Court Strikes Out Case On Source Of Funds For Buhari’s Nomination Form

Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court on Monday struck out the suit filed by Ozuzu Theodora and three others against President Muhammed Buhari.

The plaintiff had approached the court over the source of funds used in purchasing President Buhari’s nomination form for the 2019 Presidential election.

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The court struck out the suit on the ground that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit since section 308 of the 1999 constitution as amended confers immunity on President Buhari.

Justice Senchi also awarded the cost of N2million against the plaintiff for filing processes aimed at irritating and annoying the court including embarrassing public officers.

The plaintiff is ordered to pay the cost within 14 days.

Olisa Metuh Collapses In Court

File Photo of Olisa Metuh wheeled to an Abuja High Court on a stretcher on Monday, February 5, 2018.

 

The former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh has collapsed during his resumed trial in an Abuja High Court on Monday.

He was trying to make his way to the dock when he suddenly collapsed.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, asked the court officials to explain what happened. The officials informed the court that when the case was called, Metuh was making his way to the dock when they all heard a loud noise and noticed the defendant on the floor.

The trial judge continued with the trial even though Metuh was still on the floor.

However, Metuh’s counsel, Emeka Etiaba in disapproval withdrew from the trial. He said he cannot go ahead with the trial when his client is lying on the floor.

He noted that his client is obviously ill and has been confirmed by the medical personnel of the court.

Justice Abang, however, insisted that Metuh’s counsel call his eleventh witness in the trial. The witness then came into the dock. He also overruled the application by Metuh’s Counsel. He said this an attempt to delay the matter.

Metuh is standing trial for alleged money laundering of N400million being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Metuh being attended to by medical officers in court on Monday, May 21, 2018.

 

His trial earlier witnessed a dramatic turn on Monday, February 5, 2018 when he appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja on a stretcher, days after the trial judge ordered him to show up or face the risk of forfeiting his bail.

The former PDP spokesman was, however, wheeled to the court on Monday following the threat by Justice Okon Abang to revoke his bail if he fails to appear in court.

His lawyer Emeka Etiaba had informed the court in January that his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

Metuh on Wednesday, March 14 also approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to grant him permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

This permission was however subsequently dismissed by the court.

Omo-Agege Secures Court Order Restraining Police, DSS From Arresting Him

[BREAKING] Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege Snatching Mace
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

An Abuja High Court has granted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central, an interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him.

The suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege had earlier been accused by the Senate of complicity in the rowdy session at the Senate on Wednesday.

The rowdy session led to the penetration of the Red Chambers by some hoodlums who carted away the legislative symbol of authority. Omo-Agege was then invited by the police and later released. The mace was then recovered under a flyover in Abuja and returned by the police to the Senate.

Omo-Agege got the interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Service and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him after his lawyers approached the court on Thursday to seek an interim injunction against arrest or detention of the Senator.

Omo-Agege has since denied the allegation of leading the hoodlums who carted away the mace from the Red Chambers and denied being arrested by the police.

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Court Strikes Out Fraud Charges Against Orubebe

Court Strikes Out Fraud Charges Against Orubebe An Abuja High Court has struck out the six-count charge preferred against a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Orubebe, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Mr Orubebe, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and three other defendants were accused of alleged complicity in a 1.97 billion Naira contract fraud.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, however, discharged and acquitted them on Tuesday, following the withdrawal of the charge by the prosecution.

The court had earlier given the anti-graft agency till April 4, 2017, to produce its witnesses to establish that the defendants diverted the funds meant for the compensation of owners of properties of Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

Group Slams 15 Oyo Monarchs Over Injunction Against LCDA Allocation

oyo-stateA socio-cultural group, Oyo Development Initiative (ODI) has condemned action by 15 Baales to stop the allocations of the 33 LGAs in Oyo.

According to the group, the action of the Baales to contest the legality of some Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) has put local government administration in Oyo state in a limbo.

In a statement by the group, the Coordinator, Dr. Adesola Okanlawon stressed that while it believes that the case is already in court and some comments on it might lead to contempt, it is however expedient to highlight the implications of the court order on the citizens and development of the state.

“The plaintiffs in the suit might not have thought deeply about the implications of their action. They have issues with four LGAs and some of the newly created LCDAs. We believe they should have sought an order affecting the four disputed local governments in order not to jeopardize the welfare of the entire state.

“Perfection belongs to God and no individual can claim to be perfect.  Government itself knew that there could be imbalances in the creation of LCDAs as established in 2001. Hence, the establishments of a petition review committee.

“These perceived imbalances should therefore not lead to the hardship for larger section of the state.  The LCDAs will no doubt enhance grass-root development and bring even distribution of dividends of democracy to the communities in the state.

“It is to be noted that the action of these Baales will affect salary payment which was not regular before. It will also impact negatively on the development at the grass-root and by extension, the general welfare of the people. In short, their action has multiplier effects and everyone in the state will bear the brunt.”

The group appealed to the state government to seek every legal means to speedily resolve the impasse, saying that it is only those who do not want grass-root development that will be against the creation of LCDAs.

“It now behooves on the state government to do the needful in order to get the injunction vacated as soon as possible.

“This act will make the people insinuating that the Oyo State government is behind the court case to prevent the conduct of LGs election, to have a rethink that the government has nothing to do with the interim injunction,” the group stated.

Alleged Senate Rules Forgery: Saraki, Others’ Trial Stalled

trial, senate president, deputyThe trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki , his deputy, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu and two others, has yet again been stalled.

This follows the Federal Government’s failure to commence trial on the two counts of forgery proffered against them.

At the resumed hearing before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi, counsel to the Federal Government, Aliyu Umar told Justice Yusuf Halilu that he was not prepared to proceed with the trial.

According to him, a motion dated September 26, questioning the jurisdiction of the court, had just been served on him and he would need time to adequately respond.

Mr Umar, who led the Federal Government’s Legal Team, informed the court that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation did not hand him any other motion related to the case.

But Justice Halilu pointed out to him that similar motions had been pending since June 22.

The Federal Government’s counsel consequently applied for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order and also to better prepare his reaction to the motion filed by all the defendants.

Senator Saraki and Senator Ekweremadu had pleaded not guilty to charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015.

The two Senate leaders had been arraigned before the Federal High Court along with a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.

All four accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

The Court consequently granted bail to the accused persons.

Justice Halilu asked the them to produce two reasonable sureties who must be Nigerian men or women.

He stated that the sureties must own properties in Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse II or Garki areas in the Federal Capital Territory.

Fayose’s Aide, Abiodun Agbele Gets Bail

Fayose's aide, EFCC, Abiodun AgbeleEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose’s aide, Abiodun Agbele, whom anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested has been granted bail in the sum of 50 million naira.

The court also ordered the EFCC to pay Mr Agbele a damages fee of five million naira.

The investigations by the EFCC over monies linked to Governor Fayose took a new twist on Thursday at an Abuja High Court where Justice Olukayode Adeniyi asked the anti-graft agency to pay the fine for what it described as the arbitrary abuse of power and unlawful detention of Mr Agbele without charging him to a court of competent jurisdiction in line with the constitution.

Justice Adeniyi also ordered the immediate release of his personal property which were seized by the anti-graft agency.

Mr Agbele had through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome filed a 500 million naira suit challenging his detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission without charging him to court.

Mr Agbele’s principal, the Governor of Ekiti State, has had his bank accounts frozen in a related case bothering on fraud allegations, a decision the Governor has sworn to fight hard in court.

Impeachment Threat On President Buhari, A Huge Joke – APC

APC, ImpeachmentThe National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the purported plan by some senators to impeach President Buhari, describing it as “a huge joke”.

In a press statement by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, the APC said, “This is a huge joke taken too far.”

The party advised the senators in question to “stop the ‘huge joke’ and concentrate on their primary constitutional responsibilities of lawmaking and discharging of their legislative mandates to their constituents at the National Assembly”, urging them not to allow political shenanigans becloud overall national interest.

“The Party will not to join issues on the Senate forgery suit and other court cases concerning some members of the 8th Senate because it will be sub judice.

“We advice the Senators in question to tow the same line and allow judicial processes run it normal and legitimate course.

“Repeated allegations that the court cases are politically-motivated by the President and the APC are baseless.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration strictly respects the principle of the Rule of Law and also adheres to the constitutional provisions of Separation of Power between the three arms of government,” the APC stated.

The party urged President Buhari and the entire cabinet to remain focused in its effort to deliver on election promises and to steer the nation to its deserved heights.

There had been media reports of an impeachment plot by some Senators on President Muhammadu Buhari during a closed session of the Senate on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Senate Threatens To Issue Warrant Of Arrest On AGF

Senate, Abubakar Malami, AGFThe Nigerian Senate has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami.

The threat is coming weeks after the Senate summoned the Minister to explain the rationale behind his action on charging its principal officers to court over forgery.

Mr Malami shunned the call to appear before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights. Although he sent a representative, the Committee refused to grant him audience.

The lawmakers condemned the Minister’s refusal to honour their invitation.

They said that the same rules of the Senate was used in the administration of its proceedings during the ministerial confirmation process which brought the AGF to office, as well as other top government officials.

Pleaded Not Guilty

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, were arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal High Court along with a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.Bukola-Saraki-Ike-Ekweremadu

All four accused persons, who were charged for alleged forgery of the Nigerian Senate Standing Rules, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

Justice Halilu subsequently granted them bail and adjourned the proceedings till July 11 for commencement of trial.

Although they were present in court on Monday for the commencement of hearing, the Court Registrar informed the parties that the court was on vacation, hence the case would be adjourned.

Violation Of Separation Of Powers

In his reaction, Senator Saraki described the action by the AGF as misguided and alleged that there now exists a government within the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who “have seized the apparatus of executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda“.

He reiterated his innocence and that of Senator Ekweremadu of the charges, claiming that the charges represent a violation of the principle of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

The Spokesman of the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, also noted that contrary to the claim by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, neither Dr. Saraki nor Senator Ekweremadu were mentioned by the petitioners, the statements by those interviewed by the Police or even the Police report.

He stated that as regards the facts of the 1999 case, it was obvious that the Senate President and his deputy were not being accused of certificate forgery as it happened in former Speaker Salisu Buhari’s case.

Saraki Alleges Persecution, FG Debunks Claims Says It Is ‘Mere Obfuscation’

Bukola-Saraki-Muhammadu-BuhariThe Presidency has dismissed the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki’s claim of having a government within a government that has seized the apparatus of the executive power as pretentious and imaginary.

The Presidency asked him to back his claim with more information by identifying those who constitute the government within the government.

As far as the Federal Government is concerned the Attorney General is the chief law officer of the state and it is within his constitutional power to determine who has infringed upon the law and who has not.

The Senate President had earlier reacted to his arraignment alongside his deputy at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over alleged forgery of Senate standing rules.

Senator Bukola Saraki in a statement reiterated his innocence and that of his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the charges filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The Senate President claimed that the charges represent a violation of the principle of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

But according to the President’s media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina, “Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed a criminal act has been committed, we leave the court to judge.”

Full Statement

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, claims there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari”, which has allegedly seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.

This claim by Senator Saraki would have been more worth the while, if it had been backed with more information. If he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the “government within the government,” it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture.

But as it stands, the allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.

The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state.  It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.

Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed, a criminal act has been committed.  But we leave the courts to judge.

To claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous. It is not in the character of our President.

Alleged Senate Rules Forgery: Saraki Says Arraignment Is Misguided

Saraki, forgery,The Senate President has been reacting to his arraignment alongside his deputy at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over alleged forgery of Senate standing rules.

In a statement personally signed by him, Senator Bukola Saraki reiterated his innocence and that of his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the charges filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The Senate President claims that the charges represent a violation of the principle of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

Senator Saraki describes the action by the Attorney General as misguided, and alleges that there now exists a government within the government of President Muhammadu Buhari who in his words “have seized the apparatus of executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda.”

He added, “If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent on undermining our democracy and destabilizing the federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest.”

Presidency Reacts

Meanwhile, the Presidency in a quick response, dismissed Dr Saraki’s claim of having a government within a government that has seized the apparatus of the executive power as pretentious and imaginary.

The Presidency challenged him to back his claim with more information by identifying those who constitute the government within the government.

As far as the federal government is concerned the Attorney General is the chief law officer of the state and it is within his constitutional power to determine who has infringed upon the law and who has not.

According to the President’s media adviser Mr Femi Adesina, “Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed a criminal act has been committed, we leave the court to judge.”

Gov. Ikpeazu To Appeal His Removal By Court

okezie ikpeazuThe government of Abia State has said that it will appeal the judgement of the Abuja High Court asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return issued to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Eyinnaya Appolos, told Channels Television on Monday afternoon in Umuahia, the state capital that the Governor has always been a government official and his tax has always been deducted from the source.

The CPS said that there is no need for Abians to panic and that Ikpeazu remains the Governor of the state.

The court had ruled that Mr Ikpeazu never qualified to run for the party primaries as a governorship candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party.

The judge ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship election in state as the substantive governor of Abia State.

Justice Abang ruled that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Dr. Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the primaries.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had in April 2015 declared Mr Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.