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President Buhari Proposes 12 – Month Time Limit For Criminal Cases

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, decried what he described as the “terribly slow pace” of justice administration in the Nigerian courts.
Buhari, who recalled how it took so long for the courts to decide and eventually dismiss the election petitions he filed to challenge his losses in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 presidential polls, declared that the Nigerian justice system needed an urgent reform.
He suggested that the judiciary should put a 12-month time limit on the hearing of criminal cases from the high court to the Supreme Court, while all civil cases should be concluded within 15 months.
Buhari spoke at the 60th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, with the theme, “Stepping Forward.”
His speech was read at the virtual conference by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).
Speaking about his experience, Buhari said, “At the end, I lost all three cases. I wondered then, why it needed to take so long to arrive at a verdict and if I had won the case, someone who did not legitimately win the election would have been in office all that time.
In 2019, I was no longer petitioner; I had now become a respondent in the case of Atiku and Buhari and the whole process took barely six months; just over six months. What was the difference? The law had changed since my own in 2003, 2007 and 2011. You had now introduced time limits for election petitions. Everything must be done within a six to eight-month period. My question then is why can’t we have a time limit for criminal cases? Why can’t we have a rule that will say a criminal trial all the way to the Supreme Court must not exceed 12 months? And why can’t we do the same for civil cases? Even if we say that civil cases must not go beyond between 12 and 15 months. I think that for me is stepping forward.”
The president equally lamented the churning out of multiple and conflicting court orders by judges, noting that in the recent leadership crisis that rocked the ruling All Progressives Congress, no fewer than eight conflicting court orders were made by different judges in a space of six weeks.
Buhari also proposed a reform of the process of judges’ appointment, recommending that aspiring judges should take tests.

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Nigeria Now Generates 13 , 000MW Of Power – Minister Of Power

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The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has said that the Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mamman made this known on Wednesday during the 2021 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Power in Abuja.
He also said that the distribution system had the capacity to evacuate 5,500mw of power having grown from 4,500mw in 2015.
“Under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s grid power capacity has increased significantly from the time this administration took over in 2015 to date.
“During the period between 2015 to date, the sector has recorded successes and has faced challenges.
“In order to deliver this administration’s promise of providing stable and affordable power to Nigerians, a way forward was defined and supported by Mr President’s political will,” he said.
However, committee expressed displeasure with the minister for not ensuring sanctions for Distribution Companies (DisCos) for alleged “gross irresponsibility and wickedness in the execution of their contract”.
The Chairman of the committee, Alliyu Magaji (APC-Jigawa), asked the minister to met out stiffer sanctions to the DisCos, to enable them to sit up and provide the desired services to Nigerian people.
Magaji said that if the minister ensured the sanction of the DisCos, he would become the darling of lawmakers and the entire Nigerians.
The chairman informed the minister that as far as the House was concerned, the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) was still under the purview of his committee.
The rep said that the purported transfer of the parastatal to the Ministry of Finance was unacceptable to the legislators.
Members of the committee raised concern about power supply to their various constituencies, urging the minister to ensure supply.

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Bauchi Lost ₦1. 062 Billion To Ghost Workers, Pensioners – Finance Commissioner

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Bauchi State Government has lost over N1.062 billion to ghost workers and pensioners between June 2016 and January 2020.
The state Commissioner of Finance, Umar Sanda, disclosed this while addressing journalists on the outcome of the Bauchi State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.
He said a memorandum of the committee on some of the findings on the issue of ghost workers from June 2016 to January 2020, involving 259 ghost workers, were mindboggling.
According to him, in the state payroll, a total of 193 people were involved, while over N270m was lost in the fraud.
Sanda added that at the local government payroll, 66 persons were involved and had collected over N792m.
He said, “The total amount of fraud for both the state and local government payrolls is N1.062bn.
On the issue of prosecution, he said the state government had been arresting culprits.
“We’ve been arresting the culprits, but the problem is that they always change their names. We’ve not taken any definite decision on where to take the culprits because it is an ongoing process,” he added.

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Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

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Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra and its activities in the State .
The governor maintained that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities , the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State .
Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Wednesday night, said while the Government acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social , and economic development of the State , it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace , endanger lives and property under any guise in the State .
“ And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.
“ But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB ) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State .
“ This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South- Eastern States of the country. I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety ,” he said.
Wike said he has also directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community in terms with the executive order and other legal instruments .
With restoration of normalcy in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt , the Governor announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1 , Mile 2 , Iloabuchi , Emenike and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the State .
“ However, the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area shall remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare market shall remain closed , also , until further notice ,” he said.

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