Court sentences Ese Oruru’s abductor to 26 years in prison

A Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, yesterday sentenced a man, Yunusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison for the abduction of Ese Oruru. Oruru, a Bayelsa girl, allegedly abducted into forced marriage in Kano. She was 13 years old when she was abducted on August 12, 2015, at her mother’s shop in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Oruru was abducted by Dahiru, and taken to Kano, where she was allegedly raped, converted to Islam and married off without her parents’ consent. On February 29, 2016, she was…

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Court rejects motion to prevent Fayemi from dissolving LGs in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court on Friday rejected the motion preventing Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, from dissolving the 16 local government councils in the state. Ekiti council chairmen, under the aegis of the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), had gone to court seeking an interlocutory injunction to stop Fayemi from sacking them. The council chairmen were elected in the local government election conducted in December 2017 for a two-year tenure. Justice Abiodun Adesodun, while dismissing the application, described the filing as…

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Court dismisses suit challenging APC congresses

Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of the Yola High Court has dismissed a suit filed by some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), demanding cancellation of ward, local government and state congresses of the party in Adamawa State. Dimas Ezra and three others in a suit as plaintiffs urged the court to nullify all the APC congresses conducted by the Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal and others, as defendant in the suit. Delivering judgement, Justice Abdulazeez Waziri, dismissed all the motion submitted before the court for lack of…

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Lagos chief magistrate orders journalists out of court

Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku of a Lagos Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere, yesterday ordered three journalists out of her courtroom. The affected journalists were Onozure Dania from Vanguard, Yetunde Ayobami Ojo, from The Guardian and Ayodele Olalere, of Take a Break media. The journalists had gotten to the court very early in spite of the rain and took their seats in the section reserved for litigants. They were there even before lawyers arrived at the court as well as the magistrate, who came two hours behind the regular time of sitting.…

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Court discharges 9 men accused of murdering Apapa PDP chair

●Murdered APC chieftain, Ojo, buried in Ido-Ekiti   An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday discharged nine men charged with the murder of the Apapa Local Government PDP chairman, Adeniyi Aborisade. Similarly, the remains of Bunmi Ojo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were yesterday laid to rest in his hometown, Ido Ekiti, in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Ojo, who was shot by unknown gunmen on August 10 in Ado-Ekiti, was a Commissioner in the Federal Character…

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Defection: Court asked to declare Akpabio’s seat vacant

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…. Judge restrains Saraki   A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was yesterday asked to declare the seat of Senator Godswill Akpabio at the Senate vacant and order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a byelection within 90 days into the vacant seat. That was even as another an FCT High Court sitting in Bwari restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring Akpabio’s seat vacant. In a suit filed at the registry of the court, by the Incorporated Trustees of Dynamic Patriotic Citizens Foundation, the court was…

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Judgement on Igbo-Efon community land still valid –Chief Abogun

The Igbo-Efon community in Eti- Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State has stated that the judgement of the Lagos High Court which conferred Chief Atiku Abogun family with the rightful ownership of Igbo-Efon land is still valid even as they advised the general public against purchasing the community land from fraudulent individuals or their agents to avoid losing their hard earned money. It would be recalled that the right to Igbo-Efon land was confirmed in a landmark judgement delivered on December 22, 2016, by Honourable Justice K.O Alogba of…

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Businesswoman, 5 others remanded over N72m fraud

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  Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos has remanded a businesswoman, Chinweze Agada and five others over alleged N72 million fraud. The judge’s action was sequel to the arraignment of the six accused persons by the police on a 9-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, false representation, unlawful conversion, fraud, intention to cheat and false information. Agada and his co-accused; Adekunle Ademola, Kupoluyi Adesina, Remi Yusuf, Tessy Olalekan and Yemi Morolani, however pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence. Afterwards, police prosecutor, Usman…

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Court remands woman, 45, in prison for killing granddaughter

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3 varsity students held over death of fellow student   A Minna Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday ordered a 45-year-old woman, Aisha Ibrahim, to be remanded in prison custody for killing her granddaughter by throwing her into a pool of water. This came as a Magistrates’ Court in Minna also ordered the remand in prison custody of three students, Jibrin Attahiru and Idris Usman, both of the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University Lapai and one other student, Shehu Abdullahi from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for causing the death of their fellow student…

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Court grants Obasanjo’s in-law bail over alleged forgery

Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special offences Court, Lagos yesterday granted bail to a businessman and younger brother to the late former First Lady, Stella Obasanjo, John Abebe, over an alleged forgery. Abebe, who was remanded at Ikoyi prison since July 26, was granted bail following application of the defence Counsel led by former Attorney General of Nigeria, Kanu Agabi(SAN) to release him on liberal terms. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission(EFCC) had arraigned Abebe, Chairman of Inducon Nigeria Limited, on a four count charge bothering on forgery. Ruling…

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