Alleged N33bn fraud: Court remands Buhari’s ex-power minister, Mamman in prison

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…Minister faints outside the courtroom Former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, yesterday collapsed outside the Federal High Court in Abuja.  Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N33,804,830,503 against Mamman. Before proceedings, Mamman’s counsel, Femi Ate, informed the presiding judge, James Omotosho, that his client had fainted due to ill health. When hearing resumed, the ex-minister walked into the courtroom and stepped into the dock. However, his clothes were partly drenched. The judge then asked…

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Lagos court orders final forfeiture of $16.5m, N127m diverted from NIMASA

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Justice Kehinde Ogundare, of the Lagos Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of $16.5 million and N127 million which were fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), to the Federal Government. Justice Ogundare finally forfeited the monies, while granting an application for such orders, which was filed and moved by an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, Sulaiman I. Sulaiman, yesterday. The monies, according to the EFCC, were said to be proceeds of unlawful activities. The judge had on May 23,…

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Court orders ex-minister, Sadiyya Umar Farouk, to account for N729bn payment to poor Nigerians

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in a landmark judgment, has ordered Ms. Sadia Umar-Farouk, former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development to account for payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians for six months. The court also ordered the former minister to provide the list and details of the beneficiaries who received the payments, the number of states covered, and the payments per State. Recall that the judgment was delivered in June by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu following a Freedom of Information suit brought…

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Kano: Court gives 2 judges 48hrs to resign from panels set up to probe Ganduje

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A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda, has given 48 hours deadline to two Kano Judges, Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu and Justice Zuwaira Yusuf, who were appointed by Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf to serve as Chairman of the ‘Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the Recovery of Misappropriated Public Properties and Assets” and Chairman of ‘Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate Political Violence and Missing Persons‘ respectively, to resign their appointments. Justice Simon Amobeda gave the order while delivering his judgment in a…

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Rivers: Appeal Court reinstates Wike’s loyalists as Assembly members

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The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision to dismiss Martin Amaewhule and 24 other members from their positions in the Rivers State House of Assembly. The ruling reinstates their status as Assembly members, reversing the previous judgement that had removed them from office. By its action, the Court of Appeal has vacated the order of Justice C.N. Wali, of the Rivers State High Court. According to the Appeal Court, only the Federal High Court and no other court has the jurisdiction to determine cases of tenures and vacancies of…

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Treaty violation: Court gives Chinese firm go-ahead to seize Nigeria’s UK properties

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A commercial court in London, United Kingdom (UK), has granted Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co. Ltd., final charging orders over two residential properties owned by Nigeria in the UK. A master at the court, Lisa Sullivan, granted the final charging orders to the Chinese firm following Nigeria’s prior opposition to the orders’ jurisdiction. The Chinese firm seeks to enforce a $70 million investment treaty award against Nigeria. In 2010, Zhongshan, through Zhuhai Zhongfu Industrial Group Co. Ltd (Zhuhai), its Chinese parent company, acquired rights to develop a free trade zone…

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Emefiele to permanently forfeit N12bn property – Court rules

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of properties worth over N11.14 billion and N1.04 billion belonging to the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to the Federal Government. The presiding judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, issued the final forfeiture order after considering a motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), represented by counsel Chineye Okezie, on Friday. The judge said, “Having carefully considered the application and submission of counsel, it is hereby ordered as follows: – that a final…

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Just In: ​Court nullifies reinstatement of Sanusi as Emir of Kano

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​A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, has nullified the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano. ​The court, which delivered a verdict on Thursday, also nullified all the actions taken after the controversial reinstatement. The presiding hudge, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman said, “I hereby order that every step taking by the Government is hereby nullified and becomes null and invalid and that this does not affect the validity of the repealed Emirates Law but actions taken by the Governor, which includes the assenting to the…

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Rivers: Appeal Court upholds removal of pro-Wike Amaewhule, 26 Assembly members

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The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, has refused to reverse the removal of Martin Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. In a ruling yesterday, the appellate court said giving a verdict reversing the judgment of the Rivers State High Court, which on May 10 declared their seats vacant, will amount to “pre-judging” the appeal currently before it. Delivering the ruling, which was done virtually, the three-member panel also fixed June 20 for the hearing of the appeal by Amaewhule and others which…

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Kano Emirate Tussle: High Court hears suit stopping Bayero, 4 others June 24

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A Kano State High Court has fixed June 24, 2024, for hearing a motion on notice seeking to restrain the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and four others as emirs of Kano. The trial judge, Justice Amina Aliyu, adjourned the matter after listening to arguments from both applicants on whether the applicants had been served with the order. The applicants in the matter are the attorney-general of Kano State, the Kano State House of Assembly Speaker and the Kano State House of Assembly. The applicants, through their counsel,…

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