NJC sacks Taraba state Chief Judge Justice Andetur
The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Friday in Abuja recommended the compulsory retirement of the Chief Judge of Taraba State High Court , Justice Philibus F. B. Andetur with immediate effect.
Justice Andetur was recommended for compulsory retirement following his indictment in a petition written against him by Senator Muhammed Sanusi Dagash.
Senator Dagash had in the petition accused the embattled Chief Judge of suppressing judgment by failing to deliver judgment in Suit No: TRSJ/134/17 involving Mallam Kassim Yahaya Ahmad Vs Shittu Wurmo & Shuwari Farms Limited .
Though, the law stipulates three months to deliver judgment after adoption of final addresses, Justice Andetur was said to have suppressed the judgment delivery for 30 months after adoption of final addresses by the parties.
The NJC after deliberation found that the Chief Judge breached the provisions of S.294 (1) of the 1999 Constitution and therefore recommended him for compulsory retirement with immediate effect to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State.
In the interim, the Council in exercise of its disciplinary powers under the Constitution has suspended Justice Andetur from office pending his compulsory retirement.
A statement by NJC’S Director of Information Mr Soji Oye said Justice Andetur is to hand over to the next most senior Judge in the State.
The statement also said that the Council considered the Report of one of its Complaints Assessment Committees and agreed with the Committee’s recommendation to empanel four Committees to further investigate four of the seven petitions forwarded to it while it dismissed three others.
One of the three petitions was dismissed for being subjudice and the remaining two were dismissed because the Judicial Officers had retired from service and by virtue of Rule 18(2) (h) of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations 2017, the Judicial officers are no longer under the disciplinary control of the Council.
Similarly, the Council was said to have considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and at the end of deliberation, recommended the appointment of six Heads of Court and five Judges of Plateau State High Court as follows:
The Heads of Courts are Justice Ikpambese Maurice Ahemba as Chief Judge for Benue State, Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman
as Chief Judge for Adamawa State, Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara as Chief Judge for Kwara State, Justice Iyabo Subulade Yerima as Chief Judge for Oyo State, Hon. Kadi Ibrahim Wakili Sudi as Grand Kadi for Sharia Court of Appeal, Adamawa State and
Hon. Justice Audu James Balami as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Adamawa State.
Five Judges were recommended for High Court of Plateau State and they are. Charles Donglong, Ashahabu Suleiman Wase,
Shikamma Kassam Sheltu, Mary Abah Izam and Nanle Titus Komak
The statement further explained that the NJC received notification of retirements of eight Judicial Officers of the Federal and State Courts and notification of death of a Court of Appeal Justice.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was said to have presided over the NJC’S meeting.
Three arrested over murder of South African Rapper, AKA
Three suspects have been arrested over the murder of South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA. Recall that he was gunned down on February 10, 2023 around Florida Road. Confirming the devastating development, the police in Durban said the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting on Florida Road by persons in two cars around 10 pm on Friday. It was reported that AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Reports, however, emerging in the last week of March, revealed that after investigations into AKA’s killing, the police in Cape Town arrested three people on Sunday after monitoring them during the week. According to reports, the suspects, now in police custody, would be brought to Durban, where they are expected to be charged. Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel André Traut, while addressing journalists referred questions about the arrest to the KwaZulu-Natal police. “It is a KZN case; should we get any information, it will be sent to them. You should contact them for information,” he reportedly told the local publication, The South African.
Lawyer apologizes over CJN Ariwoola wheelchair picture post in internet
Amidst embarrassment a lawyer and Television analyst Dr Sam Amadi who posted the picture of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola on wheelchair at airport has tendered his apology.
The picture of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, he posted on Thursday has beet generating mixed reactions.
Online media had used and insinuated that the CJN went for a meeting with the country’s “president-elect”, Bola Tinubu in London.
The lawyer, who also works as a television analyst, in another tweet, on Friday, described his action as unnecessary, saying he had since deleted the photograph on his handle.
The photo of the CJN in a wheelchair about to board an airplane at an airport went viral on social media, with people, including some online platforms, speculating that he was on his way to meet with a popular political figure, alleged to be Tinubu.
He also stated that he did not post the photo or tweet to embarrass the CJN or anyone else, but was simply responding to a report on the issue by an online platform.
“Yesterday I posted a picture of an elder man on wheelchair who happens to be the CJN. I have deleted the tweet because, in retrospect, it is not necessary. The tweet was in reference to the PG story and not intended to embarrass. I apologise to all offended by the tweet,” the lawyer tweeted.
The Supreme Court on Friday also confirmed that the Chief Justice of Nigeria travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment but denied that he met with Tinubu in London.
The Director of Information Akande Festus told The Daily Times on Sunday that the CJN has been vindicated by the apology.
He said that it’s unfortunate that some persons have been carrying out vicious attacks on the judiciary and its head for sometime now for interior motives.
He said that contrary to the false report that Justice Ariwoola travelled out of Nigeria on March 11 to the United Kingdom, ” CJN has been in Nigeria and presided over meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) held on 16 and 17 March.”
He said that Ariwoola travelled to London on March 18, on held ground and accompanied by the Secretary NJC Gambo Saleh
Meanwhile , a senior advocate of Nigeria, Jibrin Okutepa, has said those promoting the news of the alleged meeting between the chief justice of Nigeria, Kayode Ariwoola and president-elect, Bola Tinubu are sick.
Reacting to the report in a Twitter thread on Friday, Mr Okutepa blamed the deteriorating state of the judicial arm for the embarrassing report.
He also bemoaned some legal practitioners who joined in spreading the report, describing it as a sacrilege.
“The legal profession is sick and on oxygen in Nigeria. The ethics and etiquette of the profession are gone. No sanctions. Otherwise, how do we explain the news making round even amongst lawyers that a whole Chief Justice of Nigeria disguises himself to meet a named politician.
“And some Nigerian lawyers are posting it. What a shame. So because CJN was seen on wheelchairs, means his lordship is disguising himself to meet politician. What a sacrilege. Why did the legal profession deteriorate to this level.
“Nobody is feeling bad that the CJN may not be well and had to be on a wheelchair. No empathy. But we can speculate on unfounded and unverified story. No reasonable person should promote falsehood. I think those promoting this news are sick. We must not destroy our judiciary,” Mr Okutepa wrote.
FG: Census Will Commence May 3
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has revealed when the census will begin.The NOA says the population and housing census will commence on May 3.In an interview with NAN, Garba Abari, NOA director-general, said the exercise would commence on May 3 and end on May 5.In April 2022, the federal government announced that it would conduct the national census after the general election.Abari said the exercise would capture every person, household and structure for national planning and project execution purposes.He said the change in the date was due to the postponement of the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections.He described the census and the 2023 elections as major national events with significant importance.“That change by INEC made it mandatory for us to also adjust the date for the conduct of the exercise,” NAN quoted Abari as saying.“The census had to be put forward from the initial date of March 29 to April 2nd, now to May 3rd to 5th.“There are two things that informed the shift in date. First, in the course of our planning by the National Population Commission, it was so factored that INEC will also tinker with its own electoral timetable.“The gubernatorial election, as you are aware, had to be shifted by one week. This had a telling effect on the date of commencement of the census.“Just like election, the census is also a very long process, from the training, the sub-trainings, retraining leading uptill the very day of the actual house listing and numbering.“These will then be followed by the actual capture of the population.”On the level of preparedness, the NOA boss assured that the commission is ready to embark on the exercise.“Most of the information that have gone out to the public about the census like the awareness creation, sensitisation, enlightenment, advocacy around the census have all been taking place,” he said.“Perhaps, not on a scale that will make us feel comfortable to say every Nigerian is now census conscious, census aware, in spite of the very significant role that it has to play in our national life.“But, clearly, the census is absolutely important because it is for development, planning, security, infrastructure development, educational, health and other demographic considerations all encapsulating in one.’’
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