Oronsaye distances self from 66 pension accounts

March 10, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

A former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Steven Oronsaye, Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, denied any involvement in the operations of 66 bank accounts said to have been operated to siphon pension funds. While opening his defence in the money laundering charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the former Read More

‘Marginalisation:’ Nigerian women’s grouse against govt

January 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigerian women in 2020 sued the federal government for continuously marginalising women from holding leadership positions. ENE OSHABA writes on the outcome of the last court proceeding at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday last week. Background The matter which began in 2020 is of national importance geared towards an inclusive governance to reflect true democracy in Nigeria Read More

Nnamdi Kanu: Court gives security agencies fresh marching order

November 20, 2021 Editor 0

Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia, Friday, issued an order restraining security agencies from deploying their personnel to the court premises any time Nnamdi Kanu’s case comes up for hearing before the court. The court, presided over by Justice Benson Anya, also restrained security agencies from arresting anybody who attends the court to witness Kanu’s proceedings. The court order Read More

Lawyer bags 7 years for perjury, evidence fabrication

November 3, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced a lawyer, Kenneth Chukwuemeka Ajoku, to seven years in prison for offences bordering on perjury and fabrication of evidence brought against him by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). EFCC Head Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwijaren, in a press statement, Read More

Breaking: Journalists, Lawyer barred as Nnamdi Kanu breezes into court

October 21, 2021 Editor 0

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was on Thursday brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja where his trial is expected to resume amidst tight security. Ahead of the trial of Kanu, heavy security has been deployed to forestall any breakdown of law and order. All entrances leading to the court premises were barricaded by Read More

Owo Prince docked over N35.5m fraud

October 14, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned one Toluwalade John Olateru Olagbegi before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court One sitting in Ibadan on one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune N35,500m. A press statement by EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Wednesday in Abuja, said the Owo Prince, who resides at Read More

Defection: PDP drags Gov Ayade, deputy to court

October 9, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Almost five months after the defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP has dragged he and his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu to court, seeking that they vacate office for defecting to the APC. The case which was instituted in the Federal High Court Abuja Read More

Man drags IG, AGF, DSS to court over ‘killing’ of Shi’ite members

October 7, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A 25-year-old man, Suleiman Sadi, has sued the Inspector-General (IG) of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged unlawful killing and harassment of the Shi’ite members on peaceful religious practice. The plaintiff, through his lawyer, Bala Dakum, in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1147/2021 dated and filed on October 4 at the Federal High Court, Read More

AITEO slams Shell with $2.5bn suit over sale of OML 29

October 5, 2021 Lekan Olashehinde 0

A global oil giant, AITEO has slammed Anglo-Dutch Company, Shell with a $2.5B suit over claims it made in the sale of the OML 29.  Shell and its joint venture partners sold all their undivided 45% equity in OML 29 to AITEO sometime in 2014 for a whopping sum of $2.4 billion, which assets Shell said included the Nembe Creek Trunk Line Read More

Independence: End insecurity now, NCP tasks govts

October 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Conscience Party (NCP) has called on government at all levels to deploy strategies that will end insecurity bedeviling the country.The party also called on other political parties to emulate by allowing inclusiveness. In a statement released Friday in Abuja by the Special Assistance to the NCP’s national chairman, Comrade Omole Olusegun, asked all members of the party “to Read More

VAT: Status quo remains as Court of Appeal joins Lagos in suit

September 30, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has formally joined Lagos state government as the third respondent in the ongoing legal battle against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). The court held Thursday that Lagos state has established beyond doubt that it has substantial and sufficient legal rights and interest to protect in Read More

VAT dispute: Appeal Court grants Lagos request, Oyo follows

September 30, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, has granted the application of the Lagos state government as a co-respondent in the appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The court rejected the objections by the FIRS and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and proceeded to join the Attorney General of Lagos State as the third respondent. The Read More

2023: Real reason Northern govs rejected power shift to the South

The debate around the zoning of the presidency ahead of the 2023 elections continued Monday with the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) condemning their southern counterparts over their stance on power shift. The NSGF’s position was reached at the end of its meeting with traditional rulers from the region in Kaduna. Reading the 11-point resolution at the end of the Read More

Wike: Chipping away at the granite

September 23, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

It is not your typical beer parlour brawl but believe me, it is still about beer. Every time you pay for goods or are paid for services, you pay extra money to the federal government. The payment is misnamed value added tax, VAT. The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, collects this money throughout the country. It deducts four per cent Read More

64-year-old man jailed for impersonating lawyer in Osun

September 22, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Justice Peter Lifu of a federal high court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, Wednesday, sentenced a 64-year-old man, Folorunsho Olayanju, to one year jail for impersonating lawyer. The convict who was said to be a political stalwart in Osun, was charged with six count charges bothering on fraud, impersonation and stealing. He was said to have defrauded one Hammed Bamidele, Read More

How JUSUN encourages executive tyranny

September 16, 2021 Ikenga Odogwu 0

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) embarked on a strike action on the first of April, 2021. The industrial action was called off after about two months on June 10 without any tangible commitment extracted from the 36 state governors in Nigeria. However, the leadership of JUSUN and the leadership of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) signed an agreement Read More

‘Why Kogi disagreed with Lagos, Rivers on VAT’

September 10, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

The Kogi state government has disagreed with the Lagos state government and Rivers state in the pursuit to retain the Value Added Tax. The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, had signed a bill on VAT followed by an order requiring businesses to henceforth pay VAT to the state and not to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). He announced that Read More

Covid-19 third wave: Fears grip Nigerians over FG’s measures

September 10, 2021 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

…Govt’ll apply basic law against vaccine hesitancy – NPHCDA …Mandatory vaccination justified for infectious diseases – Lawyer ‘…Forcing people to take jab violates human rights’ ‘…Public ought to be well-enlightened’  …FG should adopt the polio approach – Expert The federal government has disclosed that it is planning to make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants and other segments of the Read More

Court orders NSCDC to appear over unlawful sealing of security outfit

September 8, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Tuesday, ordered the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to appear before it over alleged unlawful sealing of a security outfit. Justice Ahmed Muhammed gave the order while ruling on the ex parte application brought before it. While ruling on the application, the presiding judge ordered that the NSCDC appear before it Read More

OAU dismisses another lecturer for sexual harassment

September 7, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The authority of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, has announced dismissal of another lecturer, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje, for alleged sexual harassment. This would be the second lecturer dismissed in the university for the same allegation.  A federal high court sitting in Osogbo, had convicted Prof Richard Akindele for sexual harassment and the university dismissed him in June 2018. A Read More

FCT mass demolition and eviction without scruples

September 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Grippingly, Abuja was originally designed to be better organised than the commercial capital, Lagos, which is regarded as one of the world’s most chaotic cities and described by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a “jungle”. Although majority of us from Lagos disagree with him. Unfortunately, the plans for orderly development were deserted by preceding administrations, leading to the expansion of Read More

DSS urges court to cancel bail granted 4 Igboho’s aides

August 24, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Department of State Security (DSS) has asked the Federal High Court Abuja, to cancel the bail granted four of the 12 detained aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, (aka Sunday Igboho). The agency made the new plea in a fresh application. When the matter was called, Tuesday, counsel to the DSS, Idowu Awo told the court that the Read More