NBA PETITIONS COMMISSION, PANEL OVER MALAMI, MAGISTRATE’S ROLES IN ODILI’S HOME RAID – PUNCH PG.2
he National Executive Council of the Nigerian Bar Association has resolved to file a petition against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and Mr. Emmanuel Iyanna, the Chief Magistrate in Abuja, who issued a search warrant for security officials to search the home of a Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili.
A top member of the NBA NEC told Newsmen on Wednesday that Malami would be reported to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, which would consider if the AGF should be stripped of his title of a senior advocate.
COUNSEL BATTLE OVER FINAL FORFEITURE OF $899,600, COURT RESERVES RULING – PUNCH PG.39
Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has reserved ruling on the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the final forfeiture of $899,600 till January 31. Justice Giwa Ogunbanjo had on December 4, 2019, ordered the interim forfeiture of the money upon an ex parte application by the EFCC, which asked that the money recovered from an apartment at Sigma Apartment on Embu Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja, be forfeited to the Federal Government, being suspected proceeds of illicit activities.
ODILI: A RAID SO BRAZEN, SO CRAZY – SUN PG.22
Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON. Remember him? Of course, you dare not forget him; now or in future. You can’t risk that. Our memory is not short and poor. “Now Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, (the CJN) is (allegedly) sick. The next in line is Justice Mary Odili. Some nights ago, one of Nigeria’s security agencies was reported to have organized a raid in her home to nail her of some crime in order to disqualify her from being the next CJN. “The desperate plot is to stop Justice Odili from succeeding Justice Mohammed and becoming the CJN. A southerner must never be allowed to be CJN or head an arm of government.
ABSENCE OF EFCC COUNSEL STALLS EX-MINISTER, DIEZANI’S TRIAL – SUN PG.6
The absence of counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in court on Wednesday stalled the money laundering trial. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Federal High Court, Abuja had fixed today, Nov. 3, for the EFCC to give a report on its effort at extraditing Alison-Madueke to the country to stand her trial, and for possible mention of the case.
MISAPPROPRIATION: I HAVE NO CASE TO ANSWER, EX-MINISTER KABIRU TURAKI TELLS COURT – NATION PG.6
Former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Kabiru Turaki, on Wednesday, indicated his interest to file a no-case submission after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) closed its case. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Turaki is being tried by the EFCC before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja.Turaki, alongside three others, was arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on unlawful and criminal misappropriation of funds to the tune of N715 million.
DSS NABS LECTURERS WHO ‘LEAKED EXAM QUESTIONS TO STUDENTS’ – DAILY TRUST PG.38
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested some lecturers over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB). They were arrested in a joint operation carried out by the DSS and and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The joint operation tagged ‘Operation Combo’ conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, led to the arrests of lecturers, security officers, workers and students from some of the participating universities in the exam.
POLICEMEN, SOLDIER SHOT DEAD AS ISWAP HITS BORNO AGAIN – DAILY TRUST PG.13
Suspected fighters of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) have killed two policemen and a soldier at Malam Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. Security sources confirmed this to Daily Trust, saying the deceased were members of a joint security team conducting clearance operations in the area in preparation for the return and resettlement of Displaced Persons (IDPs).
LAWYER JAILED SEVEN YEARS FOR PERJURY, FABRICATION OF EVIDENCE – PUNCH PG.39
Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced a lawyer, Kenneth Ajoku, to seven years imprisonment for offences bordering on perjury and fabrication of evidence. According to a statement on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in 2017, the EFCC received intelligence about a group of fraudsters who were selling the Federal Government’s properties.
CUSTOMS INTERCEPT 230 PARCELS OF INDIAN HEMP IN KATSINA – DAILY TRUST PG.12
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Katsina State Command, has arrested one Saifullahi Lawal with 230 parcels of Indian hemp. The acting Controller of the NCS in Katsina, Mr Dalha Wada-Chedi, disclosed this on Wednesday while handing over the suspect and the exhibit to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
NORTHERN ELDERS REJECT SPECIAL TREATMENT, TRIAL FOR KANU – SUN PG.7
Pan–Arewa socio-politcal group, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has rejected special treatment and trial for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The group advised the Federal Government to ensure his trial proceed in accordance with the laws of the land without any special treatment, adding that elite who want special treatment accorded to him for peace “are merely inviting more threats on the people.”
2022 BUDGET IMPROVEMENT ON NDLEA’S FORTUNE –MARWA – SUN PG.8, DAILY TRUST PG.38, THISDAY PG.6, PUNCH PG.40
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohamed Marwa, has said the proposed 2022 budget allocation to the agency is a great improvement on its fortune and previous budgets.
Marwa stated this, yesterday, during the budget defence of the agency before the House Committee on Narcotic Drugs, where he expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, for their understanding of the challenges of the 32 years old agency and their support to enhance its capability and performance.
11 PRISON INMATES GAIN ADMISSION INTO NOUN – SUN PG.27
There was jubilation in the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ibara Ogun State, yesterday, as 11 inmates in the facility were matriculated into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to study various courses including Business Administration, Political Science, Criminology and Security Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Administration. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, charged the inmates to be good ambassadors of NOUN in their conduct.