Friday, February 14, 2020

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    Police arraign Abuja bank robbery suspects

Police arraign Abuja bank robbery suspects

The Police have arraigned five suspects arrested in connection to a robbery operation at a bank in Mpape area of the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja. The suspects -- Ehizo Larry, Princewill Obinna, Elijah David, Timothy Joe, and Ernest Ewin -- were arraigned before Ajoke Adepoju, judge of a federal capital territory high court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja. They all pleaded [...]

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    Maina to court: I’ve still not found a senator to stand as surety

Maina to court: I’ve still not found a senator to stand as surety

Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has again told a federal high court in Abuja, that no senator is willing to stand as a surety for his release. At the resumed trial on Thursday, Afam Osigwe, Maina’s counsel, informed the court of an application seeking a further variation of his client’s bail conditions on grounds that they [...]

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    Supreme court sacks David Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

Supreme court sacks David Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

The Supreme court has sacked David Lyon less than 24 hours before his inauguration as governor of Bayelsa state. Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the governorship election in the state in November 2019. A panel of justices led by Mary Odili asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued [...]

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    FG re-arraigns Sowore for ‘treason’

FG re-arraigns Sowore for ‘treason’

The federal government has re-arraigned Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, on a two-count charge of treasonable felony. At the court on Thursday, Aminu Alilu, the prosecution counsel, asked that the previous seven-count charge, which was filed in September 2019, be substituted with an amended charge. Upon re-arraignment, Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges. In the new [...]

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    ‘He wanted to bring down the govt’ — FG amends charges against Sowore

‘He wanted to bring down the govt’ — FG amends charges against Sowore

The federal government is set to re-arraign Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, on amended charges filed before a federal high court in Abuja. Aminu Alilu, counsel for the prosecution, told the court on Wednesday that the office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) amended the previous charges against Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant. "The office of the AGF has taken [...]

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    Court orders Malami to pay Sowore N200,000 for delaying trial

Court orders Malami to pay Sowore N200,000 for delaying trial

Ijeoma Ojukwu, judge of a federal high court in Abuja has ordered Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to pay a cost of N200,000 to Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant. The judge said the cost is the consequence of the prosecution's attempt to delay the trial. At the court session on Wednesday, Aliyu Halilu, prosecution lawyer, said the charges [...]

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    Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore’s trial 

Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore’s trial 

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and Shehu Sani are at a federal high court in Abuja to witness the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Soyinka arrived about 8:50am, five minutes before Sowore arrived at the court. Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-accused, are standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and of insulting the president. He was arrested by the [...]

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    Supreme court strikes out appeal against Lyon’s candidature

Supreme court strikes out appeal against Lyon’s candidature

The supreme court has affirmed David Lyon, Bayelsa governor-elect, as the authentic governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress. A five-man panel of justices dismissed the appeal filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, who contested against Lyon in the APC Bayelsa governorship primary election, for being filed out of time. Lokpobiri, who was a minister of state for agriculture, had filed the appeal against [...]

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    Stop disobeying the courts because of ‘orders from above’, judge warns EFCC

Stop disobeying the courts because of ‘orders from above’, judge warns EFCC

Binta Nyako, judge of a federal high court in Abuja, has warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop "relying on orders from above” before complying with court orders. Speaking after granting bail to Mohammed Bello Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation (AGF), on Monday, Nyako cautioned the EFCC and other government agencies to desist from the habit of [...]

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    Adoke released from detention as judge asks EFCC to respect court order

Adoke released from detention as judge asks EFCC to respect court order

A federal high court in Abuja on Monday granted bail to Mohammed Bello Adoke, former attorney general of the federation. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had refused to release him after he fulfilled the terms of a previous bail he was granted. Adoke has now been released from custody, TheCable can confirm. The anti-graft agency had re-arraigned him for alleged money [...]

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    Adoke to judge: I suffer mental torture in EFCC cell… remand me in Kuje prison

Adoke to judge: I suffer mental torture in EFCC cell… remand me in Kuje prison

Mohammed Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, has asked Binta Nyako, a judge of the federal high court in Abuja, to remand him in Kuje prison because he suffers mental torture in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mike Ozekhome, who argued Adoke’s bail application, on Monday, asked the court to grant the defendant bail on self [...]

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    Femi Adesina: Northern Elders Forum is Ango Abdullahi’s one-man army

Femi Adesina: Northern Elders Forum is Ango Abdullahi’s one-man army

The presidency says the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is a body that lacks credible membership. In a statement issued on Sunday, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, described NEF as a “one-man army” and accused Ango Abdullahi, NEF chairman, of showing antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2019 election. Adesina said this is in response to a statement issued by NEF flaying the [...]

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    Falana: Zulum’s reward of Igbo teacher indictment on divisive politicians

Falana: Zulum’s reward of Igbo teacher indictment on divisive politicians

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the recent act of kindness by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, is an indictment on those who categorise victims of Boko Haram insurgents along religious lines. Zulum visited Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 primary school around 6:30 am on Friday where he met Obiageli Mazi, a class teacher. Impressed by her dedication to work, the governor [...]

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    EXTRA: Imo PDP declares 7-day fasting for return of Ihedioha as governor

EXTRA: Imo PDP declares 7-day fasting for return of Ihedioha as governor

The Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared a week of fasting and prayer for the return of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state. The party also asked its members in the state to dress in black during the fasting session which will commence on Sunday, February 8, and end on Sunday, February 16. Ray Emeana, the [...]

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    Supreme court rejects family’s request to unfreeze Abacha’s foreign accounts

Supreme court rejects family’s request to unfreeze Abacha’s foreign accounts

The supreme court has dismissed an appeal to unfreeze several accounts linked to Sani Abacha, former head of state, in banks in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg blocked by the federal government in 1999. In the judgment prepared by Chima Nweze, a supreme court justice, the court held that the appeal which was filed in 2010 was “statute [...]

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    Ex-gov Nyame to spend 12 years in jail as supreme court dashes hope

Ex-gov Nyame to spend 12 years in jail as supreme court dashes hope

The supreme court has affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal which handed a 12- year jail sentence to Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba state. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Nyame with abuse of office. He was accused of diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba between 1999 and 2007. Having stood trial [...]

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