National Judicial Council (NJC) has said that the current galloping inflation in the country will affect the administration of Justices in the country.
The Executive Secretary of NJC, Ahmed Saleh who appeared before Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele to give overview of 2021 budget and defend 2022 budget proposal which is pegged at N120 billion said galloping inflation has forced Judiciary to roll some of their projects in 2021 to 2022 budget.
He informed the Committee that the Judiciary has been able to achieve about 70 percent of its budget implementation.
NJC Executive Secretary said, “The statutory transfer for the year 2022 will be N120 billion, we are aware that this possible because of your sustained campagin for the funding of Judiciary.
“Am glad to report to this committee that out of N110 billion appropriated to us , we are able to implement of 70 percent of our budget”
He added, “Permit me at this point to make some observations regarding the prevailing economic situation in the country . At at year 2020 December the exchange rate of Naira was N380 to $1 and the rate was N480 to $1 at parallel market.
“So, giving this indices and galloping inflation that the country witness, particularly some of our budgetary provision that are foregin components, by the implication affect our performances.
“Inflation was projected to be 11.95 percent but as at now 17.0 percent definitely all our projects in good and services were affected .”
Speaking earlier, the Senator Bamidele in his opening remarks assured the leadership of Judiciary of cooperation of the Committee its readiness to interact with the leadership of National Assembly to ensure that adequate funding of Judicial sector .
“I wish to state at this juncture that the 2022 Statutory Transfer to the Judiciary is in the sum of One Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira (N120,000,000,000) only, representing an increase, which is in the sum of Ten Billion Naira (N10,000,000.000) only, over the sum, which was appropriated in the 2021 Appropriation Act.
“However, in spite of this increase, there is need to advocate for more funds for the Judiciary, in order to meet competing needs and to address the challenges of infrastructure and welfare of Judicial Officers/Staff of the Judiciary.
“In this regard, the Committee will continue to interact with the leadership of the National Assembly and all the relevant stakeholders to solicit for more funds for the Judiciary.
“This is one of the ways we can strengthen the justice delivery system and administration of justice in the country, to meet the ever-increasing demands for justice by Nigerians.”
Senate Mandates Bamidele led Committee to wade into Faceoff between CJN and Justices of Supreme Court
Nigerian Senate on Wednesday waded into faceoff between the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed and Supreme Court Justices Mandating It’s Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters led by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to Investigate the matter with the aim of resolving the issue.
It would be recalled In an unprecedented petition, 14 Justices of the apex court had jointly accused the Chief Justice of Nigeria of corruption, maladministration and incompetence.
The main issues put forward by the Justices in their letter through a welfare committee were; non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problem; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in the allowances for diesel; lack of internet services to residences and chambers.
However, the Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko
Mohammed had denied allegations raised against him by the 14 Supreme Court Justices.
As a resultof this development, the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan said that lawmakers must be interested in what is happening in the Judiciary with view finding solution to the issue.
Lawan therefore asked the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to wade to the issue and find out what is the real issue.
He said, ” We must have interest in what is happening in the Judicial Arm of government with a view of bringing solution to the issue .
” Our Standing Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters should get involve and find out what the real issue is so.that the National Assembly can help out.”
Court Sentences Danish Man Peter Nielsen To Death For Killing Wife, Daughter
A Lagos High Court Sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square of Lagos Island on Friday sentenced to death by hanging, a Danish man, Peter Nielsen, accused of killing his Nigerian wife Zainab and his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
The judgment which lasted about five hours was delivered by Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile.
The Lagos State Government had arraigned the defendant, Peter Nielsen, before the court on a two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.
The state submitted that the defendant aged 53 allegedly killed his Nigerian musician wife, Zainab also known as Alizee and his daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.
Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Supreme Court Joins Rivers In Buhari’s Suit Against Section 84 (12) Of Electoral Act
The Supreme Court has granted Rivers State’s request to join in President Muhammadu Buhari’s suit against Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act.
Hearing in the suit has been fixed for May 26.
The Supreme Court fixed the date after joining Rivers State as an interested party.
Justice Muhammad Dattijo adjourned the matter following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer Lateef Fagbemi that the speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and Attorney General, Rivers State, be joined as parties.
Section 84 (12)
President Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, had filed a suit at the Supreme Court, seeking an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.
In the suit filed on April 29, the President and AGF, who are the plaintiffs, listed the National Assembly as the sole defendant.
They are seeking an order of the apex court to strike out the section of the Electoral Act, saying it is inconsistent with the nation’s Constitution.
According to the court document, the plaintiffs contend that Section 84 (12) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2022 is inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 42, 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended), as well as Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and People and Peoples Rights.
President Buhari and Malami also contended that the Constitution already provides qualification and disqualification for the offices of the President and Vice President, Governor and Deputy Governor, Senate and House of Representatives, House of Assembly, Ministers, Commissioners, and Special Advisers.
They urged the court to make: “A declaration that the joint and combined reading of Sections 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended); the provision of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which also ignores Section 84(3) of the same Act, is an additional qualifying and/or disqualifying factors for the National Assembly, House of Assembly, Gubernatorial and Presidential elections as enshrined in the said constitution, hence unconstitutional, unlawful, null and void.”
In the same vein, the National Assembly has asked the Supreme Court to strike out the suit instituted by President Buhari.
The National Assembly, in its counter-affidavit, filed by its lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, said the Supreme Court cannot be invoked to amend the provision of any law validity made by lawmakers in the exercise of their legislative powers as granted by the Constitution.
They argued that the 1999 Constitution, as amended gave the National Assembly the power to make laws for good governance in Nigeria.
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