Court to deliver judgement in Ebonyi, communities’ N2bn suit

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, yesterday fixed 12th March, 2020 for judgment in a suit brought before it by three host communities of the international airport approved by the federal government. The state government had approached the federal government seeking its approval for construction of International Airport in the state. Work is currently ongoing at the site but the three host communities dragged the state government to the Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, alleging that they were being forced out of their ancestral homes for…

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Court didn’t threaten DG DSS over Sowore – Sources

…say report designed to misinform public Emmanuel Onani, Abuja There are indications that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not threaten to jail the Director-General (DG) of the Department of State Services, Mr. Yusuf Bichi, contrary to reports in some sections of the media. According to the said reports, the alleged threat followed the continued detention of convener of #Revolution Now Movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and an activist, Mr. Olawale Bakare, However, findings by New Telegraph showed that at no time did the court issue such a threat.…

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Court rules APC has no candidate in Bayelsa

The Federal High Court, Yenagoa, on Thursday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have a governorship candidate in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State. This development is coming 48 hours to the election. The court was presided over by Justice Jane Inyang. The court’s declaration, was part of its judgement in a case filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, one of the APC governorship aspirants. Lokpobiri, a former Minister of State for Agriculture, had approached the court, asking it to declare him, and not David Lyon, the authentic candidate…

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Court issues bench warrant against Edo lawmaker-elect

The High Court sitting in Benin, the Edo State capital, yesterday issued a bench warrant order for the arrest of a member – elect of the state’s House of Assembly, Mr. Dumez Ugiagbe. Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, gave the order following failure of the lawmaker – elect to appear for plea in a case of forgery and impersonation levelled against him at the resumed sitting of the court. The court had at its last sitting on October 25 adjourned to yesterday to enable Ugiagbe to take his plea. He had been…

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Court dismisses Agbonyinma, Igbinedion’s appeals

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City on Friday threw out the appeals filed by Barr. Omosede Igbinedion, Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma, Engr. Abubakar Momoh and Idiake Patrick. Barr. Omosede who the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ovia Federal Constituency is challenging the decision of the lower tribunal which upheld the victory of Hon Dennis Idahosa of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Hon Agbonyinma was challenging the victory of Jude Ise-Idehen of the PDP for Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Federal Constituency seat. Engr. Momoh appeal was for the court to upturn the…

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Court bars police from interfering with medical doctor’s rights in Enugu

An Enugu State High Court presided over by Justice N. Nebo has restrained the police from infringing on the fundamental human rights of an Enugu-based medical doctor, Dr. Izuchukwu Okam. Nebo, while ruling on an motion ex-parte brought pursuant to Order 4 Rule 3 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, ordered the police not to interfere with the personal liberty of the applicant. The judge ruled that the decision was hinged on Sections 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution as amended which guaranteed the applicant’s freedom of…

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Court slams N5m fine on EFCC for freezing surety’s account

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court in Lagos has slammed a N5 million fine on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for freezing the account of a surety. The surety, Charles Aiyeyi, had dragged the anti-graft agency to court to challenge his arrest and the freezing of his account since December 2018. Aiyeyi had stood as a surety for one, Chief Jerome Itepu, who was being investigated by the EFCC. However, upon Itepu’s release on administrative bail by the EFCC, he was said to have been elusive…

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Court sentences internet fraudster to 6 months imprisonment in Ilorin

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of one Adepoju Tomiwa who was arraigned for internet fraud and other fraud related offences. Tomiwa was arraigned on a one-count charge of cheating by impersonation before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin. The Charge reads: “That you, Adepoju Tomiwa (alias Paul Powell) sometime in August, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court did cheat by impersonation when you pretended to…

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Alleged N974m fraud: Army General, another in court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Brigadier General Tarelah Paul Boroh (retd) and Hanafi Musa Moriki, before Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court, Abuja. They are being tried on a nine-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and financial misconduct amounting to N974.7 million and $1.9 million. The defendants were said to have converted N8.6 million, N106.2 million, N12 million, N382.8 million, N456 million and N9 million, among others while in office. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Therefore, counsel to the…

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