FG Releases Details of Financial Autonomy Order for States’ Legislature, Judiciary

  The Federal Government has released details of Executive Order No.10 of 2020, four days after it was signed into law by President Mohammadu Buhari. The details signals the implementation of Financial Autonomy for the State Legislature and Judiciary Order of 2020. With Buhari’s assent, the legislative and judicial arms of government in the 36 states of the federation will no longer have to wait on State governors for funds. In the details released to the media on Tuesday by Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to Attorney-General of the…

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SERAP Drags Wike to ECOWAS Court Over Executive Lawlessness

  The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over the “brutal crackdown, repression, and grave violations and abuses of the human rights of the people of Rivers State.” Joined as a defendant is the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. SERAP, in the suit filed last Friday, accuses Wike of using COVID-19 as a pretext to step up repression and systematic abuses against the people of Rivers state, including by carrying out mass arbitrary detention, mistreatment,…

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Supreme Court Frees Kalu, Voids ex-Governor’s 12-Year Year Jail Term

The Supreme Court, on Friday, quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment. The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by Justice Amina Augie, held that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu. It held that trial Justice Mohammed Liman was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as…

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Ex-JAMB Boss, Ojerinde Loses Gravity FM, Sapati International School, Filling Stations, Others to Federal Govt

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the interim forfeiture of Gravity FM, Igboho and some other properties belonging to Ex-Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde. Ojerinde, was also pioneer Registrar of the National Examination Council, NECO, had joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the build up to the 2019 general elections. His son, Hon. Olumide Ojerinde, subsequently got the party’s ticket to contest the Oorelope/Irepo/Olorunsogo federal constituency seat. He won. Recalls that former Governor Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi had, immediately after…

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Emulate Buhari, Pardon Funke Akindele and Husband, Adegboruwa Begs Sanwo-Olu

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has appealed to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, to grant state pardon to popular actress and Nollywood icon, Mrs Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC Skillz. Speaking with journalists in court today at Ogba, after the proceedings that terminated the charges brought against Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi and Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley), the human rights activist stated that since the State made the case in court yesterday that it was not out to persecute citizens, Akindele should be granted reprieve,…

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Coronavirus: CJN Shuts Down Nigerian Courts Indefinitely

Following the prevalent circumstances of coronavirus ravaging the world, including Nigeria, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad has directed an indefinite closure of all Nigerian courts. Except for matters of utmost urgency, no court is expected to sit forthwith. It would be recalled that the CJN who doubles as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council(NJC) two weeks ago directed the closure of courts for an initial period of two weeks. The initial two weeks expires today, April 7, 2020. In another circular dated April 6, 2020,and…

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Kalu To Remain in Prison as Appeal Court Upholds His Conviction

  Former governor of Abia state and chief whip of the senate, Orji Uzor Kalu will remain in prison as a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an appeal filed against his sentence. A Federal High Court in Lagos had in December sentenced Kalu to 12 years in prison over N7.1 billion fraud. The court had ordered that Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, be liquidated and its assets forfeited to the federal government. Kalu was also sentenced alongside Jones Udeogo, who served as his Director of Finance when…

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[JUST IN] Coronavirus: CJN Orders Closure of all Courts

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed has ordered the suspension of all court sittings except in matters that are urgent, for 14 days because of COVID-19. This announcement was made in a communique issued by the CJN on Monday. In an earlier directive last week, the CJN had ordered that anyone who refuses to undergo temperature screening at every court entrance should be asked to go back. The notice, pasted at the court entrances, said all staff and court visitors (including lawyers, litigants, press, orderlies) were asked to…

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‘United Alliance, Not Access Bank, Owed Intercontinental Bank N14.2bn’

It has been revealed that United Alliance Company of Nigeria Limited, not Access Bank Plc, owed the defunct Intercontinental Bank N14.2bn as of the time the bank went under. An official of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mr Paul Akali, made this known to the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday. Akali told the court that contrary to the rule, then Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and Herbert Wigwe, respectively, were directors in United Alliance Company of Nigeria Limited. Akali was testifying in…

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NDIC Didn’t Recommend Intercontinental Bank’s Take Over -Official

Mr. Paul Akali, a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the former CEO of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, Dr. Erastus Akingbola, yesterday, told a Federal High Court in Lagos, that his team did not recommend the taking over of the bank. Akali, an official of Nigerian Deposits Insurance Corporation (NDIC) stated this while being cross examined by Dr. Akingbola’s counsel Professor Taiwo Oshipitan (SAN). The former Intercontinental Bank Plc boss, is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on the allegation of granting “unsecured credit…

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