Category Archive : Judiciary

I Am On Medical Checkup And Enjoying My Life, Haters Can Hug Transformer – Ayo Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has asked Nigerians to hug transformer for questioning and criticising his recent groove abroad after he told the court he was sick and needed to seek medical care abroad.

Fayose who was dragged to Court by the EFCC is facing a N7billion fraud case. The former Governor who is known for drama told the court through his lawyers that he is very sick and requires urgent medical attention abroad else he might die.

The Court granted his request, but Fayose went abroad and sent pictures of himself partying by the beach and dancing with white women in a yatch.

The pictures above got Nigerians talking, with some blaming the Judiciary for always granting medical leave to corrupt elite when they have cases in court but the poor and ordinary thieves don’t get the same treatment..

Journalists Protection Body List 15 Worst Countries Fighting Journalists & Press Freedom

In light of the persecution of journalists around the globe and calls for press freedom worldwide by different countries, organizations and agencies, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released a list of countries that are worst jailers of journalists in 2019.

They are: China, Russia, Egypt, Iran, Rwanda, Bahrain, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Cameroon, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Burundi, Azerbaijan.

Agba Jalingo in court, persecuted by the Governor of Cross River State.

In recent times (even though not among the list of worst countries), Nigeria has faced a few cases of Governments jailing journalists for criticising or revealing the truth about their dirty and corrupt acts. One of such is Agba Jalingo, the editor of Cross River Watch who exposed the Cross River State Governor N500million alleged Microfinance fraud scheme.

The Governor, Sir Benedict Ayade masterminded the arrest and unlawful detention of Agba Jalingo for days before charging him to court on charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the Governor.

Mr Agba Jalingo is still in court.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.

There Is Press Freedom In Nigeria, That Is Why You Can Call The President ‘General Buhari’ – Femi Adesina

Mr Adesina

Nigerians woke up this morning to a shocking secular by Punch Newspapers saying that henceforth, they will address President Muhammadu Buhari as General Buhari.

This move according to them, is their own way of protest against the perceived tyranny they think is going on in the country under the administration of President Buhari.

This move is also connected to the re-arrest of Sowore the politician and convener of the revolution now which was aimed at unseating the democratically elected Government of President Buhari, by operatives of the DSS outside the court premises few days ago.

Reacting to the news from Punch, the media aide to the President, Mr Femi Adesina said that Buhari earned his rank as a General in the Army, so the media outfit is not going out of line, if they address President as General. He also added that their freedom to even bring up such a move is proof of the fact that there is press freedom in Nigeria.

“If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order. The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.”

Orji Kalu Remains a Senator And Will Receive His Full Salaries And Allowances In Prison – Senate

Former Governor of Abia State and the current Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, who was recently sentenced to 12years imprisonment for a 7billion naira fraud will continue to receive his salaries and all other entitlements while in prison, the Senate has said.

Senate spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed on Sunday, that despite his conviction, Mr Kalu remains a sitting senator and will be paid all of his entitlements in full.

According to him, until the case gets to Surpeme Court and a final judgement is given, Mr Kalu remains a serving lawmaker. “He is still a senator. This is the first court. .

The matter is going to Supreme Court so, he still has the opportunity to appeal up to the Supreme Court level. Of course they will pay him. Because he is a sitting senator just like I said…if you file for appeal, you are still serving and so they will pay you.

All his entitlements will be paid. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, even if Court of Appeal says they have upheld the judgement of the lower court, he still has the right to go to Supreme Court. So once the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgement is okay, then that’s the final,” he explained.

Billion Naira Hospital Linked To Okorocha’s Aide Forfeited To FG – EFCC

Rochas Okorocha

A day after a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for N7.65 billion fraud by a Federal High Court in Lagos, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured another victory in its campaign against grand corruption in public service as Justice T.G Ringin of a Federal High Court in Owerri, on December 6, ordered the final forfeiture of Dews of Hope Hospital, a N1.5 billion state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital, allegedly owned by an aide to a former governor of Imo State and serving senator, Rochas Okorocha.

The commission had on August 22, 2019, secured the interim forfeiture of the property from a vacation judge, A. T Mohammed, of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt. The application for interim forfeiture was triggered by evidence that the facility may have been acquired through proceeds of illicit activities, as funds from Government House, Owerri were traced to the hospital.

The commission’s investigation revealed that Paschal Obi, former Permanent Secretary and Principal Secretary to then Governor Okorocha, now a serving member of the House of Representatives was a signatory to the accounts.

However, Mr Obi, like members of the board of the hospital, vehemently denied ownership of the medical facility.

The managing director of the hospital on an invitation could not also explain how the hospital was funded.

These developments led the commission to file for the forefeiture of the property on July 25, 2019 under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud,and Other Related Offences Act 2006.

In granting the request for the interim forfeiture of the property, the court ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the order in a national newspaper, which was accordingly complied with in the Nation Newspaper of August 30, 2019 and Leadership Newspaper of September 3,2019 respectively, asking interested parties to show cause why the property should not be forfeited to the federal government within fourteen days from the dates of the publications.

Upon the expiration of the fourteen day notice and with no one showing interest in the hospital, the commission filed for the final forfeiture of the facility.

The hospital located at the heart of Owerri metropolis had an adjourning staff and doctor’s quarters.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity