‘Learn to put your personal ambitions aside’ – CJN warns 11 new new S’Court Justices

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday, swore in 11 new Justices to the bench of the Supreme Court, charging them not to allow their personal ambitions to becloud their sense of judgement. He said the interaction of the new Justices with people of unviable inclinations and pedigree, if any, must be halted forthwith and they should allow their conscience to guide and filter every of the thought that crosses their mind. Speaking further at the swearing-in ceremony held at the main courtroom of the Supreme Court, the CJN told the new Justices to be prepared for criticisms or verbal assaults by litigants who have lost cases as Justices of the final court of the land, where appellants’ expectations are often very high and infectious. “There is no way you can please human beings, especially litigants. The easiest way to fail in life is by trying to please everyone. The only deity you can fear, is the Almighty God”, he said. “Once your judgement is in consonance with what God expects from you, and is also …

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Adamawa Governorship: Supreme Court reserves judgment in Binani, Fintiri case

ABUJA- The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Aisha Dahiru (Binani), against Governor Ahmadu Fintiri. After listening to the parties’ arguments on Monday, the John Okoro-led five-member panel adjourned the case for judgment. Ms Dahiru is challenging the victory of Mr Fintiri in the governorship election and praying the court to overrule the judgment of the Adamawa election petition tribunal and that of the Court of Appeal that had dismissed her petition.

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Desist From Peddling Defamatory Narrative That Nnamdi Kanu Jumped Bail – Ejimakor To Media, Public

…Says Supreme Court CTC has finally settled that Nnamdi Kanu never jumped bail Aloy Ejimakor, the Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday implored the media, members of the public and pertinent public officials to abide by the judgment of the Supreme Court and henceforth cease and desist from peddling or publishing the false and defamatory narrative that Nnamdi Kanu had jumped bail. He emphasized that the Supreme Court has settled the controversy that the agitator never jumped bail. Ejimakor said the Supreme Court also clarified that Kanu’s bail should not have been revoked. Recall that in 2017, Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja had granted Kanu bail. Upon his release, a military invasion of his ancestral home in Umuahia, Abia State, in September 2017, forced him into exile, hence he did not attend his trial on the next scheduled date and thereafter. From then till June 2021 when he was transferred from Kenya to Nigeria, there has been a robust public debate as to whether he jumped …

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Supreme Court Victory: Prof Kunini Felicitates With Gov. Kefas

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The former Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini has congratulated the Taraba State Governor Dr Agbu Kefas on his Supreme Court Victory over the NNPP and Professor Sani Yahaha. In a statement issued on Saturday, Kunini said that the victory has validated the election of Governor Agbu Kefas and urged the people to join hands with the governor to move the state forward. Kunini who contested the Governorship Primaries of the PDP against Dr Agbu and came up as the First runner up, said that the time for politicking was over and it is imperative for all to join hands and work for the ultimate good of the state. “On behalf of my family and political supporters, I want to heartily congratulate our dear Governor Dr Agbu Kefas on his well deserved Supreme Court Victory. I enjoin the political class and the entire people of the state to give the Governor maximum support to enable him tackle the myriad of problems confronting our people especially insecurity. “It is our prayer for …

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Supreme court upholds life sentence for Nigerian man who killed 18-year-old girl in Italy

ABUJA- The Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome, Italy, has upheld the life term handed to a Nigerian man, Innocent Oseghale for killing and cutting up 18-year-old girl, Pamela Mastropietro. 39-year-old Oseghale killed Mastropietro on January 30, 2018 in the countryside outside at Pollenza, near Macerata in Marche. Oseghale was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2019 after being found guilty of murder, sexual assault and destruction of Pamela’s body. The Nigerian appealed against part of his conviction for rape, claiming he never had sex with the victim before killing her. On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the Court of Cassation of Rome definitively put an end to the legal matter by sentencing Oseghale to life imprisonment for murder aggravated by sexual violence, destruction and concealment of a corpse. In reality, the Supreme Court had already ruled in favor of murder and concealment of a corpse. With Tuesday’s sentence, the judges of the Supreme Court, after a referral to the appeal, established that there was also sexual violence. “It’s what I’ve been waiting for for six years. That’s what I hoped for. …

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Supreme Court upholds Fubara’s election

RIVERS- The Supreme Court, on Thursday, dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress candidate in the Rivers State governorship election, Tonye Cole. Cole asked the apex court to sack Siminalayi Fubara as governor of the state. He alleged that the election was marred by irregularities and that Fubara did not validly resign his previous position as required by the law, before the election. Both the tribunal and the Court of Appeal dismissed his case for want of merit. Reading the lead judgment, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa dismissed Cole’s appeal. The five-man panel in a unanimous decision held that the appellant failed to prove his allegations that there was non-compliance with the Electoral Act during the election.

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David Mark Congratulates Oborevwori, Onyeme On Their Victory At S’Court

…Craves for Peace, Unity in Delta State By Ogechi Okorie Two term President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has congratulated the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and his Deputy Chief Monday Onyeme over the victory at the nation’s apex court. In the message, Senator Mark urged the governor and his Deputy to make conscious efforts to ensure peace , unity and development of the state, the statement from his Special Adviser, Paul Mumeh said. According to Mark, “Your dedication, hard work, and commitment have been truly inspiring, and I am thrilled to see your efforts recognized and affirmed by the highest court in the land. “Your leadership has been instrumental in shaping the future of Delta state, and I have no doubt that your election will pave the way for continued progress and prosperity. “Your vision for your state, coupled with your ability to bring people together, has undoubtedly resonated with the voters, and I am confident that your tenure will bring even greater success and positive change for your state”. The former Senate helmsman noted …

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Amended 20-Count Charges: Emefiele Pleads Not Guilty

By Ogechi Okorie Erstwhile Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has pleaded not guilty to the amended criminal charge filed against him by the federal government. On Thursday, the federal government amended the criminal charge it filed against the former CBN governor. The charge was previously six counts but was increased to 20 counts. The amended charge borders on criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit a felony. Subsequently, the presiding judge adjourned the trial to February 12 and 13. Earlier on Thursday, the Federal Capital Territory High Court Justice, Hamza Muazu granted the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele’s request to travel out of the FCT. The court however, said that Emefiele must remain in the country. His bail terms were previously restricted to the FCT. The court had in November granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N300 million with two sureties in like sum. His lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mathew Burkaa said that Emefiele was released from the …

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Supreme Court Victory: Reps Minority Caucus Congratulates Minority Parties’ Governors

By Chris Udochukwu The House of Representatives Minority Caucus has joyfully extended heartfelt congratulations to the minority parties governors whose victories were upheld by the apex Court on Friday. The Governors include; In a statement signed by the Reps Minority Leader, REP. O. K. CHINDA, the Minority Caucus applauded the Supreme Court Justices for ensuring that the sanctity of the votes of the people of these states was not compromised. According to the statement, these decisions have renewed the faith of the Nigerians in the Judiciary as it has demonstrated that it is the last hope of the commonman. These victories resonate not only with the opposition parties but also with the citizens of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau, and Zamfara States, who voted massively for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). While commending the Supreme Court for the courageous decisions handed down, which have vindicated our earlier position. It is imperative to refer to the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the National Assembly and State Elections Tribunals in …

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APC Retains Ebonyi As Supreme Court Affirms Nwifuru As Elected Governor

By Chris Udochukwu The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Francis Nwifuru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor of Ebonyi State. The apex court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, dismissing the appeal of Chukwuma Odii of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lacking in merit. Last November, the Court of Appeal in Lagos affirmed the election of Nwifuru as the duly elected governor of Ebonyi State in the March 18 governorship election. The three-member panel presided over by Justice Jummai Sankey, in its unanimous decision, dismissed the appeal filed by Odii and upheld the earlier verdict of the tribunal but the PDP candidate approached the apex court to seek redress. The panel also resolved all the five issues raised against the appellant and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit. Justice Sankey had held that the PDP and its candidate lacked the legal right to meddle in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress as it relates to the nomination of candidates. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the Nwifuru …

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Supreme Court Upholds Otti’s Victory As Abia Governor

By Chris Udochukwu The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of Alex Otti as the Governor of Abia state. Justice Uwani Abba-Aji who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants failed to prove substantial non-compliance in their appeal. On the issue of Otti’s membership, the appellant had contended that he wasn’t validly nominated and sponsored by the Labour Party (LP) at the time of the election. However, the appellate court held that the issue of membership is an internal affair and as such lacks jurisdiction. The apex court faulted the appellants for bringing the appeal to the court, tagging it as frivolous and vexatious. Alex Otti had scored 175,466 votes to defeat Okey Ahiwe of the PDP, who polled 88,529 votes in the election early last year.

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Ogun Gov Poll: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement

By Chris Udochukwu The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the appeal filed by Oladipupo Adebutu challenging the majority judgement of the Court of Appeal that affirmed the election of Dapo Abiodun as governor of Ogun state A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice John Okoro adjourned for judgement after the parties argued and adopted their processes. Adebutu is asking the court to set aside the election because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had initially cancelled elections in 99 polling units and consequently ordered that fresh elections, be conducted in those polling units. The electoral body then went ahead to declare Abiodun the winner of the March 2023 election, disregarding the margin of the vote. The governor had won the election with 13,000 votes and the votes from the cancelled polling units were 44,000.

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Accounts freezing: Why I’ll not pay sacked LG chairmen now– Makinde

IBADAN- Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says he will not pay the sacked local government chairmen until the Supreme Court orders him to do so. Makinde said this on Saturday in Ibadan while commenting on the garnishee order on state government accounts recently secured from an Abuja Federal High Court by the local government chairmen sacked by the governor in 2019. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice A.O. Ebong had, on Dec. 15, issued an order attaching the state government’s accounts in 10 commercial banks in the country. Ebong gave the order while ruling on a garnishee proceeding initiated by the local government chairmen who were sacked by the governor May 29, 2019. The Supreme Court had, on May 7, 2021, voided the sack of the chairmen and councilors, as pronounced by the governor on the day of his inauguration for his first term in office in 2019. The sacked council chairmen had gotten a N4,874,889,425.60 judgment against Makinde and other officials and agencies of the state, of which N1.5 billion had been paid, leaving a …

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Supreme Court affirms Governor Peter Mbah victory

ABUJA- The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu state. Justice Mohammed Garba, who delivered the lead judgement described as mere allegation the statement that Mbah did not posses the National Youth Service Corp certificate, which is one of the certificate he tendered to the INEC. The court resolved all the issues raised in the appeal against the appellant. The appellant, Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party, had dragged INEC and Mbah before the court to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal which dismissed his case against the election of the governor. The Lagos Division of the Appeal Court in its unanimous decision, resolved all three issues argued against the appellant, Edeoga. The three-member panel presided over by Justice Tani  Hassan held that the appellant failed to prove that the respondent was not qualified to contest the governorship election. On the allegation of over voting, Hassan, in her lead judgment, held that the voters’ register was never placed before the lower tribunal, stressing that failure to tender the voter’s register before the …

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Appeal Court fines Gov. Makinde, others N50m for withholding ex-council chiefs’ funds

ABUJA- The Court of Appeal in  Abuja, on Friday awarded N50 million in damages against Gov..Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and six others for failure to pay the outstanding balance of N3,374,889,425.60 (N3.4 billion) from the N4,874,889,425.60 (N4.9 billion) debt, arising from a May 7, 2021 judgment of the Supreme Court. A three-member panel of justices, in a unanimous judgment, condemned Makinde’s conduct, which it described as disrespectful of the nation’s judicial system. The court affirmed the April 27 decision of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ordering the state governor to paid the outstanding balance. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the N4.9 billion debt arose from the judgment of the Supreme Court given against Makinde, the state’s Attorney-General (A-G), Accountant-General and four others in an appeal by chairmen and councillors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but sacked on May 29,  2019, by Makinde, upon assuming office. In the judgment, the appellate court upheld the arguments by the lawyer to the ex-council chiefs, Musibau Adetunbi, SAN, resolved the two …

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Kano Guber Election: 500 lawyers to represent APC candidate Gawuna at Supreme Court

KANO- No fewer than 500 private legal practitioners have volunteered to defend Nasir Gawuna, the Kano governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, at the Supreme Court. Joseph Onwudiwe, a spokesperson for the lawyers under the aegis of the Guardians of Democracy and Rule of Law, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr Onwudiwe said the gesture was to enhance the country’s democracy. “Nigerians have observed keenly the situation unfolding in Kano state regarding the March 18 governorship election. As a group saddled with the onerous responsibility of safeguarding our democratic ethos and values, we are no longer comfortable with the unwarranted attacks on the judiciary,” Mr Onwudiwe explained. “And certain moves to blackmail the court into giving backing to wanton electoral malfeasance and vote heist.” He added, “We will no longer fold our arms as lawyers and watch the judiciary be continuously harangued and the temple of justice desecrated by a group of people who failed to perfect an electoral heist.” Mr Onwudiwe applauded the sound reasoning that resonated in the judgments of the tribunal …

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