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News+: Judge ban ‘Tell-All’ book publication written by Trump’s niece.

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Atell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of claims by the president’s brother that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge said Tuesday.

New York state Supreme Court Judge Hal B. Greenwald in Poughkeepsie, New York, issued an order requiring the niece, Mary Trump, and her publisher to explain why they should not be blocked from publishing the book: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” A hearing was set for July 10.

The book, scheduled to be published July 28, was written by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the president’s elder brother, who died in 1981. An online description of it says it reveals “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.”

The judge banned “publishing, printing or distributing any book or any portions thereof” before he decides the validity of Robert S. Trump’s claims.

Robert Trump argues Mary Trump must comply with a written agreement among family members who settled a dispute over Fred Trump’s will that a book about them cannot be published without their permission.

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Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, promised an immediate appeal.

“The trial court’s temporary restraining order is only temporary but it still is a prior restraint on core political speech that flatly violates the First Amendment,” Boutrous said.

“This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day,” Boutrous said in a statement.

Adam Rothberg, a Simon & Schuster spokesperson, said the publisher was disappointed but looks forward “to prevailing in this case based on well-established precedents regarding prior restraint.”

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Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, said his client was “very pleased.”

He said in a statement that the actions by Mary Trump and her publisher were “truly reprehensible.”

“We look forward to vigorously litigating this case, and will seek the maximum remedies available by law for the enormous damages,” he said. “Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end.”

In court papers, Robert Trump maintained Mary Trump was part of a settlement nearly two decades ago that included a confidentiality clause explicitly saying they would not “publish any account concerning the litigation or their relationship,” unless they all agreed.


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COVID-19: 20 Nigerian judges in Osun on self isolation.


In the wake of the deadly coronavirus bedeviling the world, about 20 judges are currently in isolation in Osun State.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, who confirmed this on Wednesday disclosed that they had traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate and went into isolation immediately they arrived the state.


Isamotu disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital, on Wednesday on the sideline of a press briefing addressed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, to intimate newsmen about the first case recorded by the state on Wednesday.

“Yes, they are currently in self-isolation, but I can’t disclose any hospital. It is not necessary that they go to the hospital before being isolated,” Isamotu said.

“There are many people who have even tested positive of the virus, but stay in their homes to isolate themselves without going to the hospital. The judges are in self isolation and we are monitoring them,” he added.

Daily Sun gathered that the judges had attended an international Conference in the Middle East country between March 9 and March 20, before they returned to the state at the weekend.


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Court adjourns sowore’s case to April 1 since no witness show up.


Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare until April 1, 2020.

Ojukwu, who was angry at the way the prosecution was delaying the trial, adjourned the case at the instance of the objection raised by lead defence counsel, Femi Falana, when the first prosecution witness, Rasheed Olawale, was giving evidence out of the summary statement.


Falana urged the court to limit and restrict the witness to the summary of the statement that was made available to them by the prosecution.

He argued that the evidence being given by the witness was mischievous and alien to section 36 of the constitution that guarantees fair hearing.


In his own submission, prosecution counsel, A.A Aliyu, asked the court to dismiss Falana’s objection on the grounds that the evidence given by the witness would not amount to miscarriage of justice as painted by the defence.

The trial judge therefore asked the prosecution to reproduce the witness statement in details to accommodate whatever evidence the witness want to give whenever it was called upon.

The judge said, “Serve them these evidence, I don’t know what is difficult in that. Serve them all the evidence you want to rely on.

“That should not be difficult and that is the provision of the law.”


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Update: Agba Jalingo pleaded before new judge


The incarcerated publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, who is facing terrorism charge is to appear before a High Court on Thursday.

According to reports, Agba is to appear before a new Federal High court Judge, Justice Sule Shuaibu and expected to take a fresh plea on the four-count charge preferred against him.


Counsel to the accused, Daniel Kip said he hopes to move a motion for his bail on the same day. The accused has been incarcerated for 172 days for alleged acts of terrorism and cybercrime following an article he wrote in July 2019 seeking accountability for half a billion Naira alleged to have been diverted by the Cross River State government.

The former trial judge, Justice Simon Amobeda of the federal high court two who had recused himself from the case had denied granting the accused bail but ordered for a secret trial.


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APC crisis: Rivers State judge step down ..


Restoration of peace in the crisis ridden Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be in sight soon as Justice Augusta Chuku of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port-Harcourt on Monday washed her hands off a matter brought before her by Igo Aguma challenging the legality of the Caretaker Committee of Rivers APC.

Justice Chuku who is a spouse to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Mr Kingsley Chukwu, had in the previous sitting suspended the planned Ward, Local Government and State Congresses of the Party pending the determination of the substantive matter.


lgo Aguma, former federal Lawmaker and a former ally of the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, dragged APC to Court.

When the matter came up on Monday, the Judge withdrew from the case, asking that it be reassigned to another Judge.


Some chieftains of the APC had written a petition against her that she might not dispense justice to all concerned in the case.

This surprise twist in the case again will, most likely, further delay resolution of the lingering crisis in the state APC.


Speaking with Journalists, Tuduru Ede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the parties in the dispute will wait for the Chief Judge of the state to reassign the matter to another Judge.

Counsel to Aguma, Echezuna Etiaba, said the next Judge will, amongst other things, interpret the constitution of the party and determine the legality of the caretaker committee put in place by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

On his part, a chieftain of the party, Barr. Chizi Enyi, said it was abnormal that the Judge didn’t vacate the consequential order she made in the matter before discontinuing with it.

“The Judge instead of setting aside her earlier orders before sending back the case file for reassignment, knowing that her orders will not be binding on another judge, refused to do that”, he said.


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Greece’s prime minister announces female judge next president


Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday nominated top female judge Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou to become the country’s next president.

If approved by parliament, the 63-year-old head of the Council of State would become the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial post.

Her appointment is expected to be a formality as Mitsotakis’s conservative New Democracy party holds 158 seats in the 300-seat parliament.


The date of the parliamentary vote has not yet been set, but must take place before February 13 — one month before the end of the five-year term of current president Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

“The time has come for Greece to open up to the future,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address, emphasising that the selection breaks with tradition not only because Sakellaropoulou is female, but also because she is not a member of a political party.

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis


He said the choice “embodies unity and progress”.

Sakellaropoulou told the state news agency ANA that the nomination was “an honour”.

She thanked the prime minister and said she was ready to “devote herself with all her might to this high duty”.


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Brazilian judge orders Netflix to remove movie tagging ‘Jesus’ a gay


Netflix has been ordered by a Brazilian judge to stop showing a film depicting Jesus as a gay man and which prompted a gasoline bomb attack on the satirists behind the film.

The ruling by Rio de Janeiro judge, Benedicto Abicair, on Wednesday responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the “honor of millions of Catholics” was hurt by the film.


The special was produced by Rio-based film company, Porta dos Fundos, whose headquarters was targeted in the Christmas Eve attack.

Judge Abicair said the program’s withdrawal “is beneficial not only to the Christian community but to Brazilian society which is mostly Christian.”


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9 new judges appointed in ihedioha’s regime


Governor Emeka Ihedioha has reassured of the resolve of his administration to uphold the independence of the Judiciary and abide to the rule of law, twin factors he identified, as the only panacea to good governance.

Speaking at the swearing in of nine judges, seven for the State High Court, two for the Customary Court of Appeal, held at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri, he noted that the three arms of government must collaborate for good governance to thrive.

“To ensure good governance, the three arms of government must coexist as separate organs of government independently, but collaboratively”, he disclosed.


Ihedioha revealed that his administration has maintained a symbiotic relationship with other arms of government, assuring that plans are underway to enhance the status of the judicial system in the State after several years of neglect.

“We have reconstituted the Judicial Service Commission; renovation of Judges Quarters has begun. We have also ensured payment of salaries of Judges as at when due and provided official guards for them”.


The governor disclosed further that, of the 33 Judges recommended for appointment across the federation by the National Judicial Council, NJC, nine Judges, the highest, was approved for Imo State.

“The NJC approved nine Judges for Imo State which is the highest, trailed by Rivers State which got approval for 4 Judges.


He said, “This is a testimony of our unwavering resolve to entrenching the tenets of rule of law in our State which can be achieved with an efficient and formidable judiciary.

He advised the new Judges to discharge their duties fairly and ensure they do justice to all manner of people without fear or favour.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Justice of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, said Governor Ihedioha has revitalized the Judiciary in the State, which has translated to numerous gains to the judicial system, including expedition of cases.

Justice Ihuoma Grace Chukwunyere who spoke on behalf of the newly inaugurated Judges, assured that they will uphold the law at all times.


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Plane conveying Sudanese judges and army staff crashed.

…no one survived


A military plane carrying carrying Sudanese Judges and Army officials crashed on Thursday January 2, 2020 shortly after taking off from an airport in Sudan’s West Darfur.

Though what caused the plane crash is still not known, however it reportedly occurred about 10 km (6 miles)from the airport. An official at el-Geneina airport said there were about 18 people on board and they were all killed in the plane crash.


Army spokesman Amer Mohammed al-Hassan who confirmed the incident, told AFP that among the victims were seven crew members, three judges and eight civilians, four of which were children.

El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur which has received security reinforcements and visits by senior officials this week, has seen deadly clashes between ethnic groups in recent days.


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Just in – FG hangs former CJN, seizes his passport from travelling.

…says his assets were not by the code of conduct.

Walter Onnoghen, the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria has been barred from travelling out of the country by the President Buhari.

Onnoghen was convicted for not declaring his assets by the Code of Conduct Tribunal in April. According to reports, an internal report issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service stated that Onnoghen, his wife and daughter were attempting to travel to Accra, Ghana when they were accosted by immigration officers.

The report stated, “On November 11, 2019, retired Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was attempting to travel to Accra, Ghana. He was in company with his wife, Nkoyo, and daughter.

“His passport, with number A50445233, was flagged because Justice Onnoghen’s name was on the watch list. The passport is currently in custody of the NIS.”

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Suspected Fraudster, Mompha Freed After Paying N100Mn Bail Term.

Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha has regained his freedom after perfecting the bail conditions handed to him by a Lagos High Court.

Recall NobleReporters reported that Mompha who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was granted a N100m bail on Friday, November 29.

The Dubai-based Nigerian businessman was admitted to bail with one surety who must be a landed property owner by Justice Mohammad Liman, who ordered him to deposit his passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and report at the EFCC office every fortnight to show that he has not left the country.

Mompha has now perfected his bail conditions as he was spotted with his friends earlier today after regaining his freedom.

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Breaking – Nairobi Chairman Remain In Prison After Arrest.

…where he allegedly escaped as an inmate

Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko will be spending two more days in prison after being arraigned before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti following his arrest on Friday December 6.

The Kenyan Governor who pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges of money laundering, receiving bribes and conflict of interest in court was arrested alongside his associates over the misappropriation of 357 million Kenyan shillings ($3.5m).

It was further learnt that his bank details and several dates on which money was wired in from contractors who had won tenders in the city county were read out by prosecutors in court.

Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko remanded in prison after arrest

Sonko who was sent back to Shimo la Tewa Prison where he allegedly escaped as an inmate, begged to released on bail as he was in need of medical treatment after sustaining injuries during his dramatic arrest on Friday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) however opposed Sonko’s bail applications, pointing out that he once escaped from prison. The prosecutors also asked for Sonko to be barred from accessing his office if indeed he is granted bail. Chief Magistrate Ogoti is expected to rule on the matter on Wednesday December 11.

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DSS leader apologize justice ojukwu over court invasion to re arrest sowore – Femi Falana

}}} Operatives of Department of State Services wrestling Mr. Omoyele Sowore to the ground as they rearrested him inside the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday refuted the Department of State Service’s claim that its operatives did not disrupt proceedings at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in their bid to rearrest his client, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, on Friday.

Falana said in a statement that, contrary to the DSS’ denial, issued on Saturday, the leader of the DSS team of operatives who invaded the court tendered an apology for their conduct when summoned after the incident by the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

He said the DSS operatives were unable to defend their conduct, hence their subsequent apology to the judge, who was forced to adjourn cases on her list following the invasion.

He described the Saturday statement issued by the agency’s spokesperson as “self-contradictory press release” and “an unsuccessful attempt” to absolve itself of responsibility “for the armed invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, in general, and the desecration of Court No 7 of Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in particular, as well as the illegal rearrest of Omoyele Sowore”.

He stated, “By the advantage of information technology, the whole world has placed responsibility for the gangsteric desecration of the court on the DSS.

“The DSS cannot extricate itself from the abominable acts of December 6, 2019.

“When I informed the court that fresh charges were being filed against our clients and that they could be rearrested, the prosecution denied any such plan.

“As soon as the case was adjourned, the DSS pounced on Sowore and caused a disruption of the proceedings of the court.

“Having taken over the court room, Justice Ojukwu hurriedly rose and asked the registrar to adjourn all other cases.

“After the learned trial judge had risen for the day, she summoned the heads of the prosecution and defence teams to her chambers.

“When the lead prosecutor, Dr. Liman Hassan (SAN), denied knowledge of the invasion of her court, she directed him to invite the head of the DSS team in the court.

“When challenged to justify the invasion of the court, the officer could not.

“He apologised to Justice Ojukwu on behalf of the DSS.

“The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the DSS operatives from the court room.

“The directive was complied with, as the operatives withdrew from the court room but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house.”

He noted that the agency’s operatives’ “abominable desecration” of the court was covered live by domestic and international media and journalists, some of whom he said were victims of the operatives’ acts of “gangsterism, barbarism and brutalization.”

He called for the immediate release of Sowore and other political detainees as well as all criminal suspects that had been granted bail.

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Just in – Ondo state lawmaker frowns at the murder of Catholic knight.

Hon. Edamisan Ademola, a member of Ondo State House of Assembly, has condemned the murder of Sir Christopher Karigidi, a Knight of John Westley and Lay President of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Igbobini Diocese in Irele Local Government area.

NobleReporters culled that some unknown gunmen, in the early hours of Dec. 2, shot the retired principal through the window of his residence in Ode-Irele, but not did not take anything with them.

Ademola, representing Irele Constituency, while on a condolence visit to the family of late Karigidi on Friday, said that Ondo lawmakers would work in partnership with security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the “heinous” crime were fished out and brought to justice.

He advised all residents to be security conscious and be vigilant as well as report any strange movement and person to the police.

“Members of the House of Assembly, under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun, condemn the gruesome murder of Sir Karigidi in it’s entirety; it is very sad and pathetic to kill someone in this heartless manner.

“As a representative of the people, we will ensure this kind of heinous crime never re-occur and partner with security agencies to bring perpetrators to book.

“I urge the families to take solace in God and urge residents to always be vigilant and security conscious and to report any strange occurrence to the police for further actions,” Ademola said.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Solomon Abayomi, the Bishop of Owo Diocese who also visited the Karigidi family, said that he was shocked by the news of the murder of the deceased

He described Karigidi as a “gentleman to the core” who served meritoriously in the vineyard of God as the Lay President of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Igbobini Diocese

“He was a man of integrity and served well in God’s vineyard, his death came as a shock to all the Christian body, but God knows everything and will repose his soul,” he said.

Mr Ayodele Karigidi, a son of the late Knight who who responded on behalf of the family, thanked everyone who commiserated with the family on the incident.

He urged the security agencies to ensure that the killers of his father would not go unpunished, adding that the vacuum created was be too big for anyone to fill.

Media reports that the late Karigidi, aged 62, was a retired Principal of Comprehensive High School, Irele, who left behind his wife, Folayemi and five children.

Earlier, Femi Joseph, the Ondo State Police Spokesman, said the command had launched investigations to unravel the matter, promising to arrest the culprits.

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Just in – After releasing sowore, Femi Falana confirmed.

…DSS paid N100,000

The Department of State Services (DSS) has paid the N100k fine issued by the Federal High Court which ordered the release of #RevolutionNow Convener, Omoyele Sowore within 24 hours.

Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana who confirmed that his client has been released also disclosed that the DSS has paid the N100,000 fine to the #RevolutionNow convener as ordered by the judge.

Sowore who was in DSS custody for 125 days, first met his bail condition on November 6. He was however continously kept in the secret police’s custody before the court order was issued this morning by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

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Breaking – DSS releases activist, omoyele sowore from their custody.

…4 hours barely after court orders

The Department of State Services (DSS) has released the convener of the Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowore.

His release is coming barley four hours after Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court gave the agency 24-hours ultimatum to release him from detention.

According to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the DSS had no justifiable reason to continue to hold the defendants in custody, after she signed the warrants for the release of the defendants from custody.

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Abia: CJ Onuoha expresses worries.

..over dilapidated court infrastructure

Chief Judge of Abia, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, has expressed concern over the poor state of infrastructure in various courts in the state.

Ogwe made the observation in Umuahia, on yesterday, when members of the Abia House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Justice visited him.

He decried the level of dilapidation in the courts, saying, “the court halls are in a mess.”

According to him, there are no good court halls in the state and some roofs of the buildings have either caved in or have no functional facilities. The chief judge alleged that the contractor building a court complex in Umuahia was currently being owed by the state government.

The CJ, who said that the state judiciary was confronted with “a generic of problems”, also said that the paucity of funds was threatening its smooth operstions.

He alleged that the judiciary was under funded, adding that it got only two months’ subventions in 2017.

He also said that many months of its subventions in 2019 had yet to be released by the government.

Ogwe said: “Our financial situation is precarious. “Our requests are never funded.

“We can’t even hold sessions for dead or retired members because we don’t have the fund. The only little money we get, we use it well,” he said.

He said that he was impressed with the house for honouring the judiciary with their visit and interaction and pleaded for more synergy with the legislature to make Abia better.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Emeka Okoroafor, commended the CJ for his efforts and pledged the commitment of the 7th Assembly to collaborate with the judiciary.

He said that the visit was in futherance of the committee’s constitutional duties to examine the challenges faced by the judiciary, if any, and see how it could exercise its power to address them.

Okoroafor, who represents Isuikwuato constituency, said that it is the responsibility of the house to find why monies appropriated for the judiciary were not being utilised.

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APC drags Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to court.

…Aliyu and APC calls Tambuwal to court.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), and its Gubernatorial Candidate at the 2019 Gubernatorial Elections in Sokoto State, have appealed the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division that uphold election victory of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, at the Supreme Court

The Appellants were dissatisfied with the Judgment of the Court on 22nd November, 2019, delivered by the Presiding Justice, Justice Husseini, with the three other Justices concurring. They were Justices M.M.Oniyangi, J.O.K. Oyewole and M.B. Idris

Aliyu and the party had filled an appeal before the Court and challenged the affirmation of the election of the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, by the Tribunal, in a Judgment delivered on 2nd October, 2019.

The Tribunal had dismissed the Petition filed before it by Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu and the APC, for want of merit.

In the Judgment of the Court of Appeal on the Appeal filed by Aliyu and the Party, it affirmed the decision of the Lower Court and dismissed the Appeal for the same lack of merit .

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, the duo had on Monday, 2nd December, 2019, filed an Appeal against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, at the Apex Court, the Supreme Court, on 31 grounds.

The Appellants, among others, the learned Justices were wrong to have affirmed the Trial Tribunal’s dismissal of the Appellants’ Petition.

According to the Particulars of Errors as contained in the Notice of Appeal, “the Appellants are entitled to the reliefs sought in the Petition, having proved on the balance of probabilities and preponderance of evidence in it.

“Both the Trial Tribunal and the Lower Court wrongly appraised the case of the Appelants, thereby resolving all the issues against the Appelants.”

Furthermore, in the Notice of Appeal, as contained in ground 31, the Appellants held averred that, “the Judgment is against the weight of the evidence.”

The Appellants are therefore cumulatively seeking four reliefs from the Supreme Court. The first relief seeks an Order allowing the Appeal, the second relief seeks an Order Setting aside the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division, while the third relief seeks Such Orders granting the reliefs sought in the Petition No. EPT/SKT/GOV/01/19.

The fourth relief seeks,” Such Other Order(s) that this Honourable Court may deem fit to make . The Supreme Court will soon fix a date to hear the Matter, a source said.

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Former Banker And Staff Of The Oyo State Microfinance Bank LTD Jailed 6 years for N11m Theft.

Justice Mohammed Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court on Friday, November 29th sentenced a former staff of the Ayete Microfinance Bank Limited, situated in Ayete, Oyo State, Sunday Fadayomi to six years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Pronouncing Fadayomi guilty of all the 30 count criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, Justice Owolabi sentenced him to jail for stealing N11 million from the bank’s vault while he was a staff of the bank.

The convict is an information system expert in charge of the bank’s information technology section, the position he held for about 10 years before his criminal exploits were blown open. The bank, in a petition dated April 17, 2018, had accused him of sundry criminal activities, including posting money to customers’ accounts without tellers, posting cash deposit at weekend when the bank was not opened for operation, accessing loans without intention to pay and using proxy accounts to commit fraud, among others.

After firming up its series of investigations into the allegations, the EFCC arraigned him on the 30-count charge on May 17, 2018. Fadayomi, however, pleaded not-guilty to all the charges which border on stealing, contrary to Section 390 (6)(9) Criminal Code of Cap 38, Vol. 2 Laws of Oyo State, 2000. His plea led to a full trial which came to a halt on Friday. The EFCC was represented in the case by Ifeanyi Agwu and Oyelakin Oyediran.

After considering arguments by the prosecution and defence lawyers, Justice Owolabi held that the EFCC lawyers convinced the court that the accused indeed committed the offence with which he was charged. The court further ordered the convict to restitute the N11m he stole to the bank.

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There is no court that will shield you from EFCC investigation – Court tells El Rufai.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna Stare cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him.

Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering judgment, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by El-Rufai.

The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether as the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he had complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007.

While El-Rufai was the applicant, the defendants from 1st to 13th include: EFCC, FCT minister, FCDA, AGF, CBN, Oceanic Bank, Access Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Union Homes, Akintola Williams Deloite and Aminu Ibrahim & Co.

In the originating summon brought pursuant to Section 302 of 1999 Constitution and Section 3 and 18 of the FCT Act 1990, El-Rufai also sought court’s determination: “whether the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for or not in accordance with the FEC mandate and guidelines to the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA).

“Whether the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) is missing from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

The Kaduna State governor also sought the court’s relief on “a declaration that the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT was conducted in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate to the FCTA through the Ad hoc Committee for the sale of non essential houses in Abuja.

“A declaration that the proceeds of the sale of the said Federal Government houses conducted by the Ad hoc Committee on SOGH in Abuja between 2005 and 2007 were properly accounted for in accordance with the mandate and guidelines approved by the FEC.

“A declaration that the Audit Report prepared by the 12th and 13th respondents on the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT confirm that the Sale of Federal Government houses in FCT compiled with the approved guidelines for the sale of Federal Government properties in FCT and the proceeds were properly accounted for.

“A declaration that the proceeds of sale of Federal Government Houses in FCT between May 2005 and May 2007 were properly apportioned and accounted for in accordance with the approved guidelines as confirmed by the Audit Report of the 12th and 13th respondents, dated July 20, 2007.

“A declaration that the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in FCT between May 2005 and 2007 is not missing.

“An order directing the 2nd respondent to disclose the exact amount remitted to the 5th respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

“An order directing the 5th respondent to disclose the exact amount received from the 2nd respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

Justice Nyako had earlier, in her judgment, granted El-Rufai’s prayers.

Media reports that in the Friday judgment, the judge noted that the EFCC had called the court’s attention to its counter-affidavit in objection to the prayers.

The anti-graft agency, in its counter-affidavit, had submitted that the motive of the applicant was to stop the commission from investigating him in order to cover up the alleged fraud perpetrated when he was FCT minister.

Justice Nyako, who held that the earlier judgment delivered still stands, however, declared that no court would stop the EFCC from investigating anyone in line with its constitutional mandate.

“No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent,” the judge held.

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N6.9Bn – Absence of the trial judge, Aneke keeps Ayo Fayose’s case in extension.

Trial on the alleged N6.9 billion fraud against former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose at the Federal High Court, Lagos, was on Thursday, November 28th stalled following absence of the trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

The judge is said to be away attending a conference. Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering involving N6.9 billion while serving as governor.

Also charged alongside Fayose, was Abiodun Agbele, the ex-governor’s aide accused of assisting his boss in carting away part of the missing funds. He was first arraigned on October 22, 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on an 11-count charge.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on October 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

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