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SON arraigns businessmen over unfortified sugar sale

Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has arraigned two traders before Justice Saleh Idrissa of a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto, over allegation of selling and possession of unfortified sugar. The defendants, Shittu Abdullahi and Tukur Sabaru were arraigned on a five and six-count charge bordering on sales and possession of 140 and 868 bags […]

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Two docked for attempting to withdraw money from unknown account

Elijah Pius, 20, who allegedly lured a teenager by aiding him in committing fraud attempting to withdraw money from an unknown account, have been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos. The defendants are facing trial on a count charge bordering on an attempt to steal preferred against them by the Police. The offence is […]

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Court dismisses Oando’s suit to stop SEC’s audit

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Oando Plc has lost its move seeking to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), from conducting a forensic audit on the company and also lift a technical suspension placed on its shares. The ruling was consequent on a preliminary objection filed by Counsel to the SEC, George Uwechue, (SAN). Ruling […]

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Unemployed man charged with abandoning wife, twins in hospital

A 45-year-old unemployed man, Godwin Onyelanesi, who allegedly abandoned his wife and newborn twins in a hospital, yesterday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The accused, who resides on Afolabi Street in Abule Egba, Lagos, appeared before Magistrate A. O. Gbajumo on counts of failure to provide a necessity of life and breach of […]

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Police seek death penalty for wife who killed ex-PDP chair’s son

The police have filed murder charges against a woman who allegedly murdered her husband at their residence in Maitama at the weekend. Maryam Sanda allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello-Haliru, multiple times, police said. The victim, Mr. Bello-Haliru, was the son of a former minister and national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru […]

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Anambra central: A/Court orders INEC to re-run election

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Court of Ap, challenging the February 29, 2017 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the inclusion of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Sen Uche Ekwenife in the scheduled Anambra Central senatorial re-run poll. The Anambra Central senatorial district has been vacant following the nullification of […]

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IPOB: Court insists on 3 conditions for Kanu’s sureties

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been adjourned till December 5, with the court insisting that the defendant’s sureties either produce him or explain his disappearance to the court. The Abuja Division of Federal High Court, presided over by judge, Mrs. Binta Nyako, […]

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Anti-graft war not to intimidate judiciary – Buhari

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured the judiciary that the recent investigations involving some judicial staff was not aimed at intimidating the Judiciary as wrongly portrayed in some sections of the media. The president, who stated this while declaring open the 2017 All Nigerian Judges conference held at the National Judicial […]

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N14bn police pension scam: Court adjourns trial-within-trial

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja An FCT High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, yesterday adjourned until December 13, 2017, for continuation of hearing in trial-within-trial of the fourth defendant, Veronica Onyegbula, in the N14billion Police pension scam. Onyegbula is facing a case of alleged complicity in over N14 billion Police Pension Fund scam filed by the […]

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2 jailed for rape, human trafficking

By Raphael Ede Enugu A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has convicted two persons, Ernest Obieze and Ferdinand Okechukwu, for procurement of an eight-year-old girl and having carnal knowledge of her. They were each sentenced to five years in prison with an additional fine of N100,000 each, just as they are to serve additional […]

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Man jailed for stealing mosquito nets

A Mapo Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, Oyo state, yesterday jailed a 20-year-old man, Olalekan Adebisi, for six months for stealing 50 pieces of mosquito nets. The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Mercy Aderounmu, noted that the convict had already spent five months in Agodi Prison due to his inability to perfect the bail conditions of N50,000 […]

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MD in court for ‘defrauding’ clients $94,000

By Tope Musowo Lagos Managing Director of Palilar International Limited, Olawale Ibikunle Talabi, 59, alongside his company, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of USD94,000 from the management of Lead Ore and Copper International Trading Company Limited and allegedly converted the money to his personal use. Talabi was […]

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Mugabe: When unconstitutional acts can be used to protect the Constitution

Opinions are divided over the military takeover of power from President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. VIVIAN OKEJEME seeks the view of some senior lawyers on the interference of the military in a democratic rule which is no longer fashionable all over the world For years now, military coup does not appear to be fashionable any […]

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Kenya’s Supreme Court to rule election appeal today

Kenya’s Supreme Court will today, deliver its ruling on the appeal challenging the validity of the October 26, presidential re-run election won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. According to reports, the six-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice David Maraga will today, hand down its decision after having heard oral argument […]

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Murder case: Court acquits 14 dismissed policemen

The Cross River State High Court has discharged and acquitted 14 dismissed policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the murder of a young man, Derek Maurice, and five others in 2014 in Calabar. The deceased’s family had dragged the policemen to court for allegedly killing Derek while he was in detention, following […]

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SEC director’s murder: Don’t change prosecutor, family asks AGF

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Engr. Nosa Ukoinwan, a brother to the murdered former Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mrs. Louisa Eni Umukoro, has pleaded with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubukar Malami, SAN, not to change the prosecutor handling the murder case. The deceased’s family brought the […]

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Court grants lawyer leave to order Baru’s arrest

Justice O.A Musa of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has granted leave to Johnmary Jideobi, to compel the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission,(ICPC), to probe and arrest the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru. Jideobi, a lawyer, is also seeking the sacking […]

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I refused N8m bribe from arms importer – Witness

A first prosecution witness in the trial of five men, accused of unlawful importation of 661 pump-action riffles into the country, has informed the court how he turned down an N8million bribe allegedly offered to him by the defendants. The defendants – Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, […]

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IPOB: Dismiss suit asking me to produce Kanu, Burati prays court

Stories by Vivian Okejeme   The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to dismiss a suit, seeking to compel him to produce the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. Counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had earlier filed an application praying the court […]

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Patience Jonathan prays court to vacate $5.8m, N3.5bn forfeiture order

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, yesterday prayed Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to vacate the court order that froze her 16 separate bank accounts. The May 30, 2017 order, ruled that the bank accounts containing the sum of $5.8million and N3.5 billion be frozen. When the […]

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Benue vs Tsav: Court rules January 30

  Daniel Agbo Makurdi A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Makurdi the Benue state capital, yesterday, adjourned for ruling, the case instituted by the state government against Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav. Tsav is standing trial over alleged “injurious and false letter against the governor and government of Benue state”. In […]

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Court sets aside Dasuki’s plea to indefinitely adjourn trial

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has set aside a motion filed by the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). The former NSA boss had approached the court seeking an order to suspend and adjourn indefinitely his trial on charges of illegal possession of firearms […]

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How Yakubu hid $9.8m, £74,000 in Kaduna House – Witness

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Waziri Adamu Nitte, a prosecution witness in the trial of former Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, yesterday, gave graphic details of how they recovered the sum of $9,772,000,800.00 from the defendant’s Kaduna house. A deputy detective superintendent with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), […]

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Court adjourns Oronsaye’s trial

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, adjourned the trial of a former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, till December 5. Oronsaye was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2 billion fraud. The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, said he was adjourning the trial in […]