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DRAMA AT SUPREME COURT: 3 Justices Reacts to APC’s Petition Against Them.

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Infuriated over his frivolous petitions against sitting Justices, a Justice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, describing his petition writing against three justices of the apex court as unwarranted and irresponsible.

The APC in the petition signed by its Acting National Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni accused Justices Mohammed Musa Dattijo, Abdu Aboki and Helen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju of holding nocturnal meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to scheme out the party from the Imo Senate seat.
Justice Dattijo said; “Let me confirm to all Counsels in this matter that the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had written a petition against me and two other Justices of this court, namely Helen Ogunwumiju and Abdu Aboki accusing us of having a meeting with members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to subvert justice in the case

“That my humble self, led my two brothers to attend a meeting with members of the PDP to strategise on how to subvert the outcome of this case.”

“I must say that this is most unfortunate and my heart bleeds for this country. If people as highly placed as the Interim chairman of the APC would open his mouth and make this weighty statement against innocent Justices of this court, then I say my heart bleeds.

“We are not interested in any matter and I challenge him and the party to substantiate his allegation that my humble self, attended a meeting with members of the PDP with a view to subverting the interest of their party.

“This is a reckless and irresponsible statement. That is how these useless statements were made in the past and that is why we are not taking it likely.

“If they have honour, let them substantiate their allegations and I will not live a day longer in this court. So, this matter is adjourned sine die, and parties should approach the Chief Justice of Nigeria,“ Justice Dattijo said.

The APC Interim National Chairman’s petition against the three Justices of the Supreme Court is predicated on the imbroglio over the candidacy of the party in the December 5, 2020 Imo North Senatorial bye-election.
Buni, in the petition alleged that information at the disposal of the APC indicated that the three Justices of the Supreme Court met with the leadership of the PDP during which they perfected plans of giving the senatorial seat to the PDP candidate in the bye election.
But Justice Dattijo, who led a 5-man panel of Justices, said that the APC had by the petition called the integrity, reputation and honour of the three Justices to question and must be resolved first.
In his response, the Counsel to Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, who is a party to the suit, Malam Ahmed Raji SAN, expressed surprise and dissociated himself from the petition, saying that he was shocked to hear about the allegations made against the Justices.
Raji said; “This is very, very shocking. I swear with my last day in this court that I Ahmed Raji knows nothing about this issue and I condemn it with all the strength in me. I sympathise with your lordships and whatever measure your lordships deems appropriate, we are fully in support.”
In his own reaction, Counsel to the APC, Mr Umeh Kalu, said he just heard of the petition for the first time, saying; “I am taken aback by this. I have never in my life met with the interim chairman of the APC. In matters of this nature, we normally deal with the legal adviser. In the first place, PDP is not a party in this matter

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

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The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano

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Kano State Upper Shari’ah Court, City Number 1, presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola has sentenced 20 lashes with cane and 180 days in correctional center, against six phone snatchers who were found guilty of their offences.

The convicted persons were arrested in different locations within Kano metropolis

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According to the First Information Report by Police, the convicts were apprehended after series of complaints from members of the public.

” Eight stolen phones were recovered in their possession and they couldn’t give any satisfactory information in relation to how they acquired the phones”

” Knives and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from the suspects.”

The six convicts of different addresses in Kano Metropolis included : Umar Ibrahim, Abba Sani and Abubakar Yusuf.

Others were Ahmad Mustapha, Aliyu Bashir and Ahmad Musa.

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They all pleaded guilty and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Ibrahim Sarki Yola ordered 20 strokes be administer to each of the convict.

The Judge, similarly convicted each to spend 180 at correctional centres.

” This will serve as a deterrent to other culprits who are terrozing the public”

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Federal High Court Fixes June 23 For Re-arraignment of FIRS Top Officials

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The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed June 23 for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to re-arraign some top officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and two former directors over alleged fraud.

Justice Bolaji Olajuwon fixed the date after counsel to the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, informed the court that the matter was formally before a sister judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who had been transferred to the Calabar division.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Olajuwon from Markudi division took over from Justice Ojukwu.

“This matter was slated for the prosecution to open its case but due to recent transfer that took place, the matter will have to be commenced denovo (afresh),” Iheanacho told the judge.

The EFCC lawyer hinted that though the defendants were already on bail, he would have prayed for an arrest warrant against three of the defendants who were neither in court nor represented by counsel.

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NAN observes that only the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th defendants were either in court or represented by their counsel.

“They are actually on bail. But if not for the fact that the matter is coming up for the first time before my lord, I will have made a request for the arrest warrant,” Iheanacho said.

The judge, therefore, held that the defendants, who were absent, should be given another opportunity to come to court.

Olajuwon then adjourned the matter until June 23 for fresh arraignment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the anti-corruption agency had, on March 11, arraigned Mr Peter Hena, former Coordinating Director; Mohammed Bello Auta, ex-Finance Director, and seven other staff of FIRS before Justice Ojukwu.

Others are Aminu Sidi, Umar Aliyu Aduku, Mbura Mustapha, Obi Okeke Malachy, Obaje Napoleon Adofu, Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred and Benjamin Jiya.

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They were arraigned on 42-count charge bordering on corruption, fraud and criminal misappropriation of funds running into millions and punishable under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012).

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