Supreme Court Dismisses Perjury Suit Against Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Supreme Court on Monday struck out the suit seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election over allegations of perjury.

The suit was filed by three legal practitioners Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail, and Hassy El-Kuris.

Delivering judgment on the suit, Justice Mary Odili-led panel of five justices held that the case was statute-barred having been filed outside the statutory fourteen days allowed by law and therefore dismissed it.

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The justices during the announcement of appearances frowned at why Mr Abdullahi Abubakar,  a State Counsel from the Federal Ministry of Justice will be representing a private individual using state resources.

Abubakar had announced his appearance for the first respondent (General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) in the suit.

They warned him to desist from such act of using public office to defend private litigation.

The appellants had approached the apex court seeking to overturn two decisions of a Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal which earlier struck out their suit on the same ground that it was statute-barred as a pre-election matter.

Croatia Court Clears Lovren Of Perjury Charges

Croatia’s defender Dejan Lovren celebrates after winning the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
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A Croatian court said on Monday it had dropped perjury charges against Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, who was accused of giving false testimony in a major football-related corruption trial.

Lovren, 29, was charged in September with committing perjury over his testimony at the 2017 trial of former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic, who is accused of multi-million-euro graft.

The player had provided details about his 2010 transfer from Dinamo to French side Lyon.

But the Zagreb municipal court “on January 25 rejected the indictment … against Lovren,” a tribunal statement said without elaborating.

The ruling can be appealed, it added.

In December the court dropped similar charges against Real Madrid’s Croatian superstar Luka Modric.

Mamic, considered the kingpin of the Balkan state’s football scene, was sentenced in June to six-and-a-half years in prison over multi-million-euro corruption.

He fled the country and is hiding in neighbouring Bosnia.

Mamic was accused of embezzling cash through fictitious deals related to player transfers, notably those of Lovren and Croatia’s captain Modric to Tottenham.

Like Modric, who won the 2018 Golden Ball, Lovren was part of the Croatian national team that finished runners-up in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Croatia lost to France in the finals but the small nation was overjoyed by its historic run, which temporarily quieted anguish over corruption and other problems plaguing the sport.

AFP