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Court Dismisses Corruption Charges Against Tompolo, Others By EFCC

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court Wednesday dismissed all the 40 counts bordering on alleged N34 billion fraud filed by the Federal Government against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a company linked to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.

Mr Ekpemupolo was charged alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi; Kime Engozu; Rex Elem; Gregory Mbonu; and Warredi Enisuoh.

Three other firms – Odimiri Electrical Limited; Boloboere Property and Estate Limited; and Destre Consult Limited – were also defendants in the criminal case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2015.

The ex-militant leader was initially joined as the first defendant in the suit, but his name was removed from the charge sheet after he ignored an order to appear in court, despite the judge issuing an arrest warrant on him.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Mr Buba upheld the defendants’ no-case submission, saying the prosecution “failed to establish a prima facie case” against them.

In the charges, the EFCC had accused the defendants of conspiring among themselves to divert various sums running into over N34bn, belonging to NIMASA to their personal use.

The EFCC said they acted contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and were liable to punishment under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The first count of the amended 40 counts read, “That you, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), Patrick Akpobolokemi and Global West Vessel Specialist Limited in 2012, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: conversion of the sum of N601, 516.13 and $1,766,428.62, property of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, knowing that the said sums were proceeds of stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

The defendants had, during their arraignment four years ago, all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Court says Ize-Iyamu is not a member of the APC

Justice Aghamiojie of the High Court of Justice sitting in Benin City has just now ruled that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is not a member of the APC.

The court held that the waiver given to him is null and void as he could not prove to the court that he actually did an online registration.

The High Court of Justice sitting in Benin City, disqualified Pastor Ize-Iyamu from participating in forthcoming Primaries on the grounds that he is not a registered member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Political Thugs Prevent Court Sitting In Umuahia

SCORES of suspected political thugs allegedly mobilised by a faction of the APC in Abia State yesterday, disrupted activities at the State High Court sitting at Okpuala Ngwa and stopped the court from sitting.

The activities of the thugs alleged to be supporters of the Donatus Nwankpa faction of the party in the state, had arrived the court premises early in bus and were positioned by one of their leaders in strategic places in the court premises, including the two entrances through which lawyers and litigants enter the court room. They also blocked the narrow road leading to the court which is located in a remote area of Isiala Ngwa North Council headquarters, with one of the buses to prevent those in the other faction from having access to the Court. The leader who directed affairs for the thugs was overheard boasting that the court would not sit.

As instructed by their leader, the thugs who were armed with dangerous weapons, including machete, identified members of Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe-led executive committee, backed by an order of the court and stopped them from gaining access to the court and even beat some of them, including the youth leader of that faction who had his shirt torn to pieces. The situation degenerated to a level where some vehicles belonging to the Ndukwe camp were attacked and the windshield of a four- wheel Toyota Jeep belonging an official of the camp was broken. Worried by the development, one of the lawyers to Ndukwe camp approached his colleague from the Nwankpa faction to prevail on the people but his effort did not stop them. Sensing danger under the tense and chaotic atmosphere, aimed at frustrating the Court from sitting, the presiding Judge, Justice Collington Okoroafor directed the registrar of the court to take a date with the parties, who after a long argument, eventually, agreed on October 31st, 2018. The matter has been enmeshed in controversies ranging from disparaging the rulings of the court and the Judge; to transferring the case file to another court without the knowledge of the presiding judge and lawyers to Ndukwe faction, an action the Judge has since directed the Court registrar to reverse and return the file for him to hear the motions on transfer and other pending motions before him. Meanwhile, the Ndukwe faction has petitioned the State Chief Judge over the unauthorised removal of the case file which they said was a “criminal obstruction of justice, and muzzling and ridiculing of the judiciary and to pervert the course of justice in our suit”. The petition signed by Ndukwe and other officers of the party, said: “We write to strongly protest the unilateral, fraudulent removal of the case file of our suit no: HIN/4/2018 [Fabian Okonkwo and others vs All Progressives Congress and 5 others] before His Lordship HON. Justice C. U. Okoroafor without due notification, consent and approval of the presiding Judge. “This illegal action, we humbly submit, is tantamount to criminal obstruction of justice and ridiculing of the judiciary with the aim of perverting the course of justice in our suit.” “Please note that the court, by an interlocutory order on May 8, 2018, gave our executive legitimacy as authentic and legally constituted party EXCO in Abia State. Since the order was issued, several motions and counter motions which have been filed are still pending in the court, which were adjourned to October 2, 2018 for hearing.

On the said date, October 2, 2018, the court sat, called up the case and it was discovered that the case file was strangely missing. “The defendants’ penchant for disrespecting judicial orders and processes has been curious right from the outset, when they were served with the suit. They ignored it, and refused to appear in court after three adjournments. The court in its wisdom granted an interlocutory order in our favour. Only then did they bestir themselves into action, which regrettably, was to disparage the honourable court as a “kangaroo court” and instructed their supporters to ignore the order. “Thereafter, they approached the same court they maligned to set aside the order. When that ruse failed, they went to town again characterizing the refusal as “judicial rascality”. To worsen matters, the sacked state APC chairman, Donatus Nwankpa [allegedly] boasted that the matter would be wrestled from the current Judge to “a friendly Judge.

“We appeal to the commission to wade into this unacceptable development by doing a thorough investigation of the involvement of these officers of the law with a view to restoring the integrity and sanity of our judicial system in Abia State in particular and Nigeria in general. We trust in your timely intervention”.

Source: Vanguard

EDOCSO drags Edo State government to court over abandoned projects

Some abandoned police facilities in Edo State

Edo Civil Society Organisations have dragged Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDSOPADEC), the commission saddled with responsibility to manage the 13% oil derivation fund due Edo state to a high court sitting in Benin City over non disclosure of project details under the Freedom of Information Act.

The court case arose by reason of a Freedom of Information request by EDOCSO on some abandoned Police Station projects scattered across the state constructed by EDSOPADEC which it declined to give details of contract to the former. The FOI request was initiated amidst disturbing wave of crimes in the state leading to the kidnap and high profile killings in the state.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the organization, Comrade Osazee Edigin read: “It is our belief that such a project would go in no little measure in assisting our law enforcement agent in addressing the menace of criminals by boosting their psychology as some of the police stations are on lease.

“The era of shoddy and abandoned projects in Edo state is over, government must be accountable and transparent to the people in whom power is held in trust. The people must enjoy those dividends of good governance due them. It will be counter-productive to allow a few to embezzle our commonwealth to the anguish of the masses. One major reason that makes politicians use money to buy their way through election is because they believe they can always do things like this to recoup their expenses. All that will soon stop in Edo state.

“The court case comes up on the 23rd of April, 2018 at the High Court on 6, Aguobasimwin Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State. We enjoin all members of Edo Civil Society Organisations and the general public who wants Edo state to be rid of corrupt practices and the enthronement of transparency and accountability to the people to be present in court. Time: 9am


My husband rapes me in front of our children, woman tells court

“My husband rapes me in the presence of our children,” a 40-year-old trader, Bolanle AbdulKareem, told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday.Bolanle said her husband, Olasunkanmi, with whom she had three children in their 17-year-old marriage, molests her whenever he got drunk.

She said: “Whenever my husband comes home drunk, he will want to make love to me by fire by force and I will caution him not to do it in the presence of our children.

“He will beat me and make love to me by force, while the children watch us.

“There was a day I came back from work and I met my children, one on top of another doing what they always see their father do to me.”

The petitioner also said her husband always threatened to kill her.

She said: “My husband derives pleasure in beating me.

“There was a day he beat me and broke my leg.

“One day, he threatened to kill me, so I ran to one of my relative’s house.

“My husband came there, he met my sister’s husband ironing his clothes, he snatched the iron from him and started chasing me with it.

“Seeing his desperation, I ran into the street and my husband still chased me with the pressing iron.

“Anytime, I reported him at the Police Station, the Police always tell me that it is a family matter and refused to caution him.”

Bolanle described her husband as an irresponsible husband and father, who did not care about the welfare and education of the children.

According to her, Olasunkanmi neither cares for her nor the children, adding that she is the one paying the school fees of the children.

She said: “He has a tricycle that he is using for business, but he always uses the proceeds to drink to stupor and usually loses self control.”

She begged the court to dissolve their marriage, adding that she was no longer in love with the husband.

However, Olasunkanmi, who did not deny the allegation of raping his wife, however, begged the court not to dissolve the union.

He said: “Please, do not dissolve our marriage, I still love my wife, I know I have made a mistake; I will make amend.”

The 42-year-old commercial tricycle operator admitted that he used to beat his wife, whenever she flouted his orders.

Olasunkanmi said: “I don’t derive pleasure in beating her, but I only beat her whenever she disobeys my instruction.

“The day I snatched the pressing iron from my in-law, I only wanted to use the iron wire to beat her and not to burn her.”

He said he was not a drunk, but that he drank moderately.

The President of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, ordered the couple to come along with three members of their families for Alternative Dispute Resolution.