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Court strikes out BATN’s suit against FCCPC

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday, completely struck out an Originating Summons, in an action filed by British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), against the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

BATN had asked the court to prevent  FCCPC from investigating it for anti-consumer protection, public health and anti-competition violations that the Commission was investigating.

The tobacco company had,  in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1350/2020 before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, secured an ex parte injunction, and further asked the court to prevent the continuation of the investigation by the consumer protection commission.

In a preliminary objection argued by Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman of the FCCPC, the court agreed that the case was premature and lacking in merit, as administrative conditions precedent, such as Pre-Action Notice, were not complied with by BATN.

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The court noted that there was no basis or urgency for the filing of the action after the Pre-Action Notice which, according to the court, remains a fundamental provision of the law.

By this decision, the ex parte injunction expires as the court refused the case and agreed with the FCCPC that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

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APC Primaries: Court Dismisses Suit Against AMAC Chairmanship Candidate.

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AMAC APC chairmanship candidate, Hon Murtala Usman Karshi, speaks with newsmen at APC National secretary, Abuja-Lokoja shortly he FCT High Court uphold his election as APC chairmanship candidate
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

An FCT High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit against the chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon Murtala Usman Karshi, for the February 12, 2022 council elections.

The presiding judge, Justice Babangida Hassan, in his three hours judgement, said the suit filed by the chairmanship aspirant, Alhaji Alhassan Suleiman Gwaga, was out of time.

He, therefore, struck out the suit and upheld Murtala Usman Karshi as the candidate of APC for the next year’s chairmanship election in AMAC, while he ordered INEC to implement the judgement of the court.

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Counsel to Karshi, Barrister Mukaila Yahaya Mavu, described the judgment as excellent, while commending the judiciary for being upright in delivering the judgment.

Reacting to the judgment, counsel to Alhaji Alhassan Suleiman Gwaga, the (plaintiff) Barrister Aliyu Alhassan, said he was dissatisfied with the outcome of the judgment, saying he will study the judgment before taking the next line of action.

AMAC APC chairmanship candidate, Hon Murtala Usman Karshi, speaks with newsmen at APC National secretary, Abuja-Lokoja shortly he FCT High Court uphold his election as APC chairmanship candidate

AMAC APC chairmanship candidate, Hon Murtala Usman Karshi, speaks with newsmen at APC National secretary, Abuja-Lokoja shortly he FCT High Court uphold his election as APC chairmanship candidate

Global Times Nigeria correspondent recalled that the plaintiff, Alhaji Alhassan Suleiman Gwaga, had through his counsel filed the suit challenging his substitution against Murtala Usman Karshi by INEC, after he claimed that he duly won the April 23, APC chairmanship of AMAC for the February 12, 2022 council election.

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Nasarawa Assembly Takes Step to initiate new innovations in Area and Shariah Courts.

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Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi
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Nasarawa Assembly insists on trained lawyers should be Area Court judges.

A Bill for a Law to Repeal and Re-Enact Nasarawa State Area Court Law and for other matters Related Thereto has passed second reading at the floor of Nasarawa State House of Assembly today, Tuesday.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi announced the passage of the Bill into second reading after the sponsored of the bill, Barr Ibrahim Mohammed Alkali ( APC- Lafia North) gave the substance of the bill during the House proceedings today in Lafia.

The Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi committed the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary to study and work on it and report back to the House on 27th October, 2021 for further proceedings.

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Earlier, while giving the substance of the bill , Hon Alkali ( APC- Lafia North) and Vice Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary said the bill if passed will bring new innovations and strengthening the activities of the state Area Courts and Shariah Court of Appeal for optimal performance and enhancement of administration of Justice in the state.

Alkali added that it will also give room for cases attended to at Area courts can be appealed to Shariah court, adding that only trained lawyers with four years post call experience can be a judge in the Area Court.

Similarly, during the day sitting, Hon Abdulaziz Suleiman Danladi ( APC – Keffi East ) presented a report of the House Committee on Works and Transport on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Motor Vehicle Administration and Traffic Management Law 2020 where the speaker slated 27th September, 2021 for deliberation.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

In the same vein, the House deliberated on the report of the joint committee on Housing and Environment/ Health on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State emergency Management Agency and for other Matters Related Thereto.

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The Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi slated 22nd September, 2021 for the third reading on the bill.

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Latest Update In Abuja: Buhari Appoints Baba Yusuf As FCT Acting Chief Judge.

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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Justice Hussaini Baba Yusuf as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

The newly appointed Acting Chief Judge of FCT, Justice Hussaini Baba-Yusuf

The newly appointed Acting Chief Judge of FCT, Justice Hussaini Baba Yusuf

The appointment, which takes effect from August 1, 2021 follows the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

A statement by the NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, which was obtained by Global Times Nigeria correspondent in Abuja, on Saturday, added that the new chief judge will be sworn-in on Monday. 16, 2021.

Supreme Court Jurist, Hon Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta Passes On

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According to him, the Chief justice of Nigeria and NJC Chairman, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR, will preside over the inauguration.

The swearing-in expected to commence by 10:am at the Supreme court.

Supreme Court Jurist, Hon Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta Passes On

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