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Tag: Court of Appeal

Rochas Vs Uzodimma: Court Dismisses Appeal Filed By Imo Govt
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Rochas Vs Uzodimma: Court Dismisses Appeal Filed By Imo Govt

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Wednesday, dismissed the appeal filed by the Attorney General of Imo State and forty others challenging the ruling of an Owerri Federal High Court, which granted Senator Rochas Okorocha the leave to amend processes filed before the Court. Presiding Judge in the Suit with Suit No:CA/ABJ/CV/942/2020, Justice Dattijo Yahaya, dismissed the appeal, following a notice of discontinuance dated and filed on March 16 by the Attorney General of Imo State, Cyprain Akaolisa, on behalf of the appellants. Counsel to Senator Rochas Okorocha, Oba Maduabuchi, opposed the withdrawal of the appeal on the ground that the appellants want to deceive the Court by pretending to discontinue the appeal and go back to Imo State and complete what they intend to do be...
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...
Mother-of-six Asks Court To Intervene As Her Husband Evicts Her From House
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Mother-of-six Asks Court To Intervene As Her Husband Evicts Her From House

A mother-of-six has asked the Court of Appeal in Benin City to void an order which her estranged husband relied on to evict her from her matrimonial home. Mrs. Agnes Ikpea, 64, who has six adult children with her estranged husband, Chief Leemon Ikpea, was thrown out of their home in Banana Island, Lagos. Her estranged husband, Chief Ikpea had filed a petition at the Edo State High Court in Benin in which he sought the dissolution of his marriage of 39 years to Agnes. Along with the petition, Chief Ikpea also filed an ex-parte application asking the court to order his wife to vacate the matrimonial home in Banana Island. Justice Acha had refused Mrs Ikpea’s application to transfer the case to Lagos on the premise that both parties reside in the state. On February 17, 2021, J...
FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy
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FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy

Consequent upon the outlawing of stamp duty on electronic bank transfer by the Court of Appeal, the Federal Government, through the Finance Act 2020, has introduced Electronic Money Transfer Levy. Finance Act 2020, which was recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has a commencement date of January 1, 2021 along with the 2021 Appropriation Act. The new law stipulates payment of N50 levy on every electronic money transfer deposited in any bank or financial institution on any account on the sum of N10,000 or more. Like Value-Added Tax (VAT), states will benefit more from the accruing revenue at a ratio of 85 per cent, while the Federal Government and Abuja will share the remaining 15 per cent. The Act also reduces import duty on tractors from 35 to five per cent; mass ...
Murder, Death Sentence: Maryam Sanda Heads To Supreme Court
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Murder, Death Sentence: Maryam Sanda Heads To Supreme Court

Maryam Sanda, the woman sentenced to death for killing her husband, has decided to approach the Supreme Court, in a bid to overturn the judgements of the lower courts. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday, affirmed the death sentence passed on her by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for murdering her husband, Bilyaminu Bello. Joe Gadzama, SAN, her lawyer disclosed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja. Gadzama, who was displeased with the judgment of the Appeal court, said they would “approach the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict.”
Court Of Appeal Affirms Maryam Sanda’s Death Sentence
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Court Of Appeal Affirms Maryam Sanda’s Death Sentence

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, had in January found Maryam Sanda guilty of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello and subsequently sentenced her to death by hanging. The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the death sentence imposed on Maryam Sanda over the death of Bilyamin Mohammed Bello, her husband. The federal government had arraigned Sanda and three others on a two-count charge bordering on culpable homicide. She was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 27, 2020, by Yusuf Halilu, the trial judge. “She should reap what she has sown, for it has been said that ‘thou shall not kill’ and whoever kills in cold blood deserves death as his own reward,” Halilu said. “Convict also clearly deserves to die, accordingly I hereby sentence M...
Lawmakers stage a walkout after convicted murderer on death row is sworn in by Sri Lankan Parliament
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Lawmakers stage a walkout after convicted murderer on death row is sworn in by Sri Lankan Parliament

Lawmakers from the United People's Force, the largest opposition grouping in Sri Lanka's Parliament, staged a walkout on Wednesday, September 9, when Premlal Jayasekera, a convicted murderer on death row was sworn in by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena as member of Parliament for Ratnapura District, a gem mining center, southeast of the capital Colombo.     Jayasekera was sworn in as a Sri Lankan lawmaker, after a court ruled that he could not be barred from the country's 225-member Parliament. On Tuesday September 8, Jayasekera was escorted to Parliament by armed prison officials, where he took the oath of office and formally became an elected lawmaker.   Even though, Sri Lanka has not carried out an execut...
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...
Dongban-Mensem sworn in as substantive President, Court of Appeal
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Dongban-Mensem sworn in as substantive President, Court of Appeal

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad has administered the oaths of allegiance and office on Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal. This follows the confirmation of her appointment by the Senate after her 3 months acting appointment was only recently renewed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Presidency had explained that the delay in forwarding her name to the Senate for confirmation as required by the Constitution was because President Buhari was waiting for security report on the Plateau State born Justice Dongban-Mensem from the intelligence community.    
Adams Oshiomhole Has Been Removed As APC National Chairman
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Adams Oshiomhole Has Been Removed As APC National Chairman

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Tuesday, affirmed the suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole by his Ward. In a unanimous judgment, a three-man panel of justices of the appellate court held that appeal Oshiomhole lodged to challenge his suspension lacked merit. Justice Mohammed Lamido who delivered the lead verdict dismissed the appeal and affirmed the decision of an Abuja High Court that earlier validated Oshiomhole’s suspension by his ward in Edo state. It will be recalled that the Abuja High Court at Jabi had on March 4, suspended Oshiomhole from performing the duties of the National Chairman of the APC. The court, in a ruling by Justice Danlami Senchi, directed that Oshiomhole should remain out of office ...
Popular Dancehall Artist ,Vybz Kartel Loses Appeal
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Popular Dancehall Artist ,Vybz Kartel Loses Appeal

The conviction of popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been upheld. After a near two-year wait, the Court of Appeal this morning handed down a judgement agreeing with the murder conviction and life sentence of the of the popular entertainer. The court also upheld the convictions and sentences for dancehall artiste Shawn Storm and two other men, Kahira Jones and Andre St John. With the ban on public gatherings of more than ten persons as part of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the decision by the Appeal Court was handed down via a conference call between the panel of three judges, prosecutors and the attorneys for the four men. President of the Court of Appeal Dennis Morrison, Frank Williams and Patrick Brooks heard the appeal. In April 2014, K...
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...
PDP Welcomes The Appeal Judgement, Urges Akpabio To Resign & Recontest
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PDP Welcomes The Appeal Judgement, Urges Akpabio To Resign & Recontest

The Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State has welcomed the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election. The court on Saturday nullified the election of Chris Ekpenyong and ordered a rerun in only one local government area – Essien Udim Local Government Area – between Mr Ekpenyong and Godswill Akpabio, a former Senate minority leader. Mr Akpabio hails from Essien Udim. “We welcome the judgement of the Court of Appeal which has proven that widespread irregularities occurred in Essien Udim Local Government Area and we are preparing for the election,” Ini Emembong, the PDP spokesperson in Akwa Ibom state, told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday evening. “And we are expecting Senator Akpabio’s resignation (as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs) so th...
Supreme Court: NJC To Interview Justices For Apex Court
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Supreme Court: NJC To Interview Justices For Apex Court

There is tension at the Court of Appeal as the National Judicial Council ((NJC) has commenced interview of Justices for elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court. The bone of contention is over over who replaces the sitting president of the court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who is to proceed on retirement leave by end of the year. The crisis at the appellate court is over attempt to make Justice Muhammadu Garba, who led the presidential election petition tribunal, the next President of the Court at the expense of the next most senior Justice of the Court, Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem. Although both Justice Monica Dongban- Mensem and Justice Muhammadu Garba are selected for the interview, Justice Garba would not be attending as he has been sent out of the country for a foreign ...
PEPT: Atiku Goes To Supreme Court Monday, To File 70-Point Grounds Of Appeal
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PEPT: Atiku Goes To Supreme Court Monday, To File 70-Point Grounds Of Appeal

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general election, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has concluded plans to file an appeal on Monday challenging the outcome of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal, PEPT. According to THISDAY, ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for an appeal against the tribunal’s judgement, Mr Atiku had put together 70 points as grounds for the appeal, which he plans to turn in on Monday. The PEPT judgement was delivered on September 11 and Mr Atiku, as the appellant, had 14 days to file an appeal. By this calculation, the deadline for the filling of an appeal is Wednesday, September 25, while the petition has a lifespan of 60 days within which the appeal must be determined. An unnamed Mr Atiku’s lawyer was quoted by...
Election Petitions: No Vacation For You, Bulkachuwa Tells Appeal Court Judges
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Election Petitions: No Vacation For You, Bulkachuwa Tells Appeal Court Judges

The President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, has cancelled this year’s annual vacation of judges of the court. Federal High Court judges had on July 8 started their annual vacation and some other judges were due to commence theirs on Monday, July 15. But in a statement on Sunday, the media officer of the Court of Appeal, Sa’adatu Musa-Kachalla, said the cancellation of the vacation of appellate court judges was due to “the enormous (election) petitions the court is faced with.” According to the statement, Mrs Bulkachuwa said since election petitions were time-bound, there is a need for timely determination of the appeals arising from them by the Court of Appeal. “We have to forfeit our annual vacation to enable us to entertain and determine all appeals arising f...
Adeleke Was Robbed, Nigeria Is Finished – Fani Kayode Declares
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Adeleke Was Robbed, Nigeria Is Finished – Fani Kayode Declares

Reactions are coming in on the victory of the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in the September 22 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state. The election which has lingered on for a while now has seen the case go from the State Election Petition Tribunal to the Appeal Court and then finally the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court this morning validated the election of Gboyega Oyetola as the governor of Osun State. The apex court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal which nullified the March 22 judgement of the Osun State election petition tribunal. The tribunal had declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the September 2018 election. The Supreme Court in a split judgement on Friday agreed substantially with the Court of A...
I Will Be Osun State Governor By Next Friday – Ademola Adeleke
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I Will Be Osun State Governor By Next Friday – Ademola Adeleke

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer in the September 22, 2018, gubernatorial election in Osun, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday declared he would become the governor of the state by next week Friday. He expressed optimism that the Supreme Court judgment slated for July 5 in the appeal filed against the Court of Appeal ruling that declared incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola would be in his (Adeleke) favour. The apex court had fixed July 5 for judgement on the petition Adeleke filed against the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Oyetola, who was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the conduct of the rerun poll. Adeleke, who spoke at the PDP secretariat in Osogbo tasked members of the party t...
Bench Warrant Against Me Is An Abuse Of Process Taken Too Far – Innoson Reacts
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Bench Warrant Against Me Is An Abuse Of Process Taken Too Far – Innoson Reacts

The issuance of bench warrant against me by the Federal High Court Ikoyi Lagos, yesterday, June 24th 2019 by Justice Ayokunle Faji is an abuse of process taken too far by the Court and made without jurisdiction. The order itself is a nullity and does not have grounds on law.Firstly, there is no prima facie case against me. The charge was based on suspected or trumped up action of Innoson Nigeria Ltd and Innoson Nigeria Ltd was a party originally to the charge but was discharged by the Court of Appeal.Secondly, there was no notice of trial served on me pursuant to the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. The act provides that before the court should issue a bench warrant, there must be proof of service of the charge and the notice of trial on the person involved. But there is no n...
Court Of Appeal Sacks Ned Nwoko as PDP senator-elect, re-instates Peter Nwaoboshi
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Court Of Appeal Sacks Ned Nwoko as PDP senator-elect, re-instates Peter Nwaoboshi

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has nullified the emergence of Ned Nwoko as the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District. The court in a decision on Thursday said the case instituted at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court which resulted in the recognition of Mr Nwoko as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission was wrongly filed. The appellate court ruled that the matter ought to have been brought at the lower court before the expiration of 14 days from the time of the incidence that birthed the suit. It further ruled that the failure of the applicant at the lower court to file the case before the expiration of 14 days meant that the case had become statute barred and the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the m...
Adeleke Will Get Victory At Supreme Court – Brother
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Adeleke Will Get Victory At Supreme Court – Brother

Dele, a sibling of the hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 Osun State governorship race, Ademola Adeleke, has communicated certainty that the Supreme Court would overrule the Court of Appeal and announce the congressperson as the properly chosen legislative leader of the state. Adeleke scored 254,698 votes to conquer the applicant of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who surveyed 254,345 votes, in the September 22, 2018 race. Be that as it may, the race was proclaimed uncertain by the Independent National Electoral Commission because of the crossing out of aftereffects of some surveying units. Oyetola, in the long run, scored the most noteworthy number of votes in the strengthening race to develop as the champ of the surveys. In any case...
‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP
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‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP

The Presidency has admonished the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to stop dragging the presidency into their current sponsored media smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. Reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest of this sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation. While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, it is unacceptable to drag the name of the President or other organs of the executive branch into the campaign of chara...
”You Have Till April 16 To Respond To Atiku’s Petition” – Appeal Court Tells INEC
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”You Have Till April 16 To Respond To Atiku’s Petition” – Appeal Court Tells INEC

The court of Appeal has issued out last warning to The Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to have till Thursday to file their responses to the election petition jointly filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, HE Alhaji Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Gcon, challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the APC, has till at least April 16 2019 to respond to the petition. Waziri Adamawa and the People’s democratic party (PDP), on March 18, 2019 filed the petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the declaration of Buhari and the APC as the winner of the just concluded presidential election. According to the pet...
Court Grants Atiku Permission To Serve PMB Petetion Through Substituted Means.
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Court Grants Atiku Permission To Serve PMB Petetion Through Substituted Means.

The Court of Appeal has granted Atiku Abubakar,  Presidential Candidate of the PDP in the February presidential election permission to serve  President Muhammadu Buhari his petition through substituted means. Counsel to Abubakar and the PDP Mr. Chris Uche, (SAN) while moving the ex parte motion on Wednesday, asked the appellate court to grant the application on the grounds personal service on the president had become practically impossible. Uche predicated his application on seven grounds with a 17 paragraph affidavit as well as a further affidavit of five paragraphs.  The three-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki ruled that it was in the interest of justice to grant the ex parte application. “After carefully reading the affidavit and the grounds upon which the ex parte application...
“I Remain Governor Of Osun State” – Gboyega Oyetola
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“I Remain Governor Of Osun State” – Gboyega Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, has insisted that he remains Governor of the state until all legal issues surrounding his election are sorted out. He said this in response to a judgment by the Osun Elections Petitions Tribunal, which declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor-elect of the state. The tribunal had nullified the rerun election held in the state, which had seen Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerge winner of the election. However, at an inspection of ongoing road and drainage projects in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Saturday, Oyetola urged the people of the state to go about their normal activities. His words: “I am confident that our mandate will be reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Co...
Presidential Poll: Buhari Asks Tribunal To Grant Access To Inspect Materials
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Presidential Poll: Buhari Asks Tribunal To Grant Access To Inspect Materials

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) sitting at the Court of Appeal, Abuja to grant access to inspect electoral materials used for the February 23 presidential elections. The request by President Buhari was brought on Thursday through an exparte application by his lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN). The application, which is hinged on the provisions of Section 151 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, is asking the Court of Appeal to compel INEC to allow access to inspect and make copies of the documents and to be certified as true copies by the electoral umpire. The application followed the similar request by the candidate of the PDP in the election, Atiku Abubakar, to compel INEC to produce the Voters Register, the Smart Card...
Court Of Appeal Clears Zamfara APC To Contest 2019 Elections
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Court Of Appeal Clears Zamfara APC To Contest 2019 Elections

  The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, has set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which barred the All Progressives Congress (APC) from fielding candidates in the general elections in Zamfara State. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the federal high court, Abuja, had in a judgment delivered on 25th January 2019, held that INEC was right to have delisted names of candidates APC presented for the elections, stating that the APC failed to conduct a valid primary within the period scheduled by the electoral body. A 3- man panel of the appellate court, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, held that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit, that it was an abuse of court p...
Ogun PDP Crisis: Court To Decide Kashamu, Adebutu’s Fate Today
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Ogun PDP Crisis: Court To Decide Kashamu, Adebutu’s Fate Today

The court of appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state, has reserved judgement in the case between two factions battling for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidacy in Ogun state, till Tuesday. In the suit filed by the Ladi Adebutu faction of the party and heard on Monday, the group asked the appeal court to set aside the orders of the federal high court, Abeokuta, which ruled in favour of the Kashamu faction. On October 2, the federal high court in Abeokuta had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and process the list of candidates and delegates submitted to it by the faction of Kashamu. The commission had written Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, that it was only going to accept list of candidates from Kashamu group. ...
2019: Court of Appeal Orders INEC To Register Inmates
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2019: Court of Appeal Orders INEC To Register Inmates

On Friday, court of Appeal Benin Division granted the prayers of five prisoners seeking the order of the court to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include all prisoners in the voter register. Justice S. Oseji, delivered the lead judgment on behalf of Justice Helen Ogunwumiju.  The appeal was filed by five inmates on behalf of other inmates in Nigerian prisons.  Those that filed the appeal are Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekekpolor and Modugu Odion. The judgment affirmed the judgment granted by a Federal High Court in 2014, that prisoners can vote.  However, Oseji did not grant a declaration that INEC liaise with the Nigeria Prison Service to create a registration centre at various prisons across the country. Speaking to newsmen af...
Sahara Reporters Wins Saraki At Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturned
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Sahara Reporters Wins Saraki At Appeal Court, N4bn Judgement Overturned

The Court of Appeal in Ilorin, Kwara State, has nullified the lower court’s judgment that awarded a N4billion cost as sum of damages against SaharaReporters and its founder, Omoyele Sowore, in a suit between the two and Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President. On Tuesday, the Appeal Court set aside the judgment of Justice A.S. Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin delivered on June 28, 2017. The Appeal Court judges — Honourable Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Salauwa, Honourable Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa and Honourable Justice Hamma Akawu Barka — unanimously ruled that the judgment be nullified and assigned to a new trial judge at the lower court for a retrial. The account of Sahara Reporters Media Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation, was garnisheed in a suit...
Appeal Court Sentence Zamfara UBEC Chairman To 41 Years in Jail
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Appeal Court Sentence Zamfara UBEC Chairman To 41 Years in Jail

A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto and presided over by Justice Hannatu Sankey has sentenced the Chairman of the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Murtala Adamu Jengebe to a cumulative jail term of 41 years. Jengebe was convicted by the court after the appellate court found him guilty on the seven out of the 10 counts for which he was earlier acquitted at the Federal High Court, Gusau, Zamfara State. In the lead judgment of the Court read by Justice Habeeb Abiru, the earlier acquittal of the embattled Chairman by a Federal High Court in Gusau was set aside. The appalate court held that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt seven out of the ten counts of the money laundering charge brought against him by the EFCC. He was cons...
Justice Katsina-Alu Bows Out
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Justice Katsina-Alu Bows Out

Late Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, Chief Justice of Nigeria This is so because only but members of his immediate family and close associates had any idea that he was ailing. The late Justice Katsina-Alu who had a distinguished legal career spanning 44 years after his call to the Bar, was a month short of 77 years at the time of his death. Born in Ushongo in Benue State on August 28, 1941, Justice Katsina-Alu was the first citizen of Benue State to be appointed to the Supreme Court Bench in 1998. He had a well-deserved stint at the Court of Appeal and it is reported that he never lobbied to be appointed to any position during his sojourn in the nation’s judicial offices. During his elevation to the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, the late Justice Katsina-Alu enco...
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Loses At The Supreme Court
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Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Loses At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu challenging a July 20017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld an order by a Federal High Court in Abuja, granting permission to Olusegun Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means, court documents in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed. Akeredolu's appeal was dismissed for lack of merit. According to Gistmania, Abraham’s suit is challenging the outcome of the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in Ondo State. In a unanimous judgment on Friday morning, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court held that Akeredolu’s appeal was without merit. Justice John Okoro, in the lead...
Abuja Federal High Court Sentence Pension Thief Who Stole N32.8billion To 6 Years In Prison
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Abuja Federal High Court Sentence Pension Thief Who Stole N32.8billion To 6 Years In Prison

A federal civil servant who alongside others stole N32.8 billion has been sentenced by a court in Abuja. Five year after his conviction and sentence to an aggregate fine of N750, 000 by a Federal Capital Territory High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Talba, sparked national and international outrage, John Yusuf, one of six federal civil servants facing prosecution for allegedly stealing N32.8 billion of police pension fund today got a respectable punishment for his offence. The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, today sentenced him to 6 years imprisonment and a fine of N22.9billion. The ruling by the appellate court is the climax of the appeal by the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which, dissatisfied with the decision of the trial court in a plea ...
BREAKING! Court Approves Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye’s Recall To Continue
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BREAKING! Court Approves Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye’s Recall To Continue

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has ruled that the recall process initiated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Nigerian Senate has to be restarted after it was initially paused when the Senator filed an appeal against a Federal High Court ordering the recall to go on. In a  unanimous decision this earlier today, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered last year. The appellate struck out the suit filed at the court on the ground that there was no cause of action and the federal high that initially adjudicated the case lacked jurisdiction and ought not to have entertained the case in the first place. INEC is yet to issue a statement relating to the date ...
Biafra: IPOB Insists Court Must Deliver Its Judgment Despite Kanu’s Missing File
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Biafra: IPOB Insists Court Must Deliver Its Judgment Despite Kanu’s Missing File

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday asked the Court of Appeal to deliver judgment on its embattled leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whether his case file was missing or not.   IPOB had raised the alarm over the purported disappearance of the case file of its leader, Mr Nnamdi Kanu at the Appeal Court.     The group said the announcement of the disappearance of the file was a huge joke that further portrayed the rot in the Nigerian Justice sector, while calling on the chief Judge of the federation to step in and salvage what was left of its integrity.   IPOB head of Directorate of Service, Mazi Chika Edoziem, in a statement recalled that the Court of Appeal panel heard Kanu’s matter in March 2017, insisting that any attempt to delay the judgment on...
Keyamo Wants Police IG Fired Over Ezekwesili, #BBOG Arrests
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Keyamo Wants Police IG Fired Over Ezekwesili, #BBOG Arrests

Nigerian lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has called on the Nigeria Police to apologise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement over the arrest of its members on Tuesday.   Mr. Keyamo also called for the removal of the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, over the incident.   A former Nigerian Minister of Education and leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, and members of the group, were arrested as they moved to stage a march to the presidential villa on Tuesday.   But the police said they never harassed members of the group.   “It is pertinent to state that they were only brought to the Command to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as some members of the group reacted violently and broke down security barriers set up by the police to restrict t...
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...
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 ...
2019 Poll: Parties Must Present Presidential Candidates December 3 —INEC
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2019 Poll: Parties Must Present Presidential Candidates December 3 —INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has declared that parties must submit names of candidates for Presidential and National Assembly elections by December 3, 2018. Unveiling timetable and schedule of activities for 2019 general elections, on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja,  INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, also gave December 17, 2018, as the final date for submission of nomination forms for candidates for the governorship and State Assembly elections. The final list of candidates for the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections which will hold simultaneously with national assembly and governorship elections must also reach the Commission by December 14, 2018. Giving further insight into the timetable, Professor Yakubu said collection of nomi...
Hijab Saga: Muslim Group Submits Memorandum To House Of Reps
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Hijab Saga: Muslim Group Submits Memorandum To House Of Reps

The Muslim rights concern group has submitted a memorandum to the Federal house of Representatives concerning the ‘injustice’ meted out to a Muslim student, Firdaus Amasa. Amasa made headlines late last year after she refused to remove her hijab in order to be called to bar. Below is a statement made available to PoliticsNGR from MURIC, signed by its leader, Prof. Ishaq Akintola; The Committee on Judiciary and Justice of the House of Representatives was mandated on Wednesday 20th December, 2017 to investigate the circumstances surrounding Law School hijabgate. A law graduate of the University of Ilorin, AbdulSalaam Firdaus Amasa, was barred from ‘call to bar’ by the Nigerian Law School. The committee was given two weeks for the assignment. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has since d...
It’s Fake News – Kogi East Senator Reacts To Report Of Sack By Court Of Appeal
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It’s Fake News – Kogi East Senator Reacts To Report Of Sack By Court Of Appeal

Sen. Atai Aidoko, representing Kogi East in the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has denied reports of his sack by the Court of Appeal. Debunking the report, the lawmaker told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that the news came to him as a shock hence the necessity to put the record straight. According to him, the Court of Appeal contrary to the reports making the rounds only asked me and my opponent, Sen. Isaac Alfa, to go back to the Federal High Court in view of the fact that it was a pre-election matter. ”Yesterday I was awakened by calls by well-wishers that my seat had been declared vacant.I did not take it seriously initially but when reputable media organisations started carrying it, I knew it was a serious issue.We are all aware that I came in as a r...
Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments
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Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, breached the provisions of the constitution in the recent reconstitution of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), PREMIUM TIMES can report. The duo also showed disregard for court processes by ignoring the pending suits on the dissolution of the former Board of CCB at the Court of Appeal and the National Industrial Court (NIC). Mr. Buhari had, on November 29, forwarded the names of 10 nominees and copies of their curriculum vitae to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees and their states of origin are Muhammad Isah (Jigawa State, North West) who will serve as chairman; Murtala Kankia (Katsina, North West); Emmanuel Attah (Rivers, South-South); Danjuma Sado (Edo, South-South); and Ubolo Okpanachi (Kogi, North Central)....
Nigeria President Buhari Appoints New Grand Kadi Of Sharia Court Of Appeal
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Nigeria President Buhari Appoints New Grand Kadi Of Sharia Court Of Appeal

Current update as the confirmation of Ibrahim Rufai Imam as the new Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, has been requested by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian Senate. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso moves for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday 5th December, 2017. Senator Duro Faseyi seconds. The president made this request through a letter to the Senate on Tuesday. The letter reads, “In accordance with the provision of section 261 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I have the pleasure of forwarding the appointment of Ibrahim Rufai Imam as Grand Khadi of Sharia Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja for confirmation. “Please accept Mr. President the assurances of my h...
No Basis For SEC’s Forensic Audit, Says Oando
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No Basis For SEC’s Forensic Audit, Says Oando

Oando Plc has said there is no basis for the institution of a forensic audit of the company by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said in a statement on Sunday that it had continued in its legal battle with SEC on the regulator’s alleged findings and sanctions following an investigation into the oil marketing firm, which began in May 2017. The firm stated that it had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge SEC’s technical suspension of its shares and a forensic audit into its affairs. The company said in addition to the legal action, it had written several petitions to various arms of the government expressing concern at the way SEC, under the leadership of the suspended Director-General, Mounir Gwarzo, managed the investigation.  Group Chief Execu...
2019 Election: Avoid Politicians, They Can Destroy You – CJN, Onnoghen Warns Judges
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2019 Election: Avoid Politicians, They Can Destroy You – CJN, Onnoghen Warns Judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has warned judges against closeness with politicians ahead of the 2019 general elections. The CJN admonished judges to be wary of the politicians, who, according to him, were capable of destroying their reputations. He said this while declaring open this year’s Annual Conference of Justices of Court of Appeal, in Abuja, adding, “soon the tempo of political activities will pick up.” He said, “Let me remind us that our salvation remains in our hands; so in the approaching frenzied political activities leading to the 2019 general elections, let us continue to watch the company we keep, the people we open our doors to, lest we unwittingly open ourselves to ridicule and embarrassment as the politicians will do anything, not ne...
Code Of Conduct Trial: Court Of Appeal To Deliver Judgment On Saraki’s Acquittal Today
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Code Of Conduct Trial: Court Of Appeal To Deliver Judgment On Saraki’s Acquittal Today

The Court of Appeal in Abuja is to deliver judgment on the appeal filed by the Federal Government to challenge the acquittal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal today (Wednesday) Our correspondent confirmed that the Court of Appeal issued hearing notices and served same on parties to the appeal on Monday. The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson had reserved judgment after parties adopted their appellant’s and respondent’s briefs on November 14, 2017. The Federal Government had on June 22, 2017 filed grounds notice of appeal against the June 14, 2017 judgment of the CCT acquitting Saraki of the  18 charges of false asset declaration and other related offences preferred against him in September 2015. The t...
Court Awards N2.7 Billion Against Dangote Over Breach Of Contract
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Court Awards N2.7 Billion Against Dangote Over Breach Of Contract

The Federal High Court, Lokoja, Kogi State, has ordered Dangote Group Plc, and three of its subsidiaries to pay N2,697,125,000 billion to a mining firm over breach of contract. The other subsidiaries are Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Cement Plc, and Dangote Industries Plc. The trial judge, Phoebe Ayua made the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed in 2014 by a mining company, Quest Two Enterprises Ltd and its Chief Executive Officer, Sir Paul Akanegbu. The plaintiffs had filed the action, claiming various sums for breach of contract, special damages and specific performance of Dangote’s obligations contained in two Memoranda of Understanding dated January 2, 2014 and February 10, 2014. Dangote had counterclaimed for N3billion, stating that the action of the plaintiffs in the co...
ALLEGED FRAUD: Enugu Ex-CJ Forfeits N50m To Nigerian Govt
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ALLEGED FRAUD: Enugu Ex-CJ Forfeits N50m To Nigerian Govt

The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, has ordered that the former Chief Justice of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike forfeits the sum of N50 Million to the federal government. In the judgement delivered on Thursday, the court dismissed an appeal filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) by the former Chief Judge, challenging the interim forfeiture of the sum in his Zenith Bank account. The court presided over by Honourable Justice Ogunwumiju, while dismissing the appeal filed by the former CJ, upheld the argument of Wahab Shittu in favour of EFCC. Umezulike had appealed the order of Justice A. M Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu in March 2017 forfeiting the fund, following EFCC’s application seeking the freezing, seizure and forfeiture of properties link...

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