A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed the fundamental rights enforcement suits filed by the engineers who built the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations’ six-storey building that killed 116 persons on September 12, 2014.
The engineers, Mr. Oladele Ogundeji and Mr. Akinbela Fatiregun, had gone before Justice Ibrahim Buba seeking an order restraining the police from inviting, arresting or prosecuting them over the victims’ death.They had filed the suits following the verdict of the coroner’s inquest, which attributed the building collapse to structural defect and recommended the engineers for investigation and prosecution for criminal negligence.
But Buba, in his ruling on the defendants’ preliminary objection on Monday, said the engineers “had not made out a case of infringement on their fundamental rights even on the merit of the application,” and dismissed their applications.
The judge, who noted that the Coroner Law was an enactment of the Lagos State House of Assembly, which is constitutionally empowered to make laws in the state, said “the Federal High Court could not dabble into the affairs of the state and start dishing out injunction orders.” Read More →
A witness in the ongoing trial of a former governor of Gombe State and serving senator, Danjuma Goje, Shehu Mohammed Atiku has told a Federal High Court, Gombe that the ex-governor forged the Resolution of the House and collected N5bn (five billion naira) facility from Access Bank.
“My Lord, the said resolution did not emanate from the Gombe State House of Assembly and I was not a signatory to it”, said Atiku, a former Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly and one of the three witnesses called by prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shitu.
Atiku, while testifying told the court that, “as the Admin Officer of the House, I chair management committee of the House, keep the record of House proceedings and maintain its records”.
However, the court had to cut short the proceeding and adjourn for further hearing owing to the fracas that ensued as suspected political thugs invaded the court premises and disrupted the proceedings. Read More →
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators at the weekend accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of deliberately orchestrating crisis capable of plunging the nation into chaos.
They made this remark in reaction to last Friday’s warrant of arrest issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal against Senate President Bukola Saraki following his absence at the beginning of his trial over alleged false declaration of assets before Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in 2003.
In separate reactions to the situation, the senators expressed dismay over perceived gestapo manner in which charges were brought against Saraki and the eventual warrant of arrest issued against him by the tribunal. Read More →
Posted By: AYO ESAN
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has renewed its effort in the war against corruption as in the last two months five former governors namely, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State , Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State and Timpire Sylva of Bayelsa State are being prosecuted for corruption in various courts.
Former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, his two sons Aminu and Mustapha and one Aminu Wada Abubakar are to remain in prison till September 28, 2015. They were remanded in prison custody last Thursday by Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano after they were docked on a 28-count charge of corruption and money laundering brought against them by the EFCC.
They were arraigned alongside four companies where the Lamidos are believed to have interest. The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamiana Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminum Limited and Speeds International Limited. Read More →
Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, was, Wednesday, discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on the two count charge of money laundering preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The court held that the EFCC was unable to prove the charges against Fani-Kayode beyond reasonable doubt and consequently acquitted him.
Fani-Kayode was joined by loved ones, friends and family to celebrate his acquittal.
Ademola Babalola Ibadan
Dissatisfied with the June 19 ruling of Justice Olayinka Faji of Federal High Court two in Ibadan who denied bail to the majority of the bankers involved in the recirculation of mutilated naira notes meant for briquetting, some of the accused persons who are at Agodi prisons have gone on appeal.
By their alleged offence, they were charged with committing economic crimes.
Counsel to the 2nd, 3rd and 5th accused persons; Barrister Olalekan Ojo told Justice Faji on Friday that he had filed an appeal against the ruling which denied his clients their right to freedom since the case was a bailable offence. Read More →
The case involving a former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a fresh 50-count charge bordering on stealing and money laundering, came up for mention Thursday, June 25, 2015 before Justice A. F. Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Mr. Sylva is charged alongside Francis Okokuro, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku.
They allegedly used three companies – Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to move over N19.2 billion from Bayelsa State coffers between 2009 and 2012.
Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court had on June 10 dismissed the 42-count charge of stealing earlier brought against Sylva and his co-accused by the EFCC, with the excuse that the prosecution’s application to consolidate the charges before him, against the defendants, amounted to an abuse of court process. Read More →