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NGF Ensures Implementation of Financial Autonomy for State Judiciaries, Legislative Workers

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The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said it will ensure the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislative and judiciary institutions by May 2021.

Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi gave the assurance after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the State house.JUSUN Strike: NBA Kano, Ungogo Branches Visit Ganduje Tomorrow Tuesday.

He maintained that the Governors forum has never been opposed to the issue of financial autonomy and that the governors, the speakers, and judges are on the same page.

He further disclosed that upon emerging from a meeting with the Solicitor-General of the Federation, the representatives of the judiciary, the representatives of the Conference of Speakers, and House of Representatives an agreement has been reached, thus reiterating that Nigerians can expect implementation of the agreement no later than May.

The NGF’s comments regarding the matter come few hours after members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) staged a peaceful march at the National Assembly in solidarity with judiciary workers who are protesting in favour of financial autonomy in the country.

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The lawyers who had earlier converged at the Court of Appeal gate before proceeding to the Parliament’s complex in their numbers were stopped from entering the Assembly by security operatives.

Leadership of the NBA had earlier on Friday directed its branch chairmen nationwide to lead “visits” to government houses in their states over the 36 governors’ alleged unwillingness to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.

A statement by the president of the association, Olumide Akpata, directed the branch chairmen to lead the “visits”, which are more like peaceful protests, on Monday, and on all other subsequent Mondays until the demand for the judiciary’s financial autonomy is met.

It urged the branch leaders “to effectively mobilise their members” for the “visit to the governors at the state government houses” to press home the demand.

JUSUN since April 6, 2021, left the courts in Nigeria under lock and key because of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary as the third arm of government. They commenced a nationwide strike Yesterday ( Monday) April 19, 2021.

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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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