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Kenya hires foreign Lawyer to prosecute high-profile graft cases

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Four tenants in court for allegedly exhuming landlord’s corpse, selling his property

 

Kenya said on Tuesday it has hired a foreign attorney to prosecute high-profile state corruption cases in an apparent bid by the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta to make its effort to fight graft more credible.

The government has appointed Khawar Qureshi, a British attorney and legal scholar, said a statement from the public prosecutor’s office.

“The stakes in such cases are very high and therefore, it is necessary that the proceedings are insulated from public perceptions of political interferences,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a statement.

Many Kenyans say government corruption is a pressing national problem that drains state coffers and distorts business and political life.

The top prosecutor has brought criminal charges against dozens of senior civil servants and business people this year.

On Thursday, a hearing will decide whether criminal proceedings against deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu should continue or be thrown out. Mwilu was arrested in August on suspicion of corruption, failure to pay tax and improper dealings with a local bank now in receivership.

The high court temporarily halted criminal proceedings against her and accepted an application the senior justice filed that argued the case raised constitutional issues.

Reuters

 

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Mortuary Attendants cut off two hands & heart of dead woman in Lagos

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Court adjourns trial of seven Abuja traders

 

Three mortuary attendants, who police accused of cutting off the two wrists and the heart of a dead woman, were on Thursday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ court in Lagos.

The police charged Micheal Olusegun, 65; Oluseyi Olamade, 41; and Adetunji Aliyu, 45, with two counts of conspiracy and misconduct with regards to a corpse.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on Nov. 16, at St. Raphael Divine Mercy Hospital in Ijede, Ikorodu area of Lagos.

Unuigbe said that one Athony Lawani, lodged a complaint to the police that the body of his sister, 51-year-old Mary Ehinlaiye, which was deposited at the morgue was missing.

“My Lord, the complainant had gone to the mortuary to collect his sister’s body for burial but the attendant’s could not present the body to him.

“It was later discovered that they had exchanged the body for another one and the family of the other deceased had buried his sister as their own.

“They secretly went to the mortuary and exchange the corpses and tried to return her to her brother without two wrists and a heart.

“Fortunately, Lawani discovered the missing parts and drew the attention of the police to the situation,” he said.

The offence, he said contravened the provisions of sections 165 (b) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. NAN reports that section 165 (b) provides for five years imprisonment while 411 provides two years for conspiracy. After the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo, admitted the accused to bail in the N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. Ojo ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

He also ordered that the sureties must also show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos Government and be gainfully employed. Ojo adjourned the case until Jan. 30 for trial.

 

 

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House-help remanded in prison for stealing gold necklace worth N300k

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A 25-year-old house-help, Isiaka Usman has been remanded on Wednesday  by Upper Customary Court sitting in Kaduna, for stealing a gold necklace valued at N300,000.

The police charged Mr Usman with theft.

The judge, Ibrahim Emmanuel, gave the order after the prosecution counsel, Chidi Leo, made an oral application, praying the court to remand Mr Usman because the investigation in the matter was still on-going.

Mr Emmanuel adjourned further hearing in the case until December 21.

Earlier, Mr Leo told the court that the defendant committed the offence on November 22 at 2 p.m. at Ali Akilu Area of Kaduna State.

Mr Leo said the defendant, an employee of one Mohammed Sani of Ali Akilu Road in Kaduna, stole the gold necklace valued at N300,000.

He said the defendant on November 22, entered into the complainant’s bedroom and removed a gold necklace from his wardrobe.

The prosecution said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 390 and 427 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, Laws 2017.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the offence.

 

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Court Gives EFCC, DSS, Police 72 Hours to Produce Diezani

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Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, on December 4, 2018, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to apprehend and arrest a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke within 72 hours.

The order was made, following a motion ex parte made before the court by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for an order of the court, to issue a warrant of arrest against Madueke, to enable the Commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

The EFCC investigated the former minister along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on money laundering and official corruption.

Investigations into the petition revealed that Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos. They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Recall that when the matter came up on December 3, 2018 the Commission however filed application for warrant of arrest, condition precedent for Deziani’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trail.

The prosecution told the court that Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, jetted out of the country while investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts were ongoing.

The court today, granted the ex parte motion, and ordered the security agencies to provide Madueke within 72 hours, for her to face the charge preferred against her.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge held.

 

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