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Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

How ‘God help Nigeria’ resulted in war of words at Onnoghen’s CCT trial

God bless Nigeria. The short sentence appears a seemingly harmless one, one which many Nigerians say in a deeply religious country. However, on Friday, the statement led to a tug of war between top lawyers involved in one of Nigeria's most controversial court cases. Adegboyega Awomolo, a Senior Advocate of…

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

Onnoghen appeals CCT ruling dismissing no-case submission

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has indicated his resolve to challenge a ruling by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, against his no-case-submission. In the motion on notice, regarding the proposed application, Mr Onnoghen said the tribunal erred in law when it dismissed the submissions, despite the evidence brought…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Tribunal dismisses Onnoghen’s no-case submission

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed a no-case application brought by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. Mr Onnoghen had earlier on Friday dismissed charges of false asset declaration against him as "useless and invalid", saying the Code of Conduct Bureau failed to follow its standard operations…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Asset declaration charges against me ‘invalid, useless’ — Onnoghen

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has described the allegations and evidence brought against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as invalid. Mr Onnoghen said this through his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, on Friday. He is facing a six-count charge before the CCT for allegedly failing to…

The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]

Court of Appeal affirms Fayemi’s election as Ekiti Governor

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has dismissed a petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti State governorship election, Olusola Kolapo, challenging the emergence of Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election. A three-member panel of…

FCT High Court (Photo Credit: The Metro Lawyer)

Rivers Election: APDA sues INEC, AGF, wants fresh election

The Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance has approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to challenge the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regarding elections in Rivers State. Following the various cases of violence during the March 9 elections in the state, INEC had announced a suspension…

Nnamdi Kanu

Court orders arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, revokes bail

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has revoked the bail earlier granted to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The court presided over by a judge, Binta Nyako, gave the order on Thursday and directed that a bench warrant should be issued for…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

ANALYSIS: What to expect from Onnoghen’s no case submission at CCT

As the trial of Nigeria's suspended Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, continues on Friday, his lawyers are expected to discuss their application for a no-case submission before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Mr Onnoghen was arraigned at the CCT following a charge against him brought by the Code of Conduct Bureau…

Buhari and Atiku (Photo Credit: Pulse)

Election Petition: Tribunal grants Atiku, PDP permission to serve Buhari, APC through substituted means

The presidential election petition tribunal has granted a request by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to serve President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress with copies of the petition challenging the February 23 elections through substituted means. A three-member panel of the tribunal, led by…

court of appeal

Court sentences woman for visa fraud

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has convicted a woman for producing false documents in a bid to secure a visa into the United Kingdom. Awoke Omobolaji was convicted in a suit by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) in which the commission accused…

former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

Court strikes out APC candidate’s suit seeking to stop collation of Bauchi governorship election results

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has lifted its temporary ban on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue with the collation of governorship election results in Bauchi State. The court had entertained a suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Mohammed Abubakar,…

PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke

Why Osun Tribunal declared Ademola Adeleke winner of governorship election

Two of the three members of the Osun election tribunal on Friday nullified the election of the incumbent governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola. However, a member of the tribunal, Muhammad Surajo, gave a dissenting judgement, disagreeing with major areas of Ademola Adeleke's request. Mr Surajo, who chairs the tribunal,…

PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke

Tribunal declares PDP’s Adeleke winner of Osun governorship election

The Election Petitions Tribunal set up for the 2018 governorship election in Osun State has declared Ademola Adeleke winner of the election. The three-member panel said during its ruling in Abuja Friday afternoon that the rerun election that held on September 27, 2018, was illegal. The tribunal, therefore, deducted the…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Onnoghen’s Asset Declaration Trial: What prosecution witnesses told CCT

The Nigerian government, on Thursday, closed its case against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. Mr Onnoghen is facing trial on false asset charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. He was suspended by the president, Muhammadu Buhari, on January 25 following the allegations. The…

CPJ

CPJ demands prosecution of police officers over attack on Ghanian journalist

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) has demanded the prosecution of police officers involved in the attack on a Ghanaian journalist, Malik Sullemana, on March 14. The CPJ made the call in a statement on Thursday by its Africa Program Coordinator, Angela Quintal, which was published by the…

Femi Fani-Kayode

Nnamdi Kanu: Court strikes out suit demanding prosecution of Abaribe, Fani-Kayode

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has struck out a case seeking to ensure the prosecution of former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, over the disappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Mr Kanu who is facing trial for alleged treason disappeared in September…

OILSA METUH AT FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA

Corruption Trial: Why my lawyers withdrew – Olisa Metuh

A former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has stated his role in the resignation of two of his lead counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu and Emeka Etiaba. In a statement explaining the withdrawal of the lawyers, Mr Metuh said he took the decision "to free them from the harrowing…

Election Petitions: Appeal Court President urges tribunal members to avoid sentiments, fear

Members of the 2019 election petition tribunals have been warned to avoid sentiments in handling the various cases brought before them. The President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, gave the warning on Wednesday at the induction of the tribunal members in Abuja. Ms Bulkachuwa inaugurated the tribunal members…

ICPC Head Office

ICPC to seize properties belonging to Shehu Musa foundation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has moved to seize properties belonging to the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation and others for allegedly violating laws regulating ownership of lands in the country. In a statement signed by the commission spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC said it would…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Atiku, PDP file petition against Buhari’s election

The Peoples Democratic Party is currently filing its petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2019 presidential election. The party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have gathered a team of lawyers at the Court of Appeal, venue of the presidential election tribunal who are…

Offa Robbery: Suspect accuses police of forcing him to indict Saraki

A suspect facing trial for his alleged involvement in the April 5 bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State, has accused the police of forcing him to indict Senate President Bukola Saraki. The suspect, Friday Akininibosin, was speaking at at a High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Friday.…

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adams Oshiomhole (m), addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the State House Abuja on Monday (23/7/18). With him are Spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 Campaign, Festus Keyamo (L) and former member of the House of Representatives from Birnin-Kudu in Jigawa State. Hon. Farouk Aliyu Adamu. 03946/23/7/18/Ismaila Ibrahim/NAN

APC counters PDP, gets approval for inspection of presidential election materials

The All Progressives Congress has asked the presidential election tribunal to grant it permission to inspect documents used for the 2019 presidential elections across the country. The election held on February 23, and was won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party has rejected…

Ishaq Modibbo Kawu

Alleged N2.5bn Fraud: Court orders NBC boss to appear ‘even on stretcher’

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the director general of the National Broadcasting Commission, Ishaq Kawu, to appear before it in April, regardless of his health status. The court, in a ruling on Friday, asked Mr Kawu's lawyers to produce the defendant "even if he has to come…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Onnoghen misses CCT hearing as trial opens

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was absent at Tuesday's Code of Conduct Tribunal hearing on medical grounds. Mr Onnoghen, who is facing charges of not declaring his assets, wrote the tribunal, informing it that he had tooth ache and could not attend the hearing due to a…

Voters on voting line

NBA releases second report on Nigerian elections

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has issued a second interim report on the March 9 governorship elections in the country. In a statement by the chairperson of the NBA Election Working Group, Afam Asigwe, the association lamented "the high rate of vote buying, voter intimidation and violence it observed in…