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Court remands 3 for gang-raping minor

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered the remand of the three men in prison custody, for allegedly gang-raping a fourteen-year-old girl. The trio, Samuel Farotimi (27), Sunday Ajimoko (40) and Sunday Ilugbo (30), were accused of allegedly taking turns to sexually assault the girl (name withheld). The accused, whose addresses were not given, are facing […]

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Court remands man, 36, over rape of 5-year-old

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja A 36-year-old labourer, Aliyu Lawal, has been remanded in prison custody on the orders of the Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s court over alleged rape of his neighbour’s five-year-old niece. Lawal was alleged to have lured the little girl into his room toperpetrate the heinous act, contrary to section 283 of the Penal […]

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Court dissolves 6-year-old marriage over adultery, lesbianism

An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday, dissolved the six-year-old marriage between Godwin Ometu and his wife Joyce, on grounds of lesbianism and adultery. Justice Jude Okeke ordered for the dissolution of the marriage, as Ometu had proved the allegations he leveled against his wife. Okeke said the court was satisfied with the evidence of […]

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Court orders final forfeiture of £578,080 to FG

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of £578,080.00 to the federal government of Nigeria. The forfeited sum was discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the account of a maritime firm, ZAL Marine Limited domiciled in Diamond Bank. EFCC told […]

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IGP in N200m suit after forceful eviction of Ex-CSP

A retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP),  Samson Enemona Isaac, has  slammed a N200m suit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over his forceful eviction from the Superior Police Officers Quarters, Maitama, Abuja. The plantiff also joined Commissioner of Police Adegboyenga Oyekunle, DSP Amaka Amanike and one Inspector Akeredolu as defendants in the suit. […]

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Osun LGs allocations, poll: Court fixes Jan 24, for ruling 

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday fixed January 24, for ruling in an application seeking the setting aside of an interim order withholding Osun state Local Governments’ allocations from the Federation Account. The suit was filed by three plaintiffs/applicants, namely, Chief Kolawole Osunkemitan, Chief Douglas Adeyinka Oyinlola and […]

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Don’t discuss matters pending in court, Onnoghen warns

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen has warned against unguarded comments on matters before courts with regards to issues concerning the Anambra Central senatorial district dispute. The CJN reiterated that discussing matters before the court is contempt of court which could attract punishment. In a statement released by […]

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Court remands man over assault on ex-Niger HoS

By Aideloje Ojo Minna A magistrate’s court in Minna has remanded a man in prison custody over attack on former Niger state Head of Service, Barr Abbas Bello. The suspect, Abubakar Sadiq, was charged at the court under section 397 (b) of the penal code. The accused was said to have attacked Bello during which […]

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IPMAN commends court judgement on petroleum marketers

  Members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have commended a recent Appeal Court judgment in Abuja, which declared Chinedu Okoronkwo as the national president of the association. The marketers gave the commendation in a statement issued by their National Secretary, Danladi Passali, after the National Executive Meeting, NEC yesterday in Abuja. […]

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Judiciary and 2017 landmark events

VIVIAN OKEJEME looks at some of the high and low points of the judiciary in 2017, even as she sets agenda for 2018 In 2017, the nation’s judiciary witnessed a lot of ups and downs with so many events that shaped the year. While some are very good, others are not too good, or out […]

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Man sues Jigawa Hisbah for ‘keeping daughter in captivity’

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse An aged man, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Balago, has sued the Jigawa state Hisbah Command under Aminu Baba Waziri, for allegedly abducting and keeping his daughter, Nusaiba Abubakar for about two months, under the guise that he would give her in marriage without his consent. The plaintiff, who spoke to press through […]

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21, 000 teachers’ sack: El-Rufai frustrating court injunction –NUT

By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna state wing has raised the alarm that the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai was making desperate efforts to frustrate the interlocutory injunction stopping the sack of its over 21, 000 teachers in state. It would be recalled that the state government had […]

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Grant financial autonomy to judiciary, out-going Chief Judge tells govs

  The outgoing Chief Judge of Benue state, Justice Iorhemen Hwamde, has appealed to state governors in the country to grant the state judiciary autonomy to enable them have financial independence. Justice Hwande made the call at a valedictory session to mark his retirement from active service yesterday in Makurdi. He allayed fears of the […]

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2010 Independence Day blast: Okah closes case

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Charles Okah, who is facing trial before the Federal High Court over the October 1, 2010, bomb blast, yesterday closed his defence after calling six witnesses. Okah is a younger brother to Henry Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). His elder brother was convicted […]

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‘Forgery:’ Misau granted bail on self-recognition

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Isah Misau on self-recognition on the charges of forgery and other related offences brought against him before the court. The senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District was arraigned on an amended 10-count charge by the federal government. In the […]

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Azman Oil boss, UniAbuja lecturer in court over land case

By Donald Iorchir Azman Oil chief executive officer, Alhaji Abdulmunafi Yunusa Sarina, and a lecturer at the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Dr Olorungbemi Toyin, appeared in court over an alleged fraudulent land matter between him and the community. The case was mentioned on Thursday, last week, before Justice Abubakar M. Talba of the Federal Capital […]

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World Rights Day: NBA tasks FG on situation in North-east

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, has called on the federal government to pay more attention to the human rights situation in the North-east. Mahmoud made the call yesterday in Abuja while speaking at a programme organised by the NBA Human Rights Institute to mark this year’s […]

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Why Nigerians should attend the House of Justice Summit, By Ballason Gloria Mabeiam

On Tuesday 19th December, 2017, all roads will lead to the ancient crocodile city of Kaduna for the House of Justice Summit/Dinner. There is now an exciting frenzy around town as Nigerians hurry to buy their tickets to attend this all important Nigerian family meeting. The concept is quite interesting. In most African homes, family […]

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Orders forfeiture of ‘stolen’ property

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Lagos High Court has ordered the temporary forfeiture of N28.5million allegedly stolen by a Director of Accounts in the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) Mr. Anifowoshe Muhammed Jamiu Alade. The court also ordered an interim forfeiture of properties recovered from Mr. Alade to the Federal Government, and ordered the […]

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Releases bankers without trial on N20m fraud case

.. Two female bankers accused of alleged conspiracy to defraud a property counselor of N20million, have been released without trial by an Igbosere Magistrate’s court Lagos presided over by Magistrate Miss Olanike Olagbende. The two female staff of a mortgage bank, Chinyere Chiemezie, 45, and Kemi Oyedeji, 36, were alleged to have conspired with Mike […]

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Money laundering: Court okays arraignment of ex-AGF Otunla, others

Stories by Vivian Okejeme The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), will on 22 January, 2018, arraign former Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla and eight companies on a five-count money laundering charge brought against him before the Federal High Court, Abuja. The prosecution agency will be arraigning Otunla alongside eight companies- Gold Reef […]

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Surety in court for failing to produce in-law

A 42-year-old man, Boniface Nwokone, has been dragged before an Ogudu magistrate’s court in Lagos for allegedly failing to produce a suspect he stood surety for in an assault case. Nwokone, of Olatunji Street, Ojota, in Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of obstruction and perverting the course of justice for not producing one Linus […]

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Edo 2014 primaries: Supreme Court sacks APC lawmaker

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought before it by a member of the Edo Sate House of Assembly representing Ovia South West, Sunday Aghedo and his party, All Progressive Congress (APC), claiming it has right to choose a candidate. The apex court ordered Hon. Aghedo to refund all salaries and allowances he collected […]

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Court stops FG, EFCC on AITEO

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, has in an ex-parte order, restrained the Federal Government from haling the business operations and freezing the accounts of AITEO Eastern E & P Company Ltd. The motion ex-parte filed and dated November 23, 2017, on behalf of the plaintiff (Aiteo) by […]

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Nigeria Justice System and the need for right policies

  VIVIAN OKEJEME writes on the National Policy on Justice 2017, adopted to coordinate all actors in the Justice Sector Over the years, the justice system has been plagued with lack of challenges such as poor accountability, inadequate skilled man power, delays in justice adjudication, and poor work ethics to mention but a few. To […]