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Justice Karatu’s treatment, example of assault on independence of judiciary

On June 14, 2019, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu removed Justice Elizabeth Karatu, from office as acting Chief Judge of the State and appointed Justice Sulaiman Ambursa to act in that capacity, following the Kebbi State House of Assembly’s refusal to confirm Justice Karatu as substantive Chief Judge of the state. Before this time, Justice Karatu had petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, alleging, among other things, that she was being victimised by state authorities on grounds of her Christian faith and that Justice Ambursa had played a part in efforts to frustrate her confirmation as Chief Judge of the state.

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Gideon Okebu

Who should bear the burden of proving the defence of Alibi?

Alibi, as a defence to an allegation of crime, connotes that the defendant alleges that he was elsewhere at the time of the criminal act and thus did not commit the crime. While it can serve as a defence to many crimes, it cannot serve as a defence to an allegation of conspiracy, as conspiracy is not constrainable to the presence of the actual perpetuator of the crime but deals broadly with ‘knowledge’, ‘common purpose’ and ‘facilitation’ of criminal conduct.

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