Saturday, June 24, 2017

Unini Chioma


CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and President Muhammadu Buhari

• CJN protests to Osinbajo, AGF, summons emergency NJC meeting
• Heads of courts tell NJC to shut down courts nationwide
•May ratify Onnoghen’s recommendation by FCSC

Showdown is looming between the judiciary and the Buhari Administration in the aftermath of the weekend arrest of some judges, two of them Supreme Court Justices.

Governor Wike

•Rivers CP averts bloody encounter between DSS operatives, policeman
•Gov accuses police, DSS operatives of shoving, injuring him
•APC, PDP in war of words

A mid-night show played out at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Port Harcourt, in the early hours of yesterday when Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State unexpectedly got locked up in a confrontation with operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).


* Agency claims judge hid $2m at home

* N1.5b house traced to Supreme Court Justice

* Arrested judges to be arraigned tomorrow

* Angry CJN protests to Osinbajo, summons NJC meeting

* NBA declares state of emergency, demands release of judges

Wike: DSS agents manhandled me, threatened to shoot


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized a property allegedly belonging to ex-Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin (retd.).

Our correspondent, who visited the N600m property on Plot 2717 Cadastral Zone A06, Maitama, Abuja, saw an inscription, “EFCC, Keep off!” written in red paint on its fence.

Jibrin and three others are standing trial for alleged diversion of N600m.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria

We are not in 1984

The Federal Government should know that this is not 1984. By 1984, I refer to that year and the dystopian novel written by George Orwell on dictatorship. Nigeria is a country ruled by law and even for the worst of crimes, we must follow the process of law. If we don’t, we will end up like Uganda under the autocrat, Idi Amin. We cannot bear such oppression. So, whatever the DSS is doing must be in line with the dictates of the law.


Justice Sylvester Ngwuta has been released by ‎the Department of State Security Service.

A top source at the Supreme Court told our correspondent that the apex court judge was released a couple of hours ago.

Kaine Agary

We all have heard the maxim, “Finders keepers…”, but how you complete it will depend on whether you are a schoolboy in a school yard or an adult in the real world. The schoolboys will conclude with “Losers weepers.” Well, the rules in the real world are not so simple. Times are hard, we are in a recession, all of that is no longer news. However, it is in such times that the will of people to do good and abide by the rules are truly tested. With news reports of how much cash the EFCC “finds” during its investigations, it is not hard to imagine that some people have hoards of cash and valuables buried in all corners of the earth. If for whatever reason, you set out with your shovel and start digging up earth in search of treasure, whether you will be keeping your find depends on the law as provided for under both statute and Common Law rules.

NJC building

* As SSS Arrests Two Supreme Court Justices, Others
* Conducts Nationwide Raid of Judges Homes

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has summoned an emergency meeting for Monday, October 10, 2016.‎

The meeting, will consider the ‎recommendation of Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, by the Federal Federal Judicial Service Commission, for appointment as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.