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Jibrin’s suspension: Supreme Court orders lawyer to pay N2m for filing frivolous appeal

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Supreme Court has fined a lawyer, Mr. Tolu Babaleye, N2m for filing a frivolous appeal to delay the hearing of a suit filed by a former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin,‎ to challenge his suspension for 180 legislative days since September 28, 2016.

A five-man panel of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, during the proceedings that held on Wednesday, delivered a unanimous bench judgment shortly after parties to the appeal adopted their papers in the course of the proceedings.

Describing the appeal as “vexatious and frivolous”, Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment of the court, ordered Babaleye to pay each of the four respondents to the appeal, including Jibrin, the sum of N500,000.

Apart from Jibrin, the other respondents ordered to be paid N500,000 each were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; the House of Representatives and the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

The court ordered that the total fine amounting to N2m must be personally paid by the lawyer.

Babaleye had filed the appeal on behalf of two members of the House of Representatives – Nicholas Ossai and Orker-Jev Yisa – asking to be allowed to be joined as defendants to Jibrin’s case which is still pending before the Federal High Court.

Ossai was the Chairman of House Committee on Ethics, which recommended Jibrin’s suspension and Yisa was the House member who moved the motion for the suspension of the Kano lawmaker.

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, where Jibrin’s substantive suit is still pending, had on April 13, 2017, dismissed the lawmakers’ joinder application, describing them as “strangers” with no interest to protect in the proceedings.

 

The lawmakers had, through their lawyer, Babaleye, appealed to the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which had also in its judgment delivered on December 17, 2017, dismissed their case.

The two legislators had further appealed to the Supreme Court.

At the hearing of the appeal before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the appellants’ lawyer, Babaleye, faced a torrent of questions from the members of the CJN-led panel, expressing their concerns about the frivolity of the appeal.

In response, Babaleye maintained that the appeal was necessary and filed to enable the appellants “to clear their names”.

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Amnesty International Condemns Rann Attack As Sattelite Images Show Damage

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Amnesty International has condemned the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Rann, a town in Borno State.

The organisation condemned the attack in a statement issued on Friday by its Media Manager in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, saying that new satellite images showed the devastating aftermath.

According to Amnesty International, more than 9,000 people were displaced from the town which hosts thousands of people already displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.

It also said the attack resulted in large areas being burnt in the west and south of Rann, with more than 100 structures destroyed or heavily damaged by fire – a situation it described as a despicable disdain for life and one that may constitute a war crime.

It, therefore, urged the Nigerian Government to provide immediate humanitarian support for the displaced persons.

“Amnesty International condemns Boko Haram’s despicable disdain for life. This attack clearly targeted civilians and, therefore, may constitute a war crime. The organisation appeals to the Nigerian authorities to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the thousands of people who have been displaced,” Osai Ojigho, the Director Amnesty International Nigeria was quoted as saying.

“What is happening in Rann shows how vulnerable internally displaced persons are in Nigeria and the need to do more to protect them.”

“Since Monday night’s attack people have been fleeing across the border to Cameroon in their thousands and with every day that passes their condition is becoming more and more desperate. Rann is now almost empty as deadly attacks by Boko Haram have made people too afraid to stay,” said Osai Ojigho.

“The authorities on both sides of the border must provide the supplies and safety that these people require. The Cameroonian authorities must also desist from forcing people to return until conditions are safe and they choose to do so voluntarily,” he added.

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Badeh to be Buried on January 23

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Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff (CDS), will be buried on January 23 at the national military cemetery in Abuja.

According to a statement by John Agim, acting director of defence information, the remains of late CDS will be committed to mother earth at 12:30pm after a Church Service.

Agim said the service will take place at the Nigerian air force base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive airport road at 10 am.

He added that there would also be a service of song on Sunday by 5pm at the air force Base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive.

Badeh, who served as CDS under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead on December 18, 2018, by unknown gunmen, on Keffi-Abuja highway, while returning from his farm.

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CAN Leader Flays Attack on APC Governorship Candidate In Wukari, Says Move Is Anti Christian.

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A frontline Christian youth leader, Engineer Daniel Kadzai, has condemned the reported attack on the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi at Wukari yesterday. Kadzai, former YouthCAN national chairman told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that the attack is against anything Christians hold dear.

Kadzai said the attack should not be misconstrued to mean Christians do not want a Muslim candidate to become governor of Taraba, stressing that the incident is purely the handiwork of political thugs who do not represent Christian values. Kadzai said the attack was not contrived in a church.

Kadzai said Christians respect human rights and the political aspirations of Muslims and other faiths. Speaking at a Press conference in Abuja, Kadzai, who is President, Coalition of Christian Groups for Good Governance In Nigeria and Diaspora (COCGOG) and also Chairman, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) FCT Chapter Abuja, Nigeria, said the church must not be dragged into partisan matters, noting that no political party has been adopted by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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