Category Court/Litigation

Skit maker docked for lying against Gov Otti, Aba-Ngwa people

A man, simply identified as MC Sweet, who made a fake online post claiming that Aba Ngwa indigenes tried to stop Julius Berger from constructing the Port-Harcourt Road in Aba, has been arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Aba, Abia State.

In the fake post, the online skit maker also claimed that Governor Alex Otti invited some elders and youths of Aba Ngwa to Umuahia for a peace meeting where he (Governor Otti) allegedly ordered that the indigenes be locked up.

The false and controversial post which created a sensation across the State last week, was swiftly denied by the Abia State government through Mr Dodoh Okafor, the Special Assistant on Special Communication to the Governor.

Also, the Aba Ngwa Peoples Forum, led by Chimezie Nwagba (President) and Chinedu Ahuruonye (Secretary) issued a communique disowning the report and also calling for the exposure of those behind the fake post.

They further said that they would never sabotage the Port Harcourt road contract or any other project in the State.

But the person behind the post was later nabbed by the Police and arraigned at Aba Magisterial District for trying to defame the characters of Aba Ngwa Peoples Forum members.

The charge sheet read by the Prosecutor, Mary N. Udorji said MC made the defamatory post within Aba Magisterial District, pointing out that the offence he committed was punishable under Section 375 of Criminal Code, Cap 80, Vol. 111 of Laws of Abia State Nigeria, 2005.

The charge accused MC Sweet of trying to injure the reputation of Aba Ngwa people, ridiculing and exposing them to hatred.

The accused who apologized to the Aba Ngwa Peoples Forum for the injurious social media post, begged that he be given bail so that he could do another post debunking the earlier one he made.

He was granted bail by Chief Magistrate , Erinma Enyeribe and the matter adjourned to February 29, 2024.

But it was not confirmed if MC Sweet was able to meet up with his bail conditions on Friday.

An elder of Ngwa land, Azubuike Osondu Ochieze, in his reaction, said the post tried to rubish the good name of Ngwa people.

Also, a Labour Party Chieftain, Mike Evans said Governor Alex Otti has further been vindicated and advised youths against abusing the social media space.

(Daily Post)

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$11bn judgment: P&ID loses bid to appeal Nigeria’s victory

A London court has quashed an $11bn damage bill against Nigeria lodged by Process & Industrial Developments Limited Gas Company.

The bill charge was brought forward against Nigeria for a collapsed gas processing project in Cross River, Nigeria.

Nigeria risked having to pay the sum – representing around a third of its foreign exchange reserves – to Process & Industrial Developments, a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

But the High Court ruled in October that P&ID paid bribes to a Nigerian oil ministry official in connection with the gas contract signed in 2010, and failed to disclose this when it took Nigeria to arbitration over the collapse of the deal.

The ruling was a major boost for Africa’s biggest economy, which is saddled with mounting debt, high inflation and unemployment, and was described by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu as a blow against economic malpractice and the exploitation of Africa.

P&ID argued that the case should be sent back to arbitration, but Judge Robin Knowles ruled on Thursday that the award should be thrown out immediately.

The judge also refused P&ID permission to appeal, effectively ending the case as the company cannot apply for permission from the Court of Appeal.

According to the Reuters report, a London-based spokesperson for the Nigerian government said the decision “marks the conclusion of a historic victory for the people of Nigeria.”

The trial has its origin in a failed 2010 gas deal between Nigeria and P&ID, a British Virgin Islands-registered firm founded by two Irish businessmen.

The two Irish nationals – a former music manager, Michael Quinn (who died in 2015) and his business partner Brendan Cahill had been previously contracted to repair tanks and planes for the Nigerian military.

In 2010, P&ID was awarded a 20-year contract to process gas for Nigeria’s domestic energy market.

Two years later the firm commenced arbitration proceedings, claiming that the Nigerian government had failed to build the required infrastructure for the energy project, which translated to reneging on the contract.

A resulting arbitration led to a $6.6bn award for P&ID that has now increased to more than $11bn with interest. However, the latest development almost definitively quashes the company’s chances of seeking redress through the legal system.

(Punch)

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US inmate declared innocent after spending 48 years in prison

A 71-year-old man has been proclaimed innocent in the US state of Oklahoma after serving almost 50 years in jail for a murder he did not commit.

According to The National Registry of Exonerations, Glynn Simmons, who is Black, spend longer years in prison before being exonerated than any other inmate in US history.

Simmons was released in July after serving a total of 48 years, one month, and 18 days in jail.

Simmons and another man, Don Roberts, were sentenced to death in 1975 for the murder the previous year of a 30-year-old liquor store clerk during a robbery in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Their sentences were later commuted to life in prison.

Simmons and Roberts were convicted solely on the basis of the testimony of a teenage customer who was shot in the head during the robbery but survived.

She picked them out of a police lineup but a subsequent investigation cast significant doubt on the reliability of her identifications.

Both men had also claimed at trial that they were not even in Oklahoma at the time of the murder.

US District Court Judge Amy Palumbo threw out Simmons’ conviction in July and declared him innocent at a hearing in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday.

“This is a day we’ve been waiting on for a long, long time,” Simmons told reporters. “We can say justice was done today, finally.”

Roberts, Simmons co-defendant, was released from prison in 2008, according to The National Registry of Exonerations.

Simmons may now be eligible for compensation.

“What’s been done can’t be undone but there could be accountability,” he said. “That’s what I’m about right now. Accountability.”

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N800bn illicit drugs seized, 42,105 offenders nabbed – Marwa

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), says the agency has seized N800bn worth of illicit substances and arrested 42,105 offenders, including 46 barons, in the last three years.

Marwa gave the figures on Monday when he received the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, at the NDLEA National Headquarters, Garki, Area 11, Abuja.

“The criminal elements rely on drugs to carry out their criminalities and that is why we have been very ferocious in our offensive action against them to cut access and availability of these illicit drugs. As a result, in about three years we have arrested 42,105 drug offenders, including 46 barons; seized 7,500 tons of illicit drugs worth about N800bn.

“In fact, sometime last year, we seized over $300m worth of illicit drugs; 1,057 hectares of cannabis farms destroyed and 8,350 offenders convicted while 29,400 drug users have been counselled and rehabilitated within the same period,” Marwa said.

He thanked the military for supporting the NDLEA in terms of logistics and training. He advised the military to consider building rehabilitation centres in military hospitals for their personnel that may have issues with substance abuse.

In his remarks, the CDS assured the NDLEA boss of his commitment to help expose drug traffickers and abusers, while promising that the Nigerian military would strengthen its synergy with the NDLEA to curtail the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country.

Musa said, “We know the challenges of drugs and how the use of illicit drugs has affected Nigeria’s name. And when Nigeria is mentioned abroad, everybody thinks about drugs, but you and your team have turned that around, at least now, people have seen that sense of sincerity in addressing the drug issue in Nigeria. We know it is not easy, because a lot of people have benefited so much from it and they will do anything to sustain their illicit businesses.

“I want to assure you that the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces are fully behind you. We are proud of you and what you have been achieving and we will continue to support you until the menace of drugs is totally eliminated in the country. We know the influence of drug use and what it has done to us, creating a lot of issues all over the country, which is very alarming.

“Drug use has slipped into so many places, and for members of the Armed Forces; we’re not excluded. Now we have introduced as part of our recruitment processes that for our people to go for courses, they must take drug tests, because this will ensure that personnel of the Armed Forces are doing the right thing and are in the right frame of mind. So, we’ll continue to do that and continue to intensify our efforts.”

(Punch)

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Court gives ex-minister 30 days to apologise over reckless ‘Kangaroo judgment’ comment

The Federal Capital Territory High Court, on Monday, gave a former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, 30 days to tender an apology to the judiciary for describing a court judgment as a “kangaroo judgment.”

The court said Tallen risked being barred from holding any public office in Nigeria again if she failed to tender a public apology to be published in The PUNCH and The Guardian newspapers.

The verdict was handed down in suit number CV/816/2016 filed against her by the Nigerian Bar Association.

According to a statement on Monday by the NBA spokesman, Akorede  Lawal, the ex-minister criticised the court after the Federal High Court in Yola,  on October 14, 2022,  nullified the candidature of Aishatu Dahiru, alias Binani, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Adamawa State.

The suit against Binani was filed by Nuhu Ribadu, now the National Security Adviser.

Tallen was said to have described the court verdict in the case as “kangaroo judgment,” to the annoyance of the NBA, which dragged her before the court.

According to the NBA, Tallen made the statement during the Annual General Meeting of her alma mater, Federal Government Girls’ College, Bida on October 16, 2022.

The NBA spokesman said the court on Monday entered judgment against Tallen, describing her remarks as contemptuous and ordering her to tender a public apology within 30 days.

The NBA spokesman said,  “The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory found in favour of the Incorporated Trustees of the NBA and against the defendant, Dame Pauline Tallen, in Suit No: CV/816/2016.

“Consequently, the court declared that the said statement of Dame Pauline Tallen (the defendant) was unconstitutional, careless, reckless, disparaging, a call to disobey the judgment of the court, and therefore contemptuous of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“The court also granted, among other reliefs, an injunction restraining Dame Pauline Tallen (the defendant) from holding any public office in Nigeria, unless she purges herself of the ignoble conduct by publishing a personally signed apology letter to Nigerians and the judiciary on a full page of The PUNCH and The Guardian newspapers.

“The court ordered that the injunction restraining the defendant from holding any public office in Nigeria shall become perpetual if she fails to abide by the order directing her to publish an apology letter within 30 days.”

(Punch)

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Retire once you are tired, Lagos CJ tells judges

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has advised judges not to die on the job, but to retire if they can no longer do well on the bench.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alogba gave the advice at the public presentation of a book written by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN) in Ikeja on Wednesday.

The book titled ‘The Supreme Court of Nigeria; History, Establishment, Jurists and Speeches’ was co-authored by Mr Abdulrasheed Ibrahim.

Alogba said judges should retire from the bench if they were no longer in good health.

According to him, regardless of the retirement age, judges should be able to eat the fruits of their labour.

He said: “When it comes to a time until death do you and service part, I do not agree.

“You must assess yourself when you are tired, do not wait, please go home and rest.

“There is nothing you want to do again which you could not have done on the bench before you got to the stage of being tired if you are really interested in the work.

“You do not need to die and have a valedictory for you, so retire if you are no longer in good health.”

The chief judge said that the issue of retirement age should be an individual thing.

According to him, good health is by God’s grace and judges should retire when they no longer have it.

He said though the retirement benefit might be peanut, he did not think any judge who had been in practice for quite some time before coming to the bench, would be a poor man.

“Ostentation apart, but to live a simple, quiet, and reasonably comfortable life, any judge who has spent 10 to 15 years on the bench,  should be able to do that.

“So why do you want to kill yourself on the job and then people will just collect your benefit after you have died?

The law has spoken; speak for yourself and assess if you are mentally and physically capable of going on with the work, but if your answer is no, go back home,” the chief judge said.

(NAN)

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Court bars pro-Wike Speaker as APC demands sanction for judge

A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has barred the factional Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, who is loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, from going into the state assembly complex until the burnt chamber is fully renovated by the state government.

It also, on Tuesday,  ordered the factional Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, to preside over the activities of the legislative arm of the state pending the determination of a motion before it.

Justice M.W Danagogo, gave this order, in an Experte Motion, Suit No. PHC/3030/CS/2023, in which Rivers State House of Assembly was the 1st claimant and Edison Ehie, 2nd claimant, while Martin Amaewhule was 1st defendant Deputy Speaker, Dumle Maol, was the 2nd defendant.

A total of 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly elected under the Peoples’ Democratic Party, on Monday, defected to the All Progressives Congress and threatened to reject the request of the state governor for approval. The factional Speaker of the House, Martin Amaewhule, was among those who defected.

In Tuesday’s process, which was prepared by D.I Iboroma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and others, Edison wants the court to order Amaewhule and others to stop going into the state assembly complex until the burnt chamber is fully renovated by the government.

Edison also wants the court to order that he lawfully take over the speakership of the state assembly until the matter is dispensed, praying that Amaewhule should be stopped from conducting himself as the Speaker of the House.

The court in an Interim Order granted the requests of the applicant, urging Amaewhule and others to stop using the assembly premises following the directive of the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, that the facility was under renovation.

The order threatened that the 2nd Claimant, Edison would pay the sum of N50,000,000.00 as damages if the application before the court turns out to be frivolous.

It, however, ordered the claimants to serve the Interim Order, the Motion on Notice already filed, the Originating Process and other processes in the suit on the defendants on or before December 13, 2023.

The court granted leave to the claimants to serve all the processes by substituted means by publication in two national newspapers or by posting at a conspicuous part of the last known address of the defendants and adjourned December 21 for motion on notice

The court, however, entered the following orders: “An Order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants and the 2nd claimant/applicant either acting by themselves or through their agents, servants, privies, assigns or any person(s) acting in whatsoever manner and howsoever called or described, from further use of armed thugs accompanied by police personnel in riot gear to gain access to the Rivers State House of Assembly complex at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State which was burnt, destroyed, damaged and rendered uninhabitable as a result of the fire that engulfed the Assembly Complex on the October 2, 2023, contrary to the order of the executive Governor of Rivers State relocating the sitting of the 1st claimant to a secure and more conducive venue to ensure that the activities and meetings of the House are not disrupted during the period of the renovation of the burnt building, pending the determination of the motion on notice already filed.

“An Order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants whether by themselves, their agents, servants, privies and representatives in whatsoever and howsoever manner from preventing, disrupting and interfering with the smooth and regular operation, management and administration of the 1st claimant/applicant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed in this suit.

 “An Order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants whether by themselves, their agents, servants, privies and representatives in whatsoever and howsoever manner from preventing, disrupting and interfering with the exercise of the 2nd claimant/applicant’s statutory legislative duties of summoning and holding meetings, proceedings, issuing notices, passing resolutions, bills and performing other legislative functions of the 1st claimant/applicant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed in this suit.”

APC rejects order

But in a swift reaction, the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressive Congress in Rivers State, Chief Tony Okocha, rejected the judgement of the High Court, saying it as procured

Okocha said the APC would ask the National Judicial Commission to sanction Justice Danagogo.

He stated, “We wish to intimate Nigerians of the resurfacing of procured judgement in Rivers State. Today Rivers State people woke up to hear that one Justice Danagogo of the Rivers State high court granted with impunity an experte order to one Edision Ehie, recognising him as Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.

“Recall that the same Edision had approached a Federal High Court in Rivers State seeking to be declared as the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly in the case (and) argument has been taken and judgement reserved for January 2024.

“Surprisingly today on the same subject matter Justice Danagogo granted an experte order purporting to recognise this Edision as Speaker of the State House of Assembly. This is a fragrant abuse of court processes. It is an aberration for the judiciary to interfere in the law making process. As far as we are concerned it does not exist.

 “The judge claimed that the case was filed by Edision on October 30, 2023 and assigned to him on November 1, 2023. For all this length of time if the subject matter required urgency, why did the judge wait till today December 12, 2023 to grant an expert.

“It is in the public glare that on Monday 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who were elected under the PDP platform crossed over to the APC, citing irreconcilable crisis in the PDP, a move supported by section 109, 1 sub-G of the Constitution of Nigeria.”

Continuing, he said, “The defectors were received by APC Rivers yesterday. It is because of the palpable fear of that defection that brought about the procured order by Justice Danagogo. The Judge has contravene the NJC order on frivolous experte orders and has sanctioned judges that defile the orders.

 “The reason for the judgement is to allow the governor to present the budget to the Assembly. We in APC will not seat and watch judges issue experte orders in flagrant disobedience of NJC orders. We are in clear knowledge that the reason for this affront is to allow the governor to present the 2023 budget to the Assembly.

“Alas, can four members of the Rivers State House of Assembly sit in leadership over a 31-member House with the other 27 members who have defected to the APC?

 “We use this medium to send notice in advance to the learned Judge that the APC Rivers will not sit and watch the procured exparte order made in clear violation of known trite principles of law and flagrant disobedience to the NJC.”

The party said it would be “left with no option than to petition Justice Danagogo to the NJC if the judge does not reverse himself immediately.”

 “Finally, it is our counsel to the governor of Rivers State that he should refrain from any action that may escalate the political crisis orchestrated by his party, the PDP in Rivers State.

 “We as a party, APC, with an overwhelming majority in the house will not tolerate intimidation, harassment and threatening of our members whatsoever and however guise. We will not comply with the order because you cannot place something on nothing. We will not allow illegality to stand. It is procured and we will not allow it to happen.”

Also reacting to the injunction in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, the acting spokesperson for Rivers State APC committee, Chibuike Ikenga, said the party was shocked to hear that the case, which was earlier scheduled for January, was clandestinely held to impose Ehie on the lawmakers.

He said, “This is miscarriage of justice and it will bring the judiciary into disrepute. That is not nice because the judiciary, which ought to be the last hope of the common man, is gradually becoming a political tool in the hands of the rich and the connected.

“The judgment for that same matter which Justice M. W. Danagogo gave an ex parte order today, was fixed for January. So it is surprising for us to hear that he has heard the matter today on exparte that made him the Speaker and ordered that no one should disrupt their activities.

“The justice in question, Justice Danagogo has a younger brother from the same parent, who is a secretary to the Government of Rivers State. So you can understand the connection between this judgment and his political interest.”

PDP NWC meets

It was gathered on Tuesday that the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party had scheduled to hold an emergency meeting today (Wednesday) to review the defection of its 27 members in the Rivers State House of Assembly who defected to the All Progressives Congress.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, who disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, insisted that the 27 constituencies’ votes belonged to the PDP and not to the lawmaker that defected.

On whether the PDP had written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Ologunagba said, “All that is in the pipeline. The NWC will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday in Abuja to review the Rivers State issue.

“We will discuss, review the issue, and take immediate action. Rivers is a PDP state and we will not fold our hands. We will not allow this to stand.

“The seats of the respective 27 lawmakers are now vacant by virtue of the provision of Section 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The Supreme Court in the past ruled that the votes belong to the party. So, the 27 constituencies’ votes belong to the PDP.

“After the NWC meeting on Wednesday, Nigerians will hear from us. Our actions will be in line with the Nigeria constitution and that of the party.”

Ologunagba said the party would take appropriate action to reclaim its mandate, adding that the High Court’s confirmation of Governor Siminalay Fubara’s loyalist, Edison Ehie, as the authentic Speaker of the State House of Assembly was a welcome development.

He said “That is a welcome development. On our part, we shall take actions that are in line with Nigeria’s laws.”

INEC reacts

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it was waiting for the Rivers State Assembly Speaker to declare vacant the seats of the People Democratic Party lawmakers who decamped to the All Progressives Congress on Monday.

The national leadership of the PDP had said it would write to INEC to demand fresh elections to replace the 27 lawmakers.

Responding to this, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, on Tuesday said,  “The procedure is for the presiding officer (Speaker) of the State Assembly to declare the vacancies and write officially to INEC about it. It is after such communication that INEC can act.”

(Punch)

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Kogi: Court orders Gov Bello to pay N500m to SDP’s Ajaka over rights violation

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello to pay the sum of N500 million to the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Murtala Ajaka, for violating his fundamental rights.

In his decision, Justice Inyang Ekwo also ordered Bello to publicly apologize to Ajaka “for the gross and unwarranted violation” of his rights.

Justice Ekwo equally issued an order requiring the security agencies and their heads to ensure Ajaka’s safety.

The judge further made “an order of injunction, restraining the security agencies from arresting/abducting, detaining and/or further harassing, intimidating, shooting/threatening the applicant’s life and properties”.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ajaka sought judicial protection against Bello in an originating motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/952/2023, filed on July 11 by his lawyer, S.E. Aruwa, SAN.

The Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, the Department of State Service (DSS), and the Director General of the DSS were joined in the suit as respondents.

Other respondents are the Director of the DSS Command in Kogi, the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Naval Staff.

(Daily Post)

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NJC rejects Adeleke’s request to remove Osun CJ, Justice Adepele Ojo

The National Judicial Council has rejected the request of Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke to appoint the next most senior judge in the state, Justice David Olayinka Afolabi, in an acting capacity.

This decision follows allegations against Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, the Osun State Chief Judge, and the resolution of the State House of Assembly to suspend her.

The decision was reached at the 104th NJC Meeting chaired by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola between December 6 and 7, 2023, in Abuja.

The NJC, which affirmed Justice Ojo as the recognized Chief Judge of Osun State, also rejected the resolution of the Osun State Assembly.

This decision was outlined in a statement signed by the NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye, on Thursday and obtained by DAILY POST.

The Council, emphasizing its constitutional authority to investigate Judicial Officers and recommend actions to the Governor, directed Osun State to return to the status quo.

“Council considered and declined the request of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State to swear in the next Most Senior Judge in the State in an acting capacity, following allegations against Hon. Justice Adepele Ojo, Chief Judge, Osun State, and the resolution of the State House of Assembly to suspend him.

“The Council affirmed that Hon. Justice Ojo is still the recognized Chief Judge of Osun State and would not act on the resolution of a State House of Assembly. Consequently, Osun State should revert to the status quo.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, the NJC recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice S. O. Falola of the Osun State High Court.

The Council resolved to recommend him to the state governor for compulsory retirement with immediate effect.

This recommendation was based on the findings of an investigation committee following a petition against him by Dapo Kolapo Olowo and Polaris Bank. The petition highlighted the granting of a Garnishee Order Absolute against the bank for the sum of N283,174,000.00 (two hundred and eighty-three million, one hundred and seventy-four thousand Naira) in a questionable and unusual manner, including the endorsement of the order, attaching the account of the Garnishee with another Garnishee and not the account of the judgment debtor who had the legal obligation to pay the supposed judgment sum.

“They found that the subject Judge misconducted himself by entertaining Suit No HIK/41/2018 when there was no evidence of a judgment of the Kwara State High Court before him, neither was there a Certificate of Registration of the same in Osun State to confer jurisdiction on him.

“It further found the conduct of the subject Judge traveling to Lagos to visit the Counsel of the Bank in his Chambers on the issue of Garnishee Proceedings, unbecoming of the standard expected of a judicial officer.”

(Daily Post)

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Demolition: Court freezes 24 Kano Government’s bank accounts

A Federal High Court has frozen the accounts of the Kano State Government due to its failure to comply with a court order to pay N30 billion in compensation to victims of the Filling Idi Demolition exercise.

The frozen order affects 24 Kano State bank accounts, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the state.

The presiding judge, Justice E.A Ekwo, has also directed the Kano State Government to appear before the court on January 18 to provide an explanation regarding the freezing of N30 billion in the affected bank accounts.

The funds are intended to be granted to the Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners.

(Daily Post)

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