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Court sends DG NCAC, Runsewe to prison

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has sent the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe to prison over alleged contempt of the court. Justice Jude Okeke gave the order while delivering ruling on a motion from a suit filed by Ummakalif limited which had the Minister of FCT, Federal Capital Development Authority, DG of NCAC and the Minister of Culture and Tourism as first to fourth defendants respectively. The court was asked to sentence Runsewe to prison for contempt of a court order made on December 15, 2017. Delivering the judgement, Justice Okeke said it’s important to sentence Runsewe to prison to serve as [Read]

Court Orders Malami, Bichi To Explain Why Sowore Is Still In Detention

  The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Director -General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and the Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, to explain why the convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore is still being detained after he was granted bail by the court. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in a ruling on an ex parte application filed on Sowore’s behalf by his lawyer, Mr. Marshal Abubakar. Abubakar had, in the suit marked FHC /ABJ /CS / 407/2018, urged the court to order the DSS boss and the AGF to produce Sowore in court “for [Read]

Court Orders Arrest Of Naira Marley Over Alleged Car Theft

  Report reaching our news desk that a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos today Monday, ordered the arrest and arraignment of Adeyemi Fashola aka Naira Marley, over alleged car theft. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, The chief magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the Investigating Police Officer, Sgt. Sunday Idoko, must present Naira Marley in court on December 21, when the case would be listed for further hearing. However, two of the musician’s brothers and his cousins appeared in court over alleged theft of a car and a cell phone. The defendants, Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22, are facing four counts bordering on [Read]

Court sacks another APC lawmaker, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, declares PDP Candidate winner

  Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue the certificate of return to Barrister Dr. Obinna Uzoh, as the Senator-Elect for Anambra South Senatorial District. Justice Bello Kawu made this order in his judgement on the suit filed by Obinna Uzoh, which claimed that the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which enabled him to contest the Anambra South Senatorial Election. Dr. Obinna Uzoh also in his suit also challenged that the Young Progressive Party [Read]

General Overseer bags seven-year jail term for forgery

  An Enugu State Magistrate Court presided over J.O Umezulike has sentenced the General Overseer of Christian Charismatic Movement (Enugu chapter) Sabinus Onuigbo to 7 years in prison, after being found guilty of charges of forgery. Umezulike found the General Overseer and three other pastors of the church; Tony Chukwu, Chukwuma Orji Victor and Nick Nwoye; who got 3 years in prison each with an option of N20,000 fine, guilty of forgery. The convicts underwent trial after being sued by one Innocent Ngwu for forging the signature of Pastor Sunny Ndolo who resigned from the church since 2011, and adding it in the minutes of the church’s meeting held on [Read]

Court Sentences Two INEC Staff To 42yrs Imprisonment

  A high court sitting in Yola, presided by Justice Nathan Musa on Thursday jailed two Independent National Electoral Commission staff Ibrahim Muhammed Umar and Sahabo Iya Hamman for 42 years for collecting bribes. Justice Musa also asked the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the International Police to produce former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face prosecution over the N362 million she sent to the two convicted INEC staff. [Read]

Kwara Assembly denies lone-PDP member-elect entry despite INEC’s certificate of return

  The Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Kwara state House of Assembly on Tuesday disagreed over alleged refusal of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-dominated assembly the entry of the PDP winner of the Ilorin South state Constituency Mallam Abdulraheem Agboola to the house. Hundreds of PDP members in the state stormed the state House of Assembly to protest against the alleged action of the legislators. Recently, Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital sacked the APC member, Hassan Abdulazeez and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Agboola. Speaking with newsmen at the Assembly complex, Agboola said [Read]

Woman to die by hanging for killing co-wife, seven step-children in Ebonyi

  EBONYI – State High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday sentenced a woman, Mrs Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for killing co-wife and her seven children. The plaintiff, Ebonyi State Government, had in a suit number HAW/13C/2017, brought against the defendant, Agnes Nwefuru, accused her of setting ablaze the house of her co-wife, Felicia Nwefuru, leading to the death of the woman and her seven children. The plaintiff contended that the accused also burnt her own house during the evil act as a camouflage. The plaintiff further contended that the accused removed all her belongings and that of her children and took them to a safe place [Read]

Presidency reacts over Sowore, DSS tussle, justifies rearrest

  The presidency on Sunday justified the treatment of Omoyele Sowore by the State Security Service (SSS). “Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria. “He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America,” Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, wrote in a statement sent to journalists. Mr Shehu was evasive on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the disobedience of court orders by the SSS in detaining Mr Sowore. “The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out [Read]

Court Ends 11-Yr-Old Marriage Over Sex Starvation

Magistrate Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital on Friday, December 6, 2019 dissolved an 11-year-old marriage between one Kazeem Amzat and Adijat over sex starvation and adulterous lifestyle. Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan In his judgement, held that the court had done everything possible to settle the problem between Kazeem and Adijat, all to no avail. He subsequently pronounced the marriage dissolved in the interest of peaceful living. Meanwhile Odunade awarded custody of the two children produced by the union to Adijat and directed Kazeem to pay N10,000 as the children’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to being responsible for their [Read]

‘It has never happened before’ — Falana speaks on Sowore’s rearrest in court

  Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the rearrest and assault of Omoyele Sowore in court is ”extremely embarrassing”. He said it is the first time an arrest is being effected in a courtroom in the country. The DSS rearrested Sowore and Olawale Bakare at the federal high court in Abuja, on Friday, less than 24 hours after they were released on the order of the court. Before he was released, the activist had spent 124 days in detention. DSS agents pulled their guns in a show of force causing confusion in the court, and rearrested Sowore. Speaking with Channels TV, Falana, Sowore’s counsel, said the DSS has detained his [Read]

BREAKING: Drama in Court As DSS Attempts To Rearrest Sowore, Mandate [VIDEO]

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening. The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. [READ ALSO] JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place. See video as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Details shortly… [Read]

JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has released Omoyele, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, who has been in detention since August 3. A DSS source disclosed this to TheCable on Thursday night. Marshall Abubakar, one of the lawyers of Sowore, later confirmed the development. “He has been released. I am with him as we speak,” he told TheCable over the phone. More to follow… [Read]

“Please don’t handcuff me in public” – Uzor Kalu begs prison officials

Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who bagged 12 years in prison for fraud to the tune of N7.65bn, was heard begging the prison warders, after his sentencing, not to handcuff him in public. Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, also asked the prison officials “Where are you taking us to?” The PUNCH reports that, as Kalu and his co-defendants were being removed from the dock by prison officials, they attempted to handcuff him.   The former governor, who appeared shaken, said, “Where are you taking us to now? Please, don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.” [READ ALSO] Orji Kalu to spend 12yrs in jail for [Read]

Orji Kalu to spend 12yrs in jail for fraud, money laundering, says court

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment for N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering. The court convicted Kalu, now a senator, on all the 39 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charge. Kalu was charged alongside a former Commissioner for Finance, in the state Jones Udeogu, and his company, Slok Nig. Ltd. [READ ALSO] “Please don’t handcuff me in public” – Uzor Kalu begs prison officials While Kalu and his company were found guilty of all the 39 counts, Udeogu was convicted on 34 counts and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. The court [Read]