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00:40

In Nigeria: Court Revokes Bail Of Maina's Son, Orders His Arrest




The judge ordered that Faisal should be arrested by security operatives whenever he was found.

Maina, who is facing a 12-count charge of money laundering alongside his son, has continued to absent himself from trial, thereby stalling the case.

According to Saharareporters, Justice Abang had on Monday ordered that Senator Ali Ndume be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce Maina in court.

Ndume stood surety for Maina, who has continued to absent himself from his ongoing trial.

The judge ordered the remand of Ndume pending the fulfillment of his bail bond, which is a forfeiture of N500m to the Nigerian Government.

The court had declared Maina wanted and also ordered his trial in absentia.

SaharaReporters gathered that Senator Ndume spent the night at Kuje Correctional Center and would be returning to the court to approach the judge to release him on self-recognition.
01:00

Court: Wife to die by hanging for killing husband



A Kano High Court sitting in Audu Bako Secretariat, yesterday, sentenced a housewife, Rashida Saidu, to death by hanging.Rashida, who was standing a murder charged for allegedly killing her husband, Dr. Adamu Ali, a teaching staff of Federal College of Education, Kano, until his death, did not survived the trial.


In his judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice A.T Badamasi ruled that the culprit is guilty of murder and thereby condemn her to death.Justice Badamasi’s judgment came exactly 25 days after Justice Yusuf Halilu of Federal capital territory (FCT) High Court, held similar death sentence to Maryam Sanda, who was convicted for murder of her late husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin, who confirmed the incidence, stressed that four witnesses were presented to the court to prove their charge against the convict.


However, the suspect’s lawyer, Illiya Dauda, had denied the charge after producing two witnesses, who countered the allegation of culpability in the death of late Dr. Adamu.

In his judgment however, the judge held that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt, and that suspect was pivotal to the death of her 56-year-old husband. The Judge, therefore, sentenced her to death by hanging.


Rashida, who was the second wife of her late husband, was said to have engaged the husband in hot altercation before she suddenly pushed him down from their one storey building at Dorayi Quarters, in the metropolis, Aminu Saidu, a staff of the college told our correspondent on telephone. Theguardianng
23:28

Court remands primary school teacher for sodomising 8-year-old pupil

A Chief Magistrates’ Court 10 in Bauchi has ordered that a 45-year old primary school teacher, Haruna Aliyu of unguwar Ganjuwa, in Bauchi metropolis, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly sodomising his pupil.


The accused was said to have been sexually molesting the eight-year-old boy, offering him N10 every Friday as inducement.

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The presiding Judge, Justice Abdulmumini Adamu, in his ruling, ordered that the suspect, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly luring and molesting the boy sexually.

The act was brought to limelight when the pupil took ill as a result of alleged excreting maggots from his anus.


Earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Yusuf Usman, told the court that on December 6, 2019, a resident of unguwar Ganjuwa within the metropolis of Bauchi, Altine Ladan reported to the police station that one, Haruna Aliyu, age, 45, of the same address allegedly lured his eight-year- old son to his room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of him.

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The prosecutor added that the suspect had been repeatedly carrying out the act on the boy which, according to him, contravenes section 284 of the penal court.


After reading the charges to the accused by the court, the prosecutor sought to be given additional days by the court to enable the police deepen their investigation which the court granted.

The judge therefore ordered that the accused be remanded at the Bauchi Correctional Centre. The judge also fixed February 5, 2020, for further hearing of the suit to allow the prosecuting police officer time to further investigate the matter and produce witnesses on it.

The victim’s father shortly after the court session told Journalists that he was at the court to observe the proceedings and to see how the court would administer justice  on the matter.  Punch
09:21

My wife brings lover into our bedroom for sex, Husband tells court

A 35-year-old unemployed man, Tayo Owoloye, on Monday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State that his wife brings her lover into their bedroom for sex.



Owoloye is seeking to end his 11-year-old marriage to his wife, Modinat.

According to him, their 11-year-old daughter told him that her mother brings a man home and she makes love to him.

“I once saw her love chat on WhatsApp with a man called Timothy, when I queried her, she quickly deleted those messages. I reported her to her two eldest sisters.

“She is also having affairs with another man, called Stanley.

“Modinat came to my mother’s burial in Ondo State and left that same day, I later discovered that she came with Stanley and both of them lodged in a hotel that day.



“I was still in my village when Modinat called that she was sick and admitted, I rushed to Lagos the following day and I was told by the nurses that a man came to pass the night with her whom I later discovered to be Stanley.

“When I confronted Stanley, he confessed that he is in a relationship with my wife but begged for forgiveness.

“I decided to know more about Stanley so I searched for him on Facebook, I saw pictures of him and my wife which was taken inside our bedroom and on our bed.”

Owoloye presented to the court, printed pictures from Stanley’s Facebook page, as evidence.

The petitioner said that he moved out of their matrimonial home when his wife said she needed space.



According to him, Modinat has been denying him sex since December, 2018.

The husband said that Modinat was always threatening his life with knife and that he was afraid as she may carry out her threat one day.

However, the respondent, Modinat, who welcomed the divorce suit, also accused her husband of infidelity.

“My husband had been cheating on me without my knowledge; I got to know last week when I went to his family house, where I met his new wife and a baby of about six month old.”



The 30-year-old trader denied having affairs with Timothy and Stanley.

The mother of three said that her husband had turned her into a punching bag.

The Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, after listening to the estranged couple, urged them to maintain peace and adjourned the case until Sept. 26, for judgment (Dailypost)

03:17

30-year old in court for molesting 12-year-old boy

A 30-year-old porter, Abdullahi Saminu, has been arraigned before a Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy at the Tudun Malaima Quarter in the Funtua Local Government Area of the state.



Saminu was alleged to have molested the boy in a classroom at the Sambo Primary School, which is located in the area.



The incident was said to have occurred around 11am on August 17, 2019.

The victim’s father, Umar Mairaya, reported the incident at the Funtua Central Police Station a few minutes after it occurred.

Mairaya told the police that the accused person was his neighbour.

Based on the report, the police arrested Saminu and charged him for committing what they described as an unnatural offence.



The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said the accused was charged under Section 281 of the Penal Code Law.

He asked for an adjournment to enable the police conclude investigation into the matter before proceeding with the trial.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted the request and ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody until October 8, 2019, when the case would come up for mention.(Punch)




03:03

In Osun: Court remands 4 men for allegedly killing motorcyclist


A Magistrates’ court sitting in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, on Wednesday, arraigned four men for allegedly killing a motorcyclist, Amodu Owonikewu in a bid to rob him of his motorcycle.



The suspects are: Ibraheem Morufu, Kazeem Afeez, Ismaila Toheeb and Isiaka Mariam. They were all arraigned on a four-count charge bothering on armed robbery, stealing and murder, among others.

The prosecutor, ASP Idoko John had earlier informed the court that the accused persons committed the offense on July 21, about 11: 00pm, at Onward area, within Osogbo metropolis.

He explained that the accused persons on the said date armed themselves with gun, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons for the purpose of robbing Owonikewu of his Bajaj Motorcycle and allegedly killed him in the process.



John added that the offense committed contravened sections 1(1)(2) (a) (b) of the robbery and firearms Act Cap R11 Vol.14 laws of federation of Nigeria, 2004, and also section 325 of the criminal code cap 34 Vol 11 laws of osun state.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The presiding Magistrate ordered them to be remanded in prison and thereafter adjourned the case till 13th November.(Dailypost)



02:41

Beyonce charged to In Court Over -Blue Ivy- Carter’s Name


When Beyonce and Jay Carter announced that their daughter would be named Blue Ivy Carter, not everyone was pleased. A huge part of this reason was because of their attempt to trademark the name, Blue Ivy, a name, a wedding planner, Veronica Morales, has now said was hers before the birth of their daughter. Morales, for this reason, filed a complaint about this attempt.


The thing is, Morales, founder of The Blue Ivy Event started operations in 2009, three years before Blue Ivy Carter was born. She noted in her court documents, that while Jay Z said in an interview with Vanity Fair that they don’t want people to profit from the name, Beyonce in her trademark documents, stated that it would be used for business, an act she has described as fraudulent, Newhiphop site reveals.

He said, “People wanted to make products based on our child’s name, and you don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name,” Jay told the publication back in 2013. “It wasn’t for us to do anything; as you see, we haven’t done anything. First of all, it’s a child, and it bothers me when there’s no [boundaries].


I come from the streets, and even in the most atrocious shit we were doing, we had lines: no kids, no mothers—there was respect there. But [now] there’s no boundaries. For somebody to say, This person had a kid—I’m gonna make a fuckin’ stroller with that kid’s name. It’s, like, where’s the humanity?”

Meanwhile, the Blast had earlier reported that Morales had suggested that they acquire her business and trademark as well as collaborate with her on a product line for $10 million (N3.6 billion) in 2018.(Theguardian)
03:26

Order EFCC to release my $40m jewellery -Diezani pleads with court

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has urged the court to order the return of her 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, which were seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.



Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, accused the EFCC of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order.

She said the anti-graft agency violated her fundamental 

She urged the court to reject the prayer by the EFCC to permanently forfeit the jewellery and the gold iPhone to the Federal Government.

These were contained in an application filed on her behalf by Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN), before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The EFCC had, on July 5, 2019, secured an order of the court temporarily forfeiting the jewellery and the gold iPhone to the Federal Government.



The anti-graft agency told the court that it found and recovered the jewellery and the customised gold iPhone “on the premises of the respondent;” adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”

According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”

The EFCC asserted “the respondent’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the properties sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

After granting the interim forfeiture order on July 5, the court adjourned till August 19 for Diezani or anyone interested in the jewellery and gold iPhone to appear before it to give reasons why the items should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.



But in the application filed on her behalf by Kalu (SAN), Diezani, contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to have granted the interim forfeiture order in the first place, as she had not been charged with any crime or served with any summons by the EFCC.

She stressed that the entry into her apartment by EFCC operatives was illegal as it was without a court order.

The lawyer added that the temporary forfeiture order was prejudicial to Diezani because she was denied fair hearing.

The application, which was scheduled to be argued on Monday (today), was, however, stalled as Kalu was unable to come to court.

A lawyer from his chambers, Chukwuka Obidike, told the court that the SAN was engaged in election petitions, and prayed for an adjournment.

Justice Nichola Oweibo adjourned the case till August 29. (Punch)
01:42

Court Order EFCC To Freeze Student’s Account Over Suspicious Transactions

A Federal High Court in Abuja has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission a 40-day leave to freeze two accounts owned by Damilare Olayemi, a Nigerian student in the Diaspora, over suspicious transactions observed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit.



The value of the transactions in question are $133,955 and $40,000 – both of which amount to N66.22m.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the transactions were made between May and June 2018.
Counsel to the EFCC, Richard Dauda, had asked Justice Taiwo for an order to freeze the account for six months to be able to repatriate Lucy Atubo, the alleged person, who made the deposits.

He said, “The investigation revealed that the suspect in the case under investigation is a student who was involved in suspicious transactions between May 11, 2018, and June 6, 2018, amounting to $133,955 and ‎£40,000.



“The suspect still had substantial amount of funds in his Access Bank account and the Guaranty Trust Bank account which have not been touched.”

In his ruling, the judge said a six month leave was too long and the EFCC had the option of extending the order if it needed more time to continue its investigation.

He asked EFCC to give the suspect a 14-day freezing notice through his bank.

NAN
00:12

In Akwa Ibom: Court jails Archibong over N28m fraud



An Akwa Ibom State High Court, sitting in Uyo, the state capital, Wednesday convicted Archibong Effiong Edem to seven years imprisonment over alleged N28, 234, 735 fraud.



The convict was arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

EFCC spokesman , Tony Orilade disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He said Edem was charged with two-count charges bordering on obtaining by false pretence and that the case was later transferred to an Akwa Ibom State High court in Uyo owing to issues of jurisdiction.

Edem’s journey to jail, according to Orilade began when a petitioner, Godwin Utumude, alleged that sometime in 2004, in the United States of America, he met the convict who showed him a property in Texas that was up for sale.

Further, It was gathered in the course of trial, the Commission called three witnesses: Godwin Utumude, the petitioner (PW1); Michael Adukwu, an operative of the EFCC (PW2) and Chukwuma Ekezie Amadi, Deputy Compliance Officer, Zenith Bank (PW3).

Also, the EFCC also tendered several documents which were all admitted in evidence.


While delivering judgement, the court was said to have noted that the prosecution had overwhelmingly established a case of obtaining by false pretence against the defendant through the evidences tendered before the court by the three witnesses.

In his ruling, Justice Archibong Archibong said, “That the prosecution has satisfactorily proved his case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused person to warrant his conviction in counts 1 and 2 of the charge against him.

“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged and is accordingly convicted on counts 1 and 2 of the charge”.

But before the convict was sentenced, the judge reportedly asked him if he had anything to say.
Still, the convict without showing any remorse was said to have maintained that he never admitted to have collected the said amount.

Dailypost
00:00

In Lagos: Court freezes N9.9bn accounts linked to Ambode


The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly belonging to the Lagos State Government over an alleged  N9.9bn fraud.



The accounts domiciled in First City Monument Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank are numbered 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254, respectively.
Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered the “suspension” of the accounts following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC had prayed the judge to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of investigations and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Lagos State, Adewale Adesanya, for money laundering.

 In an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, a member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the Akinwunmi Ambode administration operated by Adesanya.

Daniel said the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Adesanya and the other signatories to the account made fraudulent transfers from the accounts of the Lagos State Government and dissipated the funds  in the said accounts.

He said upon the receipt of intelligence, the EFCC analysed it and found it worthy of investigation.


The EFCC prayed the court to grant them an order to temporarily take over the accounts to enable them  to conclude their investigations.
After listening to submission by lawyer for the  EFCC, Mohammed Abbas, Justice Obiozor granted the prayers.

 He adjourned further proceedings in the matter till September 9, 2019.
The EFCC later on Tuesday issued a statement saying they had secured a freezing order by the court on an account allegedly linked to Ambode.

The PUNCH had exclusively reported in June that loyalists of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were dragging Ambode to the EFCC for investigation.
Spokesman for the  EFCC, Tony Orilade,  said in a statement titled, ‘EFCC Secures Freezing Order on Accounts Linked to Ex-Gov. Ambode over Alleged N9.9bn Fraud’, said Justice Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday ordered the freezing of the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State Government.

The money was  domiciled in First City Monument Bank account number 5617984012; Access Bank account number 0060949275 and Zenith Bank account number 1011691254, respectively, according to the statement.



A source, however, told one of the correspondents that the accounts had nothing to do with Ambode.
Ex-Chief Press Secretary to Ambode, Habib Haruna, did not take his calls, which rang out several times.

A text message requesting his response to the allegations was also not replied to as of the time of filing this report.
Punch
09:48

Court to hear El-Zakzaky’s application to travel abroad on Thursday


A Kaduna State High Court will on Thursday hear the application of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zazaky and wife, Zinat, seeking to travel to India for medical attention.



The IMN leader is standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among other charges.

The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Dari Bayero told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna that the case would resume on Thursday.
Bayero said the IMN leader, who is standing trial before the state High Court, brought the application seeking the court’s permission to travel outside the country.

According to the official, the IMN leader and his wife had applied to be granted permission to travel to Metanta Hospital, New Delhi, India and return to Nigeria for continuation of the trial as soon as they are discharged.

Bayero said that Justice D.H Khobo would preside over the hearing on the application on July 18.
Justice Gideon Kurada, who was handling the case, on April 25 adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely.



The indefinite adjournment was to enable the judge serve on the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.
Femi Falana (SAN), the lead counsel to the defendants had told newsmen after the adjournment his clients, El-Zakzaky and wife Zinat, were in dire need of medical attention, the reason why they could not appear in court at the time.

Falana had said that his clients had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on Dec. 14, 2015.
Before the indefinite adjournment, the court had on Tuesday, Jan. 22, ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the IMN leader and his wife Zinat, access to medical care. (NAN)

15:18

Court orders forfeiture of another property linked to Diezani


The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of a plot of land in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said to belong to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.


Justice Chuka Obiozor made the forfeiture order today following an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency told the judge that the land, “measuring 7,903.71 – 8,029.585 square metres” and designated as Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA (UAC Property on Forces Avenue), Port Harcourt, was reasonably suspected to be part of proceeds of unlawful activities.

The Commission, therefore, asked the court for an order to allow it “to appoint a competent person or firm to manage the asset/property.”
It also asked the court to prohibit “any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the asset/property.”

Counsel for the EFCC, Ebuka Okongwu, also told the court that it had the power, pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, to make the forfeiture order.


After listening to the lawyer, Justice Obiozor granted the forfeiture order.
Only last Friday, the same Federal High Court ordered the forfeiture of 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, belonging to Diezani.
The EFCC said it found and recovered the jewellery and the gold iPhone from Diezani’s premises, adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”

According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”
“The respondent’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the properties,” the EFCC told the court. (Channels TV)
19:08

Court remand 3 in prison for beating policeman to death


An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, on Tuesday ordered that three men who allegedly beat a policeman to death, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice.

The Magistrate, Mrs Mercy Amole-Ajimoti, ordered that Abubakar Mohammed, 25; Salisu Usman, 20; and Ajayi Ojo, 32, be remanded in Agodi prison.

Amole-Ajimoti, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered the police to return the case file to the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
She, subsequently, adjourned the case until July 15, for mention.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Sunday Ojeleye, told the court that the three defendants allegedly conspired to commit the offence on March 22, by 7 p.m. at Sabo area, Mokola, Ibadan.
Ojeleye alleged that the defendants assaulted Insp. Tirimisiyu Akinola, with dangerous weapons at Sabo, while on lawful duty in a dark spot in the area.

The deceased, he said, was a policeman attached to the Area Command, Iyaganku, Ibadan, and led a team of policemen to Sabo.
The prosecution said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 316 and punishable under Sections 319 and 324. (NAN)
19:56

We are not ready for Fayose’s trial yet – EFCC begs court



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State that it was yet to receive briefings as to the ways to go since the trial of immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, was transferred from Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, to Justice Chukwujekwu Joseph Aneke.



The EFCC counsel, S. A. Obafemi, on Thursday, opposed the re-arraignment of Fayose by reading the charges preferred against him, noting that “Since the matter was transferred, we are yet to hear from the EFCC on the way forward. We apologize to the court. That is the predicament we found ourselves.

“At this point, we ourselves, we are handicapped as to the way forward in this matter. We urge the court to give us another date for the defendants to be arraign properly.”
While giving further reasons the matter should be adjourned, the EFCC counsel said “the information we gathered is to the effect that the 1st defendant is still being investigated for further matters. The leading counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) has not been directed on the ways to go, that’s why he is not in court today.”

Justice Aneke, however, responded; “So I will just be here, waiting for EFCC to give directive when the matter is already before me? I don’t take directive from EFCC.”
In his response, Counsel to Fayose, Ola Olanipekun (SAN), said, “We are taken aback that the prosecution is now saying it is not ready and in the interest of justice, these defendants cannot be on trial perpetually.

Olanipekun said the EFCC, which he described as nominal complainant in the matter, started investigating this case before the expiration of Fayose’s tenure as governor.
“Their activities were so disturbing of the official functions of the defendant that he had to write the EFCC that he will make himself available the very day he leaves office, and he so did,” he pointed out.

He added that the EFCC had not given any cogent reason why the trial should not go on.
Counsel to the second defendant, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) wondered why defendants who have been charged to court will have their arraignment postponed because other cases are being investigated.

“This is absurd. These alleged new cases were being investigated before they was arraigned before Hon. Justice Olatoregun. If it was competent for the defendants to be arraigned then, what stops it now?
The judge, however, adjourned the matter till July 2, 2019, citing the interest of justice, considering the non-presence of EFCC lead counsel, Rotimi Jacobs.
Earlier, the defense counsel had withdrawn the application objecting the transfer of the case to the new court by the Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, owing to a petition against the trial judge, Justice Olatoregun by the EFCC.

Withdrawing the application, Olapenikun said; “we have no preference whatsoever for any particular judge before whom this case should be tried.
“Our concern is purely for the rule of law and this should not be cited as authority that the Chief Judge can transfer any criminal matter that is already being tried.”

In his own submission; Olalekan Ojo, said “the administrative decision of the Chief Judge, with all due respect, is an example per-excellence of a rape on the rule of law.
“It is a very sad precedent in the administration of criminal justice in Nigeria.
“The Chief Judge is acquainted with the law and what he has done is illegality and unconstitutionality. The defendants have been foisted with a situation of total helplessness.

“Even if this application is decided in our favour, it will not be of any meaningful benefit to the defendants. The EFCC has gotten from the back door, what it couldn’t have gotten thru the due process of law.”

He, therefore, supported the withdrawal of the application and urged that the trial should commence before Justice Aneke.
Fayose was arraigned by the EFCC on October 22, 2018, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on an 11-count charge.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N50 million, with one surety in like sum.
EFCC had opened the case for prosecution on November 19, 2018 and had called 13 out of the 15 witnesses it listed before the case was transferred to a new judge for the trial to begin afresh.
06:22

Court watches lawmaker’s nude video


Justice Emmanuel Ayoola of a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Monday, watched the nude video of the state assembly leader, Hon. Timothy Owoeye.

The nude video had gone viral on social media alleging that the legislator was attempting to bath with blood when he was caught in Osunjela Ijesa, a village in Osun State.



Some people, including the son of Olosunjela, Oba Muhammad Babatunde, Olakunle Muhammad, have been arraigned for allegedly duping the legislator.
The accused persons were alleged to have obtained by false pretence, the sum of N38million from the legislator between the month of April and July 2018.

The accused were also accused of intent to defraud the legislator under the pretence of organising spiritual cleansing for him to avert death.



When the case came up on Monday, everybody in the court were sent out of the court room as reportedly sought by Counsel to the legislator.
It was gathered that the nude video of the legislator, which was already on social media, was showed to the Judge, by the Counsel.


Details of the proceeding could not be ascertained as it was gathered that the case was adjourned to May 27, for further hearing. (New Telegraph)
09:14

Alleged corruption: Court strikes out suit against Oshiomhole on technical grounds



The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a suit seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate corruption allegations against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, an Edo based cleric, had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/628/2018, alleged that Oshiomhole who was sued as the 2nd respondent, while in office as governor, acquired properties in United States of America, South Africa and Dubai worth billions of U.S. dollars and far in excess of his legitimate income.



The clergy further told the court that Oshiomhole built a sprawling mansion worth more than N10billion in his home town known as Iyamho, while he was in office as governor.

According to him, “the said building was constructed by Verissimo, a South African architectural outfit. The said house of the 2nd respondent has swimming pools, water fountains, multiple theatres for cinema and live performances, huge event halls, bridges, man-made lake and lodges of different sizes among others.

“The said cost of building the mansion is well outside the 2nd respondent’s legitimate income. The 2nd respondent’s lifestyle and extent of the said property were not justified by his source of income.”

Prior to the suit, the applicant told the court that he had on November 4, 2016, sent a petition to the EFCC, detailing some corrupt practices he said the ex-governor was involved in.

It was his contention before Justice Anwuli Chikere that EFCC’s refusal to act on petitions containing “weighty allegations” against Oshiomhole, ran contrary to Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which enjoined the state to abolish corrupt practices.

But in her judgment, Justice Chikere upheld the preliminary objection raised in the suit by Oshiomhole to the effect that the action was statute-barred.

The court held that although EFCC has a statutory obligation to investigate corruption allegations, the case that was brought against Oshiomhole had become statute-barred. The court held that the applicant ought to have approached the court for order of mandamus, three months after EFCC refused to act on his petitions. Justice Chikere maintained that having failed to institute the action within the statutorily-allowed period, the applicant, therefore lacked the locus standi to sustain the suit. Consequently, the court said there was no need to consider the merit or otherwise of the allegations and affidavit evidence that were tendered against the APC chairman. It upheld separate preliminary objections that both Oshiomhole and the EFCC lodged against the suit. “In conclusion, this suit lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed,” the court held.


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However, the applicant, through his lawyer, Mrs. Uju Chukwura, vowed to appeal against the ruling, insisting that he had strong evidence to prove that the APC chairman corruptly enriched himself with funds he diverted from the public treasury.

The EFCC and Oshiomhole challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit. In a preliminary objection, EFCC it through its lawyer, Mrs. Best Ojukwu, argued queried the locus-standi of the applicant to file the action.



The agency maintained that it has the discretion to decide how to use its available manpower to carry out investigations into petitions that are submitted to it.

Although EFCC admitted that it was in receipt of petitions accusing Oshiomhole of complicity in acts of corruption, it however told the court that it was not under any obligation to report or give account of its investigations to any individual or under a timeline within which to carry out its functions. Consequently, EFCC urged the high court to dismiss the suit and decline request for an order of mandamus to compel it to initiate criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole.

“That investigation of cases is a holistic process which entails time, resources, inter-agency cooperation, interview of different persons and gathering of evidence over a long period of time depending on the nature of the case and other variables,” it told the court.

Similarly, Oshiomhole, through his team of lawyers led by Mr. Damian Dodo, also challenged the powers of the court to order EFCC to prosecute him on the basis of the suit. While acknowledging the powers of the anti-graft agency to probe financial and economic crimes, Oshiomhole, contended that the court could not okay him to be investigated on the strength of a petition he said was lodged against him since 2016. He argued that the suit had become statute- barred, saying the applicant ought to have instituted the action within three months after the first petition was filed against him before the EFCC. The APC chairman noted that the cleric first wrote a letter to the EFCC on October 28, 2016, drawing its attention to the allegations of financial misappropriation he made against him. He told the court that the applicant wrote another letter that was received by the anti-graft agency on December 13, 2016, reminding it of his pending petition that was allegedly not acted upon by the EFCC. “The action of the 1st respondent (EFCC) which is being subjected to review by the instant proceedings for judicial review, last occurred on December, 2016, while the proceeding for judicial review was commenced on June 13, 2018, 18 months after the occurrence of the alleged failure being complained about.

“The suit is statute-barred by virtue of the facts stated above and the applicant/respondent’s right of action (if any) has become unenforceable,” Oshiomhole contended. He maintained that the applicant failed to show how actions he took while in office as governor “affected him over and above other residents and indigenes of Edo State.

“This honourable court is robbed of jurisdiction to entertain this suit for failure of the applicant/respondent to commence this action within the time provided by extant rules of this honourable court and/or for failure to disclose locus standi to institute the action,” Oshiomhole added. (The Sun)
22:42

Divorce: My husband kept 4 kids from other women secret for 9 years — Wife


Chief Usman Ibrahim, the President of Pyakasa Customary Court in Lugbe, on Wednesday dissolved a nine-year-old marriage between Chukwu Oge and Obinna Akuobi over deceit and lies.


Ibrahim held that the court had no other option than to dissolve the union since parties have resolved to dissolve the marriage and urged the court to adopt terms of settlement.

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He said that Oge, is granted custody of the seven year old child of the marriage but at 16 years Akuobi takes over custody as agreed by parties.

Ibrahim said that Akuobi is expected to pay N15,000 monthly to the mother for the upkeep of child and pay his school fees.

He also ordered Oge to return N5,000 bride price paid by Akuobi’s family back to him as agreed.
He also instructed her to ensure that the respondent is allowed to visit his son but also informed parties that consent judgment, has no room for appeal except where fraud is detected.



Earlier in her petition, Oge, an indigene of Enugu State had approach the court seeking the dissolution of her marriage to Akuobi.

The petitioner said that the marriage is built on deception because Akuobi never told her he had four children from four different women before their marriage.
She also told the court that he never told her his genotype is AS, knowing full well that hers was AS.



Oge said that her marriage to Akuobi became a nightmare and she is not willing to continue with it. (NAN)
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