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Odili placed on EFCC watch list -NIS tells court

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Sept 15, 2021

Former Rivers  Governor, Mr Peter Odili has been placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC )  says the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS)
The NIS revealed this on Wednesday in response to a suit filed by Odili challenging  the seizure of his international passport by the service.
When the matter was called  on Wednesday, counsel to the service, Mr Jimoh Adamu informed the court that he had just filed a counter affidavit to oppose the suit of the former governor.
Adamu sought a brief adjournment to enable him put his house in order.
Odili’s counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe did not oppose the request for a short adjournment.
Justice Mohammed then adjourned the matter until  Sept. 28 for hearing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former governor had dragged the NIS and it’s Comptroller-General to the Federal High Court  challenging the seizure of his passport at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja for undisclosed reasons.
In the fundermental rights enforcement suit, he claimed that the international passport with number B50031305 was seized from him on June 20 by operatives of the service.
Odili prayed the court to compel the two respondents to release the passport to him.
He also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction against the service from further harrassing, embarrassing, intimidating or interfering with his fundermental right to freedom of movement.
The former governor also demanded a written apology for the embarrassment caused him by the service.
In a counter affidavit,  the service  justified the seizure of Odili’s passport and faulted his claims in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/965/2021.
“The applicant’s passport was seized because he is on the service’s (NIS’) watch list as requested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
“It is the government’s policy that streamlines the security agencies present at the point of entry/exit from the country.
“The respondents (NIS and its Comptroller-General) are the lead agency for the above stated function.
“All security agencies collaborate by submitting list of any person on the watch list to the respondents
“By virtue of Section 31 of the Immigration Act 2015, the respondents are empowered to prevent the departure from Nigeria where there is a request to arrest such a person in the public interest as requested in the instant case by the EFCC.
“By the above section of the Immigration Act, the respondents are empowered to seize the applicant’s international passport because he was watch listed sequel to EFCC requested,” it said.
The NIS argued that Odili’s suit  was pre-mature as he allegedly failed to meet the condition precedent to the filing of such suits.
“This action is premature and incompetent as the applicant failed to serve pre-action notice on the service as condition precedent before filing this suit against the respondents.
“The failure to serve pre-action notice robs this honourable court of jurisdiction.
“The applicant is not entitled to the reliefs sought and the suit should be dismissed with substantial cost for failure to comply with condition precedent,” the service said.
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Court fixes Nov. 17 suit challenging jurisdiction in Okorocha’s suit against Imo Govt

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Sept 22, 2021

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, fixed Nov. 17 to hear application challenging its jurisdiction in the suit filed by former Imo Gov., Rochas Okorocha, against the state government and others.
Justice Mohammed fixed the date after Okorochas’ counsel,  Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, moved for an adjournment on the ground that the head of the staff in his chamber, Emeka Okoye, died recently. 
 
The prayer for adjournment was not opposed by counsel to defendants in the suit, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/558/2020 filed on May 28, 2020, had urged the court to restrain the EFCC and others from probing him.
While the EFCC is the 1st respondent, the 2nd to 48th respondents are the Attorney General (AG) of Imo and members of the seven panels set up to probe previous administrations in the state.
NAN also reports that Okorocha had, on June 29, urged the court to make an order setting aside the seizure and sealing of some of his property by the state government.
Okorocha also asked the court to restrain the defendants from investigating him or implementing the recommendations of the seven panels set up to probe him while he served as the state governor between June 2006 and May 2019 pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Meanwhile Eze Duri-Ihuoma, SAN, who is 44th defendant and appearing for himself in the matter, told the newsmen shortly after the case was adjourned that the suit filed by Okorocha did not disclose any reasonable cause of action, hence, the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
According to him, the subject matter jurisdiction is not there in the suit and that the application is alien to the law.
“The applicant is claiming that because the EFCC is investigating him, the state government should fold his hands and not probe him.
“That is alien. Some of us had also argued that the former governor was simply saying, ‘extend my immunity.’
“But his immunity ended when he left office and he wants that immunity extended,” he said
The lawyer said he was hopeful that the suit would be dismissed because it lacked merit.
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Love scam: Court orders forfeiture of 1 iPhones, car, $1,500 to FG

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Sept 21, 2021

A Kwara state High Court on Tuesday ordered the forfeiture of one iPhone, 1,500 dollars and vehicle to the Federal Government coffers.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Tunde Olagunju, Hassan Olanrewaju, 29, and Ojo  Adewale, a Bricklayer with crime bordering on love scam and cybercrimes.

Delivering judgment, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye said:”I have carefully considered the facts and circumstances of the matter, most especially the charges.

“I have also considered the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, evidence tendered without objection and the confessional statements of the defendants.

“There is no justiciable reason for the court to free the defendants off the hook.

“In the circumstance, the court finds the defendants guilty of the offence,” he said.

Oyinloye sentenced Olagunju to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N650,000.

Similarly, the judge sentenced Olanrewaju to one year imprisonment on count one, with an option of fine of N250,000 and another one year on count two with the same option of fine.

“The custodial sentences will run concurrently. But if the convict prefers the option of fine, he shall pay the fine of N500,0000.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the defendant’s Silver color Toyota Camry Car, 2009 Model, with registration number LSR 431 GV and Gold Iphone 12 pro and 200 dollars which he acquired with the proceed of unlawful activities to the federal government.

Also, Adewale was sentenced to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N300,000.

The judge said that the convict should forfeit the Iphone XR, recovered from him, at the point of arrest to the federal government.

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My husband beats me, says I eat too much – Woman tells court

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Sept 20, 2021

A 23-year-old woman, Firdausi Sulaiman on Monday dragged her husband, Haruna Haruna, before a Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, seeking divorce on grounds that he beats her and says she eats too much.

In her petition, Suleiman, who lives in Rigasa in Kaduna, also told the court that her husband, Haruna, locks up the kitchen in the night.

”In our seven years of marriage, I have not spent a complete year  with out him sending me back to my parents house.

“I was forced into marrying Haruna when I was 16 by my father.

”He banned me from receiving visitors in our marital house. He also beats me.

”When I got fed up, my parents got tom know about what I have going through and reported the matter to his mother, His mother told me that he was possessed by evil spirit,” she said.

She prayed the court to terminate the marriage and give her custody of their one daughter.

In his defence, Haruna, a civil engineer through his counsel, M. K Mustapha,  said his client is mentally okay and is  not possessed.

”My client doesn’t look like someone who has evil spirits or has mental problems. In fact, he is currently in Katsina State executing some projects”, he said.

The Judge, Nuhu Falalu, after listening to both parties, adjourned the case until Oct. 4.

He ordered Haruna’s counsel to invite the couple’s parents or guardians to explore an amicable solution.

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