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August 14, 2018

Court Orders Arrest of Former Enugu Governor, Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani

  A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has issued a bench warrant against the former governor of Enugu State, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, over alleged misappropriation of public funds while in office. Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order, yesterday due to the former governor’s failure to appear before the court to take his plea in a criminal charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC, over alleged N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Obiozor had on Thursday; last week ordered that the former governor should appear before him to take his plea, on the alleged fraud. But…

Kanu trial: Prosecution suffers setback over bias claims

The prosecution of leader of separatist movement Indigenous People of Biafra suffered a major setback Monday when a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja Justice John Tsoho returned his case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment. This comes after the judge washed his hands off the case on the strength of a petition against him before the National Judicial Council NJC by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, accusing him of bias. Justice Tsoho is the second judge from the bench of the Federal High Court accused by Kanu of bias in the…

Obey court order declaring hike in electricity tariff illegal – NLC warns NERC, Discos

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the ruling of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos which declared the 45 per cent electricity tariff increase illegal. The NLC gave the commendation on Wednesday while reacting to the ruling in a statement signed by its President, Ayuba Wabba. Wabba said “the court ruled today that the tariff increase by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was illegal and should be reversed immediately. “The increase is illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians as due process in the extant laws for such an increment was…

How Ohakim paid N270m cash for Abuja property – EFCC

– Confronts ex-governor with evidence Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja, was on Tuesday told how the former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim allegedly made a cash payment of $2, 290,000.00(Two Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Thousand Dollars), for a piece of land at Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, otherwise known as No.60, Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja. Justice Ademola had admitted Ohakim to bail on Thursday, July 9, 2015, following his arraignment on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a three-count charge bordering on money…

THE BAR AND THE BENCH UNDER SCRUTINY (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  This is more so with Banks which have been known to charge their customers for legal services that they are not competent to provide. This raises the issue of touting in the profession and mostly by non lawyers which accounts for the falling standards and poverty of the profession. In many land registries, non lawyers and employees of governments insist on rewriting deeds prepared by lawyers in their own forms when they are presented for registration. Perhaps, this is why the new NBA stamps provided for sealing, franking and validation of legal documents, deeds, pleadings, transactions   in a frenzy…

Why I restricted my wife’s movement – Gov. Chime

The first time it came into public knowledge was in the dying days of last month.  And it was the tale of an abused wife crying out for help.  Nothing was heard again until prominent Lagos lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana joined the fray.   According  to  The Nation newspaper, Falana, in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, accused Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime of abusing his wife, Clara.   Falana’s position was based on a petition allegedly sent to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by Clara.   Mrs. Chime, in…