Nwude pe­ti­tions NJC over bail re­fusal

We have set­tled 99% of pen­sion ar­rears, says Coun­cil

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Ye­tunde Ay­obami Ojo

ADEFENDANT stand­ing trial at the Spe­cial Of­fences Court sitting in Ikeja, Em­manuel Nwude, has filed a pe­ti­tion be­fore the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (NJC) al­leg­ing bias by the judge pre­sid­ing over his case, Jus­tice Mo­jisola Dada, for deny­ing him bail.

He said that his two code­fen­dants, Em­manuel Ilechukwu and Roland Kalu, were granted bail by the judge im­me­di­ately af­ter they were ar­raigned by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) over al­leged fraud of­fences on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion dated Au­gust 3, 2018, ad­dressed to the Chair­man of the NJC, Nwude ac­cused the judge of met­ing out in­jus­tice to him in the suit by re­ject­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tions thrice.

Nwude, who said that un­der­go­ing trial in re­spect of the same of­fence would amount to dou­ble jeop­ardy con­trary to the pro­vi­sions of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, claimed that Jus­tice Dada had in a rul­ing de­liv­ered on June 21, 2018 er­ro­neously re­fused his ap­pli­ca­tion for bail on the ground that he was presently serv­ing a jail term.

Mean­while, the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (NJC) at the week­end said it had set­tled its back­log of pen­sion ar­rears run­ning into N2.6 bil­lion.

Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Coun­cil, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, who dis­closed this dur­ing a ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise held at the La­gos Ikeja High Court premises, said that though the NJC in­her­ited N2.6 bil­lion debt when it took over in 2007, so far, it had been able to set­tle 99 per cent of it.

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