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    Insufficient supreme court justices worsening prison congestion, Falana tells Buhari

Insufficient supreme court justices worsening prison congestion, Falana tells Buhari

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says insufficient justices at the supreme court is one of the main causes of prison congestion in the country. In a letter dated June 9 and addressed to President Mohammadu Buhari, Falana asked the president to ratify the appointment of four justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for elevation to the [...]

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    Falana: Appeal court judges are empowered to hear matters in high court 

Falana: Appeal court judges are empowered to hear matters in high court 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says appeal court judges are empowered to return to the trial courts to hear cases.  The supreme court had nullified the 10-year jail term conviction of Ude Udeogu, a former director of finance and account at the Abia government house who was convicted for fraud alongside Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of the [...]

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    Of Orji Kalu and the echoes of a ‘technical’ supreme court

Of Orji Kalu and the echoes of a ‘technical’ supreme court

Last Friday, the Constitutional Court of Malawi in a unanimous judgment dismissed the appeal lodged by the country’s president, Peter Mutharika, and upheld the decision of an earlier Court ruling that annulled the president’s narrow victory last year while ordering a new election, which is slated for the 2nd of July 2020. When the lower Court annulled the election last February, [...]

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    Return all you took from Abia illegally, Ohaneze youth tell Orji Kalu

Return all you took from Abia illegally, Ohaneze youth tell Orji Kalu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has asked Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia, to return all what he allegedly took from the state. In a statement on Saturday, the group said Kalu, who is now the chief whip of the senate, should endear himself to the people as the new "Mandela of Africa." Nelson Mandela was a freedom fighter in [...]

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    ‘I’ve learnt lessons’ — Orji Kalu speaks after supreme court verdict

‘I’ve learnt lessons’ — Orji Kalu speaks after supreme court verdict

Orji Uzor Kalu, senate chief whip, says his stay in prison has taught him invaluable lessons about the country and its justice system. On Friday, the apex court upturned his conviction for alleged fraud and ordered a retrial. He had spent about five months in prison. In 2019, a federal high court in Lagos convicted Kalu of N7.1 billion fraud. He was [...]

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    Supreme court nullifies Orji Kalu’s conviction, orders retrial

Supreme court nullifies Orji Kalu’s conviction, orders retrial

The supreme court has nullified the conviction of Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia state.  Kalu was convicted and jailed 12 years for money laundering by a federal high court in Lagos. His conviction was upheld by the appeal court. But the apex court nullified his conviction on Friday and ordered a retrial of the accused and his co-defendants. In the judgment of [...]

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    Supreme court dismisses Zamfara APC application for review

Supreme court dismisses Zamfara APC application for review

The supreme court has dismissed an application by the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking a review of the judgment which disqualified the governorship and all other candidates of the party in the Zamfara 2019 elections. Inyang Okoro, who read the decision of the five-man panel of justices, said order eight rule 16 prohibits the court from reviewing its own decision. "The supreme court [...]

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    No evil deed will go unpunished, says Ihedioha on s’court judgment

No evil deed will go unpunished, says Ihedioha on s’court judgment

Emeka Ihedioha has reacted to the supreme court verdict on his application for a review of the judgment sacking him as Imo state governor.  The apex court struck out Ihedioha's application last Tuesday. In a statement on Sunday, Ihedioha said it was disheartening that the desire of Imo people to have good governance had been halted. He expressed concern over the implications of the judgment [...]

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    Oshiomhole: PDP felt they could impose Ihedioha on Imo

Oshiomhole: PDP felt they could impose Ihedioha on Imo

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), has described the supreme court verdict on the Imo governorship election as refreshing. On Tuesday, the supreme court dismissed the application of Emeka Ihedioha, former governor of the state, seeking a review of the judgement which sacked him. The apex court had nullified Ihedioha’s victory in the 2019 election and declared Hope Uzodinma, his [...]

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    PROFILE: Nweze, the supreme court judge who opposed colleagues over Ihedioha

PROFILE: Nweze, the supreme court judge who opposed colleagues over Ihedioha

One judge stood out during the ruling on the application filed by Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo state. Ihedioha had asked the apex court to review its judgement on his removal from office but while majority of the seven-man panel disagreed with him, Chima Nweze, found merit in the application. In his dissenting judgment, Nweze asked the court to [...]

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    Supreme court adjourns hearing of Yari’s application till March 17

Supreme court adjourns hearing of Yari’s application till March 17

The supreme court has adjourned the hearing of an application filed by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Abdullaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara, till March 17. Yari is asking the apex court to review its judgement nullifying the victory of his faction of the APC in Zamfara in the 2019 elections. While Yari was declared winner of [...]

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    ‘I did no wrong’ — Olanipekun speaks on supreme court fine

‘I did no wrong’ — Olanipekun speaks on supreme court fine

Wole Olanipekun, senior advocate of Nigeria, says he did no wrong in filing an application seeking a review of the supreme court judgement on the Bayelsa state governorship election. Olanipekun, who was the counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and David Lyon in the matter, spoke on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in commemoration of a church auditorium he donated [...]

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    The elevation of legal technicalities over substance: A critique of the supreme court’s decision on Bayelsa

The elevation of legal technicalities over substance: A critique of the supreme court’s decision on Bayelsa

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE With the Supreme Court reaffirming its decision in the Bayelsa guber conundrum on 26th February, 2020, the judgement of the Court has effectively fallen on the laps of academics, lawyers and other stakeholders for interrogation and strictures if anything, to establish the extent to which it conforms with binding precedents of the Court and even more importantly the [...]

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    Lyon: Supreme court ruling on Bayelsa may be seen as judgement without justice

Lyon: Supreme court ruling on Bayelsa may be seen as judgement without justice

David Lyon, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November election in Bayelsa state, says the supreme court ruling on the exercise may be seen as judgement without justice. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared him winner of the election but the apex court sacked him on the grounds that his running mate presented forged document [...]

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    Supreme court upholds its judgment sacking David Lyon

Supreme court upholds its judgment sacking David Lyon

The supreme court has struck out the application of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking a reversal of the judgment which sacked David Lyon as winner of the Bayelsa governorship election. The apex court held that the application constitutes a gross abuse of judicial process. On February 13, the supreme court affirmed the verdict of a federal high court which disqualified Biobarakuma [...]

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    Falana on Bayelsa: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll

Falana on Bayelsa: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says going by the law, pre-election matters should not be determined by the courts after the poll has been conducted. The lawyer said this while reacting to the supreme court's sack of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa, as governor-elect. On February 14, the apex court sacked Lyon [...]

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