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$1.1bn Malabu oil fraud: Ex-AGF Adoke, Etete, others to be docked Feb 15, 2018.

Oct 27 2017
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$1.1bn Malabu oil fraud: Ex-AGF Adoke, Etete, others to be docked Feb 15, 2018.  Tribune Online 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday fixed February 15, 2018, for the arraignment of former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete; Aliyu Abubakar, ENI SPA, Ralph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujatti Stefeno, Burrafati Sebestiano and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.


Adoke was the AGF under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former AGF and his co-accused are to face criminal trial for conspiring and defrauding the Federal Government of billions of naira in a shady oil bloc deal.


Adoke was specifically accused of playing a major role in the fraudulent deal that saw to the transfer of ownership of the disputed OPL 245 to two multinational oil companies, Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company and Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd.  Read more


Graft cases monitoring appointment: We await Salami’s rejection letter —NJC.  Tribune Online 

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Thursday evening said it was still expecting the purported rejection letter of the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, as the chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).


It was reported on Thursday that Salami had rejected his appointment based on principle.

The acting director of information of the (NJC), told Tribune Online on Thursday evening that “the Council is yet to get Salami’s formal rejection letter.”

According to him: “Am still in the office (as of 6: 07 p.m.) waiting for the letter and it has not reached us.


“We expect to receive the letter by tomorrow (Friday) morning if actually he turned down the appointment. By tomorrow, if the letter comes, we will issue a statement to that effect.” he said.  Read more


CJN Shops for Salami’s Replacement as Head of Corruption Trial Committee.  Thisday Online 

The search for a replacement for Justice Ayo Salami who resigned thursday as Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO) has begun in earnest.


A source who said he was not authorised to comment on the issue told THISDAY that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has already commenced shopping for a replacement.


He said already, some names have been mentioned as possible replacement. He however did not mention any name.

Meanwhile, the CJN has confirmed that Salami had indeed resigned his appointment but said he was yet to receive the letter conveying the resignation.  Read more


Judiciary abandoned me, I don’t want anti-corruption panel job –Justice Salami.  Punch Online 

A former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd.), on Thursday broke his silence on his appointment as the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Cases Trial Monitoring Committee set up by the National Judicial Council.


Salami divulged his reason for rejecting the appointment in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday.


A national newspaper had earlier reported on Thursday that Salami rejected the appointment because of some persons included as members of the committee.  Read more


INTERPOL, court issue fresh warrants for Maina’s arrest. We have extended probe to foreign countries –Presidency. AGF, security agencies make presentations to Buhari.  Punch Online 

The Presidency on Thursday said an Abuja Magistrate’s Court as well as the international police popularly called the INTERPOL had issued fresh warrants for the arrest of the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent.


Shehu said Maina’s investigation had been extended beyond his reinstatement and subsequent posting.  Read more


Judge hands off Saraki/Sahara Reporters libel case.  Tribune Online 

A judge with the Kwara State High Court, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, has removed himself from a contempt application filed by Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, against online publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his company, Sahara Reporters.


At the court proceedings in Ilorin, on Thursday, the judge also ordered a halt to further proceedings in a substantive suit where Sowore and his company were seeking to set aside a N4 billion judgment debt earlier issued against them by the judge for publishing libellous articles against the Senate President.


The counsel to the Senate President, Mr. Babatunde Olomu, had sought to move the application for contempt proceedings against Sowore but Justice Oyinloye asked him not to do so, on the ground that the matter affected the integrity of his court.  Read more


ICJ: Nigeria pledges commitment, accepts rulings.  The Nation Online 

Nigeria on Thursday pledged its continued commitment to supporting the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as demonstrated by acceptance of the court’s ruling on the border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon.


Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje, made this known while delivering the country’s statement on “The Report of the International Court of Justice” in New York.


Itegboje said: “Nigeria will continue to abide by her commitment to the promotion of international justice and the peaceful settlement of disputes, as a State Party to the Statute of the ICJ.  Read more




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