19 years after ICJ ruling on Bakassi: Cameroon demands more areas in Borno, Adamawa

The Republic of Cameroon has formally asked Nigeria to disengage from the Bakassi Peninsula and all the border communities around the Lake Chad region and the international waterways along the Gulf of Guinea. If the demand is obliged, Nigeria might, besides losing Bakassi local government area of Cross River state, surrender other area councils to Cameroon. The likely affected local Read More

CJN TO JUSUN: Why I can’t persuade govs on financial autonomy

      As theJudiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)  commenced a nationwide  industrial action Tuesday,  Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)  Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has explained reasons he would not persuade governors to meet the workers’ demands. The judiciary workers paralysed court activities nationwide following the refusal of the state governors to comply with the Executive Order 10 which gives financial autonomy to the state judiciary, as Read More

We followed due diligence in Paris Club refund debt payment – Malami

April 6, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Tuesday insisted that due diligence was followed in handling the payment of the 3.2 billion dollars Paris Club refund judgment. Malami, who responded to media reports, alleging “pushing for payment of”’ contradictory and incongruous figures regarding judgment debt and Paris Club refund, spoke in Abuja at a press briefing. He said the judgment debt Read More

Breaking: Courts shut as Judiciary workers begin strike

April 6, 2021 Editor 0

Judiciary workers, under the aegis of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), have kicked off their indefinite strike to press for judicial autonomy. As early as Tuesday morning, the leadership of JUSUN stormed different courts especially in Lagos and Abuja to implement the strike action. The national leadership of JUSUN had in a circular dated April 1, ordered the Read More

$9.8m Cash: EFCC moves to amend criminal charges against ex-NNPC boss

April 4, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has approached the Federal High Court Abuja, with an application seeking to amend the criminal charge filed against a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu. Yakubu was arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on March 16, 2017 on a six-count charges of fraud. Yakubu had admitted Read More

Plea bargain: Abuse of legal process?

April 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the country continues to battle against financial and other crimes, plea bargain appears to have created cracks in the justice system for some corrupt government officials to plead their way out of prison. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA writes on the recent effort by the Ministry of Justice to review plea bargain guidelines. The Attorney General of the Federation Read More

Appeal Court dismisses N2.1bn money laundering charges against Dokpesi

April 1, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal Thursday discharged founder DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, of the N2.1 billion money laundering charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the seven-count criminal charge preferred by the EFCC, the Appeal Court upheld the no case submission filed by Dokpesi and DAAR Communications. While delivering Read More

Breaking: Again, Kaduna Court adjourns trial of el-Zakazky

March 31, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 A High Court sitting in Kaduna on Wednesday again adjourned the trial of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat to May 25, 2021 for the continuation of hearing on the case.During the Wednesday sitting before the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, the prosecuting counsel, Dari Bayero, finally rested his case by Read More

Tinubu to Buhari, NASS at 12TH colloquium: Nigerians need economic stimulus not austerity measures

National Leader All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said what Nigerians needed now is stimulus expenditure and not austerity measures. The former Lagos state governor also urged the recruitment of fifty million Nigerian youths into the Army to curb unemployment and end the nation’s security woes. Tinubu spoke in Kano Monday at the12th Colloquium to mark his Read More

ADF suit over Justices’ appointment set for accelerated hearing

March 29, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered for an accelerated hearing in suit filed by Alaigbo Development Foundation, (ADF) against the National Judicial Council (NJC), the President of the Court of Appeal and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). In the suit, the Foundation alleged injustice in the recent appointment of some justices to the Court Read More

Appeal Court President declares first ADR session in West-Africa open

March 29, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has formally kick-started Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system with an appeal by its President, Justice Monica Dongban -Mensem, to the judiciary to rise up and meet the challenges of adjudication in the 21st century. If the challenges are met, the Appeal Court President expressed optimism that the country will become more attractive to international Read More

$1.3M cash recovered in Ex-Air Chief house tendered as exhibit

March 25, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Federal government has tendered as exhibit before the federal high Court Abuja the sum of 1.3 million dollars recovered from the Abuja mansion of retired Air Commodore Umar Mohammed. The huge foreign currency was tendered by the government on Thursday at the resumed trial and was admitted as exhibit after it was counted in the open courtroom with the Read More

Breaking: UNICAL Professor jailed for manipulating 2019 election result

March 25, 2021 Editor 0

A High Court in Akwa Ibom state has jailed Professor Peter Ogban for manipulating election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party. Professor Ogban, a Professor of soil science at the University of Calabar was the returning officer in the senatorial election in Akwa Ibom north-west in 2019. On count one, the presiding judge, Read More

Money laundering: Drama as ‘hostile’ witness resurfaces at Suswam’s trial

March 24, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A mild drama ensued at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, when Abubakar Umar, a witness resurfaced at the ongoing trial of former Benue governor, Gabriel Suswam. Blueprint reports that the court had declared the witness as hostile because of his perceived uncooperative attitude towards the prosecution. The prosecution was also quoted by Paul Erokoro at the resumed sitting as Read More

‘Why el-Rufai wants judiciary decentralised’

March 23, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has called for decentralisation of the judiciary to reduce the heavy caseload of High Court Judges in the state, which according to him, hinders the administration of justice.The governor made this known when the National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Olumide Akpata, paid him a courtesy call on Tuesday.  He said Read More

Court arraigns factional AA chairman, Udeze, 2 others for fraud, forgery

March 23, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  A factional national chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), Mr Kenneth Udeze, was on Tuesday re-arraigned before an Osun state Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital, Osogbo on three count charges.Also arraigned alongside Udeze were  chieftains of the party, Mr James Vernibe and one Ogunmodede Oluwagbemi. The accused persons were arraigned in suit no, Charge No. MOS 1715/2021 on a Read More

Strategic interventions designed to ensure lasting reforms – Malami

March 23, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN,Tuesday, reiterated that reviewing of Draft Guidelines will promote standardization and consistency in plea bargains by Federal Prosecutors. The draft guideline, which was part of strategic interventions by his ministry he added, will enhance the principles of accountability, equity, integrity and transparency.The development, according to the AGF Read More

Kogi Assembly passes VAPP Bill, prescribes life sentence for offenders

March 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kogi State House of Assembly has passed the state’s Violence Against Persons Prohibitions (VAPP) Bill to provide for the elimination of violence in private and public life, as well as life imprisonment for rapists. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the passage followed the adoption of the report of the joint Committees on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Read More

Court restrains INEC from issuing Certificate of Return to Ararume

March 19, 2021 Editor 0

Senator Ifeanyi Ararume’s fresh hopes to be declared winner of the December 5th Imo North bye-election were dashed on Thursday day following a restraining order by a High Court in Owerri. Presiding Justice E.O. Agada issued an interim order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Senator Ararume as the winner of the bye-election. The suit brought by the Read More

Magu: Court restrains EFCC from harassing, arresting Ozekhome

March 18, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A federal high court in Abuja, has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), from inviting, harassing and threatening to arrest or detain a constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN. Ozekhome allegedly incurred the agency’s wrath for criticising its former Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. But in a judgment on delivered on Thursday by Justice Inyang Ekwo, he held that Read More

Obaseki dwarfs APC at Appeal Court in alleged certificate Forgery

March 18, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the alleged University of Ibadan degree certificate forgery instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to challenge the election of Edo state governor Mr Godwin Obaseki The court dismissed the suit on Thursday for lacking in merit and awarded N250, 000 cost in favour of governor Obaseki Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of Read More

Obaseki hails Appeal Court judgment

March 18, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, has hailed the Appeal Court judgement which cleared him of a certificate forgery case preferred against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election. The governor, in a statement, said the ruling by the Court of Appeal vindicates him and reiterates the fact that “the suit was, from the Read More