Judiciary

BREAKING: Senate Okays Tanko Muhammad As Chief Justice Of Nigeria

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. This was after Muhammad was screened by the Senate, during plenary. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the screening lasted for about 90 minutes and he responded to questions on the administration of criminal justice, corruption and the poor funding of the judiciary. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Thursday forwarded to the Senate, a letter requesting for confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. Buhari’s letter of request was a sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to make Justice Tanko the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Muhammad was first [Read]

Fashion designer gets 12 strokes of cane for stealing female underwear

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a fashion designer, Dauda Azeez, be given 12 strokes of the cane for stealing 16 used female underwear. Magistrate Afusat Alege, gave the order after Azeez pleaded guilty to theft. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Cpl. Abubakar Isa told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 2 at Oke-Kobi area, Chikanda. Isa said some residents of Oke-Kobi reported the case to the police. NEWS FLAKES NG further gathered that the prosecutor said that when Azeez’s room was searched, 16 used female underwear were recovered. He said that investigation revealed that the defendant was in the habit of stealing used pants [Read]

BOOM! Acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad Dragged To Court Over Age Falsification [READ MORE]

A 46-year-old businessman, Mr Tochi Michael, has dragged Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) before an FCT High Court over alleged age falsification. In the originating summon with suit No. FCT/HC/BW/CV/79/2019, filed before the court in April, the petitioner alleged that the CJN deliberately falsified his date of birth. Michael alleged that the CJN falsified his date of birth from Dec. 31, 1950 as contained in all his official records, including that of WAEC to Dec. 31, 1953 upon his appointment as a judicial officer, NAN reports The petitioner in the originating summon is praying the court to determine whether such act of the CJN does [Read]

Osun Governorship Tussle: Appeal Court Denies Claim By PDP Over Panel

The Court of Appeal has refuted claims by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that Justice Joseph Oyewole was part of the three-man panel to hear the appeal on the judgment in the Osun State governorship election dispute. The panel was constituted to hear an appeal seeking to reverse the majority judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that sacked Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from office. The tribunal had in a verdict it delivered on March 22, declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, as the valid winner of the gubernatorial election that held in the state in September 2018. Meanwhile, shortly after the [Read]

JUST IN: President Buhari Extends Tanko Muhammad’s tenure as CJN

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Tanko Muhammad as the acting chief justice of Nigeria by another three months. Mr Buhari sent the recommendation to the National Judicial Council and the supervisory body approved the appointment on Thursday, a spokesperson for the NJC, Soji Oye, said in a statement on Saturday. Mr Muhammad was first appointed in January after the president controversially suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen who was accused of false declaration of asset.   Mr Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and was barred from holding public office [Read]

BOOM! Dead Persons, Retired Judges Allegedly Make Acting CJN’s List of Election Petition Tribunal Members [READ MORE]

  The names of about ten dead and retired judges appeared among the recently sworn-in 250 election tribunal members. Lawyers in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, told Daily Independent about the inclusion of dead and retired judges in the list. According to the newspaper, the group of concerned lawyers who declined being identified, faulted the list of the recently sworn in 250-tribunal members as parading over 10 names of dead and retired judges. They admitted that this would not be the first time the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has displayed this level of “cluelessness and carelessness in handling sensitive issues concerning Nigeria.” They described “a posthumous appointment of anyone [Read]

FG, APC Plot Saraki, Dogara’s Arrest Tomorrow – CUPP Alleges [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to violently take over the leadership of the National Assembly tomorrow. Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Spokesman of the CUPP and National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere said the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are both of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been marked for arrest Monday night. He said Senators Ahmed Lawan, Godswill Akpabio and Hope Uzodimma, according to the plan, would be announced “factional” Senate President, Deputy Senate [Read]

ONNOGHEN: Osinbajo cancels appearance on Channels Television [READ MORE]

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has cancelled his planned appearance on Channels Television. Laolu Akande, a spokesperson for Mr Osinbajo, said in a tweet Sunday afternoon his principal would not be appearing on Channels Television‘s ‘Rubbin’ Minds’ because of campaign exigencies. “Sincere apologies that VP Osinbajo cant make ‘Rubbing Minds’ this afternoon on Channels TV. “Being a live programme, the exigencies of campaign timing make it impossible for VP to appear on show as scheduled today. We’re working with producers to reschedule his participation ASAP,” Mr Akande said. The programmed started at 3:00 p.m. without Mr Osinbajo. Sources close to the administration, however, told PREMIUM TIMES the vice-president was compelled to [Read]

Onnoghen’s Suspension: Buhari Has Sent A Dangerous Signal To The Entire World — Saraki [READ MORE]

  Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is a “coup against democracy”.  In a statement on Friday, the Senate President said the move by President Muhammadu Buhari is an over-reach of the powers in the Executive arm of government. Dr Saraki said Onnoghen’s suspension is a deliberate attempt to endanger Nigeria’s hard-won democracy. Saraki said President Buhari’s action undermines the Nation’s judiciary, adding that it subverts the constitution, intimidates judges of all the courts of record, and creates uncertainty in the electoral process. The legislator said Buhari has initiated a process the consequence of which no one can [Read]

REMOVAL OF CJN: PDP Suspends Campaign [READ MORE]

  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council has suspended its presidential campaign in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. The PDP Campaign Council further predicated the suspension of its campaign activities in solidarity with Nigerians in our collective rejection of the assault against our democratic order. Describing President Buhari action as a “dangerous and brazen assault on the constitution”, the PDP Campaign Council says in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday night that there is no point in campaigning to contest in an election, whose very basis has been so flagrantly undermined. “The basis for this election is the [Read]

ASSETS DECLARATION: South-South Govs Tell Onnoghen Not To Appear At CCT [READ MORE]

Governors of five states in the south-South have asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to ignore the court summons by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). The governors stated this in a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting held at the Bayelsa Governor’s lodge on Sunday in Abuja. The communique was read by Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State. According to the governors, the action against the CJN is the reinforcement that the Muhamaddu Buhari administration has no regard for the sentiments of Nigerians, in particular the people of Niger Delta, and the rule of law. [READ ALSO] CJN: President Buhari Plotting to destabilize judiciary ahead [Read]

CJN: President Buhari Plotting to destabilize judiciary ahead of 2019 general elections, Says PDP [READ MORE]

  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called on all Nigerians, the United Nations and all international bodies to unite in the defence of her democracy. The party made the statement following president Buhari directive to CJN, Walter Onnoghen to set down from his office. The party said these in a statement released on all it social media platform. [READ ALSO] 150 SANs Volunteer To Defend CJN Onnoghen In Court [READ MORE] Read statement below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Onnoghen: The failed and discredited Buhari Presidency is once again plotting to destabilize and annex the Judiciary ahead of the 2019 general elections. The APC and cabal at the Buhari Presidency [Read]

Biafra: Court orders Abaribe, others to pay N100m for failing to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court

  The Abuja chapter of the Federal High Court has ordered Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, and others who stood sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the court said the money must be paid within two months, for their failure to produce the Biafran activist in court. Justice Binta Nyako gave the order while delivering ruling on the matter, in which she amended the conditions of the bail she had in April 2017 granted the IPOB leader. Senator Abaribe and the two others were made to sign a bail [Read]