AFTER CALLING WITNESSES, EFCC CLOSES CASE AGAINST ONNOGHEN BEFORE NJC

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Unknown to many, as Onnoghen battles the CCT, the suspended CJN is also battling the EFCC in a petition filed by the EFCC. Meanwhile, we can tell you that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rested its case of alleged misconduct against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the National Judicial Council, The PUNCH has learnt Our correspondent learnt from multiple sources conversant with the proceedings of the five-man investigation panel of the NJC that the EFCC rested its case after calling…

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CONTROVERSY AS 6 SUSPECTED KILLERS OF ABUJA BIZMAN ARE SET FREE ON FLIMSY EXCUSES

By Emmnuel Elebeke An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama District has discharged and acquitted six persons suspected to have killed a popular businessman in the city, Tony Eze, in November 2014, after an outing at Tunga-Maji area. In a judgment that nearly sparked protests in Abuja, the six suspects— Anayo Eze, 19; Idris Shaibu; Alisa Calamity; Okechukwu Nelson alias Barracks, 27; Emmanuel Igwe, 22; Samuel Okoro, 19, and Austine Nwanba, 47— accused of killing the businessman were freed on grounds considered by many to be flimsy and unattainable. The suspects were…

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COURTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO HANDLE ELECTION MATTERS- CSOS

Clement Nwankwo is the Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) The Nigeria Civil Society Situation room has described as illegal and unconstitutional the involvement of the judiciary in election matters that is ordinarily outside the purview of the courts.Specifically, the situation room said instances where courts dished out orders stopping collation of results and restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from performing its constitutional responsibilities were an abuse of the legal system. Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, head of the situation room, Clement Nwankwo,…

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SEE WHAT NIGERIANS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT ON ONNOGHEN’S CASE WITH CCT

The embattled suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria is in the news again. This time, it is the way the prosecution has handled its case of money laundering, non-declaration of assets earlier brought against him that has generated controversy in the media. The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Thursday approved the prayer of the Defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, to address the tribunal on a no-case submission. This was after the Federal Government closed its case of false and non-declaration of…

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SEE WHY ONNOGHEN IS FILING A NO-CASE SUBMISSION

…moves to file no case submission CCB: CJN has 5 houses, not 55 The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen yesterday told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja that he will file a no case submission to the six-count criminal charge slammed on him by the Federal Government. A no submission case as provided by Section 303, Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) is filed by a defendant to show the court that the prosecution has not established any prima facie case or link…

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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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