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NBA May Sanction Malami, Others Over Invasion Of Justice Odili’s Home



Malami Denies Knowing Suspect In Attack On Justice Odili's Home

Miffed at the invasion of the Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili’s residence, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said that any lawyer, including the Attorney General Abubarkar Malami, who is found culpable in her ordeal will face stiff sanctions.

The lawyers’ body gave the stance on Friday at a press conference addressed by its president, Olumide Akpata, describing the failed raid as an “assault in the judiciary”, reminiscent of how former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen was removed from office.

The NBA rejected the investigative panel set up by Mr Malami on the matter on grounds “the Attorney General definitely has questions to answer” and therefore should not “subject himself to a panel that he sets up.”

Instead, the body demanded that an independent panel involving a judicial officer and the NBA be set up by President Muhammadu Buhari “because there is a dark cloud hanging and all fingers are pointing at the executive as being behind this action.”

The NBA vowed that if it is established that Mr Malami gave the instruction for the attack on Justice Odili’s home, then he would be taken before disciplinary committees of legal practitioners and could lose all his rights as a lawyer.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Condemns Invasion Of Justice Odili’s Home

“If the Attorney General is found culpable, then as a lawyer, we will take him before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee; because if indeed, he is found to have given the directives that led to the invasion of the home of the Justice of the Supreme Court, then he is not fit to hold the office he occupies presently and continues to be the recipient of the privileges the profession has accorded to him,” Mr Akpata explained.

“He can be stopped from practising law. What does the LPPC do, amongst others? The LPPC can strip him of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria and also the Body of Benchers can reconsider his life membership of that body.

So, without mincing words, those are the steps that the NBA can take,” he declared further.

Mr Akpata emphasised that any NBA member involved in the invasion would not be spared.

He said: “In the event that we find that any lawyer was involved in this unfortunate incident, that lawyer will be subjected to our disciplinary mechanisms and that lawyer will definitely face the music.”

Furthermore, he noted that the magistrate who issued a search warrant on the home of the justice must also be probed.

“Questions must be asked of the quality and sufficiency of the materials placed before His Worship before issuing the search warrant in the first place. The NBA National Executive Council believes that even on a cursory reading of the materials placed before His Worship, there is a prima facie evidence that the search warrant ought not to have been issued in the circumstance,” Mr Akpata said.

Security agents, including the police and anti-graft agency, EFCC, operatives swooped on the residence of Mrs Odili on October 29, brandishing a search warrant obtained from Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna of the Wuse Zone Magistrate Court.

READ ALSO: IGP Orders Probe Into Invasion Of Justice Odili’s Home, Beef-up Of Security

The justice resisted their invasion on grounds that she had no business with EFCC and the warrant was not for her address.

Mr Iyanna has since revoked the warrant, claiming that he was conned into signing the warrant by officials from Mr Malami’s justice ministry.

The attorney general denies knowledge of the operation, a claim many believe is a mere deflection after a failed incursion.


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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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