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  • Ganduje’s Suspension: Conflicting court orders and imperatives for peace in Kano

    Ganduje’s Suspension: Conflicting court orders and imperatives for peace in Kano

    This is one week that politicians and observers of political developments in Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria, will not forget in a hurry. Political and judicial goings-on have led to palpable confusion and apprehension in Kano’s political landscape, following conflicting court orders by a Kano High Court and a Federal High Court. Both sit in the commercial…

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  • ECOWAS Court holds training for Sierra Leonean lawyers, law students

    ECOWAS Court holds training for Sierra Leonean lawyers, law students

    The ECOWAS Court is organising a training programme for lawyers and law students from Sierra Leone during its May 13–16 international conference, the court’s spokesman, Mr. Felicien Hounkanrin, said on Friday. Hounkanrin, in a statement, said the President of the Court, Justice Edward Asante, made this known at a meeting with the executives of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) in…

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  • Tailor jailed 9 months for assault, willful damage

    Tailor jailed 9 months for assault, willful damage

    A Jos Magistrates’ Court sentenced a 32-year-old tailor, Samaila Aminu, to nine months imprisonment for assault and willful damage on Friday. The magistrate, Mr. Shawomi Bokkos, summarily tried and sentenced the defendant after he pleaded guilty to the charge. The magistrate, however, gave the convict the option to pay a N20,000 fine. The magistrate also ordered the convict to pay…

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  • Welder jailed 3 months for stealing car battery

    Welder jailed 3 months for stealing car battery

    A Jos Magistrates’ Court sentenced a 43-year-old welder, Solomon John, to three months imprisonment for stealing a car battery. The magistrate, Mr. Shawomi Bokkos, summarily sentenced the defendant after he pleaded guilty to theft. Bokkos gave the convict the option to pay a N20,000 fine. The magistrate said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders. Earlier,…

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  • Court dismisses senior lawyers’ suit challenging appointment of judges in Kogi

    Court dismisses senior lawyers’ suit challenging appointment of judges in Kogi

    A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by seven senior advocates of Nigeria against the National Judicial Council (NJC) and others over the alleged unlawful appointment of judges in Kogi. Justice James Omotosho, in a judgment, held that the plaintiffs lacked locus standi to institute the action and that the suit itself lacked merit. The News…

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  • Court upholds election of community pharmacists union in Kwara

    Court upholds election of community pharmacists union in Kwara

    A High Court in Ilorin on Thursday upheld the 2023 elections of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Kwara branch. In his judgment, Justice M. Abdulgafar said the election that returned Mrs. Munirat Bello as Chairman of the State Executive Council was conducted according to the association’s guidelines. The judge, therefore, ordered the Upper Area Court to quash…

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  • Court dismisses senior lawyers’ suit challenging appointment of judges in Kogi

    Court to hear ex-minister Olu Agunloye’s N1bn suit against EFCC May 9

    A Federal High Court in Abuja fixed May 9 for hearing in a N1 billion suit filed by Dr. Olu Agunloye, former Minister of Power and Steel under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date after the EFCC’s lawyer, Abba Mohammed, sought an adjournment to enable him to regularize his…

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  • Man tells court how his friend allegedly defiled 12-year-old daughter

    Man tells court how his friend allegedly defiled 12-year-old daughter

    A witness, (name withheld), told an Ikeja Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Court on Thursday how his family friend, Emmanuel Ejima, allegedly defiled his 12-year-old daughter. The prosecution witness, the father of the alleged survivor, narrated to the court that the defendant threatened to kill her daughter if he ever told anyone about the alleged sexual escapade. He said the…

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  • Edo CJ frees inmate from detention after 4 years

    Edo CJ frees inmate from detention after 4 years

    The Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, has ordered the release of an inmate, Saliu Akande, detained at the Auchi Medium Security Correctional Centre for four years over alleged rape. Okungbowa directed that the inmate be released due to the non-availability of his case file and charges against him when he visited the facility on Thursday in Auchi.…

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  • Fagbemi warns against obstructing EFCC from performing its lawful duty

    Fagbemi warns against obstructing EFCC from performing its lawful duty

    The Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, has warned against obstructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from carrying out its lawful duty. Fagbemi’s warning is contained in a statement in Abuja. “This is a matter of very grave concern; it is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of…

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  • Yahaya Bello asks Abuja court to set aside arrest warrant against him

    Yahaya Bello asks Abuja court to set aside arrest warrant against him

    On Thursday, former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, prayed to the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside an arrest warrant issued against him. Bello, through his lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed, SAN, told Justice Emeka Nwite that the court lacked jurisdiction to grant the order in the first instance. Mohammed told Justice Nwite when the matter was called for…

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  • Court to hear ex-minister Olu Agunloye’s N1bn suit against EFCC May 9

    Court restrains Cross River Govt from evicting allottees of cocoa estate

    A High Court sitting in Effraya, Etung local government area, has stopped the Cross River Government from evicting beneficiaries of 1,415 hectares of cocoa farms allotted by the immediate past administration of the state. In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Amajama Eneji ordered the state government not to intimidate beneficiaries of the cocoa plots in the estate. The suit was…

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  • Court to hear ex-minister Olu Agunloye’s N1bn suit against EFCC May 9

    Court restrains EFCC from arresting, detaining ex-governor Yahaya Bello

    A High Court sitting in Lokoja on Wednesday restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting, detaining and prosecuting former governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi. Justice I.A Jamil gave the order in a two-hour judgment delivered in suit no. HCL/68/M/2020 in Lokoja on Wednesday. The judge held that infringing on the fundamental human rights of the former Kogi…

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  • Gov Ododo seeks FG’s help to tackle insecurity, flooding in Kogi

    Kogi’s Gov. Ododo visits embattled predecessor as EFCC visits latter’s Abuja home

    Kogi’s Gov. Usman Ododo visited his embattled predecessor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, at his Abuja residence on Wednesday as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) laid siege to the property. Ododo arrived at Bello’s residence alongside several security operatives and youthful supporters protesting against the siege of the former governor’s home by the EFCC. A correspondent of the…

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  • Man tells court how his friend allegedly defiled 12-year-old daughter

    Absence of witnesses stalls trial of pastor who allegedly defiled 17-year-old daughter

    The trial of a pastor, Mr. Emmanuel Orekoya, docked at the Lagos Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Court for defiling his 17-year-old daughter, was stalled on Wednesday because of the absence of prosecution witnesses. Orekoya was first arraigned on Feb. 27 before Justice Abiola Soladoye on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration. The prosecution had alleged…

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  • Court remands woman for allegedly stealing 9-year-old girl

    Court remands woman for allegedly stealing 9-year-old girl

    A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Wednesday, remanded a 45-year-old woman, Rayinat Bakare, in a correctional center for allegedly stealing a nine-year-old girl. Bakare, whose address was not provided, is charged with felony child stealing. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A. B. Olagbegi-Adelabu, who did not take the plea of Bakare, adjourned the case until May 16 for…

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  • Kano High Court affirms Ganduje’s suspension

    Kano High Court affirms Ganduje’s suspension

    A Kano State High Court has restrained the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, from parading himself as a member of the party. Justice Usman Malam Na’abba made the order on Wednesday, following an ex parte motion filed by Dr. Ibrahim Sa’ad on behalf of two APC executive members of Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa Local…

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