John Alechenu and Sunday Aborishade


A Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to appear before it on Tuesday to answer questions on the ongoing investigation into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order 2015.IGP-Mr.-Solomon-Arase

The judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in his ruling, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Saturday, asked Arase to appear in court on August 4 to give reasons why the prayers sought by the plaintiff in his ex parte application should not be granted. Read More →

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Micheal Abimboye

 


Justice Ibrahim Buba of ‎a federal high court in Lagos has upheld the judgment of the court restraining any extradition process against a Nigerian senator, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States.kashamu-buruji

Mr. Kashamu, who ‎represents Ogun East Senatorial District, is wanted by the United State government for drug related offences.

‎Justice Buba, who ruled over a contempt application filed by Mr. Kashamu against the Attorney General of the Federation and the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade, held that the ruling of Justice Okon Abang “is still subsisting and must be complied with until set aside by a superior court”. Read More →

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The Federal Government has appealed against the court orders made by Justice Ibrahim Buba and Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Lagos, barring security agencies from arresting or extraditing Senator Buruji Kashamu over drug charges in the United States.Kashamu

Justice Buba on June 8 barred the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from extraditing Kashamu.

The judge had ordered that the respondents shall not in the face of the court’s subsisting judgments/orders and pending suit enforce the May 25 warrant of arrest or arraign Kashamu based on the extradition process filed on May 28.

He said it was “so as not to get conflicting orders whilst cases are pending and judgments/orders subsisting, including committal proceedings.”

But in the appeal filed on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation by Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), the appellant said Justice Buba ought to have dismissed Kashamu’s suit as an abuse of court process. Read More →

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by ISE-OLUWA IGE


An Abuja High Court sitting in Apo, yesterday ordered Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB, to pay N5,240,516,186.21k back to one of its customers, Dr. Ted Iseghohi Edwards, of Edwards and Partners Law firm.court

The judgment sum represents the amount illegally withdrawn from Ted Iseghohi’s account without his knowledge or consent.

The trial court ordered that the sum should be paid back to the customer through his Zenith Bank Plc account. The court entered the judgment yesterday after finding GTB guilty of illegal withdrawal. Read More →

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By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh and Onochie Bridget Chiedu (Abuja)

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday on the floor of the Senate, gave reasons he has not assented to the Constitution Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to him for approval.

Essentially, the President, in his letter read to the lawmakers, pointed out what he considered as shortcomings in some sections of the bill that may not make the document enjoy his assent, unless addressed. Read More →

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By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

. N’Assembly to decide on available options next week

A constitutional lacuna has arisen over the president’s decision to return the constitution amendment proposals to the National Assembly, as the constitution made no provision on the steps available to the legislature should the president refuse to assent to the amendment.Goodluck-Jonathan

A source in the National Assembly informed THISDAY on Wednesday that the veto had created a quagmire, given the fact that the constitution does not make any provision for the next steps to take if the president refuses to assent to the constitutional amendment because the framers of the constitution did not envisage this. Read More →

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by Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

 


The State Security Service on Wednesday told an Abuja Federal High Court that Senator Aliyu Ndume asked a self-confessed spokesman of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Ali Kodunga (a.ka Al-Zawahiri), to call and threaten the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,Mohammed  Adoke (SAN).

Senator Aliyu Ndume | credits:

Konduga has since been convicted on two counts of criminal breach of public trust and intimidation through anonymous communication. He is currently serving a three-year prison term.

The SSS said it made the discovery when Ndume’s mobile telephone  call logs were analysed during investigations. The Senator  is facing terrorism charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

On June 14, 2012, a Federal High Court in Abuja presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole,  ruled that Ndume must face trial on four counts of terrorism .

The court also dismissed a motion filed by his counsel, Chief Rickey Tarfa (SAN), seeking the dissolution of the charges against him. Ndume is accused of having links with  Boko Haram and also being involved in its activities.

When the trial resumed on Wednesday, a chief investigative officer in the SSS, Mr. James Inneh, told the court that Ndume gave Adoke’s phone number to Konduga.

According to Inneh, the alleged threat by Konduga  was to force the AGF to influence the outcome of the election tribunal sitting in Borno State in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Inneh said , “Konduga, in his confessional statement told the SSS that Ndume gave him the phone number of the AGF to threaten him (AGF) that they would make Borno State ungovernable if he did not ensure that the Borno State Election Petition Tribunal gave judgment in favour of the PDP.”

The agent admitted that Ndume gave some materials he obtained from Boko Haram to Vice-President Namadi Sambo and the Director-General of the SSS, while he served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Security Challenges in the North-East.

Inneh said, “We investigated his claim by using our tradecraft. We did not have any audience with the VP but we investigated. His (Ndume) phones were sent to experts for analysis and after the phones were analysed, we did not tell him about our findings.

“He was not there when the analyses were  carried out. Some of the materials we took from his house were laptops, GSM phones, an international passport and other things.”

Inneh said he could not recall if Ndume had written a letter to the Inspector-General of Police to ask for protection.

Justice Kolawole, however,  adjourned the trial to November 1- 5 and December 11, 2012.

Ndume had asked the court to acquit him of the charges, arguing that the proof of evidence filed by the prosecution did not link him with the sect.

Ndume said his alleged relationship with Konduga, which formed the basis of the charges against him, came as a result of his membership of the presidential committee set up to address the security challenges in the North-East.

Ndume told the court that before his appointment as a member of the committee, he had no contact with Konduga or any other member of the sect.

However, in a counter-affidavit, the prosecution counsel, Mrs. Olufumilayo Fatunde, had asked the court to hold that Ndume’s trial must proceed summarily in line with Section 33(2) of the Federal High Court Act.

Ruling on the matter, the court maintained that, after studying the charges brought against the Senator, it found that he had a case to answer.

Kolawole said, “There is a link between the accused person and the offences listed in counts one to four.

“The mere presence of a probable defense to a criminal charge is not enough to quash the charge. The fact that an accused person denied the charges is not enough to quash the charges. There is a link between the accused person and some members of the Boko Haram.”

 

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