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Court remands 2 sharia judges, cashier, 16 others over alleged N580m theft

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Court remands 2 sharia judges, cashier, 16 others over alleged N580m theft

A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court, has ordered the remand of two State Shari’a Court judges, a cashier, and 16 other financial registrars in a correction centre for alleged N580.2 million theft.

The defendants, Bashir Kurawa, Saadatu Umar, Tijjani Abdullahi, Maryam Jibrin-Garba, Shamsu Sani, and Hussaina Imam were charged with five counts of criminal conspiracy, joint act, criminal breach of trust by public servant, theft, and forgery.

Others are Sani Ali Muhammad, Sani Buba-Aliyu, Bashir Baffa, Garzali Wada,, Hadi Tijjani Mu’azu, Alkasim Abdullahi, Yusuf Abdullahi, Mustapha Bala Ibrahim, Jafar Ahmad, Adamu Balarabe, Aminu Abdulkadir, Abdullahi Zango, and Garba Yusuf.

The prosecution counsel, Zahraddeen Kofar-Mata, told the court on Thursday that an official complaint was received by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission from the State Ministry of Justice on August 20, 2021.

He stated that between 2020 and 2021, Imam used her position as a cashier at the State Shari’a Court of Appeal and conspired with four others and one Suleiman now at large, to forge letter head papers of Sharia Court of Appeal.

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The defendants forged the signatures of the two signatories to the Stanbic IBTC bank account 0020667440 belonging to the Kano State Sharia Court of Appeal and stole N484 million,” he said.

Kofar-Mata alleged that the defendants fraudulently authorised the bank to transfer the amount to various bank accounts without the consent of the authorised persons.

He also alleged that from 2018 to 2021, the defendants criminally conspired, breached the trust as a public servant, acted jointly, created 15 fake civil servants’ death benefit files, and fraudulently siphoned the sum of N96.2 million.

“The N96.2 million was remitted by the Kano State Pension Fund Trustee to the bank accounts of Kano State Sharia Court Appeal.

“The defendants stole the said amount through eight Sharia Courts under the Kano State Sharia Court Appeal without the consent of the authorizing authority,” he added.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 79, 315, 287 and 363 of Penal Code.

The Defence Counsel, Garzali Datti, prayed the court to exercise its jurisdiction judiciously and admit the defendants on bail.

He argued that the application was brought pursuant to section 35 and 36 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 as amended,168 and 172 of Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019 Kano.

The Chief Magistrate, Mustapha Sa’ad-Datti, however, ordered the remand of the defendants and adjourned the matter until February 1 for hearing.

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Jos Court Ends 16-Year ‘Loveless’ Marriage

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Jos Court Ends 16-Year 'Loveless' Marriage

Jos Court Ends 16-Year ‘Loveless’ Marriage

By Halima Abdulkadiri

An Area Court in Jos has dissolved a 16-year marriage between Hussaina Abdullahi and her husband, Saidu Ali, citing lack of love and peace.

Delivering the judgment on Friday, Judge Lawal Suleiman granted Abdullahi’s request for divorce. The judge awarded custody of the couple’s two children to Abdullahi and ordered Ali to pay N30,000 monthly through the court for their upkeep. Additionally, Ali was instructed to cover the children’s school fees.

Prior to the divorce ruling, Abdullahi informed the court that she married Saidu in 2008. She stated, “Our marriage lacks peace and love. I no longer love Saidu and can no longer live with him as his wife.”

She also expressed her willingness to refund the N40,000 dowry paid by Saidu and sought custody of their children.

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CCNE Applauds Supreme Court for Releasing Local Government Funds

The Concerned Citizens of North East (CCNE), a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability, has welcomed a recent Supreme Court ruling mandating the immediate release of funds earmarked for local government areas (LGAs).

The was contained in a press statement signed by CCNE’s Secretary General Babangida Inuwa Muhammad, marks a significant victory for grassroots development and governance in the region.

The Supreme Court’s decision addresses longstanding issues of fund misallocation and diversion that have impeded local development efforts.

By upholding constitutional provisions ensuring direct allocation of funds to LGAs, the court has bolstered principles of transparency, accountability, and effective governance.

CCNE views this ruling as pivotal, asserting that it empowers local authorities and strengthens the foundation for sustainable development across communities.

“This landmark decision ensures that LGAs receive the financial resources necessary for development and governance, reinforcing transparency, accountability, and good governance principles,” stated CCNE in their press release.

The organization emphasized the ruling’s potential to revitalize local governance, enabling communities to better tackle their unique challenges through empowered local authorities. CCNE called upon relevant authorities to promptly implement the court’s decision, ensuring funds are utilized judiciously to benefit residents.

“We believe this judgment will enhance LGAs’ capacity to deliver essential services, improve infrastructure, and drive socio-economic development,” CCNE affirmed.

CCNE also urged local officials to transparently and efficiently allocate funds, prioritizing projects that directly benefit residents.

They pledged to monitor the judgment’s implementation closely, collaborating with stakeholders to promote accountability and good governance at all levels within the region.

“This ruling signifies a renewed commitment to decentralization and local governance, crucial for addressing community-specific challenges,” CCNE added.

Looking ahead, CCNE reiterated its commitment to advocating for the rights and welfare of Northeastern communities, ensuring local authorities are equipped to drive sustainable development.

They affirmed their ongoing role in safeguarding community interests and fostering an environment conducive to transparent and effective governance.

However, CCNE’s support for the Supreme Court’s decision reflects a broader commitment to advancing accountable governance and empowering local communities.

By championing the efficient use of allocated funds and advocating for sustained development efforts, CCNE aims to foster a region where grassroots needs are met and local governance thrives.

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South Korean court acquits ex-Supreme Court chief justice of 47 charges

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South Korean court acquits ex-Supreme Court chief justice of 47 charges

South Korean court acquits ex-Supreme Court chief justice of 47 charges

A South Korean court on Friday acquitted former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Yang Sung-tae, of all 47 charges related to his alleged abuse of judiciary power.

This includes allegations he unfairly influenced politically sensitive trials under ousted former President Park Geun-hye.

The Seoul Central District Court also acquitted two other former Supreme Court justices, Park Byong-dae and Ko Young-han, who were indicted in the same case.

“I express my respect for the court, which ruled clearly on an obvious case,” Yang said as he left the court after the ruling.

Yang, who headed the top court from 2011 to 2017, was accused of having used trials as bargaining chips in dealings with the Park administration to promote his bid to establish a court of appeals.

He was also suspected of having pressed subordinates at the National Court Administration, the top court’s governing body, to devise plans to influence politically sensitive trials for Park.

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It included a compensation suit pursued by victims of Japan’s wartime forced labour.

Prosecutors had demanded prison terms of seven years for Yang, five years for Park and four years for Ko.

The court said most of the charges against some of Yang’s subordinates, including those of abuse of power, could not be proven, and even if they were found partially guilty.

The evidence submitted by the prosecution was insufficient to prove Yang colluded with them.

The former chief justice was indicted under arrest in February 2019 over his suspected role in the power abuse scandal.

He was released on bail in July that year following 179 days of detention.

The sentencing hearing lasted an unusually long four and half hours, due to the vast number of charges involved, and was even adjourned for a 10-minute break.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office said it planned to thoroughly study the details of the ruling before deciding whether to appeal.

Yang was the first chief justice ever to have been arrested as a criminal suspect. 

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