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The victim, Mr. Haliru Bello and Wife, Maryam Sanda

Maryam Sanda tried several times to stab husband night before murder – Witness

A witness has narrated how Maryam Sanda allegedly made several attempts to stab her husband before his eventual murder. Ms Sanda is standing trial for the alleged murder of Bilyamin Bello, who was her husband and son of former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Bello Haliru. The witness, Ibrahim Mohammed, said…

Olisa Metuh

Court refuses Metuh’s request to travel abroad

Despite obtaining a medical report from a UK-based hospital, Olisa Metuh's application to travel abroad for treatment was on Thursday refused by an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Mr. Metuh, a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, is facing trial on alleged diversion of N400 million from…

Shiites protesters in Abuja

Nigeria Police keep mum on arrest of more Shiite protesters

The Nigeria Police Force have refused commenting on the number of Shiite members arrested after an initial confirmation of  the arrest of 115 members of the group in Abuja on Monday. Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria began a rally on Monday, to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was…

File photo of Shiite protesters

Shiites continue free El-Zakzaky protest in Abuja

Protesters have gathered for the third day in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to demand the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Mr. El-Zakzaky has been detained without trial by the Nigerian government since 2015. The protests, which started peacefully on Monday and Tuesday turned violent after police forcefully dispersed the protesters. As…

Shiites protesters being arrested by the Nigeria Police (Photo Credit: @uche_ezeonye on Twitter)

Abuja Violence: Shiites confirm protest, say 30 members missing

Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) have confirmed they held Tuesday’s protest at the Wuse Ultra-Modern Market in Abuja. The group also says 30 of its members were missing after a previous protest at the Central Business District in Abuja on Monday. The Shiites began a second day of protest at…

Shiites protesters being arrested by the Nigeria Police (Photo Credit: @uche_ezeonye on Twitter)

Panic in Abuja as protesters clash with police

There is panic among Abuja residents as police officers clashed with suspected Shiites in the Nigerian capital. Details are still sketchy but residents reported police vehicles chasing the protesters who threw stones and other objects at them. Most of the violence occurred close to the Wuse market area of the…

adoke

Malabu Scandal: Court says Adoke ‘not liable’ for obeying Jonathan’s directives

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that a former Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, cannot be held personally liable for his role in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil scandal. In a judgement delivered by Justice Binta Nyako on Friday, the court agreed with the…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Clampdown On Pro-Buhari Senator: Court gives Saraki, Senate seven days to reply

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has given a seven-day ultimatum to the Senate and other parties to respond to a suit challenging its investigation of the senator representing the Delta central senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege. Mr. Omo-Agege was investigated and subsequently suspended for accusing his colleagues of…

IPOB Protesters

IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged accomplices yet to get bail

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has slated May 21 for ruling on a bail application brought by a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Four IPOB members: Bright Chimezie, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, were arraigned before the court, presided by Justice Binta…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta-APC. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Senator’s constituents sue Senate for his suspension

Members of the Urhobo ethnic group in Delta State have sued the Nigerian Senate for the suspension of their senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Mr. Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central, was suspended after a lengthy deliberation on the floor of the Senate on Thursday over his reaction to the Senate's intended amendment…

Boko Haram

Nigerian govt bungles prosecution of two Boko Haram suspects

Two Boko Haram suspects who were arrested over five years ago have been freed. They were freed by the court on Wednesday after the judge accused the government of poor prosecution. The Federal High Court in Abuja discharged two persons, Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu, arraigned for alleged ties with…

Ike Ekweremadu

Hidden Assets: Ekweremadu questions constitutionality of investigation panel

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, has asked an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to stop the government from temporarily seizing assets traced to him. Mr Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, made the application in court on Tuesday at the hearing of an ex-parte motion filed in March by…

Easter: Catholic Bishop of Lagos questions timing of Buhari’s visit

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Adewale Martins, has described the two-day working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos as ill-timed. In a statement by the Bishop's director of social communication on Thursday, Mr. Martins questioned the motive behind the president's resolve to schedule the visit at the same time…

Nnamdi Kanu

Again, Court asks sureties to produce Nnamdi Kanu or go to prison

The Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the prosecution to issue an enrolled order for the appearance before it of three sureties in the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Mr. Kanu, who is facing trial for alleged treason, was required to be produced…

Catholic Secretariat demands release of Dapchi student

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to intensify efforts towards immediate and safe release of abducted Dapchi student, Leah Sharibu. Miss Sharibu was one of the 110 students abducted by the Boko Haram terror group from their school in Dapchi on February 19. One Hundred and…

NJC monitoring panel in secret meeting with 11 judges handling corruption cases

The Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trial Monitoring Committee, set up by the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Walter Onnoghen, on Monday met with 11 judges handling corruption cases, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Multiple sources familiar with the matter said the meeting held at the Federal High Court complex…

National Assembly

2019 Election Sequence: Court order against NASS remains as lawmakers challenge jurisdiction

The National Assembly has challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain a suit seeking to compel the lawmakers to suspend the amendment of the Electoral Act. But the federal government and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) countered, arguing that the court can entertain the suit filed by…

Nigerian Supreme Court Justice, Ngwuta, accused of corruption set free

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday dismissed the 13-count charge of fraud brought against a Supreme Court justice, Sylvester Ngwuta. Mr. Ngwuta was arraigned by the federal government, after his house and the residences of six other judges were raided by operatives of the State Security…

IPOB Protesters

IPOB: Court hears testimony of witness ”behind shield”

The trial of the four accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, continued on Thursday with a witness appearing behind a shield provided by the court. The four: Bright Chimezie, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe were re-arraigned on Tuesday on a three-count charge after the court…

Federal High Court, Abuja. [Photo credit: OfCounsel Nigeria]

2019 Election Sequence: Injunction against National Assembly remains as court adjourns suit

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday did not lift its order barring the National Assembly from overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the electoral amendment bill. The court presided by Ahmed Mohammed had in its previous sitting stopped the National Assembly from proceeding with implementation of…

Nnamdi Kanu

Trial of IPOB members resumes without Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian government on Tuesday filed a fresh three-count charge of treasonable felony against four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The four accused persons are Bright Chimeze, Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawuisi. They were initially facing a similar charge along with the wanted IPOB leader,…

Corrupt judges, disaster to the course of justice – CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has reiterated the role of judicial officers in the preservation of democratic principles in the country, descibing corrupt judges as a 'disaster'. According to a statement signed by his media assistant, Awassan Bassey, the CJN spoke at the 2018 refresher course for judges…

Maryam Sanda

Maryam Sanda’s trial: Witness disappears in court

A prosecution witness in the trial of Maryam Sanda for alleged killing of her husband, Bilyamin Bello, disappeared after arriving in court on Monday. Mr. Bello was son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello. The witness, Alhassan Abdulmumin, had arrived the court premises with…

Nigerian Judges

NJC recommends sack of two judges, issues stern warning to two others

The National Judicial Council has recommended the compulsory retirement of two judges. The two judges recommended for dismissal are Theresa Uzokwe, Chief Judge of Abia State and Obisike Oji of Abia State High Court. The council said it recommended Ms. Uzokwe’s sack following the recommendation of two panels that investigated…

CAN President, Sampson Ayokunle

How to reduce religious violence in Nigeria – CAN President

The Federal Government should introduce inter-religious education at all levels of education to reduce religious violence in the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said. According to a press statement it issued, this call was made Tuesday by the president of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, in his paper ''Interreligious…