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Don’t be partisan, Acting CJN warns election tribunal judges


THE Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, yesterday, warned judges that will handle election petition cases to avoid any form of partisanship.

Justice Muhammad, who gave the admonition during the swearing in of 17 additional judges that will serve as Chairmen and Members of election petition tribunals for the 2019 polls, urged them to submit themselves to the sanctity of the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution in the discharge of their judicial functions.

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Clinton: I wish Nigeria well


Former United States President Bill Clinton has wished Nigeria well ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections.


President Clinton who was supposed to visit the country to superintend Wednesday’s peace pact signing ceremony between the two leading candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He, however, stepped aside from the visit following mutterings here and there in Nigeria that the visit could be politically misconstrued.

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Women ‘are forced to have sex in return for Ebola jabs’ in the DRC

Women are being forced to have sex in return for Ebola vaccinations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it has been claimed.

Fears of exploitation by frontline workers in the fight against the deadly disease were also highlighted as the death toll from the latest outbreak in the country passed 500.

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Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association(ZELA) reacts to repeal of access to Information Law

ZELA’ Statement on the Repeal of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Introduction of Access to Information Bill.

Issue Date: 14 February 2019

On the 12th of February 2019 the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mrs. Monica Mutsvangwa made a pronouncement that cabinet has approved the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). In the same statement, she revealed that the Government is working on three Bills amongst them an Access to Information Law to succeed AIPPA.

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Breaking:Courtroom Mail person(s) of the year 2018-Amasa Fidaus and Kenyan Supreme Court emerge

Amasa Firdaus was denied entrance to the International Conference Centre, Abuja on December 12, 2017, where the call to bar programme was to take place for refusing to remove her hijab.
The Body of Benchers and Nigerian Law School said her hijab broke their dress codes so she was not call to bar.
The University of Ilorin law graduate objected to removing her hijab, which she claimed was an infringement on her human rights. The episode stirred intense controversies in Nigeria which divided lawyers along different schools of thought. The then President of the Nigerian Bar Association, A. B Mahmoud stood by her and said that Amasa should have been called to bar regardless of her hijab.
She was nominated as Courtroom Mail person of the year for her resilience and courage in standing by what she believes.
The Nigerian Law School on the 10thof July 2018 called to bar 1,550 students. The school also called to Bar 12 other graduates from the previous 2018 final examinations.Among the 12 graduates is Firdausa Amasa, the law graduate who challenged the restriction on the use of hijab during call-to-bar ceremonies.

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Prince Philip will not be PROSECUTED over car crash

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no further action will be taken after the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was involved in a crash with another vehicle while driving his Land Rover.

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year.

“We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving licence.

“We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.
“All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”

He voluntarily surrendered his licence after the crash that left two women injured.

The palace said the Prince’s decision to hand over his driving licence was entirely his own and he will be driven from now on.

“All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”

He voluntarily surrendered his licence after the crash that left two women injured.

On January 17, the Land Rover Freelander he was driving collided with another vehicle, a Kia on the busy A149 road.

He had pulled out of a driveway on the Sandringham estate in and was apparently dazzled by the sun.

The Land Rover rolled onto its side and Prince Philip had to be hauled out of the vehicle by a passing motorist. Two women and a baby were in the other car. The baby was unharmed and Emma Fairweather, who was a passenger, suffered a broken arm.

Source: Evening Standard

Judge VOIDS Paul Manafort’s plea deal and rules he intentionally lied to the FBI

Paul Manafort breached his plea agreement by intentionally lying to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel in the Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was another loss for the former Trump campaign chairman, who faces years in prison in two separate criminal cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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Cameroon opposition leader charged with ‘rebellion’


Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection”, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

The former government minister was arrested in the economic capital Douala on January 28 after his MRC party organised protests against October’s election result, which they say was rigged.
The prosecutor’s office of the Yaounde military court filed the charges against Kamto, his lawyer Emmanuel Simh said Kamto was transferred to a prison in the capital during the night.

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Onnoghen asks Appeal Court to stop his arrest


The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday, asked the Appeal Court in Abuja to stop his arrest.
Onnoghen, who faulted the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s decision to arrest him, based his argument on 11 grounds.


The suspended CJN said his decision to be absent from the CCT was not in disobedience to any order as no order to compel his attendance was served on him.


He said the tribunal erred by ordering his arrest when the application challenging its jurisdiction to hear and determine the complaints of the respondent had not been heard.


The court document read in part, “The appellant (Onnoghen) has a pending motion challenging the competence of the charge preferred against him and the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain same.


“Until the issue of the CCT jurisdiction being challenged by the appellant is heard and determined, the physical presence of the appellant to take his plea is not mandatory or necessary.


“The order of the bench warrant is a breach of the respondent’s right to appellant’s right to liberty under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”


Onnoghen said that the CCT contravened Section 266(b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act when it ordered his arrest as the Act clearly states that an appellant has a right to be absent from court during the argument of an interlocutory application.


Onnoghen challenged the decision of the CCT chairman not to step down despite calls for him to recuse himself due to a pending corruption charge against him and “likelihood of bias.”


Onnoghen asked the Appellate Court to “give an order setting aside the order of the tribunal made on February 13, 2019; an order for the constitution of a different panel at the CCT to try him and an order dispensing his presence from the CCT.”

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AGF Malami writes INEC, asks for postponement of polls in Zamfara


The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission asking the commission to postpone the National Assembly elections and the governorship and state House of Assembly polls in Zamafara State to enable the All Progressives Congress to field candidates in the exercise in the state.

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