Buhari sacks two judges; Supreme Court rules on Metuh’s trial; It’s dishonest to say I’m enjoying myself at home and doing nothing about herdsmen/farmers clashes – Buhari; Nigerian Air Force moves against killer herdsmen in Taraba, Benue & Nasarawa; Court order arrest of Innoson boss, Chukwuma; 2019: Kwankwaso flags off presidential campaign in Anambra; Herdsmen Cry Out Over Silent Killings In Adamawa . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court (photo: below) and the dismissal from office of Justice O.O Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court, following recommendations from the National Judicial Council (NJC).
According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the disciplinary actions on the two Justices are in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Justice O.O. Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from December 2, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court to date.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a former spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, should face trial for alleged fraud. The Apex court in a similar ruling by the Appeal Court on Friday, by its five-member panel, led by Dattijo Mohammed, pointed out that the court could not entertain a suit with a fundamental defect, emanating from the nature of filing at the lower court.
The unanimous judgement was read by Justice Ejembi Eko. The apex court said its decision was based on section 233 (2) of the 1999 Constitution. “Where the Court of Appeal lacks the necessary jurisdiction, in the first place, to hear and determine the appeal before it, such as in the instant case, no decision of the court against the competent appeal lies to this court. “It is for that reason I strike out the incompetent appeal and affirm the judgment of the lower court below,” Mr. Eko ruled.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said it was dishonest to continue to create the impression that he is enjoying himself at home without doing anything about the recent killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a delegation of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said, “The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest. At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian Army in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos. I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert.”
The President explained that the cattle colonies policy proposed by the Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonise any part of the country. He said government’s intention was to create grazing locations for cattle rearers. He regretted that the step has now been misconstrued as another form of colonisation.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday disclosed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) readiness to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba State. He said this is part of plans to further tackle the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash in the country.
The CAS while delivering a lecture to participants of National Defence College (NDC) Course 26 in Abuja, also announced plans to establish a Quick Response Wing along the Benue-Nassarawa Axis.
A Lagos High Court Sitting in Ikeja has issued a warrant of arrest on the Chairman of Innoson Motors Limited, Innocent Chukwuma.
The warrant order follows his failure to appear before the court to face trial.
The presiding Judge, Justice Mojisola Dada ordered that Mr Chukwuma should be arrested and brought to court on the next adjourned date of March 14.
A former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has flagged off his bid for the 2019 presidency. He was in Anambra State on Thursday, where he met with the leadership of his group, the Kwankwaso Movement, and the Hausa community in the state.
His said: “I am in this contest because I want to restore the lost glory of the country. I have come to see the people of the state and thank them for their support to me. The South-East region is important in this journey because we cannot do without them. Election is not a do-or- die and my successor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is opposing my ambition should have a rethink and join me to better the welfare of Nigerians.
An umbrella group of Fulani herdsmen, ‘Mobgal Kautal Hore Fulbe,’ has raised alarm over silent killing of herdsmen and stealing of their cattle in Numan and Demsa local government areas in Adamawa State. The group in a meeting in Yola said over 4000 herdsmen and their families were displaced by the crisis, following the burning down of their villages, along the banks of River Benue by Bachama militia.
Speaking at the meeting, the North east vice chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Mafindi Umaru Danburam, said over 500 cattle are now missing.
Danburam accused the federal government of bias in the crisis, saying: “The Vice President did not visit Fulani villages which were attacked by the Bachamas, killing women and children but was quick to visit Bachama villages were attack. “There has been cases of silent killings of members of Hausa-Fulani in the area, the latest is the abduction and killing of three Fulanis on transit and a traditional barber by Bachama vigilante group at Anguwar Green villages. “