Newspaper review: Judges in trouble as Patience Jonathan spits fire

Major Nigerian newspapers for Tuesday, September 20, are focused on various issues such as the Former First Lady Patience Jonathan threatening to sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some judges under probe over conflicting judgments.

The Guardian reports that a probe of judges involved in some recent conflicting judgments in the country has begun.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, disclosed this at a special session to mark the commencement of the 2016-2017 legal year and the swearing-in of new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).

He said the National Judicial Council (NJC) was investigating the affected judges and appropriate actions would be taken at the end of the probe.

The CJN expressed dismay at the growing trend of the disregard for laid down precedent in decisions from various levels of courts, even the appellate court.

Most of the conflicting judgments is said to have emanated from suits instituted by the two factions of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a bid to resolve their political differences on the party’s national leadership.

The Nation reports that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN), is also worried over the rising trend of conflicting judgments.

The AGF sought the cooperation of the judiciary in the federal government’s fight against corruption and terrorism, while urging them to take steps to discourage activities that may result in the erosion of public confidence in the courts.

The AGF who was represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF), Taiwo Abidogun, noted that public confidence is important in the justice administration system.

In other news, Patience Jonathan has threatened to sue the EFCC if her bank accounts are not defreezed and a public apology tendered, Daily Sun reports.

She gave the anti-graft agency 14 days from September 18, 2016, to comply or else she will drag it before the African  Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in The Gambia.

According to her attorneys, the commission had no right to freeze her accounts since Patience was not charged with any economic or financial crimes and she had not been invited to make any statement on the seized funds.

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