A former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman on Monday asked for ₦5 billion from the police over the killing of her niece in October 2018.
Usman, who is a joint petitioner in the case of alleged extra-judicial killing, told the National Human Rights Commission Independent Investigative Panel that her niece was murdered extra-judicially by a police officer in the Katampe area of Abuja.
Lawyer to the police, James Idachaba, however, argued that the police have played its part by dismissing the said officer and ensuring his eventual conviction by an Abuja High Court which sentenced him to sixteen years imprisonment.
Another petitioner also told the panel how he paid ₦2 million to secure his freedom after the police allegedly withdrew ₦1.4 million while he was in detention.
After listening to the petitions, the panel adjourned the hearing of the petition by the ex-minister indefinitely.
The Nigeria Police has arraigned a Deputy Superintendent of Police who allegedly killed a niece to a former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman.
In a criminal charge filed on Friday at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Zuba, 36-year-old Inagozie Godwin was alleged to have shot Miss Anita Akapson at Katampe area of Abuja at about 9:45pm on October 13, 2018.
The one-count, which the prosecutor said was a criminal offence, to wit culpable homicide ran contrary to section 22(3) of the Penal Code and punishable under section 22(4) of the same code.
After the charge was read to the accused cop, he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Mr Donatus Abah, thereafter asked the court for a date for commencement of the trial of the accused.
However, counsel to the defendant, Mr Paul Samson, informed the court of his client’s bail application dated October 30 and filed same day.
After taking submissions by both counsels on the bail application, the presiding judge, Justice A. O. Ebong admitted the accused on bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties.
Justice Ebong said he was minded to grant the defendant bail because the police prosecutor failed to advance cogent reasons under the law why bail should not be granted to the DSP.
He noted that the offence was a culpable homicide and not punishable by death, but carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
According to the judge, all the factors that would have swayed the pendulum in favour of the prosecutor were not mentioned as he opposed the bail application.
As part of the bail conditions, he also directed that the two sureties must be serving public servants who should not be below the position of directors.
The court stated that the sureties must be resident in their personal houses and must equally swear an affidavit of means.
Justice Ebong, however, ordered that the accused must not travel without leave of court, and must live within the jurisdiction of the court in order to attend his trial.
In addition, he directed the defendant to deposit his international passport and other relevant travel documents to the registrar of the court.
The trial of two former ministers, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode and Mrs Nenadi Usman, on charges of N4.6 billion fraud allegations suffered a setback on Monday.
The trial could not continue today at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos due to the absence of the third witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The counsel for the EFCC, Mr Idris Mohammed, told the court that the witness, who resides outside the court’s jurisdiction, is pregnant and on bed rest as advised by her doctor.
He, therefore, asked the court to grant an adjournment. The defence team did not oppose the application for an adjournment.
Mr Ferdinand Orbih, counsel to the first defendant – Usman, then informed the court of a pending ex parte application which he wanted to move. The court obliged him.
In the application, Mrs Usman is seeking leave of the court to serve a motion on notice on the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, over alleged acts of contempt.
Her counsel told the court that the minister had published a list of looters some weeks ago and had mentioned her as number 19 on the list.
Orbih noted that his client took such act very seriously, claiming it was an attempt to interfere with the proceedings before the court and portray the first defendant as already guilty of the charges before the court.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant the ex parte application enabling the defence to serve the said motion on notice on the minister in Abuja, by substituted means, as personal service may not be feasible.
In a short ruling, Justice Mohammed Aikawa held: “I have perused the application, including the supporting affidavits and I am satisfied that the application ought to be granted.”
“The application is granted save that it should be served on his (the minister) confidential secretary in Abuja,” he added.
The court then adjourned till October 2 for hearing of the motion on notice and for continuation of trial.
Usman is being charged alongside Fani-Kayode, as well as one Yusuf Danjuma, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), and a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Ltd.
The EFCC had preferred a 17-count charge of money laundering against the accused persons.
In the charge, the defendants were alleged to have committed the offences between January and March 2015.
In counts one to seven, they were alleged to have unlawfully retained over N3.8 billion which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing and corruption.
In counts eight to 14, the accused were alleged to have unlawfully used over N970 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of an unlawful act of corruption.
According to counts 15 to17, Fani-Kayode and one Olubode Oke who is said to be at large, were alleged to have made cash payments of about N30 million, in excess of the amount allowed by law, without going through a financial institution.
Besides, Fani-Kayode was alleged to have made payments to one Paste Poster Co (PPC) of No 125 Lewis St., Lagos, in excess of amounts allowed by law.
All offences were said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15 (3) (4), 16 (2) (b), and 16 (5) of the Money laundering (prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.
The defendant had all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted the former Minister of Finance, Mrs Nenadi Usman, permission to travel to the United States for medical care.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered that her passport be released to enable her travel from December 18.
She is, however, to present herself for trial on the next adjourned date of January 31, 2018.
Mrs Usman is standing trial along with former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and two others – Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Nigeria Limited – on 17 counts bordering on an alleged N4.9 billion fraud.
A former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to hands off his trial on allegations of money laundering.
His Counsel, Norrison Quakers, SAN, asked Justice Rilwan Aikawa to instead order that the case should be transferred to the Abuja division of the court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had re-arraigned Mr Fani-Kayode, Senator Nenadi Usman, and two others on 17 counts of fraud and money laundering to the tune of N4.9bn. They pleaded not guilty.
Mr Fani Kayode insists that the facts of the case show that all the transactions which the former minister carried out as Director of Media and Publicity of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, for which he was charged, took place in Abuja.
He also told that court that he stays in Abuja and has another trial currently going on in Abuja which should be the proper venue for the case.
The EFCC’s lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo, however, urged the court to refuse the application.
Justice Aikawa has adjourned until September 26 and 27 for a ruling on the issue.
The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has granted the request of a former Finance Minister, Senator Nenadi Usman, to be allowed to travel to the USA for a period of three weeks for medical treatment.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted the request on Wednesday when the court commenced trial in the case against her, the former Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, and two others.
Usman, Fani-Kayode, one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd, are facing trial on 17 counts of money laundering and alleged diversion of N4.9billion preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The Chief Registrar of the court has been directed to release her international passport to enable her travel within the months of July and August. She is to return the passport to the court not later than the 31st of August.
Meanwhile, Justice Aikawa held that an application filed by Mr Fani-Kayode challenging the venue of the proceedings could not stall the commencement of trial.
The EFCC had contended that the application seeking a transfer of the case to Abuja was a ploy to stall the trial and had urged the court to take it alongside the substantive suit.
The court upheld this argument and commenced trial with the testimony of the first prosecution witness, one Olusegun Idowu.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has re-arraigned former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The two former ministers were arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa alongside one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd, on 17 counts of money laundering and alleged diversion of N4.9bn.
They all pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.
The court then reaffirmed the bail earlier granted to them by former trial judge, Justice Muslim Hassan.
The defendants also brought up the issues of pending applications challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.
The defendants want the matter transferred to Abuja where the offences were allegedly committed.
The EFCC submitted that this application had been decided by the previous judge but the defence submitted that the applications challenging the court’s jurisdiction were still alive.
Justice Aikawa adjourned the case to June 7 for ruling on whether the issue of venue of the trial is still alive.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode; a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited before Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos.
They were arraigned on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments exceeding the amount authorised by law.
They all pleaded not guilty.
In the first of the 17-count charge, Mr Usman, Mr Fani-Kayode, one Mr Yusuf and Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Ltd on or about January 8, 2015 allegedly conspired to indirectly retain the sum of 1.5 billion Naira, a sum which the EFCC said they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.
They, therefore, committed an offence contrary to Section 18(A) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Offence is punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act.
While the former Finance Minister and the company, Jointrust Dimensions Ltd are only named in the first four counts, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, who is also former spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, is named in all 17 counts.
In the last 3 counts, he allegedly conspired with one Olubode Oke who is said to still be on the run. Both men were said to have made cash payments to one Paste Poster Company without going through a financial institution and exceeding the amount authorised by Law.
The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charges and the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, immediately asked the court to commence trial and order an accelerated hearing of the case.
The defence counsels took turns to make a case for the court to hear the bail application of their clients.
The prosecution, however, urged the court to give him time to file a joint response to all the bail applications as he had only just been served some of the documents.
The EFCC counsel also told the court that the Commission’s remand facility was overstretched and considering that Mr Fani Kayode had recently alleged that one of the EFCC officials assaulted him, the proper place to remand the defendants pending the determination of their bail applications was the prison.
After listening to all the submissions, Justice Sule Hassan adjourned hearing of the bail applications till Friday, July 1.
He also ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody until then.
A former Commissioner for Finance in Kaduna State and University Don, Dr John Ayuba, has declared his intention to represent southern Kaduna zone in the Senate on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) come 2015.
Ayuba, who served as Commissioner of Finance and later Water Resources under the Late Patrick Yakowa and Ramalan Yero administration, told newsmen after picking his nomination form at the state PDP secretariat on Monday that his senatorial ambition was hinged on his passion to ensure that indigenes of Southern Kaduna enjoy dividends of democracy which has eluded them for years.
He also promised to solve the problem of insecurity facing the people of the zone.
However, Mrs Esther Nenadi Usman, who is currently representing the zone in the Senate, has said that there is no vacancy for her position because she has represented the zone well and therefore deserves another term come 2015.
Speaking to journalists about her stewardship in the Senate, Mrs Usman, who served as Minister of Finance during the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, said that she has empowered over 5,000 youths, built several health centres and also provided succour for victims of violent attacks in Kaura and Sanga local areas of the state, stating that the people would definitely vote her for another term.
On the frequent killing of innocent people in the southern part of the state by suspected Fulani gunmen, Mrs Usman stressed the need for the people to unite themselves and live together in peace, irrespective of tribe or religion, stating that only peaceful co-existence among the people would end the insurgency in the area.
Apart from the two aspirants, there are also four other aspirants jostling to emerge as PDP’s candidate. However, their fate lies on the decision of delegates who will vote in the forthcoming primaries.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders from Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan and the State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, as their candidates for the 2015 polls.
At a political gathering held in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the State, to endorse the President and the Governor, the PDP stakeholders, led by Senator Nenadi Usman, stated that they had the mandate of their people to make the endorsement.
Senator Usman noted that Nigeria had witnessed rapid transformation in all the critical sectors of the economy under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, despite the current security challenges facing Nigeria, and therefore needs another tenure in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far.
The group said that the Governor on his part, had kept his promise of equitably distributing dividends of democracy to all parts of the state and had also kept the legacies of his predecessor, Late Patrick Yakow.
The group said that it reached a conclusion to compel Jonathan to contest, after a thorough and fair public opinion poll, which was carried out in the southern part of the state.
While they expressed displeasure over the frequent public attack on the Jonathan administration by the opposition, the PDP members urged the President not to cave in to pressure or cheap blackmail.
However, while the Kaduna PDP leaders are perfecting their plans to maintain the status quo at both the federal and the state to remain, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), and a pressure group from the area, Concerned Southern Kaduna Professionals, believe that the time for change has come.
In their separate statements on Thursday, they stated that the Kaduna PDP leaders were entirely on their own, and the endorsement does not in any way have the support of the over 3million people of the zone, whom they represent.
Investigation has shown that Southern Kaduna has always voted massively for PDP since the inception of the democratic dispensation in 1999 and remain the strong base of the party in every election.