Shamsudeen Bala, son of ex-FCT minister, remanded in Kuje prison

The federal high court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the remand of  Shamsudeen Bala, son of  the immediate past FCT minister, in Kuje Prison, pending ruling on his bail application.

Bala was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a 15-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.1bn.

He pleaded not guilty to charges preferred against him.

Nnamdi Dimgba, the presiding judge, adjourned trial to March 27 and 28, and shifted ruling on bail application to Friday.

Chris Uche (SAN), defence counsel, had asked the court to grant his client bail.

He told the court that he had filed and served a motion on notice for the bail, dated January 27.

He said the motion was supported by an 18-paragraph affidavit, and that he was relying on all the paragraphs of the affidavit.

He added that if bail was granted to the defendant, he would be available for trial, and that he would not abuse the privilege.

But Ben Ikani, prosecution counsel, opposed the application, saying the defendant could not be trusted.

He said the defendant refused to submit his international passport to the EFCC, which showed him to be a flight risk.

Ikani added the prosecution had filed an 11-paragraph affidavit, dated January 31.

He urged the court to turned down the request for bail.

The court adjourned afterwards to Friday.

Kuje Prison Riot: Boko Haram Prisoner Caught With 25 Phones

Sporadic gunfire caused pandemonium at Kuje Prison, Abuja, on Monday, following a riot by some inmates, who resisted the attempt by prison officials to search their cells for banned items.

It was gathered that security operatives fired gunshots and tear gas canisters to restore law and order and control the rioters.

This happened 11 days after a similar incident in Abakaliki Prison, Ebonyi State, that led to the death of six inmates and injuries to four prison warders.

The Monday riot occurred two months after two inmates, standing trial for culpable homicide, escaped from the Kuje Prison on June 25. The fleeing inmates have yet to be re-arrested.

Sources in the prison said the violent protest was brought under control by the armed squad of the Nigerian Prisons Service supported by soldiers providing additional security cover for the formation.

The incident, it was learnt, caused panic among residents of Kuje community, who believed that the prison was under attack by terrorists.

The Controller of Prisons, FCT Command, Daniel Odharo, in a statement, confirmed the crisis at the prison but said there was no injury or escape by inmates.

Odharo said, “At about 1000hrs on Monday, staff of Kuje Prison carried out a routine cell-search which is a part of the prisons operational guidelines to prevent the breach of security within and around the prisons.

“Some inmates tried to resist the exercise, which led to an altercation between the search party and the inmates. This was quickly put under effective control. No prisoner was injured, no property damaged and the yard is calm and peaceful.”

Investigations indicated that the violence was instigated by convicts, who refused to allow  warders to carry out a search on their cells for prohibited items.

It was gathered from a reliable source in the prison that during the search, 25 mobile sets were recovered from a suspected Boko Haram inmate.

The source stated, “The incident happened this morning. The warders, who were acting on instructions from the prison authorities, decided to search the cells and seize prohibited items.

“During the search, they found 25 handsets with a Boko Haram suspect. After a search of the convicts’ cells, they moved to the awaiting-trial cells.

“But those men, who saw the warders approaching with some ‘already’ seized items, decided to resist them.  They attacked the warders with stones and every object they could lay their hands on, and in the process, many of the warders were injured.”

It was gathered that after a search, some substances, suspected to be cannabis, were also uncovered in some cells and confiscated.

Another prison source said that the warders, who were overwhelmed, retreated for reinforcement.

They were said to have opened fire on some of the inmates, during which some of them were injured, though it could not be ascertained if any of the inmates died as some suspected.

“I can’t say the total number of casualties among the inmates, but I can confirm to you that many of the warders were injured,” he added.

The source explained that the inmates resisted the warders because the prohibited items were brought in by warders after being tipped.

He said, “The rot in the Nigerian Prisons Service is serious. The prohibited items that the warders wanted to seize were brought into the yard by the same warders.

“The inmates had been enjoying this privilege through trafficking by the warders. It is only natural that they will fight back, and it is a bad trend for the prisons service.”

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IPOB Raises Alarm Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Life In Kuje Prison

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised an alarm over Nnamdi Kanu’s life in Kuje Prison.


The IPOB in a statement on Monday signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, accused the Federal Government of trying to kill Kanu in prison.


The group disclosed that Kanu’s room in Kuje Prison was teargased on Monday and gun shots fired in his direction.


According to IPOB, the federal government and the DSS, through their prison authority and warders in charge of Kuje prisons have perfected arrangements to snuff the life out of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and those with him in the prison in disguise of separating the inmates who were having misunderstanding with fellow inmates.”


“The federal government and security agents through their prison waders orchestrated violence in the prison in order to have excuses to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi kanu.

“The orchestrated violence by the federal government and DSS through the prison authority to be executed by prison warders started shooting sporadically towards the doors and windows where our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and two other IPOB members were detained.


“The prison warders went to search some prison inmates very far from where Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and two others were kept all of a sudden they started shooting life bullets towards the direction where our leader was kept, the cannon teargas was thrown inside the room he stays.


“Right now, we don’t know the condition of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained alongside with him.


“We are calling on the international community, the United Nations, UN, the African Union AU, lovers of freedom, Amnesty International, AI, Human Rights Watch/NGO’s and the well meaning Nigerians who understand the meaning of self determination to come to our rescue because right now we don’t know the condition of our leader.”

Kuje Prison Riot Under Control, No Inmate Shot- NPS

The FCT Controller of Prisons, Mr Daniel Odahro, on Monday confirmed there was a ‘minor riot’ by inmates at the Kuje Prison.

“There was a minor riot at the Kuje Prison, but the situation has been brought under control,” Odahro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

He explained that a ‘disagreement’ ensued at about 10.30am on Monday, when some inmates resisted the routine search in their cells.

Odahro said the situation was subsequently brought under control by the security operatives on duty and that no inmate escaped from the facility.

He dismissed claims that inmates were shot and insisted that the situation had been completely taken care of.

“There was nothing like an attempted jail break, yes we had a minor disagreement between prison officials and some inmates, who refused the routine morning search in their cells.

“I can categorically tell you that no inmate escaped and the situation has been brought under control, ’’he said.

Odahro said security had been beefed up in and around the prison to forestall a recurrence.

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Money Laundering: Court Remands Ex-Adamawa Gov, Fintiri, In Kuje Prison

 Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, ordered that former Adamawa State Governor, Mr Ahmadu Umaru (a.k.a Umaru Fintiri) be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of his bail application.
Fintiri was docked  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering.
Specifically, he was alleged to have defrauded the state government to the tune of N970 million and another $4, 830 dollars while he held sway as the chief executive of the state.
The defendant, however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
His counsel, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), applied for his bail on the grounds that the alleged offence was a bailable one.
Magaji premised his argument for bail on section 35 subsection 6 of the 1999 Constitution which presumes his client innocent until proven guilty.
He also relied on sections 158 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, in urging the court to admit the defendant to bail.
Magaji assured the court that Fintiri would not jump bail and that he would always be available to defend himself and urged the court to admit his client to bail.
In opposing the bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Peters Aso referred the court to a document filed by the defence concerning a medical issue of the defendant.
Aso, in his argument he said it appeared that Fintiri had lied on oath, since the date which he said the doctor examined him was different from the date he said the doctor told him of his ailment.
The prosecuting counsel said although he was not a medical personal, he believed that one was examined before he was told of his health.
He also prayed the court to deny the bail application on the grounds that he was sure the defendant would come for trial if granted bail.
Trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed ruling on the bail application for tomorrow.

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Court Remands Badeh In Kuje Prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded a former Chief of Defence Staff in Nigeria, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, in Kuje Prison after he pleaded not guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering.

The court order came after an anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at Monday’s proceeding asked the court to remand the former Chief of Defence Staff.

But in an attempt to make a bail application, the counsel to Air Chief Marshal Badeh, drew the attention of the court to a motion for bail filed by his client on March 2.

The presiding judge, Justice Obong Abang, however, held that the motion was not competent, as the court could only exercises jurisdiction over an accused person when he is arraigned.

Justice Abang thereafter struck out the application for lack of merit, but obliged the request of the accused person’s lawyer to hear the bail application in the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Prosecution told the court that he would not be able to commence with the trial.

The trial judge then adjourned till March 19 to hear the bail application.

Air Chief Marshall Badeh is alleged to have used funds of the Nigeria Air Force to purchase choice property in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

According to the EFCC, he illegally used Six million Naira to renovate his son’s house, which he purchased for 260 million Naira in Abuja between January and December 2013.

The former Defence Chief is also alleged to have used 876 million Naira belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to build a shopping mall in  Abuja.

On March 4, a Federal High Court in Abuja turned down a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by Air Chief Marshal Badeh.

Mr Badeh in his application, sought the enforcement of his fundamental rights to liberty pending when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would be ready to charge him.

But the presiding judge, Justice James Tsoho, said that there was a subsisting withholding charge order by a Magistrate Court in Lagos, which gave the Anti-graft agency the right to detain him.

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Court Remands Metuh In Kuje Prison

A federal High Court in Abuja has remanded the spokesman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, in prison following his ‘not guilty’ plea to a seven-count charge of corruption and money laundering.

Mr Metuh appeared in court on Friday, days after he was arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the charges.

According to the charges, the PFP spokesman transferred the sum of $1 million through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investment, committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

He is also accused of receiving the sum of 400 million Naira from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party.

He pleaded not guilty to the accusations.

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Court Orders Bello Haliru To Be Placed Under IGP’s Supervision, Son Remanded In Kuje Prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Chairman, Haliru Bello Mohammed be placed under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, while his son, Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail.


Bello, who arrived the court for his arraignment on wheelchair, alongside his son and their company, Bam Properties is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.


Both Bello and his son were alleged to have collected N300million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The prosecution counsel in the course of the trial prayed the court to remand Mohammed and his son in prison pending when a date for trial is set but it was opposed by the defence counsel, who asked that the accused be granted bail.


Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling ordered that Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail while his father should continue to be in admission at Abuja Clinics in whose ambulance he was brought to court but under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police.




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Photo Of Dokpesi Inside VIP Cell In Kuje Prison

Former Chairman of Daar Communications Group, Raymond Dokpesi was remanded in the VIP Cell of Kuje Prison for three days over a six count charge of fraud and violations of Public Procurement Act.



Dokpesi, who has finally left Kuje prison, was granted bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties in like sum by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.


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Dokpesi Leaves Detention After Three Days In Kuje Prison

A businessman and founder of Daar Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, finally left detention on Wednesday after spending three days in Kuje prison in Abuja, where a Federal High Court in Abuja remanded him pending when he would meet the N400m bail conditions granted him with respect to N2.1bn fraud charges preferred against him

This was confirmed by his lawyer in a text message by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), to our correspondent’s telephone line at 8:18pm on Wednesday.
Ozekhome said Dokpesi was released from prison to him as his lawyer, his son, Raymond and his wife Tosin.
The lawyer did not specify exactly when his client was released from prison on Wednesday and the conditions which they found difficult to fulfil.
The text message read, “High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi released from Kuje Prisons to his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), his son, Taymond (Jnr); his wife, Tosin, after fulfilling the bail conditions imposed by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who granted bail on Monday, December 14 upon an application filed and argued by his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on December 11 arraigned Dokpesi along with his firm,  Daar Investment and Holdings Ltd, on six counts of money laundering and procurement fraud involving about N2.1bn which he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential media campaigns.
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Court Orders Dokpesi Remanded In Kuje Prison

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi should be remanded in Kuje prisons pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, while granting bail to Dokpesi who is standing trial on a six-count charge of fraud and violations of Public Procurement Act, refused to allow the media mogul go home on self-recognition as argued by his counsel.

Rather, the Judge imposed stringent bail conditions on the former chairman of DAAR Communications.

The Judge granted Dokpesi bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties in like sum.

The Judge also stipulated that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of the status of serving or retired director in the federal or state civil service.

In addition, the Judge ordered that if the surety is retired, he or she must produce a gazette where the retirement is gazetted to show that he was not sacked.

The Judge also said the if the director is still serving, he or she must produce a letter from his permanent secretary.

The other surety, the Judge said, must be a private entrepreneur who must also produce his three years certificate.

In addition, he added that the surety must deposit title deeds worth N200 million which must be verified by the court.

The Judge added that the sureties must file an affidavit of means confirming that they are ready to forfeit their property if the accused escaped.

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