Recall: Court hears Melaye’s suit today

August 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court, Abuja, will today, hear the suit that stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from going ahead with process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye. At the last adjourned date, INEC had through its lawyer, Mr. Sulayman Ibrahim, requested accelerated hearing of the suit. Exercising his Read More

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Before we all perish

August 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

By BALLASON Gloria Mabeiam Our greatest threat is that we fail to be true to the realities that we are up against. Even routines are dreary and dreadful. How does anyone explain what happened yesterday at St. Philips Catholic church Ozubulu, Anambra state where people went for worship and then coagulated in their own blood? What do you say of Read More

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Justice administration delay our major challenge – CJN

August 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Th e Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has identifi ed delay in the administration of justice as a major challenge facing the Nigerian Judiciary. Th e CJN, said the only way the country could overcome the challenge was for judges to embrace global best practices directed towards speedy dispensation of justice, such as Read More

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Lagos arraigns 28 adults, 12 minors for ‘homosexuality’

August 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Tope Musowo Lagos Lagos state government ‘yesterday’ arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality contrary to the laws of the land. Th e minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, while the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrate Court. Th e defendants, who are all male, were arraigned separately on a Read More

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Complaints tribunal solicits residents’ cooperation

August 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi Muhammad Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal (URPT) has received 90 complaints fi led by litigants since inception in 1996. Acting Secretary Yahaya Abubakar, who gave this revelation yesterday at a press briefi ng, said out of the number, 12 complaints were determined on their merit, 18 complaints was struck out for lack of diligent Read More

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Aluu 4: Court sentences ex-Sergeant, 2 others to death

August 2, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Iyalla Adaye Port Harcourt A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has sentenced three out of the seven accused persons facing trial in the lynching of four students of University of Port Harcourt popularly called Aluu4, to death. Th ose sentenced to death include: a former police sergeant, Lucky Orji; Ikechukwu Luis Amadi and David Chinasa Ogbonda. Th e Read More

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Student arraigned for N89,000 ATM theft

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

A 24-year-old student, Ifeanyi Kalu, arraigned in a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Nasarawa state, on a count charge of theft for allegedly stealing his neighbour’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, which he used to withdraw N89, 000. He is standing trial on a count charge of theft, an off ence that contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code which Read More

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Court grants Nyako, son permission to travel abroad

July 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has granted permission to former governor of Adamawa state, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), and Zulkifi kk Abba to travel abroad. Th e Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on August 7, 2015, arraigned Nyako, along with his son, Abdul-Aziz, and Zulkifi kk Abba, Abubakar Aliyu as Read More

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Kaduna CJ reassigns land suit

July 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 1

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Chief Judge of Kaduna state, Justice Tanimu Zailani, has reassigned the case between Mr. Lawrence Enyesiobi and Col. John Ubah (retd) from state High Court 10 to 13 while fi xing hearing for August 2, 2017. Th is was in response to an application and appeal for transfer of the case from Justice Bashir Sukola by Read More

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Ex-Jigawa gov, Turaki released after meeting bail conditions

July 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Former Jigawa state governor, Saminu Turaki, was yesterday released on bail from the Kuje Prison after days trying to meet the conditions. Premium Times confi rmed that Turaki, who was granted bail bond of N500 million with two sureties, was released to the Maganin Garin Sokoto, Hassan Danbaba, and another close associate. Despite being on the run for three years Read More

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Alleged fraud: Nyako gets permission to travel abroad

July 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted former Adamawa governor, Murtala Nyako, permission to travel abroad for medical treatment. Th e court also granted Zulkifi k Abba, who is the 3rd defendant in the suit, permission to travel abroad. Justice Okon Abang gave the permission after hearing two applications fi led by Messrs. Nyako and Abba’s counsel seeking permission Read More

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Court hears Melaye recall suit August 7

July 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Th e Federal High Court, Abuja, has fi xed August 7, to hear the suit that stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from going ahead with process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye. Th e August 7, adjourned date thereby abridged the originally adjourned date of September 29, for hearing of the matter. INEC Read More

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Family wants pregnant member’s killers prosecuted

July 26, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Family members of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Asabe Usman Obaje, who was recently murdered at Odogomu in Ankpa LGA of Kogi state have asked the police to prosecute the killers. A relative of the deceased, Mr. Paul Obaje, said the woman was returning from Odogomu to her village in Ofano at about 6pm on July 12 Read More

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Fayemi: Court refuses application to stop panel

July 26, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti Eff ort by former Governor Kayode Fayemi to stop the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate fi nancial dealings under his administration hit the rock yesterday, as an Ado-Ekiti High Court refused his application for an interim order restraining the panel from further sitting. Governor Ayodele Fayose, had in May this year set up Read More

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Man jailed for stealing burukutu pots

July 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in the FCT, yesterday, sentenced a 33-year-old dry cleaner, Auwal Usman, to three months imprisonment for stealing two pots used for brewing a local drink, Burukutu. Usman, who resides in Utako village, a suburb of Abuja, was arraigned for theft of the two pots. Th e First Information Report (FIR) Read More

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I won’t share money meant for NJI projects – Justice Bozimo

July 24, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice R. P. I. Bozimo, has described as “malicious and falsehood,” a report alleging massive fraud in the Institute. Bozimo blamed the report on her refusal to “share” funds allocated for the completion of projects at the Institute which had the responsibility of training judges across the nation. She Read More

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Court orders temporary forfeiture of Diezani’s $37.5m property

July 20, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Jerry Uwah Lagos Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was yesterday ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos to temporarily seize a property at Banana Island, Lagos bought by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani AlisonMadueke, for $37.5m. Papers presented in court by the EFCC show that the property, designated as Building 3, Block B, Bella Read More

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Melaye: Finally, INEC gets court summons

July 19, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja After several controversies surrounding the attempt to recall Senator Dino Melaye by his constituents, the Independent National Electoral Commission, was at on Monday served the court summons challenging its decisions to initiate the recall process of the lawmaker. Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has been battling to retain his seat, Read More

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You can’t travel abroad, court tells Jonathan’s aide

July 19, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday declined to entertain application fi led by Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to travel abroad for medical care. In his application, fi led by his counsel, Kolawole Salami, Dudafa urged the court to order the release of his international passport to enable him travel abroad Read More

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Oil theft: Court affi rms jail term for 9 foreigners

July 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, yesterday, affi rmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which sentenced nine foreigners to fi ve years’ in prison each for oil theft in Nigeria. Th e convicts are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafi qul, Shaikh Nomany and Rolando Read More

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232 special cases, Court of Appeal begins annual vacation

July 18, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e judges of the Court of Appeal Court yesterday began a two-month annual vacation, which will end on September 11, Premium Times has learnt. A statement signed by Sa’adatu Kachalla, media offi cer to the Appeal Court President, Zainab Bulkachuwa, said the break will begin on July 17. According to the statement, the appeal court succeeded in resolving at Read More

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Promotion: Para-military board dragged to Industrial Court

July 18, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Aggrieved offi cer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Daniel Makolo, has dragged the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board to the National Industrial Court over the refusal of the NIS to promote him for over 10 years. Makolo, in a motion ex parte is seeking an order restraining the NIS, the CDFIB and the Read More

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Omokore: FG’s witness varies evidence upon cross examination

July 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 1

Idris Agiri, third prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Jide Omokore, and fi ve others, has varied earlier evidence he gave on July 4, when he was led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacob. Agiri, an accountant with the National Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), under cross examination by counsel for the 4th defendant, John Aga, had varied an Read More

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Court order: INEC suspends Melaye’s recall

July 14, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it would comply with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, stopping it from acting on the petition by the registered voters of Kogi West Senatorial district to recall Senator Dino Melaye. According to INEC, the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated July 6, 2017, had directed the Read More

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