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Attai Aidoko

Why court sacked Nigerian senator Atai Aidoko

Nearly four years after he controversially emerged the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Kogi East senatorial seat, Atai Aidoko has been sacked by the court. In a lengthy judgement on June 13, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court (FHC) led by a judge, Gabriel Kolawole, condemned…

Former Governor of Plateau State, Sen. Joshua Dariye, during his arraignment at the FCT High Court Gudu,in Abuja on Tuesday (12/6/18). The Court sentence him to 14 year imprisonment for fraud and misappropriation of funds. 03249/12/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

Jonathan, Yar’Adua, not Buhari, deserve credit for jailing of Dariye, Nyame – Reno Omokri

A former spokesperson to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has argued that the Buhari administration is wrong to claim credit for the jailing of two former governors. Mr Omokri argued that his former boss, Mr Jonathan, and the latter’s predecessor, Umar Yar’Adua, deserve the credit. PREMIUM TIMES reported the jailing…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army shocks Court, says officers sacked for not ‘renewing appointments’

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday gave a surprising reason for its compulsory retirement of some officers in 2016. About 37 officers, including generals, were summarily dismissed via a letter on June 9 that year. According to the statement announcing their retirement, the officers were sacked by the Army Council for…

Nigerian Senate

Court sacks Nigerian senator

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate sack of a senator, Atai Aidoko, as the member representing Kogi East. The court presided over by judge, Gabriel Kolawole, ruled that Mr Aidoko was wrongly presented as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the December…

Former Governor of Plateau State, Sen. Joshua Dariye, during his arraignment at the FCT High Court Gudu,in Abuja on Tuesday (12/6/18). The Court sentence him to 14 year imprisonment for fraud and misappropriation of funds. 03249/12/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

Why Judge jailed ex-governor Joshua Dariye for misappropriating Plateau funds (DETAILS)

On Tuesday, as Justice Adebukola Banjoko read her judgement from her laptop, there was apprehension in the air. Just two weeks earlier, Mrs Banjoko had read a similar judgement in a related matter. At the end of that earlier case, a former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was jailed 14 years…

Former Governor of Plateau State, Sen. Joshua Dariye shed tears in court as he was sentenced to 14 year imprisonment for fraud and misappropriation of funds. 03248/12/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

Court jails ex-Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, for corruption

Former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. Mr Dariye was found guilty of diverting N1.162 billion state ecological funds while he was governor between 1999 and 2007. He was first arraigned on a 23-count charge for the offence in 2007. A…

Joshua Dariye in Court

Convicted ex-governor Joshua Dariye begs for mercy

Convicted former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, has asked the prosecution to tamper justice with mercy. Mr Dariye was responding to comments made by the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, at his trial on Tuesday. Mr Dariye has been found guilty of 15 out of 23 counts he was charged…

Lagos-High-Court

Another ex-Nigerian governor convicted of fraud

Few weeks after a former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was jailed 14 years for fraud, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has found former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, guilty of fraud. Mr Dariye was charged for allegedly diverting about N1.2 billion while he served as governor of the North-central…

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

Another former governor accused of fraud knows fate today

A Federal Capital Territory High Court will on Tuesday deliver judgement in an alleged case of fraud brought against former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye. Mr Dariye is accused of diverting N1.162 billion from the state's treasury while he served as governor. He was first elected governor of the state…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Looters List: Lai Mohammed faces fresh contempt charge

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that court papers be served on the information minister, Lai Mohammed, over a list of alleged looters he released. PREMIUM TIMES reported the two sets of alleged looters list published by Mr Mohammed, which largely contained names of Peoples Democratic Party members…

IGP Idris Ibrahim

IGP Idris asks court to restrain Senate

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has asked an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to restrain the Senate from further acting on its May 9 decision declaring them an enemy of democracy and unfit for public office. In a motion dated May 21 and brought before the court…

President Muhammadu Buhari with his wife, Aisha

Court refuses request for compulsory disclosure of Buhari’s medical bills

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused an application seeking the compulsory disclosure of information regarding the cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical treatment abroad. A judge, John Tsoho, ruled on Tuesday that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act does not provide that such a disclosure should…

Dino Melaye

Nigeria govt seeks continuation of Dino Melaye’s trial

The federal government has asked a high court in the Federal Capital Territory to continue the trial of Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye. Mr Melaye is facing trial at the court for attempted suicide and allegedly destroying government vehicle. Mr Melaye was charged after he reportedly attempted to jump from a moving police…

Director-General-of-Securities-and-Exchange-Commission-Mr-Mounir-Gwarzo

DG of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, docked for alleged fraud, granted bail

The suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo, was on Tuesday arraigned on a five-count charge for alleged fraud. Mr Gwarzo was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). He was arraigned alongside a commissioner at the commission, Zakawanu Garuba. Both…

Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Any govt disobeying court orders is inviting anarchy — CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has again warned about the possible effects of disobeying court orders. Mr Onnoghen gave the warning at a public lecture he delivered at the faculty of law, University of Lagos, on May, 31. The theme of the lecture was: "The Rule of Law…

Mr Nyame after the ruling. The governor waited for over 20 minutes before leaving the court room

UPDATED: Ex-Taraba Gov. Jolly Nyame jailed 14 years for fraud

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday ordered the refund of monies diverted by former Taraba State governor, Jolly Nyame, after sentencing him to 14 years in prison. The former governor was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion in May…

EFCC operative used to illustrate the story

Court finds former Nigerian governor guilty of fraud

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has found a former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, guilty of some counts in the charge of fraud brought against him. Mr Nyame was charged on a 41-count for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor of the state between…

File photo of Olisa Metuh in court

Olisa Metuh defends lawyer’s absence in court

The embattled former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has described as worrisome the submissions of a Federal High Court judge, Okon Abang, regarding his (Metuh’s) health and the 'disappearance' of the defendant’s lawyer, Emeka Etiaba. In a statement by the special assistant to Mr Metuh on Sunday,…

Olisa Metuh

Court closes Olisa Metuh’s case in his absence

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has closed the case of a former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, in his absence. Mr Metuh is facing trial for alleged diversion of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. His is being tried…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Court nullifies Jibrin’s suspension, warns House

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has nullified the suspension of a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin. Mr Jibrin was suspended in September 2016 after he exposed alleged budget fraud by the speaker of the house, Yakubu Dogara, and other top members. Mr Jibrin had…

Catholic faithful during a peaceful prayerful procession to protest the killing of Catholic Priests and other Christians in Benue State, in Abuja on Tuesday

PHOTO STORY: Christians protest nationwide

Hundreds of Christians on Tuesday gathered at the National Christian Center, Abuja, for a peaceful protest against killings across the country. The Christians, led by the Catholic Archdiocese expressed their disgust over the many lives lost to attacks by suspected herdsmen across the country. The protest was especially triggered by…

Olisa Metuh

After fall in Court, Metuh wants prolonged adjournment

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on Wednesday decide on an application by former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, for a long adjournment of his trial. Mr Metuh is facing a seven-count charge before the court for alleged diversion of N400 million from…

Catholic faithful during a peaceful prayerful procession to protest the killing of Catholic Priests and other Christians in Benue State, in Abuja on Tuesday (22/5/17). 02694/22/5/2018/Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN

Killings: Christians protest in Abuja

Hundreds of Christians on Tuesday gathered at the National Christian Center, Abuja, for a peaceful protest against killings across the country. The Christians, led by the Catholic Archdiocese expressed their disgust over the many lives lost to attacks by suspected herdsmen across the country. The protest was especially triggered by…

ICPC Head Office

ICPC denies clearing civil servant of fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, (ICPC) has denied clearing all allegations of fraud against a staff of the Federal Ministry of Education, Stephen Ola. Mr Ola had in a statement on May 16 claimed he was unjustly detained by Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS), for allegedly…

Okoi Ofem Obla

Court orders arrest of Buhari’s probe panel investigator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a UK-based private investigator, Victor Uwajeh. Mr Uwajeh, who was also employed as a private investigator for the Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, was declared ''liable to be arrested'', following his failure…