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LAGOS — The former MD of a defunct PHB bank, Francis Atuche has been convicted by an Ikeja high court over a N25.7 billion fraud. The banker was convicted on Wednesday by Lateefat Okunnu, the judge, in a hearing that lasted hours. The court also convicted Ugo Anyanwu, a former chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank. Atuche’s trial dates back to 2009, when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), under the leadership of Sanusi...

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ABUJA — The federal government is planning a process of commuting the sentences of inmates who have been on death row for over 10 years to life imprisonment. Findings by LEADERSHIP showed that Nigeria now has 2,956 inmates on death row, a shift from the 2,742 recorded in 2019. The number of condemned male inmates is put at 2,903 while females make up the remaining 53. While the number which initially stood at 1,606 in...

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KADUNA — A Cadet Officer, at the Correctional Service Staff College, Barnawa Kaduna Mansur Sulaiman has committed suicide. Spokesman of the college, ASC A.D Wadai in a statement said the sad and gory incident took place on June 2, 2021. The statement read “I wish to announce the unfortunate death of one of the Cadets of the 28th Assistant Superintendent of Corrections Basic Course, Correctional Service Staff College, Barnawa Kaduna, named, Cadet Mansur Suleiman in...

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PORT HARCOURT —Seven IPOB members were killed by security operatives during a clash in Eleme and Oyigbo LGA, Rivers state. IPOB which stands for Indigenous People of Biafra is a separatist organisation that aims at acquiring independence for southeastern states. A statement endorsed by Mohammed Yerima, army spokesperson confirmed the development adding that five other members were also arrested. Narrating the incident, he admitted that the clash occurred when the military invaded the suspected enclave...

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The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima says the Nigerian Army has commenced investigation into a speculation over the gruesome murder and extortion of a woman by security operatives in Katsina State. According to the army in a press statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, it was alleged that the woman was arrested in a commercial vehicle with money estimated to be N420, 000 by members of a local vigilante group...

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ADO-EKITI — The Director, Research, and  Publications of the Ministry of Justice Ekiti State, Mrs. Yetunde Kolawole has expressed the commitment of the Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State to the development of all areas of law in the State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said this on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti during the kick-start of the programmes put together in honour of the retiring Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Honourable Justice Ayodeji Daramola, the...

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Suspected Boko Haram members who are currently in Maiduguri military detention are to be prosecuted as soon the ongoing judicial strike is suspended, an official has disclosed. According to Chioma Onuegbu, Deputy Director at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja, about 800 suspects linked to the Islamic sect are up for prosecution. The suspects to be prosecuted are among the 1000 suspects by the prosecutors handling the Federal Ministry of Justice’s “complex cases”. The...

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami says the Federal Government will soon resuscitate Special Terrorism Prosecution Courts. In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu on Thursday in Abuja said the move is geared towards the Federal Government’s commitment to end insecurity in the country. The statement in part read that “The Federal Government is committed to ending insecurity in the country, and...

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ABUJA — The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) has declared Gimba Kumo, former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria a son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, and two others wanted over alleged misappropriation of $65 million National Housing Funds. In the notice signed by its spokesperson Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC declared Mr. Kumo wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over the alleged fraud. “The persons whose pictures appear...

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The federal government has decided to commence the prosecution of about 400 suspected Boko Haram financiers according to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami. This announcement is coming shortly after Malami had hinted that the government was profiling some high-profile Nigerians strongly suspected to be financing terrorism for prosecution. In a statement his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, Malami noted that the investigations revealing the suspected terrorism financiers were triggered by a recent conviction of...

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