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    ‘It’s not about gender bias’ — Gombe clarifies non-appointment of female chief judge

‘It’s not about gender bias’ — Gombe clarifies non-appointment of female chief judge

The Gombe government has denied being biased in its recent appointment of the chief justice of the state. Beatrice Iliya, the most senior judge in the state, was appointed in acting capacity and at the expiration of her three-month tenure, the government swore in Muazu Yahaya as acting chief judge of the state.On Wednesday, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA),Nigeria condemned [...]

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    Judiciary on the march to golgotha

Judiciary on the march to golgotha

BY SEHINDE OMONIYIThese are peculiar times for the citizens of Nigeria. After 20 years of presidential democracy, the constitutional obligation which mandates the electorate to choose their political leaders through the ballot box is fast losing its value. Instead, five or seven judges sitting over heaps of documented evidence of election malfeasance, exposed to diverse influences are the persons who [...]

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    Independence of the judiciary under attack, says NBA president

Independence of the judiciary under attack, says NBA president

Paul Usoro, president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), says the independence of the judiciary is under attack.Usoro said this on Monday at an event to mark the beginning of a new judicial year.The NBA president said the executive arm of government is "increasingly and unceasingly" critical of the judiciary and its decisions in matters that has to do with [...]

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    NFIU writes banks, seeks account details of ALL judges, n’assembly members

NFIU writes banks, seeks account details of ALL judges, n’assembly members

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has requested banks to forward the account details of all legislative and judiciary officials in the country.In a letter dated September 10, 2019, a copy of which was seen by TheCable, the NFIU said the information being sought include account names and numbers of the officials.The reason for the request was not given in the letter [...]

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    Judiciary in the dock

Judiciary in the dock

BY SEHINDE OMONIYI“Somewhere along the way, the balance of power between the prosecution, the defense and the judiciary shifted. We have to readjust it. The stakes are so high – the well-being of so many communities and the trajectories of so many lives, public safety depends on our collective faith in fairness and our view of the law as legitimate” [...]

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    CJN: I’m working to rid judiciary of corruption

CJN: I’m working to rid judiciary of corruption

Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria, says since his appointment, he has been ensuring speedy justice dispensation to rid the institution of corruption.Delivering his remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Bar Association annual general conference, which held in Lagos, Muhammad said the judiciary under his watch will never be subservient to anybody.He said [...]

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    Atiku: INEC chairman should be appointed by the judiciary

Atiku: INEC chairman should be appointed by the judiciary

Atiku Abubakar, former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advocated a review of the procedure for the appointment of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Atiku said the chairman of the electoral body should be appointed by the judiciary, not the president as is currently being done.In  a statement on Monday, the former vice-president said [...]

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    John Tsoho: Judiciary can’t be singled out on corruption

John Tsoho: Judiciary can’t be singled out on corruption

John Tsoho, acting chief judge of the federal high court, says the judicial arm of government will tackle corruption in the country by setting the standard for others.Speaking with NAN after he was sworn in, Tsoho said the judiciary is not the only corrupt arm of government.He said corruption exists in every area of government and in every society.Although, the [...]

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    John Tsoho sworn in as federal high court chief judge 

John Tsoho sworn in as federal high court chief judge 

Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), has sworn in John Tsoho as acting chief judge of the federal high court.The event took place at the ceremonial court of the supreme court in Abuja on Friday. Tsoho’s appointment comes after the retirement of Adamu Kafarati who attained the retirement age of 65 years on July 25.According to the CJN, Tsoho’s elevation [...]

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    You can’t force judges into submission, Secondus tells Buhari

You can’t force judges into submission, Secondus tells Buhari

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of turning blind eyes to the "monumental corruption' among those under him.In a statement, Secondus alleged that the president is haunting the judiciary in order to cow judges into submission.Secondus was reacting to Buhari's recent comment on the trial of Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice [...]

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    Businessman sues acting CJN over ‘falsification’ of age

Businessman sues acting CJN over ‘falsification’ of age

Tochi Michael, a 46-year-old businessman, has sued Ibrahim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), over alleged age falsification.In a suit filed at a federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Abuja in April, Michael alleged that the acting CJN intentionally doctored his date of birth from December 31, 1950, as stated in all his official records, to December 31, [...]

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    Governors ‘should stop’ holding funds meant for legislature, judiciary

Governors ‘should stop’ holding funds meant for legislature, judiciary

Some stakeholders have complained about the poor compliance to the financial autonomy granted the legislature and judiciary of respective states in the country.In a statement issued at the end of a two-day conference in Abuja, the stakeholders comprising Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, Ita Enang, a presidential aide, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the fourth alteration bill [...]

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    Governors: We are committed to financial autonomy of state legislature

Governors: We are committed to financial autonomy of state legislature

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has pledged commitment to full implementation of the financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary.Speaking at the opening of a two-day conference in Abuja on Thursday, Abdulaziz Yari, NGF chairman, said the implementation will ensure the highest level of transparency and openness in governance.Represented by Mohammed Abubakar, Bauchi state governor, the NGF chairman said governors [...]

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    When judges turn king makers

When judges turn king makers

BY ADAMU GWAZUWANGOnce upon a time elections were simple selections by consensus. There was no question of unsuitability, unpopularity or rigging because it was as all-inclusive as possible for the community-based constituencies and consensus was unanimously accepted as the expression of the will of the visible majority. That was then.Nowadays, elections have become a hydra-headed political process with each process [...]

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    Kogi assembly seeks removal of chief judge

Kogi assembly seeks removal of chief judge

The Kogi state house of assembly has recommended the removal of Nasir Ajanah, chief judge of the state, over alleged gross misconduct.The recommendation was adopted on Tuesday after the house committee on public account presented its report on the state’s auditor-general’s 2016 financial statements.The report presented by Ahmed Mohammed, committee chairman, indicted the Kogi state high court and Kogi Hajj [...]

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    Judiciary captured under Buhari, says Fayose on Ekiti tribunal judgement

Judiciary captured under Buhari, says Fayose on Ekiti tribunal judgement

Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti, says he's not surprised by the verdict of the state's governorship election tribunal on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Kolapo Olusola.Fayose alleged that the judgement was already in the public domain and celebrated by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), more than a week before it [...]

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