N1.4bn Fraud: EFCC calls first witness against NBA president, Usoro

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission called its first witness on Wednesday in the money laundering trial of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN). Usoro is being prosecuted before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering N1.4bn belonging to Akwa Ibom State. The witness, Udom Idongesit, a relations manager at the Aka Road Zenith Bank branch in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, mounted the witness box on Wednesday after Justice Rilwan Aikawa dismissed an application by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel,…

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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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Court dismisses Lagos APC lawmaker, Famakinwa’s returning ticket suit

A Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Rilwan Aikawa over the weekend dismissed the suit filed by a Lagos lawmaker,  Famakinwa Adedayo Olufemi, representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1, at the Lagos State House of Assembly asking the court  for an order of mandatory injunction directing INEC to accept and treat him as the lawful candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for his constituency in the forthcoming House of Assembly election in the State. Justice Aikawa, in a judgement delivered on Friday, May 31, held that the suit is…

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Money laundering: Gov. Udom fails to stop NBA president, Usoro’s trial

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed an application filed by Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa-Ibom state challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the charge slammed on the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN). Usoro is currently facing a N1.4 billion money laundering charge, filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the court and in the charge name of Governor Udom’ alongside his commissioners and Account – General of the state were conspicuously mentioned.  Following the…

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Court orders arrest of businessman over N44.864m fraud

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has ordered the arrest of a businessman, Chukwunonso Nwobi, over his failure to appear before the court to answer the criminal charges filed against him by the men of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos. Force CIID had charged the businessman alongside his company, Trade Block Energy Limited, situated at 10, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos, on a 17 count-charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, unlawful fund conversion, issuance of dud cheques, and fraud of N44.864 million. The…

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Court sentences Indian Hemp hawker to 4 years imprisonment

An Indian hemp seller, Idris Jimoh, has been convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos. The 33 years old convict was given the jail terms by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, after pleaded guilty to a count charge of unlawful dealing in the banned weed, leveled against him by the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The convict according to the NDLEA was arrested by its operatives on November 18, 2018, at Ijesha under-bridge, along Oshodi-Isolo expressway, Lagos, where he was hawking 1.7 kilograms of Cannabis…

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How ministers fraudulently transfered N1.5bn from Ministry’s account to fund Jonathan’s campaign 

An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC )  Shiabu Shehu on Monday told a Federal High Court, Lagos, how two ex-Ministers and others transferred the sum of N 1.5 billion from the Impress account of Ministry of External Affairs with Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN ) to fund political campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015. Shehu who was the third EFCC’s witness in the ongoing trial of former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman under Jonathan, former Minister of Aviation,…

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Looters’ list: Court dismisses contempt suit against Lai Mohammed

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today dismissed a contempt application filed by a former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman, seeking to commit the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to prison for the inclusion of her name in the ‘looters’ list’ he released to the public. Justice Aikawa described the application as a distraction which could interfere with the speedy determination of the matter. Mrs. Usman, who is facing allegations of money laundering brought against her and a former Minister of Aviation,…

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Fani Kayode drags Lai Mohammed to Court over looters’ List

The former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has instituted a contempt proceedings suit against the Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Nigeria’s Minister of Information, for listing his name in recently released ‘Looters List’. Fani-Kayode, through his lawyer, Mr. Ferdinand Orbih, today, told a Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, that his application against Mohammed was brought pursuant to the provisions of the Sheriffs and Civil Processes Act, as well as the  Court’s Civil Procedure Rules. He said his application was seeking leave of the court, to serve the…

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