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Bello Vs EFCC: Case transfer request to be heard in open court – CJ






By Taiye Agbaje

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, has directed that the request by former Governor Yahaya Bello, for the transfer of the alleged money laundering case instituted against him by the EFCC to Kogi, be heard in open court.


In a letter, addressed to Bello’s counsel, Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN, and Musa Yakubu, SAN, the CJ drew their attention to a pending appeal in the case.


The pending appeal is between Yahaya Adoza Bello Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) wherein the defendant had sought a consequential order remitting the case to the chief judge for reassignment.


The letter, signed by Special Assistant to the CJ, Joshua Ibrahim-AJI, said as a result of this, it would be improper to take any step that would be tantamount to preempting the outcome of the appeal.


“There is documentary evidence of a pending appeal in the case Yahaya Adoza Bello Vs FRN filed on 17/05/2024 wherein the defendant as appellant has sought a consequential order remitting the case to the Chief Judge for reassignment.


“It is not proper to take any step that will be tantamount to pre-empting the outcome of the appeal.


“The main issue raised is jurisdictional in nature and will be more appropriately decided by the court.


“The matter should therefore be presented in open court,” the CJ stated.


Tsoho observed that the main offence allegedly bordered on conversion of the state’s funds to purchase property in Abuja, and that the filing of the charge could either be in Abuja or Lokoja.


He referred to two ongoing cases before the FHC in charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/550/22 FRN Vs Ali Bello and another, and another charge in FRN Vs Ali Bello and 3 others, where a similar request for transfer was made and the lower court refused the application.


The EFCC charge against the former governor is currently before the trial judge, Justice Emeka Nwite and the matter had been adjourned until July 17 for hearing.(NAN)(

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Labour Party Suspends Rivers Chairperson, Dokubo, Over Alleged Fraud





The Chairperson of the Labour Party (LP) in Rivers State, Hilda Dokubo, has been suspended as a member of the party in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.


The suspension was contained in a letter written to the Labour Party Chairman of Asari Toru LGA and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ajalamonia Ibama, the Secretary, Lole Amacheer, and the Treasurer, Emmanuel Ibamathe.


Others who signed the letter were the Women Leader, Osaki Dieypiriye, and the Publicity Secretary, Osaki Dokubo.


Dokubo was suspended on July 15, after an emergency meeting of the LP’s ward executive committee and ratified by the Asari Toru LGA Executives of the party on Thursday, July 18, 2024.


The party ward officials suspended the state party chairperson alleging financial misconduct, abuse of office, and breach of party regulations, among other allegations.


The ward executives said the decision was made following a thorough investigation into the allegations, noting that they uncovered substant

ial evidence.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90




Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted a dinner at the State House on Tuesday to honour Noble Laurette, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 90th birthday.

During the birthday dinner, Sanwo-Olu also unveiled a “special portrait” of the renowned playwright and novelist.

Sharing photos from the event on, Sanwo-Olu wrote, “This evening, we had the honour of celebrating the 90th birthday of our esteemed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

“It was a night of joy, memories, and inspiration as we celebrated his many contributions to literature and touched on how his humanity continues to inspire us all.

“The highlight of the evening was unveiling a special portrait of Prof., a true reflection of his enduring legacy.”

Sanwo-Olu further thanked Soyinka, saying, “We celebrate not just his 90 years of life but the countless lives he has inspired and continues to inspire.”

He added, “His Nobel Prize win many years ago opened the door for many to dream and believe that greatness is achievable. His works transcend time, touching hearts and minds across the globe.

“Thank you, Professor Wole Soyinka, for showing us that through resilience, creativity, and dedication, we can achieve greatness.”

The Nobel Laureate, who turned 90 years old on Saturday, July 13, was described as a shining light and national treasure by President Bola Tinubu.

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Police Investigate BLORD Group Boss, Linus Williams, Over Alleged Fraud





The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC), has launched an investigation into allegations against Linus Williams, the CEO of BLORD Group of Companies.


The inquiry has been extended to several entities under the BLORD umbrella, including BLORD REAL ESTATE LTD, BLORD JETPAYE LIMITED, and BILLPOINT TECHNOLOGY.


The investigation followed complaints that these companies were involved in a series of serious offences.


These include cryptocurrency fraud, aiding and abetting internet fraud, engaging in computer-related fraud, funding terrorism, and failing to comply with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulatory frameworks.


In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police emphasized their commitment to thorough and diligent investigations.


“Our cyber space in Nigeria must be safe and secure by all means. We are committed to achieving that,” Adejobi asserted.


He highlighted the critical importance of maintaining the integrity of Nigeria’s digital environment, indicating that no effort would be spared in ensuring that the allegations were meticulously investigated.


The allegations have come at a time when Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to combat cybercrime and enhance the security of its digital infrastructure.


The focus on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the CBN Act, underscores the country’s commitment to upholding financial regulations and preventing illicit financial activities.


As the investigation unfolds, the FCID will continue to scrutinize the activities of BLORD Group of Companies and its affiliates.


The outcome of the probe is expected to have significant implications for the involved entities and the broader efforts to enforce cyber security and regulatory

compliance in Nigeria.

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