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CJN Postpones Inauguration of 18 Appeal Court Judges Indefinitely
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CJN Postpones Inauguration of 18 Appeal Court Judges Indefinitely

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad has postponed the swearing-in of the 18 newly appointed justices of the appeal court. The inauguration ceremony was scheduled to hold on April 29, but has now been postponed indefinitely. Though no reason was given for the postponement, it has however been linked to the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN). The Judges are also expected to "clear their desks" and ensure there are no outstanding issues before assuming their new responsibilities.
Appeal Court Acquits Raymond Dokpesi & His Firm, Daar Investment
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Appeal Court Acquits Raymond Dokpesi & His Firm, Daar Investment

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has discharged politician and media owner, Raymond Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited, of the charges of money laundering breach of Procurement Act in relation to disbursement of the N2.1billion meant for arms purchase while Col Sambo Dasuki was the National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014. In two unanimous judgments on Thursday, a three- man panel of Court of Appeal upholds the two appeals by Dokpesi and Daar Investment and proceeded to set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which rejected the no-case submissions made by the appellants. Reading the judgments on Thursday, Justice Elfreda Wiialims-Dawodu held the prosecution did not make out a prima facie case against the appellants and did not also establ...
Certificate Forgery: Appeal Court Dismisses APC Suit, Obaseki Reacts
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Certificate Forgery: Appeal Court Dismisses APC Suit, Obaseki Reacts

Court of Appeal dismisses certificate forgery suit against Governor Godwin Obaseki Obaseki reacts: 1. The judgement today by the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on the certificate forgery case against me by the @OfficialAPCNg is a victory for democracy, equity, fairness and justice. It further reassures confidence in the judiciary as an impartial umpire. 2. From the beginning, all Edo people knew there was no merit in the case. It was ill-willed. It is comforting that the judiciary has again upheld the truth and the verdict of Edo people.
Forgery: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement On Obaseki’s Eligibility Suit
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Forgery: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement On Obaseki’s Eligibility Suit

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has reserved judgment in the appeal filed the All Progressive Congress and its chieftain Williams Edobor. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court had on 9th January held that the plaintiffs failed to prove the allegation of forgery beyond reasonable doubt and none of the plaintiffs witness was able to prove the certificates was forged. Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial judge the plaintiffs have approach the court of appeal, urging the court to set aside the judgment of the trial court. In their appellant brief of argument, the APC and its chieftain argued that at the trial court issue of forgery and falsification were raised the court only determined the issue of forgery and left that of falsification. Counsel to the AP...
Appeal Court Sets Aside Death Sentence Against Kano Singer, Aminu Yahaya-Sharif
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Appeal Court Sets Aside Death Sentence Against Kano Singer, Aminu Yahaya-Sharif

The appeal division of the Kano State High Court has set aside the death sentence passed on Aminu Yahaya Sharif, for blasphemy. Mr Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020. Following the incident, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters. A Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey in Kano sentenced him to death in August, 2020. A decision he appealed in September 2020. The Executive Governor of Kano State, Umar Ganduje had indicated readiness to sign the death warrant once it completed the full cycle of the Court. “I will not waste time in signing the warrant for the execu...
Appeal Court Reverses Magu’s Demotion Of EFCC Director
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Appeal Court Reverses Magu’s Demotion Of EFCC Director

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Tuesday, reversed the demotion of the former Commandant of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Academy, Mr Ayo Olowonihi. The court affirmed the February 26, 2019 judgment of the National Industrial Court which had upturned Olowonihi’s demotion. Justice Yargata Nimpar, who read the lead judgment of a panel of the Court of Appeal, held that the lower court was right in declaring as invalid the EFCC’s handbook used in disciplining him as it was not approved by the commission. The court held that his demotion did not follow due process, therefore, unlawful, illegal and should be set aside. It upheld the judgment of Justice Musa Kado to the effect that while the chairman of the commission or the secretary had the right to initiate disc...
Appeal Court Overturns Deregistration Of 74 Political Parties By INEC
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Appeal Court Overturns Deregistration Of 74 Political Parties By INEC

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has overturned a ruling by a lower court affirming the de-registration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The appellate court held that INEC failed to follow due process while deregistering the parties. The court therefore declared that the deregistration was illegal and ordered INEC to relist the 74 parties.
SERAP Asks Appeal Court To Order Release Of Asset Declarations Of Buhari, VP Osinbajo, Others
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SERAP Asks Appeal Court To Order Release Of Asset Declarations Of Buhari, VP Osinbajo, Others

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos to set aside a judgment of a Federal High Court and to order public disclosure of asset declaration details submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, governors and their deputies and other politicians since 1999.” The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had on Monday, May 11, 2020, dismissed the application filed by SERAP seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the CCB to make available to the public specific details of asset declarations submitted to it by successive presidents, vice-presidents, senate presidents, speakers of House of Representatives, state governors and their deputies since 199...
Buhari Extends Appointment Of Justice Dongban-Mensem As Acting President Of Appeal Court
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Buhari Extends Appointment Of Justice Dongban-Mensem As Acting President Of Appeal Court

Presidency Nigeria, @ngrPresident STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE PRESIDENT BUHARI EXTENDS APPOINTMENT OF JUSTICE DONGBAN-MENSEM AS ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE COURT OF APPEAL President @MBuhari has approved the appointment of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) with effect from June 3, 2020, for a further period of three (3) months. This is pursuant to Section 238(4) and (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Appeal Court Upholds Ganduje’s Election, Dismisses PDP, Abba’s Petitions
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Appeal Court Upholds Ganduje’s Election, Dismisses PDP, Abba’s Petitions

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna State has upheld the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as duly elected Governor of Kano State. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate had on April 11 filed a petition at the Appeal Court against the October 2nd judgement of the election petition tribunal. The election petition tribunal had upheld the election of Ganduje of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State. However, in a unanimous judgement delivered on the petition on Friday, a five-man panel of the court led by Justice Tijjani Abubakar dismissed the appeal by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf. The court affirmed the October 2nd judgment of the Kano State Governorship Election Trib...
‘COZA Pastor Has Not Been Exonerated’: Busola Dakolo To Appeal Court Judgement
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‘COZA Pastor Has Not Been Exonerated’: Busola Dakolo To Appeal Court Judgement

Popular celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo has vowed to appeal the ruling of Justice O. A. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja dismissing her rape allegation against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). Her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, declared this in a statement. He said: “We have received several calls after the ruling of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Bwari this morning seeking our view on the decision of the court, hence, this statement. “The court ruled that the matter is statute-barred because the events that crystallised to the cause of action took place 16 years ago and that the claimant Mrs. Busola Dakolo has only six years within which to seek redress in court in line with the statute of limi...
Appeal Court affirms Makinde’s election As Oyo Governor
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Appeal Court affirms Makinde’s election As Oyo Governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has affirmed the victory of Mr Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Oyo State governorship election. The court upheld the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which declared Governor Makinde as the winner of the March 9 poll, in a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Abubakar Yahaya on Monday. It, however, dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Mr Adebayo Adelabu. Justice Yahaya, the lead judge of the four-man panel, despite upholding the decision of the Tribunal, however, disagreed with the lower court on issues bordering on documents tendered by the APC. He held that the documents tendered by the appellants ought to have guided t...
Appeal Court Upholds Sanwo-olu’s Election
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Appeal Court Upholds Sanwo-olu’s Election

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Saturday dismissed an appeal filed by the Labour Party challenging the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the election of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos State. According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the appeal court, in a unanimous decision, held that the appeal lodged by Labour Party lacked merit. Recall that the Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Mr Ifagbemi Awamaridi, had appealed the judgment of Election Petition Tribunal delivered on September 23, 2019, insisting that Governor Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to contest the election held in March 2019 and that the governor did not win the election. Respondents were the Independent Nationa...
Akpabio Wins As Appeal Court Sacks Senator Ekpenyong, Orders Rerun In Akpabio’s LG
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Akpabio Wins As Appeal Court Sacks Senator Ekpenyong, Orders Rerun In Akpabio’s LG

The court of appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River state, has ordered a rerun election in Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district where Godswill Akpabio took on Chris Ekpeyong, a former deputy governor of the state, in February. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ekpeyong, who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the election but Akapbio filed a petition against his victory at the tribunal. He had asked the tribunal to set aside Ekpenyong’s election, alleging that it was marred by irregularities. But describing the petition as “lacking in merit”, the tribunal said the petitioner failed to prove that he won the election as well as failed to present convincing evidence of non-compliance with electoral act as raised in his...
Dino Melaye Reacts After Appeal Court Nullified His Election
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Dino Melaye Reacts After Appeal Court Nullified His Election

Senator Dino Melaye has reacted after being sacked by the Appeal Court as the federal lawmaker representing Kogi West.   The lawmaker while reacting to the ruling said: "I just lost my election at the Appeal Court and Fresh election ordered. In all things I give God the Praise. He who started a good thing will definitely complete it. I ask my supporters to be law abiding as we shall always overcome. To God be the Glory."   See tweet below:
Battle For Lagos Takes New Twist As Owolabi Salis Wins At Appeal Court
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Battle For Lagos Takes New Twist As Owolabi Salis Wins At Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, ordered the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ikeja to resume hearing of two petitions challenging Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory at the March 9 governorship election. A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Hussein Mukthar, in a unanimous decision, allowed the two petitions. They were filed by the defeated governorship candidates of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State, Mr Owolabi Salis, and his Labour Party counterpart, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, respectively. Other members of the panel were Justices O. O. Daniel-Kalio, O. F. Ogbuinya, Stephen Adah and B. B. Aliyu. The appellate court, in two similar judgments, had upturned the June 17 decision of the Tribunal which dismissed ...
Court dismisses Ortom, PDP, INEC appeals against APC
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Court dismisses Ortom, PDP, INEC appeals against APC

The Appeal Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital Friday dismissed appeals filed separately by the trio of Governor Samuel Ortom, Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressive Congress (APC). The court also awarded N200, 000 each as cost against the appellants. The trios are respondents in Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressive Congress (APC) petition at the tribunal holding at Makurdi. The five (5) Man appeal panel led by Hon. Justice Jummai H. Sankey while dismissing the appeals in a unanimous decision described the appeals as lacking in merit and abuse of court process. INEC, Samuel Ortom and the PDP had, in separate appeals approached the Court of appeal to challenge the decis...
“Please Be Prayerful,” Adeleke Tells Supporters Ahead Of Supreme Court Judgement
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“Please Be Prayerful,” Adeleke Tells Supporters Ahead Of Supreme Court Judgement

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun State 2018 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has called on his supporters to be prayerful ahead of the Supreme Court judgement. Igbere TV reports that the Supreme Court will on Friday, July 5 deliver judgment in the appeal filed by Adeleke following the Appeal Court ruling in favour of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a statement sent to Igbere TV on Friday by Adeleke’s Media Aide, Mr. Olumide Lawal, he called on his supporters to remain calm and be law-abiding. He expressed hope and confidence that “by the special grace of God and the judicial process,” he would emerge victorious on July 5. Adeleke assured the people of the state that he will not disappoint them whe...
Osun Governorship Election: Ademola Adeleke Heads To Supreme Court
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Osun Governorship Election: Ademola Adeleke Heads To Supreme Court

Sen. Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sept. 2018 governorship election in Osun, has approached the Supreme Court, seeking a reversal of the decision of the Court of Appeal that declared Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the poll. A statement by Niyi Owolade, Legal Director, Adeleke Campaign Organisation, on Saturday in Osogbo said Adeleke, in his appeal, wants the apex court to set aside the ruling of the appeal court and uphold the decision of the Osun election petition tribunal. Owolade said Dr Onyeachi Ikpeazu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and six other SANs as well as 17 other senior counsels, had been hired by Adeleke to challenge the appeal court judgment at the Supreme Court. He said Ikpeazu had already filed four appeals at the ...
Adeleke Hires 7 SANS, 17 Others To Challenge Appeal Court Ruling
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Adeleke Hires 7 SANS, 17 Others To Challenge Appeal Court Ruling

Following the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling on Osun election in Abuja on 9th May, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke has hired seven senior advocates of Nigeria, and 17 other senior counsels to challenge the judgement at the Supreme Court. It should be recalled that four of the five Appeal Court judges sitting on the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, to challenge the verdict of election tribunal on the September 22 gubernatorial election in the state had ruled in his favour, declaring him winner of the contest. The election petition tribunal had earlier declared Adeleke winner by the majority judgement delivered on March 22, which made Oyetola, the APC, and Independent National El...
Governor Oyetola And Supporters Celebrate His Victory At Appeal Court
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Governor Oyetola And Supporters Celebrate His Victory At Appeal Court

After an Appeal Court sitting in Osun state ruled in his favor, Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has been spotted celebrating with his supporters in the state, Igbere Tv reports. The election petition tribunal had earlier ruled in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke. The judgment which was delivered by Justice Hannatu Sankey set aside the entire proceedings of the Tribunal because of its “faulty composition” . The judgment was upheld by four justices of the five-man panel.
Breaking News: Oyetola Defeats Adeleke At Appeal Court
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Breaking News: Oyetola Defeats Adeleke At Appeal Court

The Appeal Court sitting in Osun state has ruled in favor of Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in the Osun 2018 governorship elections. The election petition tribunal had earlier ruled in favor of Senator Ademola Adeleke. Adeleke who contested on the platform of the PDP, is challenging the emergence of Oyetola as the winner of the state governorship election conducted in September last year.
Appeal Court To Deliver Judgement On Osun Governorship Election Tomorrow
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Appeal Court To Deliver Judgement On Osun Governorship Election Tomorrow

An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja will on Thursday, 9th May, 2019, deliver judgement on the Osun state governorship election matter. This is contained in a hearing motion served on the respondents by the Senior Registrar of the court on Wednesday Received By our correspondent It could be recalled that the majority ruling of Osun Governorship Election Tribunal had sacked Governor Gboyega Oyetola and declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the 2018 governorship election in Osun state. Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress has approached the Appeal Court to upturn the judgement of the election tribunal. The court will sit at 9am.
EFCC Takes Battle To Jail Goje For ‘N5bn Fraud’ To Appeal Court
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EFCC Takes Battle To Jail Goje For ‘N5bn Fraud’ To Appeal Court

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a cross-appeal at the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Gombe that partially upheld a no-case submission by former Governor Danjuma Goje. The commission tried Goje and two others — Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty and Dokoro Gombe (alias S.M Dokoro) — on an amended N5billion fraud charge. Making his claim through Wahab Shittu, the EFCC prosecuting counsel, the commission said Goje, between September and November 2010, allegedly forged a document titled 'Resolution authorising His Excellency the Executive Governor of Gombe State to acquire loan of N5,000,000,000.00 only', with Ref. No: GM/HA/RES/VOL. 1/17. The commission said the resolution was purportedly signed...
Governor Oyetola Heads To Appeal Court Following Defeat At Osun Tribunal
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Governor Oyetola Heads To Appeal Court Following Defeat At Osun Tribunal

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has said he is heading to the Appeal Court following the verdict by a tribunal in Osun, upturning his victory at the state’s governorship election. This is according to a statement by Mr. Wole Oyebamiji, secretary to the State Government of Osun. In its statement, the Osun State Government informed the people that the judgment of the election tribunal has been put on appeal. The Government assured the people of Osun that justice will prevail at last, and that the law enforcement agencies have been instructed to maintain law and order across the State. The Osun Government in its communique appreciated the support of the majority of the people “in all things essential for mutual progress”. It further assured all the residents of the state of ade...
Appeal Court Sets Aside Disqualification Order Against Taraba APC Candidate
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Appeal Court Sets Aside Disqualification Order Against Taraba APC Candidate

A Court of Appeal sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, on Thursday vacated a Federal High Court order, which disqualified the Taraba All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate from contesting in Saturday’s governorship polls. A Federal High Court in Jalingo, had on Wednesday, disqualified Sani Danladi, on account of discrepancy in age declaration in his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate and statutory declaration of age In a press briefing held Thursday in Jalingo, the Taraba APC Chairman, Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, disclosed that “the Court of Appeal accepted and restrained all the respondents including INEC”. He added that they were told that the status quo be maintained and the candidate allowed to stand for election on Saturday. “We are call...
Senator Marafa Reacts To INEC’s Decision On Zamfara APC
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Senator Marafa Reacts To INEC’s Decision On Zamfara APC

Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara) has accepted the decision by INEC on the Appeal Court judgement on the state chapter candidates’ list for the general elections. The electoral commission had accepted the list submitted by the faction loyal to Governor Abdulaziz Yari. Reacting in a statement on Friday, Marafa said he has accepted the commission’s decision. He also disclosed that the ruling which INEC obeyed has been appealed. “We tried our best but Allah knows the wisdom behind this. I have said it, that whatever comes out from the court, we will open our hands and accept it as Allah’s will. What we are fighting is injustice and nothing personal,” the senator said. Buhari Marafa called on his supporters to remain law-abiding, and come out en masse to vote for president Muha...
Appeal Court Upholds APC Primaries In Zamfara, Asks INEC To Accept Candidates
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Appeal Court Upholds APC Primaries In Zamfara, Asks INEC To Accept Candidates

The Appeal court sitting in Sokoto has dismissed the appeal challenging the judgment of the lower court which upheld the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state. Daily Trust had earlier reported on Monday that the three judges of the Appeal Court in Sokoto withdrawn from the case over bribery allegation to the tune of $3million (dollars). One of the respondents, Kabiru Marafa, alleged that there was bribery allegation against the judges which made them lose confidence in them. Counsel to Senator Marafa, Barrister Muhammad Nuhu, alleged that there was a posting on social media platform, alleging that the judges had received three million Dollars from one Kabiru Kamba to compromise. “Because of that my client is not comfortable with them and urge the...
Appeal Court Asks INEC To Include Rivers APC On Ballot
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Appeal Court Asks INEC To Include Rivers APC On Ballot

Port Harcourt agog as appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt has asked INEC to include APC in 2019 ballot for governorship, senatorial, house of representatives and house of assembly elections. The appeal court led by Justice A.A Gumel gave his judgement as the three man appeal panel granted APC and it's governorship candidate Tonye Cole the stay off execution of a federal high court judgement mandating INEC to exclude all APC candidates in February 16th and March 2nd election. This is coming on the heels that APC presidential campaign for women organised by Aisha Buhari will be holding in Port Harcourt on Tuesday 5th February 2019 and APC presidential campaign to land in Port Harcourt on Thursday 7th February.
Appeal Court Bars CCT From Proceeding With CJN Onnoghen Trial
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Appeal Court Bars CCT From Proceeding With CJN Onnoghen Trial

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has barred the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with hearing in the false assets declaration filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Walter Onnoghen. The three-man panel granted the interim order pending ruling on the CJN’s application for stay of proceedings.
Court Declares Donald Duke As SDP Presidential Candidate
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Court Declares Donald Duke As SDP Presidential Candidate

The appeal court has declared Donald Duke presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP). Mr Duke had been declared as the presidential candidate of the party after the primary election held in October 2018 in which Mr Gana was also an aspirant. However, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had on Friday, 14th December declared Jerry Gana, a former Nigerian Minister of Information, as the presidential candidate of the SDP. This was after Mr Gana had instituted a case against the result in court, basing his case on the zoning and rotation formula of the party.
Illegal Declaration: Appeal Court Awards N30m Against Julius Berger, Police
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Illegal Declaration: Appeal Court Awards N30m Against Julius Berger, Police

The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri has awarded the cost of N30 million against Julius Berger Nig. Plc and the Nigeria Police while upholding the judgment delivered by the Imo State High Court against the duo for what the court declared as illegally declaring wanted, a Lagos based human right crusader, Mr Emeka Ozoani. Ozoani had filed a suit of gross violation of his fundamental rights delineated HOW/654/2012 before the Imo state High Court following a newspaper publication where the police declared him as a category ‘A’ wanted person in the Thisday Newspaper of September 4, 2012, asking the court for enforcement of his fundamental right and an order setting aside the declaration that he is a ‘category “A” wanted person as well as an order of perpetual injunction restraining and ...
Appeal Court sacks Kashamu as PDP governorship candidate in Ogun State
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Appeal Court sacks Kashamu as PDP governorship candidate in Ogun State

The Ibadan Division of the Appeal Court has sacked Sen. Buruji Kashamu and other ‘candidates’ in the Adebayo Dayo-led faction of the Ogun State PDP, leaving Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu and others who emerged through the party’s primaries as the authentic candidates of the party in the 2019 election. The judgement was delivered today, Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The three-man appeal panel set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abeokuta which threw up Kashamu and his factional members as the authentic PDP candidates. The panel headed by Justice A. B. Bada, resolved the four issues raised for determination in the appeal in favour of the PDP, saying the appellants were not properly served in the case at the lower court which breached their rights to fair hearing. Both Jus...
A-Court Awards N600,000 Against PDP
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A-Court Awards N600,000 Against PDP

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has struck out an application by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to relist its appeal challenging a lower court judgment that validated the Ogun chapter executive led by Adebayo Dayo. It awarded N600,000 cost against the party to be paid to former chairman, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff, Prof. Wale Oladapo, and Dayo. Each of them is to be paid N200,000, the Appeal Court held. A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had ordered the PDP to recognize the Dayo-led executive in Ogun State on the basis that its tenure would expire in 2020. PDP had appealed against the judgment recognizing Dayo as the authentic chairman, but it later withdrew the application through its lawyer, God will Mrakpor, who filed a notice of withdrawal. The court c...
Justice Abang A Disgrace To Nigeria Judiciary – Fayose
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Justice Abang A Disgrace To Nigeria Judiciary – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the controversial Federal High Court Judge, Okon Abang, as a disgrace to the judiciary in Nigeria, saying that the judge was acting more like a persecutor in the case of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, such that he ridiculed Nigeria by causing an accused to be brought to court on a stretcher. The governor, who said it was clear that Justice Abang was out to satisfy the sinister aim of Metuh’s persecutors, said; “In saner climes, all that is needed as proof of inability to stand trial due to ill health is a doctor report from duly recognized health institution and one wonders whether medical report from federal government owned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, N...
Appeal Court Directs Terminal Operators To Refund N7 Trillion To Nigerian Govt
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Appeal Court Directs Terminal Operators To Refund N7 Trillion To Nigerian Govt

A Lagos Division of the Appeal Court on Tuesday directed terminal operators to refund over N7 trillion to the Nigerian Shippers Council, a government agency that protects the interest of shippers on matters affecting the shipment of imports and exports. The court held that the submission of the terminal operators lacked merit and described it as “a mere academic work.” The appellate court upheld the verdict of a federal high court in Lagos in 2015 which directed terminal operators to refund the said illegal amount to the federal government. The terminal operators, under the aegis of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), had dragged the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and Shippers Association Lagos State (SALS) to a federal court over their role to stop the “ar...
‘Sacked’ Senator Defies Court, Attends Senate Plenary
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‘Sacked’ Senator Defies Court, Attends Senate Plenary

Despite a court order declaring the Kogi East Senatorial seat vacant, Atai Aidoko Ali, who until the court’s pronouncement represented the district, on Tuesday attended plenary as a Senator. Mr. Ali’s presence was announced by the Senate Chief Whip. Before the announcement, he had participated in a closed-door session that lasted an hour. The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on December 18, 2017 declared the Kogi East senatorial district seat vacant. But Mr. Aidoko denied the ruling, claiming that the issue of, ‘candidacy or vacant seat’ did not come up during the judgement. Mr. Aidoko said the Appeal Court judgement did not declare the seat vacant but ordered parties to return to the High Court, ‘to seek requirement for reference which he filed before the Appeal court.’ Howe...
Patience Jonathan loses At Appeal Court, $5.8 Million, N2.4 Billion Remain Forfeited To Nigerian Govt
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Patience Jonathan loses At Appeal Court, $5.8 Million, N2.4 Billion Remain Forfeited To Nigerian Govt

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday upheld an order of interim forfeiture to the federal government of $5.8 million ($5,842,316) and N2.4 billion (N2,421,953,522) traced to the accounts of the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.   Mojeed Owoade, who gave the lead judgement, resolved the matter against Mrs. Jonathan saying her application lacked merit.   A judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court had on April 26 last year granted an order of interim forfeiture of the $5.8 million traced to Mrs. Jonathan’s account number 211001712 domiciled with Skye Bank Plc on the grounds that the money was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.   The judge had also granted an order of interim forfeiture of ...
Anambra Central controversy: Court Cancels Judgement That Affirmed PDP’s Obiora Okonkwo Senator
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Anambra Central controversy: Court Cancels Judgement That Affirmed PDP’s Obiora Okonkwo Senator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has set aside its December 12 judgement affirming a Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Obiora Okonkwo, as the authentic candidate to occupy the Anambra Central Senatorial seat. In a judgement on Friday, following an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the court said its previous judgement which was based on the consent of parties cannot be viewed as a final judgement on the matter. According to the judge, John Tsoho, the judgement which was strongly relied upon by Mr. Okonkwo’s lawyer cannot be regarded as a final judgment on the matter. “It must be realised that the judgement entered in this court is a consent judgement. It is not one on merit, therefore the court has jurisdiction to revisit it. It canno...
Saraki Asks Supreme Court To Stop Corruption Trial
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Saraki Asks Supreme Court To Stop Corruption Trial

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked the Supreme Court to quash the December 12 judgement of the Appeal Court which ordered his return to the Code of Conduct Tribunal for trial on alleged false asset declaration. Mr. Saraki’s lawyer, Paul Usoro, confirmed the fresh appeal to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Monday. According to Mr. Usoro, his client is seeking a declaration that the previous ruling on the matter by the tribunal was valid. “Yes. Recall that the Appeal Court had asked him (Saraki) to return to the Tribunal and defend himself against three of the count charges. We are appealing against that judgement. “Essentially, we are asking the Supreme Court to declare the earlier ruling of the Tribunal as valid,” Mr. Usoro said. Mr. Saraki was accused o...
Appeal Court Affirms Conviction Of 14 Foreigners For Illegal Sale Of Petroleum In Nigeria
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Appeal Court Affirms Conviction Of 14 Foreigners For Illegal Sale Of Petroleum In Nigeria

Justice Garba Haruna of an Appeal Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the suit challenging the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, which convicted 14 foreign nationals for unlawfully dealing petroleum products in Nigeria. The lower court had found them guilty of dealing in 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum without lawful authority or license, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The judge then sentenced 11 out of the 14 convicted foreigners to two years’ imprisonment with an option to pay a fine of N5 million each on the five-count charges leveled against them. Three others who jumped bail and absconded were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment without an option of paying a fine. He convicted and sentenced them in abs...
Court Orders Swear-In Of Obiora Okonkwo As Senator
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Court Orders Swear-In Of Obiora Okonkwo As Senator

THE Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that Dr Obiora Okonkwo be sworn in as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District of Anambra state. The Court also ordered the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to immediately inaugurate Okonkwo to take over the Anambra Central Senatorial District seat in the Senate. Delivering judgment in a suit brought before the court by Okonkwo against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and three others, the trial Judge, Justice John Tsoho held that the plaintiff was validly nominated by the PDP in its primary election held on December 7, 2014 for the purpose of electing the party’s candidate for Senatorial District. In the suit, which was not contested by the respondents, Justice Tsoho ordered that the Certificates of R...
Appeal Court Rules Against Saraki, Says He Must Face Trial
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Appeal Court Rules Against Saraki, Says He Must Face Trial

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday ruled that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki must face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. The court also dismissed 15 out of the 18 counts of false assets declaration instituted against the Senate President, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.   The Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson-led three man panel unanimously ordered the Senate President to return to the CCT to face trial on three of the counts. The Appeal Court had earlier reserved its judgement on the appeal filed by the Federal Government challenging the acquittal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. Saraki is facing trial on an 18-count charge of false asset declaration and other related offences le...
ICPC Apprehends Appeal Court Judge For Allegedly Demanding N200m Bribe
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ICPC Apprehends Appeal Court Judge For Allegedly Demanding N200m Bribe

A retired Appeal Court judge, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly demanding a N200 million bribe in exchange for a favourable judgment. The case for which the judge is said to have made the bribery request is a National Assembly election matter pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal. The commission said the offence violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and was purportedly committed in 2015. The retired Justice was said to have asked one Orji, who was the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, to give him N200 million to enable him to influence the court’s ...
Elevation Of Judges To Appeal Court Not Lopsided – NJC
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Elevation Of Judges To Appeal Court Not Lopsided – NJC

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has said that the elevation of justices to the Appeal Court from the trial court is not lopsided. There were reports alleging lopsidedness in the appointments of 14 Judges to the Court of Appeal, and that none of the candidates shortlisted was from the South-East. According to the director of information of the NJC, Mr Soji Oye, the allegation is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the on-line media as the exercise is on-going and no candidate has been recommended so far. “To put the records straight, appointment of judicial officers to the Court of Appeal is done on merit and geographical spread. Section 2 of Court of Appeal (Amendment) Act, 2013, governing the appointment of Justices of Court of Appeal provides that the total number of...
Winning Election In Courtroom Means Well For Democracy – Uchendu
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Winning Election In Courtroom Means Well For Democracy – Uchendu

The Senator-elect representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Andrew Uchendu, says the trend of winning elections in the courtroom means well for Nigeria’s democracy. Uchendu believes most elections in the country are conducted in a way that is contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act. “We have had situations where those who have been saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections in Nigeria do completely the wrong thing,” he said. “They go outside the provisions of the Electoral Act to do it their own way, impose on us their own style with impunity and because the judiciary is there, it is important that those who felt shortchanged or cheated should proceed straight to the tribunal and that is exactly what I did.” The Senator-elect, who replaces Senator Georg...

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