Court nullifies Emefiele’s arrest and detention

The arrest and detention of the suspended Central Bank Governor, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, by the Department of State Services (DSS) has been nullified by another Abuja Federal High Court. Emefiele, through his Counsel, Peter Abang, had asked the court to set aside and nullify his arrest and detention for being illegal and a nullity in view of the subsisting judgment by another court delivered on 29th December, 2022. Delivering judgement on the case, Justice Bello Kawu held that the arrest, detention and interrogation of Emefiele is in violation of the…

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Court orders Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan, Buhari govts. to account for $5bn Abacha loot

Justice Kolawole Omotosho, of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari to give an account of the $5 billion Abacha loot so far recovered. In a judgment delivered last week, in a Freedom of Information suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), the court ordered the government of President Bola Tinubu to “disclose the exact amount of money stolen by General Sani Abacha from Nigeria, and the total amount of…

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Kano: Court stops Gov. Yusuf from further demolition

An ex-parte motion was granted on Friday by a Kano-based Federal High Court presided over by Justice S.A. Amobeda, preventing Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf from continuing to demolish buildings and other property in the State. A resident of Kano, Saminu Muhammad, filed the ex-parte motion through a lawyer. In response to the motion, the court ordered the Kano State government and its representatives to stop demolishing additional properties along BUK Road. Justice Amobeda specifically ordered the Kano state government to halt plans for demolishing the applicant’s property,…

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Court orders DSS to ‘immediately’ grant Emefiele access to lawyers

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) sitting in Abuja, has ordered Department of State Service, (DSS) to allow Counsel to the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele access to him. The presiding judge, Justice Hamza Mu’azu granted the interim order in an ex -parte motion brought before the court by Godwin Emefiele as an applicant. The order of the court is based on the fundamental rights of the applicant presently in the custody of the DSS. The matter has been adjourned to…

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Petrol Subsidy Removal: Court restrains NLC, TUC nationwide strike

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, has restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy. The Federal Government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike, scheduled to begin tomorrow, Wednesday. Delivering the ruling yesterday, the presiding judge, Olufunke Anuwe, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex-parte motion filed by the federal government. Recall that on…

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El-Zakzaky: Court slams N100m fine against IGP over unlawful arrest, killing of protester

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has awarded an N100 million fine against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) over an allegation bordering on the arrest and killing of Ja’afar Muhammad, a member of Free Zakzaky protesters in Abuja. Justice Zainab Abubakar, in a judgement in the suit, held that the arrest of the Late Muhammad by police officers at Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital on July 22, 2019, and his killing on July 24, 2019, at SARS Abattoir, Abuja, amounted to a gross violation of his fundamental rights as enshrined in…

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Abuja CCTV Project: Court orders FG to account for $460m Chinese loan

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to answer for how a $460 million Chinese loan was used to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project. The court said the Government must publish the total amount of money paid to Chinese and local companies and contractors, precise details of the identities of the companies and contractors, and the status of the implementation of the project. Hon. Judge Emeka Nwite issued the directives in his ruling in the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project…

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Adamawa Guber: Court throws out Binani’s suit against INEC

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator A’isha Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, filed to be affirmed the winner of the governorship election that was held in Adamawa State. The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo yesterday, dismissed the suit following a notice of discontinuance that was filed by the plaintiff. However, though the APC candidate, through her lawyer, Mohammed Sheriff, applied for the matter to be struck out, Justice Ekwo declined,…

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Kaduna: Court nullifies el-Rufa’i’s Durbar Hotel C-of-O revocation

The Kaduna State High Court has nullified the revocation of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of Durbar hotel by the State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i. Recall that rl-Rufa’i had in January 2020 demolished Durbar hotel, a property belonging to the family of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, and went ahead to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy, (C-of-O), while the case was still pending in Court. Consequently, the Abacha family through their counsel, Dr. Reuben Atabo (SAN) dragged el-Rufai and three others to Kaduna High Court presided over…

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Appeal judgement: “No victor, no vanquished” – Osun Gov. Adeleke

Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke

Following the judgement of the Appeal Court that affirmed his victory as the duly elected Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the outcome as “no victor no vanquished”. Speaking shortly after the judgement at his Ede country home, the Governor said Osun belong to all irrespective of political or religion affiliation. Recall that the Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the decision of the Osun State Governorship tribunal, and upheld the governorship of senator Adeleke. The appellate court upturned the judgment of the election petition…

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