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Kim Kardashian sued over “SKKN” trademark infringement
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Kim Kardashian sued over “SKKN” trademark infringement

Kim Kardashian has been sued by a small business accusing the reality TV superstar of trademark infringement. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Kim K is being sued for trademark infringement over her new brands, “SKKN” and “SKKN BY KIM”. The company behind the lawsuit is Brooklyn-based Beauty Concepts, which states it owns the rights to “SKKN+” and claims Kim’s use of “SKKN” is confusing customers. The lawsuit says that Beauty Concepts is a Black and woman-owned business that fought its way through the pandemic, only to come up against Kim’s similar branding this year. The company allegedly contacted Kim’s representatives to explain that they held the trademark rights for “SKKN+” but were ultimately ignored, with Kim moving forward with the launch of her own line a...
Supreme court upholds use of hijab in Lagos schools
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Supreme court upholds use of hijab in Lagos schools

Rights of Muslims Female Students in Lagos state to wear Hijab to school without harassment or discrimination has been affirmed by the Supreme Court. The case marked CA/L/135/15, is between the Lagos State Government, Miss Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Miss Moriam Oyeniyi and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria. The Supreme Court gave the judgement on Friday June 17, 5 years after the Lagos State Government approached the Supreme Court to challenge the July 21, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal which reinstated the use of hijab by Muslim pupils in Lagos public primary and secondary schools. Those on the apex court's panel include Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Justice John Inyang Okoro, Justice Uwani Aji, Justice...
JUST IN : JP Morgan wins $1.7 billion UK trial against Nigeria
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JUST IN : JP Morgan wins $1.7 billion UK trial against Nigeria

JP Morgan wins $1.7 billion UK trial against Nigeria JP Morgan Chase Bank has won a $1.7 billion court battle with the Nigerian government over the transfer of proceeds from the sale of OPL 245 in 2011. The Federal government had sued JP Morgan on the ground of “Quincecare duty”, alleging that the bank “ought to have known” that there was corruption and fraud in the transaction which saw Malabu sell its 100 percent in OPL 245 to Shell and Eni for $1.1 billion. However, the bank rejected the Nigerian government’s claim, maintaining that all due processes were followed and money laundering checks were done, arguing that allegations of fraud only came up after a new government took over in Nigeria. Nigeria argued that there were enough “red flags” for JP Morgan to have halted...
Manchester City footballer, Benjamin Mendy charged with another count of rape ahead of July trial
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Manchester City footballer, Benjamin Mendy charged with another count of rape ahead of July trial

Manchester City defender,  Benjamin Mendy has been charged with an additional count of rape. The 27-year-old Frenchman now stands accused of eight counts of rape, one account of sexual assault, and one attempted rape. The latest charge relates to a new complainant, bringing the number of alleged victims to seven. The Media had been banned from reporting it until order was lifted by Judge Steven Everett during a pre-trial hearing at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday. Mendy, who is on bail, pleaded not guilty to all but the latest charge in a hearing at Chester Crown Court last week. He has not yet entered a plea for the new charge. All offences are alleged to have taken place at his home address in Cheshire and span between October 2018 and August last year. Co-de...
UPDATE : West Ham footballer, Kurt Zouma sentenced to 180 hours of community service for kicking his pet cat
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UPDATE : West Ham footballer, Kurt Zouma sentenced to 180 hours of community service for kicking his pet cat

West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma has been banned from keeping cats for five years and handed 180 hours of community service for kicking and slapping his pet cat. The French footballer was also ordered to pay nearly £9,000 in court costs. Disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma's home and posted on Snapchat by his brother, Yoan, emerged in February. In the video, he kicks the Bengal cat across his kitchen before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head. His brother, 24, later sent the video to a woman he had been messaging who raised the alarm. He was ordered to carry out 140 hours of community service. Zouma, 27, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it on the ...
UPDATE : West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping his pet cat
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UPDATE : West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping his pet cat

West Ham United defender, Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty to kicking and slapping his pet cat. The 27-year-old French footballer admitted two offences under the Animal Welfare Act at a hearing at Thames Magistrates' Court. Zouma's brother Yoan, who plays for Dagenham and Redbridge, admitted one offence after an RSPCA investigation. Yoan, 24, filmed the incident, which was posted on social media. Sentencing has been adjourned to 1 June. The brothers' addresses were withheld following a court order. The court was told about disturbing footage of the incident, which was filmed at the West Ham player's home and posted on Snapchat with 'laughing' emojis by his brother on 6 February. It was later seen by a woman who had been messaging Yoan, and she raised concern. Zouma c...
Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy pleads not guilty to sex offences, denies seven charges of rape against six women
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Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy pleads not guilty to sex offences, denies seven charges of rape against six women

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has today pleaded not guilty to nine charges of sexual offences against six women. The 27-year-old French defender denied seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, and one count of attempted rape. Today, he stood in the dock at Chester Crown Court and repeated 'not guilty' as the charges were put to him to enter pleas for the first time. Mendy's alleged offences include seven counts of rape relating to four women, one of sexual assault and one of attempted rape. He will stand trial from July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who faces similar allegations and was also present at the court today. Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, is accused of 10 offences involving seven women, including seven ...
Supreme Court joins Rivers AG and Speaker in lawsuit filed by Buhari and Malami on section 84(12) of electoral act
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Supreme Court joins Rivers AG and Speaker in lawsuit filed by Buhari and Malami on section 84(12) of electoral act

Rivers state's application to be joined as a defendant in the suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) seeking to void section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022, has been approved by the Supreme Court. The President and AGF has in the lawsuit marked SC/CV/504/2022 and filed on April 29, 2022, claimed that section 84(12) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2022 is inconsistent with the provisions of sections 42, 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the constitution as well Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. However at the hearing of the suit on Thursday May 19, Rivers state government asked to join as a co-defendant as they will be affected by outcome of the judgement.&nbs...
Teenager drags father to Sharia court over refusal to give marriage consent
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Teenager drags father to Sharia court over refusal to give marriage consent

A teenager has dragged her father to a Sharia Court in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State for allegedly refusing to give her his blessings to marry her lover. Halima Yunusa told the Court on Monday, May 16, that she was in love with Bashir Yusuf but that her parents won't give them the blessings to get married. The teenager’s father, Ibrahim, a businessman, in his defence, told the court that he was aware of the “extreme love” between his daughter and Yusuf. He said that Yusuf is yet to fulfill all known marriage rites. “He came to me and expressed his desire to marry my daughter. I told him to come back with his parents and family members. ”He is yet to return. After about a year. ”He came back after a year and took my daughter and ran away w...
“I never thought I would win this case” – Man elated as court orders his former in-laws to refund his dowry after failed marriage
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“I never thought I would win this case” – Man elated as court orders his former in-laws to refund his dowry after failed marriage

A 52-year-old Kenyan man is elated after a court granted his dowry refund request following the collapse of his marriage.  Wilberforce Murung’a had dragged his former in-laws to Kitale chief magistrate last December, demanding a dowry refund including cash, three cows, one she-goat, a pair of gumboots and a hat after the two year marriage fell apart. The petitioner and his wife Irine Khasoa got married in 2017 and their marriage was annulled in 2021 in a Kitale court. Wilberforce claimed that his wife deserted their marital home after one year and six months of living together and since he had paid the dowry in accordance to Bukusu traditions, it is his right to have it back. "I paid Sh50,000, three Ayrshire heifers, one cross Ayrshire bullock, one ...
French Montana loses dog bite lawsuit, to pay nearly $130k
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French Montana loses dog bite lawsuit, to pay nearly $130k

Rapper, French Montana has lost the dog bite lawsuit filed against him by one Juan Lomeli.  TMZ reported that a California jury found French's German Shepherd, Zane, was the culprit in the gnarly attack against Juan Lomeli, the man who sued French Montana in 2018. Lomeli had alleged at the time that French's pet lost it on him while he was doing his job on the grounds, lunging at him and sinking its teeth into his arm, causing a nasty and painful injury. He was represented on the case by Brad Wallace, adding that the injuries were severe enough for him to miss a substantial amount of time working, making him lose money he would have made.  Lomeli has now been awarded $129,500 in damages. The judgment break down is as follows; $39,500 i...
DRAMA : Couple files $650,000 suit against their son for not giving them grandchildren
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DRAMA : Couple files $650,000 suit against their son for not giving them grandchildren

An Indian couple are taking their son to court demanding that he and his wife produce either a grandchild within a year or pay $650,000. Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad say that they exhausted their savings raising and educating their pilot son and paying for a lavish wedding. Now they want payback. “My son has been married for six years but they are still not planning a baby. At least if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our pain will become bearable,” the couple said in their petition filed with a court in Haridwar recently. The compensation they are demanding includes the cost of a wedding reception in a five-star hotel, a luxury car worth $80,000, and paying for the couple’s honeymoon abroad, the Times of India reported Thursday May 12. The parents also forked o...
Appeal court sets aside judgement that voided a section of the electoral act which barred political appointees from contesting in an election
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Appeal court sets aside judgement that voided a section of the electoral act which barred political appointees from contesting in an election

The Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court in Umuahia that voided a section of the electoral act which barred political appointees from contesting in an election.  A three-member panel of the court headed by Justice Hamma Akawu Barka which deliberated on the case on Wednesday May 11, held that the Federal High Court Umuahia had no jurisdiction to have entertained the case because the plaintiff, Nduka Edede, lacked the locus standi to have filed the suit in the first place. The appellate court held that Edede did not establish any cause of action to have warranted his approaching the court on the issue, because he did not establish that he was directly affected by the provision. The court ruled on the appeal marked: CA/OW/...
JUST IN : Court quashes Ebonyi cybercrimes law
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JUST IN : Court quashes Ebonyi cybercrimes law

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital on Tuesday declared the controversial Ebonyi Cybercrimes Law 2021 unconstitutional, null, and void. The Court ruling followed a suit by one Pascal Etu who sued Governor David Umahi over the controversial law. Ebonyi State government in September 2021 enacted the law controversial circumstances. Apart from members of the House of Assembly, no journalist was present when the law was enacted. There was also no proof of the law going through public hearing before being passed. It was also quickly and secretly accented to by Umahi almost immediately. The public only became aware of the existence of the law when a social critic, Godfrey Chikwere was arrested by the Police for allegedly flouting some se...
Woman who was sentenced to death for murder of her husband in Edo released from prison after landmark judgement delivered by Justice Mary Odili
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Woman who was sentenced to death for murder of her husband in Edo released from prison after landmark judgement delivered by Justice Mary Odili

A woman who was sentenced to death for the murder of her husband has been released from prison in Benin city, Edo state, after a landmark ruling at the Supreme court, StandardGazette reported.  LIB recalled that Mrs Enobong Isonguyo and her alleged pastor lover, Udoka Ukachukwu, were charged and sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, Engr. Victor Gabriel Isonguyo, a staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC, Benin, Edo State in 2013. During the trial, the prosecuting counsel told the court that the murder of the deceased was carried out by the convicts so as to cover up the pregnancy accusation by the deceased while he was away. "The deceased’s wife told the pastor to wait on the route of her husband to work and ask him for a ri...
‘He called me a slut’ – Tearful Amber Heard tells court how Johnny Depp allegedly kicked her back on his private jet after accusing her of affair with actor James Franco {VIDEO}
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‘He called me a slut’ – Tearful Amber Heard tells court how Johnny Depp allegedly kicked her back on his private jet after accusing her of affair with actor James Franco {VIDEO}

Actress, Amber Heard has testified that ex-husband, Johnny Depp 'hated' actor James Franco and accused her of having an affair with him.  A tearful looking Heard, 36, took to the stand Thursday, May 5 for her second day of testimony where she described a fight she and Depp had on an airplane in May 2014 alleging Depp kicked her in the back.  'He was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,' Heard said. 'He hated, hated James Franco and he was already accusing me of kind of secretly having a thing with him in my past because we had done Pineapple Express together.'  Heard described the airplane incident, which Depp had testified about before, admitting that he had been drunk and taken drugs. Heard said that Depp was upset with her for not telling him ...
Judge rejects Amber Heard’s bid to dismiss ex-husband Johnny Depp’s $50m defamation lawsuit
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Judge rejects Amber Heard’s bid to dismiss ex-husband Johnny Depp’s $50m defamation lawsuit

Amber Heard has lost her bid to have Johnny Depp’s $50million (£39m) defamation lawsuit against her dismissed. The actress’ legal team made a motion to dismiss the case on Tuesday May 3 but it was disputed by Depp’s lawyers in a lengthy speech. Depp launched a lawsuit against his ex-wife over her 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post, in which she wrote about her experience of suffering domestic abuse. While she didn’t name the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, his lawyers argued that this falsely implies that he sexually and physically abused her – something he has fiercely denied. Judge Penney Azcarate, presiding over the case at the Fairfax County Court in Virgina, ruled that sufficient evidence had been presented to continue the case against Heard. ‘If there is a scin...
Kanye West sued by Pastor for sampling sermon in ‘Come To Life’ on ‘Donda’
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Kanye West sued by Pastor for sampling sermon in ‘Come To Life’ on ‘Donda’

Kanye West is reportedly being sued by a US pastor over a piece of sampled audio used in a track on his latest album Donda. TMZ reported that Texas court documents showed that Bishop David Paul Moten said parts of the sermon were used for 70 seconds in total on the track Come To Life.  It amounts to more than 20% of the just over five-minute track. In the documents, Bishop Moten reportedly says it is the latest example of Kanye and the music industry "wilfully and egregiously sampling sound recordings of others without consent or permission". The phrase "my soul cries out hallelujah and I thank God for saving me" is heard at the start of the track and there are other snippets too. Bishop Moten is also said to be suing UMG Recordings, Def Jam Recordings and G...
Nnamdi Kanu heads to appeal court over terrorism charges
Government, Law

Nnamdi Kanu heads to appeal court over terrorism charges

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu is reportedly heading to the Court of Appeal to challenge the amended seven charges on terrorism approved by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja. In the copy of court processes obtained by newsmen on Monday May 2, it was revealed that the IPOB leader is challenging the court's final decision to retain counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15. In their application at the federal high court, Kanu's lawyers which include Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor had insisted that the charges against him are legally defective. Ozekhome who noted that his client was “unlawfully, brutally and extraordinarily renditioned from Kenya without his consent”, also argued that the court lacked the ...
Court remands woman accused of employment fraud in Kaduna
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Court remands woman accused of employment fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC on Thursday, April 28, arraigned one Salamatu Isah (aka Uwar Marayun Matasan Arewa) before Justice Darius Khobo of the State High Court, Kaduna on a one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence. Salamatu, who is standing trial on multiple fraud charges, is alleged to have tricked her victim to paying the sum of N500, 000 into her account on the pretext of helping her secure employment with a lucrative Federal Government parastatal. The complainant alleged that after paying the money, the defendant became evasive and all efforts to get her money back proved abortive. ''Isah sometime in 2020 in Kaduna did obtain the total sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only from one Aisha Abdul-Aziz Mohammed under the false p...
UPDATE : Derek Chauvin requests new trial or for his murder conviction to be overturned in George Floyd case
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UPDATE : Derek Chauvin requests new trial or for his murder conviction to be overturned in George Floyd case

One year after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed an appeal to ask a judge to overturn the jury's verdict and reduce his sentence. Chauvin was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was then sentenced last June to 22 and half years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. He is now asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to take one of three actions: toss his conviction and send his case back to Hennepin County; reverse the result and order a new trial in a new venue; or order Chauvin to be sentenced to a lesser punishment. Chauvin's legal team filed its brief with the court on Monday, May 25. In court docu...
Court hears how 39 year old female teacher allegedly forced hands of 12-year-old ‘special needs’ child down her trousers on school trip’ 
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Court hears how 39 year old female teacher allegedly forced hands of 12-year-old ‘special needs’ child down her trousers on school trip’ 

A 39 year old teacher in Scotland, Carol Ann White, is facing trial in court for allegedly performing sexual activity with two children Carol Ann White, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a boy, who has special educational needs (and cannot be named for legal reasons,) between April 2019 and May 2020.She also allegedly kissed another boy, aged 11, slapped his buttocks and wrapped her legs around his body while teaching at a different school in Lanarkshire, prosecutors say. Prosecutors say while on a trip to an outdoor activity center, near Oban, she told the 12-year-old ‘if you touch me then I will touch you’ before grabbing his hand.  He claimed she touched his private parts and forced his hand into her trousers during the alleged incident in March 20...
JUST IN  : Supreme Court voids Andy Uba’s participation in Anambra governorship election
Election, Law

JUST IN : Supreme Court voids Andy Uba’s participation in Anambra governorship election

Andy Uba's participation in the last governorship election in Anambra State as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been voided by the supreme court. Andy Uba's participation in the election was voided by a five man panel which held that the APC breached its guidelines in the conduct of primaries and thus, failed to conduct valid primary from which Uba emerged as the party’s candidate in the governorship election which Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) won.  The Supreme Court affirmed the February 23, 2022 judgment of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the December 20,2021 judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Ekwo had on December 20, 2021, ruled that Uba was never a candidat...
Super TV CEO Alleged murder : Trial stalled due to bank records of the deceased, court fixes fresh hearing date
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Super TV CEO Alleged murder : Trial stalled due to bank records of the deceased, court fixes fresh hearing date

The trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, the suspected killer of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga will resume on Tuesday, April 26, after it was stalled on Monday owing to a contest over the integrity of some bank records of the deceased. When the matter was called at the Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, two representatives of the banks involved sought to tender the statements of account of the deceased as evidential documents. Chidinma’s counsel, Onwuka Egwu, however, objected to the tendering of the statement by Access bank on the grounds that the defence was been taken by surprise. Another lawyer, Babatunde Busari, who represented the second defendant, Adedapo Quadri, also raised similar objections. He noted that the bank statement sought to be tendered was di...
Jos trader Paul Yilkom jailed for receiving stolen phone
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Jos trader Paul Yilkom jailed for receiving stolen phone

An Upper Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old trader, Paul Yilkom, to six months imprisonment for receiving a stolen phone. Judge Irene Pati sentenced Yilkom after he pleaded guilty to theft. Pati, however, gave Yilkom an option to pay a fine of N30,000. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported on Jan. 25, at the ‘C’ Division police station by Mr Suleiman Murtala, the complainant. The prosecutor said that one Suleiman Umar stole the phone which was worth N210, 000 and gave it to the convict. Gokwat said that the offence is contravened the provisions of Section 302 of Plateau Penal Code Law.Tags:  Paul Yilkom Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIV...
JUST IN : EFCC urges court to dismiss Ibeto’s suit
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JUST IN : EFCC urges court to dismiss Ibeto’s suit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has urged the Rivers State High court in Port Harcourt to dismiss a rights suit by the Chairman of Ibeto Cement, Cletus Ibeto, against it and a businessman, Chief Daniel Chukwudozie. Ibeto is praying the court to prevent the anti-graft agency from investigating allegations of fraud bordering on obtaining N4.8 billion by false pretence, forgery and criminal breach of trust made against him by Dozzy Oil and Gas Limited. He is asking the court to declare that his harassment by the respondents is unlawful. He also wants the court to restrain the EFCC from arresting him and to order the respondents to pay him N500 million damages for his unconstitutional arrest. The EFCC urged the court to dismiss the suit for lacking in mer...
Court shifts judgment in defection suit against Ayade
Government, Law

Court shifts judgment in defection suit against Ayade

A Federal High Court in Abuja has shifted judgment delivery on the defection suit against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State till April 7. On March 25, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had deferred till April 6 its judgement on the suit by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, filed to declare the seat of governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and his Deputy, Ivara Esu, vacant, following their defection to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. Today, being April 6, Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo halted delivery of the judgment to enable him to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal fresh judgment on the defection. The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had five days ago held that defection did not constitute any known offence but constitutional ri...
Principal, 2 others docked for beating female teacher
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Principal, 2 others docked for beating female teacher

Police dock Principal of Community Secondary School, Okuru Ama in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, Pastor Sylvanus Toby and one other for beating up a female teacher The Principal of Community Secondary School in Okuru Ama, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, Pastor Sylvanus Toby has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court on a two – count charge of conspiracy and criminality. Toby and one Siyeofori Godspower, the Chairman of Community Development Committee Chairman(CDC) of the Okuru Ama and others now at large were alleged to have beaten up one Mrs Blessing Oba, a teacher of the school for criticising collection of an alleged illegal WAEC fees from students. Police said in the papers filed in court that Sylvanus hired the CDC C...
Cardi B wins in ongoing legal case against Tasha K as judge orders blogger to remove posts about the rapper
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Cardi B wins in ongoing legal case against Tasha K as judge orders blogger to remove posts about the rapper

Cardi B has recorded another win in her ongoing legal battle against Tasha K Monday, as a federal judge in Atlanta ordered the YouTube blogger to remove clips and social media posts that a jury in January deemed 'false and defamatory.' The judge ordered Tasha K, 40, to remove the posts within a five-day period, Rolling Stone reported Monday. The blogger, whose real name is Latasha Kebe, was forbidden by the court to post or repost any allegations linking Cardi B, 29, to drug use, prostitution, marital infidelity, or sexually transmitted diseases, according to the outlet. The New York native, whose full name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, on January 24 was victorious in a $4 million defamation suit against Tasha K in a Georgia federal court. Last month, ...
BREAKING  : Kano atheist, Mubarak Bala sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy
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BREAKING : Kano atheist, Mubarak Bala sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy

Kano-born atheist, Mubarak Bala, has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to all the 18-count charges leveled against him. Bala, who is the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested at his home in Kaduna on April 28, 2020 and taken to Kano, where complaints of blasphemy and incitement were lodged against him. He had earlier posted comments critical of Islam, Allah and Prophet Muhammad on Facebook, causing outrage among Muslim.  One of his posts reads: "Religion is not a person, long dead people are dead, Gods do not exist, so why fear analysis & critique on works attributed to them? There has been campaign for his release or trial, with activists saying he was out of touch with his wife and lawyer. However...
Everton could face points deduction as Premier League rivals look to sue the club over rule breaking
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Everton could face points deduction as Premier League rivals look to sue the club over rule breaking

Everton could face points deduction as Premier League rivals look to sue the club over rule breaking Some Premier League clubs are reportedly conducting a forensic analysis of Everton’s accounts amid suspicion they have breached the top flight’s spending rules for the last two years. Sportsmail disclosed last month that Everton have reached an agreement with the Premier League in which they consult over signings and new contracts, to avoid being found in breach of the regulations. That revelation angered many of their rivals. Everton delayed publication of their 2020-21 accounts last week, adding to the ill-feeling, with many clubs baffled as to how they can have stayed within the spending limits after announcing losses of £120million. Their total losses over the last ...
Court remands man over theft of two sewing machines and clothes
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Court remands man over theft of two sewing machines and clothes

A 34-year-old man identified as Yashau Ibrahim (34) has been remanded by a magistrates’ court in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State for stealing two sewing machines and clothes from a tailoring workshop valued at N144,000 and N132,000 respectively. Testifying in court, police prosecutor Inspector Johnson Okunade said the defendant is suspected to have committed the offence of burglary and theft from one Lamidi Fatima Hannah’s shop. Okunade revealed that after Hannah discovered the theft and raised an alarm, “someone around her shop told her that he saw his tenant with two sewing machines and that the two machines were still in the house. We got to the house and saw the sewing machines but the suspect was not around. We were still there when he came in, and when he s...
Alleged Rape : what happened when he and Baba Ijesha visited Princess in her home in 2015 – Comedian Pastor Jerosi tells court
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Alleged Rape : what happened when he and Baba Ijesha visited Princess in her home in 2015 – Comedian Pastor Jerosi tells court

Comedian and entertainer, Ogunbayo Oluwakayode, popularly called Pastor Jerosi on Friday April 1, narrated how he knew that comedienne, Damilola Adekoya alias Princess and actor, Baba Ijesha were dating. Pastor Jerosi who was the trial’s fourth and last defence witness, told the Special Offences Court in Ikeja area of Lagos that he worked with Baba Ijesha for over 15 years in the entertainment industry. He added that he worked with a team of five presenters, Baba Latin, Baba Ijesha, the late Baba Suwe, and Princess, who anchored different programmes on radio. Jerosi revealed that Princess was not always part of the team, but only joined after calling their hotline during one of the shows he anchored ‘’Órisun’’ and making a request to that effect....
Appeal court dismisses APC member’s lawsuit seeking Governor Umahi’s sack over defection
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Appeal court dismisses APC member’s lawsuit seeking Governor Umahi’s sack over defection

A lawsuit seeking the removal of David Umahi and Eric Igwe as governor and deputy governor of Eboyin state, has been dismissed by an appeal court. Same lawsuit which was filed by Sunny Ogbuoji, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and runner-up in the 2019 governorship election, which sought Umahi’s sack for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC, had earlier been dismissed by a federal high court.  Justice A.O Belgore of the appeal court who presided over the case, dismissed the suit for being inconsistent with the constitution and extant laws of the country. While Ogbuoji's lawsuit has been dismissed, the court of appeal in Abuja is yet to hear Umahi’s appeal seeking to void the judgment of an Abuja federal high court which sack...
Man who was brutally flogged in Bayelsa over allegation of stealing soap finally gets justice as court awards N450,000 damage against violators
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Man who was brutally flogged in Bayelsa over allegation of stealing soap finally gets justice as court awards N450,000 damage against violators

The Bayelsa State High Court has awarded the sum of N450,000 against some members of Okolobiri community for violation of the fundamental human right of Otoworo Woyengidenyefa Collins.  LIB had reported that the victim was paraded in the community, beaten, harassed, tied to a pole and publicly flogged after he was wrongly accused of stealing soap in a supermarket.  Counsel to the victim, Barr. Ebi Robert, who confirmed the development on Wednesday, March 30, after the judgement was delivered, said the court asked the violators to apologize to the victim as well.  He wrote; "Glory to God, as I got Judgement in favour of the young man who was beaten by some jungle justice players for allegedly stealing soap sometimes last year...
Domestic violence: Lil Frosh and girlfriend reconcile as she withdraws case from court
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Domestic violence: Lil Frosh and girlfriend reconcile as she withdraws case from court

The criminal case against Nigerian singer, Wasiu Goriola popularly known as Lil Frosh, by his ex-girlfriend, Okeoghene Gift Iyomateire, has been withdrawn from the court. Recall that in February 2021, Gift went public with the domestic violence allegation and also shared photos and videos of the injuries she sustained after she was attacked by the singer. Days after he was dropped by the DMW record label owned by Davido, Gift filed charges against Lil Frosh. The case has since been in court since then. On Monday, March 28, both Lil Frosh and his ex-girlfriend took to their Instagram pages to announce that they have reconciled and proceeded to withdraw the case from court. Lil Frosh shared a public statement from his lawyer which said “The above subject matter ...
Donald Trump refuses to support Supreme court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson
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Donald Trump refuses to support Supreme court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

Donald Trump has lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, saying he doesn't support her nominations after she refused to define the word 'woman' during Senate confirmation hearings. During Senate hearings this week, Jackson repeatedly refused to define 'woman' under questioning from Republicans, who pressed the issue. At Tuesday's hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn quoted late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying: 'Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.' Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?' the senator asked. When Jackson claimed ...
Extradition: Nnamdi Kanu files N25bn suit against FG
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Extradition: Nnamdi Kanu files N25bn suit against FG

Extradition: Nnamdi Kanu files N25bn suit against FG Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who is still being detained by the Department of State Services has filed a lawsuit against his extradition from Kenya, against the federal government. In the N25bn lawsuit filed by his Special Counsel, Mr Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu argued that his extradition was “unconstitutional”. The IPOB leader is seeking N25 billion as damages for “the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property” loss he suffered during his extradition. He is seeking; “A declaration that the arrest of the Applicant in Kenya by the Respondents’ agents without due process of law is arbitrary, and the Respondents’ enforced disappearance of the Applicant for eight days and their refusal to pro...
Nipsey Hussle’s babymama files legal documents objective to the current guardianship agreement
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Nipsey Hussle’s babymama files legal documents objective to the current guardianship agreement

The mother of Nipsey Hussle The family of late American rapper Nipsey Hussle is at war over the custody of his young daughter, Emani Asghedom. According to new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Tanisha Foster, who is the mother of Emani Asghedom, is objecting to the guardianship currently in place for the 13-year-old, consisting of Nipsey’s family including his brother, Sam. In the filing, Tanisha claims she was in a “loving relationship” with Nipsey at the time of his unexpected death, which existed since the birth of their daughter in 2008. During his lifetime, the two of them shared custody of Emani, and Nipsey was the primary source of financial support for both of them including housing, food, and other “living expenses.” It should be noted, Nipsey was i...
Trump sues Hillary Clinton, DNC and others, alleging conspiracy to link his campaign to Russia
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Trump sues Hillary Clinton, DNC and others, alleging conspiracy to link his campaign to Russia

Trump sues Hillary Clinton, DNC and others, alleging conspiracy to link his campaign to Russia Former US President, Donald Trump has sued Hillary Clinton and several other Democrats including the Democratic National Party that he claims conspired to undermine his 2016 campaign by falsely tying him to Russia. Trump beat Clinton in the 2016 presidential election but in the new lawsuit is alleging "racketeering" and other claims, as part of an "unthinkable plot" to undermine his campaign. Trump's campaign and transition teams were accused of conspiring with Russian agents to influence the election in his favour. A report released by the US Senate committee in 2020 concluded that Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort and the WikiLeaks website to try to h...
JUST IN : Court postpones judgment on Governor Ayade’s defection
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JUST IN : Court postpones judgment on Governor Ayade’s defection

Court postpones judgment on Governor Ayade?s defection Judgement in a lawsuit seeking to sack the Cross River Governor, Ben Ayande and his Deputy, Ivara Esu over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been postponed by a federal high court in Abuja till April 6. Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier scheduled ruling on the case for March 25, 2022. However judgment on the suit marked: FHC/ABI/CS/975/2021, filed by the PDP, with INEC, Ayade, Esu and APC as defendants, has been rescheduled for April 6.
Why it is yet to take action on judgement which sacked Umahi as Governor of Ebonyi  – INEC explains
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Why it is yet to take action on judgement which sacked Umahi as Governor of Ebonyi – INEC explains

INEC explains why it is yet to take action on judgement which sacked Umahi as Governor of Ebonyi The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it is yet to take a stance on the judgement which sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State. Speaking at the end of the management meeting of the commission on Thursday March 24, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye said they can't take any action at the moment because of multiple court cases. Okoye said; “It will be recalled that the commission met on Thursday 17th March on the matter, decided to defer its deliberation on the Ebonyi cases and stepped down the listed Memorandum to enable its Legal Services and Clearance Committee to stud...
Woman files application to forgive man who was charged with touching her buttocks
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Woman files application to forgive man who was charged with touching her buttocks

Woman files application to forgive man who was charged with touching her buttocks A Kenyan woman, Makena Sara Ngari has appeared in court to forgive a man who had been charged with touching her buttocks.21-year-old Ramadhan Johnson, was arraigned before Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, Kenya, for intentionally touching Sara's buttocks without her consent. Sara was in court on Thursday, March 24, ready to withdraw the matter but was disappointed after the Industrial Area prison failed to produce the accused in court for her to withdraw the case. Through an affidavit sworn by the complainant and filed in court, Sarah wants the court to release the accused Ramadhan Johnson who is still in custody after he failed to raise a bond of Ksh300,000 or cash bail of Ksh100,000. “I ...
Conor McGregor arrested for dangerous driving in his £140,000 Bentley on a Dublin motorway
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Conor McGregor arrested for dangerous driving in his £140,000 Bentley on a Dublin motorway

Conor McGregor arrested for dangerous driving in his ?140,000 Bentley on a Dublin motorway Conor McGregor has been arrested for alleged dangerous driving in his £140,000 Bentley Continental GT on a motorway in west Dublin last night. The Irish MMA star is understood to have been pulled over by Gardai while travelling to the gym along the N4 between Lucan and Palmerstown on Tuesday. His supercar was seized but has since been handed back to him, reported the Irish Independent. The 33-year-old was charged with dangerous driving and is due to appear at Blanchardstown District Court next month. A spokeswoman for McGregor told MailOnline: 'Mr. McGregor was driving to the gym when he was stopped by Gardai for alleged road traffic violations. 'He passed the drug and alcohol...
I’m unbothered by court ruling on my sack. I’ve even added weight – Governor Umahi
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I’m unbothered by court ruling on my sack. I’ve even added weight – Governor Umahi

I?m unbothered by court ruling on my sack. I?ve even added weight - Governor Umahi Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has said that he is not worried about the recent court judgment removing him from office. On March 8, a Federal High court sitting in Abuja ordered the removal of Umahi and his deputy, Eric Igwe, over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read here. Speaking on Wednesday March 23, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the Ebonyi governor said it is against the constitution for him to have been sued in the first instance. “I’m not worried, because in the first place, there is no constitutional provision that says that the governor can be sued. So, I’m not suable, But a court j...
Gloria Okolie released on bail after 9 months in police detention over alleged IPOB connection
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Gloria Okolie released on bail after 9 months in police detention over alleged IPOB connection

Gloria Okolie released on bail after 9 months in police detention over alleged IPOB connection Gloria Okolie, 21, has perfected her bail conditions and regained her freedom, 9 months after she was arrested and detained over alleged IPOB connection. She was released today, March 23, activist Harrison Gwamnishu announced. Gloria Okolie was arrested on June 17, 2021, by the operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Imo State, over allegations of spying for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Okolie was accused of an offence bordering on terrorism for allegedly being friends with a suspected member of IPOB. Gloria Okolie released on bail after 9 months in police detention over alleged IPOB connection On November 23, 2021,...
JUST IN : Abba Kyari to face Panel on March 30
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JUST IN : Abba Kyari to face Panel on March 30

abba kyari to face panelAn independent investigation panel on fixed March 30 for the suspended DCP Abba Kyari to appear in a petition of alleged unlawful arrest filed by three persons. The Panel is investigating the allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigerian Police. The petitioners , Ambrose Mairungu, and Blessing Dung in a petition marked 2020/IIP-SARS/ABJ/205 alleged that Yakubu Danjuma, Ibrahim Daniel and Choji, Dung’s husband were unlawfully arrest, detained, tortured and received inhuman treatment by Kyari. The panel on March 11 ordered the Chairman, National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa to produce Kyari on March 22 to defend himself. However, in respons...
Hisbah arrests 44 men and 54 women over ‘immoral acts’ in Jigawa
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Hisbah arrests 44 men and 54 women over ‘immoral acts’ in Jigawa

Hisbah arrests 44 men and 54 women over The Jigawa State Hisbah Board has arrested 99 persons in Kazaure and Dutse local government areas of the state for their alleged involvement in immoral acts. The Hisbah Commander, Malam Ibrahim Dahiru, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse, the state capital, on Tuesday, March 22. Dahiru said the suspects, comprising 54 women and 44 men, were arrested on March 16 and March 17 in separate operations by operatives of the board. He explained that 91 of the suspects, comprising 49 females and 42 males, were arrested on March 16 following a raid of the popular Gada village in Kazaure. According to him, those arrested were suspected to have engaged in illegal sexual activities and other immoral acts. ...
Court fixes Friday for judgement on lawsuit seeking to remove Ayade as Governor of Cross River state
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Court fixes Friday for judgement on lawsuit seeking to remove Ayade as Governor of Cross River state

Court fixes Friday for judgement on lawsuit seeking to remove Ayade as Governor of Cross River state A Federal High Court, Abuja, will on Friday March 25, deliver judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, seeking to remove Ben Ayade as Governor of Cross River. Recall that Ayade was elected on the platform of the PDP in 2015 and 2019, but defected to the APC on May 20, 2021, along with his deputy. On Monday, Taiwo Taiwo, a judge, sacked 20 lawmakers from Cross River state who defected alongside the governor to the APC. The PDP in its lawsuit is asking for “a declaration that in view of the provisions of section 221 of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the democratic system of governance operated in Nigeria, votes a...
20 Cross River APC Lawmakers appeal court judgement which sacked them
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20 Cross River APC Lawmakers appeal court judgement which sacked them

20 Cross River APC Lawmakers appeal court judgement which sacked them 20 lawmakers from Cross River State have filed an appeal against the court judgment which sacked them from their position for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressives Congress. Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome filed the appeal on Monday March 21 on behalf of two members of the House of Representatives and 18 others from the Cross River State House of Assembly. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Christian Ita, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday March 22. The statement read; “This is to inform All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the National Assembly from Cross River State, members of the Cross River S...
Porn star Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $300,000 in legal fees after court rejects her appeal in defamation case
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Porn star Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $300,000 in legal fees after court rejects her appeal in defamation case

Porn star Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $300,000 in legal fees after court rejects her appeal in defamation case Pornstar, Stormy Daniels has been ordered by a federal court to pay US former president, Donald Trump $300,000 in attorney fees after it rejected her appeal to another's court ruling in her defamation case against Trump. The ruling by the the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed an earlier ruling by a lower court that rejected Daniels' defamation suit against Trump after he refuted her claims that they had sex in 2006. Daniels had claimed Trump cheated on his wife, Melania with her in 2006 and then paid her off to try and secure his 2016 election victory. Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer for ten years, was sentenced to three years i...
Shari’a court remands man for stealing seasoning cubes in Kano
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Shari’a court remands man for stealing seasoning cubes in Kano

Shari?a court remands man for stealing seasoning cubes in Kano A Shari’a court sitting in Kano State has remanded a 37-year-old man in a correctional centre for stealing cartons of seasoning cubes. The defendant, Yusha’u Ado, who lives in Goron Dutse Quarters Kano, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating. Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Abdullahi Wada, told the court that the complainant, Jamilu Ibrahim of Galandanci Quarters, reported the matter at Sabon Gari police station on March 10. Insp Wada said the complainant reported that he entrusted Ado with 260 cartons of seasoning cubes to keep in his shop, and that when he later went to pack his goods he discovered that the 22 cartons of seasoning cubes worth N216,000 were missing. The defendan...
Court sacks 20 Cross River state lawmakers that defected from PDP with Governor Ayade to APC
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Court sacks 20 Cross River state lawmakers that defected from PDP with Governor Ayade to APC

Court sacks 20 Cross River state lawmakers that defected from PDP with Governor Ayade to APC 20 lawmakers of the Cross River State House of Assembly who defected from Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been sacked by a federal high court sitting in Abuja. Justice Taiwo Taiwo in his judgement on Monday March 21, held that the lawmakers needed to vacate their seats since they had abandoned the party which brought them to power. The judgement followed a suit filed by the PDP marked FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021. This is coming weeks after Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, his deputy and some lawmakers in the state were sacked by the court over defection
Court nullifies section of electoral act barring appointees from contesting elections
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Court nullifies section of electoral act barring appointees from contesting elections

Court nullifies section of electoral act barring appointees from contesting elections A federal high court in Umuahia, Abia state, on Friday March 18, nullified a section of the electoral act barring political appointees from contesting elections. Justice Evelyn Anyadike who held that the section was unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and cannot stand, ordered the attorney-general of the federation to immediately delete section 84 (12) of the amended Electoral Act, 2022. Anyadike noted that Sections 66(1)(f), 107(1)(f), 137(1)(f) and 182(1)(f) of the 1999 Constitution already stipulated that appointees of government seeking to contest elections should resign at least 30 days to the date of the election. She held that any other law that mandated such appoint...
We’ll take decision on court ruling against Umahi next week – INEC
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We’ll take decision on court ruling against Umahi next week – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it would decide on the court ruling that sacked Dave Umahi as Governor of Ebonyi state next week. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in a statement released on Thursday March 17, said the commission met on Thursday and deliberated on a wide range of issues, including the rising tide of litigations that do not directly involve the Commission, but in which the principal parties joined it. Okoye also said the Commission was briefed by its Litigation and Prosecution Department, including an update on litigations, showing that in the last three months, the Commission has been joined in 71 new cases in various Courts across the country. He...
I won’t resign  and  will complete my tenure – Malami
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I won’t resign and will complete my tenure – Malami

I won?t resign - Malami insists he will complete his tenure Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that he won’t resign from office, instead, he will see his tenure to a "glorious end" by May 2023. Speaking on Thursday, March 17, during his keynote address at a conference organised by the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents in Abuja, he debunked reports that he resigned from office. Malami said: "It is high time that we enhance media literacy for Nigerians to appreciate fact-checking and verification of information. "Many who relied on some unprofessional information disseminators will be taken aback that the Malami that was claimed to have resigned as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister...
Umahi will lose again at Appeal Court
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Umahi will lose again at Appeal Court

Ebonyi governor, David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, who were sacked last week by Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, will lose their case at the Court of Appeal. The two top politicians in the state were sacked on the grounds of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Making the prediction is Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC). In an interview with Daily Independent, Sagay said it is likely that the judgment by the Federal High Court will be sustained by the Court of Appeal. He said Umahi may have a problem in the Court of Appeal because the judgment was in line with the Supreme Court ruling that removed Celestine Omehia and installed Chi...
I didn’t clear Abba Kyari of money laundering allegation, I asked for further probe – Malami
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I didn’t clear Abba Kyari of money laundering allegation, I asked for further probe – Malami

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has said that he didn't clear embattled police officer, Abba Kyari, but recommended further investigation against him. Recall that Malami triggered a controversy after saying that there's no “sufficient evidence” that Abba Kyari was involved in the money laundering case he was indicted in by the US Department of Justice.  However making clarification in a statement released by his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu on Sunday March 13, Malami said media reports about a contradiction in his stance on the matter show a misunderstanding and misconception of the issue. He said; “The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice’s stance is that...
NIN-SIM linkage: Buhari sued for granting access to subscribers’ details’
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NIN-SIM linkage: Buhari sued for granting access to subscribers’ details’

President Muhammadu Buhari has been sued over his failure to rescind his approval for security agencies to access people’s personal details via NIN-SIM linkage without due process of law. The suit was filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). Buhari in February reportedly gave his approval for some security agencies to access the database of the National Identity Management Commission in the course of carrying out their duties. But in the suit number FHC/L/CS/448/2022 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP is asking the court to determine “whether the approval for security agencies to access people’s personal details via the National Identification Number [NIN] without due process is consistent with the principles of legality, neces...
JUST IN : Russia sues Meta, calls for Instagram to be blocked over ‘death calls’
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JUST IN : Russia sues Meta, calls for Instagram to be blocked over ‘death calls’

Vladimir Putin Moscow on Friday said it was opening a criminal case against Meta for “calling for the murder” of Russians, saying the parent company of Facebook and Instagram had relaxed rules on violent messages aimed at Russia’s army and leaders. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it was launching an investigation “due to illegal calls for the murder of Russian nationals by employees of the American company Meta.” Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office also requested that the internet giant be branded “extremist” and called for Instagram to be blocked in the country. The announcement came over two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine, with Russia seeking to ban any criticism of the military campaign. The Genera...