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Court Sentence Former Chief Justice To 11 Years Imprisonment

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Court Sentence Former Chief Justice To 11 Years Imprisonment

A Baghladesh court has sentenced former Chief Justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha to 11 years imprisonment for corruption.

Surendra Kumar Sinha, 70, headed the Supreme Court when it ruled in 2017 that parliament could not sack judges, a move hailed by lawyers as safeguarding judicial independence.

Sinha left Bangladesh in late 2017 alleging he had been forced to step aside following the landmark ruling. He lives in North America where he has reportedly sought asylum.

Campaigners have said his departure was a massive blo

Court Sentence Former Chief Justice To 11 Years Imprisonment

“It was very obvious that the government was angry with him and… was determined to just kill his reputation,” Asif Nazrul, a law professor at Dhaka University told AFP.

Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka delivered Tuesday’s verdict, ordering Sinha to serve seven years in jail for laundering money and four years for breach of trust, prosecutor Khurshid Alam Khan said.

“This verdict proved that nobody in the country is above law. Wrongdoings will bring anyone in the trial,” he told AFP.

Sinha was the first Hindu chief justice in the officially secular Muslim-majority nation of 169 million.

He later wrote a book titled “A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights & Democracy” in which he said he had been forced to resign and flee after being threatened by a military security agency.

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#EndSARS Report: Buhari Is Waiting For The White Paper – Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is waiting for the White Paper from the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.

He made this known in an interview on Channels TV, monitored by Crystal News

It would be recalled that the panel, on Monday, November 15, 2021, submitted its report to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The governor then set up a four-member committee for a White Paper report which will be submitted within the next two weeks for the Lagos State Executive Council to consider.

Adesina, during an interview on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, said the Federal Government awaits the White Paper report.

He said the areas that concern the state will be left for the state while those with Federal nature will be handled by the Federal Government.

#EndSARS Report: Buhari Is Waiting For The White Paper – Adesina

“What would happen is that when the states come up with pronouncements on that panel report, that would then be of interest to the Federal Government.

“Definitely, when the reports come out, the ones that are Federal in nature will be considered. There are some things that would be Federal in nature, the Federal Government would tackle that but things that are state in nature, the state government will handle.

“There is an Attorney General of the Federation who will advise and the needful would be done,” Adesina said.

On if some states have submitted their report to the Federal Government, he said, “I am not quite sure of that, but I know that areas that would affect the Federal Government will be looked into by the Federal Government.”

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Police Arrest Suspects Who Laid Siege On Justice Odili’s House In Abuja

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested a group of 14 persons who allegedly posed as security personnel and raided the home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba while parading them at the Force Headquarters Annex, Garki, Abuja.

Frank Mba said seven others are still at large and security operatives are in pursuit.

One of the arrested persons includes a fake Chief Superintendent of Police identified as Lawrence Ajojo who reportedly led the team.

Police Arrest Suspects Who Laid Siege On Justice Odili’s House In Abuja

According to Mba, those arrested are criminals from various professional backgrounds.

He said: “The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident.

“Earlier on, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice had also submitted a written petition into the office of the IGP, requesting a robust and discreet investigation into the matter, with the aim of unravelling the identities of the persons involved, their motives, and perhaps, the authorities, if any, behind them.

“The case was subsequently handed over to the force intelligence bureau on the instruction of the IGP.”

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EFCC Arraigns Pastor Ize Iyamu’s Impostor For Defrauding APC Of N70 Million

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Details of how a man used a popular Nigerian pastor’s name to dupe the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) has emerged.

Crystal News reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Command on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 arraigned one Tope Jimi Fagun before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a-two count charge of impersonation and obtaining N70, 000,000.00 (Seventy Million Naira) by false pretense.

Fagun was said to have allegedly presented himself as Pastor Ize Iyamu to one Alhaji Bukar Dalori and fraudulently induced him to deliver the said sum under the pretext that the money was meant to aid the All Progressives Congress 2020 gubernatorial election campaign in Edo State.

Count one reads: “That you, Tope Jimi Fagun sometimes between July and August, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with intent to defraud induced the Borno State Chairman of All Progressive Congress Party (APC), one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori to cause the gross sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70,000,000.00) only (both in Naira and Dollar currencies) to be delivered to you in cash and via Bank transfers into Access Bank account number 0693630685 and First Bank account number 3053942408 under the false pretence that the said sum was to be utilized in promoting the APC campaign activities in the Edo State 2020 gubernatorial election which fact you knew to be false, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively.”

How Man Used Popular Nigerian Pastor’s Name To Dupe APC N70 Million

The second count reads: “That you, Tope Jimi Fagun sometimes between July and August, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely personated Pastor Ize Iyamu, the then All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Edo State 2020 gubernatorial election and in such assumed character induced the Borno State Chairman of All Progressive Congress Party (APC), one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori to cause the delivery unto you the gross sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70,000,000.00) only (both in Naira and Dollar currencies) with the view to enriching yourself fraudulently and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 179 of the Penal Code Law Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charges were read to him.

Prosecution counsel, Alqasim Jafa’ar asked the court to remand the defendant in prison and fix a date for trial to commence.

Counsel for the defendant, Alli Apanisile however informed the court of a pending application for bail of his client which has been duly served on the prosecution. He prayed the court to be allowed to move the motion for bail.

Justice Kumaliya however declined the prayer of the defence.

She adjourned the matter till November 24, 2021 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial. The Court ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Facility.

 

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