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Group accuses Gov Bello of severing Water, Electricity Supply to residence of Kogi CJ

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Group accuses Gov Bello of severing Water, Electricity Supply to residence of Kogi CJ

A civil society group, the Federation of Lawyers in Active Democracy (FLAD) has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State of humiliating the chief Judge of the State, Justice Nasir Ajanah to force him to resign by ordering the severance of water and electricity supply to his official residence as part of the pressure to force him out of office.

The governor’s action, according to the group, is aimed at intimidating and to cow Ajanah because he is not in the good books of the state government.

In their reaction to reaction to a resolution of the State House of Assembly demanding the removal of the Chief Judge from office, FLAD President Arome Husseini said the motion defied logic.

The statement dismissed as “Null and void and of no effect whatsoever” what it described as yet another instance of Governor Bello’s intolerance of democratic institutions, the separation of power and the checks and balances guaranteed by the constitution.

The group said the 1999 Constitution as amended Section 271 ( 1) 292 (1) (ii) (a) and the third Schedule paragraph 21 part 1 of the constitution which provide for the removal of a Chief Judge of a state were totally ignored by the House.

It suspected that the Chief Judge’s travails may have begun on the day he resisted the governor’s alleged interference in a criminal case involving a ‘controversial federal legislator’ who was granted bail.

It recalled how the state government punished two former Speakers of the state’s legislature by denying them access to utilities, the same punishment now being visited on Justice Ajanah.

It said: “a Speaker that was illegally installed was equally forced to resign within one year after he complained during public sitting that Governor Bello was harassing and intimidating him!

“In both cases, utilities like water, electricity and communications were severed from the official residences of these Speakers.

“Today the utilities of the learned Chief Judge and the Deputy Governor of the State have equally been disconnected – all in an effort to intimidate and overawe these state functionaries into becoming puppets and stooges like has been achieved in the State House of Assembly.”

It asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governor to order.

However, reacting to the allegations, Mr. Muhammad Galacticus Onogwu who is the Chief Press Secretary to the governor said Bello’s political successes had inspired endless mischievous reactions from embittered political opponents.

His words: “generally, the water system in Lokoja is under maintenance so, the shortage of water is across board and as I am talking to you, I am running a generator like any other person here in Lokoja.

“The talk about us owing the state’s judiciary staff about 10 months’ salary because of the Chief Judge’s travails is a big lie; when the Federal Government gave us the Paris Club refund of about N13 billion in November last year, labour leaders and the state government agreed on collection of four months’ outstanding salary by every worker in person.

“The judiciary workers refused to participate in the pay parade exercise for reasons best known to them and their salaries are lying there in the bank but they went on strike and even sued the state government.

“We do not have any issue with the Chief Judge because the Kogi State government under Governor Yahaya Bello does not interfere with either the Judiciary or the legislature.

“We are approaching the period of another gubernatorial election in Kogi State and those who are afraid of what the government has achieved thus far are already afraid of a big loss in the November election so, they are resorting t mischief because we have kept winning.

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Lagos Based Businessman Wants NJC to Investigate Judge For Alleged Bias

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A Lagos based businessman, Chima Nsudum, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) urging it to investigate Justice D. E. Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, over his alleged bias in a case before him.

Nsudum, in his petition, a copy of which was obtained by this news medium, wants the NJC to probe the alleged poor handling of a winding up proceeding of a private limited liability company, Davebenlin Nigeria Limited.

The petitioner clamed that on December 4, 2019, the Judge received a notice of appeal, and an application for stay of proceedings pending appeal, forcing him to adjourn the main suit indefinitely.

“However in spite of the order for adjournment granted by the judge, in the suit number: FHC/UM /PET/02 2018 between Chima Nsudum and Davebenlin Nigeria Limited, he later fixed a new date for hearing of the matter without the conclusion of the appeal.”

According to him, the judge fixed
July 23, 2020 for hearing of a motion by Davebenlin Nigeria Limited, seeking to confiscate the brand name ‘KMCA’ of a Sandpaper product owned by his company, Panadave Investments Limited, anywhere it was found in Nigeria on the allegation that they were newly imported in contravention of the Judge’s injunctive order.

The petitioner claimed that Panadeve Investments Limited is not a party in the suit.

Nsudum further claimed that “during the proceedings on the 23rd of July 2020, in the face of a Motion on Notice by the petitioner’s counsel, seeking an adjournment of the motion for stay of proceedings, in deference firstly, to the court’s own ruling, secondly, to the Motion for stay of proceedings pending at the Court of Appeal and thirdly, to the Record which had been entered, Justice Osiagor still insisted on hearing Davebenlin’s Motion.

“The judge was, however, forced to adjourn the matter to October 13, because the time had not run out for the petitioner to file counter-affidavits to the Motion.

“Nevertheless, he still went ahead to make an order for maintenance of status-quo by the parties.”

“In the meantime, a Form 48 (Notice of disobedience to an order of court) was served on the petitioner’s office, with a copy of the order of 23rd July 2020 as an attachment.

“The Form 48 was dated 24th of July 2020, meaning that the order attached was obtained most probably on the 23rd of July 2020 by Davebenlin’s counsel, while the petitioner’s counsel has been denied access to the proceedings/order to date,” Nsudum alleged.

“The Judge has consistently refused recording my lawyers and their submission. For example, the Judge attributed his order that ‘parties should maintain status quo’ on the 23rd of July 2020 to my lawyer, Barrister U.A. Emeagwara, when no such application emanated from him on that day.

“In view of the foregoing, the petitioner is uneasy about the conduct and disposition of Hon. Justice Osiagor, and does not believe he can have a fair-hearing before him, hence his petition,” he claimed.

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PDP hails Appeal Court Ruling that upturned sack of Bayelsa governor Diri

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PDP  hails Appeal Court Ruling that upturned sack of Bayelsa governor Diri

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has acclaimed the Court of Appeal ruling on Friday, October 2, 2020 that upheld the election of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.
The country’s main opposition party described the Appellate Court judgment as victory for the rule of law and true will of the Bayelsa people.


A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said; “Our party congratulates the people of Bayelsa and notes that the celebration that erupted in state at the breaking of the news of the verdict is not only a testimony that indeed justice was upheld but also that Govenor Diri is indeed the choice of the people.”
The PDP noted that just like other governors elected on its platform, “Governor Diri indeed had hit the ground running in the task of developing Bayelsa state, particularly in his outline of projects in key sectors.”

The party listed the sectors to include, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, and education, among others, noting that the Governor Diri’s administration is focused on developing the state despite the prevailing fiscal challenges.
“Our party therefore urges Governor Diri not to relent but continue in his commitment towards the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP”, the statement said.
A five-man panel of the court of appeal had overturned a ruling which nullified the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State on Friday.
The court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Diri’s election.
In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the court said the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party failed to show that it had a valid candidature that was unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Kogi CJ names ICT Centre after predecessor, Ajanah

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Kogi CJ names ICT Centre after predecessor, Ajanah


By Friday Idachaba

Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has named the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre of the state Judiciary after the immediate past Chief Judge of the state, late Justice Nasir Ajanah.

Olusiyi disclosed this at a Valedictory and Special Court Session in honour of deceased and retired Judicial Officers of the state judiciary at the state High Court Complex on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The Acting Chief Judge who described late Ajanah as his bossom friend, brother, colleague and boss said it was essential for him to rechristen the the ICT centre after Ajanah as part of efforts to immortalise him.

This, according to him, is in view of the late jurist’s commitment to the establishment of the centre as part of efforts to digitise and automate the operations of the state judiciary.

“We are doing this to immortalise his name in recognition of his contributions to the administration of Justice in Nigeria and particularly, in Kogi State.

“The ICT centre was built under his leadership. It was commissioned in 2014 and it contains quite a number of state-of-the-art communication facilities.

“So, it’s now my great privilege and honour to dedicate this Centre to the service of mankind and to the glory of the almighty God.

“From now henceforth, the High Court of Justice ICT Centre shall be known and referred to as ‘Honourable Justice Nasir Ajanah (CON) ICT Centre’.

“It is our hope that it will serve as a nucleus for our efforts to automate our Court processes in Kogi State Judiciary”, Olusiyi said. (NAN)

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