Court Orders Bank To Appoint Accountant In Case Of AMCON Vs. Jimoh Ibrahim

AMCON, Asset Management, Jimoh Ibrahim, Union BankA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered Union Bank of Nigeria to nominate a chartered accountant within seven days for the purpose of carrying out a forensic audit of statement of accounts on the alleged 50 billion Naira loan allegedly granted to businessman, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim by the bank.

The accountant will work with two other accounting firms nominated by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

At the resumed hearing of the suit on Monday, lawyer to AMCON, Yusuf Ali (SAN), informed the court that AMCON has already nominated KPMG.

Counsel to the defendants, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) also stated that in compliance with the directive of the court, the defendants appointed the accounting firm of Adewale Folowosele & Associates.

The court has also ordered that the joint forensic audit is to be conducted by the three chartered accountant firms within a month at the Union Bank headquarters.

The matter has been adjourned till September 28 for a report of progress or settlement.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka had on July 11 discharged an interim order granted to AMCON to take over some assets belonging to Mr Jimoh Ibrahim.

This was after the business man had submitted that the exparte order was obtained via suppression and misrepresentation of material facts by the plaintiff (AMCON) and the order was obtained in bad faith against persons who are not parties to the suit.

The applicants had in a 24-paragraph affidavit in support of their application, deposed to by one Gbenga Onilude, a litigation officer, stated that none of the properties attached in the exparte order belong to any of the defendants; NICON Investment Limited, Global Fleet Oil and Gas Limited and Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim.

Use Of Hijab: Appeal Court Sets Aside Ban In Lagos Schools

hijab-Full-VeilA five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court which banned students in public primary and secondary schools in the State from putting on Hijab (the Muslims headscarf) with their school uniforms.

The panel, which was specially constituted by the President of the Court pf Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, was presided over by Justice Ali Gumel.

In his lead judgement, Justice Gumel held that the use of hijab is an Islamic injunction and also an act of worship and it will therefore constitute a violation of the appellants’ rights to stop them from wearing hijab in public schools.

Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an Ikeja High Court had on October 17, 2014, dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by two 12-year-old girls under the aegis of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.

Dissatisfied, the appellants approached the appellate court to set aside the judgement and protect their constitutional rights.

The government had banned the use of Hijab on the argument that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.

But in a unanimous judgment, the appeal court resolved all the five issues raised in favour of the appellants.

The appellate court held that the lower court erred in law when it held that ban of hijab is a policy of the Lagos State Government, who was the respondent in the case.

The court noted that no circular was presented before the lower court to show that it was a policy of Lagos State adding that “he who asserts must prove”

The court further held that if there was a policy, such policy ought to have emanated from the State House of Assembly and not the executive arm of government.

Consequently, the court held that the fundamental human rights of female Muslim students as enshrined in section 38 (1) of the 1999 constitution was violated by the Respondent.

The court dismissed the argument of Lagos State that it made an exception by allowing female Muslim students to wear hijab during prayers.

Other Justices on the five-man panel are Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice Adamu Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikyegh and Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofor.

Freezing Of Asset: Jimoh Ibrahim Asks AMCON To Jettison Plan

court-gavelBusiness Man, Jimoh Ibrahim, has asked the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to jettison an interim order of injunction it had obtained to freeze some of his assets.

In a statement sent to Channels Television in reaction to the plan to freeze his assets, the business man said: “AMCON is aware that we keep a deposit of 86 billion Naira or £172 million with Union Bank and AMCON is aware that application to collect the money from Union Bank is pending before an Ikeja High Court.

“All of these facts, it has not disclosed to an innocent Federal High Court.

“Union Bank lost the case and went for an appeal only to reappear in the guise of AMCON loan acquisition deal not known to the new court AMCON approached for an injunction”.

He further stressed that “any action taken by the bank and AMCON before the appeal is determined amounts to an abuse of court process”.

Mr Ibrahim also alleged that asset management company had gone ahead to execute the interim order even when the Judge had not signed the execution writ.

According to him, his company has filed an application to discharge the interim order.

Ban On Hijab To Promote Unity And Orderliness – Ipaye

Legal yearThe Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Rahman Ade Ipaye has applauded the judgment of the Ikeja High Court to uphold the ban of hijabs in primary and secondary schools in the state.

Justice Modupe Onyeabo had on Friday, October 17, 2014, dismissed and ruled against the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) suit against the Lagos State Government, saying such practice would affect the secular nature of state.

Ipaye said that the Lagos State Government is in the forefront of human rights promotion in Nigeria and would not deny its citizens their religious rights.

The Lagos AG, however, observed that no right was absolute and, sometimes, public interest would justify some limitations, adding that uniforms are adopted for school children at the formative stages to encourage a sense of unity, discipline, organization and orderliness.

“We do not want school children at this age to relate on the basis of obvious religious or social classification, hence the adoption of the uniform”, he briefed.

In a statement signed by the Pro Justice, Bola Akingbade, Ipaye noted that once deviations are allowed, conscious or unconscious group affiliations would crop up and this would promote prejudices, limit interactions and weaken the sense of unity among students of the same school.

“With uniforms, students, teachers and other staff are less likely to focus on dressing or appearance as a means of determining status, religion or other socio-cultural affiliations. Every student is equal and students are not able to tease or bully each other about the style, color or quality of their clothing or their religious, social or cultural background”, he noted.

He said uniformity would also encourage focus on school work and reduce social anxiety or animosity among students while enhancing confidence and sense of belonging all around.

Ipaye, said that the State Government’s decision to refuse variations to the uniforms prescribed for use in her primary and secondary schools was not an easy one, noting that the position was reached after extensive deliberations and consultations.

In his words, “We need first to define the limits of this policy, as it is not as extensive as some portray it to be. It is only applicable in Government owned Primary and Secondary Schools where encouragement of free interaction among children from all social and religious backgrounds are a matter of State Policy. Above the secondary school level, adult students can wear whatever they like, subject only to the dictates of their particular vocation or profession.”

Even in the primary and secondary schools, Ipaye said, interested female Muslim students will be allowed to wear their hijab during Islamic Religious Knowledge classes and for afternoon or Jumat prayers.

He posited that once deviations or variations are allowed for one group, Government would have no basis for refusing it to any other social or religious group, and that will be the end of the uniform in our public primary and secondary schools.

“Once any deviation is allowed for any reason, religious, cultural or personal, there will of course be no reason for disallowing another which may be requested on similar bases,” Ipaye explained.

In her ruling, Justice Onyeabor said that Section 10 of the Constitution made Nigeria a secular state and that government must maintain neutrality at all times and that the government therefore had a duty to preserve the secular nature of the institutions concerned.

She noted that since the public schools were being funded by the government, it was therefore competent to issue dress codes and other guidelines to the students.

N979.6m Subsidy Fraud: EFCC Says Suspects Have Escaped To Canada

Oluwaseun OgunbamboOne of the major oil marketers on the wanted list of the EFCC, Mr Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, may have fled to Canada.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, told an Ikeja High Court on Thursday that the suspect fled to Canada to avert justice.

Mr Oluwaseun is charged with receiving 979.6million Naira from the Federal Government without supplying any petroleum product.

According to spokesman of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the suspect now at large and another oil marketer Habila Theck and their company, Fargo Energy Limited were facing trial for defrauding the Government of 979.6million Naira.

The defence counsel, Mr Raphael Oluyede, said that Ogunbambo was absent in court because he was recently attacked by some unknown gunmen, who had wanted to abduct him.

The prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Jackson, however, debunked the claim that Ogunbambo was attacked by unknown gunmen. He stated that it was evident that he was no longer in Nigeria.

“He has abused the liberty of being granted bail and his action is making the criminal law to look like a toothless bulldog”, he said.

Court Affirms Reverend King’s Death Sentence

A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has affirmed the conviction and death sentence of Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King on charges of attempted murder and murder.

He was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder before Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Ikeja High Court.

Ezeugo was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007 , for the alleged murder of a church member, Ann Uzoh.

Ezeugo, however pleaded with the Court of Appeal, Lagos to quash the death sentence passed on him by Justice Joseph Oyewole of an Ikeja High Court in November 2012.

He committed the offence as the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly.

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