Saturday, January 23

Tag: court order

EFCC Secures Court Order To Freeze Three Bank Accounts Belonging To Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa
Politics

EFCC Secures Court Order To Freeze Three Bank Accounts Belonging To Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a court order granting the temporary forfeiture of three bank accounts belonging to Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa. The court order was obtained from the Federal High Court, Lagos, on September 15, 2020. The bank accounts are to be frozen pending an investigation by the EFCC. The three bank accounts frozen are domiciled in Standard Chartered Bank under the name Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa. In obtaining the ex-parte order, the EFCC said the bank accounts are being investigated for conspiracy, diversion of funds, abuse of office and money laundering. DOCUMENT: EFCC Secures Court Order to Freeze Three Bank Accounts Belonging to Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa... by Sahara Reporters on Scribd S...
Mustapha Salihu Applies To Strikeout Court Order Making Him Acting National Secretary
Politics

Mustapha Salihu Applies To Strikeout Court Order Making Him Acting National Secretary

The National Vice Chairman, North East of the All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Mustapha Salihu has applied to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court to strike out the order making him the Acting National Secretary of the party (APC). The FCT High Court sitting in Maitama presided over by the Hon. Justice S.U. Bature had last week purportedly issued an order that Mustapha be allowed to carry out the functions of Acting National Secretary of the party. However, Mustapha, who immediately rejected the order said he was aware that such plea was entered in March but the recent resolution of the zone endorsing the nomination of Arc. Waziri Bulama for the office of the National Secretary of APC has now overtaken such plea to the Court. He said the nomination of Arc. Bula...
Salihu Denies Court Order Asking Him To Take Over As APC Secretary
Politics

Salihu Denies Court Order Asking Him To Take Over As APC Secretary

National Vice Chairman, Northeast of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Mustapha Salihu has dissociated himself from a court order directing him to take over as National Secretary of the party. The court order dated June 16, 2020, was purportedly obtained at the FCT High Court sitting at Maitama and presided over by Justice S. U Bature. The motion ex-parte with number FCT/HC/M/7707/2020 was supported by an affidavit sworn by one Obinna Ugwu. The order which had Comrade Salihu as the purported applicant granted the interim order that he should act as National Secretary pending “the decision of a validly convened National Executive Committee, NEC or pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed, whichever comes first.” Salihu in a ...
Politics

Disobedience To Court Order, Recipe For Lawlessness, Chao – Sultan Of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has warned that disobedience to any court order is a recipe for lawlessness and chaos. In a veiled reference to the arrest of the #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services in violation of a court order, Abubakar stated that “everyone must be law-abiding in the interest of national development.” He gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja at the 2019 fourth quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council with the theme: ‘Religion and Civil Authorities in Dialogue for Nation-Building.’ The monarch said, “We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a cou...
PDP Ignores Court Order, Holds Election In Lagos
Politics

PDP Ignores Court Order, Holds Election In Lagos

Despite a court order stopping the conduct of fresh election of new members of the state working committee (SWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday went ahead with the congress. Daily Trust reports that Justice T. A. O. Oyekan-Abdullahi of the Lagos High Court had ordered that status quo should remain in the affairs of the PDP in Lagos State. This followed a suit filed against the proposed special election for state executive positions of the party. The suit has the PDP, Senator Ben Obi, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and four others as defendants. But the representatives of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party sent in to conduct the election converged at an Hotel in Lagos yesterday where the speci...
DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore
Politics

DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore

For the second time in about one month on Thursday, the Department of State Services failed to obey a court order directing the release of pro-democracy activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. The agency, which was on Thursday morning served with the latest ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, by the court’s bailiff and lawyers to Sowore, acknowledged receipt of the document but refused to obey the directive. As at the time of filing this report, there was no indication that the agency was ready to honour the court order and release Sowore and Olawale Bakare widely known as Mandate, who had been detained in their custody since August 3 and 5, 2019 respectively. In a precursor to Thursday’s refusal to honour the order issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Fed...
Operation Positive Identification: Falana Gets Order Against Army
Politics

Operation Positive Identification: Falana Gets Order Against Army

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the Nigerian Army and the Attorney General of the Federation to maintain status quo in respect of their planned Operation Positive Identification. Justice Rilwan Aikawa made the order at the request of human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN). Falana had filed a suit seeking to stop the army’s Operation Positive Identification, which requires that all citizens must carry a means of identification to be able to move. The lawyer argued that such an operation was a violation of constitutional rights to liberty. In a short ruling on Tuesday, Justice Aikawa ordered the army to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of Falana’s suit. “In view of the agreement between counsel, I hereby order the 1st and 2nd de...
IGP Mohammed Adamu Flouts Court Order, Releases List Of New Recruits
Politics

IGP Mohammed Adamu Flouts Court Order, Releases List Of New Recruits

The Nigeria Police Force yesterday released names of successful applicants in the latest recruitment exercise. The Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Wednesday ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Police Service Commission to maintain a status quo on the ongoing recruitment of 10, 000 constables. Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order at the hearing of the case brought by the PSC against the IGP. The PSC had brought the matter before the court, asking it to stop Adamu from continuing the recruitment exercise for usurping the power of the commission. A post last night on the verified Twitter handle of the Nigeria Police Force,@policeng, said the IGP had vetted the list. “List of successful candidates in the 2019 recruitment exercise into the nigeria police fo...
Sowore: SERAP, 48 CSOs Calls On UN, AU To Caution FG
Politics

Sowore: SERAP, 48 CSOs Calls On UN, AU To Caution FG

Not fewer than 50 Civil Society Organizations have come together to sign an agreement calling for the Intervention of the United Nations and Africa Union for the immediate and unconditional released of the Political Activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyole Sowore, who was arrested and detained by the Department of State Security about 56 days ago. This violates the court order which granted the DSS the right to detain him for 45 days. After the 45 days elapsed, he has however not been released even after a Federal High Court in Abuja ask for his release and served Sowore's lead councel, Femi Falana (SAN) his release permit for about three days now. Sowore was arrested since 3 August 2019 after calling for a national protest which he tagged #RevolutionNow. Since then, h...
Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana
Politics

Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana

Mr Femi Falana, SAN, counsel Mr Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to a claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that it was not served with copies of the order directing the release of the publisher. In a telephone interview on Thursday evening, Falana, said he doubts that the statement made by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, was authorised by the Director-General of the agency, Yusuf Bichi. According to him, “the DSS has a duty to comply, not only with this order, but also with all the orders made by courts of law in Nigeria.” The Punch Newspaper had reported a statement attributed to Mr Afunaya stating that the DSS was yet to receive the court order for Mr Sowore’s release. “We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of ...
Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Diezani’s $40m Jewellery, Iphone To FG
Politics

Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Diezani’s $40m Jewellery, Iphone To FG

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has granted a final forfeiture to the Federal Government, the $40m worth of jewellries seized from the premises of the former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke. Justice Nicholas Oweibo ruled that the former Minister had failed to show cause why the jewellries should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. In his application for the final forfeiture order, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo had told the judge that the expensive jewellries comprising wristwatches, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, a customized gold phone and more were reasonably suspected to have being acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities of the former Minister. An investigator ...
INEC To Allow Atiku, PDP Inspect Material After Receiving Court Order
Politics

INEC To Allow Atiku, PDP Inspect Material After Receiving Court Order

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that it refused the main opposition PDP access to inspect election materials - INEC says it did so because it has yet to receive the court compelling it to grant access to the PDP and its candidate Atiku Abubakar - The electoral body assured that it would allow Atiku and PDP access immediately it receives the court order The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has replied claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is being prevented by the electoral body from inspecting election materials. The Cable reports that INEC made its position clear on the matter through Rotimi Oyekanmi, the spokesperson to the Commission's chairman Mahmoud Yakubu. According to the report, INEC ha...
Minimum Wage: FG Secures Court Order To Stop Labour Strike
Politics

Minimum Wage: FG Secures Court Order To Stop Labour Strike

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria yesterday ordered the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to embark on their planned indefinite strike scheduled to commence on November 6. The court headed by Justice Sanusi Kado gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application brought before it on behalf of the federal government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and permanent secretary in Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata. The judge said the order of interim injunction became necessary due to the urgency of the matter and the need to protect the overall interest of the public. Accordingly, he fixed November 8 as return date in the case and warned the governors of the 36 states of the federation, joined in the suit as 3rd defendant ...
EFCC Obtains Court Order To Detain Fayose For Two Weeks, Releases Photos Of Properties He Allegedly Acquired Wrongfully
Scandals and Rumours

EFCC Obtains Court Order To Detain Fayose For Two Weeks, Releases Photos Of Properties He Allegedly Acquired Wrongfully

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has obtained a court order from a Federal High court in Abuja to keep the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, for two weeks. Fayose whose tenure ended on October 16th, arrived the commission's office in Abuja on same day to answer questions on some allegations of fraud. Fayose is being investigated for his alleged role in the $2.1 billion arms procurement fraud. He is alleged to have received N1.3 billion from the Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, which was used to allegedly rig the 2014 state governorship election in his favor. A source in the commission, says the court order for his continous detention was obtained yesterday October 17th.Meanwhile, the agency has released photos of some proper...
NBA Star Blake Griffin Ordered To Pay His Ex-Fiancee, Brynn Cameron $258,000 A Month In Child Support
Sport

NBA Star Blake Griffin Ordered To Pay His Ex-Fiancee, Brynn Cameron $258,000 A Month In Child Support

NBA star, Blake Griffin, 29, who plays for Detroit Pistons has been ordered to pay his ex-fiancee, actress Brynn Cameron, 32, a whopping $258,000 a month in child support for his two kids. Blake and Brynn have been battling in court over a nasty paternity case and a separate civil suit where Cameron claimed the NBA star broke off their engagement shortly after he started dating Kendall Jenner when he was still part of the Los Angeles Clippers. In the court document obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, it was claimed in the civil suit that the 29-year-old will give Cameron over $258,000 every month in financial support for their two children, Ford, 5, and Finn, 2. This means Griffin whose annual income totals to $35 million will pay his ex-fiancee $3 million every year. ...
Why I Stopped The Swearing-in Of My New Dep. Governor – Rochas Okorocha
Politics

Why I Stopped The Swearing-in Of My New Dep. Governor – Rochas Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has claimed full responsibility for the botched swearing-in of the new deputy governor of the state, Sir Calistus Ekenze, on Tuesday. According to Daily Sun, the governor said the swearing-in was suspended following his directive to the Chief Judge of the state to obey the interim court order restraining him from carrying out the exercise. Governor Okorocha, who gave the explanation said that prior to the swearing-in, the venue of the scheduled swearing-in, the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chamber was full to the brim by guests, including senior government functionaries and APC leaders in the state, before he gave the directive which came through the Attorney-General of the state, Barr. M.O. Nlemedim, to halt the exercise. The governor who gave the e...
Dasuki’s Family Asks NBA to Investigate Malami
News

Dasuki’s Family Asks NBA to Investigate Malami

The AGF was, in the petition signed by Dasuki’s wife, Hajia Bintu Sambo Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Atiku, and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru, alleged to have engaged in conducts capable of causing anarchy in the country, by encouraging the Federal Government to disobey lawful court orders directing release of the ex-NSA on bail. They alleged that Malami had in a media interview, made unprofessional remarks to the effect that the Federal Government would never comply with six separate court orders that gave Dasuki bail, pending his trial. Malami had in the said interview, reportedly maintained that Dasuki’s continued detention since December 29, 2015, was justified, insisting that his action while in office as NSA led to the death of so many people. However, Dasuki’s family conten...
Journalists, CSOs Criticise Saraki’s Court Order Freezing Sahara Reporters’ Bank Accounts
News

Journalists, CSOs Criticise Saraki’s Court Order Freezing Sahara Reporters’ Bank Accounts

An order of a Kwara State High Court which blocked bank accounts linked to an online media platform, Sahara Reporters, about four months ago has been criticised by a coalition of media and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs. The group, Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP) made their position known in a joint statement signed by 15 of its members on Wednesday. It further condemned delays in the judicial process to reverse the order. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, instituted the case in Ilorin, where he ruled for eight years as governor, accusing Sahara Reporters of publishing defamatory content against his personality. The four stories at issue, which included news and opinion contents, were published between September and December 2015, court filings pu...
Court Orders Reversal Of NLNG’s Payments To NIMASA
News

Court Orders Reversal Of NLNG’s Payments To NIMASA

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to refund the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) payments it had made to NIMASA. The court said this became necessary, as the NLNG was not liable to make payments to NIMASA. The maritime agency had alleged that NLNG was liable to pay three per cent gross freight on its international inbound and outbound cargoes, Sea Protection Levy, two per cent cabotage surcharge on all activities carried out for and on its behalf, as well as other sundry claims, all of which the NLNG had disputed. The presiding judge, Justice M.B. Idris, held inter alia, that NLNG was not liable to make the said payments to NIMASA and that all such payments already made should be refunded to ...
Melaye’s Recall: We’re Studying Court Order – INEC
News

Melaye’s Recall: We’re Studying Court Order – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has been served with the ruling of a Federal High Court on the process to recall the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye. The INEC spokesperson, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission received the court papers on Monday but was yet to study it. “We have a copy of the court ruling now, so we have to study it and make a decision, and that will take a while,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday. Mr. Oyekanmi had told this newspaper on Friday that the commission would proceed with the process because it had not been served with the ruling. An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had last Thursday ordered parties involved in the planned recall of Mr. Melaye to maintain status quo. Th...
Disobedience To Court Order Invitation To Anarchy – Reps Tell Executive
News

Disobedience To Court Order Invitation To Anarchy – Reps Tell Executive

he House of Representatives yesterday condemned the intentional refusal of the executive arm of government to obey court judgments, orders and the public admission of same by its officials. The House noted that deliberate refusal to implement court judgements undermines the principle of separation of power threatens the nation’s democracy. “Deliberate refusal to obey court order by the executive recipe for anarchy and a calculated attempt to foist an authoritarian government.” The representatives made specific reference to the initial refusal to release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and the continued detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Shia Muslim clergy, Sheikh El-Zakzaky after they had been granted bail...
Court Orders Forfeiture of Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s N34 Billion
News

Court Orders Forfeiture of Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s N34 Billion

Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos, has ordered the forfeiture of about N34 billion linked to former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Anti-graft agency, EFCC, had asked the court to order the forfeiture after its investigations showed that the money was diverted from NNPC's accounts. Delivering judgement in the application filed by EFCC, Justice Hassan said he was satisfied with the evidence provided by the EFCC.