Mr Bayo Akinlade, Chairman of the Ikorodu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has underscored the need for the independence of the Judiciary to promote a fearless justice system.
He said the judiciary was not independent in all aspects of its composition and administration, and itemised a workable framework to truly achieve its independent.
“The judiciary is not truly independent in all aspects of its composition and administration.
“And to make the judiciary truly independent, we must put in place a monitoring system to track how and when funds are released to the judiciary.
“There must be regular interaction and compliance protocols by the NBA to ensure that the executive comply with judicial independence.
“There must be strengthening of the relationships between the Bar and the Bench so that the bar is truly seen as the mouth piece of the judiciary,’’ he said.
According to Akinlade, the absence of judicial independence will, among other negative effects, occasion delay in the administration of justice, create judicial compromise and corruption as well as lack of intellectual and infrastructural capacity.
He also said that financial autonomy for the judiciary remained the foundation of its independence, without which there would be no real independence.
The branch NBA boss said: “It is the duty of every citizen to champion the cause of true judicial independence, as we are all stakeholders in justice administration’’.
“A call on NBA is a call on every one of us, whether in the bar, on the bench, in the military, in companies, in the executive arm and legislative arm, in the police, or in the press; we have lawyers everywhere; NBA is you and I.
“We all need to act as lawyers and be our own client for once.
“The judiciary is a part of the NBA and we must appreciate this insight to develop strategies to make it better.’’
He expressed optimism that the goals of independence can be achieved with understanding and determination.
(Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Peter Ejiofor)
2 arraigned over alleged N13 million fraud against Haier Thermocool
Two unemployed men – Oluwatoyin Soyombo, 52, and Taiwo Adeyemi, 45 – were on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged conspiracy, stealing and N13 million fraud.
Soyombo resides at 12, Oguntiga St. while Adeyemi lives at 31, Olabode St., both in Ikotun, Lagos State.
They allegedly defrauded Haier Thermocool Company to the tune of N13.1 million.
The Prosecutor, W/Sgt. Felicia Okowri, told the court that Soyombo and Adeyemi committed the offences from Sept. 6 to Sept. 11 on Ilupeju Estate, Oshodi, and on Mushin Road, Isolo, Lagos.
Okwori said that Soyombo and Adeyemi forged a local purchase order in the name of Deeper Life Christian Ministry, Isolo Branch, and used same to defraud the company.
“They defrauded the company of 15 pieces of standing air conditioner, 20 pieces of split air conditioner and 10 pieces of IGWE power generator, all valued at N13. 1 million,” she said.
Okwori said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 287, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,2015.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs G. O. Anifowose, admitted them to bail in the sum N500,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
Anifowose adjourned the case to Dec. 20 for mention.
Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Ijeoma Popoola
Bricklayer risks one year jail term for allegedly punching neighbour’s mouth
A 29-year-old bricklayer, Yomi Adeniyi, is risking one year jail term for allegedly assaulting his neighbour, contrary to Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
The police on Friday brought Adeniyi, a resident of Oworonshoki, before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on a count charge of assault.
He allegedly punched the mouth of his neighbour, Mr Taiwo Okeowo, at 8.30p.m. on Dec. 6, at No. 39, Adebanwo St., Oworonshoki, Lagos.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant punched Okeowo after accusing him of slander.
According to her, the assault caused Okeowo to be hospitalised.
The prosecutor said that the alleged offence contravened Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 172 provides for one year imprisonment for assault.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She directed that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.
Oghere adjourned the case until Jan. 7, 2020, for mention.
Edited by: Abdullahi Mohammed/Ijeoma Popoola
25-year-old driver arraigned over alleged motorcycle theft
Ojo, who resides at Ipaja, Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, which he denied committing.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety who should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant and one other person still at large committed the offences on Nov. 14 at Ipaja, Lagos.
Ayorinde said that the defendant stole the motorcycle belonging to Mr Rafiu Waheed.
He said that Ojo obtained the motorcycle from the complainant, with a promise to remit money to him weekly.
“After few days, the defendant claimed that the motorcycle had been stolen where he parked it.
“The complainant reported the case, leading to the arrest of the defendant,” the prosecutor said.
The offences violate sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing, while section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.
The case was adjourned until Feb. 17, 2020 for mention.
Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Oluwole Sogunle
Court sentences unemployed without fine option for beating up mother
An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced one 26-year-old unemployed Victor Phillip to two months’ imprisonment without an option of fine for beating up his mother and other family members.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo, ordered that Phillip should spend two months in the Kirikiri Correctional Facility, Lagos.
”It will serve as deterrent to others,” she held.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Phillip, who resides at 52, Pius Eje St., Aboru, Ipaja, Lagos, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of assault and causing damage.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that Phillip committed the offences on Dec. 3, at his residence.
Odugbo said that the defendant had an unresolved argument with his family members and beat them up, including his mother.
“The defendant also beat up his elder brother, Mr Udeme Phillip, who is the complainant in this case.
“He also damaged a cooker valued at N6, 000 and a centre table valued at N30, 000,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 57, 171 and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola
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