Lawyers urge FG to deduct Judiciary funds from June FAAC
June 10, 2021
Some Lawyers in Osun on Thursday urged the Federal Government to deduct funds meant for state judiciaries from the June 2021 Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
They made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 64-day-old strike, the longest industrial action in the Nigerian judiciary was suspended on Wednesday, following a meeting between officials of the union and the National Judicial Council (NJC) led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.
NAN reports that courts are to re-open on June 14.
Mr Jimmy Jones, a lawyer commended the union for calling off the strike , adding that it was a right step in the right direction .
He also urged the NJC and CJN to speed up financial autonomy for the judiciary.
”The implementation should start with the disbursement of the June FAAC to the judiciary.
“The terms and conditions reached at the meeting should be respected by all parties’
” I salute the Federal Government, represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige , for bringing all stakeholders together toward reaching such agreement .
” I just want the governors not to breach the terms of agreement for JUSUN not to go back to the street again ,” Jones said .
Mr Okobie Najite , a lawyer also praised the Federal Government for taking into consideration, the Executive Order 10, the proposals from all sides and distilled them with the resolve to finally implement it.
NAN reports that the union JUSUN had begun a nationwide strike on Tuesday, April 6, when the union directed all its members across the federation to shut down all courts after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum earlier given over the failure of the government to implement the law.
NAN reports that a verdict of the Federal High Court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, had in January 2014 held that financial autonomy for the judiciary is a constitutional provision that must be complied with by the executive branch of government.
NAN reports that on May 23, President Buhari signed into law the Executive Order to grant financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states of the country.
The order also mandates the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source amount due to state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state for states that refuse to grant such autonomy.
The Attorney General of the Federation Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 made it mandatory that all states of the federation should include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
According to the AGF: “A Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).”
NAN reports that the Nigeria Governors Forum said it will start implementing financial autonomy for the judiciary latest by May ending, a pledge that indicated that an end to the ongoing strike that has crippled the nation’s judiciary may be in sight.
The governors also called on striking members of the JUSUN to call off their two weeks old strike then.
The Chairman of the NGF, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, gave this assurance in an interview with journalists after meeting with “stakeholders” from the state judiciary and legislature at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Fayemi said the modalities for the implementation were worked out at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa.
According to him, the meeting, chaired by the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari, was attended by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, representatives of the judiciary, Conference of Speakers and House of Representatives.
The first line charge status, which is being respected by the Federal Government in respect of the federal judiciary, entitles the state judiciaries to get funds due to them directly from the Federation Account.
Supreme Court Affirms Six-Year Jail Term For Former Director Of Pensions, John Yakubu
Supreme Court Affirms Six-Year Jail Term For Former Director Of Pensions, John Yakub
The Supreme Court has affirmed the six years imprisonment imposed on a former Federal Director of Pensions, Mister John Yakubu, and also ordered him to refund the sum of N22.9b to the Federal Government.
The N22.9b was part of the police pension fund he admitted before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to have been misappropriate
Justice Tijjani Abubakar in a judgment in an appeal filed by Yusuf upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal which in 2018 sent him to six years imprisonment in addition to the refund of the sum.
The apex court held that Yusuf and others engaging in fraudulent practices must be told through court judgments that it is no longer business as usual.
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Sept 26, 2021A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Ali, says it is not to late for members of the National Assembly to revisit the issue of electronic transmission of election results to ensure credibility.Ali, who made the remarks while speaking in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo, said the more credible elections were, the less litigations they will attract.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian Senate had on July 16, passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021, after division among its members on the electronic transmission of results.
The clause 52(2) of the bill gives the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the discretion to determine when, where and how voting and transmission of results will be done.
The Senate had ruled out the possibility of having results transmitted electronically when it voted that the NCC, with the National Assembly’s approval, would determine whether INEC could transmit results electronically or not.
Similarly, the House of Representatives, on July 16, passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, maintaining the controversial Clause 52(2) as presented amidst protests, especially by members of the minority caucus.
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Justice Abubakar said that the appeal of the former federal pension director seeking to set aside the six years jail term against him was frivolous and devoid of merit.
He further held that victims of the convicted director deserve restitution which can only be achieved through justice.
Yusuf had dragged the Federal Government before the apex court seeking to overturn the six years imprisonment slammed on by the Court of Appeal.
The former pensions director, who is serving the six years jail term at the Kuje correctional facility, also asked the Supreme Court to set aside a whopping sum of N22.9 billion he was ordered to refund to the government treasury by the Court of Appeal in a 2018 judgment.
He was sent to prison in 2018 by the Court of Appeal in Abuja upon being found guilty of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N22.9 billion through police pensions.
Crypto agent docked for alleged N10.8m fraud
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
A crypto agent, Nnamdi Obinna on Monday appeared in a Grade I Area Court in Karu, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a client of N10.8 million naira.
The police charged Obinna, 21, of Dape Village, Abuja with criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation.
The Prosecution Counsel, Ade Adeyanju told the court that the defendant opened a ”hobbit” account for the complainant with his details, emails, phone number 08107621135, with Password- L17ZY234$1 and the account has been managed by the defendant between February to July, 2021.
The Prosecutor said that the complainant therefore entrusted N10.8 million to his GTbank account number 0408772986 and palmpay Account for the purpose of purchasing crypto currency for him.
During Police investigation, he said, it was discovered that the Bank verification Number- 22189167822 he used to operate the above mentioned account belongs to Samuel Nnamde.
He said that the defendant changed the password of the ”hobbit” account and the complainant could not access it.
The prosecutor said, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor said the matter was reported by the complainant, Chinedum Onyedikachi of Block 46 Low cost housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia.
The Judge, Mr Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N13 million with three sureties in like sum.
Maiwada said the surety must live within court jurisdiction.
He ordered that the surety must be a civil servant of level 12, he or she must provide means of Identification, statement of account and valid address verified by the court staff.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 27 for mention.
Alleged nude photos: Court fixes Oct. 21 for arraignment of Ohakim
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed Oct. 21 for arraignment of former Imo Governor, Mr Ikedi Ohakim, for allegedly threatening to release nude photos of an Abuja-based woman, Mrs Chinyere Amuchienwa.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to take over the prosecution of Ohakim from the Inspector-General of Police, at the resumed trial on Monday.
The police had filed criminal charges against Ohakim and Chinedu Okpareke over alleged threat to life and threat to release nude pictures of Amuchienwa.
However, before Ohakim arraignment, the police filed a notice of discountenance of the matter on March 15, same day the AGF informed the court that he was taking over the matter.
According to the charge, Ohakim and Okpareke allegedly threatened to release nude photographs of Amuchienwa if she failed to drop charges of attempted kidnap against them.
On the last adjourned date, Mr Bagudu Sani, a counsel from the minister’s office told the court that the police would no longer prosecute the case as they had filed a notice of discontinuance.
Sani said that the matter, as originally filed by the police, had now been transferred to the office of the attorney-general.
He further told the court that the office of the attorney-general had gone ahead to file an affidavit of compliance.
Counsel to the police Mr Rufus Dimka, opposed the application by the minister, saying that the police had filed a complainant/applicant’s counter affidavit.
Dimka prayed the court to grant the notice of discontinuance and strike out the charge.
Counsel to Ohakim, Mr Emeka Etiaba (SAN), however, opposed the request by the AGF to take over the matter and prayed the court to dismiss the application.
Etiaba said that the content of the affidavit of compliance by the AGF did not in any way affect the consequence of the notice of withdrawal of the charge against his client.
In his ruling, Justice Taiwo held that there was no doubt that the AGF had unfettered powers to take over the prosecution of any case at any point.
He said that the AGF could do that as long as judgment had not been delivered in such a case.
The judge said since the constitution had given the AGF such powers, the court could not give effect to the notice of discountenance filed by the police.
He held that the application by the police to discontinue the matter, lacked merit and upheld the argument by the AGF to take over prosecution of the matter.
He subsequently adjourned the matter until Oct. 21 for arraignment of the former governor and beginning of trial.
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