Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, while Justice John Bayo Olowosegun was equally confirmed as President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal.
The two Judicial Officers were confirmed during the house plenary on Tuesday, after the Speaker Hon. Matthew Kolawole read a communication from the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, informing the Assembly of the recommendations by the National Judicial Commission for their appointment.
It could be recalled that, Hon. Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi was appointed as the acting Chief Judge of the State following the sudden demise of the former office holder, Late Hon. Justice Nasiru Ajanah who died on 28th June, 2020.
Justice Olowosegun also replaced late Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, who also died in June 2020.
The governor in the letter to the house, said Justice Olusiyi was nominated for screening and confirmation in line with section 271 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
After the screening, Hon. Bello Hassan Balogun, the majority leader representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, moved a motion that Justice Olusiyi and Justice Olowosegun should take a bow and leave.
He said this was necessary in view of their track records in the administration of justice in the state. His motion was seconded by the member representing Igalamela Odolu Constituency, Barr. Cosmos Atabor.
Prince Mathew Kolawole, the Speaker, who announced the confirmation, directed the Clerk of the house to inform the governor of the confirmation.
Hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi hails from Igbaruku-Okeri in Yagba West Local Government Area Kogi State, born on 11th January, 1956, and started his educational career at St. Michael’s Primary School, Kaduna from January, 1962 to December, 1966 finished his primary education at E.C.W.A Primary School, Mopa Kogi State between January, 1967 and December, 1968.
He enrolled for his secondary school at the E.C.W.A Secondary School, Mopa, Kogi State, in January, 1969 and rounded up in June 1973.
He secured admission into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in July, 1974 and graduated in 1978 with an LL.B (Hons.) before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in October, 1978 and by July, 1979, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after successfully completing the programme of the school and obtaining his B.L.
Hon. Justice Olusiyi’s jurisprudential, administrative and managerial depth of working experience started as a state Counsel at the Ministry of Justice Maiduguri, Borno State where he had his mandatory N.Y.S.C scheme between August, 1979 and July, 1980.
He subsequently became a Magistrate Grade II in the Kwara State Judiciary, Ilorin.
He became a Magistrate Grade I and later progressed to become a Chief magistrate in July, 1980.
He served in this position up to March 6, 1988 when he was appointed the Chief Registrar at the High Court of Justice of the Kwara State Judiciary which he resumed with at the Kogi State Judiciary, Lokoja on August 28, 1991 upon the creation of Kogi State. He was appointed a Judge of the Kogi State High Court on June 5th, 1992.
Meanwhile, the house has sworn in Hon. Atule Egbunu as the lawmaker representing Ibaji State Constituency.
Egbunu replaced John Abba who died in June, 2020Justic.
CJ Olusiyi Receives FIDA Executives Kogi Chapter
The Chief judge of Kogi State, Hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi hosted international federation of women lawyers (FIDA) Kogi State Chapter.
The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Ajuma Lilian Okolo along with the Secretary of the Association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman stated that, the group were in the office of the Chief Judge to appreciate God and the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the judicial friendly Governor for the confirmation of the appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, stating that, as the patron of the association, they’re delighted with the modest achievements and described the Chief Judge as one of the outstanding Chief Judge in Nigeria who believes in due process and speed administration of justice system as could be seen from the visit to correctional homes in the State in recent time and commended the Governor for the well deserve confirmation.
Responding, the Chief judge, hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi thanked the association and its executive member’s for identify with him and assured them of his continued support when ever the need arise.
The president, Kogi State Costmary Court of Appeal, Hon Justice JB Olowosegun and the secretary of the association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman were present during the visit.
Court strikes out BATN’s suit against FCCPC
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.
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.
Drama: Man Told Court To End His 24 Years Married, Says His Evil Wife Almost Slashed His Throat While He Was Sleeping.
According to reports in the Tribune, One Olumuyiwa Johnson has told Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo Ibadan, Oyo State, that he’s no longer interested in his 24-year-old marriage to his wife, Basirat Omotayo.
It is also gather that Olumuyiwa in his divorce suit accused his wife of deceit, claiming that Basirat was unfaithful to him and added that she once attempted to cut his throat while he was sleeping.
Olumuyiwa declared before the court that he no longer loved his wife and prayed that their union be dissolved.
Basirat refused to come to court despite being served court summons on three different occasions.
Olumuyiwa in his testimony explained that: “Basirat and I got married 24 years ago but we lived together for only 15 years because she is a devil’s incarnate.
“I met Basirat shortly after I returned from abroad. My plan was to start a business and get well-established in it before thinking of marriage.
“Unfortunately, I had to shed this plan after I impregnated my wife while we were still dating.
“Basirat introduced me to the head of her church who was a prophet. I was reluctant joining her church because it is a white garment church while I’m a Catholic.
“She put so much pressure on me and I later gave in. Basirat further encouraged me to go to this prophet for prayers.
“My lord, I opened up to the prophet concerning every aspect of my life and he started oppressing and attacking me spiritually.
“I found it hard to explain to my wife what was happening to me.
“My lord, I was shocked to hear a few years into our marriage that my wife once dated this prophet and that they had just broken up when we met.
“I felt deceived and demanded to know the truth from her. Basirat refused to come clean about her relationship with the prophet. She hid some facts from me.
“We started experiencing a strain in our relationship from this moment.
“Five years after we got married, she told me she consulted some spiritualists who advised her to end her marriage to me and resume her relationship with the prophet.
“Basirat began to behave like an eccentric after this.
“She once put a knife to my throat while I was sleeping in the night and would have slashed it if I didn’t act in time.
“This prophet took ill and requested that I see him when he was at the verge of dying. The person who conveyed the message to me said the prophet told him he wanted to do a confession.
“My lord, unfortunately he died before I got to his place,” the plaintiff said.
He added that, “Basirat is irresponsible and cares less about our children’s welfare.
“Any time I gave her our children’s school fees to pay, she would divide it into two and make only half available to the school.
“My marriage to Basirat lasted only 15 years. We have been living separately for the past nine years. I no longer love her.
“My lord, my purpose for coming to court is to make the dissolution of our marriage official.
“I appeal to this court to grant me my prayer and also put our two children in my custody,” Olumuyiwa pleaded.
Giving his judgment, the court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, ruled that their union be dissolved.
According to him, the defendant’s refusal to come to court showed that she was no more interested in their union.
He granted custody of their two children to the plaintiff.
Odunade instructed that a copy of the judgment should be served the defendant.
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