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A former chairman of Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni [PHOTO CREDIT: Guardian Newspaper]

Ex-Skye bank chief who donated N2bn to PDP campaign to be arraigned for fraud

A former chairman of Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni, was on Tuesday grilled by the anti-graft commission, EFCC, which plans to arraign him for fraud soon, officials have said. Mr Ayeni became popular during the Goodluck Jonathan administration where he not only emerged one of the largest donors to the then…

Samson-Ayokunle. [Photo credit: Hope for Nigeria]

CAN issues 2019 election warning to politicians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned political aspirants to avoid desperate moves, as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday evening, the CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, also urged the executive and legislative arms of government to resolve their differences regarding the electoral…

Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District

Ogun PDP Crisis: Supreme Court dismisses request to nullify Kashamu’s candidacy

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, seeking to suspend a Federal High Court decision which recognised the Buruji Kashamu-led faction of the party. In a decision on Wednesday, the five-member panel of the court, led by…

Omoyele Sowore addressing newsmen in Daura

Alleged Libel: Sahara Reporters floors Saraki at Appeal Court

An Appeal Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, has nullified the N4 billion fine a Kwara State High Court awarded against Sahara Reporters and its founder, Omoyele Sowore, in a case of alleged defamation of character filed against them by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The high court awarded…

File photo of Shiite protesters

Again Shiites protest in Abuja

Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Tuesday engaged in protests to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaki. The Shiite members who were seen by PREMIUM TIMES around the Wuse market were shouting "free El-Zakzaki" as they headed towards the Berger bridge in Abuja. The members,…

Abubakar Malami

AGF Malami explains role in suspension of N5.7 billion fraud trial

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has explained his role in the controversial suspension of the trial of some government officials in Katsina State on November 27. Mr Malami's explanation was contained in a reaction to the latest report by this newspaper on the alleged diversion N5.7 billion…

A person casting his vote used to illustrate the story.

2019: Lawyers react as political parties demand suspension of electoral bill

Lawyers have spoken on the suit filed by some political parties to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from signing into law the 2018 Electoral Bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly in October. Three political parties on Monday approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court with a motion…

Court case over sacking of Nigerian soldiers stalls again

The Nigerian Army has again compelled the postponement of a lawsuit over the dismissal of military officers in 2016. Following the controversial sack of over 30 military officers, including some generals, without facing a panel of investigation into their alleged offences as required by law, the officers filed various applications,…

Samson-Ayokunle. [Photo credit: Hope for Nigeria]

Nigerian christian bodies at loggerheads over ‘christian presidency, insubordination’

The crisis raging between two key Christian bodies, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), reached a climax Friday with the former denouncing the latter and publicly severing further ties with it. In a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, the spokesperson of the CAN…

Court

Absence of judge stalls trial of alleged rapist-killer of 13-year-old Ochanya

The trial of a Benue State lecturer, Andrew Ogbujah, who allegedly raped 13-year-old Ochanya Ogbanje was stalled on Friday, following the absence of the magistrate, Isaac Ajim. Mr Ogbuja and his son, Victor, were brought before the Magistrate Court by the State Police Command, for their alleged involvement in a…

Court

Police absence stall suit on ‘illegal detention’ of security guards

The fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by three security guards who were allegedly detained for days on the orders of Badejoko Adeniji, a former chief judge in Oyo State, was stalled Wednesday due to the absence of a police lawyer. The suit, instituted by security officers from the Kolapo Ishola…

Lai Mohammed

Over N540bn recovered through Whistle Blower Policy – Lai Mohammed

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered over N540 billion through the Whistle Blower Policy, as at May 2018, the information minister, Lai Mohammed, said on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari first made a similar declaration in May while delivering the Democracy Day speech, this year. According to a…

Nnamdi Kanu

Analysis: IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu and the propriety of sureties losing N300mn bond

The decision of an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for three sureties to pay N100 million each or produce separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has continued to generate discussion among Nigerians. Mr Kanu, who is facing trial on alleged treasonable offences, disappeared in September 2017 after his lawyer, Ifeanyi…

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

Why Nigerian lawmakers convicted of corruption can still retain their seats – Lawyers

Nigerian lawmakers convicted of corruption can still retain their seats because of a constitutional lacuna, lawyers have explained. The lawyers in separate interviews on Thursday and Friday said there was need for a constitutional amendment to appropriately address the fate of public office holders convicted of fraud. Their reactions follow…

Lawali Dogonkade

UPDATED: Court fines lawmaker N120,000 for receiving N4.5 million bribe

A Zamfara State High Court on Thursday awarded a fine of N120,000 to a lawmaker after convicting him of fraudulently benefitting from a N31.2 million contract meant for the purchase of medical equipment. A statement from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) by the commission’s spokesperson,…

Farouk Lawan

UPDATED: Alleged $3 million bribe: Otedola appears in court, insists Lawan demanded bribe

Billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola, Wednesday at the Apo High Court in Abuja narrated how he exposed a former lawmaker of collecting three million dollar bribe. Mr Otedola told the court that he was able to expose Farouk Lawan, a former House of Representatives chairman of the ad-hoc committee investigating…

Code of Conduct Bureau Court

Code of Conduct Tribunal gets new judge

Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, has sworn in a new member of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Julie Amabor. The tribunal made this known in a statement on Monday by its head of media and public relations, Ibrahim Al-Hassan. “The Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Walter S. Onnoghen GCON,…

Army Headquarters

How Nigerian Army truncated judgement for unjustly dismissed officer

Despite refusing to argue its case and also refusing to call any witnesses, the Nigerian Army on Monday convinced the National Industrial Court to suspend judgement in an application by an officer challenging his dismissal in 2016 without fair hearing. The court took the decision after Micheal Owolabi, the counsel…

National Industrial Court, Abuja

Judge hands off case on judgement day after Nigerian Army alleged bias

A judge of the National Industrial Court, Judith Agbakoba, has recused herself from a matter involving the alleged illegal dismissal of military officers by the Nigerian Army in 2016. The judge took the decision after a lawyer representing the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Defence staff accused the judge…

Order military to stop using live ammunition against civilians, CAN tells Buhari

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the president, Muhammadu Buhari, to order military officers to stop the use of live bullets in quelling civil disturbances. The association made the call during a visit to the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday. In a statement containing the speech delivered…

Former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame.

Nyame: Corrupt public officials deserve death penalty – Appeal Court judge

An Appeal Court judge, Emmanuel Agim, says public office holders convicted of fraud deserve the death penalty for the effect of their crimes on the society. Mr Agim expressed this view while delivering judgement in an appeal brought by a former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame. Mr Nyame approached…

Former Governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye.

How Dariye argued his case at appeal court

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Friday ordered the reduction of the jail term issued against a former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, after deciding that the term did not comply with the provision of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA). Mr Dariye is accused of diverting N1.62…

Jolly Nyame was sentenced to 14 years in prison for fraud

Appeal Court reduces jail term of ex-governor Jolly Nyame, orders him to pay N495mn

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ordered the former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, to pay a fine of N495 million for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was governor of Taraba State from 1999 to 2007. The court on Thursday, however, reduced the 14-year jail term, earlier given…

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

Appeal Court reduces ex-Gov Joshua Dariye’s jail term

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reduced the jail term of ex-Governor Joshua Dariye to 10 years. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Dariye, a former Plateau State governor, was in June sentenced to 14 years in prison by the high court. However, the appeal court on Friday said while…

National Hospital

Alleged Medical Negligence: Again, trial of doctors, others stalled

The protracted trial of medical officials accused of negligently causing the death of a woman and several babies was again adjourned on Thursday, for various reasons. The application, instituted in 2016, is yet to witness its first hearing over two years after it was initiated by an Abuja based law…