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    INEC truly independent under Buhari, says Malami

INEC truly independent under Buhari, says Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation, says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done enough to support the development of electoral process in Nigeria. Malami, who spoke as a panelist at a citizens’ town hall on electoral reforms organised by YIAGA Africa, said Buhari is committed to electoral reforms. Describing the electoral process as a system that is evolving positively, [...]

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    IN DETAIL: Executive order on financial autonomy for state judiciary, legislature 

IN DETAIL: Executive order on financial autonomy for state judiciary, legislature 

Last Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to the judiciary and legislature in the 36 states of Nigeria.  The president is empowered by section 5 of the 1999 constitution to issue executive orders. With this new order, which is the tenth since Buhari assumed office in 2015, the states’ judiciary and houses of assembly will be financially [...]

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    MATTERS ARISING: Was Buhari right to sign executive order on state judiciary, legislature?

MATTERS ARISING: Was Buhari right to sign executive order on state judiciary, legislature?

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the 36 states of the country. This would be the tenth executive order signed since he came into office in 2015.  With this development, the legislature and judiciary are expected to be financially independent of the executive arm of the government. In other [...]

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    Ebonyi speaker: We’ve been enjoying financial independence under Umahi

Ebonyi speaker: We’ve been enjoying financial independence under Umahi

Francis Nwifuru, speaker of Ebonyi house of assembly, says the legislature has been enjoying financial independence under David Umahi, governor of the state. Nwifuru made this known during a radio programme in Abakaliki, the state capital, while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing of an executive order granting financial autonomy to states’ legislature and judiciary. The speaker said the executive order was [...]

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    ‘Judgements on websites’ — Malami highlights plans of digitising judiciary

‘Judgements on websites’ — Malami highlights plans of digitising judiciary

Abubakar Malami, minister of justice, has rolled out plans that his ministry intends to effect in the country's judicial system. The courts have not been working optimally following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. However, in a statement on Monday, Malami listed information communications technology (ICT) as a tool the judiciary could use to cover "lost grounds." Some of the changes sought [...]

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    Ayade’s meddlesome interloping in Cross River judiciary

Ayade’s meddlesome interloping in Cross River judiciary

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state is no doubt biting more than he can chew. After his reported involvement in the ordeal of Citizen Agba Jalingo who was released only a fortnight ago after spending months in incarceration following his critique of the Ayade administration in the state, the "Olimpotic Meristematis" crooner has taken his executive recklessness [...]

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    NBA tackles C’River assembly for rejecting chief judge designate who is from Akwa Ibom

NBA tackles C’River assembly for rejecting chief judge designate who is from Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the rejection of Akon Ikpeme as substantive chief judge of Cross River state. At plenary on Monday, the state assembly rejected Ikpeme’s appointment after receiving two reports by one of its committees. Among the recommendations of the committee, which was divided, is the rejection of Ikpeme on the grounds that she is not a native [...]

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    C’River assembly rejects chief judge designate — because she’s from Akwa Ibom

C’River assembly rejects chief judge designate — because she’s from Akwa Ibom

The Cross River state house of assembly has rejected the appointment of Akon Ikpeme as substantive chief judge of the state -- because she is from Akwa Ibom, even though she is married to a Cross Riverian.  In a voice vote at a plenary session on Monday, the assembly rejected Ikpeme's appointment after receiving two reports by a divided committee on judiciary [...]

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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 OMONIYI These 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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