OLUGBENGA SOYELE Lagos Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos  further adjourned fundamental rights enforcement suit application filed by Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans to September 21. Justice Obiozor adjourned the suit after he was informed that by the counsel to the police that the Lagos State Government had arraigned Evans before the State High Court in Ikeja, last week Tuesday. Evans had filed the suit against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and three others to challenging his arrest and continue detention by the police. At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, Justice Obiozor, who is a vacation, held that there was no urgency for the suit to be heard during vacation again. The judge further held that the arraignment of Evans has mitigated against the urgency in the suit. He therefore adjourned the case till September 21 for further action. Evans had in the suit, through his...
The Federal Government has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the revocation of the bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The application was attached as a press release and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja by Mr Salihu Isah, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Minister of Justice. In the application, the Federal Government is seeking an order of court revoking the bail granted Kanu on April 25. The government is also seeking an order of court directing the arrest and committing Kanu to custody pending trial as well as any such order the court may deem fit in the circumstance. The application which has the name of the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran, explained that the call for revocation of Kanu’s bail was on the grounds that Kanu had breached his bail conditions. “The 1st defendant (Kanu)...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The National Judicial council, NJC, has condemned the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) alleging that N400 billion was paid as bribe to public official in the last one year?. In the report,  Nigerian judges were said to be the second highest bribe takers after the police. According to a statement by the director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, the NJC finds the allegation, unfortunate,  subjective and speculative. Oye said, “The Judiciary finds the conclusion of the organisations not only subjective but speculative. “There is no denial of the fact that there are few bad eggs in the judiciary, like in every other arm of Government; at the same time, there are many honest and hardworking Judicial Officers and Magistrates making the Judiciary and the country proud. “The question that should agitate the minds of the people...
An Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved a 10-year-old loveless marriage between a 79-year-old prophet, Moses Bolaji and his wife, Deborah. Bolaji, who resides in Ota area of Ogun, had on July 4 approached the court for the dissolution of the marriage over the troublesome nature of his wife. The President of the court, Mr Phillips Williams, who dissolved the union, said the marriage had broken down irreconcilably. “According to the evidence given by both parties, the court observed that the marriage was prompted by the gains you could derive from one another. “Therefore, without prejudice but in the interest of peace, fairness, justice and impartiality that the court resolves to grant the request of the petitioner,” he said. Earlier, Moses had told the court that he decided to marry his wife when he found out that she was a widow with five children. “I was undergoing a training at Assembly of Yahweh...
A divorce-seeking man on Wednesday pleaded with an Ilorin Area Court in Kwara to dissolve his marriage because his wife was threatening to cut off his penis. Fatahi Sakariyau told the court that his wife Ganiyat was in the habit of wanting to cut off his penis each time they had altercation and he wanted separation before it was too late. He also told court that the woman at one point poisoned his meal. “My lord, I want an end to this marriage because my wife used to fight me at the slightest provocation, threatening to cut off my penis each time. “She also fights with our neighbours every time. I cannot continue to be with a woman who is so troublesome and lacks good manners. “I am so scared of my wife because I caught her putting poison into my food and she likes visiting herbalists all the time,’’ Sakariyau stated. However, Ganiyat pleaded...
....Senate to pass anti-hate speech, jungle justice bills with dispatch BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, AHURAKA ISAH and SOLOMON AYADO, ABUJA The anti-Buhari and pro-Buhari protests took a deeper crisis dimension yesterday as leader of the anti-Buhari group, Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy, narrowly escaped lynching by a mob made up of supporters of the president. President Buhari has been away from the country for over 100 days and is in the United Kingdom for medical checks, a development that is sparking protest by some individuals in the country. A coalition of civil society groups led by Charly Boy, operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo demanded the resignation of the president over his long medical vacation in London. But the Senate came out to warn that the president has not violated any law to warrant calls for his resignation and urged all protesters to stop heating up the polity. LEADERSHIP gathered that yesterday’s incident led to the...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah  An Abuja-based legal practitioner and international management consultant has demanded that regulation should be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and that all regulatory agencies should be led by qualified lawyers, at the very least. Kachi Okezie, who is a Principal Consultant at United Kingdom-based training and consulting firm, CTP International, made the call today  at a seminar organised by his firm in collaboration with the Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, to review the legal framework for regulating Free Zones in the country. In a statement he said, “Two fundamental misconceptions are to blame for the present tussle for territory between two the two government agencies charged with oversight and control of free zones in Nigeria. First, we seem to see free zones strictly as a physical place rather as an abstract concept where the needs of the rapidly growing knowledge economy are serviced through the use of...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna The Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Kaduna has dismissed the suit filed by Kaduna State Commissioner of Police against the Bureau Chief of LEADERSHIP Newspapers,Midat Joseph. Recall that Joseph was arrested on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 and detained by the men of the Nigerian Police force, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and later released on bail  by the same court after spending two nights with  the Police. It would also be recalled that Midat was arrested for  a comment on a Whatsapp platform group chat where he had contributed to a conversation. He was detained on 19th Wednesday at the metropolitan police station also known as metro police by the CID from where he was transferred to the Kaduna Police Command Headquarters and also held overnight by the CID in their Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) cell from where he was charged to court for prosecution. According to the First...
Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital is the grip of cult-driven violence, rising consumption of illicit drugs and armed robbery. Osa Okhomina examines the issues and fears within and outside the state’s security apparatus. When the commissioner of police, Asuquo Mba submitted in one of his monthly briefings that the dominant crimes in Bayelsa State is cultism-related killings and attacks, many took the report lightly believing the security agencies are equal to the crimes which are associated with youths . But five months after, the fear of cultists is now the beginning of wisdom in the state due to the increase cases of violent attacks and unhindered killings of residents who stand on their way in the state. Cult-related violence is now a frequent occurrence in the state despite the efforts of the Nigeria Police under commissioner Mba to arrest it. Twice in the last two weeks, cultists struck in Yenagoa and send...
By Tarkaa David, Abuja Following the recent rejection by the House of Representatives for a ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory natives, the coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and all other concern FCT Natives staged a protest blocking major roads in the city. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the leader of the group Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, said that the move is capable of causing violence thereby exposing Abuja residents to security threat. Yusuf explained that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and  “we resist any further attempt to redicule the natives. “If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives has refused to accept it then we want to make it categorically clear that the refusal is exposing FCT residents to danger. “The perceived marginalisation has bred a kind of agitation that will soon result to security threat,” he said He added...