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Tax relief: FIRS insists 2 oil firms pay to FG

By Vivian Okejeme   Abuja The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), yesterday, insisted that two oil companies, Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Ltd, and Suntrust Oil Company Nigeria Ltd, must not continue enjoying a 5-year tax relief. The suit filed and dated 22 December 2015, by the two oil firms was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/364/2015. FIRS is […]

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Fraud: Maimuna’s absence stalls arraignment

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The arraignment of Maimuna Aliyu, over charge of abuse of public funds and criminal breach of trust before a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, was yesterday stalled due to the absence of the defendan in court. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is prosecuting the former […]

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IPOB: Again, court adjourns Kanu’s trial

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has again adjourned hearing in the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), following a request by the prosecution. Kanu and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu, and Chidebere Onwudiewe, are facing trial before Justice Binta Nyako […]

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Court orders ex-Enugu Gov Nnamani’s arrest

By Jerry Uwah Lagos After about 10 years of fruitless trial, a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani, over N4.5 billion money laundering. The former governor’s sureties were also summoned to appear before the court to show cause why […]

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Dantata & Sawoe loses Kaduna C of O

By Ahmid Lawal Kaduna A Kaduna High Court has revoked the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) No. NC5227 issued by the state government to Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar in Chikun local government area of the state, who in turn sold the same land to the first defendants, Dantata & Sawoe. Justice M.L. Bello, in his […]

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Security votes: Dasuki, NNPC GM shared N1.4bn ‘prayer’ money – Witness

Adariku Michael, a prosecution witness, has given graphic details of how N1.450 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was allegedly diverted through a company belonging to a former General Manager at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa. Sambo Dasuki, Baba-kusa and Acacia Holdings are the 1st, 3rd and 4th […]

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Bilyamin murder: Court hears bail application Thursday

Justice Yusuf Halihu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Abuja, will on Thursday, December 7, hear the bail application on the case of Maryam Sanda, who was accused of stabbing his husband, Bilyamin Bello to death. The alleged husband-killer was arraigned before the court and remanded in Suleja prison, on a two-count charge […]

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Alleged N1.1b fraud: Court adopts written addresses on Dariye’s case

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, will on Thursday, adopt the written addresses of both parties in the former Platea state Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye as the lawmaker closes his defence. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting the senator for allegedly diverting about N1.162 billion […]

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Armsgate: Bafarawa, son’s trial resumes Dec 6

A full blown trial of the former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and his company, before Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, begins December 6. Bafarawa, his son and company, Dalhatu Investment Limited alongside former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and a former Minister of State […]

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Alleged fraud: Maimuna Aliyu’s trial continues today

The trial of Maimuna Aliyu, the rejected nominee to the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over charge of abuse of public funds and criminal breach of trust, slated to begin today. Maimuna is the mother of Maryam Sanda, currently standing trial for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello to […]

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Nyame’s alleged N1.64b fraud case continues today

Stories by Vivian Okejeme The trial of former Governor of Taraba state, Jolly Nyame over alleged misappropriation of Taraba funds to the tune of N1.64 billion, continues today with adoption of final address of the parties as the defence closes its case. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Nyame for alleged misappropriation […]

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Domestication of ACJ Act: How far can NBA go?

In this report, VIVIAN OKEJEME looks at the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), which came into effect in 2015 and the need for its domestication in the 36 states to aid the country’s justice delivery system It is a widely accepted fact that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (ACJA) is one of […]

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Sokoto guber: Appeal Court upholds Tambuwal’s election

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, yesterday, dismissed an appeal challenging the 2015 governorship election that produced Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as governor of Sokoto state for lack of merit. Senator Umaru Dahiru had approached the appellate court to set-aside the election on the ground that he was not validly elected […]

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Judges’ elevation to Appeal Court not lopsided – NJC

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The National Judicial Council (NJC) has reacted to on online report that it recommended 14 Judges for appointment to the Court of Appeal, with none of the judges from the South-East making the list. The Council, in its reaction, described the report as a figment of the imagination of the on-line […]

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Court remands ‘killer’ of Uni-Osun student in prison

By Lateef Dada Osogbo Justice Kudirat Akano, yesterday, remanded the leader of Jafariyah Islamic sect, Kareem Yusuf, and four others in prison custody for allegedly involved in the killing a 400 level student of Osun state University, Timileyin Olufemi Sonibare, for money rituals. Others remanded alongside Kareem are, Abdurafiu Sakariyah, who was said to be […]

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Misau vs IGP: FG amends charges to 7

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Federal government, yesterday, informed Justice Issaq Bello of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, that it has filed an application seeking to amend the criminal charges brought against Senator Isa Misau from five to seven. The senator representing Bauchi Central senatorial district was arraigned on a five count charge bothering […]

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Court adjourns ex-Aso Savings bank boss arraignment

The arraignment of a former Executive Director, Aso Savings and Loans, Maimuna Salihu, earlier scheduled to hold yesterday has been adjourned till December 5. A court clerk told lawyers and journalists yesterday that the trial judge was attending a training resulting in the said adjournment. Mrs. Salihu was not in court yesterday. The former executive […]

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Lawyer jailed 7 years for stabbing husband to death

Agboola Bayo Ibadan An Oyo High Court sitting in Ibadan, yesterday, sentenced an official of the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice, Oyo state, Yewande Oyediran, to 7 years imprisonment for killing her husband, Oyelowo Oyediran. Justice Muntar Abimbola in his judgment held that the killing was spontaneous and a fallout of marital […]

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N3bn subsidy fraud: Arisekola, Bamanga Tukur’s sons ‘forged documents’ – Witness

At last, the trial of the trio of Mahmud Tukur, Abdullahi Alao, and Ochonoghor Alex and their companies, Eternal Plc and Axenergy has commenced, with a prosecution witness, Abdul-rasheed Bawa, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) telling Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court how the defendants allegedly defrauded the […]

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3 whistleblowers drag FG to court over 5% commission

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Attorney General of Federation (AGF) and three others have been dragged to the Federal High Court, Abuja, by three persons claiming to be the genuine whistleblowers that gave information that led to the recovery of about N13billion that was stashed at Flat 7 Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos state. In the […]

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Lawyer in court over N6m fraud

By Agboola Bayo Ibadan An Ibadan based lawyer, Daranijo Adeniyi Ajibola, 53, has been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Iyaganku in Ibadan on a two-count charge of defrauding a man identified as Femi Olaniyan of the sum of N 6 million. Daranijo, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate A.A. Adebisi, allegedly defrauded […]

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Wife jailed 7 years for ‘killing’ husband

By Agboola Bayo Ibadan A 29-year-old lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for unlawfully causing the death of her 38-year-old husband, Lowo Oyediran. Justice Munta Abimbola of Court 1, Oyo State High Court, yesterday, sentenced the lawyer, working with the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, after finding her guilty of […]

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Court remands UNIBEN professor ‘killers’

By Patrick Ahanor Benin An Egor Chief Magistrate Court in Benin, Edo state, has remanded three persons, who allegedly murdered a Professor at the University of Benin, Prof. Paul Otasowie, in prison custody. The accused persons: Okhumode Best; Osaze Oghogho; Okoro Junior; and others now at large, are also alleged to be members of a […]

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EFCC arraigns 2 for impersonating bank directors

Two men, Chester Onyemaechi Ukandu and Achi George, were arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly claiming falsely to be directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited. Prosecuting the duo, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said they “held themselves out” as directors of Mainstreet Bank Registrars in a February 14 letter to the […]

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Alleged N18bn fraud: EFCC arraigns ex-NSITF boss, 4 others

Stories by Vivian Okejeme A former Managing Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Umar Munir Abubakar and four others, were brought before a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo Abuja, for alleged diversion of N18 billion. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said the money was the contribution from the federal government […]