Why Nigeria’s judicial process is slow – Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has blamed the slow pace of justice delivery on the use of outdated manual methods. He, however, noted that the judiciary must adopt technology in its process, or it would be left behind. According to him, a digitalised society cannot continue to tolerate an analogue judiciary. The CJN, who spoke at a Special Session on ‘Access to Justice ‘ at the just-concluded NBA conference, said: “Nigeria is a large country. Disputes will come up. They will multiply and explode. Can we…

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CJN bags 2018 Michael Hill award for criminal law reform

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been conferred with the 2018 Michael Hill Prize for his reform agenda which had positively changed the workings of the nation’s Judiciary. The award, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the CJN on Media, Awasam Bassey, was presented to Justice Onnoghen in Montreal, Canada by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL), an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, police and corrections professionals at its 31st conference in Canada with the…

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Lagos, Ondo AGs, LASU VC, 28 lawyers bag SAN rank

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) yesterday announced the names of 31 lawyers elevated to the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Announcing the names in Abuja, the Secretary of the Committee, Hadizatu Mustapha, noted that 106 lawyers applied, out of which 31 succeeded. Among the successful candidates are the Attorney General of Ondo State, Adekola Adeyeye Olawoye and the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun. Others are the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma; Attorney General of Lagos…

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Fast tracking corruption cases through special courts

TUNDE OYESINA writes that less than six months after its inauguration by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, Special Courts for corruption cases, an arm of the Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO), is living up to expectations   Lawyers were unanimous at the weekend that Special Courts designated in November 2017 to try corruption and financial crimes cases in the country were not only up to the task but had lived up to expectations in less than six months after its…

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Adherence to rule of law’ll solve Nigeria’s problems –CJN Onnoghen

      …Wike insists on independence of the judiciary   The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has declared that the problems confronting the country can only be solved through strict adherence to the rule of law. Speaking yesterday when he commissioned the National Industrial Court, Port Harcourt Division building constructed by the Rivers State government, Onnoghen noted that the constitution had clearly defined the role of the arms of government. He also declared that if the country consistently respects the rule of law for four years, the building…

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CJN to chief magistrates: Take measures to curb illegal arrests

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday directed chief magistrates across the country to always inspect police stations and other detention centres in their domains with a view to curbing growing level of citizen maltreatment by police and other security agencies. The CJN had noted the increase of what he described as ‘frightening proportions’ of ‘horrific incidents of police brutality, inordinate arrest, detention and extortion of innocent Nigerians by officers across the country’ in recent time. The CJN, who made this disclosure in a statement issued through…

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NJC sacks judge, investigates 7 others

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has said that it is currently investigating seven judges from across the country. That was as the apex judicial body yesterday sacked Justice Michael Goji of the High Court of Adamawa State for refusing to proceed on transfer to the Mubi Judicial Division of the State High Court since July 2017. The council, under the Chairmanship of the Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen had, at its 86th meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday, recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Goji to Governor Bindo Umaru…

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Like Melaye, like Metuh

Not a few law experts have berated the police and the federal government on frequent abuse of the rule of law and the flagrant disobedience of court orders as again, being demonstrated in Senator Dino Melaye’s case. TUNDE OYESINA and AKEEM NAFIU report   The executive arm of government had once again displayed its penchant for non-recognition of the rule of law and disobedience of court order. This was clearly manifested by the police in way and manner it had so far handled the case of a Senator representing Kogi…

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Onnoghen: Judges not responsible for delayed court cases

  President, CJN meet The Chief of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has absolved judges of any blame for the delay in Nigeria’s justice system.   Justice Onnoghen, who stated this yesterday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, said it was not the responsibility of judges to provide evidences in the prosecution of cases.   The CJN, who spoke to State House Correspondents after the meeting which held behind closed door, said while the judges decide on cases, investigation and prosecution, which leads to…

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NJC sacks two judges, probes Supreme Court Justice, others

…warns two High Court judges …appoints 60 Judges for 24 states   The National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday sacked the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, and Justice Obisike Oji, also of Abia State High Court of Justice. The Council consequently recommended their compulsory retirement to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. It issued stern warnings to Justices S. E. Aladetoyinbo and Olusola Ajibike Williams of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos State High Courts. The NJC has also set up three Investigative Committees to probe one…

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