Court Orders Release Of Dasuki’s Passport For Renewal

 

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama, has ordered the release of the passport belonging to a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki for renewal.

The order was given after Mr Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji, notified Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, that the passport had expired since the court took its custody.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, Mr Raji informed the court that the application which was dated and filed on February 11 with a 16-paragraph affidavit, was not opposed by the prosecution because there was no counter-affidavit.

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In response, the prosecution lawyer, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, said he had no objection.

Justice Baba-Yusuf in his ruling said since the request was not opposed by the prosecution (EFCC), which put the defendant on trial; it was wise to grant the request.

He, however, ordered the registrar of the court to release the document to Mr Dasuki for renewal, having become expired since the court took its custody.

The court adjourned the matter to March 13, for the continuation of trial.

Mr Dasuki, alongside a former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son, Sagir, and his company, Dalhatu Investment Limited are facing a 25-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune N19.4 billion.

Adoke Arraigned On 42 Counts Of Fraud, Money Laundering

 

The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned the immediate past Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke on 42 counts of fraud and money laundering.

Adoke was arraigned at Gwagwalada Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja alongside six others.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the 42 counts of fraud and money laundering.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier filed 12 counts against Mr Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie, as well as Malabu Oil and Gas Limited before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

File photo of Adoke in court on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

 

Others listed on the charge sheet are Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited.

The commission had also filed seven counts before a Federal High Court against Mr Adoke and Mr Abubakar.

The charges were filed against the former minister for the role he allegedly played in the controversial Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil scam.

 

Alleged Money Laundering: Patience Jonathan Challenges Forfeiture Of Funds

EFCC Seeks Final Forfeiture Of $8.4m, N7.4bn Linked To Patience Jonathan
A file photo of Mrs Patience Jonathan

 

Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has filed a notice of appeal to challenge a judgment of the Federal High Court in Lagos which ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of $8.4 million and another N9.2 billion to the Federal Government.

In the notice which has six grounds of appeal, Mrs Jonathan has asked the Court of Appeal in Lagos to set aside the judgment of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

Through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Mrs Jonathan and the other appellants said the judge erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when she assumed jurisdiction to hear the application for the final forfeiture of the sums.

Mrs Jonathan also argued that the issue of the court’s jurisdiction was already being challenged as the monies in question were a subject matter of a pending litigation before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The former First Lady also says that the appellants clearly provided uncontroverted evidence of how the monies were made and they, therefore, discharged the burden placed on them by Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act of 2007.

The appellants in the suit are Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd, Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba, persons & companies through whom the funds were allegedly laundered on behalf of Mrs Jonathan.