Federal High Court Gets New Practice Directions On Pre-Election Matters

A file photo of a signboard of the Federal High Court in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

 

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho has issued new Practice Directions on pre-election matters for all 36 divisions of the court across the country.

The court’s acting Information Officer, Oby Nwandu, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

She explained that the practice directions were made in the exercise of the power conferred on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by Section 254 of the Constitution.

The practice directions, according to her, mandate all trial courts in every pre-election matter to deliver judgment within 180 days from the date of filing the suit.

Nwandu stated that the practice directions which were made on Friday last week already took effect from the same day.

A file photo of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho.

 

Read the full statement below:

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, The Honourable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho has issued new Practice Directions, entitled:

FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF NIGERIA, PRACTICE DIRECTIONS (NO. 2) 2020.

Its objective, as stated in the preamble is that, it is issued:

In the exercise of the power conferred on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria by Section 254 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (as amended) and pursuant to the provision of Section 2(10) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No.21) Act 2017, which amends the provision of Section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) mandating all trial courts in every pre-election matter to deliver judgment within 180 days from the date of filing the suit.

The salient provisions contained therein are as follows:

That These Practice Direction shall, save to the extent and as may otherwise be ordered by the Honourable Chief Judge, apply to all pre-election matters filed before the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

Nothing in the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 shall prevent a Judge of the Court from hearing a pre-election matter already pending before the Court, during the vacation period until judgement is delivered.

(i) No petition shall be entertained against a Judge of the Court hearing a pre-election matter, save from a party on record in such matter.

(ii) Where a party on record petitions as in (i) above, such petition shall be accompanied by an affidavit verifying the contents of the petition.

(iii) the party shall cause same to be served on the Judge and all parties on record, notwithstanding that the petition is addressed to the Honourable,  the Chief Judge of the Court.

(iv) Where the petition is addressed to the Honourable, the Chief Judge, the proof of service of the advanced copies on all parties on record and the Judge concerned shall accompany the petition.”

The Practice Directions, made at Abuja and dated on Friday, the 24th day of July, 2020 also took effect from that same date.

Signed.

Acting Information Officer,

Oby Catherine Nwandu

For: The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

Buhari Asks Senate To Confirm John Tsoho As CJ Federal High Court

President Muhammadu Buhari                                     Justices John Tsoho (Photo: www.fhc-ng.com)

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Justice John Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

The President made the request in a letter read on the floor of the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan who presided over the plenary read the letter to his colleagues.

He also read another letter from President Buhari requesting the lawmakers for the confirmation of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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The Senate President referred the executive communications to the Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters and report back to the lawmakers in a week.

Meanwhile, President Buhari in another letter requested the confirmation of the appointment of three persons as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senator Lawan also referred the executive communication to the Committee on INEC to report in a week.

Thereafter, a total of 11 bills were read for the first time on the floor of the chamber.

They are the National Commission for the Eradication of Child Destitution Bill, Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives Bill, Federal College of Education, Sabon Birini Bill, and Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act (Amendment) Bill.

Others are National Offenders Central Registry Bill, Government Performance and Accountability Office Bill, Agricultural Research Council Act (Amendment) Bill, and Federal College of Education Giwa Kaduna State Bill, 2019 (SB. 121) by Senator Uba Sani.

The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, Income Tax Development Act (Amendment) Bill, and the Federal College of Education Usugbenu, Edo State were also read.

Appeal Court Rejects Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application

Nnamdi Kanu, CourtThe Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has refused to grant a bail application by the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr Kanu had asked the court to determine whether the ruling by Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court was not an aberration of his fundamental rights as stipulated in the constitution.

He also asked the Appeal Court to determine whether or not, the Federal High Court was right in making his dual citizenship an excuse for refusing him bail.

In its ruling on Wednesday, the Court of Appeal held that the lower court was right in relying upon Mr Kanu’s dual citizenship, as a basis for denying his application for bail.

The court said the chances of Mr Kanu returning to his other country was high and that the laws of his other country might prevent the trial from reaching its logical end.

Mr Kanu is facing treason charges alongside two others, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi at the Federal High Court in Abuja.