Court grants Atiku’s son-in-law, permission to travel abroad for Medical treatment

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos, today, permitted Abdullahi Babalele, the son-in-law to the former Nigeria Vice President, Mr. Abubakar Atiku, to travel to the United State of America (USA) for medical treatment. Justice Aneke however ordered that Babalele must returned his travel passport to the court’s Registrar, by November 11, when his trial over alleged money laundering will commenced. Justice Aneke granted Babalele permission to travel to America for treatment of an ailment described as ‘life threaten’ by his lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who filed…

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Court refuses EFCC moves to stop Akinjide’s co-defendant to embark on foreign medical treatment 

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos, today, refused application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, a chieftain of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from embarking on foreign medical treatment. Otiti is currently standing trial before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke led-court alongside a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide and another PDP’s chieftain, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun over alleged N650 million fraud. The trio are being arraigned by the EFCC on tried by the EFCC on money laundering charges. The offences…

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N650m Fraud: EFCC urges Court to reject Akinjide’s Co-defendant’s application to vary bail terms

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss an application filed by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, seeking the release of her international passport to travel abroad for medical treatment. Otiti is currently standing trial alongside a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide and another PDP’s chieftain, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun over alleged N650 million fraud. In opposing Otiti’s motion, the anti-graft agency alleged that she is a…

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Money laundering: Atiku’s lawyer gets Court nod to travel for medical treatment in UK

The lawyer to Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate at the last general election, Mr.  Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, was today, granted leave to travel to United Kingdom for medical treatment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos. Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted leave to Uyiekpen, while delivering ruling on his application seeking to vary the bail terms granted him by the court, when he was arraigned for allegedly laundered the sum of $2 million USD. However, Uyiekpen younger brother,  Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, was not that lucky, as his application to  travel to United State of…

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Court acquits, discharges jonathan’s aide, Dudafa, other over alleged N1.6bn fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today, discharged and acquitted Dr. Emmanuel Waripamo-Owei Dudafa,  Senior Special Assistant to former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was charged before the court for conspiracy, forgery and laundering of the sum of N1.6 billion levelled against him and a banker Mr Iwejuo Joseph  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Also discharged and acquitted alongside Dr. Dudafa, on the alleged offences, is a banker, Iwejuo Joseph. At the delivering of the judgment today, the EFCC was represented by Rotimi Oyedepo, while  Dudafa was…

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N7.2 bn fraud: Abia under me didn’t have money i was accused of stealing -Orji Kalu

The former governor of Abia State Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, today denied allegations that he stole N7.2 billion from State government coffer when he was the Governor of the State between 1999 and 2007. Kalu now Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District of the state, also said Abia State under his administration had no such fund. Kalu made the above assertion before Justice Mohammed Idris while defending allegations of money laundering and fraud leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Kalu a businessman turned politician, in…

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Alleged N1.2bn fraud: Ex-INEC chair, Maurice Iwu remanded in prison custody

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, ordered that the the former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu, be remanded in prison custody, pending the fulfilment of bail terms granted him by the court. Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor, made the remand order after taken arguments on Professor Iwu’s bail application, filed by his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) and lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had arraigned the former INEC chairman before the court on Thursday, on a four count-charge of money laundering to the…

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Patience Jonathan’s sister appeals final forfeiture order on $8.4m, N9.2bn

Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s younger sister, Esther Oba, have filed a notice of appeal against the judgment of a Federal High Court, Lagos, granting final order of forfeiture of the sum of  $8.4 million and N9.2 billion, which parts belongs to her. The court presided by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, had on Monday, ordered that the said sums be finally forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria, for been proceeds of unlawful activities. Justice Olatoregun gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/620/2018, instituted before the court…

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Money laundering: Court dismisses Justice Ofili, Obla’s motions to stop prosecution

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed a preliminary objection brought before it by a former judge of the court, Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try her over money laundering allegations for lacking in merit.  The court presided by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, while delivering a ruling on the application, held that contrary to the arguments put up by the former judge, she is no longer a serving judge as the process of her dismissal from the bench had been concluded.  According to the court, from…

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N3.3bn Fraud: Fayose’s lawyer expresses displeasure over transfer of case to another Judge

One of the lawyers to Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of Ekiti State, who is standing trial for alleged N3.3 billion, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), today, said the Court’s Chief Judge, Justice Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, committed constitutional error for transferring the case to another judge for trial.  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had commenced the trial of Fayose and his company, Spotless Limited, on an 11 count charge of alleged N3.3 billion fraud before Justice Cecilia Mojisola…

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