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Lawyer commends JUSUN over suspension of 2 months strike

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By Gistflash

June 10, 2021

The Vice Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Gwagwalada branch, Ebosetale David, has commended Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), over the suspension of its two months strike that paralysed judicial activites across the federation

David made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gwagwalada on Thursday, in his reaction to the JUSUN strike suspension.

NAN reports that JUSUN had on April 6, ordered its members to shut all courts in the country to press home its demand for implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

David said suspension of the Judiciary Union strike was a step in the right direction as pending cases that have been accumulated in the police custody for the past two months would be brought to court to hearing.

“Our expectations is that this commitment would also be fully implemented in the Federal and state Governments in a manner that ensures independence of Judiciary.

“We also appeal to all stakeholders to tread the path of constitutionality and collaborate positively to ensure that we have an independent Judiciary in Nigeria.

“However, to ensure full compliance by the Federal and state Governments with the provisions of the constitution in funding the Judiciary, stakeholders monitoring teams should be enacted,” he said.

He added that the strike had resorted to overcrowding at police detention facilities across the country as the strike had prevented the police and other law enforcement agencies from arraigning suspects in courts.

However, he, maintained that JUSUN had shown its willingness to embrace an amicable resolution of the impasse at the state level and the state government should show their own disposition towards an amicable resolution on funding of the Judiciary.

NAN

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JUSUN strike: Supreme Court waives default fees, others

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June 17, 2021

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced its decision to waive default fees, computation of time in respect of cases affected by the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Dr Festus Akande, Director of Press and Information of the apex court said the decision was a set of fresh practice directions issued by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

“The practice directions to be cited as: “the Supreme Court of Nigeria computation of time and payment of default fees (JUSUN strike period exemption) practice directions, 2021,” is to be effective from June 15 this year.

The CJN said the intention is to alleviate the effect of the strike on litigants and their lawyers.

Part of it reads: “Whereas the period of JUSUN strike will have negative effect on the computation of time and payment of default fees by litigants and their counsel, who file processes in the Supreme Court.

“Whereas it is imperative to have practice directions to alleviate the financial burden of litigants and their counsel when filing processes affected by the period of the JUSUN strike,

“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me by Section 236 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Order 10 Rule 2 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1985 (as amended) and by virtue of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, hereby issue the following Practice Directions.

“Commencement: These practice directions shall commence and come into effect on the 15th day of June, 2021.

“Objective and guiding principle: The purpose of these practice directions is to alleviate the financial burden of litigants and their counsel when filing processes affected by the period of the JUSUN strike.

“Applicability: These practice directions shall, save to the extent and as may otherwise be ordered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, apply to computation of time for the purposes of filing of processes and payment of default fees or doing any act or taking any step that is time-bound in respect of any case before th Supreme Court in both civil and criminal matters affected by the JUSUN strike.

“Computation of time and payment of default fees: Notwithstanding any provision in the Supreme Court Rules, 1985, or any previous practice directions or instrument on computation of time for filling of. court processes or doing any act or taking any step as provided by the Rules or the Practice Directions or the Instrument and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period of the JUSUN stnke, starting from the 6th April, 2021 to the 14th June, 2021 shall be exempted.

“Citation: These practice directions shall be cited as the Supreme Court of Nigeria Computation of Time and Payment of Default Fees (JUSUN) strike period exemption) Practice Directions, 2021, made at Abuja June 15, 2021.”

NAN

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Couple in court for allegedly stabbing neighbours

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June 16, 2021

Chidi Ucheonye, 38, and his wife, Chioma, 36, on Wednesday appeared in Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ado-Ekiti for allegedly stabbing their neighbours with a knife.
The police charged the couple with of breach of peace and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp Johnson Okunade, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on June 13 at about 8.30 p.m in Ado-Ekiti.
Okunade alleged the defendants stabbed their neighbour Rabiu Aliu and his wife, Bukola.
The prosecution also alleged that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by pouring a liquid, suspected to be a”spiritual concoction” into the house of Aliu and his wife.
The offence, he said, contravenes  the provisions of sections 249(d) and 355 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Their counsel, Mr Abiola Gboyega, prayed the court to grant the defendants bail in the most liberal terms.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adedayo Oyebanji, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 and one surety each in like sum.
He adjourned the case until July 15 for hearing.
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Forex trader in court for allegedly defrauding POS operator

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June 16, 2021

A foreign exchange trader, Bulama Abba, on Wednesday appeared in an Upper Area Court in Zuba, FCT,for allegedly defrauding a POS operator of N70,000.

The police charged Abba with criminal conspiracy and cheating.

The Prosecution Counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 25 , at 10 a.m. at Tasha II,  Abuja.

Ogada told the court that the complainant Joy Abalaka a POS operator in Tasha II, Abuja, reported the matter at the Gwagwa police station on June 6.

He said that the defendant and one Yahaya Mohamned  criminally conspired and defrauded the complainant of N70,000

He said the complainant gave the defendant 70, 000 cash  but till date her account has not been credited with the said amount.

Ogada said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The judge, Garmbo  Garub, admitted Abba  to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

He ordered that the surety must own a land or house within the court jurisdiction.

Garub adjourned the case until July 7 for hearing.

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