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I-G challenges arrest, imprisonment order by court

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba has filed a motion before a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the ‘contempt proceedings and committal order’ brought against him.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

It was recalled that a  Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, sentenced  Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a valid court order.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon, held that the

I-G should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeyed an order it made since Oct. 21, 2011.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt,” the court held.

The I-G’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr  Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the I-G refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered payment of N10 million to the applicant, being special and general damage for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

According to the FPRO, the I-G filed the motion, to seek for an order to set aside the contempt proceedings and committal order.

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He said the grounds for the motion was that he had not been appointed into office as (I-G) when the case was instituted.

Baba also affirmed that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018, and January 2019 respectively, on the then I-G, and not on him as the incumbent.

He said official steps were taken before his assumption of office, by his predecessors to comply with the reinstatement order of the plaintiff, Mr Patrick  Okoli.

“This was evidenced by an official letter addressed to the Police Service Commission, on the approval of the then I-G, as far back as 2015, before the court order of Nov. 29, 2022,

‘The then I-G requested the commission to issue a reinstatement letter to the plaintiff, and effect his promotion, in line with the order of the Court in the exercise of its statutory authority.

“The grounds for the contempt proceedings ought not to have existed,” he said.

The I-G pledged his commitment and steadfastness to continue to defend the rule of law and respect for judicial authorities.

He said he would not at any time, wittingly or unwittingly disobey any order, validly granted by courts of competent jurisdiction.

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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

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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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