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CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel
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CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel

Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct of Tribunal (CCT) has been given two weeks to respond to the assault allegation against him after appearing before the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions. Recall that Umar was caught on video assaulting a security man who has been identified as Clement Sagwak, at a popular plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja. He appeared before the senate panel on Tuesday May 4, following a petition filed by the security guard's counsel, Timzing Ramnap through the senator representing Plateau north, Istifanus Gyang. Appearing before the panel, Umar said he had not been formally served with a summon to appear before the senators. However after he asked for a week to respond to the allegation against him, Ayo Akinyelure, chairman of th...
Northern Youths Demand Removal Of Danladi Umar As CCT Chairman Over Assault
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Northern Youths Demand Removal Of Danladi Umar As CCT Chairman Over Assault

The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria has called for the removal and prosecution of Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for alleged abuse of power. Umar had been caught on video assaulting a security guard, Clement Sargwak, a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guard Services Limited at Banex Plaza, Abuja, who had told him that the justice’s vehicle was wrongly parked. In his attempt to justify his action, the CCT spokesman, had said the guard was rude and could not provide a reasonable explanation why the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal should not park in the said space, alleging that the guard threatened the CCT chairman. The spokesman had alleged that after the assault by Danladi Umar, a mob of “Biafran Boys” came to the guard’s rescue and ...
Danladi Umar: Abuja mob that attacked me chanted Biafran slogans
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Danladi Umar: Abuja mob that attacked me chanted Biafran slogans

Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has stated that he was attacked at the Abuja plaza by a mob that was “chanting Biafran secessionist and sectional slogan.” The CCT chairman was caught on video hitting a security man who had told him his vehicle was parked in the wrong space at a popular plaza in Abuja. In his defence, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, CCT spokesperson, said the guard was rude and that some “Biafran boys” also harassed his boss. He also said it was Umar that asked him to “Biafran boys” to describe the mob — a description which Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, said could land the CCT chairman in jail. In an interview with PRNigeria, Umar insisted that those who confronted and assaulted him at the plaza were secessionists. He said: “As part ...
Again Ex CJN Onnoghen Loses Again At Supreme Court
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Again Ex CJN Onnoghen Loses Again At Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday struck out a suit by the Cross River State Government faulting the suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had, upon an ex-parte order issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on January 23, 2019, suspended Onnoghen from office pending the conclusion of his trial before the CCT on charges of breach of Code of Conduct for Public Officers. Onnoghen remained on suspension until he retired and was, on April 18 this year , convicted by the CCT after finding that he did not declare some of his assets. In a judgment on Friday, six members of a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Olabode Rhoes-Vivour, held that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case, because the Attorne...
What Onnoghen Will Forfeit In 5 Accounts To FG
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What Onnoghen Will Forfeit In 5 Accounts To FG

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Walter Onnoghen of false and non-declaration of assets. The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, also ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN and the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) as well as the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC). Onnoghen convicted, banned from public office for 10 years The tribunal also ordered the forfeiture of all the monies in the five accounts the prosecution said Onnoghen failed to declare. They are Domiciliary US Dollar account No. 870001062650 – $56,878* Domiciliary Pound Sterling account No.285001062679 – £13,730.70. Domiciliary Euro account No. 93001062686 – €10,187.18. e-Saver savings (Naira) account No.500106...
Onnoghen Appeals Conviction By CCT
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Onnoghen Appeals Conviction By CCT

The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has appealed his conviction by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Onnoghen was convicted by the CCT on Thursday afternoon for false declaration of assets. The tribunal also ordered that he forfeit the money in the five accounts he failed to declare in his assets declaration form. The tribunal ordered his removal from office and declared that he should not be allowed to hold public office in the next ten years. In his appeal, Mr Onnoghen identified sixteen grounds on which basis he wants the appellate court to upturn his conviction. He also sought seven reliefs from the court including “an order setting aside the conviction of the appellant (Mr Onnoghen).”
Onnoghen Reacts To CCT Judgement Banning Him From Public Office
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Onnoghen Reacts To CCT Judgement Banning Him From Public Office

Walter Onnoghen, the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, has reacted to the tribunal judgement banning him from public office. Mr Onnoghen, accused of failing to declare some assets traced to him was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Thursday. In convicting the top jurist, the tribunal invoked the full provision of Section 23 of the code of conduct law which allows it to remove Mr Onnoghen from office. When urged by the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, to react to the judgement of the offence of which he was found guilty of, Onnoghen stood up in the dock, bowed and simply replied, “No comment.” After his reply, Mr Umar gave the ruling that he is being prevented from holding public office for a duration of ten (10) years adding the assets traced to ...
Breaking: Onnoghen Convicted, Banned From Holding Public Office For 10 Years
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Breaking: Onnoghen Convicted, Banned From Holding Public Office For 10 Years

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and has banned him from holding any public office for 10 years. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), in Abuja has convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen for non declaration of his five bank account with Standard Chartered Bank limited Abuja. Earlier in his rulings the Chairman of the tribunal Danladi Umar had dismissed Onnoghen two applications challenging the jurisdiction of the jurisdiction. He ruled that the application lack merit because the NJC regulation which stipulate that no judicial official shall be tried without first passing through the NJC disciplinary measures cannot stand in the face of the provision of the constitution.
CCT Dismisses Onnoghen’s Motions for Jurisdiction and Impartiality
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CCT Dismisses Onnoghen’s Motions for Jurisdiction and Impartiality

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Thursday dismissed the two motions of jurisdiction and impartiality pending determination for lack of merit. The motions are challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to handle the case of non-asset declaration and for the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar to recuse himself from continuing to hear and preside over the case for purposes of bias. Danladi in his ruling said the grounds of the motion was essential because he was appointed by the Presidency and moreso, that the tribunal is directly under the presidency. It was argued that on this premise, he (Danladi) would not maintain impartiality, particularly as the Federal Republic of Nigeria stands as complainant against Justice Onnoghen. But Danladi, while dismissing ...
Onnoghen: The Man, The Judge, The End
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Onnoghen: The Man, The Judge, The End

He left public service to join the firm of Effiom Ekong & Company (1979 till 1988). He later became the Principal Partner at Walter Onnoghen & Associates, Calabar from 1988 to 1989. Soon after, he began a career on the Bench. As High Court judge of Cross Rivers State, he was made the Chairman of the state Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Tribunal, a post he held for three years between 1990 and 1993. In 1998, he served as the Chairman, Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone. Onnoghen was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1998 from where he served until 2005 when he was elevated to the Supreme Court. In February 2016, Onnoghen led a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court who reviewed and upheld the death sentence of Chukwuemeka Ezeugo a.k.a. Rev. King of the Christi...
Suspended CJN Onnoghen Resigns.
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Suspended CJN Onnoghen Resigns.

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has resigned from office. A senior lawyer in suspended CJN’s defence team in his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) told newsmen that Onnoghen put in a resignation letter on Thursday, which he sent to the office of President Muhammadu Buhari. “I spoke with him a moment and he confirmed that he has voluntarily resigned. He said he did that yesterday,” the source said.‎ Efforts to get a formal confirmation or denial from the Supreme Court and Onnoghen’s spokesman, Awassam Bassey has been unsuccessful.
CCT: Why I’ve no case to answer — Onnoghen
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CCT: Why I’ve no case to answer — Onnoghen

With the Federal Government closing its case in the on-going trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, where the prosecution failed to prove most of the allegation carried by the media against him, Onnoghen has opted to go for a no case submission. The Suspended Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen consulting with his Lead Counsel during the continuation of the hearing of his case by the Code of Conduct Tribunal at Jabi, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 11/03/2019 He is currently facing a six-count charge FG preferred against him before the CCT. He had during trial raise the alarm that his assets declaration form before the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, was tamper with. The embattled CJN, who was suspe...
Onnoghen Absent From CCT Over Toothache, High Blood Pressure
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Onnoghen Absent From CCT Over Toothache, High Blood Pressure

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was absent from the Tuesday’s proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he has been charged with six counts of non-declaration of assets. Explaining his absence to the three-man Bench of the CCT, his lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), said the suspended CJN developed a toothache which needed to be treated urgently. To justify the defendant’s absence, Awomolo produced a medical report obtained by Onnoghen from the hospital where he was said to be receiving treatment. The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), acknowledged that he had been given a photocopy of the medical report. He noted that he would have expressed “an observation” about the medical report but for the comment of the doctor wh...
Walter Onnoghen Finally arrives CCT For Arraignment
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Walter Onnoghen Finally arrives CCT For Arraignment

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has finally arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal for his arraignment. His arrival is in compliance with the warrant of arrest issued against him on Wednesday by the Danladi Umar-led tribunal over an allegation of non-assets declaration that culminated in his suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari. Onnoghen who was suspended by President Buhari on January 25th, is being arraigned over his alleged false declaration of assets. Since the beginning of his trial, Onnoghen has refused to appear before the CCT on grounds that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to hear his case. DAILY POST reports that Onnoghen is now in the premises of the tribunal but has not yet alighted from his official Prado SUV. Security arrangement has been ...
Ozekhome Lists 9 Reasons Why CCT Arrest Order For CJN Onnoghen Is A ‘Vendetta’
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Ozekhome Lists 9 Reasons Why CCT Arrest Order For CJN Onnoghen Is A ‘Vendetta’

Foremost lawyer and Legal Luminary, Mike Ozekhome as listed 9 reasons why the bench warrant issued against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal is a 'Trivialization of the judicial process'. In a statement made available to PoliticsNGR on Wednesday titled 'THE CCT'S BENCH WARRANT FOR THE CJN ONNOGHEN'S  ARREST: CARRYING THE JOKE TOO FAR ', the senior advocate of Nigeria(SAN), argued; "It's quite saddening and abhorrent to hear that the CCT has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of CJN Walter Nkanu Onnoghen. For God's sake, this is bordering on the vendetta, the ridiculous and trivialization of the judicial process. I condemn this unwholesome step which puts the CCT in the public domain as being on a vengeful and extra-legal missi...
CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s Trial To Feb 13 For Hearing Of Application
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CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s Trial To Feb 13 For Hearing Of Application

Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has accused the Adeboyega Awomolo, counsel to Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), of applying delay tactics to stall proceedings. Umar made the accusation at the resumption of hearing on the case against Onnoghen on Monday. The court of appeal had refused to stay proceedings in the matter against the suspended CJN who is accused of false assets declaration. Awomolo had applied for an adjournment till Thursday because of a petition submitted to the National Judicial Council (NJC) against his client. The lawyer said the NJC would meet on Wednesday on the petition, the tribunal should adjourn so that it “it does not result in double jeopardy.” Aliyu Umar, counsel to the federal government, ...
CCT To Resume Onnoghen’s Trial On February 4th
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CCT To Resume Onnoghen’s Trial On February 4th

Information reaching the our newsdesk this afternoon reveals that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will resume the trial of Justice Walter Onnoghen on February 4, 2019. Onnoghen, who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, 2019, on a directive issued by the CCT, will face trial over allegations of a fraudulent declaration of assets. It will be recalled that Onnoghen had filed a suit at the Court of Appeal challenging his trial but his case was dismissed on the ground that the suit was "brought in a vacuum".
Onnoghen’s Suspension: NJC to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday
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Onnoghen’s Suspension: NJC to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has summoned an emergency meeting, over the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen’s suspension. According to Daily Post, the meeting will be held in Abuja by 10am on Monday. Neither Onnoghen nor Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad, the acting CJN, will be allowed to preside over the meeting. Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Muhammed as acting CJN. Explaining his reason, the President said he suspended Onnoghen, following an order from the CCT, asking him to wield the big stick. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has already slammed Buhari’s decision to suspend Onnoghen, describing it as an “attempted coup against the Nigerian Judiciary”.
Buhari Has Insulted The Constitution – Agbakoba Reacts To CJN’s Suspension
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Buhari Has Insulted The Constitution – Agbakoba Reacts To CJN’s Suspension

Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN. Explaining his reason, the President said he suspended Onnoghen, following an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, asking him to wield the big stick. In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST, Agbakoba made it clear that Buhari’s action “is the most brazen assault on Nigeria’s constitutional history” and criticized Mohammed for accepting to be sworn in. “President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is the most brazen assault on Nigeria`s constitutional history. “The President has obviously not listened to the advice of the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation or the Attorney General of the Federation has misadvised him or both. “...
Appeal Court Bars CCT From Proceeding With CJN Onnoghen Trial
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Appeal Court Bars CCT From Proceeding With CJN Onnoghen Trial

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has barred the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with hearing in the false assets declaration filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Walter Onnoghen. The three-man panel granted the interim order pending ruling on the CJN’s application for stay of proceedings.
Court Orders Stopping Onnoghen’s Trial not Binding, Says CCT
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Court Orders Stopping Onnoghen’s Trial not Binding, Says CCT

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday held that all orders of court restraining or stopping it from proceeding with the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen were not binding on it. The CCT in a split decision of two to one, discountenanced the orders of the court on the grounds that the orders were made by courts of equal jurisdiction and the CCT being a special Court empowered to handle exclusively the issues relating to assets declaration. The position of the CCT was made by the Chairman, Danladi Umar, and was supported by Justice Juli Anabor, who aligned herself with the chairman while Justice Williams Atedze gave the dissenting judgment. Atedze in his dissenting judgment held that it would result to judicial anarchy for the tribunal t...
FG Asks Court to Remove Onnoghen As CJN, NJC Chairman in New Lawsuit
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FG Asks Court to Remove Onnoghen As CJN, NJC Chairman in New Lawsuit

In a motion filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday, the Federal Government (FG) asked the court to remove Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the CJN and the chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC). The motion filed by Musa Ibrahim and Fatima Danjuma Ali on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation on Thursday, is aimed at ensuring that Onnoghen is not a judge in his case and that the next in line of seniority, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, becomes the acting CJN pending the determination of the substantive suit. The motion which was filed in pursuance of Section 6(6) Paragraph 11 (1) of the Fifth Schedule, Part 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), further asked the court to compel President Muhammadu ...
You Have No Powers To Try Me At CCT – Onnoghen Tells Federal Government
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You Have No Powers To Try Me At CCT – Onnoghen Tells Federal Government

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, challenged the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, to try him over his alleged failure to declare his assets. The CJN, who stalled his planned arraignment following his refusal to appear before the Justice Danladi Umar’s led three-member panel tribunal, was however represented by a consortium of 89 lawyers that comprised of 46 Senior Advocates of Nigeria. The legal team, which was led by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, and a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, told the tribunal that their appearance at the proceeding was “in protest.” Olanipekun told the tribunal that t...
APC Insists Law Must Run Its Course
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APC Insists Law Must Run Its Course

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, over improper assets declaration by the Code of Conduct Bureau must be allowed to run its course. Against the background of criticisms trailing the trial of Onnoghen, APC said the Peoples Democratic Party had shown affinity with a section of the judiciary linked with corrupt acts. The party also accused the main opposition party, some members of the bench and their civil society allies of pushing the ethnic and religious card in relation to the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria. APC said it believes in due process, adding that the law must run its course. Speaking during a press conference on Monday, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, said t...
Court Stops Chief Justice Of Nigeria’s Planned Arraignment
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Court Stops Chief Justice Of Nigeria’s Planned Arraignment

A Federal High Court which sat today in Abuja, has reportedly stopped the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s planned arraignment by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Justice Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who ruled on two ex-parte applications on Monday, ordered parties to maintain the status quo and also not to take any further steps in respect of the trial until January 17 when all parties to both suits are to return. While the ex parte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was moved by Mr. R.A Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha on Monday, the ex parte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 ‎was moved by Mr. Jeph Njikonye. The court which stopped the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s planned arraignment, also ordered the service of court”s documents in rel...
Senate President Saraki Finally Reacts To Supreme Court Victory
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Senate President Saraki Finally Reacts To Supreme Court Victory

Following his victory at the Supreme Court today, President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has broken his silence. The President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commended the Supreme Court for its verdict which upheld the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s ruling clearing him of all 18 count charges bothering on assets declaration. In a statement personally signed by Saraki, he said that the nation’s apex court had rekindled his strong confidence in the judicial process and the ability of the Judiciary to do justice to all manner of men and in all circumstances. According to him, the judgment of the Supreme Court which upheld the earlier decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal discharging and acquitting him of all 18 charges instituted against him, Saraki expressed gratitude ...
Conduct Tribunal Explains Why It Suspended Proceedings On Senator Saraki’s Case
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Conduct Tribunal Explains Why It Suspended Proceedings On Senator Saraki’s Case

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Monday explained why it stopped further proceedings on the assets falsification charge the Federal Government preferred against Senate President, Bukola Saraki. CCT stated that the decision was taken in the interest of justice and the right to fair hearing. A statement signed by Head, Press & Public Relations, Mr. Ibraheem Al-Hassan said the adjournment was anchored on section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. “We felt that such reports were not balanced, one-sided, and written in bad faith. “However, the tribunal wished to state that the decision was taken in the interest of justice and the right to fair hearing, section 36 of the Constitution and the right to appeal from the decision of a lower court. “Tribunal is not insens...
Saraki’s CCT Trial Adjourned
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Saraki’s CCT Trial Adjourned

The trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has been adjourned till March 8, 2018. The trial slated for today was adjourned by the Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Mr Danladi Umar, following claims by the defence lead Counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi, that he was served with the brief of the prosecution on Monday, February 26, 2018. Mr Agabi who led a team of other senior lawyers for the Senate President, pleaded with the tribunal to adjourn the matter to enable him to study and respond to the brief of argument served on him late by the prosecution. However, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs admitted that his brief was served late, but blamed the defence for the lateness on the grounds that their own brief of argument was served on him after seven days, ordered by the tribunal. ...
Senator Saraki Re-Arraigned Over False Assets Declaration
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Senator Saraki Re-Arraigned Over False Assets Declaration

The Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki was on Tuesday re-arraigned in the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over false assets declaration. Tuesday’s arraignment followed a ruling of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal in Dec. 2017 which dismissed 15 out of the 18-counts charges preferred against him in 2015. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the three member-panel, led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, dismissed the 15 charges but asked Saraki to answer the remaining three. The panel ordered that the tribunal should try the Senate President again on count 4, 5 and 6. In the count 4 of the charges, the Senate President was accused of making false asset declaration at the end of his tenure as the governor as Kwara State in 2011. He was also accused of making...
Financial Exclusion Is Limiting Government’s Efforts To Reduce Poverty
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Financial Exclusion Is Limiting Government’s Efforts To Reduce Poverty

As long as financial exclusion remains high, everyone loses.   To comprehend the magnitude of the challenge we face in our quest to reduce poverty in Nigeria, we need to first acknowledge government’s efforts so far.   You will recall the establishment of social investment programs (SIP) initiatives which were aimed at reducing poverty and improving livelihoods of vulnerable groups such as the unemployed youths, women, and children.   The components of the SIP include:   N-Power: a job creation scheme supporting graduates and non-graduates. The scheme seeks to enhance the employability of participants by providing stipends while non-graduates acquire vocational skills. Graduates, on the other hand, are trained to work in communities as school teach...
Appeal Court Rules Against Saraki, Says He Must Face Trial
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Appeal Court Rules Against Saraki, Says He Must Face Trial

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday ruled that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki must face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. The court also dismissed 15 out of the 18 counts of false assets declaration instituted against the Senate President, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.   The Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson-led three man panel unanimously ordered the Senate President to return to the CCT to face trial on three of the counts. The Appeal Court had earlier reserved its judgement on the appeal filed by the Federal Government challenging the acquittal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. Saraki is facing trial on an 18-count charge of false asset declaration and other related offences le...
Continued Trial Of Saraki’ll Dim APC’s Chances In 2019 – Kwara Chapter
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Continued Trial Of Saraki’ll Dim APC’s Chances In 2019 – Kwara Chapter

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State has warned that the appeal filed by the Federal Government against the judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, that discharged and acquitted President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, would dim the chances of the ruling party in 2019 general elections. The party, therefore, advised the government to wade into the matter to curtail the excesses of those it described as “desperate agents of government and their external collaborators” who didn’t contribute to the success of the APC during the 2015 general elections but were out to do irreparable damage to the government and the party. Kwara APC in statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, in Ilorin, yesterday, noted: “In the last two years, facts...
Fed Govt Appeals Saraki’s Conduct Tribunal Acquittal
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Fed Govt Appeals Saraki’s Conduct Tribunal Acquittal

The Federal Government has filed 11 grounds notice of appeal against the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki. This is out of the 18 counts of false asset declaration and other related offences by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The CCT had upheld the no-case submission which Saraki filed. The notice of appeal was signed by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Pius Akutah. In its notice of appeal, the FG said the judgment overruled previous decisions of the Court of Appeal on the charges. It added: “By the provisions of paragraphs 11 (2), (3) and (13) of Part 1, 5th Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), once the Code of Conduct fo...
Saraki’s Trial Slowed Down The Economy – Akpabio
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Saraki’s Trial Slowed Down The Economy – Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, minority leader of the senate, says the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) slowed down the economy. On Wednesday, Saraki was discharged and acquitted of an 18-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets. Speaking on Thursday, just before the upper legislative chamber adjourned for a two-week break, Akpabio told his colleagues that the prices of stocks went up at the stock exchange after Saraki was cleared. Akpabio described it as a good sign that the economy is bouncing back. “It’s a good sign that the economy is bouncing back as a result of the victory. Mr President I was listening to Channels Television… I heard of what happened at the stock exchange, shares prices went up,” he said. “This is an indicat...
Nigerians React After CCT Clears Saraki Of False Asset Declaration Charges
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Nigerians React After CCT Clears Saraki Of False Asset Declaration Charges

This morning, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) dismissed the charges of false asset declaration against Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, in his ruling said the prosecution team had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that Saraki was indeed guilty of false asset declaration. With this, Nigerians took to social media to share their views on the ruling. As expected many believe the fight against corruption is a futile effort.
CCT Discharges Saraki, Dismisses All Charges
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CCT Discharges Saraki, Dismisses All Charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja has quashed the 16-count charge the Federal Government preferred against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The two-panel panel tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar, held that FG failed to prove essential elements of all the allegations it levelled against Saraki. The tribunal held that both oral and documentary evidence that were laid by four witnesses FG brought before it were “so discredited during cross-examination”, saying it was so “manifestly unreliable that no court or tribunal can rely on it to make a conviction”. “In the light of the foregoing, the tribunal has no other option that to discharge the defendant. “The Honourable tribunal upholds the no-case submission and the defendant is accordingly discharged ...
Saraki, Ngwuta, Others May Forfeit Undeclared Assets
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Saraki, Ngwuta, Others May Forfeit Undeclared Assets

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court , among other defendants currently being prosecuted before the Code of Conduct Tribunal , may have their properties , which are subject of the charges preferred against them , temporality forfeited pending the final determination of their cases. This is according to the CCT’ s new Practice Direction , 2017, released last week. The 26- paragraph Practice Direction, with commencement date of February 16, 2017, is signed by the CCT’ s Chairman , Danladi Umar , and the other member of the tribunal , William Atedze. Paragraph 12 of the document , which deals with ‘ Seizures’ , gives the prosecution the discretion to apply ( through ex -parte motion ) for temporary forfeiture of assets which are subject of ...
Justice Ademola’s Acquittal: Presidency Frowns As FG Appeals Judgment
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Justice Ademola’s Acquittal: Presidency Frowns As FG Appeals Judgment

Federal Government Thursday appealed the judgment of Justice Jude Okeke that nullified the corruption charges against Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola and Mr. Joe Agi (SAN). Also, the government through the federal Ministry of Justice has filed a fresh case in the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT against Justice Ademola and his wife for living above their income and failure to declare their assets. It will be recalled that Justice Okeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Wednesday April 5, 2017, upheld a no case submission by the Defence in the corruption case against Justice Ademola, Mrs. Ademola and Mr. Agi. The judge also struck out the 18-count charge proffered against the Defendants after holding that the Prosecution failed to prove any of the alleg...
Change: Excitement As Beneficiaries Collect FG’s N5,000 Stipend
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Change: Excitement As Beneficiaries Collect FG’s N5,000 Stipend

Hope rises for the critically poor and vulnerable in Nigeria as the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) has taken off in parts of the country. Yesterday, beneficiaries in Kwara State, particularly Ilorin, the state capital, trooped to Stanbic IBTC to collect the N5,000 monthly stipend. Most of the beneficiaries were from Ilorin West Local Government Area. Several of them expressed delight that, after a long wait, the exercise eventually took off. The banking hall was full of beneficiaries when our reporter visited yesterday. It was observed that some of them had challenges with the mobile numbers they had used to register for the fund not corresponding with the ones being used by the caregiver who was expected to collect the money on behalf of the household. Fi...
Nigerian Government Starts Paying N5,000 Every Month To Poorest Citizens
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Nigerian Government Starts Paying N5,000 Every Month To Poorest Citizens

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of N5,000 monthly to one million vulnerable Nigerians. In a statement released, Monday, by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, the government stated that the payment was effected through the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, of the government’s Social Investment Programmes, SIP. According to the statement, one million Nigerians would receive N5,000 monthly payments under the CCT as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable as budgeted for in the 2016 Budget. Mr. Akande added that many of the beneficiaries have already reported receiving their first payments in the first batch that commenced last week. “In the first batch that commenced last week, nine ...

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