Rivers: Court refuses to stop PDP from conducting guber primary

May 26, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused to grant an ex parte application filed by Mr Farah Dagogo in respect of the gubernatorial primary election in Rivers State. In the suit, Dagogo, a member of the House of Representatives from Rivers is asking the court to stop the gubernatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Read More

States lose as court gives control of funds to LGs

May 24, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The 36 governors of Nigeria, Monday, lost in their opposition to federal government’s efforts to monitor their handling of local governments’ funds. Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed to that effect by the 36 states, through their Attorneys General and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). The States, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/563/2019, Read More

Electoral Act: Court strikes out Emefiele’s suit

May 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Monday struck out the suit filed by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele. In the suit, the CBN governor was seeking an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022 . Justice Ahmed Mohammed struck out the suit at the resumed sitting after Emefiele’s counsel Chief Mike Read More

Court convicts ex-Reps member, Chuma Nzeribe over impersonation

May 24, 2022 Kehinde Osasona Abuja 0

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting at Maitama, Abuja, has convicted a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chuma Nzeribe. The former Reps member was dragged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a four-count criminal charges bordering on false pretence, forgery and using forged Read More

Manchester City star, Mendy, pleads not guilty to 9 sex offences

May 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has denied nine sexual offences against six young women.Mendy, 27, stood in the dock at Chester Crown Court and repeated: “Not guilty,” as the charges were put to him and he entered pleas for the first time. The French international denies seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted Read More

BOSAN calls for restructuring of court system

May 24, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, (BOSAN) Monday called for restructuring of the system of appeals to the Supreme Court to reduce the work load of the apex court to a tolerable level. Represented by Chief T. J Onomigbo Okpoko (SAN), the body spoke in Abuja at a valedictory session held in honour of Retired Justice Ejembi Eko from the Read More

Court sentences Dane to death for killing Nigerian wife, child

May 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Friday sentenced a Dane, Peter Nielsen, to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian wife, Zainab, and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra. Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile passed the sentence in an almost five-hour judgement. The judge convicted Nielsen on a two-count charge of murder. The Lagos state government accused Nielsen, Read More

Referendum: CNG, lawyer disagree as court adjourns suit till October

May 20, 2022 Paul Okah 0

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned until October 20 hearing on the suit filed by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) seeking a referendum to determine the fate of Biafra and other nations agitating for self-determination. Justice Inyang Ekwo, who presided over the matter on Friday, granted all the motions to allow interested parties to be joined in Read More

Court jails 2 internet fraudsters for N1.3bn fraud in Benin

May 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo state High Court sitting in Benin- City on Thursday sentenced two internet fraudsters: Eghaghe Etinosa and Osaretin Kelly to four years imprisonment, for defrauding their victims a total sum of N1, 321, 273,278. They were arraigned on one –count separate charge by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC. Etinosa was docked for serving Read More

2 internet fraudsters bag 10 years in Asaba

May 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Justice F.A. Olubanjo of a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta state, Wednesday, sentenced two internet fraudsters: Onalugbum Ekene and Chinedum Emejom to 10 years imprisonment for internet-related offences. The duo were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on one-count separate charge bordering on fraudulent impersonation and obtaining by false pretence. Read More

N126bn forfeited assets: Medical doctor set to sell University of Ibadan properties

May 19, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

A medical doctor, as affirmed in the decisions of the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal in FHC/IB/CS/64/2000 and CA/I/43/2003 respectively (name withheld), has said all is set for the disposal of the N126billion forfeited physical structures (real assets) belonging to the University of Ibadan. Addressing judiciary correspondents in Abuja, the doctor said he had informed the university authority Read More

Appeal court President inaugurates electoral committees on adjudicatory process

May 19, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dongban Mensem, Wednesday, inaugurated members of the Electoral Judicial Manual Committee (EJMC). The new initiative has the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as development partners. The European Union (EU) and its partners Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) in collaboration with International Federation for Electoral System (IFES) have also offered to sponsor Read More

PDP zoning: Court grants ex-parte order against Atiku

May 18, 2022 Keinde Osasona 0

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi, Abuja has granted an aggrieved member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isa Taidi, leave to serve former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP services in respect of a suit instituted by him. While Taidi is the claimant in the suit No: CV/1149/2022, Atiku and PDP are the Read More

N1bn libel suit: Court orders NBTE boss, others to open defence

May 11, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja has ordered the executive secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Professor Idris Bugaje, to open defense in a 1billon libel suit brought against him and Kaduna polytechnic. Bugaje, a former rector of the institution, was alleged to have defamed the polytechnic expenditure officer, Mrs Bilkisu Sannusi. The defendants in Read More

Court sentences man to death for killing Ekiti monarch

May 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

A High Court in Ekiti Thursday sentenced to death by hanging Stephen Omoniyi, a contender for a traditional stool in Ekiti, for murder. Omoniyi, alleged to be insane, stabbed Gbadebo Olowoselu, the then monarch of Odo Oro Ekiti, in Ikole local government area, in August 2018. The judge, Kayode Ogundana, said the prosecuting counsels, led by Adegboyega Morakinyo, had proved Read More

2 bankers get jail terms for stealing dead customer’s N2.9m

April 29, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Justice Elias Abua of the Cross River state High Court sitting in Calabar, has convicted and sentenced two former bankers – Titus Chima Nwankwo and Utibe-Abasi Ifiok George – for stealing the sum of N2.900,000 million from the account of a deceased customer of a commercial bank. Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC’s) Head, Media & Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Read More

Drug deal: Court denies Kyari’s co-defendants bail

April 28, 2022 Kehinde Osasona Abuja 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a bail application filed by ASP Bawa James, a co-defendant in the drug trafficking case preferred against suspended DCP Abba Kyari and others. The NDLEA had, on March 7, arraigned Kyari (1st defendant) and six others on allegations bordering on cocaine deal. The embattled crime buster was arraigned alongside four suspended Read More

Man docked for land scam in Kaduna

April 28, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wednesday, arraigned one Ishaku Gajere before Justice MTM Aliyu of State High Court Kaduna on one count charge bordering on criminal misappropriation. Ishaku, sometime in October, 2019, fraudulently sold two plots of land at Dan Honu Ii, Kaduna belonging to the Baptist Church to one Ahmed Yusuf Taheer Read More

Court jails 4 internet fraudsters in Benin

April 28, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Four internet fraudsters, Omokhua Bright, Nosakhare Uyi, Endurance Omonefe and Osasenaga Desmond were on Wednesday, convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court, Benin City. A press statement by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said the quartet were arraigned separately by the Benin Read More

Forgery: Court jails 2 ex-FIRS chiefs without fine option

April 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Wednesday sentenced two former top shots of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mohammed Adamu and Eunice Okoro Udokamma to five years imprisonment for forging Income Tax Clearance Certificate for unsuspecting tax payers. The convicts were jailed five years without option of fine for forging an Income Tax Clearance Certificate with serial number Read More

Virtual court hearings as panacea in era of uncertainties

April 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Justice Nayai Aganaba of the Bayelsa State High Court in Yenagoa never had an inkling earlier that fateful Thursday that something ominous was about to happen at his court. If he had any intuition that hearings at his court would be violently disrupted by suspected hoodlums, maybe he would not have appeared at the premises on April 14, 2022. However, Read More

Alleged terrorism: Court backs FG on Nnamdi Kanu’s rendition to Nigeria

April 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court Abuja on Friday exonerated the federal government on the allegation that leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was forcefully abducted abroad to stand his trial. Justice Binta Nyako, in a ruling, held that rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed. Nyako said since Kanu was on bench warrant, the Read More

Edo court jails 57-yr-old man 14 years for raping 7-yr-old girl

April 8, 2022 Patrick Ahanor 0

A Benin City Magistrate’s Court in Edo state has handed a 14-year jail term to one Michael Ogoke, 57, for raping a seven-year-old minor. Magistrate E. O Aimofumeh who delivered the judgement held that the conviction was without an option of fine. The Magistrate held that “the prosecution was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubts,” adding that the Read More