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Federal High Courts end Legal Year, Begin Vacation

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Federal High Courts all over the country, have ended the 2019 legal year, marking the commencement of the annual vacation for the year.

In statement by the Federal High Court Lagos, Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Gako, the 2019 long vacation would commenced yesterday and would end on September 13, while normal court activities are expected to resume on September 16.

According to the statement, in the scheduled vacation, only divisions like Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt would be functional during the vacation, and litigants are at liberty to approach only these courts.

The statement stated that the Abuja division would cater for cases from the Federal Capital Territory, North Central, North Western, and the North Eastern parts of the country.

The Lagos division is to cater for cases from the South West, while the Port Harcourt division will cater for cases from the South-South and Southeast.

“Only cases of extreme urgency are to be entertained during the period,” Gako said.

Meanwhile in Lagos, Justices Nicholas Oweibo and Chuka Obiozor, have been assigned to sit as vacation judges during the period.

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Court Adjourns Alleged Forgery Suit Against Ex-NIRSAL MD

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A Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned a suit filed by the police against Mr Aliyu Abdulhameed, former Managing Directing, Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Plc, over alleged document forgery until June 8.

Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the case after prosecuting counsel, CSP Celestine Odo, sought an adjournment to enable them out their house in order.

When the matter was called, Odo said though the matter was slated for trial commencement, the prosecution was constraint to ask for further date.

Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, counsel for Abdulhameed and his co-defendant, Babangida Abdullahi, did not oppose the application for adjournment.

Justice Ekwo subsequently adjourned the matter until June 8, June 9 and June 10 for trial commencement.

Reports says that Abdulhameed and Abdullahi were arraigned on March 13 on a 10-count charge before the judge but pleaded not guilty to the counts.

They were, however, admitted to terms of administrative bail earlier granted to them by the police.

NAN reports that the criminal charge, dated and filed Nov. 28, 2023, was marked: FHC)ABJ/CR/555/2023.

In the charge signed by Odo, Legal/Prosecution Section of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, the defendants, and others now at large, were alleged to have, about Oct. 23, 2023, conspired among themselves to commit an offence of forgery.

In count two, the defendants, and others now at large, sometime in Oct. 23, 2023, were alleged to have conspired among themselves to commit the offence.

The offences are said to be contrary to Section 3(6) and punishable under Section 1(2){c} of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

NAN reports that former President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Dec. 1, 2022, fired Abdulhammed on allegations of corruption bordering on agric loans.

NIRSAL, a $500m non-bank financial institution, is a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.(NAN)

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 I Wasn’t in my Right Mind when I Made Divorce Pronouncement, Man Tells Court

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A businessman, Kabiru Musa, who was dragged to an Upper Shari’a Court ,Tudun Wada, Kaduna State by his wife , Murja Abdullahi has denied making three divorce pronouncement on her.

Musa denied the divorce, saying he was not in his right mind after two of the couple ‘s neighbours testified that they heard him make the pronouncement.

One of the witnesses, Hauwa Umar, a housewife said that the couple was arguing in the compound when the husband made the three divorce pronouncement.

Earlier, the complainant had brought the matter to court for divorce confirmation.

The Judge, Malam Iliyasu Umar adjourned the matter until May  26 for ruling.(NAN)

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Businessman  Arraigned for Allegedly Obtaining N22m  Under False Pretences

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A 44-year-old businessman, Abiola Afunwape, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining N22 million under false pretences.

The police charged Afunwape on three counts  but pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, SP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in October 2023 at No.

  15A Oduduwa Crescent, GRA, Ikeja.

The prosecutor said that the defendant obtained the amount on the pretext of remitting same to one Chief Akinola Disu.

The prosecutor added that the defendant converted the sum to his personal use.

He said that the defendant pretended to an agent of Disu with the aim of extorting Sagelife Laboratories Ltd.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287,  380 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs  Ejiro Kubeinje, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of three million Naira with two  sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and provide proof of tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Kubeinje adjourned the case until June 25 for hearing. (NAN)

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