Meanwhile, the South-South Governors’ Forum has described the federal government’s decision to arraign Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen as a setback to the nation’s twenty-year democratic gains.
The governors of the geo-political region met in Abuja on Sunday and released a statement that the matter should have been sent to the national judicial council which has ample powers under the constitution to handle this type of case.
The forum says dragging the chief justice to the code of conduct tribunal is a grave and dangerous escalation in the assault on institutions of state, including the national assembly and the judiciary.
Onnoghen says he had done nothing wrong. The Chief Justice said, he thought the declaration forms he submitted in 2016 was enough to cover for the declaration of his assets.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has advised the federal government to ensure its actions do not result in chaos, and that due process was not compromised.
More than a hundred and fifty volunteer senior advocates are set to defend Onnoghen at the tribunal.
Breaking: Court Grants Dino Melaye Bail On Health Ground
Senator Dino Melaye has been granted bail by a High Court in Maitama, Abuja. Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground. Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.
The ruling was granted after an application by Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN). The senator is currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.
As terms for his bail, the defendant is expected to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.
The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.
Eight Robbers Sentence To Death Attack Journalists In Yola
Four years ago, eight men were arraigned for armed robbery in Adamawa State. When they were sentenced to death by hanging on Thursday in a court room in Yola, they attacked some journalists covering the trial.
The convicts became extremely agitated and pounced on journalists after their judgment was pronounced. Although they were hand-cuffed at the time, and with prison officials standing by their side, they attacked a journalist from state TV station, ATV, and another from the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA.
Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, pronounced the death sentence on the convicts but said they had ninety days to appeal the judgment.
State Controller of Prisons, Umar Audu, said the convicts were back in prison and were showing remorse for their court room outbursts.
FG Plans To Commence Production Of E-Passport To Create Jobs
Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the federal government plans to begin local production of E-passports to conserve foreign exchange and create local jobs.
He said the country will soon cease the production of passports outside the country and embark on local production through a private-public partnership.
Dambazau said the ministry has been instrumental in setting up the visa-on-arrival at different international airports in the country to attract and ease the movement of genuine investors.
The minister also said his ministry had collaborated with Nigeria immigration service to introduce enhancements to the process, one of which was the introduction of harmonized arrival-departure cards that phased out the need for multiple cards from various agencies at the ports.
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