Court Adjourns Trial Of Ex NIMASA DG, Others Till April 18

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed April 18 for continuation of the trial of former NIMASA boss, Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others, charged with N2.6 billion theft.
Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned the case which was earlier fixed for trial, to April 18.
The adjournment was at the instance of the court.
The judge said it was saddled with much work load and so fixed the continuation of trial on the next adjourned date.
Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Amaechi Juan and two companies, Blockz and Stonez Ltd and Al-Kenzo Logistics Ltd, on a 22-count charge bordering on the offence.
The accused are charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They had all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Buba had granted them bail in the sum of N50 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.
In the charge, the accused were said to have committed the alleged offences between December 2013 and March 2014.
The prosecution alleged that in February 2014 in Lagos, the accused persons conspired to convert about N437 million belonging to NIMASA.
They were said to have on January 9, 2014 converted to their private use, about N66 million and between April and August 2014, converted the sums of N21 million and N53 million respectively, to their use.
The total sums of money allegedly converted by the accused is said to have amounted to about N2.6 billion.
The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of Sections, 15 (1), 15 (3) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012.



Court Adjourns Dasuki’s Case Till Jan. 20

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned hearing in the trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, till Jan. 20, 2016.

Dasuki, the NSA during the administration of former President Goodlcuk Jonathan, is standing trial on allegations of illegal possession of firearms and money laundering.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned the case for hearing in the applications by the prosecution seeking to revoke the bail granted to Dasuki.
He said the court will also hear another application by the prosecution seeking to stop Dasuki from travelling abroad for medical attention.

Counsel to the defendant, Joseph Daudu (SAN), had told the court that he filed notice of preliminary objections to the two applications by the prosecution.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Oladipo Okpeseyi, said he had just been served with the notices of objection and would need time to reply to them.

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Code Of Conduct Tribunal Adjourns Saraki’s Trial Till November 19

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned till November 19 the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki on charges leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

However, all lawyers representing the Senate President in the case have withdrawn from the case.

Their withdrawal follows the ruling of the tribunal to continue trial, a decision which the lawyers describe as ” judicial rascality.

The Tribunal had based its ruling on the strength of Section 305 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act which says that a trial can be concluded and ruling reserved until all questions about the trial are answered.

Dr. Saraki then asked for a month to reconstitute his defence.

However, lawyer to the federal government kicked against it saying that it is another way for the Senate President to “get what he wants”.

The tribunal however ruled that it will give the Senate President one week to reconstitute his legal team.

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Code Of Conduct Tribunal Adjourns Saraki’s Case

Senate President Bukola Saraki arrived at the court, accompanied by a retinue of senators.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Information, Dino Melaye, confirmed to journalists that 84 senators accompanied the senate president, Bukola Saraki, to Code of Conduct Tribunal today.

At the commencement of the trial, the lead prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, traced the history of the case at the court of appeal.

He lamented how the appellate court fixed October 19 for the judgment, but when they arrived on the day for the judgement, they were told it was not ready.

After the two sides presented their arguments, the tribunal let both sides pick date for resumption of the hearing.

Both sides agreed that hearing should be between November 5 and 6 in order to await the outcome of the decision of the Court of Appeal.

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Appeal Court Adjourns Judgment On Saraki’s Case Indefinitely

The appeal by Senate President, Bukola Saraki against the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), to try him over alleged false declaration of assets, was on Monday, adjourned indefinitely by the Appeal Court, sitting in Abuja.

Recall that Saraki is challenging the legal propriety of the 13-count criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

He had also gone before the appellate court to query the constitutionality of the warrant of arrest earlier issued against him by chairman of the CCT, Justice Danladi Umar.

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Delta State Governorship Tribunal Adjourns Judgment

The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Wednesday adjourned judgement of the petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) O’terga Emerho and Great Ogboru respectively, to a date that would be communicated before August 28.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasir Gummi, announced that the tribunal would  communicate to counsels, the date for the judgement shortly after submissions from the 1st, 2nd and  3rd respondents’ counsels against the suit filed by the petitioners to invalidate and nullify the result of the April 11 governorship elections in the state.

At the sitting, Alex Iziyon (SAN), the lead counsel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions which he said varied with the petitioners’ evidences before the tribunal.

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London Judge Adjourns Ibori’s Case To June 6, 2016

Judge Anthony Pitts of the Southwark Crown Court, UK, yesterday, adjourned the confiscation hearing of Chief James Ibori, former Delta State Governor, till June 6 next year.

Judge Pitts granted the adjournment to allow him time attend to a case of attempt to pervert the course of justice brought against Ibori’s co-defendant, Mr. Bradresh Gohil.

Gohil’s counsel alleged in court, at the hearing yesterday, that a British Police Officer, Mcdonald, who is a lead investigating officer in the case involving Gohil and Ibori, had been involved in collecting money for information involving Gohil and Risk Management company.

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Court Adjourns Suits Seeking Buhari’s Disqualification to March 24

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed March 24 for ruling in the suits seeking to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari from the March 28 presidential election.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, counsel to Buhari, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) brought an application challenging the mode of service of the originating processes on Buhari. Buhari insisted that all the suits were targeted at stopping the presidential election.

He maintained that no court has the power to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission ( ?INEC) from conducting presidential election on March 28.

But counsel to one of the plaintiffs, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) urged the court to expedite hearing on the matter to enable it to determine the fate of Buhari before the presidential election.

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