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Wadume: Trial continues in Abuja, evidence submitted

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The trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume and six others has continued in Abuja before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako.

At the last trial, the prosecution presented witness number six as contained in the charge sheet, one Inspector Habila Samuel, a police officer attached to the Intelligence Response Team of the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The witness explained his findings from the investigation of what transpired in Ibi, Taraba State on August 6, 2019, when soldiers allegedly shot at the police vehicle conveying the arrested Wadume, killing three operatives and two civilians.

Six AK47 Guns submitted at the court as evidence.
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During cross-examination by the prosecution counsel, the witness informed the court that the first defendant, Wadume was tracked by the police based on information, to the Kano home of his uncle where he was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds from a family physician, before his eventual arrest.

Hamisu Bala a.k.a Wadume (Fie Photo).

Counsel to the second defendant, however, claimed that his client, the station officer at Ibi, Inspector Daje, made his statement with an inducement to implicate a certain army captain, Balarabe while that of the sixth defendant alleged his client, Zubairu Abdullahi, was tortured to get his statement.

Six AK47 guns were also tendered as evidence in the course of the trial.


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N1.4bn land suit: Court dissolve Oyedepo Church’s application

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A High Court sitting in Ota, Ogun State has okayed a lawsuit laying claim to 13 acres out of a total of 508,996 acres of land belonging to the Registered Trustees of the World Mission Agency Inc, popularly known as Winners’ Chapel International, and its founder, Bishop David Oyedepo.

The court, in a June 16, 2020, ruling by Justice Olugboyega Ogunfowora, disagreed with Winners’ Chapel and Oyedepo that the suit was status barred

The claimants in the suit – Monsuru Ogunseye, Alani Ogunseye, Muinatu Ogunseye and Rasheed Dada – are praying the court to hold that 13 acres out of Winners’ Chapel land belong to them by virtue of a July 13, 2017, judgment of the Court of Appeal.

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They want the court to order the church to pay them N1.4bn “being the current market value of the 13 acres of land on the basis of a valuation report prepared by Lekan Akinwunmi & Co, a firm of estate surveyors and valuers.”

They also prayed that the court should compel the church to pay them N60m with interest, “being the assessed value of the occupation and use of their land by the defendants from 1998 to 2018 and thereafter at a pro-rated N3m per annum, among others.”

But the church and Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the suit for being statute barred.

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“Section 6(2) of the Limitation Law of Ogun State, 2006, expressly provides that actions of this nature seeking recovery and possession of land must be instituted within 12 years when the cause of action arose,” they argued.

However, the court upheld the argument of the claimants that the cause of action only arose in 2017 and not 1998 as contended by the church and thus it was not statute barred.

The judge ruled, “I agree with the claimants that the cause of action in this suit arose from July 13, 2017, when the Court of Appeal gave its judgment, and not from 1998 as posited by the defendants/applicants in their application and the supporting documents.

“This application, accordingly, lacks merit and is dismissed with costs assessed at N50,000.”


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How Shehu Sani’s conversation was recorded – Witness tells Court

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Two additional witnesses on Wednesday testified against Senator Shehu Sani before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

One of them, Mohammed Sani, son of Kaduna-based Alhaji Sani Dauda (ASD), who is the plaintiff in the matter disclosed how he followed the advice of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and recorded the conversations between his father and Senator Sani.

Senator Sani, who represented Kaduna Central senatorial district is facing EFCC’s prosecution on two-count criminal charges, bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $25,000.00 from Alhaji Dauda.

Mohammed Sani, who testified as prosecution witness seven (PW7), told the court that he was the one who set up a phone in his father’s office and also in his home in Kaduna that recorded the conversation between his father and Shehu Sani, which has been rendered as evidence in Senator Sani’s prosecution.

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“We went to EFCC’s office on Monday after Shehu Sani stopped picking and responding to my dad’s calls and text messages, to write a statement on the issue. I needed to be there too to write my own part of the story because I was the one who called Abubakar, a bureau de change operator, telling him that my dad needed United States Dollars equivalent of N5 million.

Shehu Sani

“At the commission’s office, they told us to record any conversations between my dad and Shehu Sani, and that’s how we started recording him. I set the phone for recording in my dad’s office in Abuja and also in Kaduna, where Shehu Sani came with his brother, one Dr. Ibrahim asking my father to change his statement with EFCC,” Sani said.

The witness further told the court that EFCC later collected his dad’s two phones and his own phone as exhibits in the case.

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Prosecution witness eight (PW 8), Fatima Asabe Umar, an EFCC staff in the Digital Forensic Department, who conducted forensic examinations on the phones, also testified.

“As a digital forensic analyst, I examine, analyze mobile devices, computers, and any digital device that have memory among many others. I received a memo from Ibrahim Musa of the AMCON Desk of the Commission, requesting us to extract a record from the two Samsung mobile phones and one iPhone.

“Immediately after receiving the request, I collected the devices, three phones. I examined them. Afterwards I wrote a report to the AMCON Desk, asking Bako Mohammed to come for the devices they brought. I gave them the report, and also burnt it into a compact disk and gave it to them,” she said.

After hearing the testimonies, the trial judge adjourned the case till July 9, 2020, for continuation of trial.


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Bello, APC cannot run from Supreme Court – PDP

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has said that Governor Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress can run, but cannot outrun the Supreme Court over alleged fraud perpetuated during the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi.

Kogi State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bode Ogunmola, stated this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to an Appeal Court judgement on the Kogi governorship election delivered on Saturday.

Ogunmola described the judgement as a travesty of justice and vowed to head for the Supreme Court.

“Gov. Yahaya Bello and the APC can run, but it cannot hide from the Supreme Court, where the blood of the innocent people killed in the Kogi election and the irregularities that characterized the election would be pointed out.”

Yahaya Bello; Kogi State Governor
Ogunmola urged PDP supporters to remain calm and be hopeful.

The PDP said the party would never give up until justice was delivered and Engr Musa Wada becomes the Governor of Kogi State, particularly that he was overwhelmingly voted for in the November governorship election.


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Hushpuppi appear in Chicago court – to be moved to Los Angeles

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The United States Department of Justice has confirmed that Nigerian cyber-crime suspect, Raymond Abass also known as Hushpuppi made his first appearance in court in Chicago on Friday.

The United State Department of Justice says the 37-year-old is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks to face criminal charges.

Hushpuppi, a Dubai resident was arrested last month by UAE security agencies for allegedly conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League club.

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

Hushpuppi was then extradited to the United States and taken into custody by FBI special agents earlier this week.

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If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

While the arrest of Hushpuppi by Dubai Interpol may help to resolve some cybercrimes, it has, on the other hand, also created problems for some Nigerians living in that country.

Nigerian youths and business owners in the UAE say they are at risk of being blacklisted by financial institutions, a move which could make their legitimate transactions in the country problematic.

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Dubai legally move Hushpuppi, Mr. Woodbery to United States


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Yero’s application to Court for release of passport drowns

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Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Kaduna, on Friday rejected an application filed by the former governor of the state, Ramalan Yero, seeking the return of his international passport.

In the application filed by his counsel, Yunus Ustaz, the ex-governor urged the court to release his international passport which would expire in September.

The EFCC said in a statement issued by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, that the ex-governor was arraigned on November 28, 2018, over his alleged involvement in money laundering alongside a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke.

The EFCC counsel, J.A Ojobane, in his argument, urged the court not to consider Yero’s application, saying there was no justification for granting the defendant’s prayers.

He reminded the court the submission of the passport in question was part of the conditions upon which the ex-governor was granted bail about two years ago.


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COVID-19: Lagos Face Mask violators to face Court’s wrath

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The Lagos State Government says it will start charging face mask defaulters to court from next week, as the period of grace was over.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this while briefing newsmen on the update of the COVID-19 management in the state on Friday.

Sanwo-Olu said that at this phase in the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, taking personal responsibility was now more important than ever.

He said that such personal responsibility was not only for self-protection but also for protecting other people, including loved ones.

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According to him, mask usage is mandatory in public places as a strategy to curb the spread of the virus.

”We are asking offices, business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on ”No mask, no entry”.

”No mask, no service enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over.

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”Dear Lagosians, please continue to wash your hands regularly. As much as possible, maintain social distancing, especially in public places.

”On our part as a government, we will continue to do everything possible to protect and uphold the health and wellbeing of the people of the state,” the governor said.

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu

Sanwo-Olu further said that the state government was commited to scaling up testing and isolation capacity and enforcing the guidelines issued.

”With regards to enforcement, we are increasing our focus and efforts in this area. As you all know, guidelines and directives are effective only to the extent to which they are complied with by the citizenry.

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”The best laws and guidelines are of no use if they are disregarded by the people for whom they have been issued.

”Lagos State belongs to all of us. We must join hands to ensure that we defeat this virus,” he said.

The governor noted that the state’s COVID-19 hotline remained 08000CORONA.

He added that the hotline was available round the clock for people to make reports, seek testing and for infected persons to gain access to counselling and psychological support during the period of isolation and treatment.


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Botched Surgery: FG charge Quack surgeon, Dr. Anu to court

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The Federal Government has charged popular cosmetic surgeon, Dr Anu, to court for the death of one Onwuzuligbo Miriam Nneka.

Surgery performed on Nneka not only ended up being botched but led to her death.

Back in April, Dr Anu said that the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, should be the one to explain how former beauty queen, Onwuzuligbo Miriam Nneka, died.

Speaking in a video, Dr Anu admitted to have carried out the botched surgery on the beauty queen but said she died at LUTH where she went for pneumonia treatment.

She also revealed that Nneka was made to lie on her bum at LUTH and wasn’t able to complete her medications after she performed surgery on her.


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Gist+: Court picks date to hear suit questioning Funke Akindele’s arrest

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The Federal High Court in Lagos will on July 10 hear the suit asking it to quash the conviction and sentencing of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele; her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello; and 236 others arrested, pursuant to the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the prevention bill in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funke Akindele-Bello was arrested and sentenced by the Lagos state police command over the house party hosted in her house to celebrate her husband’s birthday on Saturday at their Amen Estate residence.

However, the plaintiff in the suit, Olukoya Ogungbeje, wants the court to declare that the law is inconsistent with provisions of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution relating to fundamental human rights.

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Mr Ogungbeje told the court that he had a duty “to protect and defend the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction.”

He urged the court to declare that “the purported arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of persons/Nigerian citizens under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 for an alleged offence unknown to law and violation of same, which cannot be grounds for criminal liability is a nullity.”

He also urged the court to hold that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s pronouncement in the case of Faith Okafor vs Lagos State Govt. and ANOR on November 4, 2016, “a directive issued by a governor is not a law and violation of same cannot result in criminal liability.”

Justice Maureen Onyetenu adjourned to hear the suit on July 10.


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Court nays Akire of Ikire’s bid to stop removal

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An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikire on Monday dismissed reliefs sought by the Akire of Ikire, Oba Olutunde Falabi, restraining the state government from removing him.

Justice Rasak Abdulkareem, while delivering the judgement, said he could not grant the reliefs sought by the monarch because the processes that brought him to the throne 27 years ago were null and void.

He said that with all evidence before the court, coupled with the Supreme Court judgement on the issue, the monarch had no legal right to occupy the stool.

The battle for the throne started in 1987 after the demise of the former monarch, Oba Oseni Oyegunle.

When the process of appointing a new monarch started, one of the five ruling houses, Aketula, presented a candidate, Mr. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, in line with the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.

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Before the process of Olanrewaju’s installation could be completed, two ruling houses, Ladekan and Lanbeloye went to court to challenge the inclusion of Aketula in the ruling houses.

The State High Court, Ile-Ife, where the matter was instituted, stopped Olanrewaju’s installation as the monarch and the incumbent Oba Falabi, was installed on May 1993.

Olanrewaju went to the Appeal Court in Ibadan but he lost and subsequently, proceeded to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court in its judgement on April 11, 2014, affirmed that Aketula was one of the ruling houses as provided in 1958 Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration.

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The Supreme Court also held that the 1958 Declaration in respect of the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy stool has not been amended or repealed.”

Following the judgement, Falabi approached the High Court in Ikire to restrain the state government from deposing him because he had not committed any offence warranting his removal.

He also pleaded with the court to restrain the state governor, the commissioner for justice and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs from deposing him, while his incumbency subsisted.

But Justice Abdulkareem said that Falabi could no longer occupy the stool, based on the 1958 Akire Declaration and the rotational procedure therein.


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Court order Police to pay N15M to IMN family of 3

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, awarded the sum of N15 million against the Nigerian police over the alleged killings of three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his judgment, also ordered the National Hospital, Abuja, to immediately release the three corpses in its morgue.

Justice Taiwo while granting Reliefs A and C of the applicants, said each of the applicants must be paid a sum of N5 million as compensation for the killings.

The judge, however, did not grant the prayer that the Nigerian police should tender an apology in two national newspapers.

Noble Reporters Media report that the the Inspector General of Police is the 1st respondent while the medical directors of National Hospital, Abuja, and Asokoro District Hospital are both 2nd respondent in the four separate charges.

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Suleiman Shehu, Mahdi Musa, Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska and Askari Hassan were alleged to have been killed by agents of the first respondent on July 22, 2019 while on a peaceful protest to demand for the freedom of their Islamic Leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

While the bodies of Suleiman Shehu, Mahdi Musa and Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska were alleged to have been deposited at National Hospital, Abuja, the body of Askari Hassan was alleged to have been kept in Asokoro District Hospital.

The applicants, who are said to be brothers of the deceased in the suit, are Ibrahim Abdullahi, Ahmad Musa, Yusuf Faska and Said Haruna respectively.

However, throughout the duration of the court proceedings, the Nigerian police neither filed a counter affidavit nor send a lawyer for representation.


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Politicians are corrupting Court – Clarke

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Robert Clarke, has insisted that politicians contribute majorly to the problem of governance in the country.

Speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, he decried that politicians have continued to corrupt the judicial arm of the government.

He said, “Judiciary is not a problem; judiciary is an institution that we need whether we like it or not, and it is the only force in the country today that one can still rely upon.

“Politicians are our problem; as I have said before in one of my interviews here that the politicians are corrupting the court; they are corrupting the judges and there is nothing we can do”.

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Clarke believes the system itself is corrupt and the judiciary has a self-cleansing institution which is the Federal Judicial Service Commission which has the Chief Justice of Nigeria as its chairman.

He explained that the commission has the responsibility of sanctioning erring judges, but based on petitions received.

A Faulty Constitution?
The senior advocate decried the situation where two judges of coordinate jurisdictions give different judgements on political cases.

“It is the rascality we think should not creep into the judiciary, but I still hold it that these events have been created by politicians,” he stressed.

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Clarke also faulted the system of governance in the country, saying the 1999 Constitution was the problem of Nigeria.

“This Constitution allows power to be given to individual governors or Mr President to the extent that as soon as they get into the position of responsibility, their personal ego takes over and there is no instrument that can stop them except impeachment and how do you get impeachment when virtually all members of the House are under the portfolio of the governor?” he questioned.

The SAN added, “So, it is the system that is wrong. When you spend billions of naira to get the nomination for a gubernatorial election in a party or when campaigning as a president, you have to traverse the whole of Nigeria; you don’t need such a system.

“It is too expensive; we cannot afford it. We have to change it.”


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EdoDecide’20: Court grant Obaseki’s out-of-court settlement

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has Wednesday granted the prayers of Counsels for Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, a three-hour leave to amicably settle their differences outside the formal litigation processes.

The Court which was presided over by Justice E. O. Obile, granted the prayers of Counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama, Ferdinand Orbih, on his submission to the Court said there have been moves by the parties in the suit to resolve the issues before the Court amicably outside the Court.

Orbih prayed his lordship, Justice Obile, to stand down the matter four hours to enable the parties to this suit tidy their terms of settlement.

Counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and six other defendants, Emmanuel Enoidem, did not oppose the prayer of the plaintiff to settle out of Court.

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Counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King, also aligned himself to the position of the plaintiff’s counsel.

Also, Counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema and M. E. Ani also concurred with the position of their learned colleagues.

Meanwhile, Justice E. O. Obile who frowned at the four hours stand-down period, ordered that the parties in the suit take three hours to document their terms of settlement and inform the Court.

The Judge, however, adjourned the matter till 12.30pm for a contraction of hearing and possible decision on the matter.


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EdoDecide’20: Court stops Obaseki from running gov primaries in PDP

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A Federal High Court has stopped Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from participating in the state governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

This followed a suit filed by a governorship aspirant of the PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who had vowed not to step down for Obaseki.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Obaseki had crossed from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the PDP alongside his deputy Phillip Shuaibu.

Both men have been given the chance to contests for the party’s ticket for the Edo State gubernatorial election.

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However, Omoregie’s suit demands that only party members who had bought the form and screened already should be allowed to contest in the primary election.

He also questioned the certificates of Obaseki who was disqualified from the APC primaries on the same ground.

His request was granted by Judge EA Obile who stopped Obaseki from contesting in the primary election come June 25.


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Court rule Giadom out of APC chair

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In a deepening drama in the All Progressives Congress, a Rivers State High Court has restrained Victor Giadom from parading himself as a member of the National Working Committee of party.

The court based its order on Giadom’s resignation as Deputy National Secretary of the APC, when he went to vie for the position of Deputy Governor in Rivers in 2019.

Giadom has been waving a court order by an Abuja court that appointed him as acting national chairman.

The APC National Working Committee responded by formally accepting his letter of resignation.

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The party also further asked the South South zone to nominate a replacement.

Today, Justice Florence Fiberesima, granted an exparte order knocking Giadom out of the throne he was trying to claim.

Two stalwarts of the APC in Rivers State, Dele Moses and Azunda Awori, had through their counsel, F.C. Nwafor, filed application for a restraining order.

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They sought to stop Giadom from parading himself as either the Acting National Chairman or Deputy National Secretary of the party.

They insisted that Giadom had resigned his position as a member of the NWC of the APC to contest the 2019 election as deputy governor on the platform of the party.

Joined in the suit were the APC and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC in the state, Rt. Hon. Igo Aguma.

The application reads in part: “A declaration that sequel to the resignation of the 3rd defendant (Hon Victor Giadom) as Deputy National Secretary of the 1st Defendant (APC) in 2018, for the purposes of contesting in the 2019 general election as Deputy Governor of Rivers State, the 3rd defendant is no longer the Deputy National Secretary of the 1st Defendant.

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“A declaration that the 3rd Defendant (Hon Victor Giadom) is not a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the 1st Defendant having resigned his membership of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the 1st Defendant for purposes of contesting in the 2019 general election as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State.

“A declaration that the resignation of the 3rd Defendant (Hon Victor Giadom) as the Deputy National Secretary of the 1st Defendant in 2018 is valid and effective from 2018 till date.

“A declaration that the 3rd Defendant (Hon Victor Giadom) is not the National Chairman, or Acting National Chairman, or Deputy National Secretary or otherwise howsoever a member of the National Working Committee of the 1st Defendant.

“An order restraining the 3rd Defendant (Hon Victor Giadom) from issuing, signing or endorsing any document or correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or any other body or institution in the capacity of the National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the 1st Defendant or howsoever as an officer of the 1st Defendant.

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An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Defendants from recognizing or regarding the 3rd Defendant as either a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), the Deputy National Secretary, National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the 1st Defendant.”

In another statement today, the national publicity secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu said there is no leadership vacuum in the party.

He debunked the claims of Victor Giadom to the throne.

He affirmed that Abiola Ajimobi, former Oyo governor is the acting national chairman, in the absence of Adams Oshiomhole, who has been suspended by the Appeal Court.

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Issa-Onilu said the party has another high court order dated 13 March that validated the NWC positions of Abiola Ajimobi and Waziri Bulama.

Ajimobi is the deputy chairman of the APC and Waziri, the national secretary.

Both emerged as replacements for holders who went to take other positions, outside of the party structure.

Ajimobi replaced Adeniyi Adebayo, now minister of industries.

Bulama replaced Mai Bala Bunu, who is the governor of Yobe state.


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Top Story: Supreme Court reject Trump’s bid.

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The US Supreme Court dealt President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration efforts a fresh blow Thursday when it rejected his cancellation of a program protecting 700,000 “Dreamers,” undocumented migrants brought to the United States as children.

In the high court’s second rebuff of administration policies this week, justices said Trump’s 2017 move to cancel his predecessor Barack Obama’s landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the court’s liberal members in a five-to-four decision, stressed it was not an assessment of the correctness of the 2012 DACA program itself.

Instead, they said the Trump administration had violated government procedures in the way it sought to quickly rescind DACA in September 2017 based on weak legal justifications.

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The ruling suggested there are legal administrative methods Trump could use to cancel DACA, putting the onus back on the administration if it wants to pursue the issue.

Temporary reprieve
The decision gave a reprieve, though possibly only temporary, to hundreds of thousands of people brought or sent to the United States as youngsters. They grew up here, went to school, worked and started families — without ever having legal status.

“It was a great surprise,” said Daniel Olano, a 28-year-old Virginia resident who arrived in the United States from El Salvador when he was eight.

“My family and I were expecting the worst,” he said with relief.

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Houston paramedic Jesus Contreras, who came from Mexico as a child, said Thursday’s ruling was “not the end of the battle.”

“We still have to fight for legislation but right now it is a good feeling to know that we are protected and safe at least for now,” he said.

Conservative court?
Trump was angry after the court, which he has worked to stack with conservatives, dealt him his second legal setback in days.

On Monday the court ruled that constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of sex covered homosexuals and transgender people, a position the Trump administration opposed.

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In that case conservative Neil Gorsuch, named by Trump to the court in 2017, sided with Roberts and the four liberals in a six-to-three vote.

“Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” Trump tweeted.

“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” Trump wrote.

‘Our American family’
Immigration champions cheered Thursday’s ruling.

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“Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation,” Obama tweeted.

“Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals.”

Trump entered office in January 2017 promising to end most immigration and to expel millions who live in the country without legal documents.

Unable to get Congress to agree on legislation to protect long-time resident immigrants, in 2012 the Obama administration turned to an executive order to implement DACA.

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It offers people who entered the United States as children and grew up here authorization to stay, attend school, work and enjoy public benefits on renewable two-year periods.

The Supreme Court judgment made clear Trump could end DACA by other means, including an executive order.

It brought new calls Thursday for Congress to pass permanent legislation to help those under DACA, as well as to offer several million more people, including Dreamers’ parents, protection from deportation.

Senior Democratic lawmakers Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren urged the Republican-controlled Senate “to immediately take up and pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which puts Dreamers and long-term beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status on a pathway to citizenship. The time to act is now.”


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News+: Court extends order stopping Obaseki from arresting Oshiomhole

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The order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja barring Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from arresting the suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been extended by the court.

The court gave the extension order on Wednesday as Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered all parties involved in the matter to stay action till June 29 when the court will hear a motion challenging its jurisdiction to entertain an application Oshiomhole filed for the protection of his fundamental human rights.

Other Respondents in the matter are; Edo State government, the Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice of Edo state, Chairman of the panel of inquiry, Justice J. Oyomire, the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Service.

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The court, on June had ruled in favour of Oshiomhole, restraining Governor Obaseki and other respondents from taking steps to arrest Oshiomhole, who is a former governor of the state, over the report of the Justice Oyomire-led panel that indicted him for corruption and diversion of public funds.

The judge also ordered the parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction.


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Court of Appeal uphold Oshiomhole’s suspension

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday affirmed the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomole as a member and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ruling on the interlocutory appeal filed by Comrade Oshiomhole, the appellate court upheld the decision of the Federal Capital Territory High Court delivered by Justice Danlami Senchi which in March ordered the suspension of Oshiomhole as well as restraining him from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

In a unanimous judgement in the first appeal delivered by Justice

Eunice Onyemanam, the court held that the FCT High Court had territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did.

The court also withdrew his rights and privileges as National Chairman of the party including his security details.

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The appeal court predicated its decision on the ground that Comrade Oshiomole as the first appellant is based in Abuja while the APC also has its national headquarters in the capital city.

In the judgment on the second appeal delivered by Justice Mohammed Lamido, the court disagreed with Comrade Oshiomhole that their right to a fair hearing was breached by the trial court.

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Justice Lamido further said that there was no basis for the two appellants to hold that they were denied fair hearing during proceedings at the FCT High Court.

It further held that the suspension of Comrade Oshiomole from Ward 10 of Etsako local government of Edo state was ratified at the ward, local and state government level as required by law.

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And the identity of those who suspended him was not in doubt because in their unchallenged affidavit they made it clear that they were party members and officers of the party, therefore the appeal lacks merit.

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the APC are the appellants in the two dismissed appeals.


#Newsworthy…

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Buhari want Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court President.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted the nomination of Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as President of the Court of Appeal.

The President submitted the nomination to the Senate which will see her move from the Acting President.

He tweeted: “President Muhammadu Buhari, in-line with his constitutional responsibility has sent the nomination of Her Lordship, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Acting President, Court of Appeal to the Senate for confirmation as President, Court of Appeal.

“Justice Dongban-Mensem is a serving Justice of the Court of Appeal and was recommended, as is the practice, by the National Judicial Council for the nomination by the President.”

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The Presidency had yesterday given reasons for the delaying in passing her nomination to the Senate.

This is contained in a statement titled “In Making Judicial and other Appointments, President Buhari is not a Rubber Stamp.”

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It reads in part: “In making appointments upon the recommendations of other arms or agencies of the government, the President is not a rubber stamp that will mechanistically sign off on nominees that come before him.

“The President has a duty to ensure that all such appointments meet the requirements of the constitution and in protecting the supreme law of the land in this regard, he has an obligation to allow law enforcement and security agencies to do their work.

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“Don’t forget our recent experience with ministers who were signed off upon and turned out as having not undertaken the compulsory National Youth Service, just to give you an example.

“In the specific case of the Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Her Lordship Justice M. S Dongban-Mensem, the statutory regulatory time of her acting period has not lapsed”.


#Newsworthy…

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Court rules in favor of PCACC, Ganduje – Sanusi loses.

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A Federal High Court on Monday, in Kano State, dismissed a case filed by the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, seeking to stop investigation over alleged racketeering of landed property of the Kano Emirate Council.

Sanusi, in an ex parte motion, sought the court to stop the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) from investigating him.

The suit also sought an order restraining the PCACC Chairman, Mr. Muhyi Rimingado, Attorney-General of Kano State and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje from investigating him.

But, the presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, in a ruling, said that the commission did not violate the right of the emir by investigating the allegations against him, NRM reports.

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Allagoa, thereafter, dismissed the case, adding that the fundamental human right of Sanusi was not infringed.

Sanusi is being investigated by PCACC over alleged N2.2 billion land racketeering at Gandun Sarki area of Kano.

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Other Kano Emirate Council members under investigation are Sarki Ibrahim, the Makaman of Kano and Shehu Dankadai, the Sarkin Shanun Kano.

Recall that court had sometime in February ordered PCACC to stop its investigation on the emir and ordered the parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter.


#Newsworthy…

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Nigerian Cleric to marry 16 year old as 9th wife – Court says No.


An Islamic cleric, Yusuf Lateef, has been stopped from forcefully marrying a 16-year-old girl (names withheld) by a family court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

N.Rs found that the defendant approached the girl’s parents to marry their daughter in 2019 when the girl was 15 but the girl refused. The parents had allegedly forced her to accept the proposal and a day was fixed for the marriage.

Lateef allegedly wanted to take the minor as his ninth wife.

Protesting against the development, the teenager reportedly fled their home in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on the day fixed for the marriage with support from her brother who lived in Akure.

She was said to have been advised to report the matter at the Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development where she was sheltered for some days. It was thereafter that the matter was charged to court in Akure.

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Both Lateef and the girl’s parents were later arraigned before the family court for breaching the part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Rights Law.

After hearing from both the defendants and the plaintiff, Magistrate Aderemi Adegoroye ruled that the girl be returned to her parents and Lateef be made to sign an undertaking to stay away from her and ensure that she came to no harm.

Asked what she wanted to do, the girl said she intended to further her education and be a good woman in future.

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Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titilola Adeyemi, described the judgment as a victory for children in the state.

She said, “We are excited at the way the matter went. It will be a warning to everybody that it is a no to child marriage in Ondo State. Child marriage is denying the girl child her future. We must make sure we work for the girl child to realise her future.”


#Newsworthy…

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