EFCC To Arraign Dele Belgore

EFCC To Arraign Dele BelgoreThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore at the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday.

Mr Belgore, a PDP Chieftain who vied for the party’s governorship ticket in the last Kwara state election is to be arraigned on a five-count charge alongside the immediate past minister of national planning, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.

In the charge sheet obtained by Channels TV’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, the two defendants are said to have conspired on March 27, 2015, to directly take possession of the sum of 450million Naira, a sum which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

They are also charged with being in possession of the sum and making a cash payment of 50million Naira to one Sheriff Shagaya without going through a financial institution.

The EFCC said that the charges are contrary to and punishable under certain sections of the Money Laundering Prohibition Amendment Act, 2012.

Mr Dele Belgore and Prof Abubakar Sulaiman are to be arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa.

Arrested Premium Times Publisher Released

Arrested Premium Times Publisher Released The publisher of Premium Times, Mister Dapo Olorunyomi, who was arrested on Thursday evening by the police, has been released.

According to the online news media, Mr Olorunyomi was released alongside the company’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu, who was also arrested.

They were said to have been released on bail and asked to report at the FCT police command headquarters by 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

Plain-clothed officers were said to have conducted search at the Abuja office of the organisations yesterday, saying they were acting on a complaint filed by the Nigerian Army.

The arrests came days after premium times turned down the army’s demand to retract news stories about it and its operations.

Police Arrest Premium Times Publisher, Journalist

Police Arrest Premium Times Publisher, JournalistOnline newspaper, Premium Times says its publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, has been arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu.

Both were reportedly taken away after the Police raided their head office in Abuja on Thursday.

“Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai,” the online newspaper stated.

It alleges that the arrest was in connection with its refusal of the Army’s demand to retract news stories about the Nigerian Army and its operations.

The paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, condemned the raid.

“They should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate Premium Times.

“They should know that our loyalty lies with our readers and the Nigerian people who have a right to know,” said Mojeed.

He said the paper will continue “to discharge its responsibilities in line with global best practices, social responsibility and patriotism, even at great risk to our personal liberties”.

Former Chief of Air Staff, Amosu Returns 2.6bn Naira

Amosun, Air ForceA former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has returned 2.6 billion naira to the federal government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC confirmed this fact to Channels TV judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, on Wednesday after the arraignment of Air Marshal Amosu before a federal high court sitting in Lagos State.

He was arraigned alongside Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga and seven companies.

Cynthia Osokogu Murder: Judge Accuses Defence Counsel Of Stalling Trial

Cynthia OsokoguThe Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island has accused the defence counsel of stalling the trial of the four men charged with the murder of Cynthia Osokogu.

Presiding judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, specifically noted the attitude of the second defence counsel, Mr Micheal Ajayi, from the chambers of Mike Igbokwe, S.A.N, who failed to show up in court on Friday despite sending a letter to the court for a stand down.

This is the second time that the second defence counsel has stalled the proceedings of the trial of the late Cynthia who was killed in Lagos in 2012 by men she met and allegedly became friends with on a popular social media platform, Facebook.

The prosecution closed its case in proof of the crime on September 19, 2014 for the defence to open its case.

But a string of absence of the defence counsel has continued to stall the proceedings.

The Attorney-General of Lagos, Mr Ade Ipaye, who is prosecuting the suspected murderers of the late Cynthia, had on Monday, May 5, showed the court some obscene pictures of the late Cynthia Osokogu from a laptop.

One of the pictures presented showed the late Cynthia cello-taped on the mouth with her international passport placed on her chest and another was a close-up shot of her private part.

Four men, Okwumo Nwabufo, 34; Olisaeloka Ezike, 24; Orji Osita, 33; and Ezike Nonso, 25, are standing trial for conspiracy and the murder of the late Cynthia Osokogu, a 25-year old postgraduate student from the Nassarawa State University.

Cynthia Osokogu Murder Trial Stalled By Defence Counsel

The Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere on Lagos Island could not make much progress on Monday, in the case of the late Cynthia Osokogu, as the two defence counsel failed to file their written addresses.

The late Cynthia Osokogu, a 25-year old postgraduate student of the Nassarawa State University was allegedly murdered on July 22, 2012, in Lagos by men she met and became friends with on a social media site, Facebook.

Two men, 33 year old Okwumo Nwabufo and 23 year old Olisaeloka Ezike are already standing trial for her murder. They were charged alongside 33year old Orji Osita and 25year old Ezike Nonso, who allegedly aided in the commission of the crime.

The offences are contrary to Sections 221, 249, 285 and 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The first two defendants at the last sitting of the court had, however, told Trial Judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, that the Police obtained confessional statements of the crime from them, “under duress”. The case then went into a “trial within trial” to determine the voluntariness of the confessional statements.

After the defence closed its case on November 20, 2013, Justice Akinlade ordered the lawyers to the defendants to file their written addresses before the Christmas vacation to enable her listen to the adoption of the addresses on Monday, January 13, 2014, and possibly give a ruling.

Channels Television Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele, reported that the Judge was angry that despite the length of time, the two defence counsel failed to act on the directions of the court.

She accused them of deliberately wasting the time of the court, and made another order for the written addresses to be filed and served on the prosecution within the next ten days, while the prosecution, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, was given two weeks to file his response.

Further hearing in the case was then adjourned to February 27 for the adoption of written addresses.

Traitors Will Wish Suntai Dead – Ogunye

A legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye has said that it is not impossible for traitors to wish the Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai dead so as to have their turn at the state treasury.

He said this during an interview with Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Shoyele on Law Weekly, adding that “it’s apparent that Governor Suntai, from what we’ve seen, is not fit to resume the functions of the office of Governor” as evidenced by his inability to alight from the plane without help.

Although the governor’s close aides have insisted that Suntai is healthy, “we don’t need a soothsayer to tell us that he is not fit” he said.

He maintained that a medical examination is the appropriate determinant of one’s health as “you may be outwardly fit but the true determinant of the state of your health is a medical examination”.

Although he advised that the governor recuperate properly, he warned that there could be “opportunistic interventions” in the situation as traitors would want to switch allegiance or even “wish him dead”.

However, he cautioned that “we have to focus on the rule of law.”