Mahmud Mohammed Cautions Judges Against Delay In Judgement

Mahmud Mohammed, JudgesThe Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has called on judges in Nigeria to reduce the delays in dispensing justice.

However, the Chief Justice asked them never to sacrifice justice for speed.

For the second time within two days, Justice Mohammed took a swipe at judges who give conflicting judgements.

He observed that such action threatens the integrity and the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria.

The Judge stated that delays in dispensing justice in high profile cases and that of conflicting judgements were the major challenges that the judges must resolve in the new legal year.

He made the remarks on Tuesday at the second day of the Annual Judges Conference in Abuja, to mark the commencement of the 2016/2017 legal year.

Firmer And Unbiased Decisions

Justice Mohammed had earlier announced that the National Judicial Council (NJC) would probe judges involved in the recent conflicting judgments emanating from courts of equal jurisdiction.

He observed that the action of judges involved in conflicting judgments was embarrassing and warned against the politicising of the appointment of a Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Speaking at the same gathering, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta, asked the judges to be firmer and unbiased in their decisions.

Justice Auta, who highlighted the backdrop of the challenges and successes of the high courts during the last legal year, asked them to ensure that the decisions they take do not create room for anarchy.

NJC To Probe Judges Involved In Conflicting Judgments

Mahmud-NJC-Judges-CourtThe National Judicial Council (NJC) says it will probe judges involved in the recent conflicting judgments emanating from courts of equal jurisdiction.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, observed that the action of judges involved in conflicting judgments was embarrassing to the judiciary.

He announced the NJC’s decision on Monday at a special session to mark the commencement of the 2016/2017 legal year and the swearing in of 22 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria at the Supreme Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Justice Mohammed also warned against the politicising of the appointment of a Chief Justice of Nigeria.

He tasked the newly inducted senior advocates to be above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

The Chief Justice added that the council would not hesitate to sanction erring lawyers.

On his part, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, advised the new Senior Advocates to be patriotic.

The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Mister Olanrewaju Onadeko and the Secretary of the 2014 National Conference, Mrs Valerie Azinge, were among the new senior advocates.

They pledged the commitment of the new silks to uphold the ethics of the profession.

The conferment of the 22 Senior Advocates of Nigeria has increased the number of silks in the Nigerian Bar to 451.

Criminal Justice Reforms

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta, has asked judges to be firmer and unbiased in their decisions.

Justice Auta, who highlighted the backdrop of the challenges and successes of the high courts during the last legal year, asked them to ensure that the decisions they take do not create room for anarchy.

Elsewhere, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo emphasised the need for far-reaching reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system and the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery.

Professor Osinbajo made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital at the 20th celebration of the death of the late Mrs Bisoye Tejuoso.

He expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to sustaining the anti-corruption crusade.

The Vice President asked Nigerians to rise up against corrupt individuals and groups who were bent on fighting back despite the genuine interest of government.

Osinbajo Says Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System Needs Reformation

Yemi Osinbajo Nigeria's Vice President on justice system Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has emphasised the need for far-reaching reforms in the nation’s criminal justice system and the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery.

The Vice President made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital at the 20th celebration of the death of the late Mrs Bisoye Tejuoso.

Professor Osinbajo while expressing the commitment of the Federal Government to sustaining the anti-corruption crusade, however, asked Nigerians to rise up against corrupt individuals and groups who were bent on fighting back despite the genuine interest of government.

Mismanagement Of The Economy

Representing President Muhammadu Buhari, at the occasion the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, however, attributed the current economic challenges in Nigeria to mismanagement of the economy by past administrations.

President Muhammadu Buhari had few days ago blamed the previous administration for the current economic recession.

He told reporters in his home town, Duara, in Katsina that the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) left no savings when the price of crude oil was high.

President Buhari has promised Nigerians again that his administration would correct the maladministration of past government.

He decried what he inherited from the PDP administrations, pledging to correct them with the support of Nigerians.

“I want Nigerians to realise what this government inherited after 16 years of PDP [Peoples Democratic party] and eight consecutive government.

“There was no savings, no infrastructure was done, no power, no rail, no road and security. This is what the other party left for Nigerians.

“Now they have seen what we have done from Boko Haram to what we are trying to do now with the militants.

“We have identified these problems, three of them – security, economy and fighting corruption.

“You have to secure our country to efficiently manage it. You have to create jobs for our youths and then we are fighting corruption which is continuous,” President Buhari said.

Buhari Commiserates With Osinbajos, Sends Delegation To Ikenne 

foreign loans-buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has placed a personal call to the family of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to commiserate with them over the death of Matriarch of the Awolowo family.

The late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the grand mother of Dolapo, the Vice President’s wife.

Buhari described the deceased as “an institution in her own right” and “a model of motherhood”.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari told the Osinbajos that late Hannah Idowu was one of the greatest female political icons in Africa who was deservingly revered for her remarkable virtues.

Buhari noted that Idowu’s shining virtues as a great mother, wife and motivator, would live after her.

According to the statement, the President has dispatched a powerful Federal Government delegation to condole with the Awolowo family at Ikenne, Ogun State.

The delegation, which met the Vice President and other members of the Awolowo family, was led by Malal Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff.

He was accompanied by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olanishakin and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ambassador Oke.

The delegation extended his condolences to the family, the government and people of Ogun State over the death of Mrs. Awolowo.

I Will Always Encourage Nigerian Youths To Be The Best – Jonathan

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerian youths that his administration will continue to encourage them to be the best in their chosen professions.

The President was speaking in an interactive session with Nigerian youths themed “Democracy Day-a Day with young leaders organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government.

He used the occasion to launch another booklet on the transformation agenda 2013-2014—Steady Progress Moving Forward, challenging Nigerian politicians to live by their promises to the electorate.

The president provided answers to questions posed by the youths but before then he had launched a book- transformation agenda 2013-2014-steady progress moving forward where he threw up another challenge to politicians.

The Minister of Youths and former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna described Nigerian youth as very enterprising and reiterated governments call for amnesty for Boko Haram members.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Haruna likened the amnesty offer to the one in the Niger Delta, saying 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme and have been transformed from militants to “wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens”.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable
“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

 

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

The president said he has confidence in Nigerian youths and urged them to grab the numerous opportunities available and be who they want to be.

President Jonathan said that terrorism cannot succeed in any community without support from the local people and called on those who are respected by the insurgents to join hands with the government in order to encourage them to lay down their arms, insisting that the “military alone cannot stop terrorism”.

He said: “Terror succeeds with local support. It will be difficult for terror to thrive where people reject it. It is a major challenge to all of us.”

“Military alone cannot stop terror or any radicalism. Terrorists have people they respect, they have community, traditional and opinion leaders they respect. All of us can deradicalise them.

“We will through persuasive activities encourage people to shun violence,” he added

As part of efforts to ensure youths are reorientated and not misled, he said that his government is already working out modalities to reintroducing moral education in schools.

Also at the event are the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, and former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya.

Bring Back Our Girls Protesters Stopped At Aso Rock

#bbogFormer Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, and the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Coalition have been refused entry into the Presidential Villa in continuation of their protests.

The efforts of the campaigners to get to the Presidential Villa were frustrated by officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force who put up a barricade.

The leader of the group, Dr Ezekwesili, insisted that with or without the blockade, they would proceed to the Presidential Villa to see the President, and that they would not stop until their girls were brought back

They were, however, met by a delegation of government officials sent by President Goodluck Jonathan, most of them ministers, also in the same red attire, who went to receive them at the entrance into the Three Arms Zone, which was made the meeting point.

Frustrated by the blockage, the protesters went down on the floor weeping, after which they rolled out ten questions for the delegation of the Presidency, led by Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The Federal Government asked the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protesters to direct their protests to the terrorists, who are the real enemy, as the Federal Government works with the international community to effect the release of the missing girls.

Government said that it was unfair to say that it had been slow in action, calling on the group to match their patriotic zeal with a realistic understanding of the situation on ground.

Calling on Nigerian citizens to protect each other at this time, the President’s delegates advised civil society groups to also use their influence to encourage Nigerians to supply useful information to security services, using the number 112.

Government extolled the orderly manner they conducted themselves but insisted that their protest should now be directed to the terrorists.

The protesters said that the response by the Government was grossly inadequate as it failed to meet any of their demands.

They also reminded the Government that they could not have been where they were if they were abducted like the missing girls. They maintained their earlier stance that they were not going to stop until the Nigerian girls are returned alive.

FG Sacks NCAA Boss

The curtain has finally fallen for the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Dr Harold Demuren, who on Monday was fired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The President approved the removal of Dr Demuren with immediate effect from the 11th of March.

The dismissal of the aviation expert was announced in a three-paragraph statement from the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim.

“Consequent to a careful consideration of Dr. Demuren’s unsatisfactory response to numerous concerns of stakeholders in the aviation sector, the federal government has decided to remove him” the statement read.

Presidency has been under immense pressure from the National Assembly to sack the NCAA boss over the handling of the Dana Air crash investigation.

The House of Representatives had in its recommendation following the Dana Air Crash approved that Dr Demuren, should be prosecuted for criminal negligence amidst other recommendations.

 The former NCAA boss is an Aeronautical Engineer and was appointed the Director General of theNCAA in December 2005.

Civil organisations drag Jonathan to court over waste programme

The International Institute for Humanitarian and Environmental Law (ISHERL) has dragged President Goodluck Jonathan and six others to a Federal High Court in Abuja for failing to fully implement the National Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme.

In an application brought under the fundamental rights, enforcement procedure rules 2009, the institute claimed that failure to implement the scheme constituted a threat to the life of the Nigerian people.

The National Integrated Solid Waste Management programme was introduced by the federal government in 2006 for the purpose of environmental cleanliness, employment and public health.

The institute alleged that the project had been abandoned due to corruption and inaction of government.

It asked the court for an order restraining the respondents from taking any money from the Ecological Fund office for new projects covered by the waste management schemes.

It also asked the court for an order “directing the respondents to implement the second phase of the waste management programme in order to enforce and ensure the right to life, general satisfactory environment and best attainable state of physical and mental health of Nigerians as guaranteed in African chattered on human and people’s rights.”

Others listed as respondents to the application are Minister of Environment, Secretary to the federal government, Permanent secretaries, the Ecological Fund Office, Minister of Finance and the Attorney General of the Federation.