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Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu fights bail conditions; alleges discrimination

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has challenged the bail condition granted him on April 25 by an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Mr. Kanu and four other members of his group are facing prosecution by the Nigerian government for alleged treasonable felony and other offences.…

Nigerian Senate

Senate passes bill to protect whistleblowers

The Nigeria Senate on Wednesday passed another anti-corruption bill: ‘the whistle blower protection bill,’ after its third reading at plenary. Taking to its twitter handle @NGRSenate afterwards, the Senate said the bill is aimed at ensuring the protection for persons with potentially reliable information on the war against corruption Brief…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Appeal Court dispenses 232 special cases, commences annual vacation

The judges of the Court of Appeal Court on Monday began a two-month annual vacation, which will end on September 11, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. A statement signed by Sa’adatu Kachalla, media officer to the Appeal Court President, Zainab Bulkachuwa, said the break will begin on July 17. According to…

TY Danjuma

Danjuma, Dogonyaro, Christian Elders blame Buhari administration for national crisis

The National Christian Elders Forum has blamed the Buhari administration for the current ethnic crisis and agitation for secession in Nigeria, accusing the government of deliberately disregarding the constitution and federal character. The forum, which has former senior army generals, including former defence minister, Theophilus Danjuma, condemned the handling of…

Lawyer at the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17), which sacked the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and declared Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as authentic leader of the party.
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Why Supreme Court sacked Sheriff as PDP chairman

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the election of a former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, as the authentic chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after a protracted legal battle that ruptured the unity of the party. A three-member panel of the court presided by the Chief Justice of…

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

LIVE UPDATE: Supreme Court rules on PDP leadership tussle

The Supreme Court will today (Wednesday) decide on the authentic leadership of the People's Democratic Party, PDP. The contest is between the Ali Sheriff, who was purportedly removed at the party’s May 21 2016 convention, and the national caretaker committee chaired by Ahmed Makarfi.‎ While the Makarfi faction enjoys the…

Ali Modu Sherrif Vs Ahmed Makarfi

Spotlight on PDP as Supreme Court decides authentic leader

The battle for leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party will end on Wednesday as the Supreme Court has fixed July 12 to rule on who the true leader of the party is. A former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, and a former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, both claim leadership…

Orji Uzor-Kalu

Orji Kalu vows ‘war’ if Igbo are attacked

A former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned that the South East region will not take lightly any act of violence against indigenes of the region in other parts of the country. Mr. Kalu spoke Tuesday on a programme aired on the Africa Television Authority, AIT. His comment…

National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Calabar [Photo Credit: OfCounsel Nigeria]

JUST IN: Osinbajo approves appointment of 19 new judges (FULL LIST)

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of 19 judges for the National Industrial Court, following recommendation by the National Judicial Council. A statement signed by the NJC’s Director of information, Soji Oye, listed the judges as follows: 1 Targema John Iorngee Benue State 2 Namtari Mahmood Abba…

Nnamdi Kanu

Biafra: Court adjourns Kanu’s trial to October 17

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has adjourned the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, to October 17. A court official disclosed the date to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday morning. Mr. Kanu is being tried alongside three others: David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Magu: Controversy continues as Attorney General Malami clarifies comments

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, clarified his earlier statement on the raging controversies surrounding the continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the power of the Senate to screen and reject presidential nominees. In a statement on…

Senator Dino Melaye [Photo: dinomelaye.com]

Dino Melaye’s recall: Court orders INEC to ‘maintain statusquo’

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered parties involved in the planned recall of a senator, Dino Melaye, to maintain Statusquo. Mr. Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, explained that maintaining statusquo meant the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should halt the plan to proceed with the recall of…

Raymond Dokpesi

Dasukigate: BPP has no record of N2.1 billion contract to Dokpesi’s company — Witness

A witness in the ongoing trial of Daar Communication Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi, has said that the N2.1 billion contract awarded to the defendant was not documented, contrary to the provisions by the Bureau for Public Procurement Act 2007. Babatunde Auye, a procurement officer with the BPP, also told the court…

Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]

Submit yourself to the Police: Court tells Nigerian Senator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed an application brought by an Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu, seeking to stop the police from investigating him in a case of alleged attempt to assassinate another senator, Oladipupo Kessington. Mr. Kashamu had approached the court with a request to…

Abubakar Mahmoud
Photo: Legal Naija

NBA President condemns calls for secession, hate speeches

The President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, has described as misguided the recent calls for secession by some groups in the country. In a statement signed by Mr. Mahmoud on Wednesday, the NBA President said the association believes in the unity of Nigeria adding that it is…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Former Supreme Court chief registrar assumes office as NJC scribe

A former chief registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, has assumed office as the secretary of the National Judicial Council, NJC. He replaced his predecessor, Danladi Halilu, who just retired. A statement from the special assistant to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and chairperson of the NJC, Walter Onnoghen,…

Mohammed Abacha

Malabu Scandal: Court adjourns hearing on Mohammed Abacha’s suit

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing into an application filed by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited against the Nigerian government and other respondents till October 31. The case which was filed by Mohammed Abacha, son of late Nigerian military dictator, Sani Abacha, on behalf…

Senator Ali Ndume

Why Court dismissed terrorism charges against Ndume

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday upheld the no-case submission of former majority leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, who for six years stood trial for allegedly sponsoring terrorism. The court said the prosecution failed to link the defendant with the allegation of collaboration with the…

Sandra David

Court hears suit against Federal Hospital accused of medical negligence

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday began hearing in the case of alleged medical negligence brought against the Federal Medical Centre Abuja and four others. The matter, which was first slated to begin in January, has repeatedly been adjourned following the inability of the counsels to…

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

Nigerian Supreme Court judge lied about age, missing diplomatic passport, witness tells court

A prosecution witness in the trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court on Monday told the Federal High Court Abuja, that the defendant lied about his age. Mr. Ngwuta is standing trial on an amended 13-count charge of alleged corruption related offences, bordering on money laundering and other…

Victim

Six months later, Medical Council still investigating alleged medical negligence at Abuja hospital

Over six months after the commencement of investigation into cases of alleged medical negligence at a major hospital in Abuja, the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council, NMDC, has said the investigation is still ongoing. PREMIUM TIMES had reported the cases of alleged medical negligence at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Appeal Court can review National Industrial Court rulings, Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court on Friday gave a verdict allowing aggrieved persons to appeal the decision of the National Industrial Court. Four members of a five-man panel at the court gave the decision following an appeal filed by Sky Bank Nigeria Plc. against a respondent, Anaemem Iwu. Before the decision on…

FILE PHOTO: Former Imo state governor, Ikedi Ohakim, arriving an Abuja court for  corruption trial.

Court defers ex-Gov. Ohakim’s arraignment

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday deferred the arraignment of a former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, till October 5, following an application for his re-arraignment. Mr. Ohakim is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly making a cash payment of $2.29…

A cross section of Peace Corps members during their 18th Anniversary

Court to rule on Peace Corps N2 billion suit against Nigerian security agencies July 6

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on July 6 rule on a N2 billion fundamental rights suit brought before it by a non-governmental organisation, Peace Corps of Nigeria, against security operatives in the country. The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, gave the date on Wednesday after…

A cross section of Civilian JTF fighters in the North-East

Again, U.S. indicts Nigeria, other countries of using child soldiers

The United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons report has again listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction following allegations of culpability in the violation of the Child Soldier Prohibition Act, CSPA 2008. According to the report, released Tuesday, the countries listed among those to have violated the act will face…