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  1. COURT REJECTS EFCC’S BID TO SEIZE PATIENCE JONATHAN’S $8.4M, N7.35BN EFCC has lost its bid to seize the funds in 15 bank accounts linked to Patience Jonathan, the former first lady. The commission had filed an ex parte application seeking to seize the funds — totaling $8.4 million and over N7.35 billion — but the federal high court in Lagos rejected the commission’s bid to seize the funds Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, held that the bank accounts in question were already involved in a litigation process before two other courts.
  2. A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a Danish national, Peter Nielsen, who was suspected of killing his wife, Zainab Ali- Nielsen and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra. Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye remanded Nielsen, 53, in Ikoyi Prison, following an application by the police. Nielsen was docked on a two-count charge of unlawful killing. Nielsen’s plea was not taken. He was represented by Frank Udoka Amah. Prosecuting counsel, Effiong Asuquo, tendered a three-page application, containing 15 grounds for Nielsen’s remand in prison. He said: “There is overwhelming forensic evidence linking the defendant to the assault and murder of his wife and daughter. The investigation has also shown that the defendant was habitually violent to his late wife, Zainab.” According to Asuquo, a fight broke out between the couple in their flat at about 3:00 a.m. on that fateful day. Nielsen was allegedly seen fighting and hitting the deceased’s head on a wall by her two relations, Mimi, 11, and Faith, 13 who lived with them. She died from injuries sustained from the assault. The prosecutor alleged that Nielsen then poisoned Petra before dragging her body into the kitchen. Asuquo said: “He took the lifeless little girl and put her under the mother’s body and then put on gas stove burners in the kitchen so that it will be believed that the wife and daughter were suffocated to death by the cooking gas. It is in the national interest that the suspect remain in prison pending legal advice and his arraignment and trial.” Chief Magistrate Ayeye upheld his prayer. She remanded Nielsen in prison and adjourned the case till May 8 for the DPP’s advice.
  3. A Court in Manhattan on Thursday sentenced Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, who worked at the UN in 2013, to two years in prison after an exhaustive plea agreement with the court. It was a stunning defeat for the prosecutor who had asked that Shuaibu be sentenced to five years under the indictment. Shuaibu pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree; one count of Robbery in the Third Degree, a non-violent offense; and two counts of Grand Larceny, also non-violence offense. Grand larceny, also known as a grand theft, is the intentional taking of someone’s property or business under illegal conditions. Shuaibu received two years for the one count of Attempted Robbery in the ‘Second Degree’ and one year for the Robbery in the ‘This Degree’ and one year for the ‘Grand Larceny’ to run concurrently with the two years sentence. Therefore, Shuiabu is expected to be released from jail in about six months, having been arrested on April 18, 2017, for a string of bank robberies in New York. He was initially charged with robbery in the first degree, where he was facing 15 years in jail, according to his lawyer, Mr. Olayinka Dan Salami. However, the prosecutor was unable to sustain that charge before the grand jury, explained his other lawyer, Mr. Tim Pruitt, who represented him at arraignment. During the plea negotiation with the court, the court had offered Shuaibu one year prison term, but the judge changed her mind after the prosecutor submitted to the court a letter purportedly written by Shuaibu to obtain an office in New York. The defense attorneys had contested the accuracy of the letter and informed the court that the prosecution produced the letter because they were still upset that they were unable to get Shuaibu on a more serious charge However, the court refused to re-offer its original offer of one year. Rather than pleading to just one count under the indictment, the prosecutor also insisted that Shuiabu must plead guilty to all the four counts under the indictment. At that point, his lawyers suggested to him to re-consider his position to plead guilty and go to trial, but Shuaibu was very tired of staying in prison without knowing what going on trial would hold. DanSalami said he would have preferred a sentence of probation or one year at the most, even though the plea was a good plea in the realm of things. After the sentencing, Pruitt advised Shuaibu of his right to appeal and one of his paralegals met with Shuiabu to go over the appeal process.
  4. An Indian court Thursday jailed Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for five years for killing endangered animals on a hunting trip. Prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi told reporters outside the court in the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur: “The court has given a five-year jail term and fined Salman Khan 10,000 rupees ($150).” The lawyer said an arrest warrant was being prepared for the 52-year-old actor who would be sent to Jodhpur central jail. Khan, who pleaded not guilty, can still appeal.
  5. The 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, has been found guilty of human rights violation against an actress Ebere Ohakwe, by a Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State The court awarded N1 million in favour of Ohakwe against the Army and ordered the Division to tender an unreserved apology to the applicant. . The trial Judge, Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed of High Court 5, noted that the applicant proved her case, adding that she was entitled to reliefs she sought and restrained the defendants from carrying out further unlawful actions against her. . Recall that in January, 2017, the applicant was allegedly brutalized by one Olamilekan Suleiman, while traveling to Onitsha. He had accused her of discussing him with her friend, during a stop and search, an allegation Ohakwe denied.
  6. An unidentified man jumped to his death at the Lagos State Magistrate Court in Ogba because of a N40k debt which he got arrested for. He was arrested 6 months ago after his creditor had reported to the police that he had refused to pay up his debt. He was apparently arraigned yesterday and the young man obviously tired of being held for a debt he couldn’t pay up jumped to his death from the 3rd floor. This sad story was shared by twitter user @O-Nife
  7. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court has retired voluntarily from service. Earlier in the year, Justice Ademola was discharged and acquitted by an FCT high court on charges of money laundering and abuse of office. This followed a raid on the homes of some judges by the Department Of State Services (DSS), which termed the operation a sting operation. In January, an official of the DSS had testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles and some foreign currencies were recovered from his house during their search at his residence in October. Justice Ademola, his wife and Mr. Joe Agi, a senior lawyer subsequently faced trial on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms. Justice Ademola did not give reasons for his retirement.
  8. The family of Bajulaiye in Lagos have sued the police for allegedly aiding their tenant, Mr. Isaac Anumudu, to forcefully take over their property on Victoria Island and detaining four of their members. In a suit they filed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, the family claimed that the police invaded their property known as No. 8, Agoro Odiyan Street, Off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, at the instance of Anumudu. The family, who claimed that the property was bequeathed to them by their late father, Mr. C.O. Bajulaiye, said they were bewildered at “the strange claim to ownership of the building” by Anumudu and his company, Crown Star Ltd. Their lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, is contending that the detention of the family members is illegal; adding that the statutory duty of the police does not extend to tenancy-related matters. The family, through Adegboruwa, are seeking a court declaration that the arrest and detention of their members by the police “constitutes a flagrant violation of the applicants’ fundamental rights guaranteed under sections 35, 38, 40 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”
  9. A worker with Inner City Mission for Children (ICM4C), under the Christ Embassy Church canopy, Mrs. Brenda Nwanguma,is threatening to drag senoir pastor, Pastor Kenechukwu Kanu aka Kaycee to court. According to New Telegraph, Nwanguma is demanding justice in respect of alleged work place harassment, intimidation, blackmail and libel. Nwanguma's lawyer, Samuel Akpologun, has already petitioned the church. She is threatening to take the church and Pastor Kaycee to court if nothing was done to address and back. Earlier this year, Nwanguma, a mother of three, had accused Pastor Kaycee of sexually harassing and victimizing her. . While Nwanguma accused Kaycee, a father of two, of sexual harassment, Kaycee countered by calling her a, "loose woman who has slept with at least two to three men here. Her husband doesn't know her. He should go and put his house in order. I'm a man of the cloth. There're certain things I shouldn't say." Nwanguma had further accused Kaycee of having a penchant for sexually harassing and even succeeding in sleeping with women in the organization. She noted that it was because she rebuffed Kaycee's sexual advances that led to her being victimized. Part of Akpologun's petition states: "It is our brief that on April 3, 2017, our client, Brenda Nwanguma, who is a staff in your organisation, made a complaint to the Head of Administration of the said mission, Pastor Ifeoma Chiemeka, through electronic mail on the following; sexual harassment. She said that Pastor Kaycee, had been sexually harassing our client by making demands to have canal knowledge of her in return for facilitating her transfer from a department with an oppressive boss, to another department." The lawyer further stated that because his client turned down Kaycee's sexual advances, the cleric resorted to victimizing her by posting and transferring her twice, within the space of a month." She has decided to take the matter to court after endlessly waiting to hear from the committee constituted by the church to look into the allegation.

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