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Court to begin Nnamdi Kanu’s trial in absentia
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Court to begin Nnamdi Kanu’s trial in absentia

The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu will begin on Thursday November 26 as scheduled by the Federal High Court in Abuja.   Ahead of the court sitting in which five prosecution witnesses have been lined up to testify against Nnamdi Kanu, copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.   Recall that Justice Binta Nyako had since March 28, 2019, revoked the bail granted the IPOB leader, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial on charges of a treasonable felony would proceed in his absence; but the court had not had any sitting on the case since then.
Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield
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Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit filed by the Bayelsa state government over the disputed Soku oilfield belonging to Rivers State.   Bayelsa State government had approached the Supreme Court after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered it to refund the 13 percent derivation it had received over the years from disputed Soku oilfield to Rivers State.   At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday October 27, Justice Ngwuta, who led a panel of 7 justices, wondered why the Bayelsa State government decided to file a suit at the apex court, whereas steps were being taken to challenge the judgement of the Federal High Court at the Court of Appeal.   Justice Ngwuta observed that the Bayelsa State government was jumping the gun and its action was tantamount ...
Money Laundering: Court Gives Ndume 21 Days To Produce Maina
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Money Laundering: Court Gives Ndume 21 Days To Produce Maina

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, gave Senator Ali Ndume who is representing Borno South, 21 days, to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has repeatedly failed to appear for continuation of his trial on money laundering charges. The former pension boss is facing a 12-count criminal charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and a firm, Common Input Properties & Investment Limited. Maina spent over seven months on remand at the Kuje Correctional Center before the court released on bail after Senator Ndume agreed to stand surety for him. EFCC alleged that he used account of the firm and laundered funds to the tune of about N2billion, part of which he used to acquire landed ...
Court dismisses SERAP’s suit against Code of Conduct Bureau
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Court dismisses SERAP’s suit against Code of Conduct Bureau

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the suit by the Registered Committee of Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, against Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB. SERAP was seeking an order granting leave to apply for judicial review and to seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling CCB to compile and make available to the applicant, information on the number of asset declarations so far verified by the CCB and the number of those declarations found to be false and deemed to be in breach of the Code of Conduct for public officers by the Bureau and to publish widely including on a dedicated website, any such information. The applicant also prayed for judicial review and to seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling CCB to immediately take cases o...
Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS
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Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS

According to SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Senate has invited lead counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN), to appear before it over the invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services. Falana was asked to appear before the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters on Thursday by 10:00am. The Senate had mandated the committee to investigate the invasion of the court after some DSS officials stormed the place to effect the rearrest of Sowore, who is standing trial in  case brought against him by the Nigerian Government. The Senate, in the letter to Falana, noted that the court should not be disrespected, adding that lawmakers and Nigerians would like to know what actually transpired in the court. The letter reads, “Pursuan...
‘I Was Never Summoned By The Federal High Court Over Sowore’s Continued Detention’ – Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami
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‘I Was Never Summoned By The Federal High Court Over Sowore’s Continued Detention’ – Minister Of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said he was never summoned by the Federal High Court over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore. According to Malami in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Wednesday night,  “the issues that surrounded the subject matter borders on the application filed by Sowore’s lawyer on the 15th day of November 2019. “The Court adjourned the matter to the 23rd day of January, 2020 for the hearing of the substantive matter. “Surprisingly, on Tuesday the 17th day of December, 2019, the Applicant’s Counsel adopted an ex-parte application filed on the 15th day of November, 2019 before Hon. Justice I E. Ekwo. “However, the Court, being aware of the fact that ...
Court adjourns Naira Marley’s trial
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Court adjourns Naira Marley’s trial

Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley's case of credit card fraud was adjourned by a Federal High Court which sat in Lagos on Wednesdat December 11. The case was adjourned till Thursday December 12, as the defence counsel Mr Olalejan Ojo (SAN) was not available. Recall that Naira Marley was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 11-count charge bordering on credit card fraud. The singer who was granted a bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, was accused of committing the offence on different dates; between Nov. 26, 2018 and Dec.11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.
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UK government speaks on Sowore’s rearrest, asks FG to respect rule of law

The UK government has reacted to the drama which played out at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday December 6, just before Omoyele Sowore was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) while his trial was in session. The British High Commission in Nigeria in its tweet disclosed that it is following Sowore's detention closely. The commission also stated that respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for democracy. It added that the UK government is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide. The tweet reads; “As we celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we encourage all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago today. ...
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Atiku Abubakar condemns Sowore’s re-arrest

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the re-arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare. Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), had invaded a courtroom at the Federal High Court, Abuja this morning to arrest the duo, a move Atiku calls a rape on the sanctity of the court. Atiku, also said the action of the DSS is unacceptable, describing the invasion as a desecration of the court and the entire judiciary. In a statement which he personally signed, Atiku said never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. The statement said, “Today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watc...
Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath
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Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow Protest, within 24 hours.   Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who gave the order, also awarded an N100, 000 fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with the additional proof of evidence in the ongoing trial of Sowore and Olawale Bakare.   The judge, who was visibly angry over the development which has caused the court to adjourned the trial at the instance of the DSS, said the fine must be paid to the defendants before the next adjourned date.   Ojukwu, therefore, adjourned until Dec. 6 for trial continuation.   Details later...
Nkechi Blessing Sunday Reacts To Mompha’s N100m Bail
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Nkechi Blessing Sunday Reacts To Mompha’s N100m Bail

Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing, has expressed her excitement after the Federal High Court in Lagos granted N100 million bail to social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha. Justice Mohammed Liman granted him bail on Friday. The plump actress attacked critics who slammed her for supporting the Instagram celebrity. “Freedom at last�� to those that bashed me earlier and some even said he will die in prison�� are you GOD? Pray you don’t find urself in such situation…Aiye Toto Aiye Akamara, But las las God win�� @_benzemaa @mompha_jr �� real mvp❤️,” she said in a post on Instagram. Nkechi has been a vocal supporter of Mompha since his arrest on October 19 at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Mompha was arraigned on Monday on 14 counts border...
Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana
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Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana

According to Punch Metro, Nigeria's human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony. Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday. He said this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the Department of State Service in whose custody the defendants have been detained and from where they were produced in court on Wednesday. He said, “I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prep...
Operation Positive Identification: Falana Gets Order Against Army
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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...
Federal Government withdraws corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials
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Federal Government withdraws corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division, on Tuesday, struck out the case of fraud brought against the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. The court made the decision following an application by the federal government to withdraw its case against Mr Pinnick and others accused of mismanaging money gotten from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). The federal government had in May arraigned Mr Pinnik and four others on 18 counts for allegedly diverting the sum, which was given to the NFF as fees for appearing at the last Russia 2018 World Cup. The five officials, including the NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, were accused of ...
Senate confirms John Tsoho as Chief Judge of Federal High Court
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Senate confirms John Tsoho as Chief Judge of Federal High Court

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of John Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. The lawmakers also confirmed the nomination of Benedict Kanyip as the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the Senate last week seeking confirmation of their appointments. Mr Tsoho was on July 26 sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, in an acting capacity. His appointment followed the retirement of Adamu AbdulKafarati, who attained the retirement age of 65 years on July 25.
Singer Naira Marley Reportedly Found With Stolen Credit Card Info On His Laptop
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Singer Naira Marley Reportedly Found With Stolen Credit Card Info On His Laptop

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, October 23 heard that stolen credit card information issued by European, American and Latin American banks were retrieved from a laptop allegedly belonging to the musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley. An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forensics expert, Mr Nuru Buhari disclosed this in court. He told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that some of the credit card information belonged to four persons in the United Kingdom (UK) including one Nicole Louise. Specifically, Buhari testified as the EFCC’s first prosecution witness in Marley’s alleged card fraud trial which began on Tuesday. The witness, who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, alleged that apart from the stolen information; the website ...
Naira Marley Trial: Lawyers ‘Quarrel’ Over Seat, Case Adjourned Till December
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Naira Marley Trial: Lawyers ‘Quarrel’ Over Seat, Case Adjourned Till December

A Federal High Court in Lagos has abruptly adjourned the alleged card fraud trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley following lawyers’ heated exchange over space to seat. The argument was between Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo on the one hand, Marley’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo SAN and two other senior lawyers on the other hand. Justice Nicholas Oweibo declined to make any other regarding the dispute but appealed to the lawyers to bear with the government over inadequate space in the courtroom. He adjourned till December 11 and 12 for continuation of trial.
Fayose’s N1.2bn was transported with two aircraft to Ekiti – Witness tells court
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Fayose’s N1.2bn was transported with two aircraft to Ekiti – Witness tells court

A former head of Zenith Bank branch in Akure, Ondo State, Sunday Alade, told the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, October 23rd that it took 10 days to count the N1.2bn delivered to the bank in June 2014 by Abiodun Agbele, an ally of former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Alade was in court to testify against Fayose, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged fraud of N2.2bn. Alade, who was fielding questions from the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), narrated to Justice C.J. Aneke, how the N1.2bn was allegedly evacuated from two aircraft and taken in two trips in a bullion van to the bank for lodgment as instructed by Agbele. He said, “When the aircraft arrived, three individuals disembarked from it, two of them walked away...
Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million
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Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million

The Federal High Court in Abuja today heard Omoyele Sowore's application for bail variation. Sowore, who was arraigned on a four-count charge ranging from insulting President Muhammadu Buhari to money laundering, was given bail condition of paying N150 million and had his movement restricted to Abuja. Femi Falana (SAN), who is representing Sowore, had described the conditions attached to his bail as “stringent”. After the hearing, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has now varied Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare's bail conditions. According to a report by SaharaReporters, Justice Ojukwu said she found it difficult to believe a man of Sowore's pedigree did not have anyone to deposit N50 million. Hence, Sowore bail condition was reviewed from N100 million to N50 million and the 50 sec...
Photos/video: Hailings, smiles welcome Sowore as he arrives court this morning
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Photos/video: Hailings, smiles welcome Sowore as he arrives court this morning

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, has arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja for his arraignment on charges of treasonable felony and other offences instituted against him by the Federal Government. His supporters were in court to welcome him as they hugged and exchange pleasantries with him. More photos and video below… Click to watch
Court Grants Omoyele Sowore Bail
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Court Grants Omoyele Sowore Bail

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and Former presidential Candidate of the AAC. He is also to submit his International passport.
Ayo Fayose’s N6.9 billion fraud trial to resume in October
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Ayo Fayose’s N6.9 billion fraud trial to resume in October

The trial of Ayo Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State will now resume on October 21 before a Federal High Court in Lagos. Ayo Fayose is being prosecuted by EFCC over N6.9billion fraud and money laundering charges. He was first arraigned on October 22, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside a company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum. The defendant was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, on July 2nd. He had also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was allowed to continue on the earlier bail granted. After his re-arraignment, Justice Aneke had granted leav...
El-Zakzaky has Iran’s support to turn Nigeria to Islamic State – FG
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El-Zakzaky has Iran’s support to turn Nigeria to Islamic State – FG

The Federal Government has alleged that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has the sole aim of establishing an Islamic State in Nigeria.   The government also said the cleric had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim. The government made these claims in a counter-affidavit it filed against IMN’s motion challenging the Federal High Court’s order of July 26 proscribing the group.   Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order, on Wednesday, fixed September 11 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).
Court refuses to grant Sowore’s application challenging his detention
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Court refuses to grant Sowore’s application challenging his detention

The Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to grant the motion filed by Omoyele Sowore challenging his detention for 45 days by the Department of State Security.   Justice Nkeonye Maya, who declined all applications by Counsel to Sowore, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, sent the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing. Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the ex parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, also applied for oral bail when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application.   Sowore who is presently in detention had, on August 9, approached the court, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the DSS the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.   Justice Taiwo Taiwo had, in a ruling on August 8 in an ex parte application, ordered Sowore...
Court rules on APC’s decision to hold indirect primary ahead of Kogi State governorship election
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Court rules on APC’s decision to hold indirect primary ahead of Kogi State governorship election

A Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct indirect primary for the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State.   Justice Taiwo Taiwo approved the party’s choice on Monday and dismissed two suits filed by some APC members in Kogi, challenging the party’s choice of mode of primary to be adopted for selecting a candidate for November 16 poll.   The first suit prayed the court to determine the true leaders of the party from the two sets of members of the party in the state, claiming entitlement to its leadership.   In the second suit, some party members challenged the decision of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) to adopt an indirect primary in choosing its candidate for the election....
Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents
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Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents

The Department of State Services has alleged in fresh papers filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries on how to topple the Muhammadu Buhari government”. DSS also alleged in the court document seen by Punch correspondent on Tuesday that Sowore received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators to sponsor attacks in Nigeria with a view toppling the government and ensuring the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from custody. However, the identities of the alleged foreign collaborators, the details of the meetings and how much was allegedly taken by Sowore were not disclosed in the co...
N195m Fraud: Former bank MD, Adetunji Abudu jailed for two years
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N195m Fraud: Former bank MD, Adetunji Abudu jailed for two years

EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of Adetunji Abudu, a former Managing Director, New Prudential Mortgage Bank Limited, to two years imprisonment for N195m fraud before Justice I.N. Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos. The convict was arraigned on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 on a four-count charge of acting in contravention of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act( BOFIA) 2004 to the tune of N195m( One Hundred and Ninety-five Million Naira). Abudu, while being the Managing Director of the bank, obtained a N35m loan and another N110m loan without authorisation. The former New Prudent Bank boss also approved the setting off of a N50m loan granted to Total Access Concept Limited by Addoser Micro-finance Bank, which was also not authorised in acco...
Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days
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Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the DSS permission to detain the convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the State Security Service, whose operatives arrested Sowore last Saturday, held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of first 45 days on September 21. The SSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday July 5. The security agency anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act. Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the SSS without counter-argu...
Judge Denies FG’s Request To Detain Sowore For 90 Days
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Judge Denies FG’s Request To Detain Sowore For 90 Days

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has denied the request of the Federal Government for an ex-parte order to keep convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, for at least 90 days. The human rights crusader was picked up in a Lagos hotel in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services and has been kept in custody ever since despite growing calls for his immediate release. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had accused Sowore of committing a treasonable act for calling on Nigerians to pour out on the streets on August 5, 2019 to protest against his government’s failure to improve the living conditions of Nigerians. Many of the protesters, who took to the streets in major cities across the country were met with ha...
#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days
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#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days

The Department of State Services (DSS) has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to seek permission to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 90 more days pending the conclusion of its investigation. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, adjourned until Thursday for ruling, as he said he needed time to examine the exhibits filed along with the application, which include two copies of DVD. Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday in Lagos, on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.
EFCC arraigns four men and three companies over unlawful possession of N1.1b gold and €112,800 cash
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EFCC arraigns four men and three companies over unlawful possession of N1.1b gold and €112,800 cash

Four men and three companies were on Friday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges bordering on unlawful possession of gold valued at over N7.1billion.   They were also accused, in a two-count amended charge, to which they pleaded guilty, of attempt to transport the cash sum of €112,800 without making a declaration of the some to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as required by law.   The four men listed in the charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/80/2019 are: Abba Ali Yahaya, Ali Abdullahi, Aminu Mahmud Adam, Alyu Mohammed, Indo Nigeria Mining Company Limited, A. A. Mai Zinari Ltd and Al-Izzat Trading and Investment Ltd. Aliyu Mohammed, who was described as the Director of Indo Nigeria Mining Company Limited and A. A. Mai Zinari Ltd pleaded on their behalf; ...
Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly sues National Assembly over its ‘takeover plan’
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Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly sues National Assembly over its ‘takeover plan’

Francis Okiye, Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly has filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja to stop the National Assembly from taking over the state assembly’s functions.   In an originating summon and a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019 filed by the speaker and the state assembly, the plaintiffs asked Justice Nkeonye Maha to restrain the National Assembly from going ahead with its plans pending the hearing on the matter.   The suit was instituted on July 17 against Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the Clerk of the National Assembly (first defendant), and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (second defendant). The state’s seventh assembly was inaugurated in controversial circumstances on June 17,...
No court order can stop us from practicing our religion- Shi’ites
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No court order can stop us from practicing our religion- Shi’ites

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi'ites, have reacted to the court ruling obtained by the Federal government, declaring them as a terrorist group.  Recall that on Friday July 26th, Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court in Abuja, proscribed the group, banning their activities across the Federation. The Federal government is expected to gazette the ruling on Monday July 29th.   The proscription followed the bloody clash the Islamic group members had with the police on Monday July 22nd in Abuja. The clash led to the death of a youth Corper serving with Channels TV, Precious Owolabi, a deputy police commissioner Umar Bebel and 10 others.   Reacting to the ruling, the secretary to the academic forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa, said the ...
El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) ‘Terrorist Group’
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El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) ‘Terrorist Group’

The Federal Government has obtained a court order to proscribe the Shiites’ organisation formally referred to as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the proscription of the Shiites’ movement as protests by the Islamic organisation rock Abuja. Saturday PUNCH reports that Justice Nkeonye Maha issued the order in a ruling in which she also designated the activities of the Shiite organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.” The court restrained “any person or group of persons” from participating in any form of activities involving or concerning the IMN “under any name or platform” in Nigeria. To complete the process of the proscription of the group, the court ordered the Attorney-General of the Federat...
Justice John Tsoho Sworn-In As Acting Chief Judge Of The Federal High Court
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Justice John Tsoho Sworn-In As Acting Chief Judge Of The Federal High Court

The Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Tanko Muhammad , on Friday swore in Justice John Tsoho as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court . The ceremony , which took place at the Ceremonial Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja , came over 24 hours after the seat of the head of the Federal High Court had been vacant. The former Chief Judge of the FHC , Justice Adamu Kafarati , retired from the bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 65 midnight of Thursday . Tsoho ’s inauguration as the Acting Chief Judge was earlier suspended in the morning to await clearance from President Muhammadu Buhari . It was not clear if Buhari eventually nominated Tsoho to take over as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on Friday . After Tsoho took his oath , the CJN ...
Iran Sends Nigeria Important Message About Shiites Leader, El-Zakzaky
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Iran Sends Nigeria Important Message About Shiites Leader, El-Zakzaky

The Prosecutor-General (Attorney-General) of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammed Montazeri, has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria and the judiciary to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Shiekh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to come to Iran for medical treatment. According to AhlulBayt News Agency, an Iran-based news organisation, Montazeri said this in a letter on Saturday. The Iranian official also called on the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man, to grant bail to El-Zakzaky who is the leader of all Shi’ites in Nigeria. Montazeri also criticised the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis, adding that El-Zakzakky’s current medical condition had become a source of worry. The letter read in part, “I, as the prosecutor general of the Islamic ...
Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property
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Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property

Super Eagles’ Ambassador and former Nigerian international, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed sadness over the take-over of his Hardley Apartments on Waziri Ibrahim Crescent at Victoria Island, Lagos. Despite a Federal High Court order locking up the hotel after an unresolved issue with AMCON dating 2015, strangers have since taken over the hotel and latest findings indicate that normal business has since resumed there. “I got news of this with utmost sadness, especially after all the emotional stress I endured in recent months at ensuring that I got the court injunction for the trespassers to vacate the property,” Kanu said on Friday evening from Cairo, Egypt where he is on a national duty to motivate the Eagles to AFCON 2019 success. “I honestly do not understand this act of lawlessne...
Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Buhari’s Academic Qualification
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Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Buhari’s Academic Qualification

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a suit challenging the qualification of Pres. Buhari to contest the 2019 general election. A three-man panel led by Justice Atinuke Akomolafe-Wilson threw out the suit on Friday for being incompetent. The court agreed with counsel to the President and the APC that the suit was statute barred, having not been filed within the mandatory period stipulated by the law for a pre-election matter to be filed. Applicants in the suit – Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris – had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the judgment of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court which declined to hear their suit instituted to challenge the educational qualification of President Buhari before the conduct of the 2019 general election. ...
Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today
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Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal is to deliver judgment a suit challenging the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 Presidential Election, Channels Television has revealed. A three-member panel of the court presided over by Justice Atinuke Akomolafe-Wilson had on Monday reserved judgment in the suit after listening to the argument canvassed by counsel to parties in the matter. The court had held that the date for its judgment would be communicated to parties. But as the 60-day time frame provided by the law for the hearing of the matter expires July 12, the court communicated to parties of its readiness to deliver its judgment. Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the judgmen...
Court Upholds Suit Seeking Sowore’s Suspension As AAC Chairman
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Court Upholds Suit Seeking Sowore’s Suspension As AAC Chairman

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday upheld a suit seeking to stop the suspended National Chairman, African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Omoyele Sowore, from parading himself as the party’s national chairman. The court, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, gave the judgment on Friday in Abuja. The court also ordered Malcolm Fabiyi to stop parading himself as the AAC’s deputy national chairman. The orders followed an application in a suit instituted on May 17 by the acting National Chairman of the party, Leonard Nzenwa. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court had granted the orders after an application by the plaintiff, through his Lawyer, Barrister Emeka Ozani. Sowore, who was also the party’s presidential candidate in the last general elections, vowed to ap...
EFCC shares photos of jewelry seized from Diezani Alison-Madueke
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EFCC shares photos of jewelry seized from Diezani Alison-Madueke

EFCC has released photos of some pieces of jewelry and a customized gold iphone all valued at $40m belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum Resources which Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, today Friday, July 5th ordered to be forfeited to the federal government.   The order followed an ex parte application filed by the Ibrahim Magu led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The antigraft agency believes the luxury items were acquired with proceeds from ''unlawful activities''.  
EFCC accuses judge of favouring Saraki, Okorocha
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EFCC accuses judge of favouring Saraki, Okorocha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja of exhibiting bias in favour of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorcha, in his handling of the cases they filed. The allegation is contained in two fresh motions the EFCC filed before the court, demanding the withdrawal of Justice Taiwo from the two fundamental rights enforcement cases filed by Saraki and Okocha. The EFCC said although it did not hope to always win its cases before the judge, the trend of Justice Taiwo’s orders in cases where it was conducting corruption/financial crimes investigations, made it difficult for it (the EFCC) to believe in the judge’s impartiality. The commission resorted to...
Six Madonna University Students, Lecturer Regain Freedom
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Six Madonna University Students, Lecturer Regain Freedom

The six Madonna University students and lecturer held in prison custody since February over comments the management of the institution claimed was injurious to them, have been released. The students and lecturer were granted bail on Wednesday by the Federal High Court 2 sitting in Awka and presided over by Justice Babatunde Quadri, months after they were picked by security operatives who first took them to the Okija campus of the university where they were detained in a police cell before being sent to Awka Prison. The prosecution counsel, Mr. J. N. Oboh who did not object the bail granted to the defendants during the proceedings, however insisted that they should sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour. The defendants were given two months from Wednesday, to perfect their bai...
EFCC to arraign Bukola Saraki for alleged money laundering and looting of Kwara State coffers while he was governor between 2003 and 2011
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EFCC to arraign Bukola Saraki for alleged money laundering and looting of Kwara State coffers while he was governor between 2003 and 2011

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has plans to arraign the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for alleged money laundering and looting of the Kwara State coffers during his administration of the state between 2003 and 2011.   According to reports, the plan to earlier arraign Saraki was frustrated by the restraining order granted against the EFCC by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.   Saraki had filed a fundamental human rights suit before Justice Taiwo who granted an ex parte order restraining the commission and five other agencies of the Federal Government from continuing its investigations of corruption allegations against him, but a senior EFCC operative revealed that “Saraki’s arraignment cannot be stopped by any court o...
Lanre Olaoluwa, AMCON Receiver Manager took possession of my house with wrong court order – Mumini Shitu
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Lanre Olaoluwa, AMCON Receiver Manager took possession of my house with wrong court order – Mumini Shitu

Now, in a new develpoment, one of the homeowners identified as Mumini Shitu, whose house was locked and taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has said that Lanre Olaoluwa, AMCON Receiver Manager took possession of his house with wrong court order.   Shitu claimed that AMCON Receiver General is using the power of the court to settle personal issue. He also mentioned that the house listed by the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, was the one belonging to the Awosedo family, which his house and some others are not part of because he has obtained Lagos State Government consent.   He also stated that his life is under attack while insisting that the Receiver Manager is acting outside the purview of the law.   “I am not the debtor (Aw...
EFCC prosecution closes case in N702m fraud suit against Okupe
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EFCC prosecution closes case in N702m fraud suit against Okupe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday June 26th closed its case in a 59-count charge, bordering on money laundering, criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N702,000,000 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira) against former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Doyin Okupe. Okupe is facing prosecution by EFCC before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. A statement from the anti-graft agency released today June 26th, says at the proceedings which continued today, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Audu, presented his last and sixth witness, Shuaibu Salisu, former Director Administration and Finance in the Office of National Security Adviser ONSA, who presently works with the National Intelligence Agency,...
How N1.2bn cash was handed over to Musiliu Obanikoro – Witness tells court
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How N1.2bn cash was handed over to Musiliu Obanikoro – Witness tells court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday June 24, 2019, presented a fresh witness, Damola Otuyalo, former Head of Cash and Transit, Diamond Bank PLC, who told Justice Nnamdi Dimg’ of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, how a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was handed over the sum of NI.2Billion cash. At the last trial, Abiodun Agbele, an aide of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, narrated how he coordinated the movement of N1.2 billion slush fund in the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election in 2014. While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, Otuyalo gave a vivid account of how the alleged sum was moved out of the local wing of the Lagos Airport and eventually handed over to ...
NBC/AIT: Court Asks Parties To Maintain Status Quo
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NBC/AIT: Court Asks Parties To Maintain Status Quo

A Federal High Court in Abuja has reversed the withdrawal of operating licence of the Daar Communications PLC over alleged breach of broadcasting code. Justice Inyang Ekwo on Friday ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Attorney General of the Federation to revert back to state of affairs before May 30, 2019. Justice Ekwo asked the parties to appear before the court on Thursday, June 13 to show cause why the motion on notice challenging the action of the regulatory agency should not be granted. In an ex parte application brought by its lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Daar PLC operators of African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM, Faaji FM and Daarsat had on Thursday asked the court to order status quo ante bellum p...
Acting CJN Muhammad justifies suspension of Onnoghen
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Acting CJN Muhammad justifies suspension of Onnoghen

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Muhammad has justified President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of erstwhile CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen upon the January 25, 2019 ex-parte order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Muhammad argued: “Any public officer found guilty of the breach or violation of code of conduct can be ordered to vacate the office he is holding as the consequence of the breach or violation of the code of conduct.” He contended that President Buhari did no wrong by relying on the CCT order to suspend Onnoghen. Justice Muhammad stated he committed no offence by submitting himself to be sworn in acting capacity following the order of the CCT and to prevent the vacuum that would have been created by Onnoghen’s suspension. The Acting CJN made pu...
OANDO: Court Restrains SEC From Removing Wale Tinubu, Omamofe Boyo
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OANDO: Court Restrains SEC From Removing Wale Tinubu, Omamofe Boyo

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has restrained the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from removing Wale Tinibu as Oando Plc’s Chief Executive Officer, Igbere TV reports. The court also restrained the SEC from removing Omamofe Boyo as the Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Igbere TV learnt that Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Lagos High Court granted the interim injunction following an application by the embattled CEO and DCEO. The Oando chiefs had applied for enforcement of their fundamental rights, Igbere TV gathered. Ruling further, the court also restrained SEC, its servants or agents from taking any step concerning the commission’s letter dated May 31 in which it barred Tinubu and Boyo from being directors of a public company for five years. It al...