Alleged Corruption: Court Grants Shasore Bail, Fixes Trial For December 6

Former Lagos Attorney General, Supo Shasore is being prosecuted by the EFCC.

 

The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has granted bail to a former Attorney General of the state Olasupo Shasore (SAN). 

In granting bail, Justice Mojisola Dada directed his lead counsel, Adeyemi Candide-Johnson (SAN) to write a personal undertaking to always present his client in court throughout his trial.

Shasore was arraigned before the court on a two-count charge bordering on corrupt offers to public officers contrary to and punishable under Section 9(1) (a) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act 2000.

He was alleged to have corruptly given the sum of USD 100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) to one Mrs Olufolakemi Adelore (then Director Legal, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources) and another USD100,000 to one Mr Ikechukwu Oguine (Secretary to the Corporation and Coordinator, Legal Services NNPC) on account of the role they both played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID) against the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

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When the counts were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Counsel Bala Sanga then asked the court for a trial date pending which the defendant will be remanded at the correctional facility.

The lead counsel for the defendant Adeyemi Candide-Johnson then applied for his bail. He asked the court to admit Shasore to bail on liberal terms or on self-recognizance. He submitted amongst other that the defendant was eager to clear his name and would make himself available for trial.

The EFCC did not oppose the bail application.

In her ruling, Justice Dada granted the defendant bail. She directed the lead counsel to write a personal undertaking that will guarantee the defendant’s presence in court for his trial.

The court then fixed December 6 for the commencement of the trial.

Gaidam Opens Defense At Yobe Election Petition Tribunal

gaidam_NewGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam has opened his defense in a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Adamu Waziri at the Yobe State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Mr Waziri is challenging the declaration of Governor Gaidam as the winner of the April governorship polls alleging that the election was marred by electoral fraud and bribery.

Beside the governor, other respondents to this petition are his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Yobe State Resident Electoral Commissioner and the Governor’s Aid-De-Camp.

After two weeks of cross examination of witnesses from the petitioner, Mr Adamu Waziri, the respondents opened their defense with five witnesses who denied the allegations of irregularities in the April governorship poll..

Although the respondents were initially expected to lead more witnesses for cross examinations, lead counsel to the first respondent, Mr Yusuf Ali moved for adjournment to allow him brief his witnesses.

Meanwhile, both the petitioner and representative of the second respondent, the All Progressive Congress (APC) re-affirmed their confidence in the process.

Justice Mojisola Dada has adjourned to Friday, August 21, when the respondents are expected to lead more witnesses for cross examination.

Yobe Governorship Tribunal Commences Sitting

YobeThe Yobe State governorship election tribunal has commenced its inaugural sitting to hear the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Adamu Waziri.

The tribunal headed by Justice Mojisola Dada is sitting in Abuja due to the insurgency in the north-east region of Nigeria.

The tribunal had earlier given the PDP permission to inspect the materials used for the April 11, 2015 governorship election and the petitioner is expected to present its observations to the tribunal.

The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) had declared Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election with 334,847 votes, defeating Waziri, who polled 179,700 votes.

Judge Withdraws From Al-Mustapha’s Appeal

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, has withdrawn from the three-man panel and declined hearing an appeal filed by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan, challenging a death sentence against them.

A High Court had sentences Al-Mustapha to death by hanging

The matter, which was scheduled on Thursday for arguments by parties, could not continue as the presiding Judge declined hearing for personal reasons.

Justice Saulawa told the appellants’ counsel that he could only assist them in recording a further date for arguments, but will not participate in hearing the main appeal.

He therefore adjourned the case to June 10 for hearing.

Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to late Sanni Abacha, and Mr Shofolahan, former personal assistant to Kudirat Abiola, are challenging their death sentence by a Lagos High Court.

The convicts were sentenced to death on January 30, 2012 by Justice Mojisola Dada, for conspiracy in masterminding the murder of late Kudirat.

Al-Mustapha’s Death Sentence: Late Application Frustrate Appeal Hearing

The expected hearing of the appeal instituted by Major Hamza Al-mustapha, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, against the death appeal was on Monday stalled at the Court of Appeal in Lagos.

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, an aide to the widely acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola, are appealing a death sentence passed on them by Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court, for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, the wife of Chief Abiola.

Their appeal on the death sentence could not be heard after the counsel to the Lagos State government, Femi Adamson informed the appellate court, presided over by Justice Chuma Nweze, that he had an application for extension of time to enable the state government file its respondent’s brief of argument.

While apologising for the late filing of the said application, Mr Adamson, who is an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, explained that it was due to hitches beyond his control.

Counsel to the convicted CSO, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu (SAN) said even though he would not be opposing the application, he complained that the development was not fair in its entirety.

Counsel to convicted Shofolahan, Mr Olalekan Ojo also expressed displeasure over the application.

In its reaction the appellate court held that the attitude of the Lagos State government in its approach towards the hearing of the appeal was not encouraging.

“Gentlemen, as you can see, it is not the fault of the court not to hear the appeal……Counsels should desist from the attitude of filing applications late in any case,” Justice Nweze emphasised.

After granting the application of the Lagos state government for extension of time, the court adjourned hearing of the appeal to the 30th of May and directed the state to serve the second applicant’s counsel the respondents brief of argument having served same on the first applicant just before the court sat.

Both Al-mustapha and Shofolahan were arraigned in October 1999, on a four count charge of “conspiracy and murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on June 4, 1996” along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.

Alhaja Kudirat was murdered for her activities in ensuring that her late husband, Chief Moshood Abiola reclaimed his mandate after his detention for proclaiming that he won the June 12, 1993 Presidential elections.

On the 30th of January, 2012, Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan were convicted and accordingly sentenced to death by hanging until they are confirmed dead.

The appellants are however challenging the death sentence. While Al-Mustapha has filed four grounds of appeal, Shofolahan filed five.

The duo argued that the trial court erred in law when it arrived at the conclusion that they conspired to kill late Kudirat Abiola.

They both urged the appellate court to entertain their appeal, set aside the judgement, and discharge and acquit them of conspiracy and murder accordingly.