Court Orders Forfeiture Of Malabu Oil To FG

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Malabu Oil To FG Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, has ordered an interim forfeiture of oil prospecting licence 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil.

The order, according to him, would last pending the conclusion of investigation and prosecution of Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Ltd, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd, Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd, Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd and other individuals named in connection with the act of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering.

Justice Tsoho, who gave the order, also ordered the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), to manage the oil processing licence of OPL 245, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that it has taken steps in the interest of the public in view of the crimes and fraud against the Federal government of Nigeria.

On December 20, 2016, the EFCC charged nine suspects, including former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, with respect to the $1.1bn scam.

Other accused persons named in the charges filed by the EFCC before a Federal High Court in Abuja, were Etete, Aliyu Abubakar, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, Rocky Top Resource Limited, Imperial Union Limited, Novel Properties & Dev. Co. Limited, Group Construction Limited and Megatech Engineering Limited.

EFCC To Re-Arraign Former Oyo Governor Ladoja On Dec 14

EFCC To Re-Arraign Former Oyo Governor Ladoja On Dec 14A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed December 14, for the re-arraignment of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja and one of his aides, Waheed Akanbi over an alleged 4.7 billion Naira fraud.

Justice Mohammed Idris fixed the date after ruling on an application by the EFCC seeking the issuance of a bench warrant on the two defendants for not making themselves available to answer to the charges against them.

Justice Idris turned down the application for the arrest of the defendants owing to the appearance of both men in court on Friday.

The court, however, refused the request of the defendants for a stay of proceedings in the matter pending the outcome of an appeal lodged at the Supreme Court against the ruling of the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court which ordered their trial.

The Appeal Court had held that the anti-graft agency has powers to prosecute them under the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2004.

Justice Idris therefore held that the request for a stay of proceedings was against the provisions of Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015.

In 2008, the EFCC had arraigned both men on a 10-count charge of laundering the 4.7 billion naira.

In the charge, the EFCC alleged that the duo conspired to convert properties and resources derived from an illegal act, with the intention of concealing their illicit origin.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that ex-Governor Ladoja used 42 million naira out of the proceeds to purchase an Armoured Land Cruiser SUV, and remitted about £600,000 to one, Bimpe Ladoja in London.

They had at the time challenged the charges and the powers of the EFCC to prosecute them but six years after, the Court of Appeal has paved the way for their re-arraignment.

Theresa May Vows To Carry Out Brexit ‘In Full’

Theresa May, BrexitUK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has vowed to carry out Brexit “in full” despite the High Court ruling on leaving the EU.

She said the government needed to “get on with the job”, asking MPs to “accept” the referendum result.

A British High Court had ruled on Thursday that the Parliament should vote on when the government can trigger Article 50, beginning the formal process of the UK leaving the EU.

The pound, which fell sharply after Britons voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% on June 23, rose after the ruling.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, May said she was appealing against the court decision as a result of “an important principle at stake”.

Nnamdi Kanu Takes Case To ECOWAS Court

Nnamdi Kanu, ECOWAS CourtThe detained self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, has taken quest for freedom to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja.

Mr Kanu is demanding the release of his personal belongings allegedly seized during his arrest and a monetary compensation of 800 million dollars for alleged violation of his liberties.

He is also asking the court to compel the federal government and their agents to respect, protect and promote his human rights.

Hearing in the case has been fixed for November 8, 2016.

Kanu alongside his co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are facing a six-count charge of treasonable felony, brought against them by the Nigerian government.

A Federal High Court judge in Abuja had in September withdrawn from the case.

Mr Kanu had filed a petition against Justice Tsoho before the National Judicial Council over alleged judicial rascality.

Justice James Tsoho said that he had no personal interest in Kanu’s trial and would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment.

Judge Withdraws From Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

Nnamdi Kanu, CourtA Federal High Court judge in Abuja has withdrawn from the case filed by the federal government against the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice James Tsoho said that he would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra had earlier petitioned Justice Tsoho before the National Judicial Council over alleged judicial rascality.

At the resumed trial, Mr Kanu’s lead counsel Chuks Muoma brought an application claiming that the court was biased in the manner it has so far handled the matter.

They alleged that the court had, in the course of its ruling on April 26 2016, openly expressed serious prejudice against a member of the defence team, adding that it will be in the interest of justice for the application to be granted, to preserve the sanctity of the judicial office.

In his ruling, Justice Tsoho said that he had no personal interest in Kanu’s trial and would be returning the case file for reassignment.

Kanu alongside his co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are facing a six-count charge of treasonable felony, brought against them by the federal government.

 

Court Orders EFCC To Produce Dokpesi

dokpesiA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to produce the Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi.

The court ordered the EFFC on Friday to produce Mr Dokpesi in court on December 14, 2015 and show cause why he should not be granted conditional or unconditional bail by the court.

Mr Dokpesi is currently being detained by the EFCC over allegations of money laundering involving 2.1 billion Naira.

Justice Kolawole, while ruling on an exparte motion argued by Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), ordered that the EFCC should be put on notice and appear on December 14 with the detained former boss of DAAR Communications.

In the exparte application filed on December 3, Ozekhome prayed the court for an order to compel EFCC to produce Dokpesi, who is presently in its custody.

He also prayed the court for an order admitting Dokpesi to bail on self recognition or liberal terms pending his formal arraignment by the anti-graft agency.

Mr Dokpesi was on December 1, invited and detained by the anti-graft agency in connection with money disbursed from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).