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18 Apr 2019

Breaking News: CCT Delivers Ruling In Ex-CJN Walter Onnoghen’s Trial

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has convicted the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen of breach of Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

Reading the lead judgment, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN, Chairman of the National Judicial Council and the Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

The tribunal also ordered the forfeiture of the five accounts which defendant failed to declare as part of his assets.

The tribunal also ordered the forfeiture of the money in the five accounts which Onnoghen allegedly failed to declare to the Federal Government.

Sad as Gunmen kill one, injure 10 in Jigawa

Police in Jigawa State has confirmed that Unknown gunmen Wednesday night attacked Garin Maidawa, Abiya ward of Dutse local government.

The State Commissioner of police, CP Bala Zama Sanchi, while confirming the incident to DAILY POST, said the gunmen killed one person and left ten injured.

He explained that the invaders were armed robbers and the command has already mobilised the officials of Special Anti Robbery Squad to be deployed to the area.

Speaking with DAILY POST, Councillor of Abiya ward, Mr Safiyanu Abdu, said the incident happened yesterday night when people were about to sleep. He said ”some people came in with weapons, shooting sporadically at people. ”

He said one person was already dead and nine people rushed to Rasheed Shakoni Teaching Hospital for treatment.

'A Man Who Stole N7,000 Plantain Shouldn't Be In Prison While Those Who Stole Billions Walk Free' - Cgiejf Judge says

Justice Marshal Umukoro, Chief Judge of Delta State, says it is "wrong" that a 27-year-old man who stole a bunch of plantain worth N7,000 is in prison custody while those who stole billions of naira are walking free on the streets.

Although Justice Umukoro set him free, he condemned the inmate for stealing somebody's else means of livelihood and charged him to work with his hands instead of stealing.

The inmate had been in prison custody for four months. The Magistrate handling the matter had struck out the case and discharged him but surprisingly, he was still wallowing in prison custody.

But based on the court ruling, the Chief Judge ordered the inmate released back to society, saying "It will be wrong for a man who stole a bunch of plantain worth N7,000 to be in prison custody while those who stole billions are walking free on the streets."

While concluding his 2018 quarterly prison visit at the Warri Medium Security Prison, popularly known as 'Okere' Prison, Warri, Justice Umukoro freed a total number of 206 inmates and reviewed case files of 2,630 of awaiting-trial inmates in all the prisons visited across the state.

At the Warri Medium Security Prison, the Chief Judge reviewed a total of 875 case files of awaiting-trial inmates, releasing 56 of them; while at the Ogwashi Uku Prison, whereover 800 case files of inmates were reviewed, inmates were freed on the grounds of charges not known to law, ill-health, established cases of oppression, nolle prosequi by the Attorney-General and those not remanded by a competent remand warrant among others.

At the Warri Prison, a female inmate who had been standing trial for four years for wounding with intent was released by the Chief Judge after the victim appeared before him and affirmed on oath that she had forgiven her assailant and was no more interested in the case.

At the Kwale Prison, a total number of 53 inmates were freed while at Agbor prison, 25 inmates got their freedom; at Sapele prison, 34 inmates were released and at Ogwashu-Uku prison, a total of 38 inmates got their freedom.

Expressing worries over the increasing number of young persons in prison custody, Justice Umukoro said the trend should be a thing of concern to everyone, and therefore charged those freed to turn a new leaf and be useful to themselves and society.

The Chief Judge commended the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ernest Edomwonyi Esq, and members of his team as well as judges, magistrates, police, prison authorities and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for their various contributions for the success of the exercise.

He said the exercise was to ensure that inmates are remanded by warrant of a competent court of jurisdiction, to determine the health status of awaiting-trial inmates, as only the living can face trial, and to determine if the cases are diligently prosecuted, amongst other reasons.

Meanwhile, Justice Umukoro vehemently refused to entertain complaints in all cases related to kidnapping, murder, armed robbery and rape, as, according to him, these are heinous crimes, and inmates standing trial for such serious offences must face their trials and have their fates determined by the courts

The quarterly visit of the Chief Judge to the various prison facilities across the state was aimed at decongesting prisons across the state, reviewing standing cases and fast-tracking justice delivery.

Onnoghen: Tribunal identifies four exhibits tendered by prosecution

The chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, who is reading the lead judgment, has identified the following as the exhibits tendered by the prosecution against Justice Walter Onnoghen.

  • The petition written by the Executive Director, Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, Mr. Dennis Aghanya
  • Forms CCB 1 submitted by Onmoghen to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
  • Account opening package of Onnoghen’s five accounts with the Standard Chattered Bank.
  • Statements of the five bank accounts.

Tribunal takes decision on case against Goje

The tribunal chairman of Gombe state National Assembly Election Justice Raphael Ajuwa has granted the prayers of the litigants for File EPT/GM/01/SEN/2019

He said, “going by the date for election petition and having heard the pleas of lawyers of the litigants, this panel will grant the motion for the withdrawal of this petition” he stated.

Mohammed Babangida and A.M Inuwa, lawyers to the petitioners cited 3 grounds for withdrawal; That the petitioners file this petition on grounds as stated in the petition, That the petitioner was summoned to a family meeting in which his uncles pressurized him to withdraw this petition and focus on his business and That the petitioner heed to this advise hence this application to withdraw

The petitioners are People Redemption Party and Lamido Umaru Chikaire Against Danjuma Goje, All Progressives Congress and Independent National Electoral Commission.

Haruna Luka, Lawyer to the respondents in an interview with the media said
“The case was vague. This has once again cemented the victory of Danjuma Goje, who got overwhelming votes” he added.

Danjuma Goje was declared winner for Gombe Central National Assembly election he polled 110,116 to defeat Lamido Umaru Chikaire who garnered 8,397 to come distant 3rd.

No Mercy! Nigerians Come Hard On Festus Keyamo As He calls Buhari ‘friend of the poor’

Nigerians have reacted to a Buhari aide, Festus Keyamo (SAN), after his tweet describing the President as ‘friend of the poor.’

Keyamo, in sarcastic tweet at the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday, had described Buhari as: “The nightmare of PDP since 2003! The demystifier of old power-blocs! The slayer of the corrupt! The friend of the poor! The one the thieves love to hate! My guy!”

The tweet immediately became a hit with his Twitter followers, as it has since attracted 1,100 comments, 1,500 retweets and over 4,800 reactions in 15 hours.

Taking the tweetstorm higher, however, author and self-described Buhari Tormentor, Mr. Reno Omokri, has taken up Keyamo, who served as Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign.

On Thursday, Omokri, a critic of the Buhari administration, tweeted back at Keyamo, “Festus @FKeyamo is correct when he calls President @MBuhari ‘friend of the poor’. President Buhari loves the poor so much, he DOUBLED their number in just 4 years. Not only does he love the poor, he loves EXTREME POVERTY and made Nigeria its headquarters #BuhariFriendofPoverty”

While many social media followers of Keyamo agreed with his viewpoint, many also saw things differently, and this they expressed with memes and other funny reactions on his verified Twitter handle, @fkeyamo.

See the reactions to Keyamo’s tweets:

9th NASS leadership: PDP leaders meet serving, incoming lawmakers to plot APC’s defeat

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night met with serving and newly-elected lawmakers ahead of the inauguration of members of the 9th National Assembly.

The meeting came barely 24 hours after the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan, and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the next Senate President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.

The meeting, which was held behind closed-doors at the Lagos/Osun Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, had in attendance all the serving and newly-elected lawmakers that are members of the PDP.

The meeting had in attendance the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweremadu; Senate Minority leader, Abiodun Olujimi; Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Philip Aduda, among others.

Speaking before the meeting went into a closed-door session, the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, urged members of the 9th senate to ensure that the party retains the leadership.

“We have come to share ideas on how to keep the party alive. We are very proud of the members of the National Assembly; you are the hope of our party. I hope you will keep hope alive. We have no doubt that what is before us, we are going to surmount it. PDP should lead the Senate,” he said.

It is believed that the meeting would afford the main opposition party an opportunity to strategise in order for the party to retain important leadership positions in the National Assembly.

Anxiety As CCT members arrive for judgment on Onnoghen

The three members of the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday arrived the courtroom 14 minutes behind the 12pm re-scheduled time for the judgment on Justice Walter Onnoghen, the erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Onnoghen is being tried before the CCT on charges of breaches of assets declaration as stipulated in the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

The judgment was originally scheduled to be delivered at 9am on Thursday.
But as members of the tribunal were being expected to walk into the courtroom, a  court official announced the postponement of the judgment till noon.

Onnoghen had arrived the premises of the tribunal at about 8.40am ahead of the judgment.
His convoy departed the premises as soon as the news of the postponement reached him.

He later returned to the CCT about 25 minutes before the12pm re-scheduled for the judgment.
‎At about 11.56pm he stepped out his vehicle and walked into the court, which was just some few metres away from where he parked.

‎Onnoghen, decked in a grey suit with a white inner shirt,  tried to prove to be unruffled as he managed to put up a smiling face in the front of an array of cameras scrambling to get the best shots of him.

The CCT members  led by their Chairman, Danladi Umar, arrived the courtroom at exactly 12.14pm.

The two other members are Williams Atedze and Julie Anabor.

Mother Weeps Profusely In Court As 'Killers' Of Her First Class Daughter Plead Not Guilty

Mother of the slain Miss Elozino Ogege, the first class 300 level student of Mass Communication, Delta State University (DELSU) who was gruesomely murdered sometime in November 2018 by suspected ritualists, wept profusely in court on Wednesday as the suspects arraigned before an Asaba High Court pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge preferred against them by the state Attorney-General.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ogege, was in court to observe proceedings, and she burst into uncontrollable tears demanding for justice immediately the suspects pleaded not guilty in court. She refused to be consoled by the Director of Sexual Offences/Domestic Violence, Uche Akamagwuna, and other sympathizers as she wept profusely, saying "God will avenge the blood of my innocent daughter whose life was cut down in her prime."

The accused persons — Macaulay Desmond Oghenemaro, Ojokojo Robinson Obajero, Nwosisi Benedict Uche and Enaike Onoriode — took their plea after the charges were read to them by the Court Registrar, and pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

According to the statement of offence in charge No A/2c/2019, count IV of the charge reads “That you, Macaulay Desmond Oghenemaro (m), Ojokojo Robinson Obajero (m), Nwosisi Benedict Uche (m) Enaike Onoriode (m) and one Emese Emudiaga Kelvin now deceased, on or about the 15th day of November, 2018 at Abraka, within the Sapele Criminal Division murdered one Elozino Joshualia Ogege, punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21, Volume 1, Laws of Delta State 2006.”

Other charges contained in the information filed against the defendants include conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: kidnapping punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C21, Volume 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.

The substantive offence of kidnapping punishable under section 4(1) of the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping and Hostage Taking Law, 2016, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and the substantial offence of armed robbery.

The accused persons, according to the charge, robbed one Elozino Joshualia Ogege (f) of her Tecno K7 Mobile phone while armed with a knife and other weapons.

S.C. Okehielem Esq, who announced appearance for the 1st and 2nd defendants, made an oral application for the transfer of the case to Sapele Judicial Division on the ground that the alleged offence was committed in Abraka, which falls within the Sapele judicial division and cited Ibori Vs FRN, Nigeria Weekly Law Report, 2009.

Opposing the application, Omamuzo Erebe Esq., Director of Legal Drafting, who led other Lawyers from the state Ministry of Justice, including the Director of Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence, Uche Akamagwuna Esq, urged the court to dismiss the application as it is frivolous and inapplicable to the case.

He said the state acted under the provision of Section 94 (2), section 99 and section 104 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2017, adding that the Attorney-General of the state, through the DPP, had earlier made an application to the Chief Judge of the State for assumption of jurisdiction, raising security concerns not only for prosecution witnesses but as well as for the accused persons. The application was granted by the Chief Judge and the case assigned before the trial judge to adjudicate.

Ruling on the application for transfer of the case to Sapele Judicial Division, the trial Judge, Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge, dismissed the application, saying that it was unmeritorious and holding that the case was before a proper venue to entertain the matter.

Justice Azinge further ruled that the High Court of Delta State is one, and that the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law, which governs Criminal matters in the state, has empowered the Chief Judge to transfer any case from one criminal division to other.

The matter was adjourned to April 30 and May 15 respectively for hearing.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, Mrs. Ogege had cried out to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa a few days ago to keep to his earlier promise of speedy justice for her daughter.

In a letter entitled 'An Open Letter To The Governor Of Delta State From The Mother Of Late Miss. Elozino Ogege', addressed to Okowa and obtained by SaharaReporters, she lamented the "slow and unfair proceedings so far from the court handling the matter" and appealed to the Governor to find time and pay a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

More trouble for Oshiomole As North East stakeholders endorse another for Senate Presidency

The North East Consultative Forum (NESF) and five other groups in the geopolitical zone, Thursday endorsed senator Danjuma Goje for the office of the Senate President.

Rising from an emergency meeting held at the Zaranda Hotel, the groups including North East Elders Mobilisation Forum, APC national youth caucus, Borno Discussion Circle, Gombe Political Associations and North East Youth Awareness for good governance, urged Goje to immediately declare for the position.

The groups after a thorough assessment of the three contenders for the Senate Presidency from North East, endorsed Goje, a former governor of Gombe State.

The meeting had attendance from the six states that made up the North East geopolitical zone.

Also, the group has written the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on their endorsement.

In the letter, dated April 17, titled: “North East stakeholders endorse Goje,” the conveners, Barrister Mustapha Saidu and Alhaji Bello Ambo, commended APC for zoning the Senate Presidency to North East.

They said the zoning of the position to the geopolitical zone was a confirmation of the party’s commitment to reward hard work, following the zone’s contribution to the party’s victory in the just concluded general elections.

Part of the letter reads, “Following very wide consultations among stakeholders, party members and North East Consultative Forum and after careful assessment of his contribution to the party and Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration, we hereby present to you, Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje as the choice of the people of the North East for the Senate President of the 9th Assembly,” they told Oshiomhole.

Describing Goje as the candidate of the North East, they asked Oshiomhole to immediately review his position on Senator Ahmad Lawan whom he had earlier recommended for the position.

“Senator Goje is eminently respected among members of the National Assembly and the country for his immense contribution to the success of the APC in 2015 and 2019 general elections. The landslide victory of the APC in Gombe state in the just concluded general elections is a sure testimony of is gallantry loyalty and commitment to APC.

” It will serve the best interest of the party if Your Excellency and the party review your stance on the choice of Sen Ahmad Lawan and allow for a level playing field for all aspiring candidates from the North East zone to showcase themselves to their colleagues.

” We, therefore, urge Sen Danjuma Goje to come forward and declare his interest to vie for the position of the President of the Senate in the ninth Assembly,” the groups said.
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