OKOROCHA’S CERTIFICATE OF RETURN: IZUNASO PETITIONS NJC, CJN OVER JUDGE’S ATTITUDE

  Senator Osita Izunaso has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court over the conduct of Justice Okon Abang, in the case between governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his certificate of return. In the said petition titled, “Re: Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019- Rocha’s Okorocha vs Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and others, a petition against Hon. Justice O. E Abang.” Izunaso, who is the third respondent in…

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MAN WHO WROTE PETITION AGAINST ONNOGHEN ACCUSES CJN MOHAMMED, NJC OF PROTECTING CORRUPT JUDGES

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), the group that was involved in the case against the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has alleged that the National Judicial Council (NJC) under the headship of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammadu, is providing soft landing for judges facing allegations of corruption. Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of ARDI, Dennis Aghanya, said the group had observed a very worrisome trend in the manner that the NJC…

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HOW APPEAL COURT RULED AGAINST ONNOGHEN, 3 MONTHS AFTER RESERVING JUDGEMENT

The Court of Appeal on Friday ruled on four motions that were due for judgement since February 27 concerning the trial of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. A three-member panel led by Justice Steven Adah decided on the four applications, nearly three months after it reserved judgement. The court condemned the various decisions by the Code of Conduct Tribunal regarding Mr Onnoghen’s trial, but gave most of its verdicts against the applications of the jurist. Mr Onnoghen had approached the court in the wake of his trial…

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CONCERN ÁS JUDGES’ SALARIES REMAIN STATIC FOR 12 YEARS

By AHURAKA ISAH Concerns have been raised by stakeholders over the non-increase of the salaries and allowances of Nigerian judges for the past 12 years. LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the remunerations of judges at both the federal and state levels have remained static for 12 years and that there is no indication that the situation will be addressed soon. It was further gathered that there are only 1,067 judges serving in both the federal and state courts, which figure stood at 1,063 in 2015 and only increased by four to…

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SHITTU: HOW JUDICIARY TOLERATES IMPUNITY

The Acting CJN, Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed A recent ruling by a Federal High Court in the case filed by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, against the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress may have further exposed how the judiciary promotes impunity, Davidson Iriekpen writes Penultimate week, Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, delivered a judgment that many analysts considered a dent on the quest to curb impunity in the country. The judgment, which could have served as deterrence to those,…

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NJC TENDERS CODE OF CONDUCT FOR JUDGES AT SACKED JUSTICE YUNUSA’S TRIAL

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday tendered a copy of the Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of Nigeria at the resumed trial of former Justice Mohammed Yunusa, a dismissed Judge of the Federal High Court. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the document was tendered before an Ikeja Special Offences Court by a subpoenaed witness, Ms Fatima Gamawa, a Senior Legal Officer of the NJC. Yunusa is standing trial alongside one Esther Agbo, a staff of the law chambers of Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN). Yunusa…

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NJC DELEGATION VISITS KOGI OVER STATE’S JUDICIARY FIGHT WITH GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has waded into the dispute between the Executive and the Judiciary in Kogi State and recommended that the Judiciary should comply with the Table Payment and Biometric exercise adopted by the government and Organised Labour in the state. Briefing journalists today after a closed-door meeting in the Governor’s Office between a high-powered delegation from the NJC met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, some of his aides and a team from the Judiciary led by the embattled Chief Judge, the Director-General, Media and Publicity…

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JUDGEMENT UNCONSTITUTIONAL, PREMEDITATED SAYS ONNOGHEN’S LAWYER

  Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Okon Efut, who led the former Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen’s defence team at Thursday’s judgment proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, has indicated that the conviction of the former CJN would be appealed at the Court of Appeal. Speaking with journalists on the premises of the CCT after judgment was passed on his client on Thursday, Efut said, “We know that all is not over in this matter. The wheel of justice grinds slowly. It grinds slowly…

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NJC MEETS, MAY EXTEND MUHAMMAD’S TENURE AS ACTING CJN

The National Judicial Council on Wednesday started a two-day meeting where issues of appointment into the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria are among top items on the agenda, The PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondent learnt that the NJC might at the end of its meeting on Thursday (today) recommend to President Buhari the extension of Justice Tanko Muhammad’s tenure as the acting CJN, pending when the process of making a substantive appointment for the topmost judicial office would be completed. By virtue of section 231(4) of the Nigerian…

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WORKERS DISRUPT COURT SITTING, CHASE AWAY LAWYERS JUDGES IN NASARAWA

JOhn Owen Nwachukwu  Nasarawa State Chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Thursday disrupted court sittings and chased out litigants and lawyers who appeared in courts in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state. NAN reports that the courts shut down by the unionists include: the High Court, Upper Area Court, Chief Magistrates’ Court, Grade I Area court, all in Akwanga Local Government Area of the State. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Solomon Iyigulu, the state Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the union,…

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