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.
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.
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.
The Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi slated 22nd September, 2021 for the third reading on the bill.
APC Primaries: Court Dismisses Suit Against AMAC Chairmanship Candidate.
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.
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.
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.
Latest Update In Abuja: Buhari Appoints Baba Yusuf As FCT Acting Chief Judge.
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 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.
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.
Kogi Court Sentences AEDC Staff To 6 Months In Prison Over Unlawful Disconnection.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Chief magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja presided over by Magistrate Tanko Muhammed has sentenced a Staff of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Company AEDC, Mr. James Olayemi to six months imprison with an option of N50,000 fine for unlawful disconnection of electricity supply to a customer’s house in Lokoja.
The Chief Magistrate,Tanko Muhammed who pronounced the judgement on Thursday also ordered for the immediate reconnection of electricity supply to the compound of the plaintiff, Mr. Dennis Osawota,
The Complainant, Mr. Dennis Osawota a retired, a retired Management staff of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), had dragged the defendant, Mr. James Olayemi, the Marketing officer and the Regional Manager , Lamidi Obadaki over the unlawful disconnection of electricity supply to his house even after payment of N370,000 for February bill and still went ahead to disconnect electricity to his house.
Mr. Osawota alleged that the two officials of the electricity distribution company had violated his right contrary to Regulations 5 and 11 of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (Connection And Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services 2007) and punishable under Section 94 of electric power sector reform (EPSR) Act 2005.
The prosecution counsel, O.C. King Esq. who was represented by Emeje Aruwa Esq, said the private prosecution was brought pursuant to sections 86, 87, 88, 107 (a), (e), 108(1) (c), 111, 112 and 113 of the Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2017, by Mr Dennis Osanwuta.
According to the prosecution, the defendants, on March 10, 2020 along with others still at large, did “maliciously and unlawfully disconnected electricity supply to electricity metre with Account number 715718350 supplying electricity to the building being occupied by the complainant at No 1, NIWA Quarters, Lokoja, Kogi state.
The first information report FIR read in part, “That you and others now at large on the 10th March, 2020 within the Magisterial District of this court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony.
“To wit: Unlawful disconnection of electricity supply and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kogi state.
Aruwa also submitted that the duo did conspire to carryout a disconnection of electricity supply to the premises of the complainant in spite of the fact that he did not default in payment of his bills and described the act as unlawful.
He urged the court to take cognizance of Regulation 10(8) of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Connection and Disconnection Procedures of Electricity Services, 2007.
However, the Counsel to the defendants, C.P. Ocheja Esq. urged the the court to determine whether the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against the defendants to warrant the court compelling them to enter their defence.
Ocheja urged the court to strike out the case over presumed inability of the prosecution to establish a prima facie case against the defendants to link them with the alleged offences.
In his judgement, the Chief Magistrate, Muhammed Tanko absolved the Regional Manager AEDC, Mr. Lamidi Obadaki who is the second defendant of any complicity on two counts charges of criminal conspiracy and unlawful disconnection of supply of electricity and was therefore discharged and acquitted.
The Chief Magistrate stressed that from evidence before him, there was no link between him and criminal activities of the first defendant.
Tanko explained that the first defendant, James Olayemi has been sentenced for running contrary to Sections 5 and 11 of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission Connection And Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services 2007 and punishable under Section 94 of electric power sector reform (EPSR) Act 2005.
According the Chief Magistrate, the provision of Section 5 states that the electricity consumers are given maximum of 10 days for payment of electricity bill and 3months before disconnection could be made after AEDC must formerly written to inform the customers of the impending disconnection.
“In view of evidence before me, the complainant has not be given such opportunity , therefore the first defendant is guilty as charged .I hereby sentence him to six months imprisonment and an option of fine of N50,000”, he ruled.
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