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JUST IN: Court dismisses suit seeking to disqualify  Adeleke as Osun PDP guber candidate

An Osun State High Court presided over by Justice David Oladimeji, has dismissed the suit seeking to stop Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22 election.

The Punch reports that Justice Oladimeji dismissed the suit in the ruling he delivered on Wednesday.

Two members of the PDP: Rasheed Olabayo and Idowu Oluwaseun had filed a suit seeking an order of the court to stop Adeleke as the candidate of the PDP because he did not have the required educational certificate to contest the poll.

But the judge held that he found out that the first defendant was educated up to secondary school level and that the plaintiffs also admitted this in their affidavit.

He, however, said the documents submitted by Adeleke contained some serious and damaging irregularities but added that the plaintiffs did not raise the issue of forgery in the origination summon and failed to prove that the documents were forged.

DSS arraigns journalist for allegedly bombing oil pipeline

A Bayelsa based journalist, Jones Abiri was on Thursday arraigned by the Department of State Security, DSS before an Abuja Magistrate for allegedly bombing oil pipelines in the Niger Delta area.

Abiri, publisher of the Weekly Source, a newspaper based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, was picked up by agents of the DSS on the allegation that he is the leader of joint revolutionary council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, a separatist group.

He has been in DSS custody since 2016 when he was arrested.

DSS accused Abiri of bombing oil pipelines, planning attacks on Abuja, and sending threat to international oil companies and also demanding money from them.

There has been pressure on the government and the DSS to either release or charge Abiri to court.

On Thursday, Abiri was arraigned for the first time since he was arrested and was granted bail in the sum of N2 million.

Abiri was asked to produce two civil servants resident in Abuja who will stand as sureties.

They are not to be less grade level 15 officials and they will have to deposit their original appointment letters with the court.

But Marshal Abubakar, counsel to Abiri, informed the court of their application to vary the bail condition.

Abubakar argued that his client should be granted on self-recongnisance because he is a journalist.

“We now informed the court that our parties in this suit cannot meet the bail conditions. There is an application to vary the conditions,” he said.

“We said the first defendant Mr Jones Abiri is a journalist who has practised his journalism in Bayelsa state. So the court now adjourned for the hearing of our application to allow Mr Jones Abiri go on self-recongnisance.”

Thereafter, Chukwuemeka Nweke, the magistrate, fixed August 8 to hear the application. He also fixed August 16 for the commencement of Abiri’s trial

South African police officers to appear in court for allegedly killing Nigerian

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa announced on Friday that police officers implicated in the alleged murder of a Nigerian, Ibrahim Badmus, would be charged to court soon.

Mr Badmus, 25, who was murdered in 2017, was among no fewer than 120 Nigerians, mainly young people, killed in South Africa since February 2016.

Nigeria’s Consul-General in South Africa, Godwin Adama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview from Johannesburg that the South African authorities had confirmed that investigation into the murder of Mr Badmus was almost concluded.

“Badmus, a native of Lagos State, was brutally murdered by the South African police on October 10, 2017 at Vanderbidjk Park, South Africa.

“Police officers implicated in the murder will be charged to court any moment from now,” the envoy said.

South African police officers were said to have stormed the home of Mr Badmus, an undergraduate at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa, alleging that Badmus was trafficking drugs.

But it was learnt that when the operatives searched the home of the young Nigerian, they could not find any drug.

The operatives, allegedly asked the deceased for money and when he could not give them money, they handcuffed him and used excessive pepper spray on him. He passed out and died, due to suffocation.

Mr Adama said the case was classified as high-profile because of the tension generated by the development as some Nigerians, who had confrontation with the police almost took laws into their hands.

The consul-general said that on hearing the development, he immediately rushed to the scene where he interfaced with aggrieved Nigerians and the police to calm frayed nerves.

“I led a delegation from the mission to visit the scene on receipt of the information. When we arrived the scene, the place was tensed up because Nigerians there were not happy.

“We immediately met with the station commander in the area with some selected Nigerians.

“The police assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out and that the culprit would be brought to book.”

He said that the police authorities later arrested the police officers, who perpetrated the crime and commenced investigation.

Mr Adama said that the mission had followed up on the case and that it was clear that investigating authorities had done a thorough job.

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, blamed the incessant killings of Nigerians in South Africa on a lack of prosecution of offenders by the South African authorities.

Mr Olubajo told NAN that the inability of the government to bring to bring those perpetrating the heinous crimes against Nigerians to book had given some people impetus to descend on Nigerians.

“Lack of prosecution of these criminal activities has actually emboldened a lot of people to feel that they can kill Nigerians without any consequence,” he said.

On July 11, the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, during a visit to Nigeria, said that killing anybody in South Africa was a criminal act and that criminality in the former apartheid enclave was not specifically targeted at Nigerians.

But despite the assurances of Mr Ramaphosa, the death toll of Nigerians in South Africa has continued to increase.

On July 12, another Nigerian, Martin Ebuzoeme, was killed by assailants in the Yeoville district of Johannesburg.

On July 6, Lawrence Ozumba, was similarly shot dead by gunman at No.10 Koppe Str., Middleburg, Mpumalanga.

Earlier on April 9, another Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, was reportedly murdered at Hamburg, Florida West Rand in Johannesburg by the South African Police Flying Squad.

The same month one Clement Nwaogu, a father of two, was burnt to death by a mob, stoking a protest by some Nigerians resident in South Africa.

It was learnt that at least 14 of the protesters were taken into custody and allegedly branded drug peddlers by the South African authorities.

Court dismisses suit against Fayemi, declares him fit to contest

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the eligibility of Kayode Fayemi to contest the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state.

Fayemi is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Action People’s Party (APP) had lodged a suit following the report by a judicial commission of inquiry set up by the state government to probe Fayemi who was governor between 2010 and 2014.

In the report, Fayemi was indicted of misappropriation of state’s funds and was declared unfit to hold any public office.

Subsequently, a white paper released by the government barred him for holding a public office for 10 years.

In the case with suit number FCT/HC/BW/CV/57/2018, APP asked the court to determine whether Fayemi was fit to hold public office after the indictment by the commission.

The APC in the state had, however, asked if Ekiti government was a court of law that would bar Fayemi from holding public office.

In a judgment on Tuesday, Othman Musa, the judge hearing the case, dismissed the suit on the ground that it was without merit.

Quashing the indictment by the commission of inquiry which he described as being biased, Musa declared Fayemi eligible to contest the governorship election, and that his party is at liberty under the law to field him as its candidate.

The judge added that the section 182 (1) (i) of the constitution on which the suit was filed have been deleted in 2011 by the national assembly through the first alteration of the constitution.

Fayemi will take on Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his major contender in the election.

Four men kill brother, remove heart for money ritual, herbalist on the run

A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday ordered four men to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons for allegedly killing their brother and removing his heart for ritual.

They are Daniel Luka, 24, Audu Isaiah, 24, Wavi David, 20 and Ayuba Musa, 24. They are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

The Prosecutor, Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the men committed the offences on May 22 at Alasia along Oke-Ira road in Ajah, near Lagos.

Olaluwoye alleged that the accused had been patronising a herbalist, who had asked them for a human heart in exchange for wealth.

She said that the accused had lured their 21-year-old brother, James Isaiah, into the bush, where they killed him with a knife and cut off his heart.

“The police were able to trace them to their house where they admitted killing their brother for ritual purposes.

“The ritualist is, however, still at large,” she said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 223, 233 and 165 (a) (b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere ordered that the case file should be sent to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution for advice.

She adjourned the case till August 15.

EFCC arraigns PDP deputy chair, five others for alleged N500m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arraigned the Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Babayo Garba Gamawa, and five others over an alleged N500m fraud.

Gamawa was at some points Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Deputy Governor and  Senator representing Bauchi North.

Others arraigned along with him are Barrister Ibrahim Dandija, an SSG under ex-Governor Isa Yuguda for six years, Aliyu Jalam, Dahiru Madaki, Alhaji Sanusi Isa and Aminu Hamayo, who was at a time Commissioner for Finance and SSG.

The case which first came up at the Federal High Court, Bauchi, was presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice Mohammed Shittu Abubabakar.

Counsel for the EFCC, Barrister Abubakar Aliyu, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the court session said that the defendants were accused of laundering N500 million in 2015.

Abubakar said that the  EFCC was yet to establish any proof as to whether the money was from Dasuki’s arms deal or part of Diezani’s campaign funds.

He said the PDP chieftain and the four others were given administrative bail pending the next sitting

Justice Shittu adjourned the case until September 25, 2018.

Court stops Imo State APC state congress

A Federal high court sitting in Owerri, the Imo state capital has stopped the All Progressives Congress (APC) from going ahead with the state congress scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Five members of the party in the state had gone to court seeking an interim order to stop the congress from going ahead with the congress pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa said it is hereby ordered that “the respondents are hereby ordered to appear in court on the next adjourned date to show cause why the order should not be granted.

The plaintiff in the case Re Barrister Manchu Augustine, Anumhinu China Jude, Akudinobi Umunna, Ekwebelum Sammy Kelechi and Joseph Ilechukwu, while the respondents are the APC, INEC, the National Organising Secretary of the party, the state chairman of the party, Chief Hilary Eke, Chairman of the Ward and Local government congress committee and six others.

“That time is hereby abridged to order that the return date shall be provided that the respondents are served 48hours before then ad that all parties stands adjourned should maintain status quo anti bellium”.

The court adjourned the matter to 22nd May for further hearing.

The plaintiffs are seeking an interim injunction to stop the conduct of local government and any other congress pending the determination of the suit.

Evans weeps in court…says ‘they’ve been beating me in Kirikiri

There was drama at a high court in Igbosere, Lagos, on Monday when Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, staged a protest.

He refused to alight from the vehicle which conveyed him from the prison to court. After failing in the bid to convince the suspect to follow him to the courtroom, the prison official told the judge that the suspect refused to come inside.

Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, ordered that Evans should be bundled. He was eventually forced inside the court. While inside, Evans signalled the judge that he needed to speak.

When the judge acknowledged him, he said: “I have an explanation to make. Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have an eye problem and I can not see afar.”

According to him, he was kept in solitary confinement and was denied access to his visitors.

His complaints followed the continuation of proceedings in a series of kidnap, murder and attempted murder charges brought against him by the Lagos state government since his arrest on June 10, 2017.

One of the prison officials opposed him, saying he was being treated well and that a doctor still visited him recently but the suspect said he was only seen by a nurse.

The judge asked the prison officials to treat him well, emphasising that Evans had not been convicted. The judge stood down the case but as soon as he rose, Evans broke down in tears, saying: “What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since last year; why are they taking my case personally? Why do you people want to kill me.”

Court denies Melaye bail, remanded in prison till June 11

A magistrate court in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, has refused to grant bail to Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Melaye was ordered remanded in prison by a Magistrate Court in Lokoja, Kogi State till June 11, 2018.

He was charged with conspiracy and aiding of jail break.

The lawmaker was brought to court in a police ambulance around 9:17 am. Before his arrival, heavily armed policemen taken positions within and outside the court premises.

Journalists and other person’s that had seated in court for hours were all asked to go out for security checks. At the end, only few were allowed inside.

He was brought in a Toyota Hiace police ambulance bus with registration number NPF2214D.

Before being brought to court, the senator was taken to the SARS headquarters near the NTA office in Lokoja.

Melaye was declared wanted following his refusal to appear before the police to answer to accusations by some arrested suspects, who alleged that the senator supplied them with arms and ammunition.

Court orders arrest of former Enugu governor Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of Enugu state, has been serve with a bench arrest warrant for failure to appear before the court.

Chuka Obiozor, a justice of the Lagos federal high court, issued the arrest warrant against Nnamani on Monday, which was set for his re-arraignment.

Obiozor said Nnamani’s counsel did not present concrete explanation on his client’s absence from court.

Nnamani had in 2007 faced charges of alleged economic crime, money-laundering and financial impropriety estimated at N5 billion.

He was initially prosecuted along with his aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six firms linked to them.

In July, four companies and assets belonging to Nnamani were confiscated following a court ruling by Mohammed Yinusa, who was then a justice of the federal high court.

However, the case — which has “stalled” — has sparked controversy, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) expressing frustration at its delay.

Kelvin Uzozie, counsel to the EFCC, told a federal high court in November that he would file an application for Nnamani’s trial to hold separately.

Nnamani’s re-arraignment was set for December 4, following a written request for adjournment by both Uzozie and Nnamani’s lawyer.