JUDICIARY IS CORRUPT, TANKO MUHAMMAD ADMITS DURING SCREENING BY SENATE

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad on Wednesday admitted there is rampant corruption in the nation’s judiciary. He made the confession before the entire Senate in plenary while he was being screened for confirmation. Justice Mohammad has been holding the exalted office in acting capacity following the removal of his immediate predecessor, Justice Walter Onnoghen. Responding to question raised by Deputy Senate President, Omo-Agege on the menace of corruption to the dispensation of justice, the CJN who painted a pitiable picture of the judiciary as one tier…

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POLICE INVASION OF KOGI JUDGE’S HOME, AN ABERRATION- VANGUARD

THE increasing hazard that officers of the Bench – judges and magistrates – face in our country reared its ugly head again over the past week when the residence of a Lokoja-based High Court Judge, Justice Yunusa Musa, was reportedly invaded and ransacked by the Police in a manner that defied logic and lawful objective. According to Musa, his home with members of his family present, was invaded by a team of officers led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police with the Kogi State Police Command, DCP, Polycarp Dibia, without…

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LAWYERS CONDEMN SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON OSUN GUBERNATORIAL APPEAL CASE

Wale Odunsi  A civil rights organisation, Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPILA) has expressed concern over the verdict of the Supreme Court which affirmed the victory of governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC). They wondered why the Supreme Court would punish candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, because of purported absence of Justice Peter Obiora during one of the tribunal sittings. According to the organisation, by that action, the apex court has substantially spat in the face of the Osun electorate and…

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OSUN GUBER JUDGEMENT: MEET THE 5 JUDGES WHO GAVE OYETOLA VICTORY

The Supreme Court, in a majority decision read by Justice Olabode Rodes-Vivour, this morning held that the failure of a member of the election tribunal, Justice Peter Obiora to sit on February 6, 2019 rendered the entire proceedings and the judgment given by the tribunal a nullity. In the majority ruling, Acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Justice Rhodes-Vivour, Justice Kekere-Ekun, Justice Sanusi and Justice Abaaji consented to the majority judgment dismissing PDP’s appeals on Osun election. Justices Akaahs and Galinje dissented. Below are profiles of the 5 Justices who upheld…

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KEBBI GOVERNOR SACKS ACTING CHIEF JUDGE FOR DARING TO PETITION NJC OVER HER NON-CONFIRMATION BECAUSE SHE’S CHRISTIAN

The Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, has sacked the acting Chief Judge of state, Elizabeth Asabe Karatu, for petitioning the National Judicial Council, NJC, over the governor’s refusal to confirm her as substantive chief judge. In a ceremony held Friday at the Government House, the governor swore-in Justice Sulaiman Ambursa as Mr Karatu’s replacement. Mrs Karatu recently wrote a petition to the NJC alleging that she was denied her rights to confirmation because she is a Christian. In the petition exclusively obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN, the acting chief judge said…

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ACTING CHIEF JUDGE CRIES, SAYS HER FAITH IS THE REASON WHY SHE HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED, PETITIONS NJC

The Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Esther Asabe Karatu, has written a petition to the National Judicial Council over Governor Atiku Bagudu’s alleged refusal to confirm her as substantive chief judge of the state. In the petition obtained by Daily Nigerian, the acting chief judge said politics of religion and her firm belief in justice and fairness were some of the reasons the state governor denied her rights despite the recommendation of NJC. On January 17, 2019, the Kebbi State House of Assembly also confirmed Mrs Karatu as substantive…

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NAN DRAGS JUDGE BEFORE NJC OVER ACTS UNBECOMING OF A JUDGE

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) for what it calls “the unbecoming attitude of Justice C. Olatoregun-Isola, of a Federal High Court, Lagos.’’ The petition was dated May 21. The agency is asking for the intervention of the NJC, by calling Mr Olatoregun-Isola to order. In the petition, NAN draws the attention of the NJC to the judgment delivered by the judge on November 7, 2008, in the suit No: FCH/L/CS/1171/2008. The said suit was between NAN and one of its former staff,…

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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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