A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has submitted its memorandum to the committee on Judiciary and Justice of the House of Representatives charged with responsibility to investigate the circumstances that surrounded the denial of a University of Ilorin Law graduate, Miss Firdaus Amasa from being called to bar. Reports have it that the committee was on Wednesday 20th December, 2017 mandated to investigate the matter which has generated a lot of controversy among Nigerians. The committee, it was learnt was given two weeks for the assignment. MURIC in its memorandum titled “Memorandum in Respect of Call to Bar Case in the School of Law”, signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and addressed to the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Justice, declared that Hi
Justice Aromeh Benson Akogu, the Kabba Resident High Court Judge in Kogi handling Senator Dino Melaye's assassination case is dead. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he died in Anyigba on December 31, 2017 at about 11:40pm during a watch night service to 2018. Someone close to the family said Akogu, who had vowed not to sleep before the cross-over to 2018, was not sick, nor did he show any symptoms of ill health. Akogu is in his late 50s. He was handling the case of an attempted assassination of Melaye until his death. The Ijumu Local Government Administrator, Taofiq Isah, and four others are being tried in the matter.
The High Court sitting at Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state, has sentenced two to death for stealing a lady’s handbag, telephone and other personal items at gunpoint. The presiding judge, Justice Okey Onunkwo, said there was sufficient evidence to convict the duo. The suspects, Anene Maduka, Ikenna Obi and Osadebe Ezeh had on February 2, 2017 allegedly stole a mobile phone, a handbag and N10,000 cash belonging to one Miss Chinonye Ogujiuba of Eziama Uli. The Nokia phone was valued at N15,500, while the handbag was estimated at N2,500. Anene Maduka, charged with the other suspects, was however discharged and acquitted for lack of evidence. The identity of Maduka, who was the first defendant in the case, was made an issue in the trial and the court agre
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and the Nigerian Police Force were on Friday ordered to pay a N40m compensation to the President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori over his unlawful arrest and detention between February 17 and 18 2017 and March 10, and 13, 2017. Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court gave the judgement while ruling in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Maikori on May 5, 2017. The Judge also directed the respondents to pay the sum of N1,430 to the applicant as the cost of instituting the suit. Justice Tsoho held that his judgement was not meant to interfere with the ongoing trial of Makori in Kaduna. The respondents to the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Poli...
A former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami has reportedly rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee, COTRIMCO, based on principle and conscience. According to the Nation Newspaper, Salami is convinced that the committee may not work as “efficiently expected” because of the businesses of some members. He was named the chair of COTRIMCO, which was set up by the National Judicial Council, NJC, on September 27 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. His appointment was based on the decision of the NJC at its 82nd meeting in Abuja and the Justice is said to be uncomfortable with the composition of the 15-man committee. The panel is said to include some members who had been impl
Former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has sent out words to his family members, relatives, associates and prominent Nigerians who are his friends not to beg President Muhammadu Buhari over his ongoing trial. This revelation was made to our correspondent by a source close to Dasuki. Speaking on the ex-NSA as he nears two years in government custody, the source replied: “Well, you all know what is happening. He has been granted bails by four different high courts; ECOWAS court also ordered his release but they won’t allow him go”. “The question we are asking them is: Why keep a man even when courts said let him go home. His lawyers even said government can keep as many security operatives around him to monitor his movement, visitors etc. “The general
Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has pleaded with the Federal High Court in Abuja to adjourn indefinitely his trial in the charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering brought against him since 2015 by the Federal government On Tuesday, Dasuki in a motion on notice argued by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, in Abuja said that the adjournment became imperative because he has referred to constitutional issues that arose in the course of his trial to the Court of Appeal for determination. In the motion brought pursuant to section 305(1a) and 492 (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and section 36 of the 1999 constitution, the ex-NSA prayed for an order of the court to adjourn trial or further trial in the charges aga
A Lagos Federal High Court, has ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The Justice Abdulaziz Anka-led court gave the order while ruling on the matter, on Wednesday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed that Diezani acquired the said houses located in Lagos and Port Harcourt between 2011 and 2013 using front companies. EFCC said the former Minister paid $21,982,224 for the properties, adding that the funds were allegedly from proceeds of crime. The Commission listed the properties to include 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six three-bedroom apartments, two three-bedroom maisonettes, two twin bedroom apartments and one four-bedroom apart...
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers: 1. The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations into the mysterious death of one of Davido’s crew members, Tagbo. While disclosing that it’s awaiting the result of an autopsy conducted on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death, which would guide its investigations, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgar Imohimi, said that he had met with Davido and other parties involved in the case. 2. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday released the timetable and schedule of activities for both the Ekiti and Osun states’ governorship elections. It announced July 14, 2018 as the date for Ekiti State election, while it fixed Osun’s election for September 22. 3. President
Nigerian courts have shown commitment in discouraging crime in the society especially when it has to do with the low class of the citizens. Again, a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a 34-year-old ex-convict, Friday Glory, to eighteen months imprisonment for being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. The convict, of no fixed address, was convicted on a two-count charge of possessing property reasonably suspected to be stolen and for being an incorrigible vagabond. Glory had pleaded guilty to the charge, saying he acted out of ignorance and urged the court to temper justice with mercy. He also promised to be of good behaviour and get a decent job. The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, did not give the convict any option of fine and said the sentence