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Court restrains Obaseki 48hours to Edo PDP primary election

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Court restrains Obaseki 48hours to Edo PDP primary election

Barely 48 hours to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primary for Edo State Governorship election a Federal High Court sitting in Portharcourt has restrained
Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the primary election.

While the primary election is scheduled for 25 June, 2020 the ban order was given 22 June, 2020 by Justice E.A. Obile of the Court.
The ban was based on a motion ex parte filed by a PDP member, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.
Joined in the suit are Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission, chairman of the party screening committee, Kingsley Chinda and other members of the committee.
Obaseki, a decampee from APC , was named as the eighth defendant in the case.
The applicant is seeking a court order to restrain Secondus and the party from allowing Obaseki to buy the forms for the primary, other than those who bought the forms within the timetable initially published for the election.
Justice Obile granted the interim injunction as requested.
The PDP, mindful of the legal minefield announced a waiver for Obaseki, to enable him participate in the primary election, even though he joined the party only on Friday 19 June last week.
The party also reconvened the Chinda screening committee which had ended its assignment on 5 June
The committee specially screened Obaseki on Saturday 20 June.
All the parties in the case were to be served via substituted means.
Substantive hearing in the case has been adjourned till Wednesday 24 June.

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Sexual molestation: Respite at last, as Court grants bail to Baba Ijesha for N2m

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At last a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has granted James Olanrewaju Omiyinka, known as Baba Ijesha, bail in the sum of N2 million.
The actor was arraigned before the Special Offences Court in Lagos on charges of sexual assault, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual assault by penetration.
The judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, said bail is a constitutional right and not a discretionary right.
After he was alleged to have sexually molested a minor at age 7 and 14 Baba Ijesha was arrested and detained by the Lagos state police
He was first granted bail on May 17 — after spending about 25 days in police detention — by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion however he was remanded in police custody despite the bail.

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Suit seeking to remove Buhari gets July 21 hearing date

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A suit by a former presidential candidate Ambrose Albert Owuru seeking court order to declare the presidential seat vacant is billed for hearing on July 21st, 2021 the Federal High Court in Abuja has indicated
The hearing notices which were served on the parties by the court bailiff also communicated the date

The presiding Chief Judge of the Federal high court, Justice John Tsoho, has assigned the case to Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo for adjudication.

Other defendants other than President Buhari, in the suit with reference number FHC/ABJ/CS/480/2021 include the Attorney General of the Federation and the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as first, second and third defendants respectfully. 

Owuru had dragged President Buhari before the court with the prayer for an order to declare the presidency’s vacant on the premise that Buhari was not the winner of the February 2019 presidential election. 

Owuru, who a British trained constitutional lawyer was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982, is asking the court to declare that Buhari as illegally occupying the presidential seat. 

He contested the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Hope Democratic Party.
He is asking the court to declare him as the authentic winner of the poll and another order of the court directing his immediate inauguration to take over from Buhari. 
Owuru claimed that he won the February 16. 2019 Presidential election in the suit he instituted on June 16. 2021, adding that his suit against Buhari at the Supreme Court was inconclusive due to errors on adjourned date. 

He is also asking the court for a declaration that he is entitled to serve out a tenure of 4 years after his formal inauguration. 

Among other reliefs , the ex presidential candidate wants Buhari removed from office with immediate effect and also be ordered to refund all salaries allowances and emoluments he collected while being unlawfully in office as President. 

Owuru pleaded with the court to give order that salaries, allowances and emoluments be paid to him from May 29. 2019 when he ought to have been sworn in till date.

He also applied for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation and Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from further organizing and conducting any Presidential election in 2023 so as to enable him complete his 4 year term when inaugurated.

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$3m bribery: Farouk Lawan bags 7 years jail term

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Former Chairman, House of Representatives probe panel chairman, Honourable Farouk Lawal has bagged seven-year jail term for demanding $3 million bribe from Femi Otedola.

Former chairman of the federal house of representatives ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy has been handed 7 years jail term over the $3 million bribery charges preferred against him by the federal government.

Justice Angela Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo who gave the judgement found Lawal guilty yesterday in all three-count charge brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

Lawan was the chairman of the house of representatives probe panel that Superintendent over the investigation of the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.

He was accused of demanding $3 million from Femi Otedola to remove Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited (Otedola’s company) from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012.
Lawan, who was arraigned on seven count charges of bribery by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), was alleged to have collected $500,000 bribe from Otedola.

The charge was later amended to three counts.
Otedola, while giving evidence as the fifth prosecution witness, said the defendant had demanded $3 million from him with a threat to indict his company.
The businessman said he proceeded to report the issue to the DSS and was given $500,000 in marked notes. Also, the DSS had planted a camera in Otedola’s house
The drama then on a video clip that went viral showed Lawan popularly known as Mr. Itetgrity clearly stuffing wads of dollar bills into his pocket and in his cap after which he replaced the cap on his head.

Farouk Lawan, received the bribes from oil mogul, Femi Otedola.

For each of the visits to Otedola according to multiple sources, five video recordings, averaging a duration of eight to 10 minutes, were made.
Most of the recordings were made at Mr Otedola’s Abuja home in the Asokoro district of Abuja.
Each time Mr Lawan visited, Mr Otedola’s apartment was secretly fitted with audio and visual recording devices by the SSS.
The lawmaker negotiated the terms of the bribe with Mr Otedola over lunch on the first visit, the sources said. He later received the first part of $250,000 on the second visit, which was around 11 p.m

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