JUDGE FACING 81MIL FRAUD CHARGES SAYS TRIAL JUDGE IS BIASED

BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos – Suspended judge of the Federal High Court, Bayelsa Division, Justice Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa, yesterday, asked Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere to hand off his ongoing trial over alleged unlawful enrichment. Justice Nganjiwa, who made the request through his counsel, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), accused the trial judge of bias in favour of the prosecution. The embattled judge is asking in the alternative, order dismissing the charge which he said constitutes double jeopardy against him. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…

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I’VE RECEIVED 1,124 CORRUPTION CASES – CJN

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA—The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday, said he had received a compiled list of 1,124 high-profile cases that would be monitored by the Corruption and other Financial Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO), recently constituted by the National Judicial Council, NJC. The CJN who made the disclosure while inaugrating the Justice Suleiman Galadima led committee, said the compendium of pending corruption cases were transmitted to his office by heads of various courts across the country. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Nkanu Onnoghen He…

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FULL LIST OF THOSE BEING PROSECUTED FOR CORRUPTION SUBMITTED TO CJN

The full list of those being prosecuted for alleged corruption has been submitted to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen. The Tribune reports that the 36 chief judges of state judiciaries and the chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), submitted the list to the CJN in compliance with the directive he gave during his 2017 new legal year speech in September. A top judiciary source told the Tribune that the list reportedly contained the names of those on trial, the trial judges and the status…

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FEDERAL HIGH COURT CHIEF JUDGE RESHUFFLE JUDGES

Oladimeji Ramon The acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, has redeployed 10 judges of the Federal High Court to different divisions of the court across the country. The affected judges, according to a circular by the court, are to leave the divisions where they currently sit and resume at their new stations on October 27, 2017. The redeployment is said to be in accordance with the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, that heads of various courts should constitute special courts…

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NJC SETS UP PANEL TO PROBE 2 CHIEF JUDGES, 13 OTHERS

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Judicial Council has constituted separate panels to investigate various allegations of misconduct against two Chief Judges, 13 others. NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, did not give the identities of the affected judges. But it stated that the NJC received a letter from the Zamfara Sate Government approving the Council’s recommendation for the compulsory removal of Justice Musa Ibrahim Anka of the Zamfara State High Court. Oye stated that the NJC took the decisions at its 83rd…

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NIGERIA’S FIRST FEMALE SAN, FOLAKE SOLANKE SPEAKS ON SPECIAL COURTS FOR CORRUPTION

By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti The first Nigerian female Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Folake Solanke, has declared that the special courts set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC)  to fight corruption will help the war being waged by President Muhammadu Buhari against  financial fraud in the country. Solanke said she quite support  attempt by Buhari’s government to sanitise the country, particularly the ones that have to do with judicial corruption,  but warned that such should not be done in a way that will ridicule the judicial arm. “It saddened me to…

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NATIONAL JUDICIAL COUNCIL APPOINTS JUSTICE AYO SALAMI AS HEAD OF COMMITTEE TO MONITOR FINANCIAL CRIME CASES

The National Judicial Council on Wednesday appointed a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd) to head its 15-member Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee. The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Wednesday that the NJC would meet to set up the committee and implement other new anti-corruption policies announced last week by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, during the special court session marking the commencement of the 2017/2018 legal year. A statement by the Director of Information of the NJC, which is…

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NJC MEETS OVER CJN’S NEW DIRECTIVE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION CASES TODAY

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Judicial Council will meet between today (Wednesday)  and Friday to deliberate on a number of developments in the nation’s judiciary, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday. A member of the council confided in our correspondent that the meeting, the first in the new legal year which commenced this month, would have “follow-up” deliberations on some of the new policies and reforms recently announced by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. “The NJC’s meeting will help to deepen the reform embarked on by the CJN,”…

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OKE TO BE SWORN IN AS LAGOS ACTING CJ BY AMBODE

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will,on Monday,   swear-in Justice Opeyemi Oke as the Acting Chief Judge of the State. Justice Oke, who is the most senior judge of the State Judiciary, is taking over in an acting capacity following the retirement of Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade who will attain the statutory retirement age tomorrow, September 24, 2017. Justice Atilade on Monday paid a visit to the Governor at Lagos House to officially announce her retirement from the State’s judiciary. Receiving the outgoing CJ, Governor Ambode pledged his administration’s determination to prioritize the…

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CJ INTRODUCES SPIES TO MONITOR CORRUPT JUDGES, MAGISTRATES

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, Justice Michael Edem, on Wednesday said he has introduced secret agents to monitor activities of judges, magistrates, and judicial officers in order to tackle corrupt practices in the bench. Edem disclosed this in Calabar during his inaugural remarks to mark the commencement of the 2017/18 legal year. He said there were 11,516 civil cases, 828 criminal cases and 2,457 motions which will be tackled in the 2017/legal year, adding that efforts should be…

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