PDP Youths Protest Alleged Plot To Scuttle Convention

PDP Youths, convention The National Youth Movement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has protested against an alleged plot to use the Federal High Court to scuttle the rescheduled national convention of the party.

The youths, baring placards with several inscriptions on Wednesday staged the protest outside the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The National Director of the movement, Mr Ohazuruike Tochukwu, told journalists that they were at the court to submit a petition to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.

He urged Justice Auta to intervene, adding that the matter before the court had already been determined by a similar court in Port Harcourt and maintained that dissatisfied parties could only go on appeal.

The petition indicated that multiple cases were instituted by several parties in various divisions of the Federal High Court.

Buhari Sends Judge On Retirement For Misconduct

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement from office of Hon. Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.

The judge was sent on compulsory Retirement with immediate effect after the National Judicial council (NJC) suspended him and recommended his retirement to the President for misconduct.

In a press statement, the Acting Director of the NJC, Mr Soji Oye, said the NJC made the recommendation to the President after its 74th meeting held on the November 4 and 5.

Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria had made several allegations against Justice Lambo which were contained in a petition sent to the NJC.

The allegations include, the unilateral appointment of one Mr Emeka Nkwo as a referee and valuer in about three suits despite not been proposed by parties in the suit.

The judge also heard and concluded a case without dealing with a notice of preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of his court.

Justice Akanbi also sat on a case in the Federal High Court Yenagoa without the fiat of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court who had already transferred a new judge to the state.

Nyako Accuses Judges Of Frustrating Suit Challenging His Impeachment

GA former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako, has sent a petition to the National Judicial Council, accusing the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, of frustrating a case he filed, challenging the legality of his impeachment.

In the petition submitted on Wednesday, he claimed that the Chief  Judge withdrew the case file from the Adamawa division of the court.

Justice Auta was alleged to have withdrawn the case file few days to the delivery of judgement by the trial judge, Justice Bilikisu Aliyu.

Admiral Nyako, through his counsel, Olukoya Ogunbele, said that withdrawal of a case file few days to judgement date by any judicial officer was in bad taste and should not be condoned.

In a similar development, Nyako had also dragged the Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ishaya Banu, before the National Judicial Council (NJC) for disciplinary action over alleged‎ miscarriage of justice in the suit challenging the legality of his (Nyako) impeachment.

In a petition sent to the NJC on February 10, Nyako alleged that Justice Banu frustrated his legal action by delaying proceedings in the matter assigned to himself thereby subverting the cause of justice.

He asked the NJC to investigate the matters with a view to establishing their veracity or otherwise.

Admiral Nyako also ask the NJC to apply appropriate sanctions against Justice Banu in other to protect innocent citizens from any further abuse of their judicial authority

The former Adamawa governor requested for an order that would speed up hearing of his case in the interest of justice.

The former governor was impeached in July 2014 by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy.

The impeachment notice, signed by 19 of the 25 state lawmakers, listed 20 impeachable offences against them. There was also an accusation of extra-budgetary expenditure of over 390 million Naira,as overhead cost from January 2013 to December 2013, among other allegations.