Court awards N5.5 billion damages against Nigerian Customs for unlawful rice seizure

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, July 10, awarded N5.5 billion damages against the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over an unlawful seizure of 90 containers of rice imported by a firm. Also affected by the N5.5 billion damages is the Chairman of the Nigerian Customs Service Board (NCSB). The Nation reports that the firm had stated in its suit, marked FHC/CA/CS/40/2017, that officers of the customs had on March 18, 2017, invaded and sealed up its warehouse in the Tinapa Free Trade Zone, Calabar, Cross River state. The…

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Court orders forfeiture of Diezani’s 2,149 pieces of jewelries, customized gold iPhone, valued at $40m

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos ordered the interim forfeiture of some expensive jewelries valued at about $40 million which were recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from a house allegedly belonging to former minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Oweibo ruled yesterday that the seized 2,149 pieces of jewelries and a customised gold iPhone be temporarily forfeited to the federal government pending the determination of a motion ex-parte application brought before him by the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo. In the…

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Pastor seeks divorce, alleging wife demands money before sex

A 48-year-old pastor, Abayomi Adegboyega, is seeking dissolution of his 16-year-old marriage, alleging that his wife always demands `bribe’ from him before sex. Adegboye told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on Wednesday to end the marriage on grounds that his wife, Risikat, denied him sex. “My wife starves me of sex, she will never allow me to sleep with her unless I give her money or buy her a gift,” he said. He said that he would kill himself if the court would not dissolve the union which…

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Grass-cutting Scandal: Court rejects EFCC’s documents against Babachir Lawal

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama, on Monday, rejected uncertified documents sought to be tendered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in the trial of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and three others for alleged corruption. The EFCC arraigned Mr Lawal alongside his younger brother, Hamidu Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd; on March 18 on an amended 10-count charge bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy…

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Sen. Adeleke smiles as court grants him N2m bail

An Abuja magistrate’s court has granted bail to Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election. The court granted him N2 million bail after his arraignment on Tuesday. Adeleke, who currently represents Osun west senatorial district, was charged to court for alleged certificate forgery. The Police had said they have fresh evidence against the Senator, prompting his detention on Monday. In the charge filed at the magistrate’s court, the Police accused Adeleke of forging a letter of attestation and result from Mustlim Grammar…

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Court sacks Buhari’s ex-aide as Kano Rep elect

A federal high court sitting in Kano has disqualified Sulaiman Sumaila, a former aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the duly elected representative of Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano at the national assembly. Sumaila had resigned his appointment as senior special assistant to the president on national assembly (house of reps) to contest the election and he was declared winner. But at the court on Thursday Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Sumaila “as he did…

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Malabu scam: Court orders arrest of Adoke, Dan Etete, four others

• My client can’t be held liable for executing Jonathan’s order – Adoke’s lawyer The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja has ordered the arrest of the immediate-past Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum, and four others. The six are named in the charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in relation to the $2.1bn Malabu Oil scam. According to the EFCC, the charges bordered on fraudulent allocation of…

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Produce Dasuki, court orders SSS

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Tuesday issued a warrant on the Department of State Security (DSS) to produce before the court a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. The so-called production warrant is a warrant issued when a trial judge needs an accused, who is already in custody of the government. The trial judge issues it on the authority with whom the accused person is under custody of, to produce him or her before the court. Mr Dasuki, who is being tried alongside Aminu Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited…

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Court acquits, discharges suspended SEC DG Gwarzo over alleged N115m fraud

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed corruption charges involving alleged mismanagement of about N115m public fund preferred against the suspended Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo. Mr Gwarzo’s co-defendant, Zakwanu Garba, who was the Executive Commissioner of the commission, was also discharged and acquitted. The then Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had, in November 2017, suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial impropriety, part of which formed the basis for the charges preferred against him and Garuba. Delivering…

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Witness in court narrates how Fayose moved N1.2bn in two planes

Sunday Alade, a former Branch Manager of Zenith Bank Plc in Akure, Ondo State, and a prosecuting witness in the ongoing trial of Ayodele Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State, has explained how the former governor took receipt of a sum of N1.2billion suspected to be from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) in 2014, stashed in two planes. In his testimony before the federal high court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, Alade said Fayose and his company, Spotless Investment Limited, received N1,219,000,000 from Zenith Bank, Akure branch…

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Court sentences Nigerian activist IG Wala to 12 years imprisonment

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Maitama on Monday convicted an activist, Ibrahim Wala, popularly known as I G Wala to seven years imprisonment. Justice Yusuf Halilu of FCT High Court in Maitama found Mr Wala guilty on three out of the four charges filed against him by the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation. Mr Wala, a social media activist, was arraigned following a petition filed by the chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar, alleging…

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Court orders Diezani to forfeit Lagos, Port Harcourt property to FG

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office has secured the interim forfeiture of property linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amangbo and Sequoyah Properties Limited. The commission made the announcement in a statement by Tony Orilade, the acting head of its media and publicity. “A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor, granted the order for interim forfeiture of the property traced to Diezani,” Orilade’s statement read. “The property is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road,…

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Defection: Court postpones ‘judgment day’ for Saraki, Dogara, Akpabio, 51 lawmakers

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday suspended its reserved judgment on a suit seeking an order declaring vacant the seats of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House and 52 other members of the National Assemblt who defected from their original parties last year. Justice Okon Abang upon pleas by the defendants, decided to suspend the judgment, in order to allow them to file their defence in the matter. But the judge condemned the conduct of the lawmakers whom he said refused to participate…

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Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO) unknown to law, court rules

An Abuja High Court sitting at Apo has struck out the name of Buhari Campaign Organization, BCO, from the N40million libel suit that was instituted against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku was in the suit marked FCT/HC/CV/ 804/2019, accused of defaming President Muhammadu Buhari and his family. While the BCO sued as the 1st Plaintiff, President Buhari was cited as the 2nd Plaintiff in the matter. Specifically, the Plaintiffs are praying the court to compel the PDP flag-bearer to pay damages for alleging…

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Court convicts traditional ruler, cleric, seven others for open defecation

An Ekiti State Magistrates’ Court, yeasterday, sentenced nine people including a traditional title holder and clergy to six months in prison each for open defecation. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those convicted were arraigned for various sanitation offences including non-availability of toilet facilities in their houses, non-availability of waste bins, and defecating in the open. Delivering judgment, the Magistrate, Mr. Adeosun Abayomi lamented the environmental nuisance caused by open defecation. He, however, gave the convicts, the options of fines ranging from N5,000 to N15,000. The Magistrate court also…

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