Money laundering: Internet celebrity, Morpha gets N100m bail

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, granted bail to the Internet Celebrity, Ismail Mustapha, popularly called Morpha, who was arraigned before the court for allegedly laundering the sum of N33 billion, in the sum of N100 million with one surety. The surety according to the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, must have a landed property with the Court’s jurisdiction, which its tittle documents must be verified by relevant Lands authority, while the surety is to be verified by the Court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR). Justice Liman also ordered Morpha to…

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Press freedom highly desirable for Nigeria to achieve desired growth -Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

Rights activist and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, has disclosed that absolute press freedom is highly desirable for Nigeria to achieve the desired growth.  He said there are sufficient laws to restrain the careless use of the social media at every point in time and as such the fears by the ruling elite of the consequences of a truly free press is misplaced.  The silk made the disclosure yesterday while delivering a paper at the 2019 annual lecture of the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC),…

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Court to rule on final forfeiture of Diezani’s jewellery on Sept 10 

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed September 10, for ruling on the final forfeiture of $40 million USD jewellery and other items belonging to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Nigeria petroleum Minister. Justice Oweibo fixed the date after after hearing applications filed be the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and application challenging the court’s jurisdiction by Diezani’s lawyer. It would be recalled that Justice Oweibo had in July, ordered temporary forfeiture of the ornaments, following an exparte application brought before the court by the EFCC.…

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N4.6bn fraud: Court fixes May 31 to rule on admissibility of Fani-Kayode, others’ statements

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed May 31, to rule on objections to the admissibility of statements made by defendants in the ongoing trial of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and three others, facing money laundering charges Fani-kayode is standing trial on alleged charges of N4.6 billion Money laundering alongside former Minister of State for Finance, Nenandi Usman, a former Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON)  Yusuf Danjuma and a limited liability company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited. The Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred…

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N1.6bn fraud: Dudafa, other urge court to dismiss EFCC’s amended charge

The former Senior Special Assistant to the for President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Emmanuel Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, today, urged a Lagos Federal High Court, to dismiss amended charge filed against him on alleged N1.6 billion fraud. Dudafa alongside Mr. Iwejuo Joseph are being tried before Justice Mohammed Idris court on the alleged offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Upon conclusion of the trial, the prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of his agency’s intention to amend the charge, which was vehemently opposed by the duo…

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Alleged N6.9bn fraud: Fayose remanded in EFCC custody

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday October 22, ordered that the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), till Wednesday, October 24, when his bail application would be argued. Justice Olatoregun made the remand order after Fayose pleaded not guilty to all eleven counts charge on the alleged fraud, brought against him by the EFCC. Fayose alongside his company, Spotless Investment Nigeria Limited, and one Abiodun Agbele (not in…

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Banker accuses EFCC of prosecuting him for failure to implicate Jonathan’s ex-aide

A banker with Heritage Bank Plc, Iwejuo Joseph Nna has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of prosecuting him in the N4.6 billion fraud case for his refusal to  implicate Dr. Warimapo Owei-Dudafa, on the alleged offence. Joseph Nna at the resumed hearing of the case today, September 10 at the Federal High Court in Lagos told the court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris that his prosecution was because of his refusal to indict Dr. Dudafa He being tried on amended 23 count charge, bordering on Conspiracy and…

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Money Laundering charges: Ex President Jonathan’s aide says he acted based on boss directive

Former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to  ex President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, has maintained that he acted in all the financial transactions which he is currently being prosecuted of based on the directive of the former President and wife. In his defence on Friday September 7, at the resumed hearing of the matter, Dudafa told the court that all monies he was alleged of transacting with some companies and individuals, were done on the directives of his former boss, Dr.  Jonathan. The former aide who was cross-examined by EFCC lawyer,…

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Ex-Jonathan’s aide, Dudafa, other’s to open defence in  N1.6bn fraud trial

Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and one Iwejuo Joseph Nna, who are standing trial before the court on alleged N 1. 6 billion fraud are set to open defence in the case. This coming just as Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court on Tuesday August 28, fixed Monday for continuation of the trial. This follows the delivery of a bench ruling on the applications filed by the two defendants, asking the court to refer the constitutionality of the trial judge who has been…

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