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December 20, 2011

The former speaker is facing 16 felony counts before Justice Donatus Okonkwo

Embattled former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole must stand trial in the N984 million contract inflation suit filed against him and his erstwhile deputy Usman Nafada, a Federal High Court ruled Monday.

The court in Abuja presided over by Justice Donatus Okonkwo, also dismissed the former Speaker’s objection challenging the prosecutorial powers of the counsel representing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Festus Keyamo in the matter.

December 18, 2011

Ochiba will hang for killing a passerby in Jos in 2001

The Supreme Court has ordered the execution of a policeman, Emmanuel Ochiba who killed a passerby, Godwin Momoh, along Tafawa Balewa Street in Jos, Plateau State on September 12, 2001.

December 12, 2011

Dismisses Labour Party's appeal against Plateau Election Tribunal's declaration that the state governor was duly elected

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, on Saturday confirmed Governor Jonah Jang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected governor of Plateau State and dismissed the appeal filed by Pauline Tallen of the Labour Party (LP).

November 24, 2011

While the comedian smiles, the anti-narcotics agency says it will appeal the judgement

Justice Yetunde Idowu, of the High Court in Ikeja, Lagos State, has ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to pay N25 million to actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, for denying his rights to personal freedom.

The actor had sued the anti-narcotics agency for N100 million.

Counsel to Baba Suwe, Bamidele Aturu, had argued, during the hearing of the suit, that the NDLEA violated his client’s rights by keeping him in its custody for more than the constitutionally allowed 24 hours without charging him with any offence.

November 19, 2011

Effiong lost to PDP’s Asuquo in the National Assembly elections for the Biasse/Akamkpa constituency in Cross River

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has dismissed an appeal brought by Polycap Effiong of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), challenging the decision of the Cross River State Election Tribunal which upheld the election of  Daniel Asuquo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Effiong and Asuquo contested the National Assembly election for the Biasse/Akamkpa Federal Constituency, with Asuquo declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

November 19, 2011

The Court of Appeal had earlier ruled that the petition challenging Ngige’s election be heard on its merits

The Justice Onajite Kuejubola-led Election Petition Tribunal, Awka, has fixed November 22 for the hearing of the petition filed by Prof. Dora Akunyili of the All Peoples Grand Alliance (APGA) against Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The Court of Appeal had earlier directed that the petition challenging the validity of the National Assembly poll conducted in the Anambra Central senatorial zone be heard on its merit. Despite this, Ngige’s counsel made efforts to stall the hearing of the petition at the Tribunal on Friday.

November 15, 2011

The Appeal Court will deliver its verdict on Wednesday

The Court of Appeal in Enugu has reserved judgment for Wednesday in the election petition filed by Prof. Dora Akunyili challenging the election of Chris Ngige.

Akunyili, of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), on November 4 filed an appeal challenging the verdict of the election petition tribunal which dismissed her petition.

November 2, 2011

The Labour Party and its candidate challenged the ACN candidate's election into the National Assembly

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, today deferred delivering judgement in the appeal filed the Labour Party candidate, Oladapo Durosinmi-Etti, challenging the decision of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal which upheld the election of Senator Oluremi Tinubu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

Tinubu was declared winner of the Lagos Central Senatorial District in the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on April 9, 2011.

November 2, 2011

The Tribunal dismissed the petition becausethe petitioner failed to prove its allegations of INEC’s non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the judgment of the Presidential Election Tribunal on Tuesday and said it will challenge the judgment at the Supreme Court.

The party chairperson, Tony Momoh, told reporters after the tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of merit, that the CPC would be heading to the Supreme Court to challenge the tribunal’s unanimous judgment.

November 1, 2011

Given the outcome of recent events, it was important for the Supreme Court to do the right thing.

October 31, 2011

The president, the PDP and INEC jointly challenged the July 6 decision of the tribunal, which upheld the filing of the CPC’s petition on a Sunday

The Supreme Court in Abuja, on Monday, struck out President Goodluck Jonathan’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal to hear the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)’s petition against his victory.

October 27, 2011

The Appeal Court dismissed his appeal, following irregularities in the motion filed before the court

An attempt by Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeuko (popularly known as Rev. King) to challenge the judgement of an Ikeja High Court, which sentenced him to death by hanging for murder, has been temporarily dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal, yesterday, dismissed King’s application after it found out that there were irregularities in his motion. The court pointed out that his application was not supported by the original notice of appeal and suggested that it would be better if the application was withdrawn and properly filed.

October 12, 2011

The former CEO of the bank, Erastus Akingbola, is appealing a High Court ruling that the institution be sold to Access Bank

The Court of Appeal in Lagos, on Tuesday, fixed February 20, 2012, for hearing in the appeal filed by the former managing director of Intercontinental Bank Plc, Erastus Akingbola, against the planned sale of the bank

Akingbola and Bayo Dada, a former executive director of the bank, appealed against the ruling of the Federal High Court in Lagos which dismissed their suit challenging the planned sale of the bank to Access Bank.

September 8, 2011

The former president of the Court of Appeal fails for the second time to move a pending application

Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has for the second time on Wednesday failed to move a pending application filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja where he is seeking to reverse his recent suspension and retirement by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

September 8, 2011

The former president of the Court of Appeal fails for the second time to move a pending application  

Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has for the second time on Wednesday failed to move a pending application filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja where he is seeking to reverse his recent suspension and retirement by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

May 29, 2011

The PDP legal team says it needs every detail of the petition challenging the presidential polls

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has ordered the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to furnish the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with details of its petition, challenging the outcome of the April presidential elections.

Justice Ayo Salami, the President, Court of Appeal and Chairman of the tribunal, said on Friday in Abuja that this was necessary to clarify some issues contained in the petition.

May 24, 2011

The former minister of aviation and two others are on trial for the alleged fraud.

The High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ordered a defence counsel to appear before it to explain the “propriety” of a letter he wrote to it. 

Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), counsel to Tunde Dairo, a former personal assistant to Prof. Babalola Borishade, former Minister of Aviation, had written to the court to adjourn proceedings sine die, pending an appeal against the ruling of the court.

May 19, 2011

Mild drama in court as prosecutor walks out.

There was mild drama at the Federal High Court yesterday morning when the president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. J.B Dawodu walked out of court during proceedings. The Court was hearing the case of abuse of fundamental human rights filed by former Intercontinetal Bank CEO, Erastus Akingbola who is facing trial for theft. Joining Akingola in his suit is one of the bank's former directors, Bayo Dada.

May 18, 2011

Abuja High Court fixes May 24 for trail of former FCT Minister and two others

Justice Abubakar Umar of the FCT High Court has fixed Tuesday, May 24 for the commencement of the trial of former FCT Minister Nasir El-Rufai, former Director-General, Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS), Altine Jibrin and former AGIS General Manager, Ismail Iro. 

They were arraigned on April 7 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged abuse of office and illegal re-allocation of plots of land in the FCT belonging to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to their friends and family members.

February 8, 2011

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, yesterday, fixed May 3 for definite hearing in the appeal filed by Emeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King.

King is challenging his death sentence for killing a member of his church.

At the resumed hearing of the case, the Lagos State Solicitor-General, Lawal Pedro (SAN), urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable the parties to regularise their processes. “We just discovered that the appellant has filed another 60 paged brief which we would like to react to,’’ he said.