot 19, Block X11 Gwagwalada, FCT, Abuja, plot No. M4-24L at Delta Steel, 1000 priority housing scheme, Ovian, Aladja, Delta State and a building at B Plot 72, Ikomi Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, properties of the deceased to his personal use.

Amedu said the accused also concealed the age of Tosan Toma Ikomi with the intention to sell the property at Ugbiyi GRA, Sapele, Delta State willed to Tosan Toma Ikomi by his late father.

Amedu noted that the offences the accused committed are punishable under sections 285(9) (b), 332 (1) and 324 (2) (3) of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused denied the police allegations in the open court, and magistrate Mrs. O.G. Oghre admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oghre adjourned the case till 4 December, 2015 for mention, while the defendant was taken to Ikoyi Prison, Lagos pending when he will fulfill his bail conditions.

Source: PM News


Porsche Responds To Paul Walker’s Daughter’s Lawsuit, Says Actor Was To Blame

Porsche has reportedly fired back at Meadow Walker’s lawsuit , which claimed her father was killed due to design flaws with the car he was in.
According to TMZ,the luxury car giant  says the actor’s death was his own fault, with Paul being a “knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT”,”
Porsche also say he should not have allowed or participated in a high-speed drive under the conditions that existed.
Walker’s daughter ,Meadow claims in her lawsuit his actual speed was between 63 and 71 mph, not  80 to 93 miles per hour, as law enforcement claims.
Meadow also claimed the 2005 Carrera GT Paul was travelling in at the time “lacked safety features… that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.”
Meadow believed Paul was still alive when the car caught fire and a “defective” seat belt prevented him from escaping after the safety feature “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis” and leaving him trapped.
Porsche disputes that the design was defective, reportedly saying “the subject 2005 Carrera GT was abused and altered”. They added that the car was “misused and improperly maintained.”

Lawyers Want FG To Strengthen Family, Juvenile Courts

Some lawyers in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday appealed to the government to strengthen Family or juvenile Courts to take care of child’s right.


They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the strengthening of the courts would help to preserve the Child Rights Act.


An Abuja-based lawyer, Mrs Chinelo Eruchalu, expressed concern over the maltreatment most children go through, particularly the house helps and children from less privileged homes.


Eruchalu said that those who subject the children to such miserable experiences seem to go undetected and without punishment, notwithstanding the establishment of the family courts.

“The establishment of the family court is to protect the right of the child and to ensure that children get parental care, protection and maintenance.

“The inability of most families to guarantee the protection and maintenance of the child has led to the countless challenges the country faces today.

“When the family court becomes effective through proper usage, any breach of the fundamental rights of the child will be challenged in the family court,’’ Eruchalu said.


She, therefore, called on the authorities to be more proactive in this direction and “to do all that is necessary to ensure that the family court is functional’’.

She also regretted the inability of some states to domesticate the law even though it was passed in 2003 by the National Assembly.


Eruchalu reasoned that since children were the future of the society and in fact the most vulnerable of the society, they deserve special protection.

She expressed the hope that the family court would fill this noticeable gap in the justice administration.

Ms Christie Nwaka, another family lawyer, believed that the growth of the family courts had not been as encouraging as one would ordinarily expect.

“The Child’s right Act guarantees free compulsory universal primary education of the child that is from zero-year to age 18 as the case may be.

“More importantly it seeks to discourage or abolish child marriage, an issue that has become divisive and impedes the domestication of the Act in some states.

“Children are said to be the future leaders of tomorrow, so the kind of children we have today determines the quality of the leaders we shall have tomorrow,’’ Nwaka said.

Nwaka called on the government at all levels to redouble their efforts toward the speedy establishment of the family court.

“It is not enough to designate some courts as family courts, but they have to be made functional and effective through sensitisation of the populace,’’ Nwaka opined.

The other family lawyers agreed that it was not right for a child to stand trial in conventional court where adults were tried because it prematurely exposes the child.

“In a family court, the child is delicately handled, and much patience is brought to bear in the proceedings.

“The fear of sanction is the beginning of wisdom, so the rights of a child can only be protected when punishment is imposed for any breach of such right,’’ they said.



Gov. Ambode Orders Enforcement Of Law Prohibiting Street Trading, Begging

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday directed the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Other Special Offences to carry out full enforcement of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis. The Governor, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello,  expressed concern about the resurgence of street trading in major areas of the state, noting that not only do they constitute environmental nuisance, but also pose security threat to citizens.

He said there is an existing law in the state prohibiting street trading, urging those interested in doing business to seek for space in the various modern markets redeveloped by the state government to enhance business activities.

“At the State Security Council Meeting on July 7, it was resolved that the act of street trading that has continued to hamper free flow of traffic on Lagos roads which further constitutes nuisance and security threat to law abiding citizens will no longer be tolerated”.

“Therefore, street traders and buyers will henceforth be arrested and prosecuted. The Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences has been mandated to ensure the Law of the State against street trading is enforced to the letter”, the Governor said.

He said that all security agencies have resolved to beef up security in the State so as to ensure that it remains safe for citizens and investors alike.

He also urged residents in the state not to encourage the trend by patronizing them, saying in doing so, they indirectly aid and abet crime.

Governor Ambode also frowned at the prevalence of street begging, saying that some unscrupulous persons hide under the guise of seeking alms to rob unsuspecting members of the public. To this end, he said efforts will be made to rid the state of street beggars and destitutes.

“We’ve had security reports on the activities of persons who pose as beggars, especially in traffic, but their sole aim is to perpetrate evil. We are putting a search light on this trend and one way to do that is to ensure that we take preemptive measures to forestall this development”, the Governor said.


Man Sentenced to One Month In Prison For Stealing 7 Pieces Of Meat In A Pot Of Soup

An Ota Magistrates’ Court this morning sentenced a 28-year-old man to one month in prison for breaking into a shop to steal seven pieces of meats from a pot of soup. The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, however, gave the convict an option of N5,000 fine. The accused, of no fixed address, was arraigned on a two count of stealing and burglary.

Woman To Die By Hanging In Makurdi, Find Out Why

A MAKURDI High Court presided over by Justice Jennifer Ijohor, has sentenced a 38- year-old housewife, Mrs. Ternenge Tersoor to death by hanging for killing her husband’s second wife’s one-year-old son.

It was gathered that the husband of the convict, Mr. Tersoor had reported her to the police in 2012 that she snatched the baby from her nanny and strangled him to death.

When the case came up, the accused pleaded not guilty and was unremorseful even as she testified for herself and called no witness to support her claim.

EFCC Kicks Against Dismissal Of Sylva’s N19.2bn Fraud Case, Says Judge Erred In Law

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday condemned the decision by a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the case of alleged N19.2 billion fraud levelled against a former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva.

The EFCC in a statement by the head, media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the trial judge, A. R. Mohammed erred in law as the accused persons had not taken any plea.

Uwujaren said no proof of evidence was placed before the court and trial had also not commenced, adding that “the dismissal of the charge by Justice Mohammed, following the application of the Commission to consolidate the charges against the former governor and his accomplices, does not amount to a discharge or an acquittal, and it does not preclude the power of the agency to bring fresh charges against the defendants.”

The Court had dismissed the case Wednesday, accusing the EFCC of abusing the court process. The court’s decision came more than a week after the anti-graft agency withdrew part of the charges – a N2 billion fraud case – against the former governor.

The EFCC said it withdrew a six-count charge of fraud against Sylva as a prelude to the consolidation of all the charges against him. The commission had two cases against the former governor pending before two Federal High Courts in Abuja, and needed to consolidate them, the EFCC had said. Sylva was arraigned along three others – Francis Okokwo, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku – by the EFCC.

They were accused of using three companies – Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to move about N19.2 billion from Bayelsa State coffers between 2009 and 2012, under false of using the withdrawn money to augment salaries of the state government workers.


Jonathan Signs Criminal Justice Bill Into Law

President Goodluck Jonathan has signed the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2015 into law. The bill, which was passed by the Senate on May 5, seeks to among others things, address the problem of delayed criminal trials.

 Dr Reuben Abati, President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in an interview with Journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

 He said the president signed the document on Wednesday, the same day he received the bill from the National Assembly. “The president has signed the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2015.

“He signed it the same day he received it from the National Assembly. With that development, the bill is now an Act,’’ he said.

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APC Lawmakers’ Abduction Claim Wicked, Insensitive – Fayose

APC-FayoseThe Ekiti State Government has described as “evil, wicked and insensitive”, claims by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state that the ‘stop and search’ operation ordered by the State Security Council to stem the increasing tide of kidnapping was an orchestrated plot by Governor Ayo Fayose to track them for kidnapping and consequently stall the impeachment plot against him.

The government said such unwarranted allegation coming from the runaway 19 APC lawmakers was a clear exposure of the party’s culpability in the abduction of Ekiti citizens.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state accused the APC lawmakers of “betraying their guilt by simply telling Nigerians that they want the kidnapping of Ekiti residents to continue”.

According to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, “The Fayose-led government will do everything humanly possible to protect lives and properties of Ekiti people”.

The aide said what is expected of genuine lovers of the state is to join hands with security agencies and not politicize every efforts of the government.

The government said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the introduction of strict security measures and check points in strategic places across the state, prohibition of the usage of tinted classes, frequent hotel checks, with a call to hoteliers to monitor their customers and offer information to security agents on any suspected person and seal up of any hotel linked to criminals were resolutions of the Ekiti State Security Council meeting that took place on Monday.

“Only wicked and evil people, whose agenda is to make Ekiti State ungovernable will kick against these measures that are aimed at securing the lives and properties of the people”