LAW & CRIME 

Businessman docked for allegedly exporting 540g of cocaine to China

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday dragged a 38- years-old businessman, John Ezeobi, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, for exporting 540g of cocaine to China. He, however, pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, Mr Abu Ibrahim, alleged that the defendant committed the offences on Nov. 14, 2019. He said that Ezneobi was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. Ibrahim said that during passenger screening to board an Ethiopian Airline Flight to China, 540g cocaine was found in the possession of the defendant.…

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Court remands suspected killers of Maersk MD’s wife in correctional facility

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos on Friday, ordered that two men who allegedly robbed and murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk, be remanded in the Kirikiri Correctional Centre, pending legal advice. The police charge Olamilekan Oke and Adeyinka Akande, both electricians, with five counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder and theft. Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe, who did not take the plea of Oke and Akande, ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions. She adjourned…

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Woman in court for allegedly stabbing rival with broken bottle

A 22-year-old woman, Salimat Hamza, who allegedly stabbed her rival with a broken bottle, on Friday appeared in Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna. Hamza, who resides in Kaduna, is charged with two counts of criminal trespass and causing grievous hurt. She pleaded not guilty. The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the complainant, Hafsat Ibrahim,  reported the matter at the Sabon Gari Police Station on Jan. 10. Leo alleged that the defendant attacked the complainant in a hotel room while she was with her boyfriend, one Manir, AKA…

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Chief Priest arraigned for removing bullet on suspected kidnapper

PORT HARCOURT: Chief Priest of a deity identified as Williams Ebulefu, has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt for allegedly removing bullet from a suspected kidnapper. This is just as the suspected kidnapper, Charles Orlu was arraigned before the Court on three counts of murder, cultism and Kidnapping. The charge read that Ebulefu allegedly removed the bullet from the gunshot he, Charles Orlu received during crossfire within members of the group during sharing of ransom. Ebulefu, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts of illegal…

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Court to deliver judgement on suit against Ebonyi airport

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday, fixed March 12 to rule on a matter brought before  it by Okeleru, Umuezoka and Umuoghara communities in Ezza North Local Government Area against the construction of an international airport by the Ebonyi State Government. Six persons  Merssrs Nwantiti Christopher,Oken Stephen, Chukwu Celestine, Igwe Sunday, Igwe Emeka and Nwafor Toochukwu, in a suit no.FHC/CS/82/2019, sued Ebonyi government, on behalf of themselves and the three communities alleging the forceful takeover of their ancestral homes for the constructionof the airport. They prayed the…

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Olatoye’s Murder: Court acquits ex-Oyo lawmaker, 3 others

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has discharged and acquitted former Oyo State House of Assembly Chief whip, Hon. Olafisoye Akinmoyede and three others who were charged with the murder of a former member of the House of Representatives, Late Temitope Olatoye (aka Sugar). The ex-lawmaker who represented Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency in the lower chamber was shot at Lalupon in Lagelu Local Government and was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. But, he later died. The defendants who were freed with Akinmoyede include Alhaji Rafiu Adebayo, Alhaji…

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BREAKING: Court Stops INEC, Senate from executing judgement sacking ifeanyi-ubah

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Clerk of the National Assembly and Clerk of the Senate, from giving effect to the judgment that sacked Ifeanyi Ubah from the Senate. The court, in an interim order that was granted by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ordered parties in the matter not to take any step to execute the judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory dated April 11, 2019, as well as ruling of the same court dated, January 17,…

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Itele-Awori: Family asks court to nullify installation of traditional rulers

Principal members of Osa, Imidawo, Ogunrounbi and Alagbeji of Adogun Atele family popularly known as Itele family have asked an Ogun State High Court to nullify the appointment and installations of six ‘Baale’ (traditional rulers) in Itele-Awori in Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State. The claimants, Nurudeen Akanbi Akapo, Sunday Mathew Owotolu, Taoreed Momodu Dada, and Monsuru Ashifatu Yusuf being descendants of Adogun Atele are seeking a declaration that they are the only ones entitled to be installed as Baales and traditional chiefs in any part of Itele Awori.…

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Supreme Court upholds Ganduje victory

Nigeria Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. The judgment by a five-member panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed the appeal by Abba Kabiru-Yusuf challenging the election of Ganduje in the March 9, 2019 governorship election. A Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna had initially ruled that the suit filed by Kabiru -Yusuf and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lacks merit. The five-man panel of the appellate court the appeal in its entirety and affirmed that Governor Ganduje was validly elected.…

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Police arrest woman, boyfriend for faking kidnap

The Lagos State Police Command  has arrested and is interrogating a lady Ataghar and her boyfriend at the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Command for allegedly faking of her kidnap. On January 9, at about 5.30pm, the suspect conspired with her boyfriend Emmanuel and Okpe  to produce a short video of her being  blindfolded and driven to a bush in a truck. According to Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP  Bala Elkana, the lady, a mother of one, was seen in the video in a bush at Sangotedo area, Ajah, being…

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