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Supreme Court Declares Dissolution of Oyo Local Government Councils as illegal
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Supreme Court Declares Dissolution of Oyo Local Government Councils as illegal

The Supreme court on Friday May 7, declared the dissolution of local government councils in Oyo state as illegal. The apex court also condemned their replacement with caretaker committees. It said the replacement of the council chairman with caretaker committees is unlawful. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state was widely criticized after he sacked all the local government chairpersons in the state and appointed caretaker chairmen in May 2019.
“Extend Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 100 Years” – Afe Babalola
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“Extend Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 100 Years” – Afe Babalola

A legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, on Wednesday proposed 100 years as retirement age for Supreme Court Justices from 70. This is contained in a statement issued by Tunde Olofintila, the Director, Corporate Information of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, (ABUAD), in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Babalola, founder of ABUAD, made the call at the virtual launch of books in honour of Rtd Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, CFR, of the Supreme Court to mark his retirement from the bench on attaining 70. He canvassed for a review of the age of retirement of judges, especially those of the Supreme Court Justice from the current 70 to 100 or more if life service is not possible.” There is an urgent need for reform of our judicial system. This is w...
Supreme Court Dismisses Ruling that Said Trump Violated Constitution by Blocking Twitter Followers
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Supreme Court Dismisses Ruling that Said Trump Violated Constitution by Blocking Twitter Followers

The US Supreme Court has wiped away a lower court opinion holding that then-President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked followers from his Twitter account. Ruling on Monday, April 5, The Supreme court dismissed the case because Trump is not in office so there is no longer a live case or any controversy. Trump created his Twitter account in 2009, and in May and June of 2017, while serving as President of the US he blocked seven individuals who had expressed displeasure with him. Lawyers from the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued on behalf of the seven individuals, arguing Trump's action violated their First Amendment rights. In court papers, they said Trump's account, @realDonaldTrump, "functions as an official source of new...
Supreme Court Indictment: PDP Tells Mai Buni To Resign
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Supreme Court Indictment: PDP Tells Mai Buni To Resign

The @OfficialPDPNig has asked Yobe state Governor Mala Mai Buni to resign his position as governor and Interim National Chairman of @OfficialAPCNg, following the pronouncement of the Supreme Court, which found the leadership of the party as “irresponsible and reckless”, for engaging in unsubstantiated allegations against the justices of the Supreme Court. It is indeed appalling that the illegal Mai Buni leadership of the @OfficialAPCNg could, in their penchant for falsehood, go to the extent of falsely accusing the Justices of the Supreme Court of holding a meeting with @OfficialPDPNig leaders allegedly to subvert justice, in a case, in which the PDP is not even a party. The pronouncement of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has ultimately vindicated our stand tha...
APC Chairman, Buni Denies Attacking Supreme Court Justices
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APC Chairman, Buni Denies Attacking Supreme Court Justices

National Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Gov. Mai Mala Buni has denied attacking justices of the Supreme Court in the wake of an appellate court judge on the Imo North Senatorial election. Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Governor Buni in a statement said his principal never authorized any attack on the justices. Part of the statement reads; “It has come to my knowledge that an allegation was made against some Supreme court judges claiming that there was a meeting between their Lordships with the PDP to subvert the cause of Justice in the case of the Imo North Senatorial election. “I want to make my position abundantly clear and in unambiguous terms that, l Hon....
Some Supreme Court Decisions Don’t Make Sense Anymore – Rhodes-Vivour
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Some Supreme Court Decisions Don’t Make Sense Anymore – Rhodes-Vivour

A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, on Monday, maintained that many previous decisions of the apex court should be laid to rest and never followed. Justice Rhodes-Vivour, who clocked the 70 years mandatory retirement age on Monday, spoke at a valedictory session the Supreme Court held in his honour. He took his last opportunity on the bench to address key issues affecting both the judiciary and the nation. The retired jurist noted that the Supreme Court had on several occasions, held that it is absolutely bound by the doctrine of Precedent or stare decisis. He said the doctrine, in effect, means “stand by your decisions and the decisions of your predecessors, however wrong they are and whatever injustices they inflict”. Justice Rhodes-Vivour ar...
Olabode Rhodes-Vivour Retires As Supreme Court Justice,  Number Of Supreme Court Judges Drops To18
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Olabode Rhodes-Vivour Retires As Supreme Court Justice, Number Of Supreme Court Judges Drops To18

The number of justices of the apex court rose from 12 to 20 in November 2020 after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of eight justices. However, with the death of Sylvester Ngwuta on March 7, and Rhodes-Vivour’s retirement the number of justices in the apex court has further reduced to 18 as against the constitutionally required number of 21. At the valedictory court session held in his honour on Monday, Ibrahim Muhammad (CJN) described the retired justice as one who is “physically energetic and never gets frightened by any form of challenges”. “His amiable disposition and reticent outlook have literally made him a gentle tiger in the temple of justice,” the CJN said Rhodes-Vivour, who ascribed his success to God, said he was never absent from duty over il...
Aftermath Of Supreme Court Judgement, Rotimi Amaechi Revalidates APC Membership
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Aftermath Of Supreme Court Judgement, Rotimi Amaechi Revalidates APC Membership

On Monday the Minister of Transportation and Leader of the All Progressives Congress in the South-South, Rotimi Amaechi has revalidated his membership of the APC. Amaechi revalidated his membership of the party alongside his wife, Judith, at Ubima Community, Unit 14, Ward 8 in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State. The Minister’s revalidation exercise comes days after the Supreme Court removed all the legal impediments that almost destroyed the APC in Rivers State. The party which was sharply fictionalised in Rivers State had two leaderships; the one led by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and another, by former Senator, Magnus Abe. While some factional members of the APC; Igo Aguma and Livingston Wechie has resigned from the party, Senator Abe has encouraged other aggr...
Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta Dies 23 Days to Retirement
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Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta Dies 23 Days to Retirement

Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta is dead as confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi. Justice Ngwuta who was due to retire on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021, died in the early hours of Sunday March 7. Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha said Justice Ngwuta died around 2.30 am in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, Abuja. Mustapha said;    “He felt sick and was admitted, last week, at the National Hospital, Abuja. “Before he was moved to the ICU on Friday, he tested negative for COVID-19. “Justice Ngwuta was due to retire on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021. “His remains have been deposited i...
Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta is Dead
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Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta is Dead

A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, is dead. Ngwuta died in the early hours of Sunday, March 7, after a protracted illness. His health took took a different turn for the worse on Thursday, March 4 and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit. Spokesperson of the court, Ahuraka Isah, who confirmed his death, said “He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe. He was moved to intensive care unit on Friday. They even conducted COVID-19 test on him but he tested negative. We were already preparing for his valedictory service slated for March 30.”Isah said Ngwuta was absent from the bench between 2016 and 2019 while he faced trial for corruption after the secret police claimed it found ...
Supreme Court Affirms Sacking of Aguma as APC Chairman in Rivers state
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Supreme Court Affirms Sacking of Aguma as APC Chairman in Rivers state

The Supreme Court has affirmed the sacking of Igo Aguma as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. The leadership tussle had divided the party into two blocs; Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe, and also created legal impediments that stopped the party from partaking in the last general elections. The apex court upheld the Court of Appeal judgement which overturned the June 10, 2020 judgment of the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, which installed Mr Aguma as the leader of APC in the state and sacked the Ogbobula-led committee which was constituted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). It dismissed Mr Aguma’s appeal on grounds of lack of jurisdiction. In the lead judgement prepared by Justice Adamu Jauro an...
Uche Nwosu Returns To Supreme Court, Seeks Uzodinma’s Disqualification
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Uche Nwosu Returns To Supreme Court, Seeks Uzodinma’s Disqualification

Rochas Okorocha’s son in law, Mr. Uche Nwosu has asked the Supreme Court to declare that Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma was not the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) based on the court’s judgment that Nwosu was nominated by both the APC and the Action Alliance. Nwosu made this request in a fresh suit his counsel, Mr Philip Umeadi Jnr recently, asking the apex court to review its judgement in which he declared Uzodinma the APC candidate. He, also, asked the court for an order enforcing or otherwise directing the enforcement and or giving effect to the judgement of the court in the case delivered on December 20, 2019 wherein the court held that he was nominated by both APC and AA and consequently declared his nomination a nullity. However, the same apex...
“Send Metuh Back To Prison” — EFCC Appeals To Supreme Court
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“Send Metuh Back To Prison” — EFCC Appeals To Supreme Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the supreme court to send Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), back to prison. Metuh was on February 25, 2020, convicted on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of the national security adviser. Okon Abang, the trial judge, sentenced him to seven years in prison. However, the court of appeal voided Metuh’s conviction on December 16 on the grounds that the trial judge exhibited bias in the case. The appellate court also nullified the judgment of the trial court against Destra Investment Limited. In a separate appeal, the court also quashed parts of the trial court’s judgment which indicted Sambo Dasuki, a former ...
British Supreme Court Rules that Niger Delta Communities Can Sue Shell in UK
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British Supreme Court Rules that Niger Delta Communities Can Sue Shell in UK

The United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled that polluted Nigerian communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell, a British-Dutch oil company in English courts for pollution. The decisions overturns a previous Appeal Court ruling and represents a victory after a five-year legal battle instituted by Ogale and Bille communities in Rivers state. While the communities with 42,500 farmers and fishermen stressed that they are suffering after the oil company polluted their environment including land, swamps, groundwater and waterways, Shell in its defence argued that it was only a holding company for a firm that should be judged under Nigerian law. The Royal Dutch Shell which also did not dispute that pollution had been caused, argued that it could not be held legally responsible for its Nige...
Senate Moves To Push Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 75 Years
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Senate Moves To Push Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 75 Years

THE Senate is putting in place measures to push for the retirement age of Supreme Court Justices in the nation’s apex court from the age of 70 to 75 years. According to the Senate, it is considering the proposal made to it by the Supreme Court March this year, 2021. Speaking today in Abuja during the Senate Constitution Review Committee Retreat to Review and Analyse Submitted Memoranda, Deputy President of the Senate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central said that the upper Chamber will in March consider the proposal of shifting the retirement age of Supreme Court Justices from 70 to 75 years and the retirement age for judges of the states, including that of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and the Federal High Courts to bring in about parity wit...
President Biden cancels travel ban on Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Eritrea and others
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President Biden cancels travel ban on Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Eritrea and others

U.S President Joe Biden on his first day in office signed a series of executive actions to reverse the policies of Donald Trump administration on immigration and others.   Hours after taking the office, Biden issued an executive order to end Trump’s controversial 'Muslim travel ban', which blocked travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African countries.   During Trump's first week in office in 2017, he implemented the Muslim Ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.   The ban faced several legal challenges, but the Supreme Court upheld the measure in 2018.   In February 2020, Trump later expanded the ban to include additional restrictions on...
Murder, Death Sentence: Maryam Sanda Heads To Supreme Court
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Murder, Death Sentence: Maryam Sanda Heads To Supreme Court

Maryam Sanda, the woman sentenced to death for killing her husband, has decided to approach the Supreme Court, in a bid to overturn the judgements of the lower courts. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, affirmed the death sentence passed on her by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for murdering her husband, Bilyaminu Bello. Joe Gadzama, SAN, her lawyer disclosed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja. Gadzama, who was displeased with the judgment of the Appeal court, said they would “approach the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict.”
Supreme Court Orders Pennsylvania Democrats To Respond In Ballot Dispute
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Supreme Court Orders Pennsylvania Democrats To Respond In Ballot Dispute

The Supreme Court ordered Pennsylvania Democrats to respond by Thursday evening in a case challenging the state’s three-day extension for counting mail-in ballots. President Trump has moved to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Republicans, arguing the state’s Democratic Party and Secretary of State violated the law by extending the time for counting mail-in ballots to Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., despite the state legislature setting the deadline as Election Day. The lawsuit takes issue with a state Supreme Court ruling that postmarked ballots be presumed to have been mailed before Nov. 3, even if not clearly postmarked to that effect. “This is an open invitation to voters to cast their ballots after Election Day, thereby injecting chaos and the potential for gamesmanship in...
Trump Claims Victory, Says He Will Dispute Election Count At Supreme Court
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Trump Claims Victory, Says He Will Dispute Election Count At Supreme Court

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes. “We did win this election,” Trump said in an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White House. “This is a fraud on the American public.” The Republican, who according to initial results is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Joe Biden, said he would go to court and “we want all voting to stop.” He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail-in ballots which can be legally accepted by state election boards after Tuesday’s election, provided they were sent in time. The issue could become crucial in the states still tabulating votes in a very tight contest. ...
Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield
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Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit filed by the Bayelsa state government over the disputed Soku oilfield belonging to Rivers State.   Bayelsa State government had approached the Supreme Court after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered it to refund the 13 percent derivation it had received over the years from disputed Soku oilfield to Rivers State.   At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday October 27, Justice Ngwuta, who led a panel of 7 justices, wondered why the Bayelsa State government decided to file a suit at the apex court, whereas steps were being taken to challenge the judgement of the Federal High Court at the Court of Appeal.   Justice Ngwuta observed that the Bayelsa State government was jumping the gun and its action was tantamount ...
Police Recruitment: IGP Files 20 Grounds Of Appeal At Supreme Court
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Police Recruitment: IGP Files 20 Grounds Of Appeal At Supreme Court

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has filed 20 grounds of appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement that voided the recruitment of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, last year. The IGP, the NPF and Federal Ministry of Police Affairs, through their lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, urged the apex court to set-aside a judgment the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal delivered on September 30, which invalidated the recruitment process. The appellants further prayed the Supreme Court to stay the execution of the verdict of the appellate court. A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige had in the contested judgment, unanimously held that the IGP and the NPF lacked the power to recruit the constables. ...
Police Recruitment: IGP Appeals To Supreme Court, Seeks Stay Of Judgment Execution
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Police Recruitment: IGP Appeals To Supreme Court, Seeks Stay Of Judgment Execution

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Friday approached the Supreme Court urging it to upturn the Wednesday’s judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by him and the Nigeria Police Force in 2019. The appellants filed their notice of appeal of three grounds together with an application for stay of execution of the Court of Appeal’s judgment. The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige had unanimously held that the IGP and the NPF lacked the power to recruit the constables. It held that it was the Police Service Commission that had the exclusive power to carry out the recruitment and nullified the one executed by the police. But the IGP and the NPF through their lawyer, Dr. Alex...
Supreme Court’s Decision On Female Inheritance Divides Igbos
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Supreme Court’s Decision On Female Inheritance Divides Igbos

THE Supreme Court in a landmark decision, has upheld the right of a female child to inherit properties of her father. By this decision, the apex court has voided the Igbo age-long law and custom which forbid a female child from inheriting her late father’s estate. The Supreme Court voided this tradition and custom on the grounds that it is discriminatory and conflicts with the provision of the constitution. The Supreme Court held that the practice conflicted with section 42(1)(a) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution. The land mark judgment was on the appeal marked: SC.224/2004 filed by Mrs. Lois Chituru Ukeje (wife of the late Lazarus Ogbonna Ukeje) and their son, Enyinnaya Lazarus Ukeje against Ms. Gladys Ada Ukeje (the deceased’s daughter). “Gladys had sued the deceased’s wi...
Buhari Appoints 4 New Judges For Supreme Court
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Buhari Appoints 4 New Judges For Supreme Court

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of four Supreme Court Judges from Northern Nigeria. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, made the announcement in a statement, adding that those appointed include Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar (North-East Zone), Hon. Justice Mohammed L. Garba (North-West Zone), Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki (North-West Zone), Hon. Justice Mohammed M. Saulawa. Three heads of court, 11 judges for state high courts and four Kadis of Sharia Court of Appeal were also appointed. SaharaReporters gathered that in October 2019, the National Judicial Council recommended the appointment of four justices of the Court of Appeal as justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria but President Buhari refused to forward their names to the Supreme Court for conf...
Supreme Court Blocks Trump From Cancelling Daca Immigration Program
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Supreme Court Blocks Trump From Cancelling Daca Immigration Program

What is Daca? Daca (pronounced dah-kuh) is a federal government program created in 2012 under Barack Obama. It allowed people brought to the US unlawfully as children the temporary right legally to live, study and work in America, instead of living in the legal shadows, fearing deportation. Those applying were vetted, and then action to deport them would be deferred for two years, with a chance to renew on a rolling basis. And they would become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit. The program is not designed as a path to permanent residency or citizenship. Who are the Dreamers? Those protected under Daca are known as “Dreamers” – by the time Trump announced his decision to rescind the program, many hundreds of thousands had been granted appr...
Barack Obama Reacts to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favour of Protecting LGBTQ Rights
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Barack Obama Reacts to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favour of Protecting LGBTQ Rights

Former US President, Barack Obama took to Twitter and Instagram to react after the Supreme Court's decision of  protecting LGBTQ rights. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 15, 2020, that gay and transgender people are protected against employment discrimination under existing civil rights laws. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s liberals in the 6-to-3 ruling. They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes gay and transgender employees. Barack Obama described SCOTUS' ruling as "progress" and he used the opportunity to wish the country a "Happy Pride month". He wrote: "Today’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination is an aff...
‘The Place Is Bustling’ – Trump Cheers As People Rush To Bars To Have Drinks After Supreme Court Overturns Wisconsin Governor’s Lockdown Order
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‘The Place Is Bustling’ – Trump Cheers As People Rush To Bars To Have Drinks After Supreme Court Overturns Wisconsin Governor’s Lockdown Order

US President, Donald Trump, took to his Twitter account to cheer on Thursday, after photos circulated on social media showing people take to bars and the streets after a judge overturned Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ stay at home lockdown order. According to Trump the court’s decision was a ‘win’ as ‘people want to get on with their lives.’ State Supreme Court – in a shocking decision – struck down Governor Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order. According to the court, Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. It was the first ruling of its kind in US, a nation that has suffered over 82,000 deaths from Coronavirus. Donadl Trump has since reacted to the news: ”The Great State of Wisconsin, h...
Supreme Court Affirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s Election as Senator
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Supreme Court Affirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s Election as Senator

The election of Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District has been upheld by the Supreme Court. The lawsuit filed by Chief Chris Uba and Dr Obinna Uzor challenging the election of Ifeanyi Ubah was struck out by the Supreme Court on grounds of the Federal High Court in Abuja where the case began, lacking the territorial jurisdiction to entertain the case. Justice Sylvester Ngwuta who read the lead judgement said the lawsuit ought to have been heard at the federal high court in Anambra, because the cause of action emanated from the state and not the FCT. Reacting to the Supreme Court's judgement which upheld the Court of Appeal's ruling on the case,Ubah said he can now focus on his official duties. He said; “I thank the Justices of the Supr...
Orji Uzor Kalu to remain in Prison Despite Supreme Court Ruling Nullifying his Conviction
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Orji Uzor Kalu to remain in Prison Despite Supreme Court Ruling Nullifying his Conviction

Former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu is to remain in Kuje prison despite last Friday's ruling by the Supreme court nullifying his 12-year-conviction. Recall that the Apex court on Friday May 8, nullified the December 2019 judgment which sentenced Kalu, and one Ude Udeogo, to 12 years and 10 years imprisonment respectively, after both men were found guilty of diverting N7.6 billion belonging to the state government during their time in office. Many of Kalu's associates had expected him to have been released from Kuje prison and reunited with his family. However this is yet to happen as the Apex Court did not issue any order for Kalu’s release because he did not file any application for such. The judgment only covers the appeal from Udeogu who challenged the propriety of a...
Names Of Supreme Court Justices That Quashed Orji Uzor Kalu’s Conviction
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Names Of Supreme Court Justices That Quashed Orji Uzor Kalu’s Conviction

1. Justices Mary Odili; 2. Justice Bode Rodhes-Vivour, 3. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, 4. Justice Inyang Okoro 5. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, 6. Justice Amina Augie 7. Justice Ejembi Eko In a unanimous judgment on Friday, a panel of seven Justices of Supreme Court set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court as a nullity. Justice Ejembi Eko who read the leading judgment held that Justice Mohammed Idris having been elevated to the bench of the Court of Appeal was no longer a Judge of the Federal High Court and therefore acted out of the jurisdiction. The apex court further held that section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 which allows the President of the Court of Appeal to issue a fiat to Justice Idris to adjudicate on the ...
Supreme Court Nullifies Orji Uzor Kalu’s Conviction
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Supreme Court Nullifies Orji Uzor Kalu’s Conviction

The Supreme Court has nullified the judgment which convicted former Abia state governor and serving senator, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Ude Udeogo, the former Director of Finance and Accounts during Kalu's administration. Senator, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Ude Udeogo were arrested and jailed for diverting N7.6 billion belonging to the state government during their time in office. Justice Idris Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Lagos on December 12, 2019, sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment after finding him guilty of N7.1bn fraud charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Udeogo was also sentenced to 10 years. Displeased with the judgement of the Federal High Court, Kalu and Udeogu filed an appeal to challenge their sentencing at the S...
NJC Recommends “Unqualified” Relatives of Supreme Court Judges, Others to Buhari for Appointments
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NJC Recommends “Unqualified” Relatives of Supreme Court Judges, Others to Buhari for Appointments

A group of Nigerian lawyers have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reject 33 candidates recommended to him by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment as High Court judges of the Federal Capital Territory, based on nepotism. The lawyers, under the aegis of Open Bar Initiative, in a petition to Buhari said 17 of the NJC’s nominees were not just “unqualified”, but that they made the NJC’s list because of their “connection” or “family affiliation” with top officials of the nation’s judiciary, Premium Times reports. The petition dated May 6, 2020, is signed by Silas Onu and Chidi Odinkalu, the conveners of the Open Bar Initiative and five other members of the group. The Open Bar Initiative, a group of Nigerian lawyers, says it is dedicated to defending the integrity o...
Ihedioha at 55: Lest we forget
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Ihedioha at 55: Lest we forget

IN his open letter to the dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in Daily Trust on March 12, elder statesman, Ahmed Joda, advised the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, never to challenge his dethronement in court. “I suggest to you that if you are contemplating the legal route to right the wrong that has been done to you, you should abandon the thought,” Joda advised. Some would deem such an advice strange, if not bizarre. Where else should real or perceived wrongs be righted if not the courts? But Joda, one of Nigeria’s most accomplished and celebrated public servants, is neither obtuse nor flippant. He had his reason. “The judiciary is not the way to go in this country when you are seeking for justice. For evidence, you have a living example in Jokolo, the Em...
India Hangs Four Men Over 2012 Delhi Bus Gang Rape and Murder
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India Hangs Four Men Over 2012 Delhi Bus Gang Rape and Murder

India has executed the four men who were convicted of the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012. The men, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh had been found guilty in a 2013 trial and sentenced to death by hanging, but their execution had been postponed multiple times due to appeals. According to BBC UK, the four were hanged at dawn on Friday March 20th in the capital’s high-security Tihar prison with hundreds gathered outside the prison gates, shouting “death to rapists”. “It took seven years but justice was delivered,” said Delhi chief minister Arwind Kejriwal. It was the first time in five years that capital punishment has been carried out in India. The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who the Indian p...
Pastor Adeboye Predicted my Victory at Supreme Court – Governor Duoye Diri Testifies at Redemption Camp
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Pastor Adeboye Predicted my Victory at Supreme Court – Governor Duoye Diri Testifies at Redemption Camp

Governor of Bayelsa state, Duoye Diri has disclosed that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye predicted his victory at the Supreme Court. Recall that the Supreme Court recently sacked the All Progressives Congress candidate, David Lyon as the winner of Bayelsa Governorship election after finding his running mate Degi Eremienyo Wangagra, guilty of submitting a fake certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission. Testifying at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Duoye recalled visiting Pastor Adeboye during his election travails. The Bayelsa Governor said; “I visited this church on the 11th of December during the programme of the Great Turn Around. “After the service, I went to see Daddy ...
Imo decision will haunt electoral jurisprudence for a long time – Supreme Court Justice
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Imo decision will haunt electoral jurisprudence for a long time – Supreme Court Justice

Justice Chima Centus Nweze who was part of the 7-man panel that presided over the Imo review appeal filed by Emeka Ihedioha, raised an alarm of the Supreme Court's decision on the case, haunting the electoral jurisprudence for a long time.   Recall that on January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court declared the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Hope Uzodinma as the valid winner of the November 2019 Governorship election conducted in Imo state. The apex court ordered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Emeka Ihedioha to vacate the office of the governor.   While the majority six insisted on the infallibility attribute of the Supreme Court to hold fast to its verdict whether right or wrong, Nweze recalled how same court reversed its judgement in the past. ...
President of Guinea Bissau Resigns After one Day in Office
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President of Guinea Bissau Resigns After one Day in Office

Guinea Bissau’s rival president, Mr Cipriano Cassamá, has resigned from his post, just after one full day in office, According to him, he took the step due to death threats, stating that his life was in danger, and he has no security. Mr Cassamá said; “I have no security, my life is in danger, the life of my family is in danger, the life of this people is in danger. I cannot accept that, that is why I took this decision”. Cipriano Cassamá was chosen by lawmakers as president following disputed elections in December. This was despite the fact that former army general Umaro Cissoko Embaló had already been sworn in as president at a hotel in the capital, Bissau. The ruling PAIGC party is contesting that result in the supreme court. Despite the resignation of one presiden...
Supreme Court As Graveyard Of Electoral Mandates By Farooq Kperogi
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Supreme Court As Graveyard Of Electoral Mandates By Farooq Kperogi

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad’s Supreme Court will go down in history as easily Nigeria’s most blatant bastion of supreme injustice. In the last one year, it has shaped up to be the graveyard of electoral mandates. It either sanctifies transparent electoral heists, such as Buhari’s blazing mandate theft, using the most astonishingly illogical arguments or reverses approximations of people’s choices such as in Zamfara, Imo, and Bayelsa. In inflicting legal violence on people’s choices, the Supreme Court appears to have no care for basic consistency. In what seems like an attempt to compensate for its disastrously indefensible usurpation of the electoral mandate of former Imo State governor Emeka Ihedioha, the Supreme Court on February 13 overturned the mandate of  former Bayelsa Stat...
Supreme Court Dismisses Lyon And APC’s Application For Lacking In Merit
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Supreme Court Dismisses Lyon And APC’s Application For Lacking In Merit

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application for review of the judgment which sacked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, David Lyon and his deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo. According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final. She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages. The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment. “There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.” She...
APC Fumes As PDP Demands Review Of Buhari Supreme Court Victory
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APC Fumes As PDP Demands Review Of Buhari Supreme Court Victory

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment, which upheld the victory of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd.) , in the 2019 presidential election and dismissed the appeal of the PDP candidate , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar . The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this during a press conference in Abuja , also called on the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states . The party demanded a review of the apex court ’s judgment on the 2018 governorship election in Osun State . In the judgment , the Supreme Court upheld the APC ’ s candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola’ s victory and dismissed the PDP candidate , Ademola Adeleke ’ s appeal . It also demanded a ...
PDP Seeks Review Of Supreme Court Judgment On 2019 Presidential Election
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PDP Seeks Review Of Supreme Court Judgment On 2019 Presidential Election

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, said the “plot” by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to destabilize the country has left it with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court for a review of the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election. This is even as the party stated that in addition to the Presidential election, it would also tasked the apex court to take a second look at the governorship elections in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Osun states. Addressing newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja, party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party took the decision having uncovered plot by the ruling party to influence the Supreme Court to upturn the Bayelsa governorship election in favour of the APC.
Don’t Blame My Running Mate — Lyon On Supreme Court Judgement
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Don’t Blame My Running Mate — Lyon On Supreme Court Judgement

David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa state, has asked people not to blame Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, his running mate, for his removal. Although Lyon was declared winner of the election, the supreme court sacked him on the grounds that his running mate presented forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Twenty-four hours later, Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, was sworn in as governor. In a statement signed by Alphine Ogoh, his media aide, Lyon appealed to his supporters to remain calm and allow the legal team of the party explore “all remedies available in law to restore the mandate of the people”. He described as “unfounded” the allegations that he wa...
APC, PDP React To Supreme Court’s Adjournment Of Imo Election Review
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APC, PDP React To Supreme Court’s Adjournment Of Imo Election Review

The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday, aired their opinions regarding the adjournment of the Supreme Court review on the January 14, 2020 judgement till March 2nd, as requested by the PDP, to respond to motions that were served on them by the APC. To this end, Vanguard called the APC and PDP, in Owerri, to have their reactions following the adjournment of the review case. Recalled, the 14 January 2020, in the Supreme court judgement sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, as governor of Imo and validated Hope Uzodinma, of the APC, as the legally elected governor of the state. On the supreme court adjournment, according to the PDP, publicity Secretary, Damian Opara, he said: “APC and Senator Hope Uzodinma, filled a motion that was served on...
Uzodinma Vs Ihedioha: I’m Not Part Of Supreme Court Review Team – Soyinka
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Uzodinma Vs Ihedioha: I’m Not Part Of Supreme Court Review Team – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has faulted a report by a newspaper of his purported selection to serve on a monitoring team for the forthcoming Supreme Court review of the case between Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party. The apex court on January 14, 2020, nullified the election of Ihedioha as the governor of the state and declared Uzodinma as the winner of the governorship election. Ihedioha subsequently filed an appeal, urging the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment. The hearing of the appeal has been fixed for March 2, 2020. The elder statesman, who said the online link of the newspaper’s report (not The Punch) was sent to him for perusal, noted in a statement on Tuesday night that h...
Supreme Court Adjourns Imo Governorship Case till March 2nd
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Supreme Court Adjourns Imo Governorship Case till March 2nd

The Supreme Court has adjourned till March 2nd, the hearing in the application filed by the PDP and former Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, for a review of the January 14th judgement in which Ihedioha's tenure as governor was terminated. Counsel to the former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha and the PDP, Kanu Agabi (SAN) sought an adjournment to enable the parties conclude on the processes that are being filed and served. Counsel to Uzodinma and APC, Damian Dodo (SAN) did not oppose the application. Ihedioha and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed an application before the apex court, asking it to set aside its judgement of January 14th in which the court nullified the March 9 election of Ihedioha and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, AP...
Sylva Apologises To Buhari, Describes Supreme Court Verdict As Provocative
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Sylva Apologises To Buhari, Describes Supreme Court Verdict As Provocative

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, Sunday, described the Supreme Court judgement that declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election as provocative, while he called on the people of the state to eschew violence and remain calm. In a statement he personally signed in Abuja, Sylva also apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari, for the disruption in his schedule, brought about by the verdict. He said, “I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear state Bayelsa to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness. Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedu...
Bayelsa: Festus Keyamo Commends Supreme Court, Advises APC
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Bayelsa: Festus Keyamo Commends Supreme Court, Advises APC

Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity has commended the Supreme Court over its Judgement on general elections. The Supreme Court had on Thursday in a unanimous judgement led by Justice Mary Odili sacked David Lyon as governor elect of Bayelsa state over Degi-Eremieoyo forged certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The apex court upheld the November 12, 2019, judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja, disqualifying Degi-Eremieoyo from participating in the governorship poll. In agreement, INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmoud on Friday then declared PDP candidate, Douye Diri winner and issued him certificate of return. Reacting to the development, Keyamo commended the Supreme Court on its judgements. He called on the...
Supreme Court To Hear David Lyon Appeal On Tuesday
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Supreme Court To Hear David Lyon Appeal On Tuesday

The supreme court has fixed Tuesday for hearing of the application filed by Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo state, and David Lyon, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa state. Festus Akande, spokesman of the supreme court, confirmed this to TheCable when he was contacted on Saturday. “Yes it is true. The appeal of Baysela will also be held that day (Tuesday),” he said over the phone. Ihedioha had asked the apex court to review the judgement which led to his removal as governor of Imo while Lyon also demanded the apex court to re-examine his replacement as governor-elect 24 hours to inauguration. Douye Diri, Lyon’s PDP rival, has since been sworn in as governor of Bayelsa. In January, the apex court declared Hope Uzodinma, candidat...
Supreme Court To Hear Ihedioha’s Fresh Application February 18
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Supreme Court To Hear Ihedioha’s Fresh Application February 18

The Supreme Court has fixed Tuesday, February 18 for hearing in the fresh application by erstwhile governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha challenging the judgement earlier delivered on January 14. A message was circulated on Saturday announcing the hearing date. But one of the lawyers representing Governor Hope Uzodinma, Festus Jombo Esq said although he heard about the new date, the office has not been served the hearing notice. Ihedioha in the application dated February 5, 2020 and brought through his counsel and former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi (SAN) is praying the apex court to set aside the judgement. Ihedioha and PDP listed five grounds which they said the apex court erred in arriving at its decision to nullify the March 9, 201...

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