Category Archives: Court

High-profile Angolan journalist acquitted

One of Angola’s most well-known journalists Rafael Marques de Moraies and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço have been acquitted by a court in the capital, Luanda.

Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenço, who is the editor of the weekly newspaper O Crime, were charged on 21 June 2017 for publishing an article alleging illegal land acquisition involving former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa.

A verdict and sentencing were expected to be read out today.

A Human Rights Watch official has tweeted a picture of the two journalists and comments from the presiding judge saying: “We can’t punish messengers of bad news.”


​ECOWAS Court Adjoins Nnamdi Kanu’s suit

The hearing into the fundamental rights suit of the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra , IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has been adjourned by ECOWAS court.
The suit filed in March 2016 has again been adjourned until May 30 for hearing.

The suit had not reached hearing stage since it was filed at the court.

It was adjourned in November 2017, after a previous postponement a month before, following applications by parties in the matter.

The court presided over by Justice Hemeye Mahdmadane on Tuesday in

Abuja announced its decision to make further adjournment after entertaining a fresh application by the prosecution.

The judge said the court’s decision to adjourn sitting was based on the fact that motions brought before the court in November were yet to be translated into English language.

Reacting to the recent application, however, Mr. Ejiofor accused the prosecution of making unnecessary motions aimed at preventing the case from succeeding.

The court warned Ejiofor to desist from making such utterances in court.


Right to self determination: court okays suit against FG, fixes April 23 for hearing

Abuja Division of the Federal High Court yesterday fixed April 23 to commence hearing on a suit asking it to declare that 373 indigenous peoples within Nigeria have rights to self-determination.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/107/2018, lodged before the court by a Lagos-based human rights activist, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, is equally urging the court to stop the Federal government from indiscriminately deploying the military for the maintenance of law and order across states in the federation.

Cited as respondents in the suit were President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, National Assembly, Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Others are the Security Chiefs, Minister of Defence, Governments of the 36 States of the Federation, their Attorneys General and Houses of Assembly, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Justice Binta Nyako okayed the matter for hearing after she granted an ex-parte application the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mrs. Chinyere Okpalla, filed for leave to serve all the relevant processes on some of the respondents outside the jurisdiction of the court.

The court also ordered the issuance of hearing notices to all the respondents to enable them to appear in court at the next adjourned date.

The plaintiff had in the fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed on behalf of 373 ethnic nationalities and 45 pressure groups and agitators in Nigeria, on January 8, 2018, prayed the court to among other things:

“Declare that the use and support of the use of the Nigerian Military by the respondents in place of the Police in the enforcement and maintenance of law and order in Nigeria, is oppressive and a violation of the fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, family and private life, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, movement and freedom from discrimination of the indigenous peoples within Nigeria and the Nigerian Public and therefore illegal, unlawful, undemocratic and unconstitutional”.


Nnamdi Kanu’s case file disappears at appeal court as IPOB expresses outrage

​The proscribed Pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has released a shocking statement while alleging that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s case file was missing in court.

Nnamdi Kanu during a court appearance.
In a statement signed by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the Indigenous People of Biafra, expressed outrage over the alleged declaration that its leader’s case file was missing in court.

IPOB said that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, yesterday, declared Nnamdi Kanu’s case file missing after over one year of trial adding that it was unthinkable that the appellate court would make such a pronouncement.

The statement read, “When we thought the judiciary and legal establishment could not sink any lower in Nigeria, the impossible has happened. The Court of Appeal judge today (yesterday) sitting in Abuja has declared the file of the leader of IPOB missing/misplaced.

“It is unheard of in the history of the Nigerian judiciary that (the case file of a matter) coming up for final judgement almost a year after the appellate court’s jury adjourned the matter having heard all the arguments is missing.

“Not only is the delay by the Appeal Court illegal and unconstitutional, the conduct of those that heard and handled this very case is troubling.

“We no longer know what to make of the Nigerian Judicial system. This is beyond a joke. The only thing missing from today’s court hearing is that of the proverbial snake because it wasn’t confirmed if the case file had been swallowed by yet another snake at the Appeal Court.

“We are drawing the attention of the civilised world to the mess in the Nigerian Judiciary; terrorised by a brutal dictatorial regime has turned into. Instead of delivering judgement for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the judiciary would rather break every constitutional provision guiding the time line in cases at the Appeal Court.”

“Nnamdi Kanu is in court to challenge the ruling of Justice John Tsoho who reversed a ruling he gave on yje issue of masking of witnesses in the treasonable felony trial of the IPOB leader and three others.

“This matter is overdue for judgement by one year because the Nigerian constitution, which judges are meant to interpret and uphold, clearly stipulates that all Appeal Court judgements must be delivered within three months. This case is up to a year without any judgement on the matter contrary to constitutional provisions.

“The Chief Justice of the Federation must step into this matter before the already tarnished image of the Judiciary suffers more before the eyes of the world.”

​In Ekiti Court sacks PDP lawmaker over election fraud

The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has sacked a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Musa Arogundade for his fraudulent nomination for the 2015 election.

The nomination of Arogundade for the election by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was not valid, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled on Monday, July 4.

He however declared Mr. Toyin Obayemi, who was the first runner-up in the November 29, 2014, primary, as the rightful occupant of the Ado Constituency 1 seat.

Based on the sections 31 and 36 of the Electoral Act, the judge held that Obayemi ought to have been presented as the candidate of the party after the disqualification of the winner, Mr. Talabi Odunayo .

According to the judge, the PDP fraudulently acquired a judgment before Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja through which Arogundade was fielded as a replacement for Talabi

Counsel to the second to fourth respondents (Odunayo, PDP and Arogundade) had argued using the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Alhassan Vs Ishaku, which vested the power to choose a candidate in an election on the political party.

But Justice Taiwo dismissed his argument, saying it is not applicable when a valid primary election was conducted.

He berated the first respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for “playing the ostrich and burying its head in the sand while all this was going on.”

“The 2nd respondent (Talabi) did not deny the allegation that he presented a fake WAEC and Ordinary National Diploma results from the Yaba Polytechnic, Lagos.

“…I order INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return from the 4th respondent and issue same to the plaintiff (Obayomi).

“While the Speaker of the State House of Assembly is directed to swear him in as the lawmaker representing Ado Constituency 1, ” the judge held.

He also ordered Arogundade to return all money received as emoluments and allowances, during his one-year stay as a member of the House, to the purse of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

Woman charged to court for killing her husband in Ibadan, arraigned today, pleads not guilty


Yewande Oyediran, the woman accused of stabbing her husband, 38 year old Oyediran Ajanaku to death at their Akobo estate home in Ibadan, Oyo state on February 2nd after a domestic dispute, appeared in court today May 24th.
The defendant’s preliminary objection, asking the court to strike out the case against her, was dismissed in a ruling today and thereafter she pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. The case was adjourned and it is reported that judgment would be delivered in July at the latest. See more photos after the cut..





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