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The EFCC Lifts the Lid on Corruption in the Judiciary

This edition of A2Justice' Justice Observatory Journal spotlights recent cases of alleged corruption against Judicial officers by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which threatens the independence and integrity of the Judiciary.

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A Handbook on Judicial Policies, Rules and Guidelines

A2Justice' Publiction brings together recent guidelines and standards developed by the National Judicial Council and the National Judicial Institute into a single reference handbook titled "Judicial Policies, Rules and Guidelines".

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Merchants in the House: How (Administrative) Corruption in the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal Obstructs the Search for Justice

Discourses on judicial corruption often neglect to acknowledge that variety that flourishes outside of judges and lawyers, but go to the very heart of how justice services are delivered by court employees who constitute the “engine” of court services and operations in various administrative units and departments.

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A2Justice in a recent publication examines the workings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, its framework and operational challenges. The publication offers recommendations for improvement in the Tribunal’s fight against corruption in the public sector.

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A2Justice Applauds NJC for Enforcing the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers against Justice Lambo Akanbi

On Wednesday 18th November, 2015, Mr. Soji Oye, the acting Director of Information, National Judicial Council announced the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the immediate and compulsory retirement of Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court,

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Access to Justice Calls for the Cancellation of the On-going Process to Appoint 25 Judges of the Federal High Court (FHC)

In a letter addressed to the National Judicial Council, A2Justice calls for the cancellation of the ongoing recruitment process to appoint 25 new judges of the Federal High Court on grounds of substantial contravention of the Revised National Judicial Council Guidelines and Procedural Rules, 2014

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NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY Continues To Flout Court’s Order To Reinstate/Deploy Trainees And Pay 11 Years (Owed) Salaries Disobeying Court’s Order a Serious Threat to Rule of Law

On 22 May 2013 Hon. Justice Abang of the Federal High Court Lagos, ruled that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should deploy to their respective departments, several trainees/employees of the NPA technical training centre who had successfully completed their technical training in 2007.

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NJC’s Revised Judicial Discipline Regulations Will Strain Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary

The National Judicial Council (NJC) recently published a revised Judicial Discipline Regulations. The regulations instate new rules governing the reception and consideration of complaints against judges.

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ICPC’s Indictment Of Police Service Commission Chair Enough Warrant To Vacate Office

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the 11th of August 2015 ordered the Police Service Commission (PSC) led by Mike Mbama Okiro, its Chairman, to refund to the government treasury the sum of N133.4 million out of the N350 million it received from the Federal Government for the monitoring of the conduct of the 2015 elections.

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You Cannot Dissolve the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission or Any Commission Created by the Constitution

Access to Justice is deeply worried by reports that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has “dissolved” the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission and the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission.

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President Buhari’s Order for an Internal Military Investigation into War Crimes Allegations against Nigeria’s Military Will Short-Change the Truth: What is Needed is an Impartial, Independent and Competent Inquiry

President Buhari has ordered an “internal investigation” into Amnesty International’s allegations of War Crimes against the Nigeria Military in its conduct of anti-terrorism operations in the North-east. The President said a final decision on what course the administration will pursue concerning the allegations will ultimately be dependent on the advice of an Attorney General who has not been appointed at this time.

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Access to Justice Demands Immediate Investigation of Amnesty International’s Allegations of War Crimes by Nigeria’s Military; Chiefs of Defence and Army Staff Should “Step Aside” Now to ensure Credible Inquiry

On June 3 2015, Amnesty International (AI) released its report titled: Stars on their shoulder. Blood on their hands. The report and accompanying video detail possible war crimes committed by the Nigerian military in the course of undertaking counter-terrorism operations in north-east Nigeria against the Boko Haram sect.

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Access to Justice Welcomes NJC Reforms to Judicial Appointment Procedures

Access to Justice (A2Justice) welcomes reforms to procedures and guidelines for appointing superior court Judges in Nigeria made by the National Judicial Council (NJC) recently. The reforms seek to plug serious lapses in the former judicial appointments/elevation guidelines that made those guidelines too feeble and ineffective in achieving its aims.

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Finally, National Judicial Council Issues New Guidelines and Rules for Judicial Appointment.

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Court Awards N50 Million Naira Damages Against The Nigeria Police For The Unlawful Shooting And Killing Of Joy Odeyemi

Hon. Justice C. Aneke of the Federal High Court Lagos has awarded the sum of Fifty Million Naira (N50, 000,000) to the family of Joy Odeyemi who was unlawfully and arbitrarily shot and killed on the 12th of May, 2012 at the Monalido Night Club, Apapa, Lagos State by the Police.

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A2Justice and 8 CSOs give President Jonathan 21 days Ultimatum to Constitute Enquiry into Horrifying Allegations of Killings by Anti-terrorism Security Forces in Northern Nigeria.

A2Justice and 8 other civil society organizations have jointly petitioned the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a full scale, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into allegations made by Amnesty International in its report titled "Nigeria: Gruesome footage implicates military in war crimes".

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A2Justice Urges National Judicial Council (NJC) to Reform Judicial Recruitment Procedures to ensure Greater Transparency, Openness, Accessibility and Merit in Selection Process

Following the Judicial Reforms Conference held between July 7-9 2014, organized by A2Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Judiciary Committee, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in collaboration with the Performance Evaluation Committee of the National Judicial Council,

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A2Justice Deplores Criminal Interference with the Administration of Justice in Ekiti State By Persons Who Must Now be Brought to Justice

On Monday September 22, 2014 judicial proceedings at the Ekiti State High Court were abruptly disrupted by a group of persons who invaded the court premises and attacked lawyers, litigants and court officials in reaction to a ruling delivered by Hon. Justice Isaac Ogunyemi in a case challenging the eligibility of the Governor elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to contest the governorship election.

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Access to Justice Condemns the Outrageous Affront on Justice John Adeyeye of Ekiti State Judiciary and Calls for the Prosecution of Culprits

On Thursday September 25, 2014 Justice John Adeyeye, Judge of the Ekiti High Court was reportedly beaten up by alleged political associates of Ekiti State Governor elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose. The attackers of Justice Adeyeye reportedly physically assaulted him and tore his clothes, and he was thereafter hospitalized.

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President Jonathan: Let the Judiciary in Ekiti State Run its Own Business Without Interference or Control from Another Branch of Government! But the NJC Must Do More to Protest Affront on Judiciary

Following repeated attacks on Judges, court staff and users in September 2014 by persons associated with Ekiti State Governor-elect Ayo Fayose, the Chief Judge of the State ordered the closure of State High Courts in Ekiti State. However, the National Judicial Council directed that the courts be re-opened for business and the Ekiti Judiciary apparently complied.

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Judicial Reforms Conference, Abuja 7th – 9th July 2014

The Judicial Reforms Conference, Abuja organized by the Nigerian Bar Association (Judicial Committee), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with funding from the European Union and Access to justice (A2justice) supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in collaboration with the Performance Evaluation Committee of the NJC held from 7th – 9th July 2014 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

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The Justice Observatory Journal Reports on the River's State Judiciary Crisis: Says Appointment of "Chief Judge" by Rivers State Governor is Flawed and Unconstitutional.

On March 18, 2014, the Rivers State government, purportedly acting on the decision of Akanbi J, of the Federal High Court in Governor of Rivers State & 2 Ors v NJC and Anor, "swore in" Hon. Justice P.C. Agumagu as the Chief Judge of Rivers State. Prior to this time, Justice Agumagu had "acted" as Chief Judge of Rivers State, having been "appointed" to do so by the Governor from August 20, 2013 up till November 19, 2013.

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A2Justice Request Investigation of killings of suspected Boko Haram members at DSS Hq

A2Justice has called on the Nigerian government to immediately constitute an impartial and independent inquiry into the massacre of over 20 persons reported to be Boko Haram members at the DSS headquarters, Abuja on Sunday, 30th March 2014.

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A2Justice Petitions National Human Rights Commission on the killings of suspected Boko Haram members at DSS Hq

A2Justice has petitioned the NHRC on the extrajudicial killing of 21 Boko Haram Detainees, at the SSS Headquarters in Abuja, carried out by officers of the State Security Service and Nigerian military on Sunday, 30th March 2014.

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Court Awards 20 Million Naira Damages Against The Police For The Unlawful Killing Of Joseph Azubuike

A2Justice in its effort and campaign against extra-judicial killings in Nigeria and to ensure that law enforcement agencies are held accountable for their arbitrariness and excesses, particularly, as it relates to sanctity of human lives, filed a Fundamental Right Action on the 31st of August, 2012 to challenge the unconstitutionality,

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A2Justice Urges Lagos Attorney General and Lagos C.P to Prosecute Culprit who Defiled 2½ year Old Minor

On the 11th of November 2013, we received information that a girl named Faith Osaghae (2 ½ years old at the relevant time) was sexually molested by a man KEHINDE PAUL LAYODE who had been put in a position of trust over the child. According to the family, the mother of the girl had kept the little child with the defendant and his wife in order to go and buy drugs for Faith as she was running a fever.

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Public Presentation Of Findings Of A Field Survey On The State Of Compliance With The Lagos State

On behalf of the Access to Justice, I warmly welcome you all to this public presentation of findings of our field research on the state of compliance with the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011.

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Reported Directive of CJN to Hon. Justice Kafaranti to Reverse Judicial Order is a Grievous Blunder, Undermines Judicial Independence and sets another Dangerous Precedent

Media reports of Wednesday 22nd February claim that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher has issued a directive to Hon. Justice Abdul Karafanti of the Federal High Court who reportedly gave an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from holding the Saturday gubernatorial elections in Cross Rivers State, telling the Judge to reverse the Order. If the reports are correct, it would indeed be such an unfortunate, grievous blunder by the CJN.

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A2Justice deprecates arbitrary transfers of Judges Calls NJC to act to end it on account of its impact on access to justice.

A2Justice made a complaint to the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, on the 5th of March 2014, against the practice of arbitrary transfers of Federal High Court Judges without adequate consideration to the impact of transfers on litigants, and also without institutional arrangements to mitigate effects of Transfers.

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Odi Massacre: Attorney General Should Bring Ex-President and Military Chiefs who Ordered Killings to Justice and Accountability

A2Justice welcomes the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt that held that the widespread killing that took place in Odi, Bayelsa State perpetrated by the soldiers at the behest of the Commander in Chief at that time was genocidal, brutish, reckless and a gross violation of the rights of the victims to life, and to property.

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A2Justice Advocates Effective Implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law

In 2011 the Lagos State Government passed a new Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) Law which repealed the Criminal Procedure Law of Lagos Sate 2004. With the view to enhancing better respect for the rights of citizens by the law enforcement officers, the new law sought to regulate against the hauling of crime suspects into court before investigation,

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Agbado District Coroner commences investigation into the killing of Azeez Omotosho.

Azeez Omotosho was brutally shot and killed in the presence of his wife and children on 2nd of November, 2013 by the police at Shogunle Area of Lagos State. Read more

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Founded in 1999, Access to Justice (“A2Justice”) is a justice advocacy group working to defend rights of equal and non-discriminatory access to courts of law, expand access of vulnerable people to equal and impartial justice,  Read more

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Breaking the Power of Impunity: A2Justice helps to Reform and Re-vitalize Coroner Inquest Systems to establish truths about Killings.  Read more

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