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‘How N37.4m was given to INEC offi cers nationwide’

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja A former Commissioner for Special Duties in Enugu state, Ms Rita Mbah, has revealed how about N37.4 million was allegedly given to INEC offi cers nationwide out of about N450million from the Presidential Campaign Committee during the build-up to the 2015 general election. Mba, who served under the Sullivan Chime […]

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Discharged accused persons, antigraft agencies and burden of proof

VIVIAN OKEJEME, in this write up looks at the judgments that recently emanated from various court in the country, vindicating persons accused of corruption by the anti-graft agencies Last week, the anti-corruption crusade in the country by the present administration, faced a major test with various courts across the country, giving their verdicts in favour […]

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Court dismisses Ihejirika’s N100bn suit against publisher, others

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo Abuja, has dismissed a N100billion libel suit instituted by former Chief of Army Staff , Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika (Rtd) against an Australian, Stephen Davies, Editor- in-Chief of Arise News, Chief Nduka Obaigbena and his fi rm, Leaders and Company Ltd for lacking […]

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Reports on Saraki’s assets probe not with us – CCB

Th e Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has revealed that it has no formal report of investigation carried out on the assets of the Senate President Bukola Saraki because the directive to probe his assets in 2015 shortly after he emerged as Senate’s Chief Executive was made oral by the authorities. Th e bureau also […]

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How Badeh moved N1.4b in 7 months – Witness

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Buhari, has revealed to the Federal High Court, Abuja, more details into how the former Chief of Air Staff , Alex Badeh allegedly siphoned N1.4billion within seven months to construct a 5-story mall. Badeh is standing trial alongside a […]

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Food and medicine that kill

In the second week of March 2017, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji of the Lagos High Court gave a judgment that turned out to stir the hornet’s nest. Mr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, of Fijabi Holdings purchased large quantities of Coca cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta lemon from the Nigeria Bottling Company (makers of the product) for export. […]

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Lawyer asks court to restrain NASS over CG Customs’ uniform

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja A maritime lawyer, Mohammed Ibrahim, has dragged the Senate to court over its decision compelling the Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) to wear the agency’s uniform. Specifi cally, he asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain the National Assembly and their agents from […]

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Setting agenda for CJN Onnoghen

VIVIAN OKEJEME speaks to some stakeholders who set agenda for the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen Barely a month after his confi rmation as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, stakeholders in the judiciary have drawn a roadmap which the new CJN is expected to work with in his planned reform of the judiciary. […]

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Ethics germane in theatre criticism, experts stressed

VIVIAN OKEJEME speaks to some stakeholders who set agenda for the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen Barely a month after his confi rmation as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, stakeholders in the judiciary have drawn a roadmap which the new CJN is expected to work with in his planned reform of the judiciary. […]

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N450m scam: Court admits Alison Madueke’s list of beneficiaries

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday admitted in evidence, the list of beneficiaries of the sum of $115, 010,000 doled out by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. In his ruling on the objection raised by O. Ayanlaja (SAN), counsel to the former Minister of National Planning, Professor […]

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Judge’s withdrawal stalls FUTA VC’s trial

Th e corruption trial of the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Adebiyi Daramola, was yesterday stalled following the withdrawal, from the case, by the trial judge, Ademola Bola. Th e judge’s withdrawal followed a petition by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUTA branch and other unions in the university, alleging […]

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Court grants 10 land prospectors N50m bail

Th e contractor handling Section One of the reconstruction of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway project has commenced the installation of expansion joints on the popular ‘Long Bridge,’ on the LagosIbadan Expressway. Th is was observed over the weekend during the inspection of Section one of the project that spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu […]

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Appeal Court’s decision and payment of grounded rents by 707 traders

VIVIAN OKEJEME examines the legal conundrum confronting the N6.5billion, Wuye Ultra-Morden market commissioned by the previous administration, and how they have become hindrances to its take-off It has been a fierce legal battle for about three years now with 707 traders, led by Abah Dennis, and a firm, All Purpose Shelters Limited (APSL) over the […]

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Arms deal: Consolidate charges against me, Dasuki prays court

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed, Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has pleaded with the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, to consolidate the two criminal charges brought against him in the interest of justice, fair play and due process. The erstwhile  NSA boss alleged that the federal government, in […]

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Assembly of God Church: Supreme Court okays pastor’s sack

The Supreme Court has brought to an end the long legal battle in the Assembly of God Church over the sacking of its General Superintendent, Pastor (Prof) Paul Emeka, when it resolved in favour of the Church. The apex court dismissed the appeal brought before it by the ex-General Superintendent and pastor on the ground […]

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Court orders forfeiture of ex-Customs boss’ 17 vehicles to FG

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, has ordered the forfeiture of the 17 vehicles discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, at the home of former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, to the federal government. This order is coming at the heels of […]

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Lawyer Fadipe’s killer sentenced to death

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, has sentenced Oluwaseun Oladapo to death by hanging for the murder of Mr. Kunle Fadipe, a Lagos-based human rights lawyer. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye sentenced the 27-year old Oladapo to death after finding him guilty on a five-count charge of murder, armed robbery and assault occasioning harm. In his […]

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N1.8bn loan: Court orders AMCON to take over firm’s property

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has granted leave to the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), to take possession of the property of a firm, Odengene Air Shuttlle Services Limited over N1.8billion loan default. Justice Chuka Obiozor ruled that AMCON should take over the firm’s Heliport, its Aircraft […]

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In memory of the massacred children in FGC Buni-Yadi

By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu Three years later, it is important today, as always, to remember the victims, their families and their communities. Even more, the successors of the government that behaved so abjectly in the face of that assault on its most vulnerable must heed the lessons from that day: government that behaves like it […]

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TUSSLE OVER 25A, GLOVER ROAD, IKOYI, LAGOS: REJOINDER

The attention of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, “the Corporati on”, is drawn to a publication in page 40 and 41 of the Friday, 10th February 2017 edition of the This Day newspaper tagged “THE TUSSLE OVER 25A GLOVER ROAD, IKOYI, LAGOS STATE”, which certainly does not reflect the correct positi on of the facts and […]

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NASS suit: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others seek out-of-court settlement

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja About two years after the elections of both Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki  and Dr.  Ike Ekwremadu as both Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively, parties in the suit challenging their emergence are seeking an out-of-court settlement. They announced this at their last appearance before Justice Gabriel Kolawaole of the […]

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Yet another attempt to restore the Bar, Bench’s lost glory

The need to ensure a better legal profession in Nigeria, recently necessitated the setting up of  the NBA Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee by the  Abubakar Mahmud SAN-led executive.VIVIAN OKEJEME reports that this could not have come at a better time than now. In view of recent happenings and the deteriorating condition of the legal […]

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Lagos wins FG at S/Court over landed properties

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja The bid by the Federal Government to stop the Lagos State Government from asserting control over landed properties it sold out to individuals and corporate bodies within the Lagos Territory have been struck out by the Supreme Court. The apex court ruled that since the federal government had already sold […]

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Buhari, others sued over ex-army chief as Customs boss

An importer of goods, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, Finance Minister, and Nigeria Customs Service before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Abuja, over an alleged unlawful appointment of a retired army Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali as Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service. The plaintiff, based in Onitsha, […]

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Kogi guber: ECOWAS Court to rule on jurisdiction March 20Kogi guber: ECOWAS Court to rule on jurisdiction March 20

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed March 20, for ruling on whether or not it has the jurisdiction to hear the human rights suit involving the 2015 governorship election in Kogi state. This followed a motion by the defendant in the suit, (Federal Government of Nigeria), questioning the power of […]