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Forex: Court Strikes out Charge Against 19 BDC Operators

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Justice Lewis Allagoa of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, struck out the charge against 19 Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators, following the withdrawal of the case.

The suspects are Ibrahim Jubril, Abdullahi Abubakar, Ibrahim Hassan, Adamu Isiaka, Ibrahim Abdulrahman, Jubril Hassan, Mohammed Isoaka, Mohammed Aminu and Adamu Ibrahim.

Others  are Hassan Amadu, Salisu Hamidu, Mahmoud Mohammed, Murtala Usman, Hassan Yakubu, Abdullahi Kabiru, Ali Sadam.

Ahmadu Yusuf, Abdullahi Hussain and Alhaji Sido.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy, unlawfull operation of forex trading as BDC operators without licence from regulatory agencies and deriving various sums of money from such unauthorised trading.

They were said to have committed the offence around Feb. 21, within the Lagos metropolis.

When the case was called, Mr Umaru Bello, from the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti announced appearance for the prosecution.

The prosecutor, shortly after his announcement, informed the court that he seeks to withdraw the charge against the defendants.

He told the court that he received a call from his superiors in the office to withdraw the case.

He told the court that he would not be proceeding with the arraignment of the suspects.

Justice Allagoa accordingly, struck out the charge.

The police had earlier said that the offence contravenes the provisions of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020. (NAN)

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Court Orders Man to Return 2 Children to His ex-wife in Abuja

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An Upper Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja on Tuesday, ordered Mr Awwal Abubakar to return his two children to his former wife, Aisha Atsu, by July 24.

The judge, Mohammed Wakili, gave the order after Atsu informed the court that Abubakar took the children to Kogi .

Atsu told the court that she got divorced in September, 2023.

She said that while she travelled for the Sallah, she took her children, ages, nine and six to her former husband, Abubakar in Dutse Alhaji, Abuja.

“My former husband took my children to his mother’s in the village in Kogi, outside the court’s jurisdiction.

“I want the court to order him to return the children back to Abuja to enable them write their school examinations.

“I also want the court to direct Abubakar to pay for the upkeep of our children,” she said.

Abubakar, however, told the court that his former wife was not capable in character to raise their children, adding that he had witnesses to prove his claim.(NAN)

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Court Fixes Sept. 9 for Continuation of Lagos Pastor’s Trial

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Magistrate Antoinette Dirisu of the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, has adjourned until September 9, 2024, for the continuation of trial against a Lagos-based pastor, Jude Ojo, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

The clergyman was arraigned before the court on three counts of conspiracy, perversion of the course of justice and aiding the escape of the suspects.

The suspects allegedly threatened the life of a traditional ruler, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye of Otumara community in Lagos.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the last adjourned date on June 10, the Defence Counsel, I. Ilodigo, had appealed for a stall of proceedings due to a consequent pending fundamental rights enforcement procedure filed at the Lagos High Court in which the defendant is an applicant.

“Our application is for stall of proceedings on this matter pending the determination of the fundamental rights enforcement procedure filed at the High Court wherein the defendant in this matter is an applicant,” he pleaded.

Opposing the plea, the Prosecuting counsel, ASP Ben Emuerhi, informed the court that the matter being dealt with is a criminal matter and not fundamental rights violation as the defense counsel portrayed.

“This matter is a criminal proceed and not fundamental rights violation. The matter filed at the High Court is about fundamental rights violation while this matter is a criminal proceeding.

“These are two cases apart. Your Honour, the Learned Justice of the High Court did not make any order fully aware of the proceedings at this magistrate court.

“The second count charge of the trial is a criminal charge of perversion of Justice,”he said.
Ruling on the matter, the Magistrate Judge set down the case for trial on September 9. (NAN)

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LG Autonomy: Kogi Group Lauds Supreme Court’s Judgment

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The Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET) has lauded the recent landmark judgment by Supreme Court, affirming the direct payment of allocations to local governments and upholding their financial autonomy.

Report says that KONGONET represents the numerous civil society network groups in Kogi.

KONGONET’s Chairperson, Amb.

Idris Muraina, commended the court in a statement in Lokoja on Saturday.

Muraina said that the apex court’s decision marked a significant step towards strengthening grassroots governance, and promoting transparency and accountability in local administration.

“In light of this crucial ruling, KONGONET calls upon the Kogi State Government to embrace this moment of opportunity and swiftly initiate the necessary mechanisms to conduct local government council elections in the state.

“It is imperative that the current local government transition committee be dissolved immediately, to pave the way for democratically elected chairmen to take charge and serve the interests of the local communities.

“Several esteemed civil society organisations in Kogi, including Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Initiative for Grassroot Advance (INGRA), and others, have voiced their support for the immediate implementation of the Supreme Court’s judgment.

“KONGONET stands united with these organisations in advocating for the timely and transparent transition to elected local government leadership,” he said.

The chairman congratulated Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi, on the recent affirmation of his mandate by the Appellate Court as the validly elected governor of the state.

“We acknowledge the significance of this legal victory and urge the governor to seize this moment of validation to demonstrate his commitment to good governance and grassroots democracy.

“The time is ripe for the Kogi government to demonstrate its dedication to the principles of democracy, transparency; and accountability; by expediting the process of conducting local government elections.

“By adhering to the Supreme Court judgment and heeding the calls of civil society organisations, the government can uphold the rule of law and empower local communities to participate actively in their own development.

“KONGONET remains committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders, to advance the cause of good governance and sustainable development in Kogi State.

“We urge the government to act swiftly and decisively in fulfilling its obligations to the people of Kogi state,” he said. (NAN)

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