Ubani Asks CJN To ‘Justify Honour Bestowed On Him’

Former 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani.

 

 

A former Second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani, has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, to justify the honour bestowed on him.

Ubani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics on Wednesday, noted that the CJN was the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, following Justice Walter Onnoghen’s exit.

He said, “He (CJN) is imminently qualified to be the CJN. If you look at his curriculum vitae, he has been the most senior of them all, in the issue of character and experience that is key. And I think he has all that in clear abundance.

“So he has to justify this particular honour that has been given to him before the Senate today because the law requires that particular input from the Senate, he has to be the one to confirm.”

“The President has sent his name recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC). This is clearly in compliance with Section 231 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). So what is going on now is a process and that process has to be completed,” the lawyer added.

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Earlier during his screening before the Senate, Justice Muhammad said the judiciary was nothing without the other arms of government.

Ubani, in his reaction, alined himself with the position of the CJN, saying, “He is right. Judicial officials don’t actually speak for themselves.”

According to him, the NBA has a responsibility of speaking for the independence of the executive, legislative and judiciary.

While calling for an effective judiciary, the lawyer noted that a nation would be peaceful and efficient if its judicial arm was functional.

Perform Your Duties Without Bias, CJN Mohammed Tells Magistrates

CJN Tanko Mohammed

 

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed has asked judicial officers to be diligent in their duties, shun corruption and avoid practices and misconduct in the discharge of their duties as magistrates.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 orientation course for newly appointed magistrates, Mohammed said that the image of the judiciary is determined by what the judicial officers do in the performance of their duties.

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“You must be seen to perform your judicial duties skillfully and expeditiously without bias or prejudice. You must always remember that justice delayed is justice denied. Equally justice unrushed is justice denied. You must remember this.

“Rush in law means you are not doing justice. Don’t delay it unnecessarily, don’t rush it. Be yourself. Don’t allow anybody to makes you rush or delay it. Be yourself. If there is any question geared towards you, nobody will answer that question for you,” he said.

Man Who Accused Acting CJN Of Age Falsification To Pay N10m

 

A certain Mr Tochi Michael who alleged that the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, falsified his age, will have to pay N10million in the next three weeks.

This is according to the injunctions of a Federal High Court which sat in Jabi area of Abuja.

The plaintiff, Mr Tochi Michael alleged that the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed reduced his age by three years.

Mr Michael alleged that the acting CJN was born on December 31, 1950, and has instead been using December 31, 1953, as his date of birth.

However, the court dismissed the suit alleging that the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) falsified his age.

Justice Danlami Senchi while dismissing the suit on Friday said the plaintiff does not have a locus standi to file such a suit as he has not shown how the allegations of falsification of age will cause him any personal injury over and above the general public of Nigerians.

The court also held that the plaintiff did not disclose how he came about the fact that the acting CJN falsified his age as there is no document or evidence before the court to prove that the acting CJN falsified his age.

The trial judge Justice Danlami Senchi said the suit in its entity was meant to scandalize, destroy and malign the acting CJN.

Besides dismissing the suit and awarding a cost of N10million against the plaintiff which must be paid within the next three weeks, the trial judge, Justice Danlami Senchi, also ordered that the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court begin disciplinary actions against the plaintiff’s counsel, Melkizadeck Zaro for unprofessional conduct.

Justice Senchi said such act is capable of bringing the judiciary to disrepute and cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

Re-Instate Me As Ekiti Governor, Oni Appeals To Supreme Court

Former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni has asked the Supreme Court to re-instate him as the governor of Ekiti state.

The former governor filed an application at the apex court seeking to set aside the judgment of the appellate court which removed him as governor.

He also asked the court to set aside a ruling by the court which refused to reverse the decision of the Appeal Court Election Petition Tribunal, even after it made a case, following findings of alleged bias on the part of the former president of the court of appeal, Justice Ayo Salami who presided over the election appeal tribunal

The Counsel to the former governor, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, leading 45 other lawyers including four Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), while adopting his brief of argument on Monday at the Supreme court, Abuja asked the apex jurists for a consequential order that Mr Oni should be reinstated as the governor f Ekiti state by virtue of the tribunal judgment delivered on 5 May 2010.

Mr Gadzama, in an alternative, asked the court to order that the Speaker of Ekiti state House of Assembly to be made acting governor.

Mr Oni challenged his removal on the grounds that the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, who constituted and presided over the panel, wrote the judgment of the Appeals Court that sacked him from office had close affinity with former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, the alter ego of the incymbent Governor Kayode Fayemi’s party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

According to Mr Gadzama, Justice Salami was biased and favoured ACN in the judgment and that such judgment should be set aside on the ground of judicial bias.

Mr Oni believes there are good reasons to subject the verdict to judicial review and therefore approached the Supreme Court alleging bias in the matter against the Chairman of the Court of Appeal panel and suspended President of the Court.

Mr Oni told the seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Tanko Mohammed that he has a fundamental right to fair hearing and there is judicial bias in Justice Salami’s judgment and if established, that judgment will be a nullity.