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Imo Gov petitions, Attorney general, NJC over ‘Supreme Court Governor tag’

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apparently embarrassed by the ‘supreme court Governor’ tag used to describe his emergence, by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation.

It would be recalled, in January, Emeka Ihedioha was sacked as Imo State Governor following the apex court ruling that Uzodinma was the duly elected governor of the state on the grounds that results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final tally in March 2019.
In the petition, that was also addressed to the leadership of the National Assembly, Batos Chikezie, Special Adviser to Uzodinma on Political Matters asked that Ogubundu Nwadike, the publicity secretary for PDP in the state and other loyalists to be stopped from using the “supreme court governor” tag as it is derogatory.
Chikezie said since the supreme court’s decision on January 14, 2020, Nwadike continued to refer to Uzodinma as the ‘supreme court governor’ and Chief Emeka Ihedioha as the elected governor of the state in the print, electronic and social media.
He described the appellation as “wicked propaganda and blackmail characteristically designed to incite and delude the people of the state, thereby misdirecting them to disregard the judiciary.
He also asked that the NJC through the registrar of the supreme court ensure that Nwadike is made to stand trial for “persistently making a mockery of their decision and proceedings of the supreme court on the Imo state gubernatorial election.
He said by so doing, he is denigrating the pedigree of the apex court making it to appear they were compromised and biased which is a dent on their integrity.

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Abuja Court overturns forgery suit against Senator Eremieyo

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A Federal Capital Territory FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has dismissed a suit filed by Godsgift Eriaye of the Bayelsa Integrity Group against Senator Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi Eremieyo representing Bayelsa East, to the effect that the later forged his academic qualifications and documents.
In the suit which had the Inspector General of Police IGP, Mohammed Adamu as second defendant, the claimant had sought a declaration “that the First School Leaving Certificate from Ministry of Education of Government of Rivers State of Nigeria with number RS/EV1/76/013360 from State School Bassambiri bearing the name Degi Biobaragha which the 1st defendant claims, and has presented before various authorities as belonging to him and has obtained various benefits on account of same including in particular, his current membership of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria, was not duly issued to and does not belong to the defendant, but to another person by the stated name, and the use of same by the defendant is unlawful and constitutes a forgery and falsification of same”. 
He therefore asked the court to mandate the Inspector General of Police IGP to immediately commence criminal prosecution of Senator Degi.
The Supreme Court had on 13th of February 2020, in its judgement in a pre-election matter in respect of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election, affirmed a Federal High Court Judgement which decided inter alia, that Senator Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi Eremieyo, is disqualified from participating in the election on grounds that he submitted forged and falsified documents and also made false declaration to the Independent National Electoral Commission in aid of his qualification for the election.
The judgement led to the invalidation of the election of Chief David Lyon as Governor-elect for Bayelsa State and Sen. Degi as Deputy Governor-elect.
However, the FCT High Court presided over by Justice A.O Musa in its judgement dated November 13, 2020 whose certified true copy was made public on Friday, held that “the name Degi Biobaragha on the first school leaving certificate from Ministry of Education of Rivers State of Nigeria with number RS/EV1/76/013360 from State School Bassambiri (now State School 1 Nembe) is an error and misspelling of the 1st defendant’s name, Biobarakuma Degi”.
Justice Musa said notwithstanding the error in the spelling of the name, the certificate is genuine, belongs to and was issued to the senator.
The court also declared that the name Adegi Biobakumo on the West African Examinations Council’s General Certificate of Education ordinary level of June 1984 with Certificate Number SG 851767 is an error and a misspelling of the 1st defendant’s name, Biobarakumadegi and that the certificate is genuine and was issued to Senator Degi.
It further held that the Masters in Business Administration Statement of Result from Rivers State University of Technology dated 14th February 2002 bearing the name Degi Biobarakumawangagha is genuine, belongs to and was issued to no other person than the 1st Defendant.
It accordingly awarded the sum of ₦500,000 for Sen. Degi against the claimant, Eriaye.
Justice Musa also declared that there is no evidence so far to establish a prima facie case of Forgery or any other crime at all against the 1st Defendant (Sen. Degi) to warrant his prosecution by the 2nd Defendant (IGP) in the circumstances. 
He said by virtue of the Supreme Court judgment in Fawehinmi v. IGP & 2 others (2002), the 2nd Defendant or any Police Officer at all cannot be compelled by Court to commence investigation of any crime or prosecution of any perceived or suspected offender.
He consequently awarded the sum of ₦500,000 as primitive cost against the claimant. 
An attorney to Sen. Degi, Ebere Okonkwo said the import of the court’s decision is that those documents which were submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and which also formed the basis of the information recorded in the INEC Form CF001, are genuine and not falsified.
“We hope that this judgement is a first step in lifting the huge and incapacitating burden and damage done to the reputation of the Distinguished Senator Degi Eremieyo, who as we restate is only the victim of a judicial mistake and we are confident that the judicial process is sufficient also to undo that grave error visited on him”, Okonkwo stated.

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Kogi Ag. CJ embarks on state-wide visit to Correctional Centres, emphasises cleanliness

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Kogi Ag. CJ embarks on state-wide visit to Correctional Centres, emphasises cleanliness


By Friday Idachaba

Acting Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has commenced tour of the six Custodial Centres (Correctional facilities) in the state with emphasis on cleanliness to check infestation of diseases.

Olusiyi who commenced the tour with a visit to Dekina and Ankpa Custodial Centres disclosed this while reviewing warrants of 35 Awaiting Trial Inmates incarcerated for various criminal offences.

The acting CJ said that there was need for the centres to be kept clean and neat to avoid communicable and other diseases adding even the clinics in the centres did not have drugs to take care of minor diseases.

“In the clinic also they don’t have essential drugs for instance, the inmates in this centre, most of them are infected with infectious skin diseases and they don’t have drugs”, he said.

Olusiyi however commended the two correctional centres saying, “What we have seen is good in terms of cleanness. The environment is clean and the officers are doing well with the little that they have.”

On possible congestion of the facilities, the acting Chief Judge said Dekina Custodial Centre was underutilized because it has capacity for 105 inmates but presently has 14 inmates including nine awaiting trials and five convicts.

“In Ankpa Custodial Centre, we have 26 inmates out of which one Gabriel Odiniya has been released unconditionally. The facility is underutilized but it is good. It is not all the time that we should expect correctional centres to be over full. It is good.

“That is a takeaway from this visit. That our correctional centres are not congested. Ankpa and Dekina are not congested. That means that our courts are working and our correctional officers are also working.

“We have already told our courts at all stages that the essence of our mandate is the administration of justice and justice delayed sometimes can be Justice denied and at the same time Justice rushed sometimes can be Justice crushed.

“So we need to balance the two, to make sure that whatever we do, we do not allow cases to linger in our courts and at the same time, do not over rush them so that we don’t miss out on the Justice of the matter.

“We wish to commend the Chief Superintendent of Corrections in Ankpa Custodial Centre, Umoru Onuh and Superintendent Omole Olumuyiwa of Dekina and their officers and men for a job well done”, he said.

NAN reports that the acting CJ had earlier visited the Eje Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje and commiserated with him over the demise of late Attah Igala, Dr Idakwo Michael Ameh-Oboni and Onu Abocho, Alhaji Tijani Okwutachi who died Sunday morning. (NAN)

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Kogi Ag. CJ releases 17-year-old from Ankpa Custodial Centre

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By Friday Idachaba
The Acting Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has unconditionally released a 17-year-old boy, Gabriel Odiniya, remanded in the centre and standing trial for alleged trespass, intimidation and attempt to commit theft.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief Judge released the juvenile inmate on Tuesday in Ankpa while on inspection visit to Medium Security Custodial Centre in Ankpa as part of his state-wide visits to custodial centres.

Olusiyi said there was no prima facie case against Odiniya aside the fact that he was a child who under extant laws, was certainly not supposed to be in the custodial centre in the first place.

“I have listened carefully to the learned legal officer prosecuting this case and on the whole, I am satisfied that this is an appropriate case for me to exercise my discretion in favour of the defendant by letting off the hook completely in this matter.

“I have also observed that he is suffering from skin rashes which if not controlled, may result in other inmates being infected.

“In the light of all the foregoing, the defendant is hereby released as no useful purpose will be served by his continued detention in this Custodial Centre.

“He shall be released forthwith to the acting Ochogwu of Ogugu, His royal Highness Emmanuel salifu for proper handling etc”, he said.

The acting Chief Judge also implored the Reverend Father Boniface Opaluwa, incharge of the Catholic Church in Emagaba-Ogugu, to take charge and provide spiritual guidance to the fatherless boy.

Odiniya was allegedly framed by a woman who he had worked for and who dragged him to court over alleged theft of money and secured conviction but Odiniya was given an option of fine by the court.

The woman according to Odiniya, had caused him to be arrested again boasting that she would make him to spend five years in jail as he was subsequently arraigned before Chief Magistrate Court, Okpo, Olamaboro Local Government. (NAN)

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