Abia: Justice Abang Refuses To Hear Ikpeazu’s Application

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to hear Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu’s application for stay of execution of the June 27 judgment of the court removing him (Ikpeazu) as governor.

The judge instead directed Ikpeazu and Uche Ogah, who are both claiming to be the legitimate Governor of Abia State to go before the Court of Appeal for the resolution of the stalemate in the state.

He directed that Ikpeazu and Ogah, who was ordered to be issued fresh Certificate of Return in the June 27 judgment , should go to the Court of Appeal to argue the motion for stay of execution.

This he said was because the lawyers to the two of them (Ikpeazu and Ogah) had argued that he (the judge) no longer had jurisdiction to hear the motion.

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Saraki Loses Again As Code Of Conduct Tribunal Refuses To Quash Corruption Charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed an application by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, for false asset declaration charges against him to be dropped.

Mr. Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.

But in his ruling Thursday, the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, said there was no breach of law as the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, 1989, still allows the senate president raise his clarifications at the level of the tribunal.

Mr. Danladi said by law, the CCB could receive complaints of breach of the Act and refer such complaints to the Tribunal, provided that it will allow the person involved to give a statement affirming or denying the said misconduct.

Also, upholding the argument made by the prosecution, Mr. Umar said Section 3 (e) of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution gives the bureau the right to receive complaints of such nature and where necessary refer such matter to the tribunal.

According to Mr. Danladi, Section 174 of the Constitution also gives the Attorney General of the Federation the prerogative to file criminal proceedings and does not owe any explanations to any one on how to go about it.

He therefore ordered the continuation of the trial.

Mr. Saraki had earlier lost his bid to stop the trial after the Supreme Court dismissed his initial objections.

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Court Refuses Dasuki’s Request To Quash Charges

Court refuses application by Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) seeking to quash the charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for disobeying a court order granting him bail.

The trail judge, Justice Peter Affem, held that contrary to the application by Colonel Dasuki, it was the Department of State Services (DSS), which was not a party in the suit that arrested Colonel Dasuki and not the EFCC.

He agreed with the anti-graft agency that it had not flouted any part of the orders releasing the former National Security Adviser (NSA) on bail.

Justice Affem also held that even though the EFCC and the DSS were Agencies of the Federal Government, the action of one agency could not count for that of the other.

“They were set up under separate laws and have separate responsibilities in ensuring law and order in the country,” he stressed.

“To this end, the application fails in its entity.”

The Judge also rejected the prayer by the former NSA to in the alternative “stay proceedings in the trial, pending when the Department of State Services complies with the order of the court which released him on bail, on the grounds that stay of proceedings are ordered only as a matter of law and not procedures”.

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Code Of Conduct Bureau Chair Refuses To Disclose Own Assets

The Code of Conduct Bureau has said that assets declared by public officers would not be available for public inspection.

In a response to the Advocate for Peoples Rights and Justice, the CCB said that assets declarations by public officers contain personal information ?that fall within the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The advocacy group had filed an FOI request demanding the assets declaration forms of the heads of both the CCB; the Code of Conduct Tribunal; and Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State (while he was the FCT minister).

“This is to ensure the citizens’ right to know, in line with your fight against corruption,” the group stated in a letter dated September 28 and signed by Victor Giwa, its National Coordinator.

The request came a week after the CCB slammed? a 13-count charge of false asset declaration and corruption against? Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.

The ?b?ureau accused Mr. Saraki? of offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to failing to declare some assets – which were beyond his legitimate earning – he acquired while in office as governor.

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Abuja Bombings: National Hospital Allegedly Refuses To Release Corpses To Families

National Hospital, Abuja, yesterday refused to release corpses of victims of Friday’s twin bomb explosions to their families.

The hospital said it would hold on to the corpses until police concluded their investigation into the identity of the bodies.

Head of Communications at the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said management would make sure that police did their work and that the corpses really belonged to the relations who claimed them. He said:

“For the 12 corpses, we need to involve the police in terms of identification as we can’t release them to just anybody.

“It is more or less a coroner case which will have to involve the police. We have reported it to the police and they are also around to make sure they do their normal work and thereafter, the corpses will be released to relations of the victims.”

Haastrup further explained that even though some relations have identified some of the victims, the hospital had not released any of the corpses.

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Saraki Refuses To Mount Dock At CCT

 The trial of the Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja,commenced on a dramatic note this morning, with the accused person, refusing to mount the dock.

The trial tribunal, headed by Justice Danladi Umar, called up Saraki’s case at exactly 10:32am.

Following Saraki’s refusal to stand up as his case was mentioned, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Umar, demanded that he should leave his seat and enter inside the dock.

The Senate President who is currently sandwiched by his colleagues and friends inside the court, called the bluff of the tribunal by retaining his seat.

“Where is the prosecution, is the accused person here?”, Justice Umar who was looking directly at Saraki from his vantage post, queried.

“Mr lord I cannot see him. I think the first thing is for him to enter the dock first, then we will announce our appearances. After which the charge will be read to him”, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs submitted.

“With profound respect to the chairman and member of this tribunal, I agree with my learned brother that we should enter appearances first. The order of this tribunal was that the accused should be produced today. It was not for his to enter his plea. The case was earlier adjourned for mention”, counsel to Saraki, Mr. J.B. Daudu, insisted.

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Kim Davis Resumes Work, Still Refuses To Authorize Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has been released from jail and has returned to work, but she wants her name and title removed from all marriage licenses. 

“Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided, by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me,” Davis told a crowd gathered at the Rowan County Judicial Center on Monday.

“I love my deputy clerks and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them,” Davis said. “Any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.” 


American Clerk Still Refuses To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and God’s authority, this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

On Tuesday morning, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office denied the licenses to at least two couples. At first, Davis was in her office with the door closed and blinds drawn. But she emerged a few minutes later, telling the couples and the activists gathered there that her office is continuing to deny the licenses under God’s authority.

Davis asked David Moore and David Ermold, a couple who has been rejected four times by her office, to leave. They refused, surrounded by reporters and cameras.

“We’re not leaving until we have a license,” Ermold said.

“Then you’re going to have a long day,” Davis told him.

From the back of the room, Davis’ supporters said: “Praise the Lord! … Stand your ground.”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses to gay couples. A district judge could now hold her in contempt, which can carry steep fines or jail time.

Davis has steadfastly refused to issue the licenses, saying her deeply held Christian beliefs don’t let her endorse gay marriages.

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Man Quits Job To Nurse GF For 2 Months, You Won’t Believe What She Did To Him After Recovering

After Fu Jun fell into a 70-day vegetative state following a car accident, her boyfriend refused to leave her bedside until she woke up. So, people were shocked when she refused a marriage proposal from him.

Chen Ben quit his job so that he could sit by her bedside, singing to her and telling her stories as she lay unconscious. When she finally woke, Chen Ben and his mother were wild with joy.

“It was really a surprise to me that she restored consciousness and spoke to me,” said Chen Ben as he oddly groomed his girlfriend during an interview on Wednesday.


However, Chen was surprised by Fu’s lack of joy when she initially woke. He recalled that she pummeled her head and legs, crying out, “why did you save me?”

“He and his parents treat me so well. I remember the kindness they extend but have never thought of marriage because I’m afraid I would bring much trouble to their lives.” she told a journalist from NEN.com.

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Court Refuses To Stop Probe Of Ekweremadu, Others

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to stop the police from continuing investigation of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others over alleged forgery of the Senate 2015 Standing Rules.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole yesterday refused an ex-parte application filed by Senator Prince Gilbert Emeka Nnaji which sought to restrain the police from proceeding with the investigation and making public the report of the inquiry.

Nnaji requested interim orders to restrain the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) pending the determination of his substantive suit.

Nnaji’s main suit is challenging the constitutionality of the investigation by the police in the context of the doctrine of separation of powers.
But in his ruling, the judge said he could not grant the prayer sought by the applicant at ex-parte stage when his court has the power to conduct a judicial review of the action complained about in the substantive suit.

He consequently adjourned to August 4 for the IGP and AGF to show cause why they should not be restrained in the investigation.

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Court Refuses NDLEA’s Plea To Stay Kashamu’s Suit

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, refused an application for stay of proceedings in the committal application by the Senator representing Ogun East, Ogun State in the Senate, Prince Buruji Kashamu, against the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade.

Meanwhile, the court, adjourned till today, to rule on whether to commit the AGF and Ahmadu Giade to prison, after hearing arguments on the contempt application.

The AGF, represented by Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN, had urged the judge to stay further proceedings in the matter pending an appeal lodged at the Court of Appeal, challenging an order of the court made on June 8.

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N8bn CBN Fraud: Court Refuses Suspects Bail

The countenances of staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and other commercial banks who are standing trial over alleged fraud running into billions of Naira fell yesterday as a Federal High Court in Ibadan refused their bail applications, describing their offence as mind-boggling and a capital offence against the nation’s economy.

According to the ruling, the offence which the court further described as a new dimension in economic crimes, has serious implications on the nation’s economy.

The accused persons last week, through their counsel, applied for bail saying they would neither   jump bail nor influence the wheel of justice if granted bail. The court then adjourned till yesterday for ruling on the bail applications.

The CBN report which the anti-corruption agency, EFCC, acted upon states that “a systematic scheme, which has been on for several years, was being run in which mutilated higher denomination notes, originally meant for destruction, were swapped with lower denomination currencies. The practice, known as inter-leafing, basically labels a box with a higher value than its true content.”

While dismissing the bail applications filed by the accused at the sitting of the court yesterday, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel said with the weight of the offences, they had failed to convince the court that they would not jump bail ordering all the suspects to be remanded in Agodi prisons pending their trial.


Buhari Refuses To Intervene In Choice Of Senate President, Speaker

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has declined attempts to drag him into the ongoing intrigues surrounding the election of the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Buhari’s decision not to get involved in the politics of the National Assembly is because he does not want to be seen as an interloper.

He had told leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have approached him  to intervene in intrigues, that he was ready to work with whoever is elected as the Senate President as well as the Speaker.

He had told the leaders that he does not want people to see him as dictator because that was the tag his opponents have put on him since he started bidding for the Presidency in 2003

Buhari’s resolve not to get involved has unsettled many of the leaders of the party, who believe that he has to put his feet on the ground to forestall the looming crisis in the party.

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TY Danjuma Refuses To Endorse Jonathan After Visit

former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, on Wednesday had a secret meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former military personel, however failed to endorse President Jonathan for another term.

It was gathered that the brief meeting, which lasted for about 15 minutes, took place inside Jonathan’s residence earlier on Wednesday.

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