• Nigeria’s new CJN, a man of impeccable character

    Nigeria’s new CJN, a man of impeccable character

    THE Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, has spent 38 unblemished and prolific years in the legal profession with a greater part of his experience been on the bench, having spent nine years as a judge of the Cross River State Judiciary (1989-1998), seven years as a Justice of the Court of Appeal (1998-2005) and 11 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (2005-date).

    In matters of the law, he has portrayed himself […]

  • Authorise probe of spending $16bn on electricity by Obasanjo government, SERAP tells CJN

    Authorise probe of spending $16bn on electricity by Obasanjo government, SERAP tells CJN

    Transparency group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accoun3, has sent a letter to the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, requesting him to urgently “to appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations of corruption in the spending of $16 billion on electricity by the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007.”

    SERAP said the request was brought “pursuant to Section 52 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and the letter and spirit of the […]

  • Assign signing of death warrants to CJN, not governors, says Ganduje

    Assign signing of death warrants to CJN, not governors, says Ganduje

    Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Kano State Governor, has said that the law which mandates state governors to sign death warrants of condemned prisoners should be amended by the National Assembly to enable the task to be reassigned to the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

    He made the call while receiving the new Comptroller of Prisons, Kano Command, Alhaji Aliyu Achor, who complained to him that governors’ refusal to sign execution documents in their respective states has contributed to prison congestion across the […]

  • Why Onnoghen may not be substantive CJN – Fayose explains

    Why Onnoghen may not be substantive CJN – Fayose explains

    Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has raised the alarm that Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen may not be allowed to become the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

    According to Fayose, Justice Onnoghen’s appointment in acting capacity is “either a grand plot to deprive him of his well-deserved appointment as CJN because he is from the South-South region or those cabals in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa want to hold him in the jugular, using his confirmation as substantive CJN to […]

  • Justice Onnoghen may be prevented from becoming Nigeria’s substantive CJN, Fayose cries out

    Justice Onnoghen may be prevented from becoming Nigeria’s substantive CJN, Fayose cries out

    Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has raised the alarm over the possibility of preventing Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen from becoming the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), saying his appointment as Acting CJN was “either a grand plot to deprive him of his well-deserved appointment as CJN because he is from the South-South region or those cabals in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa want to hold him in the jugular, using his confirmation as substantive CJN to get him […]

  • Supreme Court: CJN Mohammed retires without successor

    Supreme Court: CJN Mohammed retires without successor

    There is confusion, fear and anxiety in the Judiciary as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Mahmud Mohammed retires today, without handing over to a successor.

    At the close of work, yesterday, he did not officially hand over to any successor, newsmen repotorts.

    It was also gathered that, on October 10, Mohammed forwarded the name of Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, as his successor, to President Muhammadu Buhari, who will then forward same to the Senate for confirmation next CJN.

    Anxiety is high in the […]

  • We were confronted with proof of evidence against suspended judges – CJN

    We were confronted with proof of evidence against suspended judges – CJN

    According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, revealed, yesterday, that the National Judicial Commission, NJC, asked judges facing allegations of corruption to step down because it was confronted with proof of evidence against some of them.

    The judges were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, between October 7 and 8, following which the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and some senior lawyers asked the judges to stop presiding over cases, pending their trial.

    Two […]

  • CJN tasks new S’Court justices on integrity, fairness

    CJN tasks new S’Court justices on integrity, fairness

    It was gathered that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, has charged the newly sworn-in justices of the Supreme Court to be diligent in the discharge of their duties.

    “Your lordships are coming into the Supreme Court at a time when there are a lot of challenges. And I believe that having successfully scaled the constitutional and institutional requirements, you are no doubt ready to face these challenges head on,” Mahmud said, during the swearing-in of Justice Amina A. […]

  • Judiciary will continue to defend its independence – CJN

    Judiciary will continue to defend its independence – CJN

    According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said the judiciary remains resolute and committed to upholding its independence.

    Speaking at the swearing-in of two new justices of the Supreme Court: Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko, in Abuja yesterday, the CJN said all courts in the country are empowered to adjudicate with utmost fairness and justice as prescribed in the constitution and the law.

    Mohammed said: “We must not forget that we operate a constitutional democracy, which […]

  • Seven accused judges are entitled to fair hearing – CJN

    Seven accused judges are entitled to fair hearing – CJN

    It was gathered that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, has said that the seven judges, like all other persons, are entitled to a fair hearing as stipulated in Section 36 of the constitution.

    The CJN was quoted as stating this in a letter which was sent to Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Mr Timothy Adewale, SERAP Senior Staff Attorney.

    The letter, dated Oct. 26, 2016, was signed by H. […]

  • Corrupt judges: Blame FG, governors – CJN

    Corrupt judges: Blame FG, governors – CJN

    According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said “the failure on the part of the Executive Arm of Government to act upon recommendations by the National Judicial Council cannot be blamed upon the NJC”.

    Justice Mohammed made the statement in a letter dated October 26, 2016, sent to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

    The letter, with reference No. CJN/Gen/MISC/A37/Vol.XXI/8 and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the CJN, […]