Judiciary the remedy for corruption in Nigeria – CJN
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed has called on Judiciary officers in Nigeria to rid the nation of indicted corrupt individuals by carrying out their mandate without fear or favour.
He said that as the last hope of the common man, the judiciary must remain independent and not rest on its back until corruption is stamped out of the country, and justice upheld.
The CJN said this on Tuesday during the third National Summit on diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector in Abuja.
According to him, between 2020/2021, over 756 corrupt cases were handled in the country and also added that from January to November this year, 1,144 suspects were convicted of various corruption offences and financial crimes including hundreds of millions of cash forfeitures, alongside eight aircraft, seven fuel stations among others.
Drugs Worth Over N50bn Destroyed in Abuja
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed hard drugs worth over N50 billion in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
NDLEA said the items which weighed 20,000 kilogrammes included Cocaine, Heroine, Cannabis, Methamphetamine and Tramadol
The items were seized by the Federal Capital Territory and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport commands of the agency between 2019 and 2020.
At the public destruction of the drugs in Abuja, NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier General Mohammed Marwa said the agency had between January and November 2021 mopped up over three million kilogrammes of illicit drugs and psychoactive substances in Nigeria and that 10,355 traffickers have been arrested.
The NDLEA said at least 1,000 of those arrested are in jail while others are going through trials in court.
Court declares Sanusi’s banishment as unlawful
Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declared as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional, the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to Awe, a remote community in Nasarawa State.
The court held that the restrictions placed on Sanusi after his deposition on March 9, 2020, on allegations of insubordination are a clear arbitrary violation of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty granted by the Nigerian constitution.
Justice Chikere further held that the right to freedom of liberty and personal dignity granted under Section 34 of Nigeria’s constitution cannot be taken away as done by the Kano Government, Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) except with express order of the court.
A sum of N10 million was awarded to the former Emir as damages to be paid to him by the respondents.
Direct Primary: Buhari Writes INEC For Advice
President Muhammadu Buhari has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking advice over the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.
The letter addressed to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, sought comments on the controversial sole adoption of direct primary option for parties to produce candidates for elections among other key issues ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Some governors and federal lawmakers have disagreed on the revised Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly on November 9, 2021, over the adoption of direct primaries.
He called for more engagements to be coordinated by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to resolve any form of disagreement and assuage the feelings of governors who were not happy over the direct primary option.
CBN automates non-commercial exports form for dealers
The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Monday that it had automated the Non-Commercial Exports form for stakeholders in the business sector.
The CBN said this in a circular, which was signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Dr O.S. Nnaji, and titled Automation of Form NCX on the trade monitoring system.
The circular said all authorised dealers were required to ensure that the processing of Form NCX should only be done electronically on the Trade Monitoring System’s website.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Turkey Jails Opposition Politician
A Turkish defence analyst and founder of the opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), Metin Gurcan, who was detained on Friday has been jailed on Tuesday on charges of political and military espionage.
Gurcan, a former member of the Turkish military, was one of the co-founders of DEVA party led by Ali Babacan, a former deputy prime minister within President Recep Erdogan’s ruling AKP party.
Gurcan recently criticised the government’s agreements with the United Arab Emirates, arguing that Turkey would be forced to make concessions in return for investment pledged by the United Arab Emirate.
Former Chelsea player, John Sillett is dead
Former Chelsea player, John Sillett, is dead at the age of 85, John Sillett’s family announced his death in a statement on Tuesday.
His ability to spot things tactically, change them during a game and enhance the abilities of players was top class and the respect he had from top people in the game will be missed by all sport lovers.
Sillett was a full-back who started his career at Chelsea in 1954.
The Southampton-born played over 100 games for Chelsea and won the First Division title at Stamford Bridge in the 1954-55 season.
He later played for Coventry and Plymouth before moving into management at Hereford.