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NJC Recommends Appointment of 26 Judges

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 26 judges, while issuing strict warning to two erring judges.

A statement issued by the NJC spokesman, Soji Oye, said the decisions followed a meeting of the council on March 17 and 18 under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.

The statement reads: “The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, at its 94th meeting held on 17 to 18 March 2021, considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and resolved to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Kogi, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Delta States twenty-six (26) successful candidates for appointment as Justices of Court of Appeal and Heads of Court in Nigeria,” the statement partly read.

“Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

“ Justice Olokoba was reprimanded and also put on the watch list of the Council for his failure to deliver judgement within the Constitutional period of 90 days and Hon. Justice Savage was reprimanded for not being in charge of his Court.

“All recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the National Assembly and the respective States Houses of Assembly.

“Council at the Meeting deliberated on the Reports on 24 petitions written against 29 Judges presented by its Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee and decided to empanel an investigation Committee against one Judge and issued two strong warning letters against 2 Judges of the Federal and State High Courts. It also resolved to set up a Medical Board to ascertain the health status of one Judge.

“Council decided to issue strong warning letters to Hon. Justices Mufutau Olokoba and M. A. Savage of the Lagos State High Court.

 

“The remaining petitions were summarily dismissed for obvious and manifest lack of merit, being subjudice, overtaken by events, or that such petitions were matters for appeal.

“The dismissed petitions were against Justices Rita Nosakhare Pemu, Ita G. Mbaba and Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua all of Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal; Hon. Justices O. O. Oguntoyinbo and A. Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Anslem A. Nwaigwe, Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Hon. Justices M. A. Abubakar, Binta Bawa Rijau of Niger State High Court, Hon. Justice Maurice Odey Eneji of Cross River State and Hon. Justice Kulu Aliyu, Chief Judge, Zamfara State.

“Other petitions dismissed were those written against Hon. Justice S. O. Falola of Osun State Judiciary; Hon. Justices C. C. Okaa, S.N. Odili and P. C. Obiorah, all of Anambra State High Court; Hon. Justice Chukwuemeka – Chikeka, Hon. Justice Ijeoma O. Agugua, Acting Chief Judge of Imo State. Justice Y. A. Adesanya of the Lagos State Judiciary and Hon. Justices Godwin O. Ollor and S. H. Aprioku of Rivers State High Court.

“Similarly, Council dismissed petitions written against Hon. Justices Hadiza H. Ali-Jos, E. B. Omotoso, I. Ityonyiman, W. O. Animasahun, A.A. Aderibigbe and Hon Kadi M. Y. Usman who served in two Election Petition Tribunals.

“Council also received notifications of the retirement of seventeen (17) Judicial Officers and notifications of death of three Judges from the Federal and State Judiciaries.”

The full list of those recommended for appointment are:

EIGHTEEN (18) JUSTICES, COURT OF APPEAL

i) Hon. Justice Bature Isah Gafai

ii) Hon. Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo

iii) Hon. Justice Waziri Abdul-Azeez

iv) Hon. Justice Yusuf Alhaji Bashir

v) Hon. Justice Usman A. Musale

vi) Hon. Justice Jauro Ibrahim Wakili

vii) Hon. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed

viii) Hon. Grand Kadi Mohammed Danjuma

ix) Hon. Justice Danlami Zama Senchi

x) Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Abubakar

xi) Hon. Justice Hassan Muslim Sule

xii) Hon. Justice Amadi Kenneth Ikechukwu

xiii) Hon. Justice Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen

xiv) Hon. Justice Sybil Onyeji Nwaka Gbagi

xv) Hon. Justice Olasumbo Olanrewaju Goodluck

xvi) Hon. Justice Banjoko Adebukunola Adeoti Ibironke

xvii) Hon. Justice Olabode Abimbola Adegbehingbe

xviii) Hon. Justice Bola Samuel Ademola

CHIEF JUDGE, FCT, ABUJA

i) Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi

CHIEF JUDGE, RIVERS STATE

i) Hon. Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi

CHIEF JUDGE, NASARAWA STATE

i) Hon. Justice Aisha Bashir Aliyu

CHIEF JUDGE, KOGI STATE

i) Hon. Justice Sunday Omeiza Otu

CHIEF JUDGE, JIGAWA STATE

i) Hon. Justice Umar Maigari Sadiq

CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE

i) Hon. Justice Ngene Anagu Elvis

CHIEF JUDGE, DELTA STATE

i) Hon. Justice Theresa T. Obiajulu Ogochukwu Diai

PRESIDENT, CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, DELTA STATE

i) Hon. Justice Patience Onuwa Elumeze

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Kano Missing Children: Court Jailed Mastermind to 104 Years In Correctional Centre

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The Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years in addition with the compulsory fine of the sum of N100,000 for conspiring among his 6 others accomplice and kidnapped many children who are under 10 years from kano and sold them at Onitsha in Anambra state

Justice Zuwaira has Sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 Count Charge against him by Kano State Government

Delivering the Judgment Justice Yusuf categorised the offences according to 3 classifications.

The first category the court upheld that convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 21, 27 and 34 She convicted him to 7 years on  each count without option of fine in addition to the sum of N100,000 compulsory fine

Similarly, the court found Paul guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years

While in the last category Justice Yusuf said the action of Paul was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she therefore convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run consecutively and without option of fine

The convicted person was earlier arraigned before the court alongside his 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them, namely:

Mercy Paul, Ebere Ogbono, Emmanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha, Chinelo Ifedigwe.

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BREAKING: Kano Missing Children: Court Sentences Mastermind to Several Correctional Terms

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Kano state high court presided over by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf has sentenced Paul Owne Principal Mastermind of kano missing children case

The Court jailed Paul after pleaded guilty to all 38 count charge slammed against him by kano state govt.

He was jailed to several terms.

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DCP Abba Kyari Named in Hushpuppi’s $1m Fraud Case

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Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has been linked to the celebrated fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, who is presently facing trial for fraud in a United States court.

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Hushpuppi, in an indictment unsealed by the US Justice Department, was alleged to have bribed Abba Kyari to get one of his traducers arrested and jailed in Nigeria.

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Arelease by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California said: “Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Juma were engaged in fraud.

“After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.

“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”

Abba Kyari, known to have smashed top criminal cases, drew the ire of the public when he made an appearance at the party of Obi Cubana in Oba where millions in various currencies were obscenely displayed recently.

Hushpuppi was indicted with five others in an International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then launder over $1 Million in Illicit proceeds.

According to the release from the Department of Justice, Hushpuppi has pleaded guilty in the Money Laundering in School Financing Scam and Additional Cyber and Business Email Compromise Schemes.

The criminal complaint that initiated the prosecution in February was also unsealed on Monday, revealing Hushpuppi was initially charged in this case.

Court documents ordered unsealed showed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20. A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses.

“The defendants allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off,” said Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison.

“Mr. Abbas, who played a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means. In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will identify and prosecute perpetrators of business email compromise scams, which is a massive and growing international crime problem,” according to Wilkison.

“Mr. Abbas, among the most high-profile money launderers in the world, has admitted to his significant role in perpetrating global BEC fraud, a scheme currently plaguing Americans,” said Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

“His celebrity status and ability to make connections seeped into legitimate organizations and led to several spin-off schemes in the U.S. and abroad. Today’s announcement deals a crucial blow to this international network and hopefully serves as a warning to potential victims targeted with this type of theft,” Johnson added.

According to the indictment, Abbas allegedly conspired with Abdulrahman Imraan Juma, a.k.a. “Abdul,” 28, of Kenya, and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, 40, of Nigeria, to defraud the Qatari businessperson by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance construction of the planned school.

Juma allegedly posed as a facilitator and consultant for the illusory bank loans, while Abbas played the role of “Malik,” a Wells Fargo banker in New York, according to court documents. Vincent, in turn, allegedly provided support for the false narratives fed to the victim by, among other things, creating bogus documents and arranging for the creation of a fake bank website and phone banking line.

Yusuf Adekinka Anifowoshe, a.k.a. “AJ,” 26, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly played a role in the fraud, assisting Abbas with a call to the victim posing as “Malik.” Special agents with the FBI arrested Anifowoshe in New York on July 22.

The conspirators allegedly defrauded the victim out of more than $1.1 million.

The proceeds of the fraud allegedly were laundered in several ways. According to the indictment, Abbas was assisted in laundering the proceeds of the fraud by Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, a.k.a. “Morayo,” 28, of Valley Stream, New York, and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, a.k.a. “Bolamide,” 34, of Linden, New Jersey. These two defendants also were arrested on July 22 by FBI agents.

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Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts. Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts.

Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.

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“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”

 

Thebr3lease said both conspiracy counts alleged in the indictment carry a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term.
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It added that the FBI was investigating this matter as part of Operation Top Dog.

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