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Appeal Court Clears APC to Participate in Bayelsa Governorship Election

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A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has cleared the All Progressives Congress (APC) to participate in Saturday’s Governorship Election in Bayelsa State.

In a ruling document obtained by the APC’s Principal Counsel, D. D. Dodo SAN,  in Abuja on Thursday, the appellate court panel led by Justice Steven Adah also cleared the APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo for the November 16 election.
According to the statement, this followed stay of execution granted by the Appeal Court on a Nov. 12 High Court order disqualifying the APC Deputy Governorship candidate.
It stated that at the Court of Appeal,
the APC Deputy Governorship candidate was represented by D. D. Dodo SAN
The Appeal Court granted and made the following orders:
That the status quo ante bellum which existed on or before the 19th September, 2019 when the suit was filed be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
An interim order for stay of judgment of the lower court delivered on 12th November, 2019 pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The Motion on Notice to be heard on 20th November, 2019 and the Respondents to be served with the Motion on Notice and and copy of the Court Order.

 

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Alleged Kidnap: Absence Of Judge Stalls Wadume’s Trial, Others

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The trial of Mr Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, and six others has been stalled following the absence of the trial Judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako.

At the last sitting of the court on Tuesday, Justice Murtala-Nyako rejected the bail application of the defendants on the ground that the court has granted an accelerated trial.

Justice Murtala-Nyako therefore, gave an order for the defendants to be moved from the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police to the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.

The Judge also ordered that the defendants must be availed access to medical facility and allowed to have access to their lawyers while at the correctional center.

The defendants are standing trial for alleged kidnap for ransom, illegal gun running and offences bordering on terrorism.

The court has now fixed Monday, July 13 for the continuation of trial.

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Rape Scandal: D’banj Sues Seyitan For N1.5 Billion

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Award-winning Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, a.k.a. D’banj, has dragged his accuser, Seyitan Babatayo, before an FCT High Court demanding N1bn for general damages and N500m for aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages.

Babatayo had accused D’Banj of raping her in Glee Hotel, Lagos, sometime in December 2018, an allegation the musician has denied.

In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the musician sought an order barring Babatayo from making further accusations against his person.

The Kokomaster is seeking an apology from his accuser for the mental agony, ridicule, embarrassment and marital disharmony her tweets have caused.

Some of the reliefs sought include “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant whether by herself, her agents, servants, employees, privies, assigns, friends or personal representatives or otherwise howsoever from further publishing, tweeting or posting to members of the public, on their Twitter handle or any social media outlets or print or electronic medium and from further tweeting or publishing the said offensive words complained of, or similar words or words to the like effect.

“An order directing the defendant to pay to the claimant the sum of N1bn only representing general damages over the untold embarrassment, derision, public ridicule, odium, obloquy, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the defendant’s tweets and publications have caused the claimant.

“An order directing the defendant to pay to the claimant the sum of N500m representing aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages.”

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Court Orders Forfeiture Of N250m Allegedly Diverted From NDDC

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government, the sum of N250 million allegedly diverted from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order on Thursday while ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the interim forfeiture of the money.

Counsel to the EFCC, Usman Buhari, told the court that the money had been illegally diverted from the NDDC, through a contract awarded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Buhari asked the court to make an order of forfeiture, as well as an order directing the publication of the forfeiture order in a national newspaper for anyone interested in the funds to show cause within 14 days why a final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

Justice Aikawa, in a short ruling, granted the request of the EFCC counsel and ordered the forfeiture of the money.

The matter was later adjourned until July 9, 2020.

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