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Babachir Lawal granted bail



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Lawal was remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, after he pleaded not guilty to the 10-count charge of N544,119,925.36 charges levelled against him by EFCC.






He is being tried alongside Hamidu David Lawal, Sulaiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday, Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited

At the resumed sitting on the bail application on Wednesday, the Judge, Jude Okeke, granted Lawal and the other defendants bail in the sum of N50million each, with one surety in like sum.

According to the Judge, the sureties must be resident in Abuja, own landed property and also provide evidence of tax payment in the last three years.

Lawal and other defendants were also directed to deposit their international passports, pending the determination of their bail applications.

The case was adjourned till March 18, 2019, for the commencement of trial.

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CCB threatens to go after political office holders over assets

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Kano State has reminded all outgoing elected and appointed political office holders to declare their assets at the end of their tenure.

This was contained in a statement signed by the CCB state Director, Umar Saulawa, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday.

He said there was the need for the affected political office holders to declare their assets in line with provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended.

“We want to remind all the outgoing elected and appointed political office holders in the state to come forward to the Bureau’s office to collect their assets declaration form,” he said.

He warned that failure to comply with the directive amounts to a breach of the law and attracts necessary sanctions against defaulting public officers.

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Buhari extends appointment of acting CJN, Muhammad

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Ibrahim Muhammed, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by three months.

Soji Oye, NJC spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Oye said the council met and approved Buhari’s request to extend the appointment of Muhammad by three months.

The statement read: “The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper report stating that the council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April, 2019 and at the 88th Meeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the president.”

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Senator Akpabio’s lawyer lied – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged Barrister Patrick Umoh, a lawyer to former Senate Minority leader, Godswill Obot Akpabio, to refrain from telling lies and sponsoring cheap blackmail against the commission.

DAILY POST recalls that Umoh had accused INEC of denying the legal team of Senator Akpabio access to electoral materials of the just-concluded 2019 Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial election to help their case in the tribunal.

But responding to Umoh’s allegations, the Public Affairs Officer of the Commission in Akwa Ibom State, Don Etukudo, disclosed in a statement yesterday that the allegations was a cheap blackmail, stressing that Akwa Ibom INEC under the leadership of Mike Igini was working round the clock to uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

He reminded Barrister Umoh that lawyers were men of honour who at all time should draw a line between bad politics and advancing the cause of Justice.

“We urge the good people of Akwa Ibom State to disregard this cheap blackmail by Barr. Patrick Umoh and his cohorts and be assured that INEC under the leadership of Mike Igini, Esq, will at all times work to uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

“Barr. Patrick Umoh must be told that Lawyers are men of honour and should be honourable enough to draw a line between bad politics and advancing the cause of justice,” Etukudo said.

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