• EFCC arraigns judge, SAN for alleged corruption, forgery

    EFCC arraigns judge, SAN for alleged corruption, forgery

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a senior lawyer, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN) for alleged bribery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

    The judge and the senior lawyer were arraigned on a 30-count charge before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.

    The charges were read to them after Justice Oshodi ordered them to move from the court gallery into the […]

  • Rivers High Court judge denies moving $2 million from his house

    Rivers High Court judge denies moving $2 million from his house

    Embattled High Court judge, Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt Division has denied claims that he moved $2 million from his official residence during a sting operation by officers of the Department of State Services (DSS), adding that he was not the target of the raid.

    Liman stated this at a public hearing conducted by the Hon. Garba Datti-led House of Representatives Adhoc Committee investigating cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons for reasons outside the general […]

  • Go to another country if you do not like Trump US judge tells new citizens

    Go to another country if you do not like Trump US judge tells new citizens

    A judge  in the US has told new US citizens that they “need to go to another country” if they do not like President-elect Donald Trump.

    Presiding over a citizenship ceremony at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Judge John Primomo said this when he commented on the outcome of the US election.

    In footage obtained by KENS 5 News, the federal judge can be heard telling the new citizens: “I can assure you, that whether you voted for him or you […]

  • Judge refuses to order Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s release

    Judge refuses to order Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s release

    Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday declined to grant an ex-parte application filed by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, seeking to secure her release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    Justice Hassan instead directed the embattled judge to put the EFCC on notice to enable them file their response to the application.

    Also on Monday, another judge of the court, Justice Mohammed Idris fixed November 25 for judgement on a similar application filed […]

  • Supreme Court judge arraigned for money laundering

    Supreme Court judge arraigned for money laundering

    According to reports, the Federal Government on Monday arraigned a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on charges of money laundering and others bordering on breaches relating to obtaining of passports.

    The justice of the apex court, who was charged following the raid on his house and some other judges by operatives of the Department of State Service, pleaded not guilty to all the 16 counts read to him on Monday.

    It was alleged in the 16 counts that Ngwuta […]

  • Judge knocks EFCC for re-arresting Fani-Kayode in court

    Judge knocks EFCC for re-arresting Fani-Kayode in court

    Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos Monday expressed displeasure with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for re-arresting former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode within the court premises.

    Fani-Kayode was arraigned along with former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman on a 17-count charge of laundering about N4.6billion. They pleaded not guilty.

    They were charged along with former Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and ex-Chairman of Kagarko Local Government […]

  • Lawyer, Judge make contradictory claims on alleged N5m bribe

    Lawyer, Judge make contradictory claims on alleged N5m bribe

    A senior lawyer, who has worked for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Godwin Obla, has given statement to investigators which contradicted an earlier statement given by the accused Justice.

    Obla was queried in relation to an allegation of the payment of N5 million to a Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, through a company in which the embattled judge has an interest.

    It was gathered that Ofili-Ajumogobia had earlier told operatives during interrogation that the money was a part payment […]

  • I didn’t bribe any judge, says Akintola

    I didn’t bribe any judge, says Akintola

    A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Niyi Akintola, has denied media reports that he bribed a judge of the National Industrial Court, Justice Terseer Fishim.

    He was reacting to a report which included his name among the SANs and lawyers being quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for bribing judges.

    In an interview on Tuesday, Akintola said in all his practice years, his firm had only handled a case before the industrial court and lost it.

    He said, “I was on my […]

  • I was not arrested by EFCC, didn’t give bribe to any judge – Banire

    I was not arrested by EFCC, didn’t give bribe to any judge – Banire

    According to reports, the Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire (SAN), has denied reports that he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

    So also did Banire deny the news that he offered N500,000 bribe to any judge.

    These facts were contained in a statement personally signed by Banire on Saturday.

    Banire said he went to the EFCC of his own accord after reading some news publications on the issue.

    He said in the statement: “My attention […]

  • Gunmen hold judge, lawyers hostage in court

    Gunmen hold judge, lawyers hostage in court

    No fewer than 10 gunmen stormed three courts in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Wednesday when they held a sitting judge hostage.

    The gunmen, who shot into the air, caused panic in the capital city as residents fled in various directions, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

    The courts the gunmen invaded included Benue State High Court 9, Chief Magistrate’s Court and the Upper Area Court.

    An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen stormed the premises of the three courts, which […]

  • How Malami begged me to become SAN – Judge reveals

    How Malami begged me to become SAN – Judge reveals

    Reasons for the rancorous relationship between Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, were revealed on Saturday.

    According to some of the documents obtained on Saturday, the turbulent relationship between the duo started in 2006.

    Justice Ademola, who was one of the seven judges arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services on allegations of corruption during simultaneous raids on their homes between October 7 […]