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Supreme Court of Nigeria

PDP Crisis: Supreme Court reserves judgement

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the ongoing tussle between factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff. The battle for the PDP leadership at Nigeria's apex court began following the February 17 judgement of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According…

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PDP Crisis: Supreme Court rules in favour of Makarfi faction

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by a factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, asking the court not to hear a motion by his challenger, Ahmed Makarfi. Mr. Sheriff had asked the court to refuse hearing on the application filed by Mr. Makarfi, challenging the…

EFCC Operatives

EFCC to hold nation-wide walk against corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it will stage an anti-corruption walk on Tuesday to further encourage Nigerians on the need to shun corruption. A statement from the EFCC's head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the walk will hold simultaneously in 10 states of the federation…

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Nigerian govt amends corruption charge against Supreme Court judge

The Nigerian government has again amended its charge against a suspended Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta, who was accused of fraud. Mr. Ngwuta is facing trial at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for alleged fraud and abuse of office. The charge against him had earlier been amended…

FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

Dasuki’s corruption trial stalled as SSS fails to produce him in court

Officials of the State Security Service on Tuesday failed to produce former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in court, forcing his trial to be adjourned till Wednesday. Mr. Dasuki is facing trial on a 19-count charge of fraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Why Supreme Court validated election of Abia Governor Ikpeazu

The Supreme Court on Friday described as baseless the case which led to the June 27 decision of the Federal High Court to nullify the election of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for alleged tax evasion. Justice Okon Abang had in a ruling on an application filled by an Abia…

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Supreme Court affirms election of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Supreme Court has affirmed the August 18 ruling of the Appeal Court which upheld the election of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. A five-member panel of justices at the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, gave the ruling on Friday. Mr. Onnoghen faulted a…

Bala Mohammed

Court grants ex-Minister, Bala Mohammed, bail

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Friday granted bail to a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, with a bond of N500 million. Mr. Bala is accused of fraudulently receiving over N800 million as gratification while in office as minister. He is also accused of failing…

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

Again, Nigerian govt demands protection of witnesses in trial of ex-NSA Dasuki

The Nigerian government has again requested the protection of witnesses in the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Mr. Dasuki is facing trial by the State Security Service for alleged illegal possession of firearms among other offenses. The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, venue of the…

Farouk Lawan

Farouk Lawan’s corruption trial adjourned till June 21

The trial of a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, has been adjourned till June 21 for continuation of hearing. Mr. Lawan is accused by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC of collecting gratification from oil magnate Femi Otedola amounting to $500,000. He…

Bala Mohammed

Court orders Ex-Abuja Minister Bala Mohammed remanded in prison

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, was on Wednesday remanded in the Kuje Maximum Prison over allegations of fraud. Mr. Mohammed was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on a six-count charge for alleged abuse of office while he served as Minister of…

FILE PHOTO; Voter voting at the Rivers State Re-run relections

Court declares Rivers rerun election panel ‘unconstitutional’

A Federal High Court in Abuja has declared a 15-member panel that investigated violations during the December 10, 2016 Rivers State election rerun, "unconstitutional". In a lengthy ruling on Tuesday, the judge, Gabriel Kolawole, said the composition of the panel was not known to law. The panel was raised by…

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Supreme Court Justice urges wider application of plea bargain in corruption war

A Supreme Court justice, Kumai Bayang Akaahs, has urged the Nigerian government to make greater use of the plea bargain concept in the ongoing war against corruption. Mr. Aka'ahs stated this at a lecture and dinner night organised by the International Dispute Resolution Institute (IDRI) in Abuja on Saturday. The…

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Alleged false asset declaration: Prosecution closes case in Saraki’s trial

The prosecution on Thursday closed its case in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Mr. Saraki is facing 18 counts of false asset declaration-related charges. He is being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja. His trial continued May 4 after three consecutive adjournments at the…

Nnamdi Kanu

Biafra: How Nnamdi Kanu fought the titanic battle for bail

The struggle for bail by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, began in 2015 shortly after he was arraigned at the magistrate court on allegations of treason. Mr. Kanu was arrested and detained by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). That struggle, however yielded very…

Sam Saba

Tenure of Code of Conduct Chairman Saba has expired, Court rules

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday declared that the tenure of the Code of Conduct Bureau Chairman, Sam Saba, and nine other members of the bureau has expired. The court made the declaration while deciding on an application filed by a group; Kingdom Human Rights Foundation…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Budget padding: Court to rule on application for stay of proceedings in Jibrin’s suit

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday fixed May 10 for hearing in an interlocutory application for stay of proceedings in a suit filed by suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin. Mr. Jibrin had approached the court to challenge his continued suspension following his public spat…

Nnamdi Kanu

UPDATED: Nnamdi Kanu released from prison, sureties identified

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been released from Kuje prison. Mr. Kanu was arrested in October 2015 following allegations of treasonable felony by the federal government. He was held in the custody of the State Security Service till the ruling in January 2016 when…

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Alleged $40 million contract scam: EFCC amends charge against Jonathan’s cousin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday amended the charges filed against Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola, and his wife Stella. Mr. and Mrs. Azibaola had prior to Thursday’s hearing been facing trial for the alleged diversion of $40 million on a seven-count charge. Following Thursday’s…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Social media makes spokespersons’ tasks more difficult – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has again accused the social media of aggravating the challenges of government’s media representatives. In a speech delivered to mark the annual conference and general meeting of the National Institute of Public Relations in Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr. Mohammed also denied allegations…

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu denies rejecting bail, pledges to meet conditions in 48 hours

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has denied a media report that he rejected the bail granted him on Tuesday by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Mr. Kanu and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, are facing trial before the…

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Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu granted bail

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been granted bail. The bail is the first since the commencement of his trial for alleged treason. Mr. Kanu and three others are facing trial on allegations of treason among others. The presiding judge, Binta Nyako, gave the…

Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar

Presidency, Abubakar Umar trade words over corruption fight

The presidency has condemned a recent statement by a retired colonel, Dangiwa Umar, against the ongoing anti-corruption campaign of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, made the condemnation in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. Mr. Shehu was reacting to a statement issued by Mr. Umar…

FILE PHOTO: Code of Conduct Bureau Court

Again, Saraki’s false asset declaration trial postponed

The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki, earlier postponed from April 18 to April 25 has again been shifted till the 27th of this month. Mr. Saraki is facing trial on an 18-count charge for alleged false declaration of asset at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. The trial which…

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Abuja Quintuplets: Head of Service explains accommodation for family, job for dad

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday said her statement on a job for the father of a set of quintuplets was misreported. In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the Director of Information at the service, Haruna Imrana, said his principal only pledged…