2023: Court refuses to order INEC to remove Tinubu’s name from eligible presidential candidates’ list

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has declined to issue an ‘order of mandamus’ to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, from the list of qualified candidates for the February 25 presidential election. The suit was brought before the court by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International. In a judgement that was delivered by Justice Binta Nyako yesterday, the court dismissed…

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Group hails Buhari, Court for quashing charges against CBN Governor, Emefiele 

Ohanaeze Youths Movement has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the court judgment quashing the move by the Department of Security Services, (DSS), to charge Emefiele with trumped-up charges of terrorism-financing. In a judgment delivered on Thursday, Justice M.A. Hassan barred the DSS from inviting, arresting, detaining, or charging the CBN Governor with any allegation of terrorism or fraudulent act. The Justice described the plot to arrest Emefiele of terrorism as oppressive, baseless, fabricated and unacceptable. Lauding the judgment, the Ohanaeze…

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Money laundering: Court convicts Labour Party’s Doyin Okupe, gets 2-yr jail term  

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday convicted the Director-General of the Labour Party, LP’’s Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, for violating the Money Laundering Act. Okupe was found guilty of receiving the sum of N240 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.  The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, sentenced Okupe to two years imprisonment in the case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who stated that the accused breached the Money Laundering Act.  Justice Ojukwu stated that Okupe was guilty in…

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Just In! Court convicts Peter Obi’s campaign DG, Doyin Okupe for money laundering

A Federal High Court in Abuja has convicted the Director-General of the Peter Obi presidential campaign, Doyin Okupe, for money laundering. Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Okupe in 2019 on a 59-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and diversion of funds to the tune of N702 million. He was arraigned before Ijeoma Ojukwu, presiding judge, alongside two companies – Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd. Details to follow…

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Kano: “I won’t beg for leniency”, says cleric, Abdul-Jabbar, sentenced to death by Shari’ah Court for blasphemy

An Upper Shari’ah Court, sitting in Kano yesterday, sentenced Kano Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdul-Jabbar Kabara, to death by hanging after finding him guilty of committing blasphemy. This was just as Sheikh Kabara said that he would not beg for leniency, saying that “I am ready to die and I will die like a hero.” In the judgment, which lasted over two hours, Khadi Ibrahim Sarki Yola ruled and said that “this Honourable Court is convinced that the prosecution counsels had proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt, thereafter, the court…

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2023: Court dismisses certificate forgery suit against Tinubu

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has thrown out a certificate forgery suit filed by the Action Alliance (AA) against Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a judgment on Tuesday, held that the suit instituted by AA was statute-barred, having not been commenced within the mandatory 14 days provided for under the 1999 Constitution (as amended by the Fourth Alteration Act). Justice Egwuatu said the suit had become academic and grossly incompetent; hence, the court lacked the requisite jurisdiction to…

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2023: Another case challenging Tinubu’s candidacy fails as Court dismisses suit 

A case challenging the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dismissed by the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja. It was the fourth case to be dismissed by the courts in recent weeks. In the latest case, Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala described the plaintiff, Ngozika Ihuoma as a “meddlesome interloper, having no ‘locus standi’ to institute the suit”. He, therefore, dismissed the case for being speculative after APC’s counsel, Julius Ishola Esq., had urged the court to dismiss…

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High Court orders arrest, remand in prison of Army Chief, Farouk, Commandant, TRADOC Minna over contempt 

The High Court in Minna, Niger State, has issued a warrant of arrest for the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt of court on the orders of Justice Halima AbdulMalik. The warrant of arrest also affected the Commandant, Training and Doctrine Command, TRADOC, Minna, Major-General Stevenson Olugbenga Olabanji. The State’s Chief Judge, AbdulMalik, stated that the order followed the hearing of a case brought before the court, pursuant to Order 42, Rule 10 of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018. Justice AbdulMalik declared that,…

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Controversial Tweet: Court remands student who said A’isha Buhari ‘Feed fat on poor people’s money’

The student of Federal University Dutse, in Jigawa State, Aminu Muhammad, who reportedly posted a controversial tweet on Nigeria’s First Lady, A’isha Buhari has been remanded in prison. Muhammad, who hails from Azare, in Bauchi State, and is a final-year student at the Department of Environmental Management, was arrested by the Police over his tweet which appeared to mock the First Lady. The tweet, which was posted in Hausa in June 2022, reads: “Su mama anchi kuɗin talkawa an ƙoshi.” in Hausa language, which loosely translates as “Mama has eaten…

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IGP sentenced to prison for contempt of court

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has been sentenced to three months in prison by a Federal High Court, in Abuja, for disobeying a court order. The presiding judge, Mobolaji Olajuwon, issued the ruling yesterday. The decision followed a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli, who claims he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force. According to the affidavits in support of the suit, the applicant, Okoli, was forcefully retired in June 1992. After challenging his forceful retirement, a Bauchi High Court…

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