• Bill to seperate offices of Minister of Justice from that of AGF passes second reading

    Bill to seperate offices of Minister of Justice from that of AGF passes second reading

    A proposed bill sponsored by Hon Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) to separate the office of Attorney General of the Federation(AGF) and that of the Minister of Justice has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

    The bill, which also seeks to separate the office of Attorney General(AG)at the state level from that of Commissioner for Justice.

    The bill has as its long title” A bill to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to introduce the office of the […]

  • Abubakar Malami reveals reasons why he authorised DSS raid on judges

    Abubakar Malami reveals reasons why he authorised DSS raid on judges

    The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said he approved the raids on the homes and arrest of judges by the Department of State Services.

    Malami said it was not the exclusive preserve of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate financial crimes.

    Malami stated these in Abuja on Tuesday when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly.

    The committee is chaired by Hon. Garba Dhatti.

    It is […]

  • AGF finally gives reasons why DSS raided judges, insists they acted within the law

    AGF finally gives reasons why DSS raided judges, insists they acted within the law

    Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has for the first time explained why the “State” sanctioned the move by the Department of State Security  (DSS) to raid the homes of judges in different parts of the country.

    Malami, who spoke during an investigative hearing by the Hon. Garba Datti-led House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons for reasons outside the general duties insisted that the DSS acted […]

  • ICC summons AGF Malami over massacre of Shiite Muslims

    ICC summons AGF Malami over massacre of Shiite Muslims

    According to reports, the international Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) has invited the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami SAN for explanations over the clash between Nigerian army and Shi’ites Muslims in Zaria.

    Malami is expected to leave Nigeria today for the ICC to explain the part played by the military during the clash.

    Also, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as the Shi’ites yesterday protested at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja saying […]

  • LEDAP sues SSS, AGF for arresting judges, seeks injunction to stop arraignment

    LEDAP sues SSS, AGF for arresting judges, seeks injunction to stop arraignment

    Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to declare as unlawful the raid and arrest of judges by the Department State Services (DSS).

    The group also prayed for an order of injunction stopping the planned charge and arraignment in court of some of the arrested judges.

    LEDAP claimed in the suit that the judges cannot be charged and arraigned in court without the authorization of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

    Respondents in the suit are the SSS […]

  • AGF accepts UK’s offer to train judges, prosecutors

    AGF accepts UK’s offer to train judges, prosecutors

    According to reports, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has lauded the support of the government of the United Kingdom for Nigeria’s justice sector.

    He also accepted the offer by the UK government to train Nigerian judges and prosecutors in the handling of cases of terrorism.

    Malami was quoted as saying this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, on Wednesday.

    Malami was said to have received […]

  • Stop blackmailing me, go to court – AGF, Malami tells judges

    Stop blackmailing me, go to court – AGF, Malami tells judges

    It was gathered that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has challenged two judges of the Federal High Court to go to court and prove any case they have against him, instead of resorting to blackmail and falsehood in the media.

    Justices Ademola Adeniyi and Namdi Dimgba are accusing Malami of being the brain behind the recent raid of homes and arrest of judges.

    The judges are seeking leave of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to […]

  • Judges’ arrest: Lagos lawyer sues Buhari, AGF, DSS others for N50bn

    Judges’ arrest: Lagos lawyer sues Buhari, AGF, DSS others for N50bn

    A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a N50bn suit against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Lawal Daura, along with others for allegedly violating the rights of judges whose houses were raided by DSS operatives between October 8 and 9.

    Others joined as defendants in the suit with number, FHC/ABJ/CS/809/16, are the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the National Judicial Council.

    Ogungbeje filed […]

  • Why AGF shunned EFCC in the investigation of judges

    Why AGF shunned EFCC in the investigation of judges

    According to reports, the Federal Ministry of Justice decided to forward petitions against judges bordering on alleged corrupt acts to the Department of State Services when the ministry discovered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to act on previous petitions as expected, it was learnt on Wednesday.

    It was gathered that some human rights groups forwarded petitions to the Federal Ministry of Justice when the anti-graft agency failed to investigate and prosecute the judges.

    Investigations also showed that the relationship […]

  • AGF sends more Judges’ names to DSS for arrest

    AGF sends more Judges’ names to DSS for arrest

    It was gathered that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has forwarded the names of more judges to the Department of State Services, DSS, for investigation.

    The DSS had arrested seven judges last weekend.

    The DSS said it was investigating eight other judges and with the six names submitted to the DSS by the AGF, 21 judges are now under investigation.

    It was gathered that the AGF’s letter was personally delivered at the DSS headquarters in […]

  • Arrest Of Judges In Order, No One Is Above The Law, Says AGF

    Arrest Of Judges In Order, No One Is Above The Law, Says AGF

    According to reports, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Tuesday, justified the arrest and detention of judges by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, saying “no one is or should be above the law”.

    Malami, who had shunned a valedictory court session the Supreme Court held on Monday in honour of one of its retired Justices, Suleiman Galadima, broke his silence on the matter after he inaugurated an Expert Review […]