Alleged Fraud: EFCC counsel absence stalls Oyo-Ita’s Trial

May 27, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

The absence of  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, Wednesday stalled the trial of the Winifred Oyo-Ita at the federal high court in Abuja. Oyo-Ita, the immediate past Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, and eight others were on March 23, charged with 18-counts of money laundering to the tune of N570 million. Those arraigned alongside Read More

Covid-19: Lagos talks tough on ‘insincere’ returnees, begins enforcement of face masks 

April 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday said the state would begin the enforcement of compulsory wearing of face masks in public places  from next week as coronavirus bites harder. He also harped on possible prosecution of returnees who hide their identity. Just yesterday, Lagos recorded 70 new cases of Coronavirus, the biggest it has recorded in a single day. Read More

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Revisiting Obla’s legal brawl, EFCC and the jurisdictional question

March 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

On 28 November 2016, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), a former prosecutor with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was arraigned before a Lagos High Court in Suit No: LD/3671C/alongside Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, the then a Judge of the Federal High Court, on the allegation that he bribed the latter with the sum of N5 million to secure the conviction Read More

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Rights lawyer castigates prosecution lawyer over case transfer

March 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A human rights activist and lawyer, Hameed Ajibola Jimoh, Tuesday castigated prosecution lawyers for attempting to dictate to the Chief Justice of Nigeria who he should assign cases to. According to the human rights lawyer, the Honourable Chief Justice has discretionary power to consider among the panel of judges under his control those that will best perform quick dispensation of Read More

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Treason: Court adjourns Sowore’s trial to April 1-2

March 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The trial of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, on amended charges of treasonable felony Wednesday suffered another setback at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The prosecution, it was alleged, did not avail the defence the needed documents and comprehensive written statement needed to fast-track trial. The trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has therefore adjourned Read More

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Bill to immune lawmakers from prosecution passes 2nd reading

March 11, 2020 Editorial III 0

A bill for an act to immune lawmakers from prosecution on words spoken during legislative proceedings passed second reading in the Senate, Wednesday. The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi representing Ekiti Central senatorial district, will constitutionalise immunity of lawmakers instead of the provision of ethnics and privileges act. It was “A bill for an Act to alter Read More

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Court remands 2 labourers over armed robbery

March 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court Tuesday ordered the remand of two labourers, Isah Yusuf and Mohammed Mansir in correctional centre in Kaduna over alleged armed robbery. The Magistrate, Umar Ibrahim, ordered the police to duplicate the case file to the Kaduna state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for legal advice. He said the duo should be in custody pending legal advice Read More

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Asset Declaration: Court strikes out charge against Ekweremadu, fixes April 28 for forfeiture suit

February 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Federal High Court in Abuja Monday threw out charges of non-declaration of assets leveled against former Nigeria deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu for lack of diligent prosecution. The charge was filed by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of public property. After disbanding the panel, the federal government handed all cases being handled by it to the Read More

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Police nab 1 for murder of state house assistant director

February 19, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The FCT Police Command has arrested  one Edirin Ohonre  in connection with the murder of an assistant director with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Laetitia Naankang Dagan. The assistant director, who was 47-years-old, was killed in her apartment in Galadimawa, Abuja, on Monday evening shortly after she returned from work.Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Read More

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Updated – Sowore: Judge slams N200, 000 fines against FG

February 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the federal high court Abuja Wednesday,awarded the sum of N200,000 against the Attorney General of theFederation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN. The presiding judge gave the ruling after the prosecution, AlliluAminu Kayode, requested for an adjournment in the ongoing trial of theSahara Reporter Publisher and Convener of #REVOLUTIONNOW, OmoyeleSowore who is standing trial before Read More

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CCT throws out case against ex-Bayelsa Speaker, others

February 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has struck out the case brought against ex-Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Friday Komboyein, and four others for want of diligent prosecution. Komboyein was charged with Aaron Timiye (former Clerk of the House), Thomas Tamaraodubo (former accountant), Owudogu Edward (the incumbent Clerk) and Koroye Stephen (the incumbent accountant). In a ruling Tuesday, the CCT Read More

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‘LASG to prosecute anyone caught spreading Coronavirus rumour’

February 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Lagos state government has warned residents against spreading Coronavirus rumour saying anyone caught in the act will face criminal charges and prosecution. State commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, gave the warning when he received the Health Minister. Dr Osagie Enahire on an inspection visit to the Biosafety Bank and facilities at State Mainland Hospital which is the Lagos State Read More

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Police arrest three over ‘kidnap, rape of 14-year-old girl

February 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Anambra state police command, on Monday, paraded three men suspected to have kidnapped a 14-year-old girl at Onitsha, the commercial nerve of the state.The suspects, Mr Onyemechi Aniobi, 23; Mr Elochukwu Okudo, 25; and Ms Pauline Elechi, 24; allegedly kidnapped the girl on January 12, 2020 and took her to an undisclosed location. According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer Read More

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Court sentences man to death by hanging for killing wife

February 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

An FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja, Wednesday sentenced  a 38-year-old man, Eric Chigbor, to death  by hanging for  killing his wife. The police charged Chigbor with  culpable homicide. Justice  Charles Agbaza, who found  Chigbor guilty of killing his wife, Jessica said the prosecution was able to prove with cogent evidence that the convict intentionally killed the deceased. The judge rejected Read More

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Court remands farmer over illegal possession of firearm

February 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi Monday ordered that a farmer, Saater Oraduen, charged with illegal possession of firearm, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending legal advice, Magistrate Ajuma Igama, did not take the plea of Oraduen because her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case. Igama ordered that Oraduen be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre, Makurdi and adjourned Read More

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2020 UTME: JAMB hands ‘corrupt’ CBT centre operators to police

January 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has lured the operators of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres involved in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration scam to their headquarters and handed them to security agents for prosecution. This happened Wednesday in Bwari, Abuja after cross examinations of the operators by  JAMB registrar, Professor Is-shaq Oloyede. Oloyode had invited the Read More

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Stop evil wish for Omo-Agege , group tells detractors

January 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

   A group under the aegis of Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy ( (VATLAD), Thursday in Abuja,  accused  those calling  for resignation and prosecution of the Deputy President of the Senate , Ovie Omo-Agege over alleged conviction in the United States of America , of planning double Jeopardy for him . Coalition of Groups led by the Guardians of Read More

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A 47-year-olTrader in court for allegedly stealing iPhone 7

January 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

d trader, Mary Peter, Wednesday appeared in a Kaduna Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing an iPhone 7 worth N156, 000. The police charged Peter, who lives in Ungwan Pama Kaduna, with theft. The prosecution counsel, Inspector Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on January 12, at a shopping Mall at Ungwan Pama, Kaduna state. Leo Read More

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Ogun: Man beats wife to death during argument

January 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A 40-year-old man, Olanrewaju Bamidele, has been arrested by the men of the Ogun state Police command for allegedly beating his wife, Olanrewaju Adenike to death. The incident, according to a statement by the command’s spokesman in Abeokuta Monday, occurred at the couple’s residence in Bisodun village via Ofada in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state  Sunday, January 19. The suspect was Read More

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Police arraign sales rep. over alleged negligent conduct

January 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The police  Monday arraigned an 18-year-old sales representative, Faith Odey, in a Lugbe Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for alleged negligent conduct. The police charged Odey with negligent conduct. The Prosecution Counsel, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that on January 10, the complainant, Mary Obanibi , who resides in Lugbe Abuja reported the matter at Lugbe Police Station. Ukagha alleged Read More

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I lost N68.9m to a fraudster , ex minster tells court

January 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A former Minister of Power and Steel, Mr Bashir Dalhatu,  Wednesday told an FCT High Court in Zuba, FCT that he  lost N68.9 million to a fraudster. He was testifying as a prosecution witness in a case filed by the EFCC against a businessman, Imeh Akpan who was charged with two counts bordering on Criminal Breach of Trust, The Read More

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Technician appears in court for allegedly purchasing stolen handsets

January 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The police Wednesday arraigned a technician, Mohammed Abubakar, at a Grade I Area Court in Mpape, Abuja for allegedly purchasing stolen handsets. The prosecution counsel, Mr Edwin Ochayi, told the court that on January  1, Abubakar, 25, who lives at Gishiri village, Abuja, allegedly bought a Techno and a Gionee handset. Ochayi said the handsets were bought from one Read More

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Housekeeper, 2 others in court for allegedly stealing jewelry worth N11.5m

January 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The police  Monday arraigned a housekeeper, Blessing Patrick, who allegedly stole  jewelry worth N11.5 million belonging to her employer in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The police charged Patrick, 27, who resides at No. 9, Unity Road, Lekki Ajah, Lagos state; Suraj Usman, 50, and Hassan Hamidu, 40, with conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property. The defendants pleaded not guilty. Read More

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Vendors association tasks police on Ugep killings

January 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The executive members of Abuja Newspaper Vendors Association has called for the apprehension and prosecution of the cultists/armed robbers that carried out the recent killings in Ugep, a community in Cross River state. In a statement by its chairman, Comrade Etim Eteng Arikpo, on Sunday, it described the dastardly act as completely unacceptable. “We urge the police to step up Read More

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Navy arrests 6 oil thieves on Ondo coastline

December 23, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB), Igbokoda, has arrested six oil thieves operating in two boats laden with several drums of adulterated diesel on Ondo coastline. The commanding officer, FOB, Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Igbokoda, Ilaji local government area of the state. Ndanjsa said the suspects and the seizures would Read More