Legal practitioner drags AGF to S’Court over Foreign Enforcement Act 

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, has been dragged to the Supreme Court by a lawyer, Emmanuel Ekpenyong Esq.

AGF was sued over his failure to promulgate an order to bring Part 1 of the Foreign Judgment Reciprocal Enforcement Act, 1990 into operation since its enactment in 1960.

It was to commence on 1st February, 1961.

Ekpenyong, in his notice of motion for leave to appeal, dated and filed on Feb.15, 2024 at the Supreme Court, listed the AGF as the sole respondent.

In the motion marked: SC/CR/92/2024, the lawyer sought five orders, including an order extending time for him to seek leave to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, delivered on May 12, 2022 in appeal number: CA/A/132/2020 between him and the AGF.

He also sought an order of the court granting leave to him to appeal against the decision of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, among others.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal, Abuja had in an appeal number:CA/A/132/2020, between Ekpenyong and AGF, dismissed the appeal on May 12, 2022, and upheld the judgement of a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja that the AGF has absolute discretionary powers under Section 3 (1) of the act to promulgate an Order to bring Part 1 of the Act into operation.

Ekpenyong of Fred-Young & Evans LP had, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/755/2017 dated and filed on June 21, 2017, sued the AGF as sole defendant before retired Justice Anwuli Chikere of a FHC in Abuja. 

In the originating summons, the lawyer urged the court to determine whether there is a mandatory legal duty on the AGF under Section 3 (1) and 9 of the Foreign Judgment Reciprocal Act, CAP F35, Law of the Federation, 1990 (the 1990 Act) to promulgate an order to bring Part 1 of 1990 Act into operation.

“Whether there is a mandatory legal duty on the defendant under Section 5 of the Foreign Judgment Reciprocal Act, CAP F35, Laws of the Federation, 1990 (the 1990 Act) to make rules to regulate the procedure for registration of foreign judgments in Nigeria,” among other questions. 


Alia inaugurates commission to probe govt’s income, expenditure 

By John Shiaondo


The Benue state governor, Hyacinth Alia, has set up two commissions to probe the income and expenditure as well as sale/lease of government assets, companies and markets (both state and local government owned markets), and moribund companies respectively, from May 28, 2015 to May 29th, 2023.

The two commissions are, Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Income and Expenditure of Benue State Government (from May 29, 2015, to May 28, 2023), and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Sale/lease of Government Assets, Companies and Markets (both state and local government owned markets), as well as Moribund Companies (from or before May 28, 2015 to May 28th, 2023).
The two judicial commissions of inquiries are expected to scrutinise the management of the state’s resources and assets under the previous administration.
The commissions which have six months to complete their assignment and submit their report to the government, are also amongst other things, tasked to look into how the Bailout and Paris Club refunds were expended; look into the loans procured by the state during the period question and report on how such loans were used, as well as identify the companies owned by the state government (both active and inactive) and proffer solutions on how the inactive ones can be revived, amongst others.
Performing the inaugural ceremony at the Old Banquet Hall of the Benue state Government House, Tuesday in Makurdi, Governor Alia  stated that the setting up of the two commissions of inquiries to look into the activities of the out gone administration has become necessary, and it is in response to the desire of the people of the state, who are the major stakeholders and owners of the resources.
Governor Alia said the future of Benue as a state, depended largely on the prudent management of its resources, and as such, his administration will ensure that all monies expended, serve the collective purpose, which is to take the state to greater heights.


IPCR has potential to promote peace, says Minister

By Donald Iorchir


The Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio-Ibrahim,  weekend said the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has  a germane role to play in the  promotion of peace, conflict prevention, management, and resolution in the country.

Dr. Bio -brahim stated this when she received a adelegation from the institute in her office in Abuja.

In a press statement signed by head, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Maryam Umar Yusuf, and made available to Blueprint, the minister said she was aware of some of the activities of the IPCR because she had been one of its close observers. 

She expressed her preparedness to synergise with the institute to ensure that the youth play their role in peace and conflict resolution in the country. 

She also stated the need to  collaborate with the IPCR to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security by adopting, validating and launching of the National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security.

“It is important to deploy a non kinetic approach to conflict resolutions in order to have lasting peace in the country,” she said.

 She stated further that a clear concept of the role to be played by the youth is needed to stem the tide of  banditry, militancy, and boko haram so as to bring about enduring peace and harmony in our nation.”

Speaking further, the minister stated  that one of the priority areas of Mr. President’s Renewed Hope Agenda is the inclusion of youth in ensuring peace and harmony in the country. She advised the Director General (DG) to come up with a clear plan on how the youth can be actively engaged in keeping the peace.

Earlier, the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, said the institute provides Nigeria and some other countries with policies based on result oriented research to build capacity in conflict management, adding that  collaborating with the youth in conflict resolution will foster togetherness and patriotism.