Court Refuses Order Of Stay Of Proceedings In Ekiti Assembly

fayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application asking that the status quo be maintained in a suit seeking to set aside the notice of impeachment served on Governor Ayodele Fayose and his deputy for alleged misconduct.

At the resumed hearing of a suit filed by the PDP lawmakers, lawyer to the APC-led factional speaker, Mr Terrence Vembe, told the court that even though he was ready to challenge the motion, the court should take judicial notice that the said application was served on a public holiday and as such, he was still within time to argue his case.

The court agreed with the counsel to the plaintiff that such an application could not be made orally.

The court also refused an order by the counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ahmed Raji, asking that all parties in the suit maintain status quo pending a decision on the application.

It advised parties in the case to approach the court, should any of them feel aggrieved by an action prejudicial to the case.

The court adjourned to April 29 for all defendants in the suit to show cause why the orders sought by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to stop the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose should not be granted.

Nineteen Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly had served impeachment notice on Governor Fayose and his deputy for alleged gross misconduct and interference in the running of the state assembly.

Absence Of Prosecution, Accused Stalls Trial Of Alleged Nyanya Blast Mastermind

Aminu_ogwucheThe inability of the prosecution to produce Aminu Ogwuche, the alleged mastermind of the Nyanya bombing of April 14 and May 1, on Monday stalled hearing of the case at a Federal High Court in Abuja

A disagreement between the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Service (DSS), at the last sitting, over who should prosecute the accused led to an adjournment by Justice Adeniyi Ademola for the two security agencies to go and do their house cleaning before the commencement of the case.

In court today, officials of the two agencies and the accused person were absent.

This did not go down well with the Judge who had to make a fresh order for the accused to be produced in court on the November 24 to face the charges against him.

Following the absence of the Ogwuche, Nigeria Police and DSS at the prosecution, lawyer to the accused sought the leave of the court by way of motion exparte under the Fundamental Human Rights enforcement rules, to apply for the bail of his client .

The lawyer to the accused, Ahmed Raji told the court that the accused has been in custody since July 15 this year and has not had access to his family, lawyers and doctors.

He also asked for an interim order restraining the security agencies from arresting or detaining the accused person, if granted bail.

Justice Adeniyi turned down the request for bail but ordered that the parties in the suit be put on notice to appear before the court for hearing in the case.

Justice Adeniyi, who frowned at the absence of the prosecution and the accused person in court, said it was a disobedience to court order which will not be condoned.

He ordered the Department of State Security to produce the accused in court at the next adjourned date to answer charges against him.

Ogwuche was extradited from Sudan on July 15 on the allegation that he was the mastermind of the twin bomb blast in Nyanya, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory on April 14 and May 1 2014 .


Court Discharges Lebanese Arms Dealers

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Karu, a suburb of Abuja has struck out the case of alleged terrorism and illegal importation of firearms leveled against four Lebanese nationals, Mustapha Fawaz, Talal Roda, Abdulla Tahini and Kossay Nourdin.

At the resumed trial, the prosecuting counsel, Cliff Osagie, in his application to withdraw the charges, told the court that further investigation against the accused persons revealed that the offences for which they were charged before the court were clearly outside the scope and jurisdiction of the court.

Lawyer to the accused persons, Ahmed Raji, in his response informed the court that he had already filed a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case and therefore will not object to the application for withdrawal of the charges filed by the prosecutor.

Having listened to both parties, Magistrate Muyiwa Oyeyipo granted the prayer of the prosecutor and struck out the case against the four accused persons who were subsequently discharged.

The men are suspected of having links with the Islamist militant group, Hezbollah, and charged with terrorism and possession of illegal arms, after authorities said they found heavy weapons in one of their homes in Kano, North West Nigeria.

Mix Up In Date Stalls Trial Of Lebanese Alleged Arms Dealers

The trial of three Lebanese nationals, Abdallah Thaini, Mustapha Fawaz and Talal Roda, accused of criminal conspiracy and unlawful importation of prohibited firearms has been stalled following a mix up in the trial date by the Department of State Security Service.

The accused persons were arrested in connection with large cache of arms discovered at a residence in Kano.

At the resumed trial in Abuja, lawyer to the accused persons, Ahmed Raji, told the magistrate that going by a counter affidavit filed before a Federal High Court by the counsel representing the State Security Service, Mr. Cliff Osagie, trial of the accused persons was meant to commence on the 17th of June.

However, after a careful study of the court’s records, Chief Magistrate Yemi Oyeyipo, informed the defence counsel that the trial is slated to commence on Wednesday the 19th of June contrary to the counter affidavit filed by the counsel to the State Security Service.

The three accused persons were formally arraigned before the Karu Chief Magistrate Court on the 5th of May on the basis of a first information report on allegations of criminal conspiracy and unlawful importation of prohibited firearms.

Legal committee confers SAN on Falana, 24 others

Human Rights activist and former president of the Nigeria Bar association (NBA), Femi Falana and 24 others were on Thursday conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The Legal Practitioners Privilege Committee (LPPC) on Thursday announced the names of successful candidates for the rank of SAN.

Over 125 people were said to have  applied, 25 persons were deemed successful out of 71 people short-listed.

Below are the names of the successful candidates.

(1). Femi Falana

(2). Prof Yemi Akinseye George

(3). Rotimi Jacobs

(4). Ahmed Raji

(5). Theophilus Oyesanya

(6). Oluseye Opasanya

(7). Ndukwe Nnawuchi

(8). Aliyu Umar

(9). Akinlaja Dayo Moses

(10). Prof Dakaahs Clemens

(11). Aduroja Thaddeus Olumuyiwa

(12). Illo Katune Sanusi

(13). Paul Ananaba

(14). Francis Chuka Agbu

(15). Luke Chukwudi Illogu

(16). Selekeowei Larry

(17). Abenny Mohammed

(18). Charles Nwanne Obishai

(19). Mahmud Abubakar Magaji

(20). Mrs Connie-Jean Aremu

(21). Ogwu James Onoja

(22). Garuba Usman Cetenji

(23). Henry Oghogho Ogbodu

(24). Joy Okungbowa Adesina

(25). Rotimi Oluseye Oguneso

Two professors on the list are from the academia.

The newly appointed Senior Advocates will be sworn–in when the court returns from its annual vacation in September 2012. The court will be commencing its annual leave on July 18.