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CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel
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CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel

Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct of Tribunal (CCT) has been given two weeks to respond to the assault allegation against him after appearing before the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions. Recall that Umar was caught on video assaulting a security man who has been identified as Clement Sagwak, at a popular plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja. He appeared before the senate panel on Tuesday May 4, following a petition filed by the security guard's counsel, Timzing Ramnap through the senator representing Plateau north, Istifanus Gyang. Appearing before the panel, Umar said he had not been formally served with a summon to appear before the senators. However after he asked for a week to respond to the allegation against him, Ayo Akinyelure, chairman of th...
Dr.Dre Ordered to Pay $500,000 to Estranged Wife Nicole Young’s Divorce Lawyers
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Dr.Dre Ordered to Pay $500,000 to Estranged Wife Nicole Young’s Divorce Lawyers

Hip-hop mogul, Dr. Dre has been ordered to pay half a million dollars to his estranged wife Nicole Young's divorce lawyers. Nicole Young, 51, had asked Los Angeles Judge Michael Powell to force her wealthy, soon-to-be-ex husband to pay her $2 million per month in spousal support, plus $5 million for her attorney fees. During a hearing on Tuesday, April 27, the Superior Court Judge ordered Dre to pay her lawyers $500,000 within 10 days, while a decision on the spousal support issue has been delayed until another hearing on July 8. In a written ruling, the judge said: "Pending the next hearing dates on this matter, the Court grants only $500,000 in attorney's fees to petitioner's (Nicole's) counsel ... Fees are to be paid to petitioner's counsel, no later than May 7." The...
It is More Important to be Respected than Liked – Burna Boy’s Mum, Bose Ogulu, Dishes Some Wise Words to Women
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It is More Important to be Respected than Liked – Burna Boy’s Mum, Bose Ogulu, Dishes Some Wise Words to Women

Mom and manager of Grammy-award-winning singer, Burna Boy, Bose Ogulu, recently had a chat with media personality, Latasha Ngwube, where she dished some very wise counsel to women in Nigeria In her words, Ms Ogulu stressed that it is more important for women to be respected than to be loved. She also asked women to ensure they carry themselves the way they want to be treated. In her words ''Carry yourself the way you want to be treated. If you make yourself an object, you’ll be treated like one. Let people know there is a brain between your ears, when they do, they may be uncomfortable around you, but they will respect you. It is more important to be respected than liked. Be competent at what you decide to do. Or Learn competence in something, before you do it. Shu...
Winners’ Pastor Jailed for Stealing $90,000 and N4.5m Belonging to Registered Trustees of the Church
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Winners’ Pastor Jailed for Stealing $90,000 and N4.5m Belonging to Registered Trustees of the Church

Afolabi Samuel, a Pastor of the Living Faith Church aka Winners’ Chapel has been handed a 3-year jail sentence by a Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja, after being found guilty of stealing $90,000 and N4.5m belonging to the registered trustees of the church. The accountant and the church’s treasurer who was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on two counts of conspiracy and stealing by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was accused of conspiring with one Blessing Kolawole, an employee of the Covenant University who is currently at large, to steal and convert the money for their personal use, in contravention of sections 278, 285 and 490 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11, 2011. However after the defence counsel, Rotimi Ogunwuyi pleaded with the court...
Kim K and Kanye West Threaten ex Bodyguard Steve Stanulis With $10million Lawsuit
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Kim K and Kanye West Threaten ex Bodyguard Steve Stanulis With $10million Lawsuit

Hollywood power couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West have reportedly threatened their former bodyguard Steve Stanulis with a 'cease and desist' letter, saying they will sue him if he continues making statements about the couple in the media. The West's 'cease and desist letter' as reported by TMZ, alleged that Stanulis broke a confidentiality agreement he signed with the couple after he made explosive claims about Kanye West last month, claiming the rapper made him stand yards away from him while protecting him. Stanulis also claimed in the Podcast last month that Kanye had a meltdown on the first day he started working for him. He said Kanye was 'one of my least favorite people to work with over the course of time' According to documents obtained by TMZ, Kim, 39, a...
Court Orders Air France to Pay Lagos Judge and Husband N500,000
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Court Orders Air France to Pay Lagos Judge and Husband N500,000

A Lagos State High Court judge, Mrs Oke Lawal and her husband Chief Bayo Lawal have been awarded N500,000 as compensation following the loss of their luggage by Air France. The couple had accused the airline of delaying two of their luggages and losing another on July 26, 2015 during their trip to Florence, Italy, Paris in France and the British capital, London in their lawsuit. The couple's claim of Air France breaching its contract of carriage by air and causing them mental anguish and distress, was upheld by Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos. The Nation reported that Chief Lawal said he was contacted by an unidentified person on the internet, claiming to be in possession of his luggage on July 29, 2015. He assumed that the individual had apparently brok...
Corps Member Arrested by DSS for Impersonation
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Corps Member Arrested by DSS for Impersonation

A 26-year-old corps member, Oluwatosin Medaiyese has been arraigned before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for alleged impersonation. Medaiyese was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), after reportedly presenting himself as Hon. Justice Jimoh Aliyu to the Zonal Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Emmanuel Attah, with an intent of fraudulently securing the posting of Corps members to their desired places of primary assignment. The charge against him read; “That you Oluwatosin Medaiyese “M” on or before 30th January 2020 at Osogbo did falsely represent yourself as Hon. Justice Aliyu Jimoh to Emmanuel Attah Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the intent of fraudulently secur...
God Did not Answer My Prayer on Olisa Metuh – Justice Okon Abang Reveals after Sentencing his Course Mate at Nigerian Law School to 7 years in Prison
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God Did not Answer My Prayer on Olisa Metuh – Justice Okon Abang Reveals after Sentencing his Course Mate at Nigerian Law School to 7 years in Prison

Justice Okon Abang, the Federal High Court Judge who handed over a 7 year jail sentence to Olisa Metuh in the N400m fraud case against him, was his course mate at the Nigerian Law School. Though the former PDP National Secretary accused his former course mate at the Nigerian Law School of being antagonistic to him and also lost a bid to get the case reassigned to another judge, Justice Okon Abang insisted that he did what was best for Metuh and also needed to act without fear or favour. Before ruling on the case, the Federal High Court Judge recounted how Metuh's lawyers ''humiliated the court'' and even took the matter to international press. Abang also disclosed that God did not answer his prayer for the case to be reassigned to another judge. He said on Tuesday February 25;...
I didn’t Forge my NYSC Exemption Certificate– Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo
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I didn’t Forge my NYSC Exemption Certificate– Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo

The  recently sworn-in deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has  denied the allegations that he forged his National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) exemption certificate, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Ewhrudjakpo came into office after the Supreme court nullified the election of David Lyon over the forged certificates his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented to INEC. Recall that last week, anAbuja Area Court ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to investigate the allegation of forgery levelled against him by an APC Chieftain, Benjamin Youdiowei. Reacting to the allegation, the deputy governor at a press briefing in Abuja today Sunday February 23rd, said he never forged his exemption certifica...
Iyanya Arraigned in Court for Alleged Car Theft
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Iyanya Arraigned in Court for Alleged Car Theft

The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos, has charged Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, widely known as Iyanya, with alleged car theft. The Nation reports that the music star arraigned before Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of an Igbosere High Court, Lagos on one-count charge marked LD/9024c/2019. Prosecution counsel, Chukwu Agwu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), alleged that Iyanya committed the offence sometimes in September 2018. Iyanyan allegedly converted to his use or of another person, a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked MAVINIY, with Chassis and Engine numbers JTEBX7FJ7EK165480 and 2TR1385954. The vehicle belongs to The Temple Management Company Ltd, represented in court by Ayodeji Olomojobi. The offence, according to the prosecutor, ...
Five Visa Fraudsters Apprehended By EFCC
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Five Visa Fraudsters Apprehended By EFCC

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, arraigned five suspected visa fraudsters before Justice Olubukola Banjoko on a seven-count charge, bordering on false pretence and obtaining by tricks to the tune of N1.8 million. The defendants are: Ifeyinwa Mbamalu, Christian Akor, Grace Oluseun Akinwunmi, Samuel Chinedu Iwuagwu and Adebola Saheed Adewale. They were accused to have connived to obtain sums of money from their victims in the guise of helping them to obtain Canadian visas. One of the charges reads: “That you, Christian Akor between October 13th and 18th 2018, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly converted to your own use, the sum of N300, 000, being part of the sum of N1, 8...
DSS  Arrest and Detain Journalist for Publishing  Articles Criticizing Buhari, Tinubu and EFCC
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DSS Arrest and Detain Journalist for Publishing Articles Criticizing Buhari, Tinubu and EFCC

A journalist, Ayoola Babalola, has been allegedly arrested by officials of the Department of State Services, for allegedly publishing articles criticising President Buhari's administration and also the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu as well as the EFCC. Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, who is the legal representative of Babalola, made this known in a statement he released on social media. According to the lawyer, Babalola was arrested on Thursday January 23rd and arraigned before the Magistrate court Abeokuta on Friday January 24th and later remanded in the Ibara Mximum prison Abeokuta. Inibehe said Babalola was arrested for publishing articles which were deemed critical of President Buhari, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu and the EFCC. ...
Absence of Defence Counsel Stalls Fani-Kayode’s Trial
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Absence of Defence Counsel Stalls Fani-Kayode’s Trial

The absence of one of the Defence lawyers has stalled the N4.9bn fraud trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode at the Federal High Court in Lagos. The counsel, Clement Onwuenwuenor, who is a lawyer to the third & Fourth defendant Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, wrote to the court to seek an adjournment. He said he was before the Court of Appeal in Lagos in respect of three criminal cases. The former Aviation Minister, Fani-Kayode is being tried alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman; Danjuma Yusuf, and the firm, joint Trust Dimensions Limited. The defendants are facing 17 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering. Justice Rilwan Aikawa has adjourned the case ...
Student Bursts Into Tears, Collapses In Court After Seeing School Proprietor Who ‘Defiled Her’
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Student Bursts Into Tears, Collapses In Court After Seeing School Proprietor Who ‘Defiled Her’

A student with special needs (name withheld), on Wednesday, cried in court on sighting a school proprietor, who allegedly defiled her six years ago, NAN reports. The mild drama occurred at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, when the defendant, Onyiriuka, stood in the witness box. The student, who has a speech impairment and learning difficulty, collapsed in the witness box upon seeing the 45-year-old Onyiriuka. She said repeatedly that she did not want to see the suspect’s face. Justice Abiola Soladoye had to tell the student to calm down. The judge told the student that she had the option of coming to court on another date to give evidence. “You can also testify as we go on, I can give you a break if you need one. “Do not be afraid; he is not co...
Hours after holding Lagos concert, Naira Marley’s Lawyer tells court client’s not in Nigeria
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Hours after holding Lagos concert, Naira Marley’s Lawyer tells court client’s not in Nigeria

The counsel representing musician Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley in an alleged car theft case on Tuesday told a Lagos magistrate that his client was out of the country and therefore could not appear in court. Ayodeji Awokulehin pleaded with Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias not to issue an arrest warrant for his client. Naira Marley and his brothers and cousin are charged with alleged car theft. The singer and his co-defendants – Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22 – are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault, and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley. At the last court hearing, Mr Elias directed the police prosecutor to ensure Naira Marley’s appearance at the next adjourned date. On Tuesday, after the defendants...
Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative
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Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative

Obinwanne 'Invictus' Okeke, the Nigerian charged by the FBI for various acts of cyber scam, has appointedJohn Iweanoje, as his lawyer.   Iweanoje takes over from Rahul Sharma, a public defender hired by a United States judge to stand as counsel to Okeke. The accused had failed to appear with a lawyer during his initial court appearance on August 9. Iweanoje indicated that he was stepping in to defend the Abuja-based businessman later the same day.   Okeke did not put in a plea when he made his first court entry. The accused, who would stand trial in Norfolk Virginia, is expected to remain in custody until a trial date is fixed. “Since he was arrested on a criminal complaint, it means he could be held in custody pending trial. The jury will decide whether to return in...
Fayose Vs Efcc:- What Happened In Court Today
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Fayose Vs Efcc:- What Happened In Court Today

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed June 28 for re-arraignment of former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, facing charges of N6.9billion fraud. Fayose was arraigned on Oct. 22. 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences. He is being posecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail on Oct. 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum. The prosecution had opened trial on Nov. 19, 2018, and had so far called 13 witnesses out of the 15 listed. However, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon.Justice Adamu Abdu-kafarati had transferred the case from Olatoregun, to...
Judge Withdraws from Trial of ex-Bayelsa Gov’s Aide
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Judge Withdraws from Trial of ex-Bayelsa Gov’s Aide

Justice Iniekadi Eradiri, of a Bayelsa High Court on Monday, recused himself from the trial of Chief Richard Kpodo, a former aide to ex-Gov. Timippre Sylva. Kpodo is charged with alleged rape of a 26-year female cashier. Ruling on the petition on Monday, Eradiri, said that he was constrained to hands-off the case to pave way for the investigation by the NJC. “I feel strongly that I should no longer continue with the case , since the petition against me before the National Judicial Council is being investigated. ” I will, therefore, hand over the case file to the Chief Judge,” Eradiri said. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kpodo’s counsel, Julius Iyekoroghe, had on Dec. 21, 2018, approached Eradiri with a motion on notice, urging him to disquali...
Naira Marley’s Mum in tears as Court Remands her Son till May 30th
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Naira Marley’s Mum in tears as Court Remands her Son till May 30th

Here's a photo of Naira Marley's mum, Mrs Fashola who was in court this morning at the arraignment of her son who has now been remanded in EFCC custody till May 30th. Naira Marley pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him and in view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court for a trial date. He also prayed for accelerated hearing of the case and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. Counsel to the defendant, Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba, asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf his client. Consequently, Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to May 30, 2019 and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application.
NEWSEFCC vs Fayose: What Happened in Court on Monday
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NEWSEFCC vs Fayose: What Happened in Court on Monday

Sunday Alade, the 11th prosecution witness, in the case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has told the Federal High Court in Lagos how the N1.2billion allegedly given to the former Governor from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) was moved to the State. The EFCC is trying Fayose for allegedly receiving and keeping N1.2billion and $5million allegedly stolen from the ONSA. Testifying before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun Alade, said he was the Zenith Bank Plc Akure Branch Manager in 2014 when the money was moved to his branch. Led in evidence by prosecuting counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Alade disclosed that he got a call from his head of operations asking him to prepare to head for Akure Airpor...
66-year-old Woman Sentenced To Prison For Trafficking Heroine
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66-year-old Woman Sentenced To Prison For Trafficking Heroine

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, sentenced a 66-year-old woman, Sikirat Adeyemi to five years in prison for exporting 1.340 kg of heroine. Adeyemi who was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency had pleaded guilty to the offence. When the matter was called on Monday, she pleaded for forgiveness, almost in tears, through an interpreter. Delivering judgment, Justice Florence Giwa-Ogunbanjo held that the crime she committed was a grievous one which the court could not forgive. “I have taken into consideration that she is a first-time offender and has not wasted the time of the court. “I have heard her plea for leniency and the allocutus, unfortunately, the crime carries a life sentence and the court cannot forgive her, nonetheless, I’ll give her ...
Court Fines Nigerian Lawyer N200,000 for Inefficiency
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Court Fines Nigerian Lawyer N200,000 for Inefficiency

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja has levelled a fine of N200,000 against counsel for Apartment le Paradis, a hotel in which Nanle Dariye, son of a former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, is a director, for inefficiency. Nanle was on February 27, 2018 arraigned along with Apartment le Paradis on a six-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.5 billion, to which he pleaded “not guilty”. Shortly after the prosecution closed its case against him, his counsel, Kanu Agabi, SAN, on February 13, 2019 argued his “no-case” submission via an application dated and filed on December 13, 2018. Ruling on the application on March 7, 2019 the trial judge struck out count one of the charges, which directly affected Nanle, and held that the ...
2019: Election Tribunal receives 18 petitions in Kaduna
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2019: Election Tribunal receives 18 petitions in Kaduna

PolJustice A. H. Suleiman, Chairman, National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Kaduna state, says the tribunal has received 18 petitions from candidates not satisfied with the outcome of the just concluded 2019  polls in the state. Suleiman who addressed lawyers and Newsmen during the tribunal inaugural sitting on Thursday in Kaduna, said 10 of the petitions were in respect of the February 23 National Assembly elections, while eight were for the March 9 State House of  Assembly poll. Suleiman warned that absence of parties and their Counsel will not stop proceedings of the tribunal. He added that where necessary, “appropriate provisions of the Rules of Court or Practice Direction (as the case may be) will be invoked against the defaulting party.“ He stressed th...
NYSC Certificate: Court takes further decision on Buhari’s Minister, Shittu
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NYSC Certificate: Court takes further decision on Buhari’s Minister, Shittu

The Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday, reserved until Thursday, judgment in the case between Communication Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu and All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s primary election. The minister, a member of the APC, had dragged the party to court, seeking redress for allegedly being denied participation in the governorship primary election in Oyo state in the recent general elections in the country. He claimed that APC’s national leadership omitted his name in the list of its gubernatorial aspirants for the primaries in Oyo state because he did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. After filing of written addresses by the plaintiff and the defendants, the Judge, Justice P.I. Ajoku, fixed Thursday afternoon for judgment o...
Adeleke qualifies to be governor, says Appeal Court
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Adeleke qualifies to be governor, says Appeal Court

The Akure division of the Court of Appeal on Saturday said the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the September governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke was eligible to contest the election. With the ruling, the controversies surrounding the eligibility of the lawmaker to contest the election or hold the office as a governor might have ended. The Appeal Court in its ruling dismissed an appeal against the judgment of an Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo which had earlier confirmed the eligibility of Adeleke to contest the governorship election. An Osun State High Court had earlier ruled that Adeleke was qualified to contest for the governorship election, having been educated up to secondary school level. The petitioners how...
Execution of Nigerian in Saudi: Pathetic, tragic – Dabiri-Erewa
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Execution of Nigerian in Saudi: Pathetic, tragic – Dabiri-Erewa

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said execution of a Nigerian woman by Saudi Arabia Government over drug-related matters was pathetic and tragic. Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement by her Media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Tuesday in Abuja, that the news of the tragedy was painful. According to her, it is regrettable that in spite of wise counsel for Nigerians travelling to Saudi Arabia by relevant government agencies to obey the country’s laws, some Nigerians still go and foul the law. “This particular execution is very worrisome, especially when over eight Nigerians have been killed in the past few years over the same issue in Saudi Arabia,” she said. The president’s aide disclosed that no fewer than 20 Nigeria...
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer reveals what stopped sureties from producing IPOB leader in court
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Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer reveals what stopped sureties from producing IPOB leader in court

Counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Barr Aloy Ejimakor has denied that sureties to the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu have applied to the Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court Abuja to withdraw their suretyship. Ejimakor, in a press statement, rather blamed the inability of the sureties to produce Kanu on the invasion of his (Kanu’s) house by military personnel. He cried that reports in the media and social media quoting Justice Nyako as saying that her withdrawal of Kanu’s bail was because his sureties had withdrawn their suretyship was not true. The counsel, in the press release made available to DAILY POST in Awka, said, “On the matter of revocation of Kanu’s bail and the consequent Order of bench warrant, I, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, Counsel to one of the sure...
Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest
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Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. Justice Binta Nyako gave the order in a ruling on Thursday after revoking the bail granted to the IPOB leader. She explained that the court gave the order because Mr Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017. The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest. She ruled that the trial must continue one way or another and directed that a fresh date for the continuation be given by parties so that the matter would continue in Kanu’s absence. Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 18. S...
IPOB: DSS electrocuted me, witness alleges in court
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IPOB: DSS electrocuted me, witness alleges in court

Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), on Wednesday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja that officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) allegedly electrocuted him while was in their custody. Onwudiwe was testifying as a witness in the trial-within-trial ordered by the court to ascertain the veracity of his claim that DSS officials coerced him to give them a statement. The witness who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor also told the court that he was locked up in an underground cell in a blindfold. “I was brought from Port Harcourt to Abuja in July 2016, blindfolded, chained and kept in a room. ” After some days, they took me to another facility within the DSS premises called New Echo. It was there I met Mr CB who tol...
Ex-NIA Boss, Ayodele Oke And Wife Declared Wanted
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Ex-NIA Boss, Ayodele Oke And Wife Declared Wanted

The EFCC has declared former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade wanted. They were declared wanted after they failed to answer for fraud charges filed against them. Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of a Federal High Court Lagos, had on February 7, 2019 issued an arrest warrant on them, consequent upon an oral application by counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo. Oke and his wife are wanted in connection with the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by the EFCC from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017. They are facing a four-count charge bordering on money laundering offence to the tune of N13 billion. One of the counts reads: “That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayode...
FG Closes Case Against Walter Onnoghen
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FG Closes Case Against Walter Onnoghen

The Federal Government has closed its case against Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Although, the prosecution led by Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN) had proposed to call six witnesses to prove its case against the defendant, it closed its case after calling three of them. Umar announced his decision to close the prosecution’s case after the third witness, Ifeoma Okeagbue, an official of Standard Chartered Bank, concluded her testimony on Thursday. The prosecuting counsel said he had chosen to offer to the defence team the rest of his proposed witnesses, three of them, who were not called by the prosecution. “I have called three witnesses. If the defence needs them I can call the other three,” the lawyer said. However the defence counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo, re...
Emir of Patigi, Ibrahim Umar is Dead
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Emir of Patigi, Ibrahim Umar is Dead

The Emir of Patigi in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, Ibrahim Umar is dead. Late Umar reportedly died in Abuja on Tuesday night March 19th after a brief illness as confirmed by Muritala Raheem, Personal Assistant to the Emir of Ilorin and the Chairman of the state’s Council of Emirs and Obas. Until his death, the deceased was the vice chairman of the state’s traditional council. The remains of the first class traditional ruler was buried on Wednesday in Patigi by 2 p.m. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the death of the Emir of Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar as a huge shock and a monumental loss. The minister in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, and signed by his media aide, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, condoled with ...
N3.9bn Fraud: Court Convicts Badeh’s Company, Orders Forfeiture Of Property To FG
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N3.9bn Fraud: Court Convicts Badeh’s Company, Orders Forfeiture Of Property To FG

Justice Abang in a Judgment delivered in the suit filed against late Badeh and his company, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon conviction, ordered that all properties of the company listed in the charge should be forfeited to the Federal government through the EFCC. Late Badeh and his company were standing trial on a 14 count charge of criminal breach of trust, money laundering amongst others. Justice Abang also has terminated the charges filed against the late Air Chief, just as he ordered the winding down of Iyalikam Nigeria limited on the request of his counsel. The Court’s decision was however predicated on a plea bargain reached by both the defence and prosecution counsel. The court found Iyalikam Nigeria Limited which is standing trial with late A...
Court Convicts Three for Internet Fraud in Benin
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Court Convicts Three for Internet Fraud in Benin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on February 11, 2019 secured three convictions at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State. One of the convicts, Oriaifo Oselumese, was arraigned for fraudulently obtaining the sum of 18,000 Euros from one Leong Sao Chu, a Chinese citizen through a love scam. He pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge. The charge reads: “That you, Oriaifo Oselumese, sometimes in 2018 in Uromi, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did by fraudulent trick to wit: love scam on a dating internet site, obtained the sum of 18,000 Euros only from Leong Sao Chu a Chinese and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 421 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nige...
Police Release Melaye
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Police Release Melaye

The police yesterday released the Senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye after charging him on nine counts bordering on obstruction and resistant to lawful arrest. He was arraigned alongside his domestic worker, Silas Omenka, before Justice Halilu Yussuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court. Justice Yussuf had ordered the police to release the senator after spending 15 days in detention without being charged to court. But the police quickly filed the charge against him while perfecting his bail conditions. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Justice Yussuf while ruling on a fresh bail application moved by Melaye’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the bail conditions set for the lawmaker last week should be maintai...
Suspect Reveals What He dDd to Stolen Pants
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Suspect Reveals What He dDd to Stolen Pants

A 23-year-old suspect, Opeyemi Adeleke, has revealed what he did to stolen pants to a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state. Opeyemi Adeleke admitted to stealing the pants but claimed that he returned them after about five minutes, because his conscience did not allow him to rest. According to Punch Nigeria, the suspect went to the house of one Gift Sunday located in the Agowande area of Osogbo around 1am and stole her pants, which were left to dry on the line outside. The two counts of stealing preferred against the suspect read in part, “That you, Opeyemi Adeleke, on Monday, January 21, 2019, around 1am in the Agowande area of Osogbo seized the pants of one Gift Sunday without her consent and for reasons best known to you.” The prosecutor, Inspector Muslim Jaf...
My Daughter Is Her Rapist’s 6th Victim – Mother says
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My Daughter Is Her Rapist’s 6th Victim – Mother says

A woman, who identified herself simply as Mrs Ijeoma, on Monday, told a Lagos State High Court how her 12-year-old daughter became her rapist 6th victim. The woman tagged her neighbour, Nwanne Nwaora, a serial rapist, Punch Metro reports Ijeoma testified in the ongoing trial of Nwaora, who was accused of defiling a child on November 10, 2015, at No 55 Aromire Street, Muri Busari, Ogba, Lagos. The 33-year-old mother, while being led in evidence by the state prosecuting counsel, Mr Y. G. Oshoala, told the court that she became suspicious when she noticed some changes on her daughter’s body and Nwaora told her not to ask her daughter questions. She said, “Sometime in 2015, on a Tuesday precisely, I discovered strange changes on my daughter’s body. So, I decided to watch...
Woman jailed 22 years over false information in visa application
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Woman jailed 22 years over false information in visa application

A woman identified as Mrs. Philomena Nwanorue has been jailed for 22 years by a Lagos High Court for giving false information in visa application. Spokesperson to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, Guardian reports. She said the ICPC arraigned the convict, alongside Mrs. Adeline Ifeyinwa Eke Alu, on a five-count charge of conspiracy and submission of falsified travelling documents to the Indian High Commission. This, she, said was contrary to Section 22 (1) (C) and punishable under Section 17 (1) (C); Section 26 (1) (a) and punishable under Section 13 of the ICPC Act Act 2000. Okoduwa said the court, presided over by Justice Lawal Akapo, found Alu not guil...
Trump’s Ex-lawyer Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years In Jail
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Trump’s Ex-lawyer Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years In Jail

Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to 3 Years in jail after pleading guilty to crimes related to his work for the President. Cohen is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He has pleaded guilty to multiple crimes including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. Though Cohen lashed out his ex-boss in court, he said; “Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is that today I get my freedom back.” He made specific references too; “Blind loyalty to this man led me to choose a path of darkness over light.” “I take full responsibility for each act that I pleaded guilty to …” including those implic...
EFCC Arraigns Man For Hacking into a Company Account and Moving N15.3M
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EFCC Arraigns Man For Hacking into a Company Account and Moving N15.3M

EFCC yesterday arraigned  one Christopher Okeke alongside his company, Sanfill Nigeria LTD before Justice D.Z Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N15,300,000 (Fifteen Million Three Hundred Thousand Naira). Okeke was alleged to have fraudulently used his company to hack into the account of Chams Nigeria LTD and moved the total sum of N15,300,000 (Fifteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) only into his company, Sanfill Nigeria LTD. One of the counts reads: “That you, Christopher Okeke, whilst being the Director of Sanfill Nigeria Ltd. and Sanfill Nigeria LTD on or about 4th and 7th October 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, ...
Former Governor Sule Lamido And His Son’s Fraud Trial To Continue Today
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Former Governor Sule Lamido And His Son’s Fraud Trial To Continue Today

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido will be arraigned alongside two of his sons - Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido; Aminu Wada Abubakar, and his (Lamido’s) companies: Bamaina Holdings Ltd and Speeds International Ltd for allegedly defrauding the state to the tune of N1.35billion. In the course of the trial today, the first prosecution witness, Philip Adepoju, a banker with Guaranty Trust Bank who was subpoenaed before the court presented account opening package of Interior Woodwork Limited, statement of account from July 2007 to December 2013 and certification of identification. They were all admitted in evidence However, the statement of account for Interior Woodwork Limited of which the Prosecution Counsel, Chile Okoroma intended to tender through the witness cou...
Alleged $3m Bribe: Femi Otedola Appears In Court, Insists Senator Farouk Lawan Demanded Money
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Alleged $3m Bribe: Femi Otedola Appears In Court, Insists Senator Farouk Lawan Demanded Money

On Wednesday, founder of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola appeared before an Abuja High Court to testify in the trial of a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan for alleged fraud.   Otedola who is a prosecution witness in the trial was allegedly pressured by Lawan to part with a three-million-dollar bribe while Lawan was chairing a subcommittee investigating a multi-billion-dollar fraud associated with government fuel subsidy during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.   Otedola entered the witness box after he was introduced by the prosecution counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo after which a video where Lawan was seen receiving $500 000 from the Zenon oil boss, was played. According to Otedola, the accused had indicted his company in the al...
Amina Mohammed, 3 Other Nigerians Make BBC ‘100 Women’ List
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Amina Mohammed, 3 Other Nigerians Make BBC ‘100 Women’ List

The absence of the 10th prosecution witness Wednesday stalled the trial of a former Minister of Interior Abba Moro before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court. Moro is being tried alongside one-time permanent secretary in the ministry, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia; a deputy director in the ministry, F. O Alayebami; one Mahmood Ahmadu (at large); and Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited, a firm that was given the recruitment job in the ill-fated  Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise in 2014 The defendants are, in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2016, accused of defrauding 675, 675 graduate applicants of about N675,675,000 having been made to pay N1,000 each as processing fees for 5,000 job openings. They are equally accused of breaching ...
Court Orders Dasuki’s Trial in Absentia
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Court Orders Dasuki’s Trial in Absentia

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court yesterday held that it would go ahead with the trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), whether he was present in court or not. Dasuki, who is standing trial over allegations of illegal possession of firearms and money laundering, had last week vowed not to submit himself for trial any longer, following the refusal of the prosecutor to obey court orders regarding his bail. In a letter presented to the court last Tuesday through his counsel, he specifically requested that he be allowed to stop submitting himself for trial until the federal government obeys court orders regarding his bail. He cited five court orders, including one by the Court of Justi...
Police hid me in toilet when Falana came to check on me – Evans
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Police hid me in toilet when Falana came to check on me – Evans

Billionaire kidnapper, Evans who is still facing trial over the crimes he allegedly committed, has maintained that his confessional statement was gotten from torture by the police. While the police claims his statement was obtained under a fair atmosphere and could have even be taken in the presence of a lawyer if Evans hired one, however the billionaire kidnapper who was arraigned before Justice Adedayo Akintoye at the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Friday, alleged that human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), at the time, came to the Police station to see him, but the Police thwarted the meeting by locking him (Evans) up in a toilet. According to Evans, his wife Uchenna had contacted the human rights lawyer in 2017 but upon the lawyer’s visit to the Police station, he was...
EFCC Re-arraigns Ex-Air Chief, Amosu, Others for N21bn Fraud
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EFCC Re-arraigns Ex-Air Chief, Amosu, Others for N21bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has re-arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesina Amosu (retd.) and two others before Justice C. J. Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an amended 13-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N21bn. Amosu is facing trial alongside Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun, a former Chief of Account and Budgeting, and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni, a former Director of Finance and Budgeting for alleged conspiracy and conversion of the funds belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)to their personal use. Counsel to the defendants had, at the last adjourned sitting on November 6, 2018, argued that parties that are no longer part of the amended charge should be withdrawn and acquitt...
Police Arraign Man For Biting Off Neighbour’s Ear in Ekiti
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Police Arraign Man For Biting Off Neighbour’s Ear in Ekiti

The Police have arraigned a A 35-year-old man, Shina Adekunle before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for biting off part of the ear of his neighbour. Shina Adekunle, is accussed of biting off the victim, Emmanuel Oluwashina ear while attempting to settle a dispute between Oluwashina and his wife at the Oke Age area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The police prosecutor, Johnson Okunade, told the court that the offence, which he described as an assault, contravened Section 338 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012. The prosecutor urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses. Adekunle, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. His counsel, Mr Emmanuel Sumonu, urged the court to grant the suspect bail ...
Court Gives Kalu Seven Days to Return from Germany for Trial
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Court Gives Kalu Seven Days to Return from Germany for Trial

Davidson Iriekpen Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday gave former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, a seven-day ultimatum to return from Germany to face his trial. Kalu is standing trial after he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged fraud of N7.65 billion. The former governor is believed to have travelled to Germany for medical treatment. When the case came up yesterday, it was stalled due to the absence of the ex-governor in court. His lawyer, Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN), however, told Justice Idris that his client was away in Germany for a surgical operation. He added that the ex-governor had been advised by his doctors to remain in Germany for some time to recuperate. The defence couns...
Seeds of Destiny 3 November 2018 Devotional
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Seeds of Destiny 3 November 2018 Devotional

Topic: The Glorious Benefits of Waiting on God Scripture: In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. Isaiah 28:5 Thought For The Day: What you expect determines what you experience. It is a certainty that every time we sincerely seek God in prayer and fasting, we must see or have results. However, every spiritual endeavour answers to both revelation and expectation. That is why, it is very important to be expectant anytime we come before God’s Presence in prayers. This is because, what you expect determines what you experience. Now, what are the things you should expect whenever y...

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