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Lockdown: Mobile Court Slams Naira Marley N100, 000 Fine

Popular musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley has been awarded a fine of N100, 000 by a Mobile Court in Lagos over holding a musical concert during lockdown in Abuja. Charged along him was his Manager, Seyi Awonuga.

Naira Marley was arraigned by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Lagos State Police Command before the Lagos State Special Offences ( Mobile) Court , Oshodi , for violating the ban on interstate travels.

The controversial artiste left Lagos for the Federal Capital Territory for a concert on Saturday, June 13 , 2020 .

The concert , which held at the Jabi Lake Mall , Abuja , attracted public outrage.
The government thereafter shut down the mall and stopped the operation of the airline, whose plane conveyed Naira Marley .

The Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , was said to have ordered Naira Marley ’ s arrest .

It was learnt that the singer and his manager turned themselves in at the police station on Thursday and were subsequently arrested .

The state Police Public Relations Officer , SP Bala Elkana , confirmed the development in a statement .

Elkana said that it will be recalled that on June 13 , 2020 , around 2 pm , the suspect , in total violation of the lockdown order, embarked on a non -essential travel from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos the same date through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Ikeja , for a musical concert in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and was arraigned alongside his manager , Seyi Awonuga , on one count of breach of cessation of movement and interstate travel order made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Regulation 4 ( i ) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency (Prevention ) Regulation No . 2 of 2020 , and committed an offence punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Law , Ch . P16 , Laws of Lagos State , 2015.

He concluded by saying that two accused persons pleaded guilty to the charge and were awarded a fine of N100 , 000 each by the presiding magistrate .

Court Asks Man To Pay N1 Million For Stealing Female Magistrate’s Phone

A magistrate court in Abakaliki has granted a 20-year-old boy who stole a magistrate’s phone bail of 1 million Naira with one surety in like sum.

Report had it that Obiemezie Chiekezie snatched the magistrate’sphone, Mrs Ezeugo Esther while she was jogging along Nna Street in the Udensi area of state capital around 5 . 30 am when the suspect snatched the phone from her and ran away.

It was gathered that efforts to trace the suspect proved abortive on the day of the incident , until Wednesday when he was eventually tracked down by men of the Nigeria Police Force . Chiekezie was consequently arraigned on one count of stealing , on Friday.

The Police Prosecutor , Mr Sabastine Alunona , told the court that the offence was punishable under Section 402 (A) of the Criminal Code Cap . 33 , Vol . 1 , Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria , 2009 .

No bail application was made on the suspect ’ s behalf as he was not represented by any defence counsel.

But in her ruling , the Chief Magistrate , Mrs Nnenna Onuoha , granted him bail in the sum of N1 m , with one surety in like sum.

Corruption Allegation: Court Dismisses Sanusi Case, Favours Ganduje

Kano Federal High Court has dismissed a case filed by the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, seeking to stop investigation over alleged racketeering of landed property of the Kano Emirate Council.

Sanusi, in an ex parte motion, sought the court to stop the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) from investigating him.

The suit also sought an order restraining the PCACC Chairman, Mr. Muhyi Rimingado, Attorney-General of Kano State and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje from investigating him.

But, the presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, in a ruling, said that the commission did not violate the right of the emir by investigating the allegations against him.

Allagoa, thereafter, dismissed the case, adding that the fundamental human right of Sanusi was not infringed.

Sanusi is being investigated by PCACC over alleged N2.2 billion land racketeering at Gandun Sarki area of Kano.

Other Kano Emirate Council members under investigation are Sarki Ibrahim, the Makaman of Kano and Shehu Dankadai, the Sarkin Shanun Kano.

Recall that court had sometime in February ordered PCACC to stop its investigation on the emir and ordered the parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter

Orji Kalu: EFCC ready to go back to court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) says it is waiting on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the N7.1bn fraud case of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State governor, soi that a fresh trial can commence.

Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) who is the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC that the anti-graft agency had already made an application to the Federal High Court Chief Judge to re-assign the case to a judge who will now handle it.

Recall that Kalu had previously been convicted of a N7.1bn fraud last December and subsequently sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.

The ruling which convicted and imprisoned Kalu to a sentence was overruled by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris was who gave the verdict, lacked jurisdiction to preside over the case as he had been elevated to the Court of Appeal and ceased to a judge of the Federal High Court as of when he delivered the judgment.

The Supreme Court has subsequently asked that the trial, be started all over again before another judge. The trial took 12 years to complete.

Consequently, Kalu, who had been in the prison custody since December last year when Justice Idris delivered the judgment, regained his freedom last week.

Nigeria loses $1bn in law suit against Shell, Eni in the UK

A court in the United Kingdom has dismissed a $1bn bribery suit instituted against oil giants – Royal Dutch Shell and Eni by – the Federal Government of Nigeria, Bloomberg reports.

The judgement was delivered by, Christopher Butcher at a virtual hearing on Friday, putting to rest the long-standing trial on the Malabu oil deal of 2011.

The Christopher Butcher ruled that no English Court had the jurisdiction to try the case since it involves the same essential facts as a separate Italian criminal case.

The ruling connotes victory for the oil companies involved in the case, which have been clouded by accusations in a years-old dispute over exploration rights to a tract in the Gulf of Guinea called Oil Prospecting License 245 that has spread to courtrooms throughout Europe.

The Nigerian government accused the companies of diverting the monies that were paid for the acquisition of the oil exploration licence in 2011 to bribes and kickbacks.

It says Shell and Eni are partly responsible for the behaviour of Nigerian officials who used a $1.1bn payment to acquire the oil block for personal enrichment. Shell and Eni have denied any wrongdoing.

“We maintain that the 2011 settlement of long-standing legal disputes related to OPL 245 was a fully legal transaction with Eni and the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the most senior officials of the relevant ministries,” Shell said in a statement.

The Nigerian government said in its own statement that the Italian criminal case has a completely separate legal basis from the UK civil case and it would seek permission to appeal.

Eni reportedly declined to comment on the matter.

The ruling does not affect ongoing Italian criminal proceedings, where Nigeria has a separate legal claim.

The Malabu scam, described as one of the most fraudulent oil deals in the world, involved the payment of $1.1bn by oil giants, Shell and Eni, to the Federal Government accounts in 2011 for OPL 245, said to hold reserves of about 9.23 billion barrels of oil.

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