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3 judges in trouble over conflicting court orders

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From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has barred three High Court judges from  promotion for five years for issuing conflicting ex-parte orders in the cases involving the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus .

They are Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the High Court of Rivers State; Justice Nusirat I. Umar of the High Court of Kebbi State, and Justice Edem Ita Kooffreh of the High Court of Cross River State.

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Director of Information, Soji Oye, said the decision to sanction the erring judicial officers was taken at a meeting chaired by Justice Mary Odili.

The statement said the affected judges have been barred from promotion between the next two to five years, issued them with warning letters and placed them on its watch list.

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Part of the statement read: “The meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Chairman of Council, Hon. Justice Mary Peter-Odili, CFR agreed with the recommendations of the Investigation Committee set up in September 2021 that Hon. Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the High Court of Rivers State be barred from elevation to higher Bench for two years whenever he is due, as he failed to exercise due diligence in granting the ex-parte order in suit No: PHC/2183/CS/2021 between Ibealwuchi Earnest Alex & 4 others and Prince Uche Secondus & another, as there was no real urgency, in the circumstances of the matter, that would have required an ex-parte order.

“His Lordship is also issued with a warning letter to be circumspect in granting such ex-parte Orders in the future.

“Council also resolved that Hon. Justice Nusirat I. Umar of the High Court of Kebbi State be barred from elevation to higher Bench for two years whenever due, having found fundamental defects and non-compliance with the law in granting the ex-parte order in suit No: KB/HC/M.71/2021 between Yahaya Usman & 2 others and Prince Uche Secondus & another.

“He is also issued with a warning letter to be circumspect in granting such ex-parte orders in the future.

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“Hon. Justice Edem Ita Kooffreh of the High Court of Cross River State will not be promoted to higher Bench for five years for allowing himself to be used as a tool for “forum shopping” and abuse of Court process in suit No: HC/240/2021 between Mr. Enang Kanum Wani and Uche Secondus, as it was evident that, in granting the ex-parte order, he was seised of earlier orders of the High Courts of Rivers and Kebbi States, being courts of coordinate jurisdiction with his.

“He is also to receive warning letter to be circumspect in granting such ex-parte orders in the future. The council also placed him on its watch-list for a period of two years.”

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Pictorial: Sanwo-Olu inspects newly acquired speed trains

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, inspected the newly acquired Talgo 330kmph speed train for the Red Line Metro project in Lagos.

The Governor in a post on his Facebook Page said, “The 37 kilometres Red Line on completion will traverse eight stations and move passengers from Agbado to Oyingbo.”

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APC convention: Stakeholders warn against electing indicted persons as chairman

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Ahead of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for February 26, the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has warned leaders of the party not to elect some individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the national coordinator of the group, Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies’ offices to explain their dealings in the past.

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Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing the former governor as national chairman.

While making reference to a media report titled: “APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar,” the South-south forum warned that if any of these allegedly indicted chairmanship aspirants is elected as a national chairman the party will be easily blackmailed by the opposition parties and other critics.

The South-South forum, however, urged the party delegates and leaders at all levels to consider a brilliant Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s integrity, track records, firmness and simplicity among those parading themselves as chairmanship aspirants in APC.

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“For us in the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum, we believe that the best way the ruling party can continue to discourage corruption as clearly stated in the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is to elect a new national chairman that’s free of EFCC or ICPC cases.

He said: “We also note that since the successful merger process the produced the ruling APC former governors have had enough time. From our father former governor of Osun state Chief Bisi Akande, who was succeeded by another former governor of Edo state Chief John Odigie Oyegun and later to another former governor of Edo state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, we feel it is time to try a Senator and a competent hand at that.

“We, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President and Speaker, former and serving governors, and all the APC leaders at all levels to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state to emerge the next national chairman of APC.

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“This we believe that governing APC will not regret. We have taken our time to investigate all the aspirants, we have listened to them on various platforms and also read about their plans for the party and therefore come to a conclusion that Senator representing Niger East is currently the best to lead an anti-corruption political party among other indices.”

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